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Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2017 Shortlist

The 2017 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize shortlist has been revealed.

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Taylor Wessing has announced the 2017 shortlisted entries for the portrait photo competition. This year the competition is celebrating its 10th year with Taylor Wessing as sponsor, and also the first year that allowed digital entry to the competition. 

The following three photographs have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017:

Amadou Sumaila  by César Dezfuli

Cesar Dezfuli

César Dezfuli (10.01.1991) was born in Madrid of Spanish-Persian origins. He works as journalist and documentary photographer, and focuses on issues of migration, identity and human rights. The sitter Amadou Sumaila was photographed in the Mediterranean Sea, in international Waters 20 nautical miles off the Libyan coast. He has since been transferred from a rescue vessel to a temporary reception centre for migrants in Italy. The portrait was taken as part of Dezfuli’s work as a freelancer, documenting the search and rescue of migrants on board an NGO vessel in the Central Mediterranean Route.

One of Them Is a Human #1 by Maija Tammi (Erica: Erato Ishiguro Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project.) 

Maija Tammi

Maija Tammi (05.06.1985) is a Finnish artist, with a background in photojournalism, whose photographs engage with science and aesthetics. Tammi’s work has been exhibited in Europe, North America and Asia. She regularly works with scientists and is currently finishing her studio-art-based doctoral thesis. Tammy’s photograph portrays Erica, an android from Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories. One of Them Is a Human #1 is part of a broader series which presents androids alongside one human and asks questions about what it means to be alive. The photograph was taken at Ishiguro Laboratory, Department of Systems Innovation at Osaka University, in an experiment room where researchers work with Erica. "I had half an hour with Erica and a young researcher in which to take the photograph. The researcher told me that Erica had said that she finds Pokemon Go scarier than artificial intelligence."

Fleeing Mosul from the series Women in War: Life After ISIS  by Abbie Trayler-Smith

Abbie Trayler-Smith

Abbie Trayler-Smith (20.05.1977) is a documentary and portrait photographer born and raised in South Wales. Travelling extensively her work covers women’s rights, social development and the aftermath of conflict. Her shortlisted photograph was shot outside Hasan Sham IDP camp in Northern Iraq. Trayler-Smith was there undertaking a commission for Oxfam documenting the camp where the charity was providing aid, talking to women who had lived under ISIS who were prepared to be photographed. A convoy of buses arrived from Mosul, bringing people to safety who had escaped the battle just hours before. "I just remember seeing her face looking out at the camp," says Trayler-Smith, "and the shock and the bewilderment in her’s and other’s faces and it made me shudder to imagine what living under ISIS had been like. To me the uncertainty in her face echoes the faces of people having to flee their homes around the world and references a global feeling of insecurity."

The Portrait Prize winners works and more will be on display in the National Portrait Gallery from 16 November 2017. 

Read about the 2016 winner here.

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5 Sep 2017 6:17PM
Fleeing Mosel for me. What a stunning photograph. Beauty in the midst of terror.

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