Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

by Beth Taylor January. 11, 2018 931 views

I recently visited the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 in the National Portrait Gallery, to see the exhibiton of all the photos selected for the award. I was really impressed by the portraits and how they perfectly captured the subjects and their emotions. The variety of photos displayed was ashtonishing, ranging from naturalistic shots, to more abstract, unusual ones. I loved reading the captions beside each photo, because it gave it so much more meaning knowing the context in which it was taken. Some of the portraits also carried important cultural and political points. For example the first prize (pictured below), is of a refugee attempting to cross the sea to safety, something with a powerful message behind it. I would definitly recommend visiting this exhibition for yourself, to see all the amazing photos there.

The photos below are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall award winners.

Amadou Sumalia by Cezar Desfuli: I love this photo because of the intense look in his eyes, and his defined form in front of the background.

Amadou Sumalia by Cezar Desfuli: I love this photo because of the intense look in his eyes, and his defined form in front of the background.

Fleeing Mosul by Abbie Trayler Smith: The rain on the window in this shot gives the girl a slightly blurred look, which adds to the contemplative look on her face.

Fleeing Mosul by Abbie Trayler Smith: The rain on the window in this shot gives the girl a slightly blurred look, which adds to the contemplative look on her face.

Erica by Maiji Tammi: It's the ambiguity of this photo that makes me like it. From the outset, it looks normal, but on closer inspection, you can begin to tell that it may not be human...

Erica by Maiji Tammi: It's the ambiguity of this photo that makes me like it. From the outset, it looks normal, but on closer inspection, you can begin to tell that it may not be human...

I am currently completing my silver arts award in photography, and this is Part C, where I share my experience of an arts event. If you are interested in doing arts award, please go to their website: http://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64

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