Thursday, September 12, 2013

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 - Shortlist announced

The photographs and photographers on the Shortlist for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 have been announced.

The following four photographers have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013:
The Exhibition opens to the public on Thursday 14 November and will be on display in the Porter Gallery at the National Portrait Gallery, London until 9 February 2013, admission £3.

This year 5,410 photographs by 2,435 photographers were entered for the Taylor Wessing Prize - by photographers from all over the world.  This is an increase of 85 entries on last year.

It also means that only just over 1% of the works submitted will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

I cover this prize and exhibition because the picture-making abilities of some of the photographers is sometimes better than that of the portrait painters - and it's good to look at what the competition is up to!

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013  Shortlist

Image: Kofi Annan by Anoush Abrar, 2013 
© Anoush Abrar

Anoush Abrar for Kofi Annan

Age: b. 02.06.1976
Nationality: Born in Tehran, Iran; lived in n Switzerland since he was five years old
Current home:
Current occupation: Magazine Photographer
Art / Photography Education: He studied at the University of Arts in Lausanne
Previous prizes:
Website: Blog
Subject:  Kofi Annan, the Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations until 2006. Commissioned by ZEIT Magazine and published in March 2013.

Abrar had photographed Mr Annan previously and he says he knew that time was of the essence.

In my mind it was clear what I wanted to do and this portrait took literally three minutes!

Dorothee Deiss for The twins

The twins by Dorothee Deiss, 2013
© Dorothee Deiss 
Age: b. 08.05.1961 in Münsingen/ Württ
Nationality:  German
Current home:
Art / Photography Education
  • 1982 - 1989 University of Medicine, Freiburg, Germany
  • 1989 - 1999 MD in Karlsruhe/ Germany
  • 2003 - 2004 Fotografie am Schiffbauerdamm, school for photography, Berlin
  • 2005 - 2008 Ostkreuzschule, school for photography and design, Berlin
  • 2010 Founding member of Exp12, qallery for photography, Berlin
  • Since 2010 MFA Photography Program, Hartford Art School, Hartford, USA

Current Occupation: works as a photographer and Pediatric Endocrinologist in Berlin. She is a founding member of Exp12, gallery for photography, Berlin.
Previous prizes:
Subject: Twin sisters, visited at their home (for her project VisibleInvisible)
I took a lot of more conventional portraits of them, but when I found the bathrobe in a corner, perfectly fitting to the bedspread, that was when I knew I had the picture’.

Spencer Murphy for Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh by Spencer Murphy, 2013
© Spencer Murphy
Age: 22.09.1978 and grew up in Kent
Nationality: British
Current home: lives and works in London
Art / Photography Education:
  • Kent Institute of Art and Design
  • BA in Photography at Falmouth College of Arts
Exhibitions: Exhibited as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize seven times
Previous prizes: Various awards including
  • Shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards in both 2010 and 2011 
  • Portrait of actor Mark Rylance won Taylor Wessing Third Prize in 2012

Subject: Katie Walsh - taken at Kempton Park Racecourse whilst shooting a series of jump jockeys' portraits for Channel Four's The Original Extreme Sport campaign. He set up at the side of the racecourse and pulled in the jockeys as they finished their races.
‘I was keen to include Katie. I wanted to show both her femininity and the toughness of spirit she requires to compete against the best riders in one of the most demanding disciplines in horse racing. I chose to shoot the series on large format film, to give the images a depth and timelessness that I think would have been hard to achieve on a digital camera’.

Giles Price for Kumbh Mela Pilgrim Mamta Dubey and infant

Kumbh& Mela Pilgrim
- Mamta Dubey and infant 

by Giles Price, 2013
© Giles Price
Age: b. 09.07.1973
Nationality: British
Current home: Hertfordshire
Art / Photography Education: BA in Photographic Studies at University of Derby in 1994-7 (after leaving the army due to injuries sustained in Iarq
Exhibitions: exhibited widely and has been commissioned by several magazines and newspapers.
Previous prizes:
Subject:  His portrait is from a series shot at the 2013 Kumbh Mela Festival in Allahabad India. Taken outside the main hospital in a pop up studio, the portrait shows Mamta who was on a pilgrimage to the Kumbh.

His interest in photography began while on military service. He joined the Royal Marine Commandos at 16 and served in northern Iraq and Kurdistan at the end of the first Gulf War in 1991.

About the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 

This is a major international photography award with a first prize of £12,000 sponsored for the sixth time by international law firm Taylor.


The First Prize winner receives £12,000. The Second Prize winner receives £3,000, the Third Prize £2,000 and the Fourth Prize is £1,000. The winner of the John Kobal New Work Award will win a cash prize of £4000 to include undertaking a commission to photograph a sitter connected with the UK film industry for the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

Prizewinners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 12 November 2013 at 7pm.


The competition was judged from original prints by: 
  • Sandy Nairne Director, National Portrait Gallery, London (Chair);
  • Kate Bush Head of Barbican Art Galleries; 
  • Suki Dhanda Photographer; 
  • Tim Eyles Managing Partner, TaylorWessing; 
  • Terence Pepper Head of Photographs Collection, National Portrait Gallery; 
  • Rebecca ValentinePhotographic Agent.
The John Kobal New Work Award was judged by Simon Crocker, Chairman of the John Kobal


The Exhibition for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 The exhibition will run from 14 November 2013 – 9 February 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery, London. It will
showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images.

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