Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2015 Shortlist

Hello Photoion students and fans, today we’re taking a look at the shortlisted images for the prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.

If you’re not familiar with it, the Taylor Wessing prize is run by the National Portrait Gallery and showcases “new work that has been submitted by some of the most exciting and cutting edge contemporary photographers.”

These 4 shortlisted images were chosen from 4929 submissions from 2201 photographers in 70 countries, so beat out some serious competition.

The shortlisted images are:

Five Girls 2014 – An image of photographer, David Stewart’s daughter and her friends. One of the most fascinating things about this image is the fact that despite there being five subjects, none of them are interacting. They’re not looking at one another, or talking, it’s like their each totally alone.

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The image of an Iraqi family who fled their home after the terrorist organisation calling themselves ISIS took control of the region. This image, taken by Ivor Prickett, is a personal and raw look at a family who has been through so much.
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One of the most interesting things about Peter Zelewski’s portrait of a young woman he met on Oxford Street, is how Zelewski has isolated the subject. By removing the focus from the background, the woman in the only thing that exists in the world of this image.
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The final shortlist candidate is Anoush Abrar, and the image Hector, which draw clear inspiration from Caravaggio’s Sleeping Cupid.

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The winner of the 2015 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize will be announced on Tuesday, the 10 November, and an exhibition of the winner’s images will be held in the National Portrait Gallery from mid-November.

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