Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

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© Matthew Niederhauser (The John Kobal New Work Award)
The Nine Lives of Ai Weiwei by Matthew Niederhauser
Showcase of emerging photographers, students, amateurs and established professionals in this annual photographic portrait award.
Event phone: 020 7306 0055
Event website: http://www.npg.org.uk

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A beautiful exhibition with socially insightful works. They portray, I think, the perplexing world we live in with overall a certain emotional detachment, but not without poetry . It is refreshingly uncynical and these portraits are also those of our times.


Was a bit disappointed in this must-visit annual exhibition, difficult to say why but had the impression previous years were more engaging?? Got the impression many of the photos were selected more on the basis of the story they represented and the deluge of background information than for the actual picture... It also struck me how many photographers already had an established career, with most of them already being well published or having exhibited earlier, suggesting it probably had less to do with the artists and more with the selections made... Next year I want to see more 'new', 'fresh' and 'emerging' talent and more engaging, daring and unique portraits please.