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Taylor Wessing Prize 2010 – National Portrait Gallery

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Photography prize at the National Portrait Gallery.

Friday, 12 November 2010 – David Franchi
The “Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010” has collected startling works of emerging artists, with 60 portraits selected for the exhibition from nearly 6,000 submissions entered by 2,401 photographers from around the world. Law firm Taylor Wessing sponsors the competition for the third year. The exhibition will run until 20th February 2011.




The winner of the Prize is David Chancellor, second shortlisted Panayiotis Lamprou, followed by Jeffrey Stockbridge and fourth prize to Abbie Trayler-Smith.The special “ELLE Commission 2010” prize goes to Clare Shilland.

There’s a huge use of social issue related subjects.

On display at the exhibition there are also portraits of famous people, like former MP Tony Blair, Rolling Stones member Charlie Watts, couturier Ozwald Boateng, artist David Hockney and designer Nicky Haslam.

Notably in this exhibition many hitting subjects dealing with issues of our society are used by photographer including prostitution, addiction, homelessness, obesity, nudity, hunting, old age, femininity, handicap, poverty, famine.

This year the winner is David Chancellor with Huntress with Buck, a portrait of 14 year old Josie Slaughter from Alabama on her first hunting trip to South Africa. Chancellor has been awarded with £12,000. He says: “Josie had hunted her buck earlier in the day and was returning to camp. As we arrived, the sun set below the cloud cover and I had almost unreal light for around a minute. The contrast between the peace and tranquillity of the location, plus Josie’s ethereal beauty and the dead buck, was what I wanted to explore. Here was a vulnerability and yet also a strength”. In this portrait Chancellor is strongly inspired by the African set, giving to his work a particular artistic quality of light. He spent two days with the Josie and her family, shooting Kodak 160VC 120 film on a Mamiya 7 II camera. The portrait is from his project documenting hunters, the hunted and spaces associated with hunting.

Born in Solihull, after a fruitless career in banking, Chancellor (1961) started with photography. Now based in both London and Cape Town, he shoots documentary reportage and portraiture for a range of clients, and regularly works on projects for NGOs. Named Nikon Press Photographer of the Year three times, he also received a World Press Photo Award earlier this year.

The Second Prize goes to the Greek photographer Panayiotis Lamprou for Portrait of my British wife from the series Human Presence. The portrait was taken at the couple’s summerhouse on the small island of Schinousa in the Aegean Sea on a hot summer’s day. The woman beneath her T-shirt is not wearing anything. This particular reminds to the long and debated history of Art and expression. She is naked clearly stating Courbet “The Origins of the World” (now showed in D’Orsay Museum, Paris) which inspired Lamprou in portraying his wife. Awarded with £3,000, it is the first time this work has been on display in the UK. It has been included in numerous publications and sixteen exhibitions throughout Europe.

Lamprou says: “I never showed it to anyone. Only she knew about it. When she saw it she said that even if it wasn’t a nude the photograph has the same power to express. I can describe the portrait as Independence and Love, Devotion and Freedom”.

Panayiotis Lamprou, born in Athens in 1975, studied with founder of Photography Circle, Platon Rivellis, and in Centro di Ricerca e Archiviazione della Fotografia in Spilimbergo, near Udine in Italy.

The Third Prize goes to Jeffrey Stockbridge, from USA, for Tic Tac and Tootsie (twin sisters Carroll and Shelly McKean) from the series Nowhere but Here. Awarded with £2,000, it was taken in Kensington, North Philadelphia. The portrayed are Tic Tac and Tootsie, 20-year-old twin sisters Carroll and Shelly McKean. The twin sisters started to live on the street at nineteen and have been homeless for a year when Stockbridge met them. They both suffer from insomnia: they are addicted to Xanex and have turned to prostitution to supply their habit. Stockbridge says: “Enduring unthinkable pain on a daily basis, the sisters are both incredibly strong and weak at the same time. Caught in the grip of their addiction, they do whatever it takes to survive, except for getting clean”.

Jeffrey Stockbridge is born 1982 in Woodbine, Maryland. Since his graduation in 2005, he has broadly exhibited in the USA and received many grants and awards for his projects documenting neglected urban parts of Philadelphia.









The Fourth Prize goes to Abbie Trayler-Smith for Untitled 2 from the series Childhood Obesity. Her shortlisted portrait was taken on the second meeting with a girl called Chelsea, from Shine, a group in Sheffield which helps teenagers deal with obesity. Trayler-Smith says: “Whilst talking about how it feels to live with the prejudices that come with being overweight, I looked away to change the film in my camera. When I looked back the picture was suddenly there. I shot one frame”.

Born in South Wales (1977) Abbie Trayler-Smith, self-trained, worked as a photographer for The Daily Telegraph, Time Magazine, GEO, Marie Claire, Tatler, Guardian Weekend, Oxfam, UNICEF and BBC Worldwide among others. Her project on asylum seekers in the UK, Still Human, Still Here, was exhibited at HOST Gallery, London, (2009) with an accompanying film which won both the Nikon Award 2009 and the PPY Best Multimedia Piece 2009.

The winner of the “ELLE Commission 2010” is Clare Shilland, 36, for her portrait Merel. For the second year running, ELLE magazine, the world’s biggest-selling fashion magazine, will commission a photographer selected for the Taylor Wessing Prize exhibition to shoot a feature story.

Shilland, from South London, met Merel in Milan when she shot her for an Italian magazine. Later she asked Merel if she can photograph her for exhibition Girls! Girls! Girls! The portrait was made out of the city of Antwerp.

Shilland has shot for clients including Marni, Hardy Amies, Warner Music, Lyle & Scott and H&M, and her photographs have been published in i-D, Italian Rolling Stone, GQ Style and Teen Vogue amongst others.

A fully illustrated book of the exhibition is available by critic and editor Lucy Davies (The Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph SEVEN Magazine and Telephoto) and by Richard McClure interviewing the winners.

All photo have been granted from National Portrait Gallery.

Published for: www.italoeuropeo.co.uk

Direct link: http://www.italoeuropeo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3337:london-photography-prize-at-the-national-portrait-gallery&catid=76:-great-britain-news-london-londra-&Itemid=300067


Written by davidfranchi

November 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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