5340 submissions showing the work of 2350 photographers, and a winner was chosen. Spanish-born, London-based photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera's image of Margerita, a young Bolivian woman living in a religious community, won the 28-year old the overall prize, worth a total of £12,000. Margerita found the process of taking the picture troubling, even though she sits behind a table, her face partially obscured by a hand placed casually before it.
This is one of sixty portraits in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, which is open at the National Portrait Gallery for another month. It is an opportunity to see exciting work by some of the most captivating and challenging photographers today. There are images here from advertising, editorial and the fine arts and balanced smattering of interesting faces, interesting stories and contemporary icons.
There are wonderfully evocative portraits of Gillian Wearing and Mo Farah, and there is the image below. This picture of Chinese dissident/activist/artist Ai Weiwei won Matthew Niederhauser the John Kobal New Work award, an adjunct prize given to an outstanding photographic artist under the age of 30. The very notion of celebrity was born from painting and portraiture, so this exhibition feels delightfully relevant. Well worth your time.
Header image: “Harriet and Gentleman Jack” (2010) by Jooney Woodward © Jooney Woodward
Second image: © Matthew Niederhauser