What IS a photographic portrait?

Here is an interesting article from one of the judges, Diane Smythe of the Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize, currently on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London (UK). In it, Diane discusses not only som of the complexities of judging such a prize, but what makes a good portrait (in context with the prize of course) and offers insight into the difference between personally knowing the subject of a work, and not. This is something we all have to be able to think about with our artwork,: what will it mean to someone else? (Who doesn’t know us, our process, our thoughts…)

Click the image below to link through to the finalists’ images. The image below is the Overall Winner of the Prize, 2009.

Rosie Bancroft (2008) by London photographer Paul Floyd Blake. This portrait is part of series entitled On Track for 2012, in which he photographs young athletes with the potential to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

Rosie Bancroft (2008) by London photographer Paul Floyd Blake. This portrait is part of series entitled On Track for 2012, in which he photographs young athletes with the potential to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

 

 

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