Portraits from the World - Taylor Wessing Prize

The best of international photography comes into focus at the London temple of portraits, next to the largest collection of paintings and artworks of the genre in the world. Within the 59 shots on display, an infinite variety of approaches to the photographic portrait in a kaleidoscope of subjects, settings and atmospheres. Celebrated photographers, emerging professionals and highly-talented amateurs fought for the Taylor Wessing Prize, noted for promoting the virtues of quality and creativity. Close-up, faces and bodies that tell of the most urgent situations in the world today. The absolute winner, in fact, was photojournalist César Dezfuli, with his intense image of a sixteen-year-old Malaysian immigrant just rescued from the waters of the Mediterranean. Fear, uncertainty, strength and determination come together in their precociously mature gaze, with the dreamy-blue background of the sea, which is at once, danger and salvation. However, there are quotidian images as well, such as that of the little fencer by Paola Serino, not to mention the windows open onto the future. Such is the case with the work that garnered third place and the John Kobal New York Award for photographers under 35: the disturbing portrait of Erica, an android with silicon skin, capable of conversing and expressing emotions, photographed by Finnish photographer Maija Tammi.
Francesca Grego - © 2017 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London