See Yourself through the Lens at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

See Yourself through the Lens at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
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Young talent, amateur photographers full of creativity and affirmed professionals are at the National Portrait Gallery for the Taylor Wessing Prize, the most important international photography prize for portraits. There are fifty-seven works on display for the 2019 Edition, with a wide variety of approaches, styles and atmospheres - from formal commissioned portraits, with every minimal detail perfectly groo-med, to intimate or even captured shots, witness to a moment of grace; from close-ups to full-figure photos, even group and family shots, created in the most diverse places around the globe, all with a fascina-ting story to tell. Of course, there are the three works that are on the short list for the prize, one of which will be selected for the grand prize. While Irish photographer Enda Bowe brings us the daily life of Bel-fast with the profile of the young Neil, British photographer Garrod Mirkwood offers an unusual family portrait - everybody in the car for a spin around Whitley Bay, a moment of real life which seems like a scene from a film. Finally, in Los Angeles, Pat Martin uses the lens to see the relationship with his mother, a first-generation Jewish American, through fresh eyes. “Most of my life, I misunderstood my mother,” says Martin, “Photographing her was a way of looking at her, as if in a mirror, discovering details I never noticed. There are always new ones to discover, and always something new to hide.”
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London