Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

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With an essay by Stuart Maconie
Interviews by Richard McClure

The Photographic Portrait Prize celebrates the vitality and excellence in portrait photography today. This prize is one of the most important platforms for contemporary portrait photographers internationally, and sixty stunning reproductions of the selected works provide an excellent overview of current photographic styles, trends and techniques.

Selected from over 6,300 submissions, this book offers a unique opportunity to see an inspiring range of portraits from contemporary photographers. The works included are not only about the subjects – people who appear intriguing, defiant or relaxed – but also reveal the outstanding skills of the photographers, whose intelligence and diligence enables them to capture both a moment in time, and to convey something of the spirit of those photographed.

Fully illustrated in colour throughout, the book features all the selected entries from this year’s competition as well as comments and insights from the judges. The 2009 judging panel comprises of Sandy Nairne, Director and Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London plus Sian Bonnell, Artist and Curator; Michael Frawley, Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP; Fergus Greer, Photographer; Diane Smyth, Deputy Editor, British Journal of Photography and Stephen Snoddy, Director, The New Art Gallery Walsall. The catalogue will include a short essay by best-selling author and presenter Stuart Maconie and interviews with the prizewinners by Richard McClure give further insight into the photographers behind these outstanding images. 

Stuart Maconie is as a TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and  best-selling author. Recent titles include Adventures On The High Teas (2009) and Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North (2008) Richard McClure is a freelance journalist.

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Pub. date: 5 November 2009
Price: £12.99
ISBN: 9781855144132
Format: 280 x 220mm
Extent: 72 pages
Illustrations: 60
Binding: Paperback
Category: Photography

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