Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011


Pub. date: 10th November 2011
Price: £15
ISBN: 978 1 85514 453 8
Format: 280 x 220 mm
Extent: 72 pages
Illustrations: 60
Binding: Paperback with deep flaps
Category: Photography

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With an essay by Michael Bracewell
Interviews by Richard McClure

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prizecelebrates 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.


This book provides a unique opportunity to see an inspiring range of portraits from contemporary photographers selected from over 6,000 submissions. 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 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 2011 judging panel comprises Sandy Nairne, Director and Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London plus Monica Allende, Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine; Michael Bracewell, writer and novelist; Venetia Dearden, photographer and Clare Ferguson, Consultant, Taylor Wessing LLP. The catalogue includes a short essay by writer and novelist Michael Bracewell, and interviews with the prizewinners by Richard McClure give further insight into the photographers behind the portraits.


Michael Bracewell is a writer and novelist. His last novel was Perfect Tense (2001), and his latest non-fiction includes Re-make/Re-model (2007) and Roxy: The Band That Invented an Era (2008).
Richard McClure
is a freelance journalist.