Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013


Pub. date: 14 November 2013
Price: £15
ISBN: 9781855144644
Format: 280 x 220mm
Extent: 80 pages
Illustrations: 60
Binding: Paperback with flaps
Category: Photography

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With an essay by Kate Bush
Interviews by Richard McClure

The Taylor Wessing 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.


This book provides a unique opportunity to see an inspiring range of portraits from contemporary photographers selected from thousands of submissions. The works included are not only about the subjects – people who appear intriguing, defiant or relaxed – but also reveal the outstanding skill of the photographers, whose intelligence and diligence enable 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 catalogue includes an extended essay about contemporary portraiture.


Richard McClure is a freelance journalist.
Kate Bush
is Head of Barbican Art Galleries and was one of the judges on the 2013 panel.