Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017
16 November 2017
280 x 220mm
Paperback with flaps
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Interviews by Richard McClure
In Focus photographer: Todd Hido
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 sitters but also reveal the outstanding skill of the photographers, in capturing a moment in time, and conveying something of the spirit of those photographed. This year’s In Focus display, the third in the competition’s history, features previously unseen photographs by Todd Hido that will be exhibited alongside those of the finalists. The works are reproduced in the catalogue, together with other photographs by Hido and an interview about his life and work. Known primarily for his night shots of suburban houses, roadside landscapes and emotionally charged portraits, the new works selected for the exhibition and catalogue mark a transition for Hido into an experiment with more formal studio portraiture. Fully illustrated in colour throughout, the book also features all the selected
Todd Hido is an American contemporary artist and photographer who is known for juxtaposing portraits with mysterious and cinematic ruminations on the American landscape, which together speak of a fragmented and personal memory of the past. Since publishing his first, instantly-‐acclaimed monograph, House Hunting, in 2001, Hido has earned international recognition for a body of work that spans some twenty-‐five years and resides in a number of prominent collections, including the Getty, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Richard McClure is a freelance journalist.