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Exceptional Youth: Photographs by Emma Hardy

Past display archive

Photographs 1965-2006

Lily Cole
by Emma Hardy
30 August 2006
NPG x128783

Displayed for the first time is a new portfolio of work by Emma Hardy devised in collaboration with European Editor of Teen Vogue Jenny Dyson and the National Portrait Gallery's 150th Anniversary Appeal 'Collecting for the Future'. Acquired for the National Portrait Gallery collection with support of Teen Vogue and the Make Your Mark campaign.

These portraits capture exceptional teenagers who have already made a positive contribution to British life in fields such as popular and classical music, sports, science and political activism. Subjects include Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, Blaine Harrison of the indie band Mystery Jets, violinist Nicola Benedetti and footballer Theo Walcott.

Emma Hardy's work has twice been featured at the National Portrait Gallery's annual Photographic Portrait Prize as well as in leading magazines and periodicals.

Jenny Dyson comments on the series of portraits:
'This venture brings together a group of images of outstanding young people whose talent and drive prove it is possible for everyone to achieve great things and to make a difference. Collaborative research has revealed nineteen extraordinary individuals from a variety of fields and disciplines. In carving a path of difference and uniqueness, I consider them to be the ultimate young rebels whose success stories are truly inspiring.'

Project photographer, Emma Hardy, says of her work:
'My pictures try to reflect the lows and the struggles of their journeys, as well as the highs and possible rewards. Their hunger and defiance are what I've set out to explore. Perhaps they will look back on their portraits in years to come and recognise the determination and strength they possessed as they reached for their goals.'