John Kobal New Work Award

Frances by Josh Redman, February 2016
© Josh Redman
John Kobal New Work Award: £5,000

The John Kobal New Work Award has been awarded to Josh Redman for his photograph Frances, taken from an on-going series of pared down studio portraits. Redman says, “This was Frances’ first serious photo shoot, and it’s an honour to have been part of her initiation into modelling at age 83. During the 3-hour sitting we chatted over pastries about her late husband, the War, her lifelong job as a typist and her daughter Tineka”. 

Born in the UK in 1984, Redman was a sculptor and potter until 2012 when he decided to sell his kiln, buy a camera and move to London. Since then he has worked as a freelance photographer, winning the AOP Assistant Award in 2014 and has been commissioned by Adidas, SKY TV and the British Museum amongst others.

The John Kobal New Work Award is given to a photographer under thirty-five whose work has been selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition. The winner receives a cash prize of £5,000 to include undertaking a commission to photograph a sitter connected with the UK film industry for the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

Judges’ comments: “The judges were intrigued by Redman’s sculptural and tactile rendering of the human body, which is pronounced against the deep chiaroscuro lighting.”