Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

The Taylor Wessing portrait prize a contemporary art competition in which both amateur and professional photographs submit their portrait work to marked by judges.

The prize itself was started in 2003 and was originally called ‘the schweppes photographic portrait prize,’ but was changed to the Taylor Wessing portrait prize in 2008.

Since 2003 there have been 11 winners

  1. Roben Antoniewicz
  2. Jens Lucking
  3. Shara Henderson
  4. Richard Boll
  5. Jonathan Torgovnik
  6. Lottie Davies
  7. Paul Floyd Blake
  8. David Chancellor
  9. Jooney Woodward
  10. Jordi Ruiz Cirera                                                                                                                                                                              The last Winner being Spencer Murphy for his photograph of Jokey Kate Walsh ‘I was keen to include Katie,’ says Murphy: ‘I wanted to show both her femininity and the toughness of spirit she requires to compete against the best riders in one of the most demanding disciplines in horse racing. I chose to shoot the series on large format film, to give the images a depth and timelessness that I think would have been hard to achieve on a digital camera’.

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Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin was a french photographer born 1928 and was known for his provocative fashion photographs in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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‘At the heart of Guy Bourdin’s fashion photographs is a confrontation with the very nature of  commercial  image making. While conventional fashion images make beauty and clothing their central elements, Bourdins photographs offer a radical alternative,’ was a quote from an unknown source about bourdin’s work.

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Bourdin grew up through the second world war, when this ended he joined the military and recieved his first photographic training. Bourin was fascinated by surrealism and became Man Ray’s Protege. Bourdin began taking fashion photographs in the mid 1950’s and by 1953 he had his first exhibition. He started working with the fashion magazine vogue and stopped working with the magazine after 32 years in 1987. He has been hailed as one of the greatest fashion photographers of all time nd one of the best known photographers of fashion and advertising of the second half of the 20th century

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Fame Fashion and Photography

In the 1960s fashion photography really took off
Big three: David Bailey, Terrance Donovan and Brian Duffy
Contrast to photographers before that era, they were young informal heterosexuals
Photography was relaxed
Shot on 35mm film
They brought the snapshot into commercial photography
The models had relationships with the photographers
Models like: Shrimpton and Twiggy
Photographers took photos of icons, pop stars, fashion designers and hairstylists
Photographers were considered the social elite and were treated like celebrities
Magazine articles like ‘the model makers’ were written about them
David Bailey’s ‘box of pin ups’ were a new way of presenting photographs
Models became celebrities, Twiggy was covers in newspapers
She was considered ‘queen of the social aristocracy’
The film ‘blow up’ was about a young photographer set in London

Vile Bodies – The Dead

Photographs used as evidence of crime

Used as a document of references

Andres Serrone – death- scary- fear- ‘the morgue’

Nick Waplington – Works through ways to kill yourself – Fear of the unknown – ‘We want to be immortal his photos help people enjoy life – ‘It could be you