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If portraits intrigue and fascinate you, don't miss the fresh set of faces on display at The National Portrait Gallery. After more than 5000 submissions by more than 2000 photographers, only sixty new portraits found their way in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 exhibition. Many works face an audience for the first time, while some might have caught your eye in magazines or newspapers.
It is a satisfying stroll through societies and lifestyles, captured by contemporary amateur and professional photographers. The selection encapsulates bits of lives that seem worlds apart. Paradoxically, it's diversity that strengthens a sense of community. We're different, but we're made out of the same material. And yes, the eyes don't lie.
Famous people in casual postures, and ordinary families in the spotlight, proudly wearing their best clothes. There is suffering and there is resilience and hope. Frailty, loss, happiness, pride, despair. Looking in so many eyes makes for a rewarding reconnection to the others, accepting and understanding difference and unity.
This is no banal collection of headshots or selfies, you'll walk through life stories. You might even hear the voices, the sighs and the laughter if you scrutinize the lives squeezed in just a few square inches.