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The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Ah the revered portrait; it was something only the great artists could manage - a likeness between muse and the canvas a tricky task, but impressive if it could be achieved. Or so it was historically believed. Art has come a long way since the days of a painted portrait, and thus The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (2013), comes into being, as a way of acknowledging the skill and talent of the clever portrait photographer.

On display are some of the most exciting works found. Sixty portraits were selected anonymously for inclusion by the judges, and are made up of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. It's worth mentioning, the select sixty were picked from five thousand submissions by 2,435 photographers from all over the world.

The current exhibition truly is a celebration of the finest photographers the world has to offer, and Scottish folk are privy to the scene.

Of the sixty photographs, four photographers were shortlisted for this year's prize, the winner being Spencer Matthew's portrait of jockey player Katie Walsh.

Imaginative, evocative and exciting, the winner is clear by a mile in my opinion; Murphy's photograph moved me beyond words. That said, all of the works on show are damn impressive, and I am always amazed that with a single 'click' of a camera, the photographer in question is able to transfer what is unfolding in front of them, to an image, and make it just as powerful as reality.

This portrait photography exhibition is proof that photos can be every bit as moving and enigmatic as the painted portraits elsewhere in the gallery. It seems a far cry from your passport photo, that's for sure.
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Why? To see prize-winning photography
When: Daily: 10am to 5pm (7pm on Thursdays
Where: Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Cost: Free
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