Starting with the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011
Which will be at the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square until February 12th 2012. It’s worth a visit, there are a lot of good photographs on display this year, although there is a very sad undertone to it.. Not only sad stories such as a woman taken to work in the sex trade (first picture below) but also a fair few photographs showing disabilities and dis-figuration of different degrees.
A few of my favourite images on display were by Darren Hall (Old Truman Brewery/Claudia), Michael Birt (Keira Knightley), Kenneth O Halloran (Olive Selling Dresses) and Jonathan May (The Embrace). Just to name a few. I personally didn’t agree with the judges choice for the winning prizes, but then good portraiture I suppose is subjective to each persons on tastes.
The other exhibition I feel worth a mention was at Somerset House called Dazed And Confused [20 Years of the magazine]. And is open with free entry until January the 29th. And seriously.. GO. This was my favourite exhibition of the day; I thought it absolutely amazing and totally inspirational. Some absolutely amazing photographers works were featured (Rankin, Sam Taylor-Wood…), including some fantastic photos of some very famous people (Iggy Pop, Kate Moss…) GO. I mean really really. GO