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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

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Past Exhibition Information

Oct. 27, 2022 - Dec. 18, 2022

Pavilion Gallery


National Portrait Gallery

One of the most prestigious photography awards in the world, celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography, selected by a panel of judges from 4,462 entries from 1,697 photographers.

A total of 51 portraits from 36 artists have been selected for display in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 exhibition. 

The three shortlisted photographers are:

  • Haneem Christian for Mother and Daughter and Rooted, which explore queerness, transness and the importance of chosen family.
  • Clémentine Schneidermann for portraits from the series Laundry Day, whichdocument the daily chores of her neighbour in South Wales, navigating life in lockdown.
  • Alexander Komenda for Zahid’s Son, a portrait that examines themes of identity and the post-Soviet landscape in Kyrgyzstan.

The annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, now celebrating fifteen years under Taylor Wessing‘s sponsorship, is one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world and showcases new work submitted by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers. The winner of the first prize will receive £15,000. The second prize-winner receives £3,000 and the third prize £2,000.

Image: Frederic Aranda, Vogue House (detail)

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Seeing such a variety of themes and approaches provided an honest glimpse into people’s lives, and I am excited to curate the compelling selection of photographs in the exhibition this year.

Eva Eicker
Curator of TaylorWessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

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National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

London's National Portrait Gallery (NPG) houses a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people. It was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856. The gallery moved in 1896 to its current site at St Martin's Place, off Trafalgar Square, and adjoining the National Gallery.

The gallery houses portraits of historically important and famous British people, selected on the basis of the significance of the sitter, not that of the artist. The collection includes photographs and caricatures as well as paintings, drawings and sculpture. 

In addition to its permanent galleries of historical portraits, the National Portrait Gallery exhibits a rapidly changing selection of contemporary work, stages exhibitions of portrait art by individual artists and hosts the annual BP Portrait Prize competition.

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