Photography students head to the National Gallery to explore Prize Exhibition

Last week our Photography students headed off to the National Portrait Gallery in London to attend the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition.

The international competition promotes the best in contemporary portrait photography from all over the world, and students spent the day exploring the wide variety of portraits on show. The competition showcased talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and professionals, and gave the students inspiration for their current projects in class. The exhibition of fifty-seven works features all of the prestigious prize winners including the winner of the £15,000 first prize.

The portraits covered a wide range of subjects and themes, including:

  • Support and documenting of the LGBTQ+ communities internationally
  • Mental Health
  • African American Rodeo Community
  • Mongolian Wrestlers
  • Islamic communities
  • Cancer victims
  • Impoverished communities internationally

Students thoroughly enjoyed the day and comments included:

“We had a fantastic time, loads of amazing contemporary photography challenging our notions about current worldwide and social issues.”

“Shocking but real.”

“Would have liked to see more on the African American Rodeo communities.”

“A lot of LGBTQ support! Good to see.”

To find out more about our Photography course, click here or come along to our Open Evening on 6th February, 5-8pm.