National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

SophiaA special highlight, as is so often the case, is the image featured in the exhibition’s promotions, Sophia (left), by Billy & Hells, one in a series of photographs that emulates the type of lighting effects favoured by Dutch golden age painters.

Other than that though, the exhibition left me somewhat flat, consisting pretty much exclusively of the usual crop of east-European peasants; sullen, pubescent girls in various states of undress; and of course Sir Ian Mckellen. I guess it’s inevitable, but it’s a shame to turn up to an exhibit, especially one as small as this, only to find that you’ve already seen the best bits on the posters on the tube.

Rating: 4/10 – the prints on the tube were bigger, too!

2 thoughts on “National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

  1. Hey Daniel, thanks for that – that seems reasonable. And no doubt what you say about exotica works visa-versa too. I don’t know where to get prints, though!

  2. I would give it slightly higher marks as the subject matter was not so common, from my perspective. Of course, I am American and the mundane in your world may seem exotic in mine. My biggest disappointment was that they ran out of prints in the gift shop! Do you have any idea where I can order a copy of the above print?

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