British photographer Spencer Murphy shortlisted for Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

24th Oct 2013

© Spencer Murphy

British photographer Spencer Murphy has been announced as one of four photographers shortlisted for the 2013 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

Murphy has been shortlisted for his image “Katie Walsh” which was taken at Kempton Park Racecourse his whilst shooting a series of jump jockeys' portraits for Channel Four's The Original Extreme Sport campaign.

Murphy says: “I set up at the side of the racecourse and pulled in the jockeys as they finished their races.  I was keen to include Katie. I wanted to show both her femininity and the toughness of spirit she requires to compete against the best riders in one of the most demanding disciplines in horse racing. I chose to shoot the series on large format film, to give the images a depth and timelessness that I think would have been hard to achieve on a digital camera’.

This is the seventh time that Murphy’s work has been exhibited at the National Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and last year his portrait of actor Mark Rylance won him Third Prize.

Spencer Murphy’s work has also been recognised by the Sony World Phtoography Awards three times, winning 3rd place in the Campaign category this year, being shortlisted in 2011 in the Professional Arts and Culture category and receiving a further 3rd place in the Conceptual & Constructed category in 2010.

Murphy’s work was shortlisted alongside: Anoush Abrar for Kofi Annan; Dorothee Deiss for The twins and Giles Price for Kumbh Mela Pilgrim.

The annual £12,000 prize showcases some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs.

Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition which will run from 14 November 2013 – 9 February 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The winner of the 2013 prize will be announced on Tuesday 12 November.

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