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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Awarded to Spencer Murphy

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

for a photograph of jockey Katie Walsh.


The £12,000 award was presented to the Kent photographer at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Tuesday 12 November 2013. The winning portrait will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery from November 14, 2013 until 9 February 2014.

The award-winning image by Murphy was taken at Kempton Park Racecourse and was made while the artist was shooting a series of jump jockeys' portraits for Channel. 'I was keen to include Katie,' says Murphy: '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 the work of the London-based photographer has been exhibited at the Gallery's annual photographic exhibition and last year Murphy's portrait of actor Mark Rylance won him Third Prize.

Spencer Murphy (22.09.1978) grew up in Kent and studied at the Kent Institute of Art and Design before gaining a BA in Photography at Falmouth College of Arts.

Learn more at The National Portrait Gallery

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