Shortlist Annouced for Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

16.02.20 #1 Thea+Maxwell from Surfland

16.02.20 #1 Thea+Maxwell from Surfland

A disorientating image of modern-day Californian surfers that looks as if it could be from the 19th century has been shortlisted for one of the world’s most prestigious photography awards.

The National Portrait Gallery in London announced that three photographers will compete for this year’s Taylor Wessing portrait prize across a strikingly diverse range of subjects: surfers, orthodox Jews and school uniforms.

The US photographer Joni Sternbach is nominated for a series called Surfland, in which she uses early photographic processes to give contemporary images a Victorian feel.

She will be represented in the annual prize show with a photograph of a solemn couple, Thea Adler and Maxwell Schultz.

–Mark Brown, The Guardian

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