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Exploring portrait photography at the M-Shed

Sophie (detail) 2011 by Wendy Carrig

Sophie (detail) 2011 by Wendy Carrig

Press release issued: 14 August 2013

Staff members Dr Barnaby Haran and Dr Dorothy Rowe from the Department of History of Art will be giving lunchtime talks on different aspects of portrait photography in the M-Shed's current blockbuster exhibition the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

The exhibition, which features 60 outstanding portraits, comes to Bristol following its success at the National Portrait Gallery, London.  It showcases the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs.  The judges selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from 5,340 submissions entered by 2,352 photographers.

Join Dr Barnaby Haran in the exhibition on Friday 16 August 2013 from 1pm-1.30pm when he will be exploring photographic portraiture as a collaborative relationship in which photographer and subject negotiate the production of the image.

On Friday 25 October 2013 from 1pm-1.30pm visitors can join Dr Dorothy Rowe as she considers how portrait photography has exerted fascination on the viewer since its early invention, and asks questions such as 'What does it mean to be photographed nude?' and 'What are the viewing dynamics between photographer, sitter and viewer?'

Both talks are free and open to all.

This current collaboration follows the Department of History of Art’s successful collaboration earlier this year with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on the education events programme for their exhibition No Borders: Global to Local.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize runs at the M-Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol until 3 November 2013.


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