This time last year, the students were enjoying a trip to London to see the phenomenal photographic exhibition at the NPG. This year they had a very different experience, visiting the annual photographic portrait exhibition online.
Reflecting on the experience the students agreed:
“It is different from visiting an exhibition in a gallery because you can spend a lot more time looking at the portraits and reading about them. It can be easy to overlook many pictures in a normal exhibition, whereas this way you can focus a little more on each of the photos for as long as you like.”
They were enthusiastic in the value of seeing the wide variety of portraits and approaches to photography, commenting:
“Many photographs dealt with some of the monumental events that have taken place in the last year, such as the fires in Australia and the global pandemic, it is very interesting to see how photographers have explored these issues through portraiture.”
Thanks to the National Portrait Gallery for this great learning and cultural opportunity. The students have written about their favourite images to use as inspiration in their coursework projects. We look forward to visiting the exhibition next year as nothing can replace the first-hand gallery experience.