National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize 2007


A special highlight, as is so often the case, is the image featured in the exhibition's promotions, Sophia (left), by Billy & Hells, one in a series of photographs that emulates the type of lighting effects favoured by Dutch golden age painters.

Other than that though, the exhibition left me somewhat flat, consisting pretty much exclusively of the usual crop of east-European peasants; sullen, pubescent girls in various states of undress; and of course Sir Ian Mckellen. I guess it's inevitable, but it's a shame to turn up to an exhibit, especially one as small as this, only to find that you've already seen the best bits on the posters on the tube.

Rating: 4/10 - the prints on the tube were bigger, too!