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Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize

The Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize recognizes excellence in portrait photography by an emerging photographer.

Recipients - September 2014

Judges - September 2014

Terry O'Neill
Photographer

Cheryl Newman
Director of Photography
Telegraph Magazine

Stuart Smith
Designer

Michael Hirschl
Director of Creative Delivery
BergHind Joseph Agency

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Jack Davison

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About the project:

Goals:

So much of the portraiture commissioned in the press and print industry is reluctant to take risks. I'd love to challenge that safety and introduce moments of spontaneity and awkwardness into imagery; too often the portraits of people, often notorious or famous, are aggrandising and sycophantic. I'd hope to strip back some of the layers of artifice and enforce strangeness and quietness in its place.

I want to continue making work that excites and challenges me, and force more of my work off the screen and into print and physical images.

Approach to portraiture:

I'm reliant on moments of spontaneity with my subjects, I will often find a face and approach them, there and then, and shoot with them in that moment. I know a lot of photographers tend to deliberate their projects before they shoot them, but I often get twitchy when I haven't shot in a day. I tend not to stop myself from looking for people to portrait and scenes to capture. I'd consider it documentary photography, but my own view is subjective, I'm less concerned with facts and more the beauty or strangeness of that moment.

My aim is to bring my subject into a space where they can lose themselves and disconnect from that moment. People are often guarded and resilient to reveal themselves, and part of the joy of portraiture for me is getting them to reach a point where they let that guard drop. It's an accidental moment that I look out for.

For me that moment of accident is really important, it can be found during the shooting process or in the editing process. I find it's often something you didn't expect to work that will yield the most evocative images. Be it messing around digitally or physically editing the image. I was raised on digital but more and more I value the presence of a tactile image, one you can hold, bend and tear.