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National Portrait Gallery (London)

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Address: St Martin's Place
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 73060055

Opening times: Open daily 1000-1800, Thu-Fri 1000-2100hrs

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is an art gallery in London housing a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people. It was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856. The gallery moved in 1896 to its current site at St Martin's Place, off Trafalgar Square, and adjoining the National Gallery.

The NPG website has information about current and future displays and exhibitions, interviews with artists and sitters, an excellent searchable A-Z of photographers in the collection and a photography blog.

The gallery hosts an annual photographic portrait prize. This was established in 2003 as the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize. In the years 2006 and 2007 it was referred to simply as the Photographic Portrait Prize. Since 2008 the competition has been sponsored by international law firm, Taylor Wessing.

The prize is an open competition accepting submissions from amateur and professional photographers. Entry is open to photographers from around the world, aged 18 and over. The first prize is £15,000.

The deadline for entry to this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 is 12 June 2018.

The NPG Photographs Collection consists of more than 250,000 original photographic images of which at least 130,000 are original negatives. They date from the 1840s to the present day.

The Photographs Collection is housed in our Orange Street building and can be accessed via an appointment in the Heinz Archive and Library (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 020 7321 6617). A vigorous on-going cataloguing and digitisation programme is at present in progress. The results can be observed in the form of the addition of new material being added every month to our website and to the Portrait Explorer in the IT Gallery located centrally within the entrance hall to the National Portrait Gallery.


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