Coinciding with the opening of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 exhibition, a recently commissioned photograph of the British actress Olivia Colman is put on display in its new home at the National Portrait Gallery. Photographed by Hana Knizova, the portrait was commissioned through the John Kobal New Work Award, an annual prize that contributes to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize exhibition.
Colman is renowned for her extensive actress career, from film, television, to theatre. Colman’s recent works include her appliances in ‘Cuban Fury’, as well as Carol Thatcher in the BAFTA-winning film ‘The Iron Lady’. The British actress have also achieved a World Cinema Special Jury Prize at the Sundance FIlm Festival for breakout performance, and best actress prize at the British Independent Film Awards and the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Additionally, Colman’s television features have been alongside David Tennant in ‘Broadchurch’, and her work in ‘Accused’ have led her to winning two BAFTA awards in 2013. On the West End stage, Colman performed in Howard Davies’s ‘Hay Fever’, and she has upcoming film works including in Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Lobster’.
Following her studies in photography, Czech photographer Hana Knizova’s photography career started with her feature John Kobal New Work Award-winning portrait, presenting identical twins Nellie and Elza. Her works have been included in well-known publications such as Marie Claire and InStyle, as well as exhibited twice in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, in 2012 and 2013.
Olivia Colman by Hana Knizova
10 November – 22 February 2014
National Portrait Gallery,
St. Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE