U of M professor shortlisted for London photography prize

Each year the National Portrait Gallery in London presents the Taylor Wessing

Photographic Portrait Prize, an international photography award for both emerging talent and established professionals.

This year the NPG has announced five finalists for the award, and one of them is right here in the Twin Cities.


Christina and Mark, 14 months, 2011 by Dona Schwatz © Dona Schwartz

Dona Schwartz is an Associate Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, where she specializes in visual communication.

Her photograph “Christina and Mark, 14 months” is part of a series of photographs called “On the Nest” documenting moments of change in parents’ lives. This particular photograph depicts Christina and Mark Bigelow in their son’s vacated bedroom and explores the emotions experienced by parents as their children leave home.

Schwartz’ photograph was selected from over 6,000 submissions, and will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from November 10, 2011 until February 12, 2012 along with the other finalists and an array of photographs selected by the judges.

Last year, Schwartz’s portrait depicting expectant parents “Andrea and Brad,

16 days” was chosen for the exhibition.

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