West End Theatre portraits and the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

A portrait of late actor Roger Lloyd Pack joins an extraordinary range of photos as part of this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

An exhibition featuring the winners and judges’ selections for this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is currently running at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Jon Cartwright's portrait of the late actor Roger Lloyd Pack
Jon Cartwright’s portrait of the late actor Roger Lloyd Pack

One of the portraits selected by the judges is of the late, great West End theatre, film and television actor Roger Lloyd Pack, taken by former ITV exec turned London-based freelance photographer Jon Cartwright.

Over the course of his photographic career Cartwright has taken portraits of a host of well known West End people, from actors including John Hurt, Judi Dench Ian McKellen and Lenny Henry, to director Ken Russell and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

See below for a selection of Jon’s portrait work of West End people.

Roger Lloyd Pack died in January this year and was best known for TV roles including Only Fools and Horses and The Vicar of Dibley, and a stage career that spanned the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Almeida theatre and the West End – most recently in Dealer’s Choice at the Trafalgar Studios and in Mark Rylance’s all-male productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Apollo.

This year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize was won by London-based fashion photographer David Titlow for his portrait “Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow” of his baby son being introduced to a dog. Second prize went to Jessica Fulford-Dobson, third prize to Birgit Püve and the fourth prize was awarded to Blerin Racaj.

The judges selected 59 portraits overall for the exhibition from 4,193 submissions entered by 1,793 photographers, and all currently on display at the National Gallery until 22 February 2015.


Victoria Wood. Photo by Jon Cartwright

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Victoria Wood. Photo by Jon Cartwright


Jon Cartwright Photography – Website
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