Portrait of Katie Walsh, by Spencer Murphy

Katie Walsh by Spencer MurphyThought I would share this absolutely stunning photo portrait of Katie Walsh, jockey, by Spencer Murphy.

The Guardian says:-

Captured just after finishing a tough race at Kempton, a photograph of a mud-spattered, drained jump jockey Katie Walsh has been shortlisted for one of the UK’s leading portrait prizes.

Spencer Murphy’s image was named as one of four contenders for this year’s Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize, chosen from 5,410 submissions entered by 2,435 photographers.

Murphy, third last year for his portrait of the actor Mark Rylance, photographed Walsh as part of a series of jump jockey portraits for Channel Four’s The Original Extreme Sport campaign. The photographer said he had been keen to include Walsh, who came third in the 2012 Grand National on Seabass. “I wanted to show both her femininity and the toughness of spirit she requires to compete against the best riders in one of the most demanding disciplines in horse racing.”

The photograph was shot on large format film, Murphy said, “to give the images a depth and timelessness that I think would have been hard to achieve on a digital camera”.

~ by David Reid on September 12, 2013.

4 Responses to “Portrait of Katie Walsh, by Spencer Murphy”

  1. super!!!! greetings from Berlin

  2. In credible image. That face is so serene but also scary powerful. Thanks for sharing

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