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Peter O'Doherty, 2013

by Stuart Spence

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Finalist

Peter O'Doherty is a musician, songwriter and artist. In this portrait he sits resolute under the glow from a bowling club exit sign. it looks posed, planned even, but it isn't. It's a snap, spontaneous and raw. Pete's art speaks for itself. I've never heard him 'explain' his pictures or songs. It seems like he's saying, 'You either get it or you don't.' I hope this picture reflects that grit and self-assuredness.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

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