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The Textiles Scientist, 2018

by Kate Atkinson

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 People's Choice Award

Ruth Baig was one of two females doing a science degree at Manchester University. In her thirties she travelled solo around India; she wept when she saw the Taj Mahal. The image is part of my ongoing project – The 8 x 10’s portrait series – which is about conversations, connections and stories. It explores the importance of relationships, and how vital they are to human happiness and existence. In our society, the elderly become seemingly invisible, but within these people are histories – exciting, incredible, rich lives … if only we take the time to ask.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

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