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Portrait prize handed out in London
Jonathan Torgovnik
There is something larger than life about a great portrait. It not only records a moment in time, it tells a story and it captures the soul of its subject. In London, the 2007 Portrait Prize has been awarded. The top award goes to Israeli-born photographer Jonathan Torgovnik, for his photo of a family caught in crisis. The 60 photos hanging in London's National Portrait Gallery, are the best of nearly 7 thousand entries submitted for the gallery's fifth annual Photographic Portrait Prize. The 12,000 pounds Sterling, top prize was won by Israeli-born photographer Jonathan Torgovnik. His portrait was taken during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The photo shows Joseline Ingabire, a mother and a rape victim. She is shown embracing her second daughter. Her elder daughter Hossiana, looks on. The stark outline of family's crude, mud-walled home stands in the background. The work is simply titled 'Joseline Ingabire with her daughter Leah Batamuliza, Rwanda' The photograph is part of a larger collection that comprises a personal project by the photographer. Jonathan Torgovnik, prize winning photographer, said, 'Well this photograph is part of a larger project I've been working on about women who were raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and have children as a result of the rape. It's estimated that about 20 thousand children were born from rape in the genocide. There's a whole generation of children growing up like this in Rwanda. I wanted to give a voice to these women who feel that they were completely forgotten by the world.' The Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition continues at London's National Portrait Gallery until February 24th.
 

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