Tagsmart Weekly Discovery: Spencer Murphy between Photography and Painting

The award-winning photographer Spencer Murphy was born in 1978 and grew up in the Kentish countryside. He trained in Falmouth College of Art and he now works and lives in London, dedicating his time to creating his own artwork and taking photographic commissions.


From award-winning portraits to post-apocalyptic worlds, Spencer Murphy’s ability to dance with light often borders on ethereal. He is a master of portraiture whose portraits looks more like paintings rather than photos, earning him a place hanging among the greats in England’s esteemed National Portrait Gallery.  He has collaborated with various magazines, including The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, Time, Monocle and Wallpaper. Some of his portraits have been featured on the Rolling Stones Magazine, GQ and Dazed and Confused.



Spencer has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition 7 times between 2006 to 2013 and in 2013 he won the Taylor Wessing photography prize. His work is now held in the National Portrait Gallery’s Permanent Collection.

Spencer Murphy’s awards:

Sony World Photography Awards, shortlisted 2010,2011,2013 Third Place Winner, Campaign, 2013, First Place Winner, Campaign, 2014/ Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, selected 2006 and 2007-2012 Third Place Winner 2012 First Place Winner 2013/ AOP Photography Awards Bronze Award 2009 / Creative Review Photo Annual, selected 2007,2009,2012 / AOP Bursary, winner 2006 / Creative Review-Creative Futures, commended 2006 / The Magenta Foundation, emerging photographers, winner 2006 / Metro Imaging Bursary, winner 2002

For more info visit Spencer Murphy’s website: https://goo.gl/aMkzo