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Portrait of a GP

Photographic portraiture uniquely lies at the heart of function and artistry. There is a general consensus that a portrait can give us an insight into a person that we are familiar with or intrigued by in some way.

Photographic artists play with conventional ideas about how a person and their personality can be visually represented.

Marcus Haydock has presented us with his personal interpretation of the GPs he came into contact with during his time at Whitehawk surgery. He has used the environment ­ the surgery space ­

as a backdrop to the GP portrait and quietly observed this 'other world' by capitalising on his own personal intrigue. Marcus has used his camera to still this busy world and create a space for us to look beyond mere likeness to give us a body of work that feels rich and unique in its close observation of his subjects and their workaday world.

'The Medic in the Portrait'

Seminar at the National Portrait Gallery

21 April 1.30pm-5.30pm

Tickets £15 (£10 concessions)

For Booking ring NPG on

020 7306 0055

Or e-mail

First 10 bookings are free

This seminar accompanies a recent photography education project that involved commissioning three photographers to take portraits of GPs in their Bristol, London and Brighton surgeries.

The seminar will discuss the commissioned portraits within the wider landscape of medical portraiture and the field of medical humanities.

Speakers are drawn from across the project and will include Dr Jacques Mizran (director of Space Works at King's College, London), Phil Johnson (editor of Pulse) and

Helen James (project manager of 'Portrait of a GP').

'Portrait of a GP' is a collaboration between Pulse and the National Portrait Gallery and is funded by the Healing Environment Research Cluster Project ­ an EPSRC/ AHRC Designing for the 21st Century initiative.

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