About this artwork

This photograph of violinist Nicola Benedetti was commissioned as part of a portfolio of portraits of exceptional young Britons. The project was a collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the European Editor of Teen Vogue, Jenny Dyson. Born in West Kilbride, Benedetti started playing the violin aged four. When she was sixteen she became the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, and has since gone on to release several albums. Framed against the door, Benedetti is captured in a moment of solitude and contemplation, far removed from her public persona. Hardy recalled the experience of photographing these young people: “My pictures try to reflect the lows and the struggle of their journey, as well as the highs...”

  • title:
    Nicola Benedetti (b. 1987)
  • accession number:
    PGP 381.1
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  • materials:
    Colour photograph (C-type print)
  • date created:
    28th August 2006
  • measurements:
    47.30 x 37.90 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased from the photographer 2007
  • copyright:
    © emma hardy

Emma Hardy

Emma Hardy