Oakland County Teen Wins National Portrait Gallery Teen Competition

An Oakland County teen is the grand prize winner of a national portrait photography competition, and his photo will be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Otto Graunewald of Rochester won the 13-15 age group of the museum’s Teen Portrait Competition. His black-and-white portrait, called ‘Trapped’, has him looking straight into the camera with gauze over his head. Graunewald has generalized epilepsy disorder and uses photography to communicate about the challenges he faces.

The competition is inspired by the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

“The Teen Portrait Competition enables the National Portrait Gallery to connect with emerging artists, providing teens with a platform to share their ideas about the portraiture genre with the world,” said Leslie Ureña, curator of photographs by the gallery, in a press release. As with the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, the entries gave a glimpse into our recent history. It was truly amazing to see how teenagers interact with the world and use portraiture to explore the themes that affect their lives and that of the people around them. influence them.”

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