This photograph of an 18 year old Johannesburg student has just won a prestigious photography award. Part of a series of photographs entitled Similar Uniforms: We Refuse to Compare, the photographer Claudio Rasano explores whether individuality can be preserved when school uniforms are worn.
Before the ceremony to collect his prize for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Competition Rasano explained the issues he was interested in. “Children themselves have been known to rebel against uniforms,” he said, “especially as they approach the awkward age characterised by the need to fit in and the desire to stand out, all at the same time. Some experts too have spoken against school uniforms on the grounds that they suppress individuality and diversity.”
You can Rasano’s portraits and other shortlisted pieces of work at the London National Portrait Gallery until 26th February.