Parents and teachers should be allowed to decide whether children can view an explicit portrait on show from today at the National Portrait Gallery, say exhibition bosses. rn

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Parents and teachers should be allowed to decide whether children can view an explicit portrait on show from today at the National Portrait Gallery, say exhibition bosses.

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The photograph, Portrait of my British wife, by Greek photographer Panayiotis Lamprou won second place, along with £3,000, in this year?s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

The picture, a cropped version of which is below, was not originally intended for public display as Lamprou explains: ?I never showed it to anyone. Only she [his wife] knew about it.

?When she saw it she said that even if it wasn?t a nude, the photograph has the same power to express.?

It is on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London – the first time Lamprou?s work has been displayed in the UK.

A spokeswoman for the National Portrait Gallery said competition judges chose the image for its ?artistic merit?.

She told Amateur Photographer: ?It is an intimate image but the gallery has decided it is suitable for this exhibition.

?A sign at the entrance indicates that there is nudity in the exhibition so that families and school groups can make their own decision about viewing.?

The spokeswoman added: ?As a forum for the best in contemporary photographic portraiture The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize has included nude subjects in previous years.?

The overall winner of this year?s £12,000 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize was UK photographer David Chancellor, for a portrait entitled ?Huntress with Buck?.

CLICKING HERE WILL SHOW THE FULL, UNCROPPED VERSION OF THE IMAGE. DO NOT VIEW IF YOU THINK IT MAY OFFEND

Cropped version

Picture: © Panayiotis Lamprou

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Cropped photo

Picture: © Panayiotis Lamprou