Portrait Salon was founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins in 2011 as a response to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. A form of Salon des Refusés – an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show – it aims to showcase the best of the rejected images from the Taylor Wessing Prize, which is organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery in London. The NPG Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize is one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world, attracting entrants from professionals and amateurs alike.
In 2015 Portrait Salon celebrated it’s 5th year by exhibiting one print from every photographer that submitted to and was rejected by the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Every photographer that entered Portrait Salon 2015 had one print selected from the portraits they had rejected by the 2015 Taylor Wessing Prize.
Our print exhibition was at The Embassy Tea Gallery in London from 18th to 22nd November and was accompanied by a DIY style sticker book publication that looked back at the past 4 years of Portrait Salon.
Visitors to the print exhibition were able to vote on their favourite three portraits and the selected photographers were able to choose from; a portfolio review with Lucid Representation Photographic Agency, a full days retouching at Stanley’s Post, a bespoke 1-1 session at Metro Imaging and a career advice session with Creative Advice Network. We received 570 votes and 1st place went to Alan Powdrill, 2nd to Julia Fullerton-Batten, 3rd to Phil Sharp and 4th to Matt MacPake.
In February 2016 the Portrait Salon selection was exhibited at The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo.
Portrait Salon will release details of this year’s events and open again for submissions after the NPG have sent out their 2016 Taylor Wessing Prize rejection notifications (usually in the second week of August).