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.
This year Portrait Salon is creating a multi-location exhibition in Clerkenwell, London. Using Metro Imaging’s gallery space as our base (where we will be exhibiting selected portraits) we will curate a map of portraits across Clerkenwell where selected photographers will have work shown in retail and business’ shop front windows from the 15th to 26th November.
We will be open for submissions from 15th August (until 20th September) when photographers will be able to upload their rejected 2016 NPG Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize work via the submit section on our website.
Steve MacLeod, director of Metro Imaging, will curate a selection of portraits to be shown across the designated locations in Clerkenwell during November. Photographers will be notified of the selection decision by 1st October.
In September we will release a full list of the locations that will be showing the portraits and our launch event will be held at J+A Cafe (Great Sutton St) on the evening of 17th November. To accompany the exhibition we are producing a publication and trail map of all the selected work.
Portrait Salon would not exist without the guidance of our sponsors. This year, we are very grateful to METRO Imaging, Stanley’s Post, Lucid Rep, HERO, Stirtingale Web Design, and Creative Advice Network for their continuing support.