Portrait Salon

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 and J+A Cafe as our bases (where we will be exhibiting selected portraits) we have created a map of portraits across Clerkenwell where the selected photographers will have work shown in retail and business’ shop front windows from the 15th to 26th November. Steve MacLeod, director of Metro Imaging, has curated this year’s selection of portraits.

Our launch event will be held at J+A Cafe Clerkenwell on the evening of 17th November. To accompany the exhibition we are producing a publication and trail map of all the selected work.

On 21st November we will be holding a Portrait Salon event with portfolio reviews, demonstrations from our sponsors and panel discussions (details to follow soon).

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.