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. This year (2018) we also called for submissions of rejected work from the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain competition.
Portrait Salon exists to question the place of competitions within the photographic industry and to provide another opportunity and platform for photographers.
This year there were no judges; the final selection for Portrait Salon 2018 was made by the public. All entries were on the Portrait Salon website for two weeks so that the public could vote for their preferred image. We received over 15,000 votes and you can read how Tom Hole at Stirtingale crunched the numbers for us here.
The selected 52 portraits will now be exhibited on Level 5 at Peckham Levels on 27th November from 6.30 to 10.30pm, accompanied by a very special publication designed by Stanley James Press. We hope that by inviting the public to vote for their favourite image, rather than an industry expert, the exhibition in November will provide a democratic view of photography entered into competitions.
Portrait Salon 2018 exhibition.
27th November, 6.30 to 10.30pm.
Level 5, Peckham Levels, Peckham Town Centre Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST.