Portrait Salon


We love this pic of Jim from Miniclick framed in the Portrait Salon logo… pic taken by Manel Ortega, who also did the pics for the timelapse below.

Miniclick have got some newspapers left and will be selling them at their event tonight. If you’re in Brighton, head on down to the Old Market to hear Jim Mortram in conversation with Wayne Ford. More details here.


A timelapse movie of images taken by Manel Ortega at the Brighton leg of Portrait Salon ‘12… where the screen collapsed and the slideshow was projected onto the wall of the opposite building! Which looked great.

Thanks to Jim and his sidekicks for all their hard work…


Photos of the London event by Joe Plommer


Here we are… after a year of fundraising, marketing, gathering rejected images and putting this edition of the newspaper together, Portrait Salon 2012 will finally go public this evening, in four venues around the UK…

Over the past 24 hours there has been quite a buzz on Twitter and other social media, and we’ve been featured on the wonderful Feature Shoot, run by Alison Zavos. You can read the article here.

And then today, the icing on the cake… a lovely article written by Phil Coomes on the BBC website, which you can read here

So we’re all set! All we need now is you… Projections kick off at 7pm, and there will be an attempt at a live link-up between the venues at around 8.30pm. With no technical hitches, honest!

For details of a projection near you, see previous post on this blog. And, if you’re on Twitter, spread the word! Let’s try and get #portraitsalon trending.


One week to go… and everything’s coming together. The newspapers have arrived, flyers have been distributed, the live link up between the venues has been checked, and the slideshow is almost done. We’ve even had some press!

We were very pleased to be featured in the Independent on Sunday last weekend; 3 double page spreads featuring a great article and ten images from our chosen photographers, complete with captions. If you missed the hard copy, you can read the article here. The headline in the newspaper was “We are the 99%” which we thought very apt… so many thanks to the team at the Independent for your support.

We also have a short article in the current issue of fLIP, the magazine for the London Independent Photography. Sadly not available online, but you can buy a copy from all good photographic book shops. (Joni Karanka, Director of Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, which will also be showing Portrait Salon next week, has an article in there too..)

So we are looking forward to seeing you all next week! Spread the word.


Many thanks (again!) to all who submitted to Portrait Salon this year. We had an amazing 1,105 images submitted to us, from around 400 photographers, which is about twice as many as last year. We really appreciate your support. The selections have now been made and, if you did submit to us, you should have been notified of the decision today.

To celebrate our second year the event is also getting bigger. It will still be in the form of a projection, with the publication of a newspaper, but this time the slideshow will be screened in four venues across the UK on the same night! The date is 29 November, and hopefully you’ll be able to get to one of these places:

LONDON: Roxy Bar and Screen, 128 – 132 Borough High St, London, SE1 1LB

LEEDS: White Cloth Gallery, 24 – 26 Aire Street, Leeds, LS1 4HT

CARDIFF: Third Floor Gallery. 102 Bute St, Cardiff, CF10 5AD

BRIGHTON: Upstairs at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, 9-12 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL

The Brighton event is kindly hosted by the mighty Miniclick peeps and we are very grateful to the Directors of White Cloth and Third Floor for hosting an event on our behalf.

Get the date in your diaries! It’s gonna be quite a night…


July is going to be a busy month for us, as we have been invited to give two talks, either end of the country…

First up is the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, on Saturday 21 July. The event forms part of the gallery’s Alternative Camera Club; we will talk about how the Salon started, our motivations, inspirations, and plans for the coming years, and we will show the selection from last year. The gallery has a big exhibition of West African Art on display, and the most exciting (and humbling!) thing about our talk is that it follows a talk by the great James Barnor. Worth a trip on two accounts!

Then, on Monday 23 July we will be down in Brighton for one of the Miniclick talks. For this event, we have invited five photographers featured in 2011 to come and talk about their work. Julia Johnson, Jean-Luc Brouard, Adrian Nettleship, Nicola Tree and Ben Gold will each give a little introduction to their practice, and there will also be a chance to hear about how Portrait Salon came about and to see the projection from last year. You can read more about the photographers on the Miniclick blog.


The National Portrait Gallery has recently announced its judges for this year’s Taylor Wessing Award, so we thought we’d announce ours.

The point of Portrait Salon is not to show all the rejects, but to show the good images which don’t get a look in at the National Portrait Gallery. Last year, we selected the images with the help of Miranda Gavin, from Hotshoe magazine, but this year we have decided to take a step back from the selection process, and have invited members of the industry to do it for us. We are very pleased to announce our three selectors for Portrait Salon ‘12 are Karen Newman, curator at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, Hat, from photographic agency Lucid Rep, and photographer Dan Burn Forti.

We are excited to have them on board, and they seem to be excited to be working with us… Bring on Portrait Salon ‘12!


2012 has kicked off nicely for Portrait Salon. Last Thursday we were invited to Open Eye in Liverpool to give a talk about the project and to show the projection. Open Eye Gallery has recently moved to a lovely new build near the Albert Docks in Liverpool, and we were excited to see the Richard Simpkin exhibition and see the space.

This was the first time we talked about the project in public, and it was a good exercise for us, with the audience raising some interesting questions which created a rather lively debate. All in all a successful evening, and we are very grateful to Karen and her team for inviting us up and looking after us so well. We hope we will visit again with Portrait Salon 12.

The next day saw a trip over to Manchester, where we met with Ed Watts at Whitworth Art Gallery. He was very supportive of our project and keen to support us for our next edition. In the meantime, the Gallery Shop have agreed to stock the paper, so now we have two stockists in the North West, as we have some at Open Eye too.

Finally, we are dead excited to have been selected for the Photobook Arts Fayre in Cardiff on the 25 February, which is organised by Photobook Show. They are also organising a photobook show in London on the first weekend in March, and would like to take our paper to that, too, so smiles all round! More details on them can be found here: http://www.photobookshow.co.uk/