Portrait Salon

Portrait Salon 2016 – the people’s vote

We’d like to thank everyone who took part in Portrait Salon 2016. Our sixth year saw us exhibit in and around Clerkenwell and we asked visitors to vote on their favourite portrait. In one week we received over eight hundred and fifty votes and the top three portraits can be seen below.


Nunzio Prenna’s portrait (above) came 1st with 120 votes and the portrait will be exhibited at Metro Imaging during December.


Second place went to Katia Morichetti (above) who received 116 votes.


Third place went to Robert Darch (above) who received 104 votes.

Thanks again to everyone who took part in Portrait Salon 2016 and we’ll be back again in 2017.

Portrait Salon map


A big thanks to everyone who attended our opening on Thursday night at Metro Imaging and The J+A Cafe. For those who couldn’t buy the publication we’ve put the map of where the portraits can be found around Clerkenwell below for you. (Please be aware that some business’ will have shutters down out of hours and at weekends).



Portrait Salon Symposium


This year, Portrait Salon is organising a day of talks and reviews at Craft Central, on 21 November.

 2 – 4pm: Portfolio Reviews
Your chance to have your work reviewed by a member of the industry – Free of Charge! Reviewers are:

Hat Margolies, Director of Lucid Representation, a London based agency, representing talented, friendly and award-winning photographers.

Emma Taylor, Director of Creative Advice Network
A “Creative Mary Poppins” who offers support and advice to companies and individuals within the advertising, photographic and design sectors.

Helena Bullivant and Kate Myers, HERO Productions
HERO produce commercials, brand films and other digital content. Speedily and with attention to detail.

Carole Evans, Co-Founder of Portrait Salon
Carole is a photographer and Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies at Ravensbourne. She spent seven years working as Gallery Coordinator at Photofusion, and co-founded Portrait Salon in 2011.

Book a slot at our Eventbrite page here.



6pm – Panel Discussion: How Delegating can Improve your Work

Worried about working with retouchers? Finding the organisation of a shoot too much? Can’t find a suitable location? Need caterers?

There are people who will plan all of this for you, so that you can concentrate on making fantastic images for your client.

Kate Myers and Helena Bullivant, from HERO, Emma Taylor from Creative Advice Network, and photographer Paul Plews discuss what help is available and the benefits of getting outside organisations to help on shoots.

To avoid disappointment, book a place on our Eventbrite page, here.

7pm – On Judging; Christiane Monarchi and Steve Macleod in Conversation.

One of the motivations for setting up Portrait Salon was the criticism from photographers that the Taylor Wessing Prize looked the same each year; the same images kept on being chosen.

We asked ourselves; why is this the case? What makes an image stand out to judges amongst 1000’s of other photographs? Does the “look” of a competition influence the photographer’s choice of image they enter?

In 2014, we invited Christiane Monarchi, editor of Photomonitor, to judge Portrait Salon. This year, she was invited to judge Taylor Wessing Prize. With the knowledge of both competitions and judging processes behind her, she will be in conversation with Steve Macleod, Director of Metro Imaging and Portrait Salon’s judge this year. They will discuss the answers to the above questions, as well as the role of competitions in this industry, the popularity of competitions, and whehter it’s worth entering them at all…

And, of course, rare chance to get an insight into the judging process of the Taylor Wessing prize!

To avoid disappointment, book your place for this talk on our Eventbrite page, here.

Press Release

Portrait Salon 2016. 15th – 28th November.

– Front of House Gallery, Metro Imaging, 32 Great Sutton St, London, EC1V 0NB.

J&A Café, 1-4 Sutton Lane, London EC1M 5PU.

– Assorted retail windows around Clerkenwell.

2016 sees the sixth edition of Portrait Salon and this year we’re experimenting with methods of display, seeking to show the work of photographers to as many new audiences as possible. Portrait Salon ‘16 is a multi-location exhibition in London’s creative hub of Clerkenwell. Selected portraits will be displayed in Metro Imaging’s front of house gallery space, the J&A Café, and in windows of assorted shop fronts and business’ in Clerkenwell. A map will be included in the publication which accompanies the exhibition, which will launch at the J&A Café at 6.30pm on 17th November.  On the 17th November we’ll be showing a slideshow of every portrait that was entered to Portrait Salon 2016 at Metro Imaging’s front of house gallery. We’ll also be offering visitors to the exhibition the opportunity to vote on their favourite portrait and we’ll release details of what happens to the winning portrait very soon.

This year the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize received 4303 images, with 58 being selected for the exhibition. This year Steve MacLeod, director of Metro Imaging, and long term sponsor of Portrait Salon joined us in making the selection, which represents the breadth of contemporary photographic portraiture that was entered to and rejected by the NPG.

Meet the Experts: Portrait Salon Symposium.
21st November, Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS.
Join us for an opportunity to network, meet people from the industry, and hear about the judging process from those involved.

2 – 4pm: Drop In Portfolio Reviews. The chance to have your work reviewed by industry experts. No need to book; Just turn up! Featuring – Hat Margolies (Lucid Representation Agency), Emma Taylor (Creative Advice Network) Kate Myers and Helena Bullivant (HERO Productions) and Carole Evans (Portrait Salon).

6pm: How delegating can improve your work. Panel Discussion; HERO Productions, Creative Advice Network and photographer Paul Plews.
The panel will discuss what options are available to photographers to help ease the workload.

7pm: On Judging. Christiane Monarchi and Steve MacLeod in conversation. Christiane Monarchi (Photomonitor) was a judge on this year’s Taylor Wessing Prize, and judged Portrait Salon in 2014. She is joined by this year’s Portrait Salon judge Steve MacLeod to talk about the judging process and the place of competitions in the photographic industry today.

Once again, 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.

Notes to editors: 
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.

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