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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Portrait Salon 2016 in Clerkenwell

This year Portrait Salon is creating a multi-location exhibition in Clerkenwell, London. Using Metro Imaging’s gallery space (Great Sutton Street) 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 to 20th September when photographers will be able to upload their rejected 2016 NPG Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize work via 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 be releasing 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.

Portrait Salon was founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins in 2011 as a response to the Taylor Wessing 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 prize, which is organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery. The NPG Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize is one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world, attracting entrants from professionals and amateurs alike.

[email protected]


Portrait Salon in Tokyo

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be showing the Portrait Salon 2015 selection at The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo with Yumi Goto from 13th to 28th February 2016. The opening will be from 4pm on 13th February and is open to all. We also have a Facebook event page for the exhibition here.


Embassy Tea Gallery

Many thanks to The Embassy Tea Gallery for hosting the 353 portraits for our 2015 exhibition from 18th-22nd November. Please find some images of our exhibition below for those of you that couldn’t make it.










Portrait Salon 2015 – the public vote

A big thanks to all who came to our exhibition at The Embassy Tea Gallery last week. We’re very pleased that 570 people voted for their favourite portraits at the exhibition and you can see the results below. We exhibited 353 portraits and our 2015 DIY sticker book publication is available to purchase here.

We’d also like to thank Miniclick for teaming up with us for I / Land at the gallery on Saturday & all the people who came to make their own zines. We were also pleased to be called the ‘Rogue Gallery’ by Jonathan Jones in The Guardian on 17.11.15.


1st - Alan Powdrill

1st place went to Alan Powdrill who won a day’s retouching at Stanley’s Post.

2nd - JFB

2nd place went to Julia Fullerton-Batten who won a bespoke 1-1 session with Metro Imaging.

3rd - Phil Sharp

3rd place went to Phil Sharp who won a portfolio review with Lucid Representation.

4th Matt McPake

4th place went to Matt MacPake who won a career advice session with Creative Advice Network.

**Portrait Salon 2015 print pick up for participating photographers**
If you didn’t pick up your prints last weekend at the gallery then your prints are now ready for collection from Stanley’s Post, 30-32 Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PS. The opening hours are 9.00am to 5.30pm and the contact there is Tash. The deadline for collecting your work is 5.30pm on Monday 30th November. Unfortunately work not collected after this date will have to be destroyed. Please note Stanley’s Post are not able to post work back to you – if you want work posted/sent by courier you will have to arrange this.

And the next stop for Portrait Salon is in February 2016. The entire Portrait Salon selection will travel to The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo where it will be part of a project called ‘I / Land’ in association with Miniclick and photography curator and editor Yumi Goto.

Thanks again for taking part in Portrait Salon and a huge thanks to all our sponsors for making Portrait Salon possible. They are Metro Imaging, Stanley’s Post, Lucid Rep, HERO, Creative Advice Network & Calumet.


Invitation to our exhibition

We’d like to thank everyone who entered Portrait Salon 2015 and hope you can join us at 6.30 pm on Thursday 19th November at The Embassy Tea Gallery in London. Please find all the details of our exhibitions and events below – come and celebrate the rejected!

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Jonathan Knowles


Jonathan Knowles’ portrait (below) was selected for Portrait Salon 2014 and is part of his series ‘Bagsie’. ‘The introduction of the word ‘selfie’ into 
the Oxford English Dictionary marked a huge change for the world of portrait photography, brought about by the flood of self-portraiture across social media channels. But is this how we really see ourselves? Does this truly reveal a part of ourselves to the viewer? Looking to explore the current notions 
of the self-portrait, #Bagsie is a creative collaboration between Creative Advice Network, Soapbox & Sons and photographer Jonathan Knowles. The project sought out the talents and personal interpretations of 10 artists, asking each to draw/paint/create a self-portrait on a paper bag that reflected the personality within.’

Stacey Knights

Stacey Knights

Tash Wilcocks

Tash Wilcocks
‘Oh what’s inside you can’t hide…I spent several days having moments with the bag on my head. At first it would make me feel nervous and uncomfortable, but whilst I sat in a busy restaurant I realised I was actually calm and relaxed in the safe warm paper casing and actually it was the others around me who really felt uncomfortable. They couldn’t tell what I was thinking, if I was smiling or serious… They came to fear what was happening inside the bag… The unknown…To quote Frank “Would it help if I said my facial expressions out loud?”’ (hyper island.com).

Matt Stokes

Matt C Stokes
‘My #Bagsie self portrait is made up of lots of items I’ve kept and never really done anything with. I hoard items, y’see, and battle with throwing things away, stashing random toys and everyday items under the bed, around the desk, in cupboards, corners and bags. Any surface is a storage area. To steal a word off my hero Philip K Dick, it is the kipple that grows around me – and this is me trying to deal with it. This is me curating some of these items, reluctantly parting with them, setting them free… but alas it is done.’ (mattcstokes.com).

Oli Frape

Oli Frape
‘My contribution to the #Bagsie project is a simple experiment in lettering and image. I’m a lettering artist and my focus is on the hand-made, the authentic lettering that holds all of the kinks and wobbles of something created by human hands on paper in paint. The statement ‘None too perfect, but charming and honest’ is a phrase recently penned as part of a self-promotion project but has rapidly become the mission statement of my professional practice.’ (olifrape.co.uk)

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Emma Russell
‘Something that interests me is showing force or fury from unexpected or mundane sources, a kind of inner voice. For example, my logo is a tiny rabbit who is growling; he’s fragile, but cheeky. To illustrate this yell from the meek, I made a paper sparrow’s head for my bag. Sparrows are a nice representation of this idea, they’re small, delicate, common, but can be rowdy or brave. Maybe the anonymity of a bag gives added courage to let inner feelings out as the bird’s head has burst through the front. The other important factor? I thought it would look funny!’ (helloemma.co.uk).

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Emily Peacock

‘This project has caught me at a moment when, in middle age, I am starting a new life. I don’t yet know where I am going, or who is coming with me. As so many old roles fall away, I am remembering the person I was before I had to become a grown up. I still worry at times, but I now laugh more, sing more, love more and judge less. I observe more and I talk less. I give more and I need less. I reflect more and I care less.’ (emilypeacock.com).

Jonathan Knowles is one of the leading photographers of his generation. Specialising in graphic still life, liquid and beauty, Jonathan’s unique photographic style has earned him award-winning advertising commissions worldwide. In the past ten years, Jonathan has consistently featured in the ‘200 Best Advertising Photographers in the World’ books. He is one of the top 10 all time award winners in the Graphis Annuals. Notable commissions include campaigns for many globally recognised brands, such as Coca-Cola, Guinness, and Smirnoff. He is also the creator of the famous O2 bubbles. He shot the Black Sabbath 13 Album cover, as well as directing and filming the footage that is currently played on stage during performances. Black Sabbath loved the imagery and invited Jonathan to the album launch in New York, where he received a friendly strangle of gratitude from Ozzy.