“Portrait Salon is a form of Salon des Refusés - an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show - which has a long tradition as a fringe way of showcasing artists’ work that may otherwise go unseen. Devised by two portrait photographers, who are both based in London and are professionally involved in the city’s photographic community, Portrait Salon aims to show the best of the unselected entries from the National Portrait Gallery Photography Prize. We figure that, out of the 6000+ rejected entries, there must be some damn fine portraits which deserve to be shown.
We want to see these portraits, and we want to celebrate their brilliance with a projection (time and place to be confirmed) which no doubt will be accompanied by a little bit of a party. The projection will be curated, so we will be selecting the best portraits that we receive. But we expect to show a much higher percentage of work than at the National Gallery.
If you submitted work to the National Gallery Photography Portrait Prize and got rejected, please email a jpeg of your submission to email@example.com. The images need to be jpegs, at 1000 pixels on the longest edge. And please spread the word about this… we want as many submissions as we can!”
There’s been controversy as to whether this will simply by a gallery of second bests but here at Theatre of Light we agree with the Portrait Salon - so many entries for such a small final selection in comparison only means one thing - plenty of amazing portraits we want the chance to see!