“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!
Rolling on with the Grand Miniclick Photobook Advent Calendar, and Lou takes a look at Portrait Salon’s annual newspaper…
Once again we teamed up with Portrait Salon for the launch of their yearly image showcase, and once again we were amazed by the quality of the images featured. Founded in 2011 by Carole Evans and James O. Jenkins, Portrait Salon functions as a form of Salon des Refusés, exhibiting (in slideshow, newspaper format, and print exhibition) the images rejected by the prestigious Taylor Wessing Prize. Alongside Carole and James, this year’s selectors included Christiane Monarchi (Photomonitor), photographer Martin Usbourne (Hoxton Mini Press) and Emma Taylor (Creative Advice Network), and together they searched through the rejected images from the 4,193 submissions to make their selection for 2014.
As a platform, Portrait Salon is a very democratic offering. In placing known and unknown photographers side by side, and sharing the work through various media, they explore this complex and varied genre in new and exciting ways: most importantly, possibly, in stimulating discussion and encouraging viewers to give equal consideration to those works shown outside of white gallery walls. The publication takes newspaper form again this year, and was designed by long time Miniclick collaborator, Emily Macaulay at Stanley James Press (so obviously we love it).
The print exhibition toured the UK, visiting Bradford, North Wales, Scotland, Birmingham, and Bristol. The newspaper is a steal at £2 and can be bought from the Portrait Salon website.
Founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins in 2011, Portrait Salon is now in it’s fourth impressive year. For the ﬁrst time, they will be exhibiting prints which have been submitted to and rejected by the Taylor Wessing NPG Photographic Portrait Prize, in an exhibition which will tour the UK.
Portrait Salon will open for submissions on 14th August and images can be submitted digitally, for free, via the website until 21st September.
“The NPG Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize is one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world, attracting entrants from professionals and amateurs alike. Last year 5,410 images were submitted to the prize, and only 60 were chosen to be in the exhibition. We seek to show the best of the rest.”
In 1863, the powerful Paris Salon’s jury rejected 3,000 works entered for the annual art exhibition, this unprecedented number caused outrage and protest amongst the artists whose work had be dismissed. ‘Wishing to let the public judge the legitimacy of these complaints,’ Emperor Napoléon III decreed that the rejected artists could exhibit their works in an annex to the regular Salon, in what would be termed a Salon des Refusés. Whilst critics and public alike ridiculed the refusés, the rejected works included such now famous paintings as, Édouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe); and James McNeill Whistler’s Girl in White.
This year the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011, which is organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London, and celebrates the photographic portrait, and forms a key event on London’s photographic calendar, selected 60 portraits for their annual show from 6,033 entries.
Devised by two London based portrait photographers — who wish to remain anonymous — the Portrait Salon follows in the tradition of the Salon des Refusés, and aims to show the very best of the 5,973 unselected entries in a curated projection that is not constrained by the physical limitations of the gallery space, and therefore is able to exhibit a higher percentage of work.
If you submitted work to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and where rejected, you can submit your photograph to the Portrait Salon by emailing a JPEG (that measures 1000 pixels on the longest edge) to the organisers.
PORTRAIT SALON presents: An evening of projection at the Roxy Bar and Screen
This ’Salon des Refusés’ of London’s portrait photography scene has caused a small tidal wave of discussion over the past couple of months. The idea is straightforward - those 5,973 unselected entries for this year’s National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize 2011 got a second chance to have their work seen under the guise of the PORTRAIT SALON.
Judged by the minds behind the portrait salon (anonymous for the time being) and Miranda Gavin of HotShoe International, the competition received some 600 entries after it’s call for submissions and has had our photographic community buzzing with expectation. Whilst some asked whether it was only ever going to be a gallery of second bests, Theatre of Light believes quite the opposite. We’ve had our eye on the project since it began and are of the firm belief that is an exciting and encouraging endeavour that we hope will grow and grow. It is a wonderful thing to get a second chance at viewing a wider range of examples of the staggering talent that is out there and seeing what otherwise we may never have discovered.
Whilst we’ve had a sneak peak at some of the final selection of 75, we’ve only put up a small few here - we simply don’t want to ruin the surprise. Do the photographs the justice they deserve and head down to see them on the big screen at The Roxy Bar and Screen on the 30th November.