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Portrait Salon

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"Portrait Salon" is a form of Salon des Refusés of rejected works from the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Devised by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins, it aims to show the best of the unselected entries. They figure that, out of the 6000+ rejected entries, there are excellent portraits which deserve to be seen.

Portrait Salon launched in 2011 with work projected and published in a newspaper. Carole and James invite key members of the industry to make a selection from submitted work that has been rejected from the NPG Photographic Portrait Prize. Submissions to Portrait Salon open once NPG rejection letters have been sent to photographers (usually the second week of August). Their online submission deadline is September 21st, the selection is made in October and they will show and publish the work in November. This year's Portrait Salon judges are Abbie Trayler-Smith (photographer), Harry Hardie (HERE Press) and Emma Bowkett (tbc).

This year Carole and James will attempt to show all the rejected entries submitted. There will also be a panel discussion in order to open debate about the nature of photography competitions.


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