Every year I print and enter a photograph to the National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Prize. I was lucky one year, with my Ventriloquist image. But that was back in 2012!
I haven't managed to get in again, but theres always a chance to enter the rejected photographs into The Portrait Salon. This year my portrait 'Ms October' shot for the Electric Daisy Flower Farm's 2017 Calendar was selected to be part of their exhibition and publication.
The Portrait Salon 2016 will run from 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.