Metro is delighted to be involved with Portrait Salon 2013, the exhibition founded back in 2011 to show the best of the entries rejected by the National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize (NPGPPP).
Portrait Salon was established by photographers Carole Evans and James O Jenkins as a form of Salon des Refusés – simply an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show. This makes for a fringe way of showcasing artists’ work that may otherwise go unseen with the aim to show the best of the unselected entries.
Forty-one images were selected from 1,000 entries, from 330 photographers from around the world. The three selectors, photographer Abbie Trayler-Smith, Harry Hardie from HERE Press, and Jim Stephenson from Miniclick Talks, had a difficult time making their selection. This year along with the exhibition and the newspaper publication containing all the final selected entries, Metro is delighted to be producing a largescale vinyl
collage of all 942 entries Portrait Salon have received this year.
Portrait Salon focuses as much on debating the competition process as showcasing good portraiture and this year’s Portrait Salon will take this debate further with a panel discussion. On 14th November our own Director, Steve Macleod along with photographer Harry Borden and Eleanor Macnair from MediaSpace will discuss the nature of competitions; the judging process, their relevance in the industry and their popularity.
Jim Stephenson, Miniclick Talks, on the Portrait Salon selection process: “We know that everyone wants something tangible to rank their work against when entering competitions, but deep down, the truth is that we are just people who try to remain objective but who also have our own preferences and opinions. We’ve tried here to show an exploration (of sorts) of what a portrait can be, from the studio to the rolling hills of some far foreign land.”
The exhibition will launch at Four Corners on Tuesday 12 November with a projection of the selected images. The projection will also be shown in four venues across the UK on the same night, with a live link up at 8pm.