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Portrait Salon – Rejected portraits

There has long been a tradition of revering the under dog, supporting the also ran. Portrait Salon describes itself as a salon des refuses – an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show. So this exhibition is a collection of images rejected from the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, which is organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), in London. We heartily endorse this enterprise as we generally think the TW prize is a lot of old tosh. I know a bit inflammatory but there you go. You can see our posts about previous TW portrait awards by using the Select Category drop down menu and clicking on Photography Awards.

So to the Portrait Salon, the BBC has an article and images about this and you can see many of the images selected from the rejections. This year’s exhibition features nearly 400 works by amateur and professional photographers. You can see a few of them below.


This portrait of Frank Carter is by London-based Phil Sharp.


Giovanna Del Sarto’s portrait is one from a series made during a trip to Georgia. The backdrop fabric was from a local market and used as a makeshift studio.


Derek Mossop pictured a couple in bed.


Freelance photographer Anne-Marie Arpin’s ongoing series Les Colombophiles aims to document the relationship between a group of pigeons fanciers and their cherished birds and features this portrait of “Marcel”.

There is an exhibition to go with this project: The Portrait Salon exhibition is on show at The Embassy Tea Gallery in London from 19-22 November 2015 before travelling to The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery

See more pictures here or go to the Portrait Salon website here