PORTRAIT SALON 2014
Exhibition: 4th December 2014 – 20th December 2014
Opening party: 4th December, 7pm – with live music from ADULT MAGS
Time flies! We opened our doors last January with the first ever printed exhibition of Portrait Salon, and we’re delighted to welcome the competition back for the final exhibition of the year at Fuse. This year’s show is considerably more expansive than the 2013 selection, with over 70 winning images.
Portrait Salon was founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins in 2011 as a response to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. A form of Salon des Refusés – an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show – it aims to showcase the best of the rejected images from the Taylor Wessing Prize, which is organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize is one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world, attracting entrants from professionals and amateurs alike. In 2014, 4,193 images were submitted by 1,793 photographers, with 60 chosen to be in the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. The aim of Portrait Salon is to show the best of the rest. “We founded Portrait Salon for a number of reasons, but principally it was due to the amount of images the Taylor Wessing prize reject. We want to show the best of the 99% of submissions which are left over.” (Carole Evans)
Christiane Monarchi (Photomonitor), photographer Martin Usborne (Hoxton Mini Press) and Emma Taylor (Creative Advice Network) made the Portrait Salon ’14 selection. The exhibition will tour the UK, bringing the best of contemporary portraiture to all corners of the country.