As the National Portrait Gallery announced the winner of the annual Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize last night, Portrait Salon celebrated the diversity and artistic brilliance of some of the rejected entries. Selected images were presented in a looping slideshow on the night, as well as a newspaper that opens with a letter of rejection from Tailor Wessing Prize, addressed to one of the Portrait Salon founders, photogrpaher James O Jenkins (a brilliant idea that leaves you wondering, what would happen if he got selected?). There was also a ‘wall of shame’, displaying images that got turned down by both competitions (some brilliant portraits on there, if you care to look closely!).
Set up as a critical remark on the established prize, Portrait Salon now has its own distinctive style. However, this might be saying more about the state of contemporary photographic portraiture, than about any of the two competitions. Either way, it’s a bold idea to showcase work that someone else turned down, and as such should be celebrated!
This was a difficult choice, but here are three selected images that really stood out for me:
Congratulations on being selected for BOTH the Taylor Wessing Prize and Portrait Salon with two very different, but equally brilliant images that illustrate diversity of artistic talent!