The Photobook Advent Calendar – Dec 9th

This year, in the true spirit of Christmas, we’re doing the Miniclick Photobook Advent Calendar where we’ll look at a different photobook, newspaper, magazine or ‘zine we like by someone we’ve worked with in the last 12 months, right up until Christmas Day. To view the Advent Calendar picks so far,click here.

Day 9 – December 9th

Portrait Salon

Portrait Salon! We’ve worked with them a couple of times before on launch parties and talks and this year we hosted an evening of short talks by photographers selected for 2012’s Portrait Salon, an exhibition of images selected from 2011 and 2012 and the Brighton leg of the 2013 Launch Party.


(image by Clare Hewitt)

“Portrait Salon is a form of Salon des Refusés – an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show – which has a long tradition as a fringe way of showcasing artists’ work that may otherwise go unseen. Devised by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins, Portrait Salon aims to show the best of the unselected entries from the annual National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize. We figure that, out of the 6000+ rejected entries, there are excellent portraits which deserve to be seen.

Portrait Salon launched in 2011 with a projection and publication of our newspaper. We invite key members of the industry to make a selection of submitted work that has been rejected from the National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize.”

This year the judges were Harry Hardie from HERE, photographer Abbie Trayler-Smith and Miniclick’s founder Jim Stephenson (which is me, writing this post). Judging was extremely tough – almost 3000 images from 700 different entrants.

What we selected in the newspaper was not a selection of unanimous decisions. Some images included were passionately defended by just one of us and some images were universally celebrated by all of us. Did it excite us? Did it garner some curiosity? Did it spark a conversation? Or did it just jump out at us? We 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, from big technical setups to more informal shots.

This year’s paper was beautifully designed by Stanley James Press (who also designed the Miniclick Publication) and features thoughts on what a portrait is (from a number of different photographers and people in the photography industry) as well as a foreword from Christiane Monarchi.

This year’s Portrait Salon newspaper costs just £2 and is available here.

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