Rolling on with the Grand Miniclick Photobook Advent Calendar, and Lou takes a look at Portrait Salon’s annual newspaper…
Once again we teamed up with Portrait Salon for the launch of their yearly image showcase, and once again we were amazed by the quality of the images featured. Founded in 2011 by Carole Evans and James O. Jenkins, Portrait Salon functions as a form of Salon des Refusés, exhibiting (in slideshow, newspaper format, and print exhibition) the images rejected by the prestigious Taylor Wessing Prize. Alongside Carole and James, this year’s selectors included Christiane Monarchi (Photomonitor), photographer Martin Usbourne (Hoxton Mini Press) and Emma Taylor (Creative Advice Network), and together they searched through the rejected images from the 4,193 submissions to make their selection for 2014.
As a platform, Portrait Salon is a very democratic offering. In placing known and unknown photographers side by side, and sharing the work through various media, they explore this complex and varied genre in new and exciting ways: most importantly, possibly, in stimulating discussion and encouraging viewers to give equal consideration to those works shown outside of white gallery walls. The publication takes newspaper form again this year, and was designed by long time Miniclick collaborator, Emily Macaulay at Stanley James Press (so obviously we love it).
The print exhibition toured the UK, visiting Bradford, North Wales, Scotland, Birmingham, and Bristol. The newspaper is a steal at £2 and can be bought from the Portrait Salon website.