Portrait Salon shows a selection of National Portrait Gallery 2011 Portrait prize rejections tonight

© Nick Dolding

© Paul Statham

It’s time to get your fill of portraits – and not just colour but black and white too – courtesy of a screening by Portrait Salon where a projection of 75 unselected entries from the National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize 2011 will be on show tonight at the Roxy Bar and Screen in London from 7-11pm.

Devised by two portrait photographers, who are both based in London and are professionally involved in the cityʼs photographic community, Portrait Salon made a call for submissions from the 5,973 unselected entries and retrieved over 600 images from which it then made its selection.

© Zed Nelson, British Shipbuilders (Part of the series Disappearing Britain)

© Martin Usborne, Frank Bruno

The projection will be accompanied by a publication showcasing all the selected works, with an essay by Wayne Ford and a Q&A I did with the dynamic duo. This will be on sale at the screening.

As I say in the press release: “Looking through the rejected entries has been an eye opener – it was a rare chance to see some of the images that are discarded, to ponder the question of portraiture in the 21st century, and to discover some top-notch portraits to boot. The National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 is a prestigious international prize, however, there is a lack of feedback given to entrants and it was surprising to find that there is some confusion as to what constitutes a portrait – many images simply didnʼt fit the criteria. Portrait Salon is a new venture and should be viewed as a positive addition to the photo competition arena as all entrants are being given another chance to get their work seen on screen and in print at no extra cost.”

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