Portrait Salon exhibition

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Currently on display in GALLERY D – on D floor  is the excellent exhibition Portrait Salon.

This touring exhibition will be on the walls of the Photography Department at Edinburgh Napier until 7th May after which we will start to get the department ready for the students’ work and hanging the degree show.

Having the Portrait Salon UK touring exhibition come to Gallery D at Edinburgh Napier University has given our students an excellent opportunity to see some great images and to work along side work of an award winning photography. Many of the images are by some of the ‘big names’ in the photography world, and we hope the students have been inspired by this and other exhibitions featured in Gallery D over the year.

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. Last year 4,193 images were submitted by 1,793 photographers, with 60 chosen to be in the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. We seek to show the best of the rest.

Each year we invite key members of the industry to make a selection from the submitted work that has been rejected from the Taylor Wessing Prize. Submissions to Portrait Salon open online, once the NPG have sent out their rejection emails in August. We will open for submissions again in August 2015.

Our 2014 selection was made by Christiane Monarchi from Photomonitor, photographer Martin Usbourne from Hoxton Mini Press and Emma Taylor from Creative Advice Network.

Come along to Gallery D and take a look.

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