Portrait Salon 2017


Metro has been supporting Portrait Salon since its inception in 2011, as this year’s submission date looms we grabbed a few minutes to speak to co-founder Carole Evans to find out a little more about the background of this highly successful exhibition which was founded off the back of rejected works from National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world.

Q. What can we expect from this year’s Portrait Salon?

A. This year Portrait Salon will be exhibited outside, again in an aim to take photography away from the white walls of a gallery and make it accessible to all. Full details will be released very soon!

Q. Do you feel the addition of digital entries in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize entry system has affected the Portrait Salon entries?

A. It is too early to say – our submission deadline is not till the 11th September, so we won’t know how much it has been affected till then really.

Q. Has your original concept, inspiration or ultimate desire for Portrait Salon changed much since yourself and James O’Jenkins founded it in 2011?

A. The idea was to show more portraits than the ones chosen by Taylor Wessing, as we were sure there were some other great ones out there. This concept has not changed; this is till our aim. I think what has developed over the years is the method of curating the shows and displaying the work; we really enjoy experimenting with various outputs, and like the challenge of displaying photography in a very demographic way.

Q. What do you most enjoy or benefit from by working with Metro Imaging?

A. We love working with Metro! I think we benefit from the reputation Metro has within the photographic community; it’s great to be endorsed by an organisation as popular as Metro, while it also adds to our reach. We also like the way Metro embrace new ideas and really try and push the boundaries of printing and display; I think in this we are well matched!

Keep your eyes peeled, as we will be posting updates in the coming months. In the meantime important dates for your diary:

11th September 2017: Portrait Salon submission window closes

6th October 2017: Portrait Salon notifies photographers of selection decision

16th November 2017: Portrait Salon outdoor exhibition night.


Images © Portrait Salon 2016

1. Phil Sharp

2. Mark Richards

3. Annika Haas