Portrait Salon 2017 Exhibition


As one of the sponsors of Portrait Salon ’17 we were delighted to attend a one-off exhibition featuring a selection of portraits displayed at an outdoor location in London Fields before it takes up a longer-term exhibition at Ravensbourne.

The 46 portraits on show were printed onto plywood using Metro’s Direct to Media printer and chosen from hundreds submitted for the exhibition by this year’s selector, artist Julie Cockburn.

Julie said of the selection process, “As an artist who looks at, and works with portraits every day, I thought that selecting from the submissions to Portrait Salon would be a straight forward process, but it was one of the hardest things I have done, testing me, educating me and touching me in ways I had not expected. There was something compelling about each photo, each person depicted, but I found myself drawn to particular things. I am not a photographer, but I consider myself an image-maker, and composition is integral to my practice, especially when working on a found image. There were powerful images that didn’t make my final selection, perhaps with strong composition or skilled lighting, but I chose ultimately those pictures that introduced me to someone I would be intrigued to meet”.

Portrait Salon was founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins to celebrate images submitted to, and rejected by, the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize.

The Portrait Salon ’17 exhibition continues in The Atrium at Ravensbourne from 23rd November until 7th December 2017


  1. © James Perolls
  2. © Dave Imms
  3. & 4. Direct to Media Printer © Kate O’Neill