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Portrait Salon 2015 - Photography exhibition

Published on Thursday, 19th November 2015, contributed by Amanda Thomas

Every year the Portrait Salon 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. This year the exhibition will feature works from Bristol Media member Amanda Thomas. 

Amanda Thomas submitted her portrait of Lara Pulver, a British actor now based in LA. She explains:

This shoot with Lara Pulver came about through a contact of mine, I’d been working with this great stylist Cathy McKinnon and we were discussing ideas where fashion and portraits coincide whilst exploring a spirited and feminine narrative. Lara was an obvious choice as she was a good friend of Cathy's and had just wrapped filming nearby, we spoke to her about our plans and she was very open to it and excited about exploring and experimenting our ideas. The shoot was in a secret location in Wales and everything was shot outside, making full use of the rolling landscape and good weather. This entry for the Portrait Salon exhibition, shows Lara running through a landscape of bracken with wonderful moody light from the setting sun.

The print exhibition will open this week (19 November 2015) and there are other events taking place around the show. You can find details in our previous post about The Portrait Salon 2015.

Portrait Salon is now in it’s fifth year and to celebrate we will be exhibiting one print from every photographer that submitted to and was rejected by the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Every photographer that enters Portrait Salon 2015 will have one print selected from the portraits they have had rejected by the 2015 Taylor Wessing Prize.

Our print exhibition will open at 6.30pm on 19th November 2015 at The Embassy Tea Gallery in London and will be accompanied by a new publication that will look back at the past 4 years of Portrait Salon. The exhibition will close on 22nd November 2015.

Visitors to the print exhibition will be able to vote on their favourite three portraits and the selected photographers will be able to choose from; a portfolio review with Lucid Representation Photographic Agency, a full days retouching at Stanley’s Post, a bespoke 1-1 session at Metro Imagingand a career advice session with Creative Advice Network.

On Saturday 21st November 2015 we will be collaborating with Miniclick for a ‘The Heart Grows Fonder’ event at The Embassy Tea Gallery that will include all the portraits selected in this year’s Portrait Salon. Participants will have the chance to create their own, unique Portrait Salon ‘zine’.

In February 2016 the Portrait Salon selection will travel to The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo where it will be part of a project called ‘I / Land’ in association with Miniclick and photography curator and editor Yumi Goto.