Rejected portraits live again

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Portrait Salon describes itself as a salon des refuses - an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show. Founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins in 2011 it aims to showcase the best of the rejected images from the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, which is organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), in London.

This year's exhibition features nearly 400 works by amateur and professional photographers. You can see a few of them below.

Image source, Sophie Ebrard
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London-based Sophie Ebrard submitted this image from her series Superba Avenue.
Image source, Alan Powdrill
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Alan Powdrill took this photo.
Image source, Harry Borden
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Harry Borden's work has been widely published. He won prizes at the World Press Photo awards in 1997 and 1999. In June 2005, he was awarded a solo exhibition at the NPG.
Image source, Hugh Bonneville, Thomas Ball / WaterAid
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British actor Hugh Bonneville was photographed by Thomas Ball at Crossness Pumping Station, London. for WaterAid's Big History Project.
Image source, Phil Sharp
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This portrait of Frank Carter is by London-based Phil Sharp.
Image source, Matt MacPake Photography
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Matt MacPake photographed John as part of a project on the A406 ring road around London, titled To and from the North Circular.
Image source, Anne-Marie Arpin
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Freelance photographer Anne-Marie Arpin's ongoing series Les Colombophiles aims to document the relationship between a group of pigeons fanciers and their cherished birds and features this portrait of "Marcel".
Image source, Matthew Lincoln
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Full-time commercial photographer Matthew Lincoln was pleased to have his portrait of Tony selected for the show.
Image source, Giovanna Del Sarto
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Giovanna Del Sarto's portrait is one from a series made during a trip to Georgia. The backdrop fabric was from a local market and used as a makeshift studio.
Image source, Derek Mossop
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Derek Mossop pictured a couple in bed.

The Portrait Salon exhibition is on show at The Embassy Tea Gallery in London from 19-22 November 2015 before travelling 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.

Further details can be found on the Portrait Salon website or Twitter.

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