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Photo Portrait News – Portrait Salon de Refusés calls for portrait prize images, Alan Powdrill’s Pipe Up portraits and What’s in a Face?

“All portraits reveal something of the sitter, the photographer and also of us as viewers, but none reveal a whole and complete being. This is part of the enduring fascination with the photographic portrait which purports to be an exact likeness but operates more accurately as a metaphor for the self and how that self might exist in the world at a particular point in time.” – Judy Annear, senior curator photographs, Art Gallery of NSW from the press release for What’s in a Face: aspects of portrait photography

Alan Powdrill, Glow from the Pipe Up series

My grandpa, photographer unknown

Alan Powdrill, Amy from Pipe Up series

It’s a photo portrait post, with a pipe-theme, today – that’s one hell of a lot of Ps for a sentence.

Today there’s a call for “unselected entries to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011” by Portrait Salon, which considering that only 60 images are selected for the international Taylor Wessing Prize, is a fun and positive way to promote portrait photography through trying to retrieve as many of the “discarded” images as possible. Also, some quirky images of women with some amazing pipes (but are they really pipe smokers, I wonder?) courtesy of photographer Alan Powdrill who also has a blog with a Picture a Day, plus an upcoming photo portrait exhibition What’s in a Face? opening on 24 September in Sydney, Australia and running until 5 Feb.

Portrait Salon aims to show the best of the unselected entries from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011. The organisers – two portrait photographers, who are both based in London and are professionally involved in the city’s photographic community – believe that, “out of the 5,973 rejected entries, there must be some good quality portraits which deserve to be shown”. To this effect, the organisers have anonymously (at least at this stage), set up a Salon des Refusés, “which has a long tradition as a fringe way of showcasing artists’ work that may otherwise go unseen”. See Wayne Ford’s blog for more  on the origins of the Salon des Refusés.

This will be a projection of works rejected from a juried art show.  So, if you submitted work to the Taylor Wessing photo portrait prize 2011 and got rejected, then you have another chance to get your work seen and shown.

Simply, email a Jpeg only, at 1000 pixels on the longest edge, of your “refused” submission to: portraitsalon@hotmail.com

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Fun and free competition – Penguin Classic bookcovers get a makeover by Vue Agency photographers but can you tell who did what?

I love Penguin Classics, I love books and I love photographs, so this free competition, organised by Vue Photographers Agent, has put a smile on my face.

To celebrate the London Literature Festival, which is currently taking place, Vue Agency is giving you and me the chance to win a set of seven classic Penguin novels – each with a unique cover created by one of their photographers. I will definitely give it a whirl, and I would really love to win.

This will be a one-off collection from a great bunch of photographers, some of whom have featured in Hotshoe magazine over the years, most recently with Alan Powdrill’s reality football series (February-March 2011).  Each novel carries an original piece of artwork by the photographers:
Dylan Collard
Jonathan Minster
Alan Powdrill
Morgan Silk
Penny Cottee
Garry Simpson
Charlie Crane

Each cover illustrates the photographers’ own interpretation of the story and reflect their individual photographic styles. The classics were all chosen personally by the photographers and include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Dracula, Emma, Animal Farm, Aesop’s The Complete Fables, The Great Gatsby and Magic Tales by Brothers Grimm..

But can you tell who created the cover for which novel?

It’s simple and doesn’t cost a penny.

  • Follow this link to the book covers post on the Vue blog
  • Match each cover to one of the listed photographers.
  • Email your answers to: production@vue-us.com by 12 July

12 July. The winner will be announced on the last day of the London Literature Festival on 14 July.

NOTE: To create their covers, the photographers took advantage of the My Penguin service set up by Penguin publishers.