Salon des Refusés: The BBC has posted a nice short selection of the best of the portraits rejected from the UK National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.
Paula Bronstein: A fine photographer I knew little about, Paula Bronstein, was featured recently in the Wall Street Journal. Roughly speaking I'd say she works (or is working in this case) in the Steve McCurry mode of Third-World portraiture, but she lets in a more gritty journalistic ethos and isn't as classically pictorial. I like her work. I can never remember how to link to WSJ articles (helpful readers tell me every time and I think I'll remember but I never do), but try this, or else Google "WSJ: Afghanistan's War Widows."
A warning if you go to her website: lots of her photographs are pretty tough to look at. Here's Paula.
(Thanks to Christian Kurmann and Jim Erlandson)
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Robert Munoz: "Thanks so much for this. Very fine work and very moving. Many of her photographs tread in that fascinating conundrum where aesthetics competes with intention. I'll keep Paula's site open to look at whenever I start to get the naive idea that I've got this photography stuff all figured out."