2013 Portfolio Reviewers
(Click on reviewer names for individual bios.)
- Jonathan Blaustein, NY Times Lens Blog & A Photo Editor
- David Bram, Founder and Editor of Fraction Magazine
- Carol Lee Brosseau, Photography Consultant, Los Angeles, CA
- Claire C. Carter, Assistant Curator, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
- Diana Gaston, Associate Curator, Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
- Hamidah Glasgow, Director, Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO
- Jolene Hanson, Director, G2 Gallery, Venice, CA
- Karen Hellman, Assistant Curator, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
- Michael Itkoff, Cofounder, Daylight Books + Daylight Digital
- Ann Jastrab, Gallery Director, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco
- Stefan Kirkeby, Smith Anderson North, San Anselmo, CA
- Maren Levinson, REDEYE, Los Angeles, CA
- Ron Miriello, Design Director, Miriello Grafico, San Diego, CA
- Chuck Mobley, Director, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
- Chantel Paul, Assistant Curator, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
- Jennifer Schwartz, Gallery Director, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- Becky Senf, Curator of Photography, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
- Steve Thomas, Curator, Museum of History and Art Ontario, Ontario, CA
- Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art
- Bryan Yedinak, Director, Modernbook Gallery, San Francisco, CA
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Mary Virginia Swanson describes the value of portfolio reviews on her website:
Q: Do I think attending a portfolio review event has value?
Q: Will each and every photographer benefit from sharing their work at these events, no matter how resolved their body of work is at that time?
MVS: Yes. Reviewers can provide creative guidance for works in progress, as well as marketing advice for completed projects.
Q: Can participating in these events help move your career to the next level?
MVS: Without question. But to do so effectively you must continue the dialogue you have started at the event.
Q: Will every single appointment be a match made in heaven?
MVS: No, but responsible Reviewers will find much to share with you about your work, regardless of whether it fits their gallery, their collection, their publication program, and know too that you can ask them questions about their industry, from market trends to pricing and editioning to whom they might suggest would be interested in your project.
From my perspective, there are three main reasons you should bring your work to a portfolio review event:
- First: The process of applying and preparing to attend is a valuable experience.Writing about your work, editing your work for a 20-minute reviews session, and preparing a printed piece or CD-Rom sample with your imagery to share with others attending are activities that in themselves will lend clarity to your work.
- Second: presenting your work to industry professionals and peers alike. This is an experience that can’t be matched. The standard model is a 20 minute session with each Reviewer; the number of sessions you have dependes on the length of the event. The number of times you will share your work goes beyond these formal sessions as you will share work with other photographers too. Through having a dialogue about your work your clarity about and commitment to your bodies of work, your presentation to your target audience, your explorations toward desired final print(s) and in what format to display the work – all this and more comes from attending a portfolio review event.
- Third: Beginning relationships. Portfolio review events provide an opportunity for you to to share your work and ideas with your peers and industry professionals, be it discussing craft or intention/audience that you devote your twenty minutes session to. It is of course your responsibility to follow up with those Reviewers who encourage you to keep them posted on the evolution of your project.