The Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews take place in San Diego on Oct. 20-21, 2016, offering an opportunity for photographers to receive exposure and feedback about their work from influential gallery directors, curators, and industry professionals. The reviews represent an excellent opportunity to begin new relationships in the field, to develop important peer networks, and help gain valuable exposure for your work. Participants in the Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews consistently meet with their highest ranked reviewers. In 2015, every participating photographer received 90-100% of their highest ranked review requests.
Registration for the 2016 Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews is open for 48 hours ONLY, beginning at 9:00am PST on March 17, 2016. The reviews are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and typically fill before the 48 hour period is complete. The 2016 portfolio reviews are limited to 65 photographers and will form a waiting list after registration has filled. A partial list of participating reviewers is posted on our portfolio reviewer page. Individual reviewer selections sent to participating photographers in summer 2016.
There are two types of portfolio review passes available: the Eye to Eye Portfolio Review pass (portfolio reviews only—$450) and the Big Pass (admission to Keynote Lecture, VIP reception, all festival lectures and events with VIP privileges—$595). Payment is due at the time of registration using PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to register (they also accept credit cards and debit cards). Refunds for portfolio review registration are available until July 1, 2016, minus a $100 administrative fee. We do not offer refunds after July 1 unless we are able to fill your space with another photographer on the wait list.
Participants in the portfolio reviews receive a minimum of eight 20-minute reviews with individual reviewers on Oct. 20-21, 2016. Each meeting offers photographers an opportunity to meet individually with curators, photo editors, commercial reps, and galleries to share your work and begin new relationships. Photographers are advised to bring a selection of approximately 20 prints representing a tightly edited body of work. Participants in the Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews gain valuable exposure to industry leaders, and often result in individual photographs being collected, exhibited or published. Individual appointments will be scheduled in September 2016 once the review registration has closed.
As part of the 2016 Medium Festival of Photography we will host an open portfolio walk on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 7-9pm. This event allows participating portfolio review photographers to share their work with the public as well as other reviewers who you may not meet with during the daily sessions. The event marks a chance to share work with a wide audience, meet collectors, view portfolios from other photographers participating in the Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews, and take part in a dynamic, community event in San Diego.
A list of currently confirmed reviewers for 2016 is available here. We will have nearly 25 participating reviewers representing museums, galleries, and publishers from across the United States.
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