Posts Tagged ‘portfolio review’

Notable: VASA Connections Project – Online Portfolio Review

In Black and White Photography, Photographer on September 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm
A sample of VASA's international field of judges

A sample of VASA’s international field of judges

As a creator of just about anything, presenting it to a respected contemporary in one form or another is inevitably a crucial step in validation and growth. Social media have provided unprecedented outlets of greater convenience; in the VASA Connection’s project, photographers have their own tool for growth.

Vasa Project

The VASA Project in an online media studies workshop connecting individuals and communities on a global scale who have interest in media studies, photography, digital media arts, and sound.

To meet its vision, the VASA Project supports online media-related workshops; gallery talks by artist, critics, historians, and theoreticians; curated exhibitions; an e-bookstore; “Transmedia” the VASA Project blog, and other media-related blog projects and discussion groups.

The VASA Project is based upon the union of two familiar environments: the traditional workshop model and networked digital media technology.

Utilizing Connections, aspiring artists have the opportunity to be given an online portfolio by respected members of the photography community. The beauty, of course, is that there is no limitation on whom will give the review since VASA is a global network. The service isn’t free, but it is still cheaper than it would be to meet most of these fair people in person.

For more information on VASA and the Connection’s project: VASA 

Preview: ACP Portfolio Review and Walk 2014 ,

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Photographer on July 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm


 If you  will be able to travel to Atlanta in October, Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) is holding its annual photography festivities again this fall. Included is a great opportunity to have your portfolio work reviewed. Apply today!

The ACP 2014 Portfolio Review and Walk offers artists the opportunity to meet with highly respected curators, dealers, editors, and agency representatives from across the United States and beyond. The Portfolio Walk (following the review sessions) gives participating photographers the opportunity to present their work to the general public at an evening reception, open to all.

Sponsored in part by Turner Broadcasting and their “Turner Voices” initiative, 17 reviewers and 51 artists will meet on Saturday, October 11th, 2014. Each photographer will meet privately with at least five reviewers for twenty minutes each.

Anyone can apply for this excellent learning opportunity but it comes with a couple of caveats. First, because of there regularly being a surplus of applicants, not all those who apply will be able to take part. Secondly, if you happen to be accepted, there is a charge of $300. Considering the potential exposure and networking opportunities on top of what one might learn, it’s still very much worth it to those who are dedicated. Make sure to act fast as the deadline for submission is July 27th.

For More Information: Atlanta Celebrates Photography

To Apply For the Portfolio Review: ACP Review Application

Notable: Portfolio Reviews, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Contest, Photographer on June 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm


In case you missed it, Fall is approaching and the PDN expo teams with the Palm Springs Photo Review:

The Palm Springs Photo Festival and Photo District News have again teamed up to present over 1600 reviews in our fourth annual program during this year’s PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 24-26.

Registration is now open for the Official PhotoPlus Expo Portfolio Review Program. By registering, you’ll be able to schedule one-on-one, 20-minute sessions with difficult to meet, New York-based book publishers, magazine photo editors, gallery and museum directors and curators, reps, industry consultants, advertising agency creatives and more. Imagine trying to meet with 5, 10, 15 or more key people in New York in three days!

For more information: Photo Reviews

Notable: Now Accepting Entrants For Atlanta Celebrates Photography Portfolio Reviews

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Photographer on June 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm


October will be here before you know it and one of the East Coast premiere portfolio reviews will kick off October 1.

Registrations for the Portfolio Review are juried, and applicants will need to submit 3-5 jpgs with a brief artist’s statement for consideration.Registration will remain open until 11:59PM EST on July 17th, and successful registrants will be notified by the week of August 1st.
Once accepted, the registration fee is $300. This guarantees you a minimum of 5 Portfolio Review sessions, with continental breakfast, snacks, beverages and coffee included throughout the day. In the evening, there will be a reception where you can show your work to the general public (and any reviewers you didn’t get to meet during the day). ACP also encourages local galleries, curators and art consultants to attend this reception.

For more information: Atlanta Celebrates Photography

On Site: FotoFest Meeting Place portfolio reviews or “How to make an impression with your photography”

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Photographer on April 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm

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The next article in the FotoFest coverage will talk to particular artists that participated in Session 4 of the Meeting Place portfolio Reviews in Houston Texas. But today, we would like to pass along some observations on the portfolio review process.

Marta Sánchez Philippe, who is heading up these reviews a third time for FotoFest, was kind enough to put us in place with two reviewers: Christopher Rauchenberg, President, BLUE SKY GALLERY and Ashley C. Givens, Ass’t Curator, Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum. They had great insights and patience. These individuals were representative of the high quality of arts community leaders that Meeting Place attracts as review “staff”.

In order to give the best guidance distilled from these sessions, we need to break it down into the questions you, the artist, may be asked and some guidelines for presentation. The cost of these sessions is not inexpensive, so preparation is key …

Questions to be answered:

  • What is the objective of the work being presented?
  • How do you describe the project?
  • How did the project come about?
  • Is there a timeline involved?
  • Why did you employ a particular technique in creating the work?
  • Is there a storyline? A connection between the photos in a series?
  • What barriers exist between the viewer and the subject?
  • What growth in your work can be traced in this project?
  • Do you “direct it” or let it unfold and document it?
  • Is the concept fully resolved or is this a work in progress?

Guidelines for presentation:

  • Know the answers to the questions above!
  • Research your reviewer to try and understand their viewpoint
  • Have a one paragraph artist’s statement memorized
  • Have specific questions you want answered … then ask them!
  • Don’t just present for 20 minutes, have a dialogue
  • Listen … and playback what you hear to the reviewer
  • If you want gallery representation, ask how to get it
  • Make sure the reviewer sees your passion for, and in, your art

Many artists expect their art to “speak” for itself alone, unfortunately in a review, it is two humans that must communicate in a meaningful away under time constraints … in addition to having qualified work presented.

For a Meeting Place guide to Portfolio Reviews: Mary Virginia Swanson