Photolucida does two primary things to support and promote the work of emerging and mid-career photographers:


Every other April, an international set of photographers and reviewers gather in Portland, Oregon for a five-day celebration of photography that includes lectures, workshops, and exhibition collaborations. Intensive portfolio reviews are at the heart of the festival. Reviewers are selected for their experience, involvement, and commitment to advancing the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Over the years, many participants have made contacts that have led directly to exhibitions, publications, and sales, in addition to receiving useful critiques.

By providing a venue for in-depth, informed, and supportive dialogue between photographers, gallery owners, curators, publishers, editors, and consultants, Photolucida promotes the culture of photography locally, nationally, and internationally. The next Portfolio Reviews Festival will take place April, 2021.


Critical Mass is an annual online program that makes connections within the photography community. Photographers at any level, from anywhere in the world, submit a portfolio of 10 images.

Through a pre-screening process, the field is narrowed to a group of 200 finalists who go on to have their work viewed and voted on by over 200 esteemed international photography professionals.

From the finalist group, the Top 50 are named and a series of awards are given. In the past, awards have included a monograph award, residency awards, solo show awards, and group show inclusion. Critical Mass 2020 will open in June, and remain open for submissions for about four weeks.

Festival of Light

Photolucida is a member of FESTIVAL OF LIGHT,  an international collaboration of more than 20 photography festivals around the world.

Who We Are

Photolucida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We award Critical Mass scholarships to faculty-nominated MFA students, and also extend a number of scholarships to deserving photographers to attend our biennial Portfolio Reviews event.

Dedicated to increasing understanding through photography, Photolucida has donated Critical Mass publications to over 200 libraries and photography educators across the state of Oregon.

Photolucida oversees Portland Photo Month every April, now in it’s tenth year.

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Photolucida Staff

  • Laura Moya — Director
  • Audra Osborne — Program Manager

Advisory Council

  • Paul Kopeikin
  • Alyssa Coppelman
  • Geoffrey Koslov
  • Peppa Martin
  • Mary Virginia Swanson
  • Alison Nordström
  • Kirsten Rian
  • Anna Sortun

Photolucida Board

  • Stu Levy — Board President
  • Mary Bisbee-Beek
  • Rob Shaeffer
  • Rachael Nusbaum
  • Julia Fitzgerald — Accountant