July 26th & 27th, 2008


Glenn Rudolph, Milwaukee Road, Interstate 90, Route of the Hiawatha, 1998
Glenn Rudolph, Milwaukee Road, Interstate 90, Route of the Hiawatha, 1998
from Photolucida's Great Northwest Portfolio

Thanks to all who participated in our Summer reviews — it was a wonderful success!

Given the great response & feedback from Photolucida’s bi-annual spring Portfolio Reviews, we've decided to offer a more intimate summer version, with half the number of photographers, reviewers, and days. We've also decided to have more of a regional focus, inviting reviewers primarily from the Northwest (as well as a large handful of our tried-and-true reviewers from outside this region).

But of course photographers from anywhere and everywhere are encouraged to participate!

The Reviews

Photolucida’s in-person Portfolio Reviews give photographers a chance to show their work to gallery owners, curators, editors, collectors and publishers from all over the US, but this time with a particular emphasis on professionals from the country’s Northwest region. Here is the list of our confirmed reviewers. Photographers register for one-on-one meetings with the reviewers of their choice and receive 4 or 5 20-minute reviews per day. It's a great opportunity to put your work in front of people who love photography and make decisions. Numerous photographers have walked away with opportunities to exhibit, publish and sell their work after attending the Portfolio Reviews. Past attendees from our spring Reviews have included Donald Weber, Doug Dubois, Elaine Ling, Todd Deutsch, Dona Schwartz, Rachael Dunville, and John Chervinsky.

Registration fee for two days of Reviews is $475.

Photographer's Master Index & The Portfolio Walk

Just as we do at our spring Reviews, each photographer's contact information and a thumbnail image will be printed in a Photographer’s Master Index, a reference tool to be distributed to all of the reviewers to keep among their treasures. All registered photographers are also invited to participate in the Photolucida Portfolio Walk, an off-site casual exhibition of their work. It gives the photographers, the reviewers, and the general community a chance to see all the great work that has come together for the weekend. In previous years this has been a very successful event, drawing in large numbers of viewers from the area.

Blue Sky Gallery picture

The new Blue Sky Gallery, our gracious host for this year's reviews.


Our summer Reviews are taking place at Blue Sky Gallery's gorgeous new space along the Park Blocks in downtown Portland. Reviewers will be staying at the Ace Hotel. While participants are welcome to stay wherever they choose, The Ace Hotel, the Mark Spencer, and the Benson, are all within a ten-minute walk from the gallery. The Benson and Mark Spencer have offered discounted rates for a limited number of our participants, and the Ace’s rates (while not offering a discount) are comparable. To book your rooms, contact the hotel directly and be sure to tell them you're with Photolucida. For complete downtown hotel information, contact POVA.



Please note: Photolucida’s Reviews are not juried, but we ask photographers to understand that their work needs to be at a certain professional level — attending an event such as this is an investment on your part and the caliber of your work should reflect this.



Photolucida is pleased to give merit-based scholarships to the following Oregon Photographers:
Alexis Pike
M. Bruce Hall
Sika Stanton

We will also be giving spots at the Portfolio Walk to 8 additional Oregon photographers. Thanks to all who applied!

Refund Policy

We provide a full refund (-$30 processing fee) until June 7th. After June 7th we offer a full refund (-$30 processing fee) IF we can fill your spot with someone from the waiting list. If you decide to cancel your registration you may not transfer/sell your spot to a person of your choosing, the open slot goes to the first person on Photolucida's waiting list.