“Attending a Portfolio Reviews event is the most efficient investment you can make in marketing your work. Sitting face-to-face with industry professionals who you would not usually find accessible can be priceless – they are there to specifically offer opportunities and/or feedback in a supportive environment. Professional and personal relationships are forged, networks are strengthened, and the immersion in all things photographic, around the clock, can be an inspirational adventure!” -Laura Moya, Photolucida Executive Director
WHAT ARE THE PORTFOLIO REVIEWS?
The in-person Portfolio Reviews are the heart of the Photolucida festival – gallery owners, curators, editors, photo festival directors, and publishers representing small, mid-sized, and major venues gather in Portland to review work. This April, 75 photographers at the mid-career level register for one-on-one meetings with the reviewers of their choice. Each review session lasts for twenty-five minutes. The number of participants is limited to assure that everyone receives a total of 12 reviews over the three-day event. It’s a great way to network, both with reviewers and peers. Numerous photographers have walked away with opportunities to exhibit, publish, and sell their work after attending the Portfolio Reviews. Please see the Participant Stories page for some detailed outcomes!
In addition to the primary Reviews appointments, Photolucida provides an informal meeting room with “roving” reviewers who look at work and give feedback and potential opportunities. Additional programming also includes “lunchtime chats” (daily talks from luminaries in the photography world) and evening events. A Portfolio Walk at the Portland Art Museum is organized for participants and is always embraced enthusiastically by the Portland public.
LEVEL OF WORK EXPECTED
Photolucida does not jury the Portfolio Reviews, but we strive to keep the level of work of participants high. Participants should be mid-career fine-art photographers, with a recent history of exhibition and/or publication. Registrants are vetted (we view website/social media), then names are placed in a lottery. Those who do not receive a spot initially will be placed on the wait list. For a good reference of where your work should be professionally, please look at the artists in the Critical Mass Top 50. Photolucida reserves the right to limit acceptance to participants who meet these criteria.
Registration for Photolucida 2022 was open from September 20-27, 2021. All registrants will be vetted and notified early October. (Please feel free to ask to be added ask to our wait list!)
The $950 payment can be made via credit card or check. A payment plan is available. Check your regional Arts and Culture Council’s grant opportunities. Attending Photolucida is considered “Professional Development” and often there are grants available for artists.
Our primary concern is the health of all our participants. If deemed unrealistic to hold this event in-person, Plan B is an online version (in which a partial refund will be made), and if event is cancelled totally, photographers will be refunded in full.
PHOTOGRAPHERS’ PARTICIPANT INDEX
All participants will be included in our handy participant index – an online resource with images and websites from each photographer.
Our great roster of Reviewers is now online! Photographers enter their preference lists for Reviewers online in early April – our scheduling programming does a great job assigning the top percentage of choices to you. You will be able to view your reviewer assignments online, before you arrive in Portland.
If you are attending Photolucida’s Reviews event, you will be sent a FAQ sheet with lodging options and information. The Reviews sessions take place in the Jupiter NEXT Hotel, which is centrally located in Portland, Oregon. Discount code will be provided to registered photographers!
CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY
Refunds — We provide a full refund (minus a $250 processing fee) until January 1, 2022. After January 1, 2022 we offer a full refund (minus a $250 processing fee) IF we can fill your spot with a photographer on the waiting list. No refunds are available after March 21st, 2022. If you decide to cancel your registration you may not transfer or sell your spot to another photographer of your choosing. Open slots go to the first person on Photolucida’s wait list. If the event translates to an online version, photographers will get a percentage of their registration fee back (TBD). If the event as a whole is cancelled, photographers will receive their entire registration fee ($950) back.