PR15 Participant Kerry Mansfield, from her 'Expired' series

Portfolio Reviews

The 2015 Photolucida Portfolio Reviews event was an incredible success! Thanks to the wonderful reviewers, photographers, guest lecturers, and volunteers who all contributed in making this event what it is. Our sincere gratitude goes out to everyone!

The next Photolucida Reviews event is in April, 2017. Registration will open in September, 2016.

What are the Portfolio Reviews?

The in-person Portfolio Reviews are the heart of the Photolucida 2015 festival, held during Portland Photo Month. Gallery owners, curators, agency art buyers, collectors and publishers representing small, mid-sized, and major venues from all over the US and abroad gather in Portland to review work. 160 Photographers at the mid-career level register for one-on-one meetings with the reviewers of their choice. Each review session lasts for 20 minutes. The number of participants is limited to assure that everyone receives four or five reviews per day for four days. 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.

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 a Keynote Speaker – this spring we are happy to host Mona Kuhn.  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. 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. The registration period is open for 48 hours. A lottery system is used to determine participant spots.

Photographers’ Participant Index

All participants (both reviewers and photographers) will receive a photographers’ Participant Index (book or PDF). The index will include contact information for each photographer along with a large thumbnail image representing each participant’s work.


Reviewers for the 2015 Portfolio Reviews are listed here!


If you are attending Photolucida’s Reviews event, you will be sent a FAQ sheet with lodging options and information.

Refund & Privacy Policy

Refunds — We provide a full refund (minus a $100 processing fee) until January 1, 2015. After January 1, 2015 we offer a full refund (minus a $100 processing fee) IF we can fill your spot with a photographer on the waiting list. No refunds are available after March 15th, 2015. If you decide to cancel your registration you may not transfer/sell your spot to another photographer of your choosing. Open slots go to the first person on Photolucida’s waiting list.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering at the Portfolio Reviews? Contact Laura Valenti ( to sign up for a volunteer position.
We love our Photolucida volunteers!