“Attending a Portfolio Reviews event is perhaps 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. Portfolio Reviews are an intense experience, both for the reviewers and photographers. Professional and personal relationships are forged, networks are strengthened, and the immersion in all things photographic, around the clock, can be a cathartic, inspirational adventure!”
-Laura Moya, Photolucida Executive Director
WHAT ARE THE PORTFOLIO REVIEWS?
The in-person Portfolio Reviews are the heart of the Photolucida 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 twenty 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. 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) receive a photographers’ Participant Index (book or PDF). The index includes contact information for each photographer along with a large thumbnail image representing each participant’s work.
Reviewers for the 2017 Portfolio Reviews will be announced in the fall.
If you are attending Photolucida’s Reviews event, you will be sent a FAQ sheet with lodging options and information.
Refunds — We provide a full refund (minus a $100 processing fee) until January 1, 2017. After January 1, 2017 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, 2017. 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.
Interested in volunteering at the Portfolio Reviews? Contact Laura Valenti (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for a volunteer position. We love our Photolucida volunteers!