what is photolucida?

Lucida: bright, luminous, suffused with light, the brightest star in a constellation.

Photolucida is an arts non-profit whose mission is to provide platforms that expand, inspire, educate and connect the regional, national, and international photography community.

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

Portfolio Reviews Festival: 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 18 - 21, 2013.

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, including at least one monograph each year. Photolucida publishes and distributes the titles, giving copies of the books to all participating photographers and jurors.

Photolucida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We award merit-based scholarships to our Reviews to deserving photographers, and to international photographers in Critical Mass. Dedicated to increasing understanding through photography, Photolucida also donates Critical Mass books to over 30 Oregon art schools, colleges, and libraries.

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

Who We Are (click for additional information on Photolucida’s staff and board members):