Participant Stories from the Portfolio Reviews

Reviewer Chris Rauschenberg peruses Stan Raucher’s portfolio, 2013

“I was fortunate to have several success stories as a result of my reviews. Aline Smithson featured my ‘Metro’ project in Lenscratch, Hamidah Glasgow included one of the prints I showed her in the Center Forward exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography, and one of my images received the Juror Award of Merit in the 2013 Grand Prix de la Decouverte International Fine Art Photography Competition by Jan Potts & Elizabeth Corden. I also met with Karen Davis and she recently selected my project ‘The New Promised Land’ for her August portfolio showcase at the Davis Orton Gallery.” -Stan Raucher

Registration is now open for our 2015 Portfolio Reviews event, so we thought we’d take a moment to share some wonderful stories from past participants. There are some great ones. When you put reviewers and photographers together in the same space for four days straight, magical things happen. Connections are made, exhibition and publication opportunities are offered, friendships are formed. Events like this build community and shape careers. We are so excited to have another Reviews on the horizon.

“I can’t stress to you how important my trip to Portland was last year. Photolucida was a highpoint of my career, both on a professional and personal level. I couldn’t have imagined that the week would have proved to be so successful for me…I received a Light Work residency, and I know that if it weren’t for meeting Shane in person and sharing my book maquette, I would not have won a spot on their calendar. Also, I will be publishing ‘The Last Road North’ with Kehrer Verlag later this year. I felt from the beginning that meeting with Alexa Becker, alone, was reason enough to go to Portland. They are on the top of my list of publishers, and to be moving forward with them is huge for me. Again, without that personal connection with Alexa, I’m confident that the book would not be happening.” -Ben Huff

“So much good came of Photolucida for me, I can’t even begin to tell you. A book with Kehrer Verlag, a story in PDN, solo shows at Rayko, the University of the Arts’ Avenue Gallery and the Center for Fine Art Photography, and a feature in ‘Loupe’. Kind of unbelievable really! In general, my fellow photographer’s generosity really took me by surprise. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I walked away feeling embraced by the photography community and empowered to forge on with a project that at times has felt rather daunting.” -Lindsay Morris

To read more participant stories, click here. Prepare for a heartwarming sensation and overall feeling of excitement! It’s also a great read if you’d like to get a better sense of what the Reviews experience is like.

Still need to register for the Portfolio Reviews? 

Registration will remain open until Thursday at noon Pacific Time. Anyone who registers between now and then will be entered into a lottery. Registrants whose names are selected via the lottery will be notified on Tuesday, September 30th by e-mail, and list will be posted here on our blog.

The Last Road North, published by Kehrer Verlag. Courtesy Ben Huff