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Portfolio Reviews

Photolucida has made the decision to postpone our Portfolio Reviews event (originally scheduled for April, 2021) into the year 2022 due to COVID pandemic concerns. An event involving hundreds of photographers, reviewers, staff and volunteers, the Portfolio Reviews event is based on almost 3,000 scheduled face-to-face conversations and large-scale gatherings (Portfolio Walk, Photobook Fair, Closing Party, etc.) involving both both participants and the Portland public. A date will be announced when we feel it makes sense to begin to organize. Thank you for staying tuned for details!

“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


The in-person Portfolio Reviews are the heart of the Photolucida festival, held during Portland Photo Month. Gallery owners, curators, editors, photo festival directors, 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 evening events.  A Portfolio Walk at the Portland Art Museum is organized for participants and is always embraced enthusiastically by the Portland public.


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, then names place 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 2021 will open in September, 2020. – cancelled


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 can be seen here!  Photographers enter their preference lists for reviewers online in 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 Benson Hotel, which is located in downtown Portland. Discount codes will be provided to registered photographers!


Refunds — We provide a full refund (minus a $300 processing fee) until January 1, 2019. After January 1, 2019 we offer a full refund (minus a $300 processing fee) IF we can fill your spot with a photographer on the waiting list. No refunds are available after March 25th, 2019. 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.