FORMAT PORTFOLIO REVIEW
FORMAT Portfolio Review
FORMAT are organising a Portfolio Review during FORMAT off year 2018, which will take place between March and June. For more up to date information please join our Facebook page. To join our mailing list please visit our website.
The Portfolio Review is aimed at committed photographers with a developed and serious approach to their work. Recent graduates are welcome. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries. We have a bespoke booking system so that reviews can be selected online. This system allows you to choose the reviewers and time slots. It is a first come first served basis. You can view and select the slots you want. Please note, your reviews are not confirmed until you have paid.
We advise you look through the reviewers and make a list of at least 10 that you would like to see, in the order you would like to see them so that you are prepared when you book.
Please read all the information carefully before making a booking. Please keep an eye on the website and the FORMAT Facebook Portfolio Review dedicated page for more info.
We have carefully selected approx. 25 industry experts from around Europe to review your portfolios.
Agnieszka completed her post-graduate Cultural Manager Studies at the Warsaw School of Economics, photography at the Łódź Film School, and German literature at the Jagiellonian University. She holds a PhD in humanities.
She has been director of Krakow Photomonth in Krakow since 2013, and chairwoman of the Visual Arts Foundation since January 2015. In photography, she is most interested in conceptual projects with a research slant.
(Aga will be reviewing portfolios with Paweł)
Alessandra Capodacqua, born in Naples, lives and works in Florence. She is a photographer, a curator of exhibitions and a teacher of photography for national and international schools, among others NYU Florence.
As a curator, Alessandra has developed exhibitions of photography and has participated to the creation of festivals of photography in Italy and abroad.
She is regularly invited to review portfolios and as juror for International Photo Awards and Prizes.
Her photographs are shown nationally and internationally, and are in private and public collections, including the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence and the MEP in Paris.
Alessandra has a particular interest in well-crafted, thoughtful work that pushes the boundaries of the medium, and displays the artist’s personal style. In particular, she is interested in original, experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to photography. She can advise photographers with appropriate ways of presenting their portfolios, advise on content, composition, concept, printing and presentation. She is happy to review portfolios of all kinds, be they comprised of work in progress, completed projects or planned publications. She is not interested in viewing commercial, boudoir/glamour, or flower photography.
Alicia Hart is a Photo Editor, Lecturer and Artist. She currently is working in advertising with AMV BBDO in the Art Production department. She is the co-editor of the AMV BBDO Instagram account. Her clients include: National Lottery, BT, Pepsi , Guinness and Alzheimer Research UK . In the past she has worked with publications such as The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, FT weekend, Wallpaper* and High Life magazine.
Alicia has a MA from the Royal College of Art and has won several awards for her own photographic practice. She regularly participates in International portfolio reviews.
Alicia is interested in seeing people with a creative approach in photography and multi-media, book dummies and any community based projects.
Anna-Maria Pfab is the founder and director of kiosk, a London-based, artist representation and creative management agency set up in 2015. kiosk represents a select group of artists working across the fields of fashion, advertising, documentary and fine art. Recent clients include Dior, PORT Magazine, Louis Vuitton, Rolls Royce, Manolo Blahnik, Cutler & Gross, FT Magazine, Burberry, Wonderland, Harper’s Bazaar and Christie’s amongst many others.
Previous to kiosk, Anna-Maria held roles at White Cube, INSTITUTE, Schilt Publishing, HOST Gallery, Foto8 and the Fotomuseum Winterthur.
Anna-Maria is interested in seeing all kinds of work.
Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. She is the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, the international photo festival in Tuscany, Italy. For almost 10 years she was also the director of OjodePez magazine, the only documentary photography quarterly published in Spain. She is the curator of photography at PhEST, a new art festival in the south of Italy, Monopoli, Puglia.
From 2004 to 2011, Arianna has been a freelance curator for exhibits and a photo consultant for various publications, among which 4 years at D, the weekend supplement of one of Italy’s main daily, La Repubblica. She is a regular participant in portfolio reviews and jury panels worldwide, as well as speaker and teacher. She was part of the World Press Photo jury in 2009, Fotopres, Spain in 2012 and has been a Photolucida Critical Mass juror since 2009.
Arianna is open to see a variety of work but mostly interested in documentary work, long or short term, with an innovative style and contemporary language.
Bill Kouwenhoven is an independent curator and freelance photography critic with more than 20 years experience as editor or international editor of such noted publications as photo metro and HotShoe. He is the author of introductory essays for more than 30 photography books as well as Nuevas Historias: Contemporary Spanish Photography and Video Art (Hatje Cantz, 2008). He is interested in long-term documentary and journalistic projects for consideration as photography books. He can help with portfolio development and suggest galleries, publications and festivals appropriate to the work. Based in Berlin and New York, he speaks English, German, Spanish and some French.
Daniel Boetker-Smith is an educator, writer, curator and photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Daniel is the Academic Director of Photography Studies College, Melbourne, and is an expert on photographic publishing, photobooks and zines, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. He is the Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2013 to promote and share the books of photographers from the Asia-Pacific region at festivals, galleries, and institutions all over the world. Daniel is a previous Managing Editor of Photofile, Australia’s oldest photography magazine, and is a regular contributor to Australian and international publications like The British Journal of Photography, Vault, Photoeye, Source, Paper Journal and others.
David Drake is the Director of Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales. Ffotogallery’s work is outward looking, with an exhibition and publishing programme featuring artists from the UK and the rest of the world. Ffotogallery widens its range of influence through gallery presentations and touring exhibitions, print and online publishing, collaborations with other organisations and galleries, artist commissions and residencies, and an extensive education programme. David initiated and is the current Director of the large-scale biennial event Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography, which has completed three editions. He was Project Director for Wales in Venice, the Wales’ Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 56th International Art Exhibition 2015. Ffotogallery is the lead agency for a pan-European co-operation project called European Prospects. In 2017/18, Ffotogallery is collaborating with Delhi Photo Festival and the Nazar Foundation on a year long project called Dreamtigers, as part of the UK-India programme to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.
As a portfolio reviewer, David offers participants curatorial feedback and guidance on how to present their work to galleries and publishers, including Ffotogallery, how to pitch for art commissions, and advice on their development as a professional artist. He is most interested in viewing cohesive bodies of work with conceptually driven themes that have been or are near completion. He welcomes reviewing contemporary image-based work across a wide range of practices, including fine art and documentary photography, video, installation and digital media work.
As Ffotogallery does not present purely commercial, fashion or stock photography, he would prefer not to review such work.
Emily Graham is the Cultural Commissions & Partnerships Manager at Magnum Photos, where she manages Magnum’s UK exhibitions, cultural commissions, and creative projects. She is also a freelance creative consultant and curator.
Emily studied photography at the University of Brighton, and worked previously as an editor and producer, working with a variety of individual artists and institutions on creative projects, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the international NGO WaterAid, and artists Corinne Day and Maurice Broomfield.
She is co-founder and director of Night Contact, a multimedia and photography festival. Supporting and promoting contemporary image making, Night Contact aims to bring together innovative photographic works that provoke or engage in conversations with other media, such as film, music and literature. Interested in seeing documentary in any form and fine art photography. Not interested in seeing single images.
Emmanuelle Peri moved to London from Paris in 2000, where she had studied Art History (MA) & Museology (PGD) at the Sorbonne and École du Louvre. She began working in a fast paced publishing environment at the fine arts specialist SCALA photo agency. In 2003 she started working for Phaidon Press as a freelance photo editor and researcher, editing picture content on numerous publications such as, ’This Brutal World’, ‘Photography Today’, ’The Anatomy of Fashion’ and ’Art Museum’. In 2011, she joined Forward/Bookmark, contributing on a number of projects for clients such as American Express, Christie’s, Fabric, Tesco, Standard Life & Patek Philippe. She was made Photography Director in 2016, and has set and maintained high standard for Film, Photographic and Illustrated content ranging from print to digital platforms. Her education in fine art and extensive experience in the creative industries, supplemented by an in-depth knowledge of Ancient, Old Master & Contemporary Art has combined to form a visual sensitivity, that enables her to navigate the ever changing photographic terrain. In recent projects she commissioned and art directed large travel and architecture photography essays with the likes of Simon Norfolk, Catherine Hyland, James Reeve or Laurent Kronental.
Areas of interests in photography are travel, architecture, documentary, portraiture, still life, and fine art
Erik Vroons (1976, The Netherlands) is Editor-at-large for GUP Magazine. He was the Chief Editor for this magazine until 2015 and operates as a freelance writer, editor, curator and consultant in the (international) field of photography ever since. He also mentors workshops in ‘Project Development’. He holds an MA in Media Studies (University of Amsterdam) and an MA in Photographic Studies (University Leiden).
I am most curious about smart approaches to storytelling (conceptual documentary/ creative treatments of actuality) and also interested in all kinds of works that could be considered in line of the entire realm of art photography as showcased during Unseen. That is, unique and avantgarde approaches to the medium. Furthermore, I hope to meet photographers with works in progress that they seek professional feedback on in regards to how to proceed and which possible platforms to present it on eventually.
Photo Credit: Diane van der Marel
Graduated in Culture Management in Paris, Eva Gravayat worked from 2007 to 2011 as exhibitions production manager for the international photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles in France under the direction of François Hébel. She moved to Berlin in 2012 where she works as a freelance journalist and project manager for major photography institutions between France and Germany. Since 2014 she is coordinating exhibitions and other events worldwide for the Collection Regard and fotobookfestival Kassel.
Eva is interested in seeing mostly documentary work and photobook projects.
Gemma Padley is a freelance writer and editor working in photography. She contributes regularly to British Journal of Photography, and has written for AnOther magazine, Elephant, Foam, Photomonitor, 1000 Words, and Time LightBox, among many others. She is a contributing writer for the recently published book, 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die.
Interested in all work but especially interested in portraiture, conceptual still life, fashion photography or anything commercial.
Gijs van den Berg
Gijs van den Berg (1983) is an art-director based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
His works span a variety of mediums including video, photography and graphic design.
Since 2009 he works at KesselsKramer where he creates campaigns for both local and global brands. Mostly interested in photography that has a concept or good story behind it.
Iona Fergusson is an independent curator, producer and creative director specialising in lens based work. She worked for 6 years as Photo Editor for Vogue India before returning to the UK to complete a Masters in the History and Critical Theory of Photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. In 2015 she worked as Programme Director for the Delhi Photo Festival and is currently on the Creative Team for their next edition in 2018. Recent curatorial projects include in May 2017 the screening of The Lost Head & The Bird: an immersive multi-platform video by Indian artist Sohrab Hura at experimental festival Peckham 24 in London and in June the exhibition A Million Mutinies Later: India at 70 – part of an ongoing collaboration called Dreamtigers between Ffotogallery/Diffusion Festival Cardiff and Nazar Foundation in New Delhi. She is currently working on Girls! Girls! Girls! a collaboration with Creative Black Country, Multistory and Nazar Foundation, which has commissioned four female artists (2 Indian and 2 British) to create a compelling bodies of work linking women’s stories from the Black Country and the Punjab.
Her preference is to review work by students and early career lens based artists.
She currently lives in London.
Iris Sikking (1968) is an independent curator based in Amsterdam. After her graduation at the Master Photographic Studies (Leiden University) she became involved with Paradox a foundation exploring new ways of visual storytelling, through creating collaborative teams and presenting projects at a variety of platforms. As a result she became vastly experienced in concept development, exhibition and web-design, publishing books and project management.
For over 10 years now she has been curating thematic and monographic exhibitions for the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam), FoMu (Antwerp), and the National Media Museum (Bradford). As a guest curator for the Krakow Photomonth in 2016 she compiled the group exhibition A New Display: Visual Storytelling at a Crossroads, and she wrote about the merger of documentary photography practices with other disciplines as film, video art and VR for the accompanying publication The (Un)becomings of Photography (2016). Her background as a film editor positions her in the overlapping field of film, video art and photography. She lectures at the Film and Photography department at AKV|St.Joost, Breda.
Iris is interested in long term research projects, and projects applying moving images and/or digital formats.
Karen Harvey is Founder and Director of Shutter Hub, the photography organisation supporting and promoting creative photographers internationally through exhibitions, networking and opportunities.
With a wide range of experience working as a photographer and writer, creative consultant, mentor and curator, Karen has spoken about developing a career in the photography industry on many occasions, most notably at Foam Museum Amsterdam, the National Photography Symposium, London Art Fair, London Photomonth, the Festival of Creative Industries, and across the UK at universities and colleges. The Shutter Hub goal is to bring photographers together to help them further their careers, get better opportunities and be part of something positive and supportive.
Malcolm Dickson is a writer, curator and organiser. He is the Director of Street Level Photoworks, a leading photography arts organisation that provides artists and the public with a range of opportunities to make and engage with photography. He curates and co-ordinates a programme which embraces different genres of photography, which is extended through a network of local and community venues, regional art galleries, and through national and international partners. The organisation is a lead partner in Scotland’s Season of Photography which links the diverse exhibitions and events around photography across the country.
Recent exhibitions curated by him include ‘Tabula Rasa II’ (at Street Level and Kaunas Photography Gallery); Scottish based work at Uncertain States Annual as part of Photomonth East London; ‘A Window on Glasgow’ and work by Yohanne Lamoulere and Franck Pourcel as part of a Glasgow/Marseille exchange; ‘Surface Tension: New Process Based Photography’,‘Maud Sulter – Passion’ at Street Level and Impressions Gallery, Bradford (co-curated).
Marina Paulenka is a photographer, a founder and artistic director of the Croatian festival Organ Vida—International Photography Festival, Zagreb and the Organ Vida Photography Association, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia. Organ Vida Festival promotes the work of international contemporary artists, both emerging and well-known and reflects upon the medium of photography in a wider social context.
Marina has a MA in Photography at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb (Croatia) and a MA in Graphic Design at the Faculty of Graphic Arts Zagreb (Croatia). She is member of the Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association. She is an international juror/nominator, curator and portfolio reviewer at many institutions, awards, festivals and galleries. In her dual role as a photographer and festival director, Marina has had the opportunity and pleasure of curating photo exhibitions, meeting artists and taking part in many discourses on current trends in contemporary photography in numerous countries.
Munem Wasif is a Dhaka based Artist, Curator and Lecturer. Teaching through collaborating with new generation artists and curating experimental works in an organic process is an integral part of his own personal practice. Wasif has worked as a co-curator for the last three editions of Chobi Mela, International Festival of Photography. His other curatorial ventures include 1134: Lives not numbers (a show on the crisis of garments industry) and Bengal Divided (is an ongoing research and exhibition project on partition of Bengal). Wasif is part of academic council of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and has facilitated several International photography workshops over the period.
In 2015, he was one of the judges in World Press Photo. He with his co-editor Tanzim Wahab have published two editions of Kamra – a comprehensive Bangla book of photography about ideas and debates around photographic history and theories. He is represented by Agency VU in Paris and Project 88 in Bombay.
Image credit: Sarker Protick
Nicola Shipley works as a Producer, Curator, Project Manager, Mentor and Consultant specialising in photography. She trained as an art historian, has an MA in History of Art, and a background in the visual arts, including in commissioning, exhibitions, collections, public art, artists education and professional development.
She is currently Director of GRAIN Projects, based in Birmingham UK, facilitating the hub and network and leading on the programme and activities which include commissioning new work, curating exhibitions, developing artist’s and photographer’s training, development and networking opportunities, organising talks and symposia and developing new audiences. In her capacity at GRAIN she is interested in working with emerging and established artists and photographers.
Nicola also works in a freelance capacity and has worked with a wide range of visual arts organisations, public and private sector stakeholders, HE and FE partners and has worked as a visiting lecturer and mentor for a number of regional universities.
Paul Herrmann is the director of Redeye, the Photography Network. Redeye has supported hundreds of photographers in every different genre to develop their photographic work and careers through a programme of events, courses, professional development, commissions, collaborations, business advice and information. Paul started out as a freelance editorial photographer in the 1980s specialising in social issues, politics and the arts. Alongside Redeye he’s set up a range of photographic organisations and projects including the Look festivals in Liverpool, the career development course Lightbox, the National Photography Symposium and the Northern Photography Consortium. He’s also currently chair of the British Photographic Council, and has recently set up the Photographic Collections Network for photography specialists, archivists, scholars and historians. He talks, writes and advises on a range of business and professional issues in photography.
Paul is happy to discuss any aspect of professional development and ways of building your career, your presentation, or making new contacts. He is particularly interested in anyone looking to work on a collaborative or community project, and in those who can talk, teach or write on any aspect of photography.
Art curator and creative producer, based in Amsterdam (b. 1988). Paweł is involved in the creation of TIFF Festival (Wroclaw, Poland). A founding member of „Polish paradise”, a travelling platform promoting Polish contemporary photography abroad. His experience is rooted in contemporary photography and photobook publishing, but includes a variety of art disciplines such as new media, sculpture and music.
Paweł appreciates passion and good humour, and welcomes concepts and ideas across a variety of topics and art disciplines. He likes to work with photobooks, as much as he enjoy new media art and large-scale installations. Based in Amsterdam & Wrocław.
(Paweł will be reviewing portfolios with Aga)
Salvatore Vitale is a Swiss-based photographer and editor born and raised in Palermo, Italy. After his degree in Communication, in 2014 he attended the International Center of Photography—ICP’s class with Allen Frame and was selected for the ISSP International Masterclass by Andrei Polikanov and Yuri Kozyrev. In 2015 he was named among Die Besten 2014 at Swiss Photo Awards.
He is also the co-founder and editor-in- chief of YET magazine, an international photography magazine and platform which showcases works by both emerging and established photographers as well as critic and in-depth content focusing on the evolution of photography with a particular eye on the contemporary field. He has been featured and published internationally, and also runs workshops and gives lectures and talks about his work.
Sebah Chaudhry is Festival Coordinator at FORMAT. She is a key member in the delivery of the biennale festival, working on exhibitions, events, the UK’s largest portfolio review and other FORMAT projects in the UK and internationally. She also works on numerous international festivals. Sebah has previously worked with Fotofestiwal, Łódz; Fotobookfestival, Kassel; Rhubarb-Rhubarb, Birmingham; Dong Gang, South Korea; Hamburg Photo Triennial; Fotobild, Berlin; and Fotofest, Houston. She is currently working on an exhibition taking place in October at Photo Beijing, China.
Sebah is interested in seeing all kinds of work, except nudes and still life.
Tiina Rauhala (b.1980) works as Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki). The Museum is one of the leading and oldest photography museum’s in Europe. Through exhibitions, collection management and research, the museum strives to promote and foster photographic art and culture in Finland. Rauhala has a long career at the museum, starting as a curator in 2008.
The museum’s exhibitions cover Finnish and international contemporary photography, as well as the diverse history of the craft. Along with the museum’s main exhibitions Rauhala has been responsible for the museum gallery’s program for the emerging photographers.
Rauhala is also co-founder of The Festival of Political Photography, which examines ways of influencing with photographs and seeks to define what the word ‘political’ means in contemporary photographic practices. The Festival had its first exhibition in 2015.
FORMAT is the UK’s leading non-profit international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. It contains exhibitions, portfolio reviews, workshops, commissions, conference, screenings, talks, photo collectives, publications, mass participation, performance and much more. The next festival will take place between March – April 2019 in Derby, UK but FORMAT continues to develop and produce a year-round programme of exhibitions, workshops, talks and more. These FORMAT Portfolio Reviews are a fringe event at Unseen Amsterdam, they will not be placing in Derby.
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