FORMAT PORTFOLIO REVIEW
SATURDAY 16TH MARCH 2019
FORMAT Portfolio Review
The Portfolio Review is aimed at committed photographers with a developed and serious approach to their work. Recent graduates are welcome. Please contact email@example.com 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.
FORMAT19 Portfolio Reviewers are being revealed from 8th Jan onwards . Please keep an eye on this page for updates.
Alicia is the director of a production company called Hart Productions. She has twenty years’ experience within photography and the arts. Her expertise spans many photographic disciplines: editorial as a photo editor, art buyer and advertising producer: and regularly participate at international portfolio reviews and art festivals.
She has worked as a photo editor and producer, working with leading photographers, magazines and publications. These include: The Face, Arena Homme Plus, The Sunday Telegraph, FT Weekend and Wallpaper* Magazine.
Alicia has worked with some of the country’s leading creative agencies creating and producing campaigns including AMV BBDO, Show Media and Wallpaper Bespoke with brands such as The Mayor of London’s Office, BT, Graff Diamonds, British Airways and The National lottery.
Alicia is interested in seeing book dummies, long-term projects and commercial portfolios. She can advise on all areas of photography: Fine Art, Editorial and Advertising. Individuals that are interested in working commercially, she can advise on how to design your portfolio, approach agents, price your work and market yourself as a photographer.
At Unseen, Amelie curates and realises Unseen Amsterdam’s speakers programme, side exhibitions and on-site projects. Furthermore, she is responsible for projects and events throughout the year.
Prior to her role at Unseen, she worked as Associate Director at Christophe Guye Galerie where she collaborated with artists like Roger Ballen, Stephen Gill and Rinko Kawauchi, among others. She earned a Master’s degree in Curatorial Studies at the Zurich School of the Arts. Her thesis “Photographic Fiction“ examines the interplay between Photography, Fiction and Authenticity.
Innovative approaches, strong visual personalities and/or intense (particularly researched projects) intrigue Amelie. She is interested in conceptual approaches and creative documentary.
Ana Catarina Pinho
Ana Catarina is a researcher and practitioner working with lens based media. She holds a degree in Fine Arts and completed a Master’s degree in Documentary, Cinema and Photography. She worked as an invited Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto and at the University of Coimbra. Since 2017, she is a FCT fellow researcher at the European Centre for Documentary Research, at the University of South Wales, developing a PhD on contemporary visual practices that problematize and appropriate the document and the archive. Member of the research group Global Art Archive, from the University of Barcelona.
Ana Catarina is the founder and editor of Archivo Platform, currently coordinating the project and book “REFRAMING THE ARCHIVE”. Based in Portugal and South Wales.
She is interested in seeing: lens-based media, photography, installation; appropriation of archives and documents; documentary work / research based projects; photo books.
Ângela a.k.a “Berlinde” is an artist and independent curator, with PHD studies in photography from Universidade do Minho, Portugal and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ângela is Co-Founder of the Portuguese PhotoFestival Encontros da Imagem, an International Photography Festival in Braga Portugal. She has commissioned contemporary photography throughout Europe and Latin American countries, particularly in Brazil. Currently she is artistic advisor of the FotoFestival SOLAL and counselor of the Photography Program at the Secretary State of Culture of Ceará, and curator member of Photographic Museum of Fortaleza, Brazil.
She is especially interested in documentary and photo essays as well artists working on the intersection of photography and other media to include in the European and Latin American institutions and festivals.
Angela is Associate Curator and Programme Co-ordinator at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, one of the UKs leading public-funded spaces for contemporary photography. Over the past 4 years she has overseen the delivery of exhibitions by photographers including Yan Preston, David Chancellor, Jon Tonks and Noel Bowler. In 2017, she curated Field Work, a survey of ten years of work by Liza Dracup, programmed to coincide with Impressions Gallery’s tenth anniversary in Bradford. She is currently curating an exhibition of work by internationally acclaimed photographer Mandy Barker examining the global impact of marine plastic debris.
Angela is interested in seeing critically-engaged bodies of work that are timely and relevant, and that will engage, move, or challenge viewers. She is open to subject matter, but is less interested in commercial work, given that Impressions does not sell prints.
Born in Abidjan, raised and living in Paris. As creative director and photo editor she funded and self published the photobook OFF the wall cultures in 2013, a collection of 10 journals about photography. Since 2016, Koffi created and produced magazines for fairs and festivals in 2016 (Arles, Visa, Paris Photo, Fiac!, 1/54). Since then, Anna-Alix has produced multiple projects related to photography between France and the African continent and is now working on something we Africans got, her new journal about arts and critical thinking from Africa.
Anne is a creative director, photo historian and lecturer. As an award-winning editorial art director, she worked in Amsterdam, Paris and London before joining the National Portrait Gallery as an independent consultant invited to commission themed group portraiture. Between 2009-2012 she developed the creative approach and produced the Gallery’s largest ever commission The Road to 2012. This included three annual exhibitions, public realm national touring exhibition, and accompanying social engagement projects.
Anne is currently working with sixteen documentary portrait photographers on a multimedia, touring project, SIXTEEN, which asks what it’s like to be sixteen years old in the UK now. This visual vox pop will be shown in its entirety for the first time at FORMAT 19.
She would like to see portraiture and whatever personal projects the photographer is developing with enthusiasm and excitement.
Arianna is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. Since 2012 she is the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, the international photography festival in Tuscany, Italy. She is also curator of photography for PhEST, a new festival for contemporary photography and art focused on the Mediterranean, in Monopoli, Italy.
Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 in New York, as Archive Director at Magnum Photos. Based in Milan from 2004 to 2011, Arianna has been a freelance curator for exhibits and book projects, and a photo consultant for publications. She was the director of OjodePez magazine, the bilingual documentary photography quarterly published by LaFabrica, Madrid, for 7 years. Based in Barcelona, Arianna continues to develop photography projects at an international level, and teaches workshop, explores photo festivals, and is intrigued by amazing stories told through photography.
Arianna is interested in contemporary storytelling, experimental documentary. Stories of our world and visions of mankind living on this planet, and beyond.
Photo by Piero Martinello.
Ben is the Director of Stills: Centre for Photography, a gallery with production facilities that was established in 1977 and is based in the heart of Edinburgh. His curated exhibitions for Stills have included presentations of work by Anna Atkins, Kate Davis, Margaret Watkins, kennardphillipps, Lewis Baltz, Andres Serrano and Jo Spence. Each year, Ben curates exhibitions highlighting new talent in photography from Scotland. He has also developed an annual series of displays showcasing photographic objects from rarely seen public and private archives and collections.
From 2003-13, Ben was Curator of Contemporary Art for Glasgow Museums where he curated numerous temporary exhibitions and collection displays for the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). From 2007-12, he was Lead Curator on Glasgow’s Art Fund International collecting project.
Ben is interested in all work, particularly in: content raising awareness to social and political issues; innovative practice and approaches to content, technique and display; links to Scotland; content that draws upon the history of photography, archives and collections.
Photo by D Grinly
Bridget is a senior picture editor based in London, where she has worked for national newspapers and magazines.
In addition to her editorial experience, Bridget has curated a number of exhibitions, including Residual Traces, a photographic response to the 2012 Olympics at Photofusion in Brixton and in 2009 was Director of the Hereford Photography Festival where she presented the photography of European photographers working with the image of the child in “Seen But Not Heard” and curated the retrospective show of photojournalist and filmmaker John Bulmer.
Bridget has been a guest reviewer at international photography festivals including, Photoespania, Spain; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea; Contact International Photography Festival, Canada; Fotofest, US and Format International Photography Festival, UK. In 2015 Bridget was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Photography, UK.
Bridget would prefer to see projects that are either nearly finished or completed. Could be on any subject or genre.
Camilla is a curator, writer and lecturer on contemporary art, specialising in photography based in Derbyshire. For ten years she was Senior curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, London previous to which she was Exhibitions Curator at Tate Liverpool. She is on the Board of Directors at QUAD, Derby and on the steering group for FORMAT Photography Festival. She holds a number of academic posts and since 2012 has been Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries at Middlesex University and in 2017 became an Associate Lecturer in Photography at the University of Derby. She is Associate Curator for GRAIN, a West Midlands based arts organisation dedicated to commissioning high quality photography projects, events and exhibitions.
She is a regular contributor to the webzine Photomonitor writing book and exhibition reviews as well as longer essays on UK based photographers.
Area of work interested in: She is curious about a range of practice and has specialised in exhibiting photography and moving image work. She has areas of research looking at self – portraiture and also landscape photography.
Cat is London-based writer, researcher and photography archivist, and is currently an editor at LensCulture. Her academic research focuses on colonial photographic archives of Tibet, and a book of her recent findings will be published by the Rijksmuseum in 2019. Cat has contributed various articles on photography and archival work to numerous print publications including Unseen Magazine, The British Journal of Photography and AnOther, and her column ‘Silvering Out’—an ode to her favourite form of photo degradation—is featured in each quarterly issue of Rvm Magazine.
Cat is interested in seeing anything to do with archives, repurposed photography, chemical glitches, found materials, alternative processes. She is not interested in seeing heavily cinematic doc work or classic photojournalism.
Christiane is the founding editor of the online magazine Photomonitor, dedicated to photography and lens-based media in the UK and Ireland, and has published more than 1,000 features from over 200 artists and writers online since 2011.
Christiane is also a free-lance curator, lecturer, judge of photography prizes and competitions and has reviewed portfolios for festivals including FORMAT, WPO, Photo Ireland and Kaunas Photo Festival. Christiane holds degrees including an MA in Contemporary Art History from Sotheby’s Institute, an MBA from Columbia University (NY) and BA (Economics) from Rice University. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Photofusion, London.
She is interested in all types of lens-based work, particularly bodies of work that would be suitable for presentation online, in a gallery or in a publication. At the portfolio review she would most enjoy discussing work that is in-progress, unresolved, or otherwise benefitting from conversations on different strategies and outcomes.
Dagmar is the UK Photo Editor of the German weekly stern magazine. She proposes story and feature ideas, commissions and buys work for stern and writes features about culture and photography for this renowned publication. Dagmar also contributes to the magazine’s associated titles such as the monthly VIEW, the bi-monthly stern CRIME and others, and runs K&R Media, a photo agency and correspondents’ service for various German and Swiss media clients such as Die Zeit, Brigitte, the Swiss broadsheet NZZ and the broadcaster ARD. She is passionate about discovering and developing new talent and has held workshops and talks about editorial photography and its role in storytelling in the UK and abroad.
Dagmar would like to see work from a wide range of photographic genres, especially if it has a strong narrative which may appeal to a more mainstream international readership. Photojournalism, documentary, street photography and portraiture are her main focus. She is interested in conceptual and fashion photography too, though generally not in architecture.
David Drake is the Director of Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. Ffotogallery’s work involves exhibitions, print and online publishing, and an extensive education programme. Ffotogallery has been the lead agency for two pan-European cooperation projects, European Prospects and A Woman’s Work. David is also Director of the biennial Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography, this year in its fourth edition, and was Project Director for Wales’ pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015. In 2017/18, Ffotogallery collaborated with the Nazar Foundation on a project called Dreamtigers, as part of the UK-India programme. David is Curator of a major UK-Gulf photography exhibition commissioned by the British Council Abu Dhabi which will be touring seven countries in 2019/20.
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.
Deborah Robinson is Head of Exhibitions at The New Art Gallery Walsall. She has been responsible for the contemporary art programme since the opening of the gallery in 2000. The programme includes exhibitions, a studio programme, artists’ projects, events and a professional development programme delivered in partnership with New Art West Midlands.
Deborah has curated many solo and group exhibitions. These have included major exhibitions by Mat Collishaw, Mahtab Hussain, Idris Khan, Hew Locke, Martin Parr, Ged Quinn, Chiharu Shiota, Joana Vasconcelos and Zarina Bhimji.
Deborah sits on the Advisory Panel for New Art West Midlands, she is a member of the Acquisitions Advisory Panel for the British Council Collection and is a Board member of Meadow Arts.
In 2019, Dewi celebrates 25 years of independent publishing. His publishing house has an international reputation with books by leading British and international photographers as well as by emerging photographers. Many of its titles have been shortlisted for various international prizes and several have won awards. In 2018 the company won both the Paris Photo / Aperture Foundation Photobook of The Year Award and the Rencontres d’Arles Author Book Prize.
Dewi Lewis is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Services to Photography and, in 2012, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing.
Other than illustrative travel photography and nude photography, Dewi Lewis is interested in seeing any work suitable for publication in book form which has the potential to generate reasonable interest from a book buying audience.
*Ekow will be reviewing with Skinder*
Ekow is a writer, critic and curator. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, an arts organisation dedicated to the contemporary culture of Eastern Europe.
He is the former Director of the ICA and a frequent contributor to TV and radio shows including Channel 4 News and Saturday Review and Front Row on BBC Radio 4. His writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Granta, Vogue, Aperture and Wired. He is the author of Black Gold of the Sun, which was nominated for the Orwell prize, and the editor of Africa Modern: creating the contemporary art of a continent.
He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from London Metropolitan University and has been listed by the Evening Standard as one of London’s 1000 Most Influential People. Portraits of him, by photographers Jillian Edelstein and Simon Fredericks, are held in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
Fiona is the Chief Operating Officer at Magnum Photos International, working to implement new business innovations and strategic partnerships. Prior to this she was the Cultural & Education Manager, conceiving and delivering international exhibitions and events and creating Magnum’s global Education department in 2006.
Fiona is also the founder of Firecracker, a platform supporting female photographers. In 2012, Firecracker launched an annual grant, offered to photographers to complete a long-term documentary photography project. Fiona has a strong interest in emerging photographers and has participated in international platforms such as Recontres D’Arles, FORMAT Festival and the Singapore International Photography Festival.
After 6 years in the museum industry, Gwen went on to pursue her first love – photography. In 2008, she established 2902 Gallery, followed by the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), a biennale international photography platform. In 2010, she received an arts award from Japan Chamber of Commerce & Trade for her contribution to the arts community.
In 2012, SIPF received seed grant to establish the photography education for public. With passion to do more for the community, Gwen and her team built an independent container art space “DECK” with all year-round programme and residency for photographers. In 2015, DECK was awarded the President’s Design Award 2015 (Singapore) for its innovative design in revitalising urban space for the arts. Gwen has given lectures on professional development for photographers, and participates as jury for competitions, and a portfolio reviewer in Asia and Europe.
Gwen wants to keep the idea of discovering as open as possible, even through cross medium, or works pushing the boundary of photography tend to get more attention from her. She is not of great help to editorial / commercial works. For people considering exploring works created in Southeast Asia in general, she could provide useful suggestions.
Iona is a curator and producer specialising in lens-based work. She worked for six 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, an international photography biennial in India. Recent curatorial projects include the screening of The Lost Head & The Bird: a multi-platform video by Indian artist Sohrab Hura at Peckham 24 in London (May 2017); the exhibition A Million Mutinies Later: India at 70 – part of an Arts Council funded collaboration between Ffotogallery/Diffusion Festival Cardiff and Nazar Foundation in New Delhi (June 2017); and two exhibitions of abstract photography titled CUT PULL BEND THRUST and ARC by abstract artists Yamini Nayar and Zoe Croggon for Peckham 24 (May 2018).
She is currently working on a three-year photographic commission and curatorial project titled Girl Gaze: Journeys Through the Punjab & The Black Country, UK – a four-artist commission seeking to create compelling stories about the lives of Punjabi and British Asian women in India and the UK.
Iona’s preference is to meet young students and early career artists as well as artists interested in multi-disciplinary work.
Istvan is a photo editor, curator and the secretary of the Robert Capa Photography Grand Prize Hungary. He studied freehand drawing, desktop publishing and photography and earned a master’s degree from library and information studies at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary). He worked at the leading Hungarian news portal Origo first as photo editor and then as head of photography between 2007 and 2011 after which he joined MTI Hungarian News Agency and was the head of the photo desk until 2014. He served as deputy director for professional affairs at the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (Budapest, Hungary). He lectures about documentary photography at the Budapest Metropolitan University.
István is interested primarily in documentary photography but in the broadest sense of the word.
Photo by Balazs Mohai
Jae-hyun was born in Daegu, Korea. He completed his graduate studies at Ohio University majoring in Visual Communication. His career can be summarised as a photographer, educator and curator. His experience from working as a photographer—for New York Times, International Herald Tribune and Korean GEO—in the past has brought him where he is now.
Jay-hyun has curated many international exhibitions including Imaging Asia in Documents (2006) and Women in War (2014) for Daegu Photo Biennale and has been involving several Photo Festivals such as Dali International Photo Festival, Jimei x Arles Photo Festival in China and Foto Istanbul as a foreign curator. He received the Best Curator Award twice from DIPE in China, 2015 & 2017.
After profiling 30 established photographers from other countries on VON photography magazine, he is working as an associate editor for Photo Dot magazine in Korea. He has also participated in many international photo festivals as a portfolio reviewer such as FotoFest in Houston, Format Photo Festival in Derby, England, Koytography in Japan, Singapore Photo Festival, Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires and etc.
He is interested in seeing bodies of works on documentary and fine art photography with concept.
Created in 2010, the Guernsey Photography Festival brings together major names in international photography with a host of emerging talent, for a packed month of exhibitions, projections, talks, educational workshops and community events on the island. The festival is now firmly established as one of the most important and successful cultural events in Guernsey and has positioned itself amongst the best festivals of photography in Europe.
The festival concentrates mainly on contemporary photography including documentary and conceptual work. Jean-Christophe can offer various platforms for photographers through the festivals range of exhibitions, talks series and artist in residence programmes. The festival has developed close relationships with other major international festivals, galleries, agencies and publishers so JC can recommend people when appropriate.
For JC, a strong portfolio has to be coherent, innovative with a strong sense of artistic integrity. He is particularly interested in individuals who keep developing and maturing their work and strive to keep producing high quality projects over time. Reviewing a portfolio is above all about opening a dialogue with the artist. It is about creating an environment of attentive listening in order to deliver clear guidance and advice.
Photo by Peter Franklin/Guernsey Press
Jeong Eun Kim
Jeong is editor-in-chief of IANN, the contemporary art magazine in Asia and founder of IANNBOOKS launched in 2007. In order to exchange contemporary arts and to activate a networking community among the countries of Asia, she opened a publishing-new media platform called THE REFERENCE ASIA in 2018 and co-founded UNIT CIRCLE, a non-profit international group centered around editors to enhance the Asian art-book network. Serving as the chief coordinator of DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE 2012 and curator of SEOUL PHOTO FESTIVAL 2010, she has been widely involved in curatorial activities within the field of photography. In an effort to introduce the contemporary photography scene of Asia, she continues to publish numerous art and photo books. Meanwhile, Jeong has been engaging in collaborative art projects commissioned by commercial corporations such as Leica Korea, LG electronics, HDC I-Park Mall and so on.
Currently, Jeong is focusing on the issues of ‘gender/feminism’ related to Asian bodies for organizing art projects. Her major interest is to look for young talented, emerging artists who try to push at the boundaries of contemporary art and new technologies.
John Duncan is one of the editors of Source magazine. He studied Documentary Photography at Newport and Fine Arts Photography at Glasgow School of Art and still makes his own work. John Duncan is also on the Board of Belfast Photo Festival and served for many years on the Board of Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery.
In each issue Source publishes three personal projects by photographers on its ‘portfolio pages’. His role is to be on the look out for new work for this section of the magazine. This includes work by photographers in the early stages of their careers, recent graduates as well as more established photographers.
To give us editorial focus work needs to made by photographers from or based in the UK or Ireland. Source has quite a broad remit in terms of what we publish. In general its personal projects resolved over an extended series of images. The archive section section of our web site gives you a sense of what we do.
Karen is the Creative Director of Shutter Hub, a photography organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide. Shutter Hub provides the chance for photographers to professionally promote their work, access high quality opportunities and make new connections within the photographic community.
Karen is also a curator, consultant, photographer and writer. She curates exhibitions internationally and has won awards for photography, writing and community development.
Karen wants to see work by photographers who are looking for support and direction, who want to exhibit their work and develop their networks.
Karin is a news picture editor at the Guardian where she works on the print edition of the newspaper. During her ten years there she has worked across all print titles, including Weekend Magazine, G2 as well as online. While on G2, Karin wrote for the photography column My Best Shot, interviewing leading photographers including Vanley Burke, Cristina de Middel and Carrie Mae Weems. Prior to working at the Guardian, Karin worked at the Evening Standard, NME and Time Out.
She has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Central St Martins and a Masters in History of Photography from Birkbeck. Karin is a regular participant at photography festivals and has been invited to portfolio reviews at Rencontres D’Arles and Photo Espania. She has been an international panelist on photography competitions and was a mentor for Women Photograph’s first year long program for emerging photographers.
She is interested in seeing people who work in news and features.
Lisa is a curator, creative producer and former gallerist. Based in Singapore, she founded Botos, an arts-related, project-based initiative with a focus on collaboration and advisory. Its activities extend across programming, publishing and acquisition. In 2017, she began working with London-based creative consultancy MMBP Ltd. Lisa’s latest collaborative project is the global premiere of Beyond Fashion (Hong Kong, January 2019).
In 2008, Lisa co-founded Ooi Botos, a contemporary art gallery (Hong Kong). Prior, she led the photography department for Time Asia magazine. From 2011 – 2016, Lisa was a consultant to the WYNG Foundation (Hong Kong), assisting in the creation and growth of the WMA Awards, an international, issues-focused photography awards – and expanding visual media – programme. She continues as a member of its advisory group.
Lisa is interested in seeing work that is different, original and fresh. New ideas, new processes, new presentations – breakout ideas and unconventional perspectives; work that pushes and crosses boundaries – across mediums and across content. Work with strong vision or unique storytelling.
She is excited to review creative work that is intended for any and all support. She is happy to advise on projects in development, and is also interested in fresh ideas in the realm of fashion image-making, both still and moving image.
Malcolm is a curator, writer and organiser. He is the Director of Street Level Photoworks, a leading photography arts organisation in Scotland that provides artists and the public with a range of opportunities to make and engage with photography. He co-ordinates a programme which embraces different genres of photography and is extended through a network of local and community venues, regional art galleries, and through national and international partners. Recent exchange residencies have included cities such as Quebec City, Berlin, and Marseille. He runs the Photography Networks in Scotland platform which profiles exhibitions and events in photography across Scotland. Street Level is a lead partner in Scotland’s Season of Photography.
A former Senior Research Fellow at Dundee University, recent writings include the chapter ‘Slender Margins and Delicate Tensions: Projects by European Video Pioneers Stansfield/Hooykaas’ in the book ‘European Women’s Video Art’ (John Libbey Publications 2019).
Interested in viewing bodies of work in their early stages which impartial advice may help AND substantially developed bodies of work from artists and photographers, which blend experimental approaches, conceptual or issue based themes; social landscape work and new documentary; work that tells a compelling story; lyrical and narrative or abstract and non-narrative; photography based work that intersects with other media. Advice will be given on the basis of the work seen. No fashion, commercial or classical modes of documentary. No students (please seek advice from experienced tutors, your peers and from existing resources available online).
*Marc will be reviewing with Nii Obodai*
Marc is an active photography consultant and curator. In that capacity, he produces visual stories in a variety of formats: he edits books, creates exhibitions, teaches and organises workshops and masterclasses, lectures and writes on photography, and – on an individual basis – advises photographers on how to develop their work and how to market it. He is currently artistic director for the NUKU photo festival Ghana. The first edition was from 13 to 21 September 2018 across venues in Ghana. The second edition is planned for 2020.
Marc is most interested in non-fiction narrative photography, and open to advise photographers about their editing across a range of styles.
Photo by Marcel Molle.
Marina is the Founder and AD of the Croatian festival Organ Vida International Photography Festival and the Organ Vida Photography Organisation, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia. Organ Vida Festival promotes the work of international contemporary artists, both emerging and well-known ones and reflects upon the medium of photography in a wider social context.
Marina 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 role as 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.
Markéta is the Creative Director of Fotograf Gallery, Festival and Magazine based in Prague. Fotograf Magazine is a twice-yearly periodical, special-themed issues dedicated to photography, visual culture and contemporary art. Fotograf Gallery is a space dedicated to solo exhibition projects of contemporary photography. Fotograf Festival is an annual occasion to meet special-themed and curated photographic exhibitions in Prague as well as professionals, theoreticians and artists passionate about the medium.
Markéta is doctoral candidate in a fine art program at Fine Arts at Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague. She has studied at the Department of Photography, Faculty of Art and Design, Ústí nad Labem.
Markéta is most interested in reviewing conceptual art projects, experimental projects, public art projects, documentary photography crossing borders of its classical attitude. She is also interested in independent publishing, artists books and zines. As a magazine editor and festival co-founder she is interested in a wide range of approaches in sense of depicting the world around us in a distinctive way.
Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS is Director, Education and Public Affairs at The Royal Photographic Society. For twenty years he was a Director and photography specialist at Christie’s, London, before leaving to complete his PhD which examined aspects of British photographic history. He has taught and acted as a consultant to a number of photography organisations.
Michael has lectured and broadcast internationally and is a regular writer on photography. He has written a number of books most recently Photographers (2012) and was an advisor and contributor on the Encyclopaedia of Nineteenth Century Photography (2008), a contributor to Photography. The Whole Story (2012), Phaidon’s Design Classics (2006) and to The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (2005), Photographers (2012), A History of Photography in 50 Cameras (2014) amongst others.
As part of his role at The RPS he is actively involved in working with photographers and in looking at photographs across a wide variety of genres. He has sat on a number of other photography juries.
Michael Sargeant (Born 1989, UK) is a curator and creative producer living and working in London, UK. He currently holds the position of Online Education Manager at Magnum Photos. He regularly curates and produces projects independently, as well as acting as an Associate Curator for FORMAT International Photography Festival, the UK’s leading biennale in contemporary photography having previously worked as a key producer for the festival, as well as the position of Assistant Curator at QUAD, Derby’s centre for contemporary visual art, digital practice and independent cinema between 2012 – 2017.
He has curated over thirty exhibitions and managed multiple major commissions since 2011. Recent exhibitions include: Ascension by Monica Alcazar-Durate for the New Discovery Award at Rencontres d’Arles, France (2018), New Urban Narratives, a major outdoor exhibition featuring newly commissioned work by Tom Hunter, Liz Hingley and the international art collective Discipula, FORMAT Festival, Derby UK (2017); Co-curator for The Pride and the Passion: Contemporary Art, Football and the Derby County Collection featuring artists such as Jordan Baseman, Ronnie Close, Stuart Roy Clarke, LS Lowry for QUAD, Derby UK (2014).
Michael is regularly invited to speak at educational institutions and has been a portfolio reviewer at organisations/festivals related to contemporary photography including: GRAIN Projects, Magnum Photos, TransEurope, PhotoEspana, Voies Off and Rencontres d’Arles.
Mirjam is an art historian and curator at Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam, where she was responsible for shows including Ai Weiwei – #SafePassage, Daisuke Yokota – Matter, Awoiska van der Molen – Blanco, and the traveling Foam Talent exhibitions of 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she also initiated a series of collaborations with photography platforms in Mexico, Nigeria and Indonesia in Foam’s project space Foam 3h, in order to create an exchange of cultural knowledge on photography discourses worldwide.
Mirjam is currently researching how photography can relate to virtual realities, gaming and online experiences. Mirjam holds a BA in Art History and a MA in Museum Curating from the University of Amsterdam, with a special interest in postcolonial approaches in the arts and museum studies. She has written for L’Internationale and she is a regular contributor to Foam Magazine.
Mirjam is interested in work that relates to techniques such as photogrammetry, VR, CGI, 3D-rendering and in-game photography. And all genres of photography except for fashion photography, photojournalism or traditional documentary photography. Unconventional approaches within these genres are also welcome, however. Specifically looking for strong autonomous artistic visions, interdisciplinary work and new media.
Monica is an independent curator, consultant & strategist and educator. She is the Artistic Director of GetxoPhoto Photo Festival and Landskrona Foto Festival. She has collaborated with WeTransfer as a Creative Producer and Consultant, and she was the director of FORMAT17 International Photography Festival, she collaborated with Screen Projects and is producing and curating several multidisciplinary projects with artists and digital platforms worldwide.
Previously Monica was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section. She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication, London & EFTI in Madrid.
She nominates photographers for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, the Prix Pictet, and The Joop Swart Masterclass/ WPP; FOAM Paul Huf award, and she has served on juries worldwide including the Vogue Festival, World Press Photo, Bar Tur Photobook award, La Fabrica/Photo London dummy award, National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing photographic Portrait Prize, among many others.
She is the recipient of the Amnesty International Media Photojournalism Award, the Picture Editor’s Award, the Online Press Award and Magazine Design Award for Best Use of Photography.
Nicola 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.
Recent projects include collaborations with FORMAT Festival, Magnum Photos, Redeye Photography Network, Brighton Photo Fringe, Library of Birmingham and The Hive Arts Centre.
Nicola is interested in seeing fine art photography and bodies of work that have a clear subject or story to tell, which the photographer explores in an original way. This could be within documentary, portraiture, still life or fine art. She is interested in a wide range of photographic genres including emerging practices. She is not interested in seeing fashion photography, photojournalism or architectural photography.
*Nii will be reviewing with Marc Prust*
Francis Nii Obodai Provençal is a founding member of the Accra based Beyond Collective. In 1998, Nii Obodai established Nuku Café in Accra which has now evolved into Nuku Studio.
Nii is also a photographer based in Accra, Ghana and Maputo, Mozambique. His photography investigates aspects of the complex relationships within urban and rural culture, recording the dynamic reality of our spirituality and environment, telling stories of the people he connects with.
He has exhibited widely, including Addis Foto Fest (Ethiopia), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA), Rencontres de Bamako (Mali), Alliance Française Accra (Ghana), Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK), Moesegaard Museum (Aarhus, Denmark).
Nuno Ricou Salgado
Since 1990, Nuno has worked as a creative producer and project manager for several institutions in the cultural industries. He has developed projects related with visual arts (photography), festivals, performing arts (theatre), multimedia (cinema, video and television), music, creative markets, international cultural networks and conferences.
PARALLEL is a platform that brings together creative European organisations committed to promoting cross-cultural exchanges and mentorships in order to set new standards in contemporary photography. The platform consists of 18 partners from 16 countries ensuring a wide geographical spread. With its large and diverse network, PARALLEL aims to establish a wide and effective platform for the exhibition of European emerging artists and curators and to promote a more fluid and functional link between them and the exhibitors (museums, galleries and festivals).
Nuno is also Artistic Director of Procur.arte, a Lisbon based organisation that specialises and produces International photography projects.
Nuno is interested in working with a good story, and always looking for new photographers to work with.
Reinout van den Bergh
Since 2006, Reinout is the curator of BredaPhoto festival. With over 80,000 visitors, BredaPhoto is the largest photo festival in the Netherlands and a valued brand among international photographers. The festival takes place every two years. In 2018, during 7 weeks the festival presented 58 international photographers from 25 countries and 70 events at 15 indoor and outdoor locations in Breda.
BredaPhoto gives extra attention to young photography talent, working together with ten art academies over Europe.
On the basis of a changing theme (2012 Homo Empathicus, 2014 Songs from the Heart, 2016 YOU, 2018 To Infinity and Beyond) we determine with which photographers we will design the festival.
As curator of the festival, Reinout is always looking for new talents and special photography / image projects.
Photo by Peter Hal.
Sarah is a photography specialist. She is Assistant Curator at Tate Modern where she curates exhibitions and displays as well as researching acquisitions for the international collection. She recently co-curated Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art (2018). She has also curated Martin Parr (2018), Mark Ruwedel (2018), Workers: Paris, Killip, Chernysheva (2018), Daido Moriyama (2017), Kaveh Golestan (2017) and Gyorgy Kepes (2017) as well as thematic displays Diaristic Photography and The Photobook (2019) and Iranian photobooks (2017). She is curator of the Martin Parr photobook collection.
I’m interested in seeing documentary projects, conceptual work and photobooks. I am less interested in fashion, editorial or commercial
Sebastian A Hau
Sebastian studied comparative literature, and has worked for publishers and bookshops for a number of years. He specialises in photography and photography books. From 2009 until 2016, he managed the bookshop and book-related program at Le Bal in Paris. He now runs independent events, specifically Cosmos and Polycopies together with friends. He is a curator, teacher, and writer.
Sebastian is Interested in digital and screen-based, experimental, slow documentary photography. He has no eye for fashion photography, slightly blind for National Geographic projects. Otherwise, interested in all forms of photography, big or small, young or old.
Shoair is director of Photoworks and is responsible for curating the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial. From 2011-2018 she was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated the major exhibitions ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018), ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’ (2016), ‘Conflict, Time, Photography’ (2014), ‘Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions’ (2014) and ‘Harry Callahan’ (2013). While at Tate Modern she also researched acquisitions and curated displays from the permanent collection including ‘Dayanita Singh’ (2017), ‘Lynn Cohen and Taryn Simon’ (2017), ‘Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’ (2016), ‘Close Up: Identity and the Photographic Portrait’ (2015), ‘Charlotte Posenenske and Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’ (2014), ‘Lewis Baltz and Minimalism’ (2012), and ‘New Documentary Forms’ (2011).
Recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition ‘Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge’ (Les Rencontres d’Arles, 2016) and ‘In flux’ (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015 and Getxo Photo 2017).
I’m interested in experimental contemporary practice, new approaches to documentary practice and work that explores the boundary between fashion and popular culture. I’m also interested in work linked to the history of conflict and memory.
*Skinder will be reviewing with Ekow*
Skinder is CEO/Director of New Art Exchange and has been in post since the establishment of the organisation in September 2008 positioning NAE as one of the leading contemporary art spaces in the UK. He has successfully led the organisation through a significant period of growth and development, achieving a strong reputation for creating and producing high quality adventurous art, bringing international level culturally diverse art to Nottingham and the UK. He is passionate about supporting new talent, and creating ‘incredible encounters’, rethinking and improving how the arts and cultural ecology works so that the value of art and culture is shared as widely as possible and is inclusive at all levels. He has successfully delivered many complex, large-scale projects, including Here There & Everywhere international programme as part of Re-Imagine India.
Skinder has commissioned significant artists including Akram Zaatari, Zarina Bhimji, John Akomfrah, Hetain Patel, Zineb Sedira, Hurvin Anderson and Sonia Boyce and presented works at NAE including Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’ and Turner prize winners Elizabeth Price and Duncan Campbell. Several commissions have been bought by Tate, Arts Council Collection and international museums.
Steven is a curator, writer, artist and executive director of the award-winning arts organisation FotoFest International, which created the first and longest running international Biennial of Photography and New Media Art in the U.S. Appointed in 2014, he is responsible for exhibitions, art programs, administration and FotoFest Biennial directorship.
Steven co-curated the FotoFest 2018 Biennial central exhibition INDIA: Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art and the 2016 Biennial central exhibition CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet. He co-edited the related hardcover books INDIA and CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES. He represents FotoFest at photography events around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain, India, Latvia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, and South Korea.
Prior to FotoFest, Evans worked with a wide range of artists and collaborators as managing director of the Dia:Beacon Museum in New York State and as director of the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, Texas.
Steven is looking for bodies of work with well-defined purpose, fully formed or near completion, either in still photographs, video or new media.
Thomas is curator at Open Eye Gallery – a leading organisation based in the North West dedicated to photographic development, research and inspiration. We work with people and institutions to further the opportunities and ideas around how photography can lead to a more positive future for everyone.
Thomas has worked with Open Eye Gallery to present exhibitions which have opened discussions on subjects from suicide to affecting change in a grassroots dynamic, always looking to reflect the debate, diversity and democracy which the space of photography allows. He has particular interests in the results of new technologies impacting on photography, as well as guerilla tactics in photography to agitate for change.
He is working towards a specialism in contemporary Chinese photographic practice, and has recently received Arts Council funding to further this research and development.
Photo by James Borner.
Tim is a curator, writer and since 2008, has been Editor in Chief and Director at 1000 Words, which was nominated for Photography Magazine of the Year at the Lucie Awards 2014 and 2016.
Previously he held the position of Associate Curator at Media Space, The Science Museum in London; and Artistic Director of Photo Oxford 2017 together with Greg Hobson. Tim has curated numerous solo exhibitions of artists such as Alec Soth, Julia Margaret Cameron, Martin Parr, Mariken Wessels, Edgar Martins and Peter Watkins. He is currently preparing Who’s looking at the family, now? as Curator of Photo50 for London Art Fair 2019; plus Mutable: Multiple, the headline exhibition at QUAD, Derby for FORMAT International Photography Festival 2019, co-curated with Louise Clements.
He writes widely for the likes of FOAM, TIME Lightbox, Photoworks, Objectiv and The British Journal of Photography, as well as in exhibition catalogues and publications for the Barbican, Archive of Modern Conflict. Tim is Associate Lecturer on the MA in Photography at NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano, and has taught and given guest lectures at numerous universities.
He is looking for nearly-completed/new photographic projects to publish in the magazine or to incorporate into different curatorial projects.
Ute works internationally in the broad field of photography as photo director, editor, publisher, curator, author and university lecturer. She offers her extensive expertise and her long-term experience under the one roof of her project Agency ON PHOTOGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATION, based in Stuttgart. Her gallery UNO ART SPACE focusses on international photography. Since 2013, she is also the photo director at Du Magazine, Zurich and also responsible for putting together the entire Magazine.
Ute founded her gallery UNO ART SPACE in Stuttgart 2007. Since then she has shown about 40 shows with international photographers, also Fotofest discoveries. Recently, she has been a judge for competitions such as Lianzhou Punctum Photography Award & Jury Special Prize, 2016; Unicef Photo of the Year Award 2017, 2018; Swiss Press Photo, 2018. Krasnodar Photovisum Prize, 2018.
With her diverse background, Ute can offer profound, individual and in-depth feedback for completed projects as well as for works in progress. Small working prints would work best for her. Digital presentation and book format are less effective for reviewing work. She is not interested in seeing commercial, nude or landscape photography. She is most interested in fresh and contemporary approaches, documentary and fine art and prefers work, which is strong in concept and/or narrative and also in careful and aesthetic execution. If appropriate, Ute considers work for exhibitions, gallery shows and publications. However, she makes no commitments during the reviews on site but comes back to these artists later.
Verity is a photography and art commissioner at BBC Studios Creative, working on campaigns for key BBC brands such as Doctor Who and Top Gear, developing photographic strategies across marketing, press, product and digital platforms. Previous to this, she worked as a photographers’ agent, representing artists for global advertising commissions.
Verity would like to see and could be the most helpful with: photographers looking for advice with editorial, advertising or TV/Film commissions / projects; artists experimenting in different mediums, particularly digital ones; but within that she would be interested to see any genre of artist (portrait, still life, travel, fashion, documentary, undefinable etc!)
W.M. – Bill – Hunt has been looking at and talking about photography for a long time. He first reviewed portfolios at Fotofest in 1992 and has reviewed work at the past two FORMAT festivals. He is pleased to offer critical or career advice. He likes work that is resolved, not in progress. Please no nudes; sex pictures, ok.
Hunt is a champion of photography: a collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York. His collections have been exhibited in Europe and the US. He teaches at SVA, ICP and Aperture and around the world. He writes (“The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious”, “Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups before 1950”, and numerous artist monograph essays). For more than two decades, he organised and moderated the “Your Picture …” series for Photo Expo in NY and judged competitions ranging from World Press Photo to PDN, CPW, HCP, PCNW, Daylight, FRESH, etc. He is on the board of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and been the head judge twice.
Bill wants to engage with an artist. It is a 20 minute meeting with the potential to go further. A photographer being reviewed ought to be motivated and have some sense of direction. He is interested in talking to photographers who want someone to react and to help them problem solve. Be brave. He’ll like that.
Wang is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Photographers magazine, part of China National Academy of Arts based-in Beijing. He has worked as a Photographer, Picture Editor and Commissioning Editor for magazines across Asia, he is often invited to be a speaker at international conferences including- China and Spain, 1936-39: Robert Capa and the Global Popular Front, organised by Columbia University (USA) and International Center of Photography, NY.
A member of several international juries including of Visa pour l’Image (France), Dali International Photography Festival, Yunnan (China), FORMAT Festival Open Call (UK) and International Photo Awards (China region, Lucie Foundation). Wang has published A Journey to East: China through Lens of Important Western Photographers since 1840s (SDX Joint Publishing Company 2015) and Essays on Photography (Beijing Time Publishing House 2016).
Wang is looking for work to feature in his magazine and is interested in seeing emerging and established photographers.
Yining graduated from LCC, University of the Arts London and is a curator and writer of photography. Her work is principally focused on the way in which photography is able to freely straddle the boundaries of art, responding to and raising questions about contemporary and historical social issues through effective, diverse, and interdisciplinary means. Yining’s exhibitions have been held in museums, art spaces, and photography festivals in China and Europe including: the 3rd Beijing Photo Biennale (2018, CAFA Art Museum, Beizhen Cultural Industries Center), The Port and The Image: Documenting China’s Harbor Cities” (2017, China Port Museum), A Fictional Narrative Turn (2016, Jimei Arles International Photo Festival) and 50 Contemporary Photobooks from China 2009-2014 (2015, FORMAT15 Festival, UK).
Her publications include Photography in the British Classroom, and The Port and the Image.
In the last five years, Yining has been looking into the effectiveness, diversity and interdisciplinary of practitioners’ use of photography as a medium when responding to and proposing social issues related to history and the present. As a reviewer, she is good at discussing the works with practitioners who encounter problems in the project progress and helping them push the project forward. As a curator, Yining is happy to find photographers from all over the world to expand her research framework and hopes to provide opportunities for photographers to show in China. She is looking forward to seeing artists from all disciplines, both emerging and established. She is not interested in seeing fashion and commercial work.
Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders. She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organisations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organisations, festivals and events.
She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-founder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold which is curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities.
Yumi is more interested in visual story-telling, the work created with good research, with multiple layers to visualise the subject matter. She is interested in looking at images and talking about how they could develop the work, new approaches or alternative ideas for doing more, so all are welcome if the artists are open for the input. Some might be interested in photobook making, that Yumi could only talk about from her experience but not from the photobook industry in general.
There are three booking options, and they are as follows:
- 4 reviews – £160
- 6 reviews – £210
- 8 reviews – £260
We recommend you only book 8 reviews if you have had your work reviewed before as it can be quite an intense experience.
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.
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