It seems that there are new photography portfolio reviews sprouting up every year. According to photography marketing expert Mary Virginia Swanson, portfolio reviews offer a valuable opportunity to meet with industry professionals whom you otherwise might never get a chance to meet.
In preparing your portfolio, Swanson recommends editing your work down around twenty images. Print them at the size you would like to exhibit them, but make sure they are easy to handle. Presentation is of utmost importance as you are making a first impression amongst many other artists the reviewer will see, so practice until your feel comfortable giving a brief talk about your work as you go through the prints. Have a promotional piece to leave with the reviewer, such as a few sample images from your series.
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Here are a few upcoming portfolio reviews in New York:
Art Directors Club Tues Oct 13, 4:00 pm-8:20 pm at ADC Gallery. This one might be already full, but if you’re interested in getting your work in front of the advertising industry’s top creatives, email email@example.com. Show your portfolio to twelve different pre-selected reviewers – each for a 10 minute period.
NYCphotoWorks Thursday & Friday 22-23, October 2009 at Sandbox Studios. Reviewers are editors from over 60 leading magazines. Cost ranges from $699 for reviews with 14 editors plus 2 workshops and a lecture over two days, to one day for reviews with 7 editors for $399
Project 5 Sunday December 13. $250 for three 20 minute review sessions. Meet with three of the five gallerists who make up Project 5: Amador Gallery, ClampArt, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Foley Gallery and Sasha Wolf Gallery.
PowerHouse Books This event happens during the New York Photo Festival, which occurs during mid May. Last year the fees were: five reviews for $415 or three reviews for $265, which includes a festival pass.
Foto Fest Washington, DC (November 8, 2009), PhotoNola in New Orleans, Center, formerly known as the Santa Fe Center for Photography, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, FotoFest in Houston, Photo Lucida in Portland, OR, and the Photographic Resource Center and Griffin Museum Portfolio Review.