I am a firm believer in the portfolio review process. In my opinion, it is the most effective way for photographers to get their work in front of people that can help them move their careers forward. It is also the most efficient way for a photography professional (gallerist, publisher, etc) to see work that excites them and that they can connect to – work that they can show, publish, promote.
And so we begin, Roundtable Review. The idea came out of this appreciation for the review process, but also a desire to offer something slightly different. At a typical portfolio review, you (the photographer) rank the reviewers in the hope that your work will be seen by your top choices. But ultimately you don’t know who will review your work. You also may not get an opportunity to socialize with the reviewers and get to know them on a more personal level. There is also the chance that you get conflicting opinions about your work.
The idea behind the Roundtable Review. . .
The Roundtable Review is an opportunity for fine art photographers to present their portfolio to a panel of three reviewers, representing three areas of the photographic community — the gallery, the publisher, and the online presence. The Roundtable Review is a juried review, and twenty photographers will be chosen to participate. Each participant will have a 30-minute session with the three panelists and receive feedback on their work.
At the end of the two-day event, participants will socialize and network with the panelists and fellow reviewees at an evening cocktail party at the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery. Additionally, the panelists will vote on a first place review prize, and the winner will receive an exhibition opportunity at the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery.
So you know who will see your work, there will be a dialog between the photographer and all three reviewers together, you will get to socialize with the reviewers in a more relaxed setting after they have seen your work, and there is a strong possibility of a gallery show for you. Win, win, win.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 18, 2011.
Guidelines for submission:
• An artist bio and a short description of the work
• 5-10 jpegs (100dpi and 6 inches at the longest dimension) sent in a zip folder (preferred) or as email attachments
Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $25 non-refundable submission fee. You may mail a check to the gallery at 75 Bennett Street, suite K2, 30309, or request a PayPal invoice to pay by credit card. Payment must be received by the deadline of March 25 for your submission to be considered.
Accepted participants will be notified by Wednesday, March 23. The cost of the review is $250.
Roundtable Reviewers for the May 2011 session:
Jennifer Schwartz is the owner of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, located in Atlanta, Georgia. Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is a fine art photography gallery promoting talented, original and emerging photographers as well as established contemporary photographers. Through regular rotating exhibitions, educational artist talks and the representation of gifted and unique up-and-coming photographers, the gallery aims to enhance awareness of the rich variety of photographic talent.
Jennifer Schwartz is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and has her BA from Colgate University and her MA from Georgia State University. The owner of a successful commercial photography business for ten years, she opened her gallery in 2009 to give Atlanta’s thriving photography community a venue to showcase the work of emerging photographers. Focused on taking a fresh, enthusiastic approach to the traditional photography gallery, the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is committed to working collaboratively with other photographic entities and to building community both locally and through online venues.
David Bram is a fine art photographer and the editor, founder, and curator of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art photography, showcasing the work of both emerging and very established fine art photographers. Fraction Magazine was founded in 2008 and is currently on its 23rd issue.
David Bram has been reviewing portfolios at various events including Review LA, Review Santa Fe, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and FotoFest. He was also a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a juror for Critical Mass in 2009 and 2010.
Alexa Dilworth is the Publishing Director/Editor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She has a B.A. and an M.A., both in English, from the University of Florida, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. In 1995, she was hired by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University to work for DoubleTake magazine, where she held the position of proofreader, managing editor, and then executive editor. She was also hired as the managing editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the editorial, design, and production work for every CDS book since 1996. She is the publishing director at CDS, and also runs the Awards program, which includes the Daylight/CDS Photo Awards, the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, and 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers, among others.
CDS Books at the Center for Documentary Studies are works of creative exploration by writers and photographers who convey new ways of seeing and understanding human experience in all its diversity — books that tell stories, challenge our assumptions, awaken our social conscience, and connect life, learning, and art.