The first ever Roundtable Review just wrapped up on Saturday, and it was an amazing success across the board. Twenty photographers were accepted into the review, and each had one 30 minute session with the review team (aka the “Goat Grillers”, a name inspired by a great photograph by Katia Ananieva-Hernandez and also by the punchiness that comes from two full days of reviewing) of David Bram, Alexa Dilworth and myself.
This was a new and unique format, and it really worked. David, Alexa and I all have different photographic backgrounds and perspectives, and we each bring something different to the review table. Being able to brainstorm together, to bounce ideas off each other, and to build on each other’s comments and insights was incredibly inspirational to me. I also feel that the quality of feedback the reviewees received in this format was far greater than the sum of the parts. This sentiment seemed to be echoed again and again by the participants at the Saturday night cocktail party.
The call for submissions said there would be one review prize winner (to be announced shortly) who would have an exhibition opportunity at the gallery. We saw so much quality work, that several of the participants will be exhibiting at the gallery, and David was able to offer several photographers the opportunity to be featured on Fraction.
This was the first Roundtable Review, but definitely not the last. Keep an eye out for more Roundtable Review opportunities to come!