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Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, marked the third annual New England Portfolio Reviews (“NEPR”). Organized by the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Photographic Resource Center, this two-day event brought together photographers with experts from the New England photography community for portfolio reviews. With a broad spectrum of reviewers from which to choose—educators, printers, gallerists, publishers, and curators—artists had the opportunity to get valuable feedback from a variety of perspectives. In response to feedback from last year’s NEPR, the Griffin Museum and PRC sponsored a “Preflight Panel” this year (May 14). Attendees learned about how to prepare for portfolio reviews and what to anticipate. Panelists included Eunice Hurd, Director of the Robert Klein Gallery, educator Neal Rantoul, the Griffin Museum’s Executive Director Paula Tognarelli, and myself.

Saturday morning portfolio reviews
(Photo courtesy of Randall Armor)

NEPR distinguishes itself as the only regional portfolio review event. For artists it offers the unique opportunity to receive constructive feedback on projects in a collegial and supportive environment. It also provides further exposure–getting work out there that hasn’t been seen or discussed before. For reviewers, like myself, NEPR is a way to see new work and meet new artists. It’s also how I stay informed about trends in photography. I love many aspects of being a Curator, but portfolio reviews are “gravy” because they offer me the opportunity to support artists and see new work. A review is a dialogue, and, as a reviewer, I try to facilitate the creative process by listening, asking questions, and helping an artist clarify his/her artistic vision and direction. I try to make the act of courage that inspires an artist to place new work in front of a curator, worthwhile.

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During my first year of college, a classmate of mine declared that she wanted to work in an art museum because it was the one place where all cultures, represented by objects and visitors, could gather under one roof. Of course our art professors spent the next four years challenging this idealistic view of an institutional space. As a photography curator, I’m happy to say that there are some places where at least those of us passionate about photography can gather under “one roof.” One example is the Society of Photographic Education’s annual conference—an inclusive gathering that promotes dialogue amongst photographers, scholars, educators, critics, students. curators, publishers, enthusiasts, vendors, industry leaders, and gallerists from around the country and some from abroad.

Entitled, “Conferring Significance: Celebrating Photography’s Continuum,” this year’s conference encouraged debate and discussion while providing ample opportunities for sharing work, networking, socializing, and giving one another advice and support. The Society for Photographic Education (or SPE) fulfills a lot of concrete professional needs. Intangible and yet equally vital, SPE fulfills an emotional one: the need for inspiration.

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Friday and Saturday, May 8th & 9th, 2009
Location: Northeastern University
Registration will be online only on April 13th at 9am sharp!

This year the PRC and the Griffin Museum of Photography have teamed up to co-sponsor the New England Portfolio Review Event 2009. Photographers of all genres and skill levels will have a rare opportunity to have their work assessed by leading curators, gallery owners, editors, and educators during this two-day event hosted on the campus of Northeastern University.

Photographers can sign up for a single review, a package of three reviews, or a package of six reviews. Photographers can sign up for reviews on Friday, May 8th, Saturday May 9th, or both days. There will be a morning session on Friday, and morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday. Each portfolio review will last 20 minutes with a 10 minute break between reviews.

Registration is open at 9am on Monday, April 13th and will occur online only. Processing is done on a first come, first serve basis. The cost of the portfolio reviews will range from $45 for one review to $250 for 6 reviews for members of each of the organizations.

Please note: There are no guarantees that photographers will be assigned the reviewers that they requested. Once the portfolio review sessions are full, photographers have the option of being placed on the wait list.

Here is a list of participating reviewers.

Generous support for this year’s event was made possible by Northeastern University and our sponsors Ava Art and Digital Silver Imaging.

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We’ve heard our members loud and clear. You’ve asked for increased portfolio review opportunities so here it is – the (much) bigger Annual Portfolio Review Day! This is, by far, the most substantial portfolio review event we’ve ever offered. It is a great way to receive direct feedback on your work from respected, influential, and insightful curators, gallerists, directors, editors, and others! The accompanying Portfolio Sharing event is another great way to share your work and network with peers.

Registration is required and the deadline has been extended until May 17, 2008. For registration information please visit the Upcoming Programs section of our website, call 617.975.0600, or download the registration application form.


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