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About the Portfolio Reviews

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We’ve gotten a few questions regarding the portfolio reviews, so I wanted to try and clarify these points for everyone.

The Portfolio Reviews will take place on Dec 1 & 2 at the International House Hotel, in downtown New Orleans. The $400 registration fee will guarantee each participant 8 reviews over the two days.

The maximum number of participants will be 51. The list of reviewers is now final.

In advance of the review weekend participants will be given the chance to list the reviewers they wish to see in order of their preference, and every effort will be made to schedule meetings with the reviewers that each participant most wants to connect with.

Registration opened on October 15, 2007, and will be filled on a first come first served basis. You can download the registration form here, and mail it in with your check. If you’d like to alert us by phone or email that your registration is on the way, please do so and we’ll be sure to hold your spot. 504-269-9740 or

We cannot accept faxes as the Alliance does not currently have a fax machine.

For those who would prefer to register and pay electronically, we can accept credit card transactions through PayPal. Please email your complete information – everything that’s requested on the registration form – to We will then send you a PayPal invoice asking you to submit a $406 payment to the New Orleans Photo Alliance through them. (The extra $6 covers half of paypal’s fees.) Once your transaction is complete you will receive notice that you are officially registered for the reviews.

Participants of the Portfolio Reviews are eligible to stay at the International House Hotel at a special PhotoNOLA rate. Just say “PhotoNOLA” when you make your reservation.

Refund policy: Up until Nov. 20, 2007 refunds will be given minus a $50 processing, fee ONLY IF someone else is available fill your spot. No refunds will be given after November 20.

Here are some references about portfolio reviews that might prove useful:

Here is an interview with Mary Virginia Swanson about portfolio reviews and more, recorded at photolucida last spring.

Here is some advice from Mary Virginia Swanson about preparing for portfolio reviews, put together by the Griffin Museum.

Here’s a Portfolio Review Guide put together by the great photolucida folks in Portland. It offers advice from fellow photographers on how to make the most of your review experience.

Here’s the current list of confirmed reviewers:

Anthony LaSala, Senior Editor, Photo District News, New York, NY
Ann Kendellen, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
Paul Moakley, Newsweek, New York, NY
Russell Joslin, Shots Magazine, Minneapolis, MN
Joshua Mann Pailet, A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA
Kevin Longino, Watermark Fine Art Gallery, Houston, TX
Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
Eric Grignol, Photo Media Center, Philadephia, PA
Rick Perez, Assistant Director, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Kurt Mutchler, Photo Editor, National Geographic, Washington, DC
Carl Linstrum, Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Atlanta GA
George Slade, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN
Steven Maklansky, Director of Curatorial Services, Louisiana State Museums, New Orleans, LA
Bernard & Judy Gerson, Director, Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY
Nadja Masri, New York Bureau Chief of GEO Magazine, NY, NY
Roy Flukinger, Curator, Harry Ransom Research Center, Austin, TX
Rick Hock, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Tony Lewis, Curator of Visual Arts, Louisiana State Museums, New Orleans, LA