More from the portfolio reviews at NYC Foto Works last week.
Claire Benoist http://www.clairebenoist.com. Very good still life photographer from New York.
Corey Hendrickson http://www.coreyhendrickson.com. AKA The guy from Vermont as in "Did you see the guy from Vermont?". Beautiful body of work from old motels - strangely moving.
Poul Ober http://www.poulober.com. A nice somber mood in this body of work of portraits and interiors, plus a very good book about New York published by Taschen.
Steve Boyle http://www.steveboylephoto.com. Sportphotography is not usually my thing, but Steve had a convincing presentation, energy and focus in his work and I liked seeing his work a lot. Oh, and Astroturf.
Chris Crisman http://www.crismanphoto.com. A nice collection of portraits that were soft in their tone and that I liked a lot. Chris had a huge box of promos that he had made for the event, a smaller version of the book.
I am just coming down after taking part in this event at the end of last week, October 28 - 30.
NYC Foto Works is in it's third year and when I got introduced to it I felt it was really solid and I wanted to become involved right away. I reviewed both Thursday and Friday, and I am glad I did because I had a really good experience.
The event was held at Sandbox Studios, conveniently located in Tribeca/Soho, just 5 minutes from my office. The set up was basically a bunch of people sitting at tables with name tags, and another bunch of people, photographers, milling around outside holding portfolios and iPad cases.
I saw about 8 people or so per session, 15 minutes per person. I would start out by asking what specifically the photographer wanted from me - maybe just a chance to show the work, or to address a certain issue like flow, edit or, like in one instance, advice on bidding on future jobs.
The time either flew away or dragged on depending on how much there was to say about the work. Mostly there was a lot to say about the work, and I found myself feeling like a stand up act, having to think very quickly on my feet, since I really wanted the photographer to take something away from the meeting. I really enjoyed this process a lot, unlike other portfolio reviews I have done. I think it is beacuse the level of work was high, and somehow there was a genuine atmosphere of sharing at the event. We were all excited to be there I think.
Here are some of the photographers that I enjoyed meeting.
I was impressed by the line up of reviewers for this event and that is why I wanted to be part of it. Although I like reviewing portfolios I have very little time to do it while running this agency. It is a great way to connect with people and to see new work.
I encourage anybody with serious intention of meeting people in the business and the willingness to learn to attend this event, where photographers will be paired up with art buyers, photo editors, agent and gallerists. I think it is actually a one of the better ways to promote yourself available at the moment.
Based on my previous experience with reviewing portfolios, both here and in Sweden, I can say that you will get the most out of your experience if you:
1. are a working photographer or at least have done some commercial work, meaning that you have knowledge of the industry already and you know how it works somewhat
2. you have a body of work to show that show your point of view and interests in a clear and consistent way
3. come with an open mind, willing to listen and learn and be mature about taking criticism.
Click on this link to see a presentation of some of the reviewers, among them Chris Dougherty, Director of Photography at People Magazine, Frank Meo, artists rep, and Marianne Butler, freelance Photo Editor.