Following on from last year’s success, we were excited to hold the Portfolio Review again for the fourth year, in conjunction with the Renaissance Photography Prize 2016 exhibition.
The Portfolio Review gives not only the winners but also anyone else the chance to have their work seen by great critics and experts in the photography field and gain valuable advice and guidance on where to go next with their work.
A number of respected critics, curators and editors generously volunteered their time to provide feedback and advice to photographers. Fees paid for the review slots were donated to the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care.
The 2016 portfolio review was held at the Getty Images Gallery on Friday 9th September. The annual event is open to all and will return to London late autumn 2017. Sign up to the mailing list to be notified when booking opens.
Managing Director, Wyatt-Clarke & Jones
James Gerrard-Jones is Managing Director at Wyatt-Clarke & Jones, an agency at the heart of the mainstream advertising establishment but specialising in introducing the work of non-advertising photographers (particularly documentary and fine-art photographers) to advertising clients. James has over 15 years’ experience working with commercial photography, both with his current agency and previously with photographic collections including National Geographic.
James is looking for photographers with originality and a strong sense of visual identity. He will be able to offer advice to photographers who are hoping to work in advertising, and to those who have never before considered commercial work as a way to support their own practice.
Artist, Creative Director and Senior Director at Metro Imaging
Award winning Creative Director based in London, Steve has been at the forefront of photographic imaging for over twenty years, collaborating with a vast network of clients and developing new and innovative photographic printing practices. He is currently a Senior Director at Metro Imaging, Europe’s leading photographic production house. Steve also spends time curating; lecturing and mentoring, he acts as an arts advisor to several individuals and organisations and was awarded with a Fellowship of the RSA for his services to industry and education. He is a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust; a life member of Frontline Journalism club and was this year awarded with a Professorship to University of East Anglia.
Steve is a practicing artist with works being held in both private and public collections and is represented by Atlas Gallery in London. He is looking for individuals that have a clear idea of their practice and concept; someone who can communicate their ideas and yet are finding it difficult to break through or connect with market. Steve can offer over twenty years of experience in photography practice, with a substantial contact network from his involvement in all aspects of photographic practice. From editorial; commercial; fine art etc, Steve is involved in publishing; commissioning; curating and mentoring and can offer constructive insights into the industry and “how to make a go of things”.
Having started out life planning to become a surgeon Charlotte Morgan fell into the photographic industry, leaving medical school to model. In 1993 she moved into representing fashion photographers launching Morgan Lockyer in 2002. Charlotte has progressed from fashion to advertising photography taking Morgan Lockyer from strength to strength simply because she loves photography, loves people and thrives on the challenges the advertising world brings. Morgan Lockyer is now one of the UK’s most respected and successful photographic agencies.
Charlotte joined the board of the Association of Photographers for 2 years in 2012 as a non-executive director as she believes in its ethos of protecting the rights of individual photographers whilst providing industry standards.
“I’d like to see printed work rather than just a laptop or iPad, most things look good on screen but most bill boards and press ads are still printed. I’m interested in pretty much any genre of photography except fashion and landscapes (lovely as landscapes are when was the last time you saw a commissioned landscape ad?)”
Charlotte can offer an honest appraisal on the commercial viability of their work, how to edit it, how to present it and what I think works and what doesn’t. She represent photographers across the board; cars, liquids, stills, portraits, lifestyle so she “has a pretty good idea what sells”!
Photography Director and Producer
Madeleine began her career picture editing for the Financial Times.
In 2009 she launched Eureka, monthly science magazine published by The Times, in 2010 the Eureka app, and 2011 the Eureka Young Photographer Awards and Exhibition. While at The Times Madeleine produced and art directed a series of short films for the London Olympics, which ran on Sky Sports.
In 2014 she art directed the launch content for Mosaic by the Wellcome Trust, then became picture editor of the Sunday Times Magazine. More recently she has become an art buyer in advertising, creating and producing work on behalf of BBH, adam&eveDDB and Mother London. She is Director of Photography for Avaunt Magazine.
She is co-owner of StudioMM.
She is interested in seeing well researched documentary and reportage projects, portraiture, and still life photography and anyone adapting to moving imagery. She is not keen to see fine art portfolios or landscape photography.
Madeleine can offer photographers “An unbiased editorial DOP’s opinion, and an art buyers view of work. Honest advice about how to develop a project, and how to approach editors and art buyers”.
Krishna Sheth, Photography Director, Illustrated London News
Krishna Sheth is currently the Photography Director for Illustrated London News Ltd, commissioning print and web content for a variety of its clients, including Aston Martin and English Heritage, as well as freelancing for other publications, book publishers and individual clients.
Krishna has more than 20 years’ experience of commissioning photography and photo research across leading nationals, supplements and magazines. She was Deputy Photography Director at the Telegraph Magazine for 17 years and a key player in building the visual profile of the magazine.
She is also a guest lecturer, reviews portfolios and is passionate in raising awareness for new talent in the industry.
The 2016 portfolio reviews were held at Getty Images Gallery.