Portfolio Review

The 2017 Portfolio Review

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Following on from last year’s success, we are excited to hold the Portfolio Review again for the fifth year, in conjunction with the Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 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 volunteer their time to provide feedback and advice to photographers. Profit from fees paid for the review slots will be donated to the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care.

The 2017 portfolio review will be held at the Getty Images Gallery on Wednesday 18th October. The annual event is open to all. Sign up to the mailing list to be notified about this and future portfolio reviews.

Miranda Gavin

Editor, Critic & Blogger

Miranda is a regular contributor to Photofusion Photography Centre (www.photofusion.org) writing monthly photobook reviews, bimonthly theme/opinion pieces and Members’ Project reviews. 2015 will be the sixth year that she has been the sole judge for the Hotshoe Photofusion Annual Members’ Award. Her writing has included the introduction and a response for Into the Woods (Bob Books) by Ellie Davies, and a response to the work of Jacob Aue Sobol for MONO (Gomma Books), as well as responses to series’ of work HEAD/LAND by Wendy Pye, Fungi by Roy Mehta, and The Last Moment by Simon Roberts.

She is interested in all genres of photography. Miranda likes black & white and colour work, old and new, conceptual and traditional. Moreover, she like to see work that is considered, with ideas that are reflective of the image creator’s take on the worlds s/he chooses to represent – work developed as a result of emotion and feeling toward a subject, sensitive and expressive approaches. In short work that ‘speaks’ to her; and that voice may be loud, quiet, gentle or angry. Miranda can look at work at all stages of process and is open minded and engaged with ideas and creativity. She has wide experience of professional practice and the industry of photography, as well as research and development of ideas. Miranda might possibily see work in the review that can be published and she will keep in contact with the photographer to watch what they do in the future.

James Gerrard-Jones

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.

Karen Harvey

Karen Harvey, Creative Development Director, Shutter Hub

Karen is the Founder and Creative Development Director of Shutter Hub.

She has delivered Portfolio Reviews, talks and Professional Development sessions at universities and colleges across the UK and at events such as Free Range, Photomonth, PhotoMasters, Festival of Creative Industries and FORMAT International Photography Festival. Karen has recently been a judge at ACTINIC Festival, e-Luminate Photography Competition, Worldwide Pinhole Day Festival and at FORMAT International Photography Festival.

Karen can offer help to emerging and established photographers who need support in getting their work to the next level, those who struggle to self promote but have great work to share, and those who want to extend their reach through exhibitions and engagement.

Steve Macleod

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”.

Madeleine Penny

Photography Director and Producer

Madeleine Penny is creative director and owner of StudioMM. 

StudioMM produces film, animation and photography for clients such as Nike, Rapha and CNN. It is a platform for Madeleine and business partner Matt Curtis to find interesting ways to help clients raise profile, and reach new audiences.  

Madeleine has spent years working with photographers to develop stories for publications such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Avaunt and now Mondial, the magazine for Rapha, where she is Director of Photography. She also worked as an art buyer for advertising agencies such as BBH, Adam&EveDDB, and Mother. 

She is looking for work that is individual, tells a good editorial story and is well executed. 


The 2017 portfolio reviews will be held at Getty Images Gallery.

Getty Images Gallery
46 Eastcastle Street
United Kingdom

Booking Fees

Full price for a 30 min portfolio review is £40. There is a discount for booking multiple reviews as a package.

Profit from fees paid will be donated to the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care.

  • 3 or more reviews = 15% discount
  • 5 reviews = 25% discount