En Foco's Portfolio Review Sessions
2008 PRS Success Stories: Curator Lisa Henry reviews work by several artists that are later selected for an exhibition at Jenkins Johnson Gallery. Read the story on our BLOG.
Artistic & Professional Development Workshops
Portfolio Review Sessions - June 20, 2009

This En Foco program offers one-on-one reviews with several arts professionals on the same day, in a supportive, nurturing and affordable environment. Reviewers can advise about opportunities and/or provide guidance on career development. This is an outstanding opportunity for ALL photographers to have their work critiqued by curators, editors, educators and other arts organizations.

Whether you're ready for Chelsea galleries, or just looking for feedback and advice, we have reviewers to suit all needs - you just have to be serious about your craft (call if you have questions). In between sessions, you'll be able to relax in the photographer's creative lounge and share your work with peers.

This workshop is only available to current En Foco Members (ALL are welcome to join). Each review session lasts for 20 minutes; photographers are guaranteed a minimum of three reviews and receive a 'gift bag.' Upon registration, participants will receive an article written by photo marketing expert Mary Virginia Swanson, on how to best prepare themselves for the Review. Read her new blog article, Assessing the Value of Attending Portfolio Review Sessions.

Reviewer´s will be added on a daily basis. Those confirmed to date (4/27/09) are:

  • Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Jersey City Museum
  • Florian Bachleda, Latina Magazine
  • Don Burmeister, Safe-T-Gallery
  • Song Chong, Magnum Photos
  • Elizabeth Ferrer, Rotunda Gallery (am session only)
  • Hannah Frieser, Light Work
  • Elvis Fuentes, El Museo del Barrio
  • Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Diaspora Vibe Gallery
  • Charles Guice, Charles Guice Contemporary
  • Stephanie Heimann, Fovea Exhibitions
  • Lisa Henry, Independent Curator, Writer (pm session only)
  • Julia Herzberg, Art Historian and Curator
  • Jessica Ingram, Adjunct Professor at Tisch, NYU
  • Michael Itkoff, Daylight Magazine
  • Stella Kramer, Photography Consultant
  • Erin Riley-Lopez, Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Rita Rivera, Corbis
  • Ariel Shanberg, Center for Photography at Woodstock
  • Jill Waterman, PDNedu and ASMP Bulletin (pm session only)
  • Denise Wolff, Aperture

Location: Calumet Photographic
22 West 22nd Street
New York, NY
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009


$140 = Members current through July 09
$190 = Non-Members (includes a one-year Membership; ALL are welcome to join)
Click HERE to see all the great member benefits you'll be getting!

BUY NOW (first come, first dibs on Reviewers)

We provide a full refund until June 10, 2009. From June 11 to June 15, we offer a refund minus a $20 processing fee, IF we can fill your spot with someone from the waiting list. If you decide to cancel your registration you may not transfer/sell your spot to another of your choosing: the open slot goes to the first person on En Foco's waiting list.


Rocio Aranda-Alvarado
Curator, Jersey City Museum
Rocío Aranda-Alvarado received her Ph.D. in Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2001. Her dissertation was a study of modernist movements in Harlem and Havana between 1925 and 1945. She is the curator at Jersey City Museum, where she organizes exhibitions of contemporary art featuring work by both established and emerging artists in the New Jersey and New York region. She also organizes exhibitions drawn from the Museum's eclectic permanent collection of American art including painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper and material culture from the 18th to the 20th centuries. She recently organized The Feminine Mystique, based on Betty Friedan's book of the same title from 1963. She has been invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum, the Americas Society, the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture and has taught art history at local universities. Her writing has appeared in various publications including catalogue essays for the Museum of Modern Art and El Museo del Barrio, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Nexus, Review, the journal of the Americas Society, En Foco's Nueva Luz, NYFA Quarterly, Small Axe, BOMB and American Art. She is most interested in seeing poetic documentary photography, those that don't feel like documentary. Also interested in stark photos of architecture, general imagery, and photographic collage. Least interested in experimental works.

Florian Bachleda
Creative Director, Latina Magazine and FB Design
Florian Bachleda is the Creative Director of FB Design, a graphic-design studio in New York City. He is also the Creative Director of Latina magazine. Previously, he was the Design Director for Vibe magazine (which won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2002), Vibe Vixen, Maximum Golf and P.O.V. (Point of View). He has also worked at New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly and the Village Voice. Bachleda has won awards and medals from the Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration, American Photography, Print magazine and Communication Arts, among others. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts and has chaired and juried numerous design and illustration competitions. He has served as President of the Society of Publication Designers, and was on their Board of Directors for five years. He is most interested in portraits, fashion, beauty and also "conceptual still-lifes" (photos that can illustrate a story using just objects and still-lifes).

Don Burmeister
Photographer, Owner and Director Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn NY
Safe-T-Gallery has had an intense interest in photography since 2002 and has shown the work of more that 40 photographers in that time. My interests center on several contemporary photographic problems: the uses and accommodations of digital photography to personal expression; the need for several billions more photographs in the next few years; and the purposes and rewards of obsessive photographic cataloging. In practice I am interested in photographers with an acute awareness of the qualities of photographs as objects (or not) and with a devotion to the craft of showing. I am not particularly interested in artists who use photography as a conceptual strategy, but anything else is fine.

Song Chong
Advertising & Creative Development, Magnum Photos
Song Chong is a native Angeleno who has made NYC her home for the last 10 years. She received her MA in Arts and Humanities Education from NYU and went on to commence her doctoral work in the highly regarded Visual Culture and Theory program at NYU’s Department of Media, Culture and Communication where she works as an adjunct professor. She is currently writing her dissertation on the role of the subject and absence in contemporary photojournalism. Song began her professional photographic life representing top fashion and beauty photographers. Joining Magnum in 2006, she developed the Magnum Educational platform, producing the international Magnum Workshops, Magnum Masterclasses and First Impressions portfolio review programming. In her free time, she is the curator of the Half King’s Photography series, a monthly slideshow and artist talk. Song is interested in the intersection between postcolonial studies and photography and is an avid collector of photographic ephemera and books. Least interested in corporate or commercial photography.

Elizabeth Ferrer
Director of Visual Arts, Rotunda Gallery/BRIC
Ferrer is a New York-based curator and writer specializing in Mexican and Latino art and photography. She is the author of Lola Alvarez Bravo (Aperture, 2006), as well as curator of the accompanying traveling exhibition. She co-edited the landmark Museum of Modern Art publication Latin American Artists of the 20th Century; A Shadow Born of Earth: New Photography in Mexico (1993); and has written for journals such as Art Nexus, Nueva Luz, and Art News. Ferrer has been director of the Austin Museum of Art and director of the Art Gallery of the Americas Society in New York. She studied art history at Wellesley College and Columbia University.

Hannah Frieser
Director, Light Work
Light Work is a non-profit organization in Syracuse, NY, dedicated to the support of emerging and underrepresented artists working in photography and related media. Hannah has curated exhibitions with photographers such as Don Gregorio Antón, William Earle Williams, Pipo Nguyen-duy, Kanako Sasaki, and Suzanne Opton. She also oversees Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program. Prior to Light Work, Hannah worked with the Society for Photographic Education for over ten years, and is co-chair of their 2010 national conference, Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts along with Miriam Romais, Executive Director of En Foco. Hannah is a photographer and book artist, and her work can be found at www.hannahfrieser.com. She is especially interested in reviewing the work of emerging and underrepresented photographers who understand their intentions as artists. She is also interested in seeing the work of artists with diverse backgrounds. As a reviewer, she offers professional feedback and opportunities within Light Work’s programs. She does not wish to see commercial portfolios, traditional nudes or travel work.

Rosie Gordon-Wallace
Director, Curator, Diaspora Vibe Gallery
Diaspora Vibe Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator in Miami, FL, specializes in Caribbean and Latin American Art with an emphasis on emerging artist. The gallery supports the development of new work by resident artists by offering exhibitions space, artist talks, workshops and other skill- building opportunities for young artists. Since 1996, Gordon-Wallace has initiated and produced transnational creative programs that redefine concepts of “diaspora” including the International Cultural Exchange program, the Caribbean Crossroads Series, the Artist-In-Residence program, an ongoing contemporary exhibitions program, and numerous community-based outreach projects. Rosie Gordon- Wallace has been awarded The Red Cross Spectrum Award for Culture, the Miami Beach Black Advisory Board Award for Arts and Culture and the Arts and Business Council's Culture Award for Shining Stars. Rosie loves photography, although is much less inclined to view still life images or seascapes. She prefers politically charged images, also when a tension is created between the viewer and the image or when the light source is not obvious.

Charles Guice
Director, Charles Guice Contemporary
Charles Guice is an art dealer and director of Charles Guice Contemporary, specializing in modern and contemporary art by nationally and internationally recognized visual artists. A former healthcare executive, Guice serves on the Board of Trustees for the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco and Oakland, and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco. He also serves as a member of the nominating committee for the Aperture West Book Prize. Guice is a frequent lecturer and writer, and recently spoke at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and in conversation with Carrie Mae Weems at the Museum of the African Diaspora. He has written articles and essays about Roy DeCarava, James VanDerZee, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Stephanie Heimann
Executive Director, Fovea Exhibitions
Heimann is also a founder of Fovea. By day she is a photography editor and consultant. She has worked on various publications in New York, including Newsweek, Fortune Small Business, Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, New York Magazine, Scientific American Magazine and more; in Hong Kong for Discovery (Cathay Pacific's inflight magazine) Time Magazine's Asia Edtition, and Next Magazine, a Chinese language newsweekly; and in Moscow, at Vitrina and The Moscow Guardian magazines. She spent 8 years living as an expatriate in Hong Kong, Paris and in Russia, where she began her career as a photojournalist covering post-Soviet culture and the first war in Chechnya. Stephanie is interested to see any photographer working in any photographic genre that involves a narrative--not just photojournalism.

Lisa Henry
Independent Curator, Writer
An independent curator and writer based in Los Angeles, Lisa has written profiles on documentary and conceptual photographers such as Ingrid Pollard, Laura Aguillar, Glynnis Reed and Gerald Cyrus. Lisa was formally Assistant Curator for American Art at the Newark Museum, where she oversaw the rotation of prints and photographs on display in the permanent collection galleries. She also increased the museum's holdings of contemporary photographs by working closely with their collectors group, The Friends of American Art. Since 2004 she has worked as a guest curator for The Amistad Center at The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. She is one of the curators of the exhibition Young Americans: Photographs by Sheila Pree Bright, which premiered at The High Museum of Art in 2008 and is currently touring the country. Since relocating back to Los Angeles, she has worked as a consultant for The Japanese American National Museum, The California African American Museum and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. Past exhibitions include Connections at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco & New York, Double Exposure, MoAD, San Francisco, CA, and I'm Thinking of a Place, UCLA Hammer Museum, CA. She is interested in artists who use photography as a conceptual strategy, photographers exploring landscape, land-use and architecture, and extended projects that are intended to be completed as photographic books. She is not interested in nudes, fashion, advertising or commercial photography.

Julia P. Herzberg, PhD
Art Historian and Curator
Herzberg is a Fulbright Senior Specialist, an art historian and curator who specializes in Latin American, Latino, and multicultural contemporary art. She is a consulting curator at the Patricia and David Frost Museum at Florida International University. Dr. Herzberg has taught, lectured, published, and curated extensively in the United States and abroad, and was a visiting professor in the School of Art's Master’s Program, at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago in Chile (2007). Her most recent publications include: Ritual in Performance,” in NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith (Houston: The Menil Collection, 2008); “Monica Bengoa: From Santiago to Venice,” Some Aspects of Color in General and Red and Black in Particular, 52nd Venice Biennal, (Santago: Cultural Affairs Ministry of Foreign Relations, 2007); “A Dialogue with Life and Death,” Carlos Alfonzo: Extreme Expression, 1980-1991 (Miami: Bridge House Publishing, Inc., 2006); “Four Ways: A Room of Her Own,” A Room of One’s Own: Teresita Fernández, María Elena González, Quisqueya Henríquez, María Martínez-Cañas (Frost Museum, Florida International University, 2006). She has organized more than twenty-five exhibitions with artists including Sandra Bermudez, Wifredo Lam, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Leandro Katz, Pepón Osorio, Ernesto Pujol, and Monika Weiss.

Jessica Ingram
Jessica Ingram was born and raised in Tennessee. She received degrees in Photography and Political Science from New York University and her MFA from California College of the Arts. She was included in 25 Under 25, (PowerHouse Books 2003) and American Photography 20. She contributed to What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art (SUNY Press 2004). Along the Way, a video she completed with the Cause Collective was a 2008 Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival. Jessica’s work is motivated by her desire to understand how people relate, what they long for, and what motivates the choices they make. Along with her art practice, Jessica develops and leads community based arts programs, most recently Fostering Art, a photography and writing program for foster youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jessica has been living in New York, where she has been teaching at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Parsons New School, and working with PixelPress Magazine, and is heading back to the Bay Area this Fall to be an Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts. Jessica’s work is shown internationally.

Michael Itkoff
Founding Editor, Daylight Magazine
Michael Itkoff is a recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008). His monograph Street Portraits was published by Charta Editions (February 2009) and his personal work can be viewed here. Michael is most interested in seeing work that is in some way grounded in the documentary mode, ie. the depiction of real events or people. In general, he is not interested in: constructed scenarios, fashion, advertising, romanticized subjects, and material which is exploitive in any way or does not take into account the perspective of the subjects.

Stella Kramer
Photography Consultant
A Pulitzer Prize-winning Photo Editor, Stella worked at The New York Times, PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and Newsweek. She is based in New York City and works as a private consultant to photographers, helping them to strengthen their creative eye, put together the strongest portfolios and websites that reflect their work, and set a course to reach their professional goals.  She also lectures and teaches classes in and around New York. Stella has worked on many of the major news events in recent history, serving as the photo editor for The New York Times series “Portraits of Grief” memorializing those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Her work as part of the that team won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the 2002 Infinity Award for Public Service from the International Center of Photography.  She was also part of the team at The New York Times that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.  Stella is most interested in reviewing editorial, photojournalism, portrait, documentary, photo essays, food, fine art and sports imagery.  She is least interested in viewing nudes, fashion, photo-illustration, or  advertising/commercial photography.

Lesley A. Martin
Publisher, Aperture Foundation
The editor of over forty books on photography, including Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer; and Model American: Katy Grannan. Her writing has been published in Aperture, American Photo, DoubleTake, and Interiors magazine, among other publications, and she also served as Senior Editor and Production Director at Umbrage Editions. Aperture was founded in 1952 as a not-for-profit arts organization and publisher dedicated to promoting photography as a unique form of artistic expression. Reaching a worldwide audience, Aperture's programs include Aperture magazine, book publishing, traveling exhibitions, education and outreach programming. Ms. Martin is interested in looking at strong, well-developed work that pushes the boundaries of photography, combines genres in interesting ways, and otherwise defies expectations. Most of all, she is interested in meeting with photographers who are open to honest feedback and discussion of ideas. She can help with shaping book projects toward potential publication, whether or not they are projects that would be appropriate for Aperture.

Erin Riley-Lopez
Associate Curator, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Erin has been a curator at The Bronx Museum of the Arts since 2005, where she curated collection-based and annual Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) exhibitions. In the fall of 2009 Erin will curate an exhibition at The Center for Book Arts. In addition to writing for Bronx Museum publications, her articles and reviews have appeared in might be good…, a project of fluent ~ collaborative inAustin, Texas and Bootprint a publication of Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis, Missouri. She received her M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (2005) and her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College (2002). Erin prefers to review fine art photography.

Rita Rivera
Photo Editor Corbis, Corbis
Corbis  is an international stock photography agency, 2009 marks its 20th  anniversary.   Corbis is a creative resource for advertising,  marketing and media professionals, providing a comprehensive selection of  photography, illustration, footage, typefaces and rights clearance services.  Through its branded web sites Corbis, Corbis Motion, Veer, and GreenLight, the  company helps the creative community make distinctive advertising and  publishing for the Internet, magazines, newspapers, books, television and  films. Corbis is based in Seattle, with offices in North America, Europe, Asia  and Australia that serve more than 50 countries.

Rita Rivera has been a Photo Editor in  the News division for 3 years working with individual photographers and wires,  before that she was a freelance photographer and photo editor. Rita is  interested in reviewing photojournalism, documentary work, and photo essays.   I am not interesting in looking at nudes or  landscapes.

Ariel Shanberg
Executive Director, Center for Photography at Woodstock
With year-round program offerings that include solo and curated group exhibitions, workshops, lectures, the publication Photography Quarterly (PQ), residencies, workspace access, regional fellowship awards, and internships, CPW helps advance the development and careers of artists working in photography and related media. In addition to his work at CPW, Mr. Shanberg has contributed essays to many publications, including Nueva Luz (volume 12#3). He has served on various panels and nominating committees and has been an invited juror and portfolio reviewer to FotoFest, SPE Conferences, Rhubarb Rhubarb, and Critical Mass. As a reviewer, Ariel offers participants professional development, guidance, and curatorial insight, as well as the rich and diverse opportunities available to artists at CPW. He is most interested in viewing cohesive bodies of work centered around conceptually driven theme(s) that have been or are near completion. He welcomes reviewing image-based work produced in a wide range of processes including video and new media. As CPW does not present traditional nudes, landscapes, floral, photojournalism, fashion, or stock photography, Ariel would prefer not to review such work.

Jill Waterman
Editor, PDNedu and ASMP Bulletin
A photographer and writer based in New York City, Jill Waterman is the editor of PDNedu, the ASMP Bulletin, as well as a contributing editor for many other projects with PDN Custom Media & Events. Her professional background includes the recently published how-to book on night and low light photography (Night and Low-Light Photography: Professional Techniques from Experts for Artistic and Commercial Success, Amphoto Books, 2008), and a career in stock photography as a photo editor, art director and producer. An experienced portfolio reviewer for events such as Houston FotoFest, PhotoLucida and SPE, Waterman is open to viewing all types of images, with a preference for work that has a consistent vision. Jill can offer feedback and career advice.