En Foco's Portfolio Review Sessions
at Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos, in the Bronx (Jan '07).
Artistic & Professional Development Workshops
Portfolio Review Sessions - Sept 13, 2008

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.

The first 40 to register will receive a Bundle photo bag from Crumpler!
Fuji Film
for all (35mm, 120mm, and instant FP100), a chance to win a Fuji Finepix Z100fd digital camera (to qualify, must be a FujiFilm product user... whether it's paper, film or camera), and sample paper from Museo Digital Fine Art Paper!!!

Reviewer´s confirmed to date (9/5/08) include:

  • Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Jersey City Museum
  • Kalia Brooks, Arts Consultant and Curator
  • Terry Boddie, NYU/Tisch and Independent Curator
  • Mary Ann Fahey, Umbrella Arts Gallery
  • Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation (pm session only)
  • Elizabeth Ferrer, Rotunda Gallery (am session only)
  • Hannah Frieser, Light Work
  • Elvis Fuentes, El Museo del Barrio
  • Michelle Graham, Getty Images
  • Charles Guice, Charles Guice Contemporary
  • Lisa Henry, Independent Curator
  • Stella Kramer, Photography Consultant
  • Joanna Lehan, Aperture
  • Vincent Nelson, The Black Book
  • Edwin Ramoran, ALJIRA Center for Contemporary Art
  • Elizabeth Shank, Silverstein Gallery (am session only)
  • Jill Waterman, PDNedu and ASMP Bulletin

Location: Calumet Photographic
22 West 22nd Street
New York, NY
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008


$100 = members only (ALL are welcome to join)
$100 + $45 = non-members (click HERE to see member benefits and join!)

SORRY FOLKS, ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! You may call the office on Thursday up until 5pm, in case there are cancellations: 718.931.9311

We provide a full refund until Sept 4, 2008. From Sept 5 to Sept 8, 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.

Terry Boddie
Mixed Media Artist, Photographer, Independent Curator and Educator
received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA from Hunter College in 1997. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Brooklyn Museum, and Bronx Museum of the Arts, Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore, among other venues. His work is part of the Schomburg Center For Research in Black History and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as various private collections. Awards and honors include the Studio Museum of Harlem Artist In Residence, Woodstock Center for the Arts Artist in Residence, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and Marie Sharpe Walsh Artist in Residence. He is on the Artist Advisory Committee of the New York Foundation of the Arts and the Artist Advisory Board of En Foco, and regularly serves on grant panels. He teaches at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Boddie is especially interested in seeing fine art and documentary work that pushes the technical and conceptual boundaries of photography, for an upcoming exhibition. He can also provide advice from a grant panelist's point of view, and approaching museum curators.

Kalia Brooks
Arts Consultant and Curator
Kalia Brooks is an arts consultant and curator. Formerly the Public Programs Coordinator, Studio Museum in Harlem, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Aesthetics and Art Theory with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Brooks is a graduate of the California College of the Arts with a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Practice. Her recent exhibitions include Off Color (Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Rush Arts, and Corridor Gallery); Static: Temporary Collective/Temporary Spaces; Preserving America's Cultural Heritage; In the Heart of Dixie (collaboration with the Center for Land Use Interpretation); The Missing Peace: The Dalai Lama Portrait
(sponsored by The Dalai Lama Foundation); and Tomorrow Minus Five (in association with Arts Initiative Tokyo) in Tokyo, Japan. Brooks is a contributor to the Studio magazine, Light Work Annual, Exposure magazine and Curating Now '05 and '06.

Mary Ann Fahey
Curator/Owner, Umbrella Arts Gallery
The long time owner of E3 Gallery, Fahey now has a gallery and project space in partnership with Margaret Bodell. Umbrella Arts: located in the heart of New York's East Village. Since 1994 Mary Ann Fahey has curated over 90 exhibitions from more than 200 artists, including many artists who have gone on to exhibits at major museums and galleries. These exhibits have included a wide range of medium - pinhole photography, plastic camera imagery, collages, large color portraiture, photographic construction and Americana to name a few - and an equally diverse range of content.

Elizabeth Ferrer
Director of Visual Arts Programs, Rotunda Gallery and BRIC Arts| Brooklyn
Ferrer is a curator and writer who specializes in Mexican and Latino photography. Her most recent book is Lola Alvarez Bravo (New York: Aperture Foundation, 2006), a monographic study of the pioneering modernist photographer in Mexico, with an accompanying exhibit presented at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and other venues in the U.S. She is part of a team of international curators contributing to a major retrospective of the Mexican photographer Pedro Meyer to be presented in over 60 museums around the world in the fall of 2008. Other projects include a retrospective of photographs, prints and books by Mariana Yampolsky (1925-2002) exhibited at the UBS Gallery, NY and the Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C., in 2007; a traveling exhibition of the Sprint Corporation Latino and Latin American collection; Still Life: The Body as Object in Contemporary Photography at the Americas Society, New York in 1995, the book A Shadow Born of Earth: New Photography in Mexico (New York: American Federation of Arts, Universe Books/Rizzoli, 1993), and her essay "Mariana Yampolsky: Una Mirada Apasionada/An Impassioned Eye," in the book Mariana Yampolsky: Imagen Memoria/Image-Memory (Mexico City: Centro de la Imagen, 1999). In 1998 she received the International Association of Art Critics curatorial award for the exhibition, The True Poetry: The Art of María Izquierdo at the Americas Society, NY. Ferrer is former director of the Austin Museum of Art and of the Art Gallery at the Americas Society.

Jon Feinstein
Curatorial Director, Humble Arts Foundation
Jon Feinstein is the Curatorial Director of Humble Arts Foundation. He has curated photography exhibitions throughout NYC, and was recently invited to curate a section of "Young Curators, New Ideas" at Bond Street Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. He has also collaborated on curatorial projects with Spin Magazine, and Mark Batty Publishers. From 2003-2006 Feinstein worked at Heeb magazine, first as Photo Editor and later as Creative Director. He has served on several portfolio review boards, including the ASMP fine art photography review, The International Center for Photography's annual student portfolio review, and Photolucida's Critical Mass. His own work has been published in Gotham, Nylon, Time Out New York, DIW, Mass Appeal, New York Press, and Vice and has appeared in group shows in NYC, Detroit, Chicago and Miami. Jon holds a BA in photography from Bard College and lives in Brooklyn. Jon is most interested in large format and conceptual work, but is open to everything!

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, Rik Pinkcombe, Ben Gest, Kanako Sasaki, and Suzanne Opton. She also oversees Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program. Prior to coming to Light Work, Hannah worked with the Society for Photographic Education for over ten years. Having held many responsibilities within SPE, including onsite conference coordinator at SPE’s national conferences and membership registrar, she was recently elected to SPE's national board of directors. She has been chosen to co-chair an SPE national conference with Miriam Romais, executive director of En Foco. The conference, tentatively scheduled for 2010, will focus on diversity and multiculturalism. Hannah is a photographer and book artist, born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany. She has lived in the United States for over 19 years. Her work can be found on her website at www.hannahfrieser.com

Elvis Fuentes
Curator, El Museo del Barrio
Elvis joined the staff of El Museo in 2006 following the success of his exhibition Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Early Impressions presented at the Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe in 2004 and subsequently presented at El Museo (2006). Since joining El Museo, he has co-curated El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 007. Other curatorial projects include Killing Time: An exhibition of Cuban artists from 1980s to the present (Exit Art, New York, NY, 2007), Rewind… Rewind… Three decades of video art in Puerto Rico (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2005-2006) and Print as Metaphor (Grand Prix, International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana 2005). A member of IKT, Fuentes graduated from the University of Havana (Art History, 1999), and completed studies in museums of Europe and the U.S. He also worked as Curator at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, Havana (1999-2002), organizing over 20 exhibitions and worshops. Elvis is interested in viewing any type of work.

Michelle Graham
Photo Research Manager, Getty Images
Graham has 18 years of experience in the stock photography industry.  Her roles have included Photo Researcher, Textbook Sales Manager, Creative Researcher, independent photo consultant and her current position as Photo Research Manager. She has also been studio manager for two successful photographers. Throughout her career she facilitated hundreds of shoots with dozens of photographers, reviewed collections of stock agencies and individual photographers for commercial value and edited visual content for the spectrum of Getty Images customers which include advertising agencies, corporations and publishers. Getty Images creates and distributes the world's best and broadest imagery collections, making them available in the most accessible and usable way -- 24 hours a day, every day. From contemporary creative imagery to news, sports, entertainment and archival imagery, Getty Images products are found each day in the full range of traditional and digital media worldwide. Graham is interested in seeing all photography genres.

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.

Lisa Henry
Independent Curator, Writer
An independent curator and writer based in Los Angeles, Lisa is a columnist for Fotophile magazine and has written profiles on documentary and conceptual photographers such as Ingrid Pollard, Laura Aguillar, Ming Smith 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 traveling exhibition Young Americans: Photographs by Sheila Pree Bright, which premiered at The High Museum of Art this spring, and will open at The Wadsworth Atheneum in September 2008. 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 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, collage, and extended projects that are intended to be completed as photographic books. She is not interested in nudes, fashion, advertising or commercial photography.

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.

Joanna Lehan
Associate Editor of Books, Aperture Foundation
Joanna was formally Assistant Curator at ICP, where she worked on the first and second ICP Triennials, Strangers and Ecotopia. Her writing has appeared regularly in PDN and Photograph, and she has also worked as a freelance photo editor at magazines such as Newsweek and The New Yorker. She is most interested in reviewing work developed by artists over a sustained period. She is particularly interested in work that has a story to tell, whether directly or elliptically.

Vincent Nelson
Advertising Director/ AR100 Awards Show Director, Black Book Vincent has over 10 years of experience working in the magazine and book publishing industry. He has worked at several national magazines, which include Interview Magazine, Paper Magazine and The Source Magazine. Within these very diverse halls he developed a love and savvy for photography and the impact it has on the viewer. This would lead him to begin working for The Black Book Photography Inc. Since 2005 Vincent started as a Marketing Consultant and has been promoted to both Advertising Director and AR100 Awards Show Director. This enables him to be in constant contact with Art Buyers, Directors and artists internationally.. His responsibilities include connecting large and small agency buyers to the right photographers and artists. He has been asked to serve on many panel discussions geared towards artists and photographers specifically with (Advertising Photographers of America DC and Atlanta), and ASMP South Florida/Miami. Vincent uses these daily activities and relationships to aid established and new photographers. Vincent is interested helping artists learn how to effectively present and market their work. Mr. Nelson evaluates the look and feel of their art and finding the right fit be it client, agency or representation. Mr. Nelson is interested in looking at smart, creative commercial photography to include Beauty, Editorial, Fashion, Commercial, Conceptual, Corporate and Food.

Edwin Ramoran
Director of Exhibitions & Programs, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
In 2007, Ramoran received the apextart Outbound Residency to Athens, Greece. Ramoran is currently working on a major group exhibition The B Sides that will focus on house music culture and contemporary art; and developing the group exhibition Me Love You Long Time on Asian and Pacific Islander sexuality and gender expression. From 2002-2007, he was director and curator for Longwood Arts Project, the contemporary art center of the Bronx Council on the Arts, where he organized the following exhibitions: Do You Think I’m Disco, Post Plátano/Ante Formalism: Abstraction in the Bronx, BX1: The First Bronx Artist Biennial, DL: The “Down Low” in Contemporary Art, and No More Drama: New Projects after Novelas. Previously, he was Assistant Curator at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (1994 to 2002). He has also been a guest curator in New York at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, PERFROMA 05 at Artists Space, Center for Book Arts, Dieu Donné Papermill and Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, South Asian Women's Creative Collective, and Visual AIDS. He is also former program director for Arkipelago, the New York City-based Filipino cultural organization. Ramoran received a BA in Art History with minors in Ethnic Studies and Journalism from the University of California, Riverside, and is currently an MA candidate in Art History at Hunter College.

Elizabeth Shank
Director, Silverstein Gallery
At the gallery, Shank works closely with both living photographers and photographers' estates, including Leonard Freed, Andre Kertesz, Nathan Lyons, Marvin Newman, Rosalind Solomon, Zoe Strauss, and Joel-Peter Witkin on developing exhibitions, creating book projects, and managing archives. She also works with young photographers at the gallery's new 20th Street location, which showcases emerging artists, as well as during the Silverstein Photography Annual exhibition. Ms. Shank began her career at Magnum Photos in New York promoting its comprehensive archive. At Magnum, she worked with such luminary photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, and Elliot Erwitt. Ms. Shank is interested in reviewing fine art photography, creative photography, and conceptual photography. She can offer portfolio critique, advice on how to approach fine art galleries, and provide potential contacts at other galleries.

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.