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 - September 25, 2010

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 (8/14/10) are:

  • Renée Mussai, Autograph: ABP (London)
  • Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, El Museo del Barrio
  • Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator/Consultant (pm session)
  • Florian Bachleda, Latina Magazine
  • Kalia Brooks, Independent Curator
  • Song Chong, Magnum Photos
  • Mary Ann Fahey, Umbrella Arts
  • Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Visual Arts, BRIC / Rotunda Gallery
  • Hannah Frieser, Light Work
  • Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Diaspora Vibe Gallery
  • Danielle Jackson, Magnum Photos
  • Stella Kramer, Photography Consultant
  • Lesley Martin, Aperture
  • Ruben Natal San-Miguel, ARTmostfierce Editor & Independent Curator
  • Saul Robbins, Photographer, Consultant & former board of CCNY
  • Ariel Shanberg, Center for Photography at Woodstock

  • Location: Calumet Photographic
    22 West 22nd Street
    New York, NY
    Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010


    (early bird registration ended September 3)

    Step One: Join as a member first, or renew (all are welcome to join)!
    Step Two: Redeem your Membership Workshop Certificate (which will be mailed to you after your renewal/joining); by faxing the certificate to En Foco. You will then be issued a reimbursement in the value of your Coupon.

    We provide a full refund until August 20, 2010. From August 20 to September 5, 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.

    *NOTE: Membership must remain current until October 30, 2010.


    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.

    Elizabeth Avedon
    Photography Book Designer, Independent Curator and Consultant
    Elizabeth Avedon has a rich history in photography. Collaborating with museums, publishing houses, advertising agencies, galleries and artists, she's received recognition for her curatorial work, exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book: Avedon: 1949 -1979 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Avedon: In the American West for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. In addition, she has also worked with the Menil Collection and the Estate of Diane Arbus. She was formerly the Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, the Art Director for Polo Ralph Lauren national advertising, Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, and is a co-founder of Tibet House, NYC. Elizabeth recently curated the ASMPNY fundraiser DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS, Haiti at the Verge Art Fair. She's been a reviewer at the Santa Fe Center of Photography's "Review Santa Fe" several times and is interested in looking at editorial and fine art photography. Elizabeth can also be followed on her blog.

    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).

    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

    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. She is least interested in corporate or commercial photography.

    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.

    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

    Rosie Gordon-Wallace
    Director, Curator, Diaspora Vibe Gallery
    Rosie Gordon-Wallace is the Diaspora Vibe Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator in Miami, FL. She specializes in Caribbean and Latin American Art with an emphasis on emerging artists. The gallery supports the development of new work by resident artists by offering exhibition 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 images that create a tension between the viewer and the image, or when the light source is not obvious.

    Stella Kramer
    Photography Consultant
    A Pulitzer Prize-winning Photo Editor, Stella Kramer 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, teaches classes in and around New York, and writes for Sharpen and Stellazine, her own blog. 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.

    Renée Mussai
    Autograph: ABP (London)
    Renée Mussai has been involved with Autograph ABP since 2001, where she currently oversees the establishment of the new Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography at Rivington Place, London. In addition to curating the archive collection, she is guest curator at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, and recently co-curated for Autograph ABP the retrospective exhibitions James Barnor: Ever Young and W.E.B. Du Bois: The Paris Albums 1900, at Rivington Place (17 September - 27 November 2010). Twice recipient of the Sofie and Emanuel Fohn Fellowship, she holds under- and postgraduate degrees in Photography from the University of the Arts London, and previously studied history of art at the University of Vienna, Austria. She is based in London, and regularly lectures and writes on photographic history and cultural identity. Established in 1988, Autograph ABP is an international photographic arts charity that addresses issues of cultural identity and human rights. It develops, exhibits and publishes the work of photographers from culturally diverse backgrounds and advocates for their inclusion in all areas of exhibition, publishing, education, and commerce in the visual arts. http://www.autograph-abp.co.uk Renée is most interested in reviewing engaged and long-term personal projects that address politics of cultural identity, gender, difference and human rights etc - works that reflect Autograph's mission- particularly portraiture-based, critical fine art practice. Also, in-depth social documentary projects. She is least interested in reviewing landscape, still lifes and editorial fashion / commercial practice.

    Ruben Natal San-Miguel
    Blogger, Architect, Writer, Art Collector, Consultant, Curator and Photographer
    Ruben Natal San-Miguel received his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Architecture from Boston Architectural College and a Finance and Business Administration degree from Boston University. Ruben is very involved with art non for profit organizations like ACRIA, Printed Matter, Aperture Foundation, AIDS Chicago, Humble Arts Foundation, Photolucida, and most recently, with Visual AIDS for which he has been volunteer, consultant, panelist and juror. He has also collaborated in projects with several artists including Magnum Photographer Susan Meiselas. Ruben is also the creator of ARTmostfierce, an Arts Blog, committed to promoting emerging art, artists, photography and to benefit non for profit art organizations. As an artist, Ruben mostly specializes in the Art of Emerging Photography. His work had been shown at Aqua Art Fair during the Miami Art Basel 2009, Photo LA 2010, Scope NY 2010, Zona Maco 2010 International Art Fair in Mexico City, Madrid Photo 2010, and was also a finalist in the Picture Black Friday 2009 Competition. Ruben is most interested in viewing portraiture, figurative, documentary, and street photography.

    Saul Robbins
    Curator, Teacher, and Fine Art Photographer
    Saul Robbins teaches photography at ICP and Pratt Institute in New York City and consults privately with numerous photographers and visual artists on everything from editing images and statements to marketing. He is interested in many genres of photography, especially those that propose unique ideas and vantage points about perceptions of place and intimacy, are technically strong, well executed, and about which the artist is interested in discussion and feedback. Robbins can offer editorial and critical feedback, and may be able to propose suggestions for exhibition opportunities. Robbins is best known for the series Initial Intake, which examines the inherent relationship dynamics between psychotherapy practitioners and their clients. Curatorial projects include Projecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah (2010), Regarding Intimacy (2007), and No Live Girls (2002), an installation of artist’s videos at The Lusty Lady in San Francisco and Seattle. Robbins’s work has been exhibited, collected, and published internationally at Da Gallery, Union Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Ost Gallery, Moscow, and Portland Art Museum, and in Berlin Tagesspiegel, CPW Photography Quarterly, The New York Times, Real Simple, and Wired, among others.