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Portfolio Reviews

Photo|Frome is offering portfolio reviews on 2nd July and 9th July 2022, for anyone who would like a professional, third-party and objective view of their work. These are 25-minute face-to-face meetings between the photographer and two experienced, professional reviewers. If you want to develop your visual story-telling ability, commercial approach, consider going for further qualifications, create a book or exhibition, or just want to get better, then these reviews are for you.

Each review will cost £30. There are a limited number of 10 places available on each of 2nd July and 9th July, 20 places in all, so please book early.

Here are some planning thoughts:

  • First of all, it is important to know what you would like from the review. Is it about your photographic style, your story-telling, your future opportunities or something else?
  • Second, having photographs printed is always a good way to conduct such reviews, not least as it allows conversation about sequencing.
  • Third, the expectation is that a photographer will have between 10-20 images to review, preferably in one series of work.
  • Fourth, have a clear, verbal introduction to your series – your intent, contextual considerations (e.g. potential audience; narrative construction; ethical concerns and so forth), and your own thoughts on strengths and areas for improvement in the series. But don’t overdo it – let the reviewer ‘discover’ your work. 2/3 minutes max, please.
  • Fifth, be prepared to take notes, ask questions and have fun! This is not an exam or an inquisition – it is a chance to talk with experts and learn new things to help your photographer develop, no matter what stage you are currently at.
  • Sixth, please be on time for your appointment out of respect for others.

Benedict Brain is a UK-based photographer, author and award-winning journalist. He balances his personal practice with writing about photography and running photography workshops and enrichment programmes. His words and images frequently appear in Amateur Photographer magazine and he writes a monthly column called The Art of Seeing for Digital Camera magazine. Benedict is often seen on the judging panel of prestigious photo competitions such as the International Garden Photographer of the Year and The British Photography Awards, and in 2020 he founded Potato Photographer of the Year (yep, it’s a thing). He travels internationally as a public speaker talking about the art and craft of photography and is chair of Licentiate Distinctions panel of The Royal Photographic Society. benedictbrain.com

Hanna-Katrina Jędrosz is a photographer based in London. Hanna makes documentary work with a focus on narratives about place, people and the environment. She also photographs portraiture for editorial, and collaborates with musicians and bands, authors, theatre and film makers. Photo|Frome 2022 is staging the first ever exhibition of her documentary photographic narrative about the former Iron Curtain borderlands now known as the European Green Belt, made between 2017 and 2019. Supported by a bursary from the Royal Photographic Society, the photographs are documentation of places where wildlife of all kinds has flourished and become a symbol of cross-border collaboration and peace-keeping. Hanna-Katrina Jędrosz

Jesse Alexander is a photographer, writer and lecturer based in the Mendips. He studied at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design (Farnham) and Documentary at the University of Wales Newport. His practice examines the representation of space and place, the discourse of landscape art and how it occupies our culture more broadly. Jesse has contributed criticism and commentary to publications including HotshoeSource1000 Words PhotographyPhotomonitor and is the author of Perspectives on Place: Theory & Practice in Landscape Photography (London: Bloomsbury, 2015). In addition to research projects Jesse undertakes commercial and editorial commissions, and has worked for leading publications, businesses and organisations. He is currently Course Leader for MA Photography and BA(Hons) Photography (Top Up) (online) at Falmouth University.

Krishna Sheth is an Art Buyer and a Director of Photography, commissioning for print and web content for a variety of clients, including the 1843 Economist Magazine, Saatchi & Saatchi, The Financial Times, Telegraph Media Group, Airbnb, The Robb Report and Raffles as well as book publishers and individual luxury clients. She has more than 23 years experience of commissioning photography and photo research. Krishna was Deputy Photography Director at the Telegraph Magazine for 17 years, was a tutor on the MA Photography online for Falmouth University and lectures at various universities. From Nov 2019, Krishna worked as Director of Photography for Stella Magazine, Telegraph Media Group. She has been Chair Judge for pre-selection for all Sony World Photography Awards, and reviews portfolios and book dummies. Krishna is passionate in raising awareness for and championing emerging talent in the industry. Krishna on Instagram

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