What is a Portfolio Review?
The Palm Springs Photo Festival portfolio review is a program in which you select from a list of reviewers, we schedule your 20-minute face-to-face meeting with them and you present your work.
Why attend the Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Review?
The Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Review is the largest and most comprehensive portfolio review program for professional and emerging professional photographers in the United States, featuring influential professionals from both the commercial and fine art realms of contemporary photography.
Unlike other review events, that have an unfortunate first-come, first-served policy, (if you register later than others, you miss out), the PSPF Portfolio Review program allows all approved registrants to CHOOSE the reviewers of their choice until our extended deadline of April 21st or when the program is sold out, whichever is sooner.
Who are the reviewers:
Click HERE to see a list of our reviewers.
Click HERE to see the portfolio review schedule by date / time.
Click HERE to see reviewers listed by profession.
Click HERE for a list of the companies / affiliations who will be represented at the PSPF Portfolio Review.
We bring together an amazing and diverse group of experienced professionals from magazines, ad agencies, museums, galleries, institutional exhibition spaces, book publishers, reps, consultants and others for you to show your work to.
We advise all prospective attendees to read the bios we post of our reviewers, and to pay special attention to their “Reviewer Preferences” where listed. We recommend studying the bios and then checking our the websites for the reviewer’s companies so the attendee doesn’t inadvertently waste both theirs and the reviewer’s time. Bring a tightly-edited and cohesive body of work. Show your personality. Show your visual signature. Show what they can expect if they hire / exhibit / publish you. Take notes. Bring leave-behinds. They will be seeing a lot of work in their review sessions so be sure what you expect from them is clear. At the beginning of your meeting, let them know who you are and what you are hoping to accomplish.
You may show your work as prints or on your computer. In addition to the work you plan to show for professional reasons, we always encourage you bring a selection of your personal work as well.
You may select to take your reviews at any time on any festival review day (you can take them all on one day, spread them out over five days, etc). Obviously, your chances to see all of your requested reviewers will be greater if you’re registered for multiple days.
For complete details, click HERE.
Announcing the 6th Annual PSPF Portfolio Review Prize: Portfolio Reviewers will collectively vote on the work they see during the festival and many of our sponsors will endow the prize.
Gifts shipped free to US Residents only
Prices are $375 for 5 reviews. A 10% discount is applied to 10 or more reviews.
Our recommendation is to spend as many days at the festival as possible to have the widest range of reviewer choices. Most reviewers participate on two or more days.
Please Note: To sign up for Portfolio Reviews, you must be registered for the day.
- "We don’t accept unsolicited proposals, just because there aren’t enough hours in the day to do them justice. But I do go every year to the Palm Springs Photo Festival as a reviewer, and I always see a lot of interesting work there." - Chris Pichler, Publisher, Nazraeli PressChris Pichler
- I LOVE your program. It is well managed and is a great benefit for both Reviewers and Reviewees.Laura S.
I am currently showing photographs from Rich Frishman’s work-in-progress “American Splendor”. I first saw his images as a Reviewer at PSPF. Many Thanks. Dana SalvoDANA
I met photographer Susan Barnett while reviewing her portfolio and the U of Maine Museum of Art will be mounting a solo exhibition of her photos in 2017. It's already on the Museum's calendar. George Klinghorn, Executive Director & Curator.George
- I have offered a solo exhibition to a photographer that I discovered in the PSPF review session. The Museum will be presenting Susan Barnett's exhibition in 2017. - George KinghornGeorge
- I have signed at least one author from last year’s review sessions: Marjorie Salvaterra. It’s going to be fantastic and she is wonderful both as a person and a photographer.Marta
- So I met Marta Hallett at last year's festival. By this festival I will have the most gorgeous book through Glitterati! PSPF is amazing!!!!Margorie
I enjoyed the reviews and have found several photographers we will be exhibiting on our "virtual gallery" website Red Filter Gallery.Forrest
My reviews in NY went well and I viewed some solid portfolios, a handful that I will continue to follow and work with.Alex
I think each of the four photographers whose work I saw were uniformly at a very high level, I would give an exhibit to each of them at my gallery. So a great job, and I look forward to future reviews. Many thanks.Harvey
Thank you for the invitation to participate. As always it is a pleasure and a treat to see bright, young talent.Nancy
One suggestion would be to ask photographers to bring a small amount of riskier/experimental/personal work. Surprise who you show your book to. Everyone loves surprises.Glenn
10 Tips for a Portfolio Review I have reviewed many portfolios, often looking for emerging talent. Each editor is different, these are my tips. 1. It’s not just about the photographs. It’s also about you. Editors are looking closely at how you carry yourself, how engaged you are, inquisitive, articulate, calm, etc. They’re trying to…Details
October 2013 This week at the PhotoPlus Expo show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, a great number of photographers will be showing up for portfolio reviews organized by the Palm Springs Photo Festival. This is the chance for talented fine-art photographers, documentary photographers, and others to show off their work to…Details
Photographers frequently ask me about the value of attending portfolio review events and which events to attend and why. The offerings are vast and the investment of time and money varies. Do I think attending a portfolio review event has value? Absolutely. Will each and every photographer benefit from sharing their work at these events,…Details
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