2023 Applications Open
CENTER’s premier juried portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Symposium, is a conference for photographers and lens-based artists seeking audience expansion, critical discussion, and community connection. One of the oldest portfolio review events in the U.S., Review Santa Fe, enters its 22nd year, in 2023. The conference programs include portfolio reviews with juried photographers, lens-based artists and esteemed Reviewers, Project Presentations, Scholar Lectures, and more.
The 2023 schedule is to be announced. Please view the 2022 event schedule for more information about the Review Santa Fe events.
2023 PROGRAM | Review Santa Fe is scheduled to take place on November 16-19, 2023, in historic downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are planning on hosting in-person events and offering some online components. Please note: CENTER reserves the right to make the necessary changes to the programs and participant registration status to ensure the safety of its staff, participants, and the public. Thank you for understanding.
PROGRAM ACCESSIBILITY | Sign-language interpretation, program guides, assistive listening devices, and other guest facilitation are all available upon request. Please contact us to inform us of your needs.
This program stands out amongst other portfolio reviews because it is carefully vetted by a selection committee, ensuring the quality of the work. Each year a new independent committee ranks all of the submissions, with the highest-ranking submissions receiving an invitation. Along with the vetted photographers, the annual awards and grants recipients join to participate in Review Santa Fe. It is a blind judging process, and many different types of lens-based projects are invited to attend, including documentary, fine art, black and white, reportage, and interdisciplinary projects. Learn More
CENTER has launched many now-famous photographers’ careers, including Alec Soth (2003), Julie Blackmon (2006), Tamas Dezso (2011), Cristina de Middel (2012), and many others. This event helps photo-based storytellers bring their work to completion and have it seen by industry leaders, editors, curators, and publishers who are portals to broad international audiences.
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The Reviewers are carefully selected curators, editors, book publishers, gallery and festival directors. At Review Santa Fe we work hard to research and include reviewers that are offering more than feedback, but also opportunities for career advancement and placement of your work in a supportive and friendly environment.
PROJECT LAB SEMINARS
The 2022 Project Lab Seminars offered guidance on best practices and community impact through platforms tailored to each participant — providing access to career advancement workshops and seminars discussing grant writing, editing, and portfolio review preparation.
Hosted online over the course of 2 days, the 1st day was open to any and all interested lens-based artists and will focus on the presenter’s course discussion. The 2nd day provided an added experience for a portfolio critique that offered participants the opportunity to discuss their projects and receive feedback from each other and the course instructors. Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spaces available for the 2nd day. Learn More
• Preparing for Portfolio Reviews with Mary Anne Redding, Curator, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts | August 19 + 20, 2022
• Editing for Impact with Amber Terranova, Photo Director, Educator & Visual Arts Producer | October 5 + 6, 2022
WHEN: October 25-28, 2022
WHERE: Hosted Online with Zoom – event recordings are forthcoming
HOW: Free & Public
Highlighting excellence and innovative contributions to the field each year with the annual Awards and Project Grants, the selected lens-based artists, chosen by a blind jury comprised of new image professionals each year, receive financial support, publishing, presentation, and exhibiting opportunities made possible by CENTER and our Partners.
Moderated by Holly Stuart Hughes, Independent Editor, Writer, and Grant Consultant, the winning artists discussed some of the most critical issues of our time, including climate change, systemic racism, and mental health. Learn More
PORTFOLIO WALK & BOOK FAIR
WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2022, 5:30-8:00pm
WHERE: Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavilion
HOW: Free & Public
The Review Santa Fe Portfolio Walk & Photographic Book Fair brings together a global network of 100 selected lens-based artists and 50+ representatives from museums, publications, book publishers, and media outlets each year. This lively event offers a chance to view a broad range of photographic projects encompassing today’s social, environmental, and political issues as well as stellar contemporary art projects. Also in 2022, notable photographic book publishers, indie publications, and art-book enthusiasts are invited to join us and showcase newly released publications for sale. Learn More
THE DEMOCRATIC LENS: SCHOLAR LECTURES
WHEN: November, 20, 2022, 10am-1:30pm
WHERE: Livestream & In Person – event recording is forthcoming
HOW: Free & Public
The Democratic Lens is a six-part discussion series examining how images have shaped America’s collective memory and inspired individuals to participate in civic life. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the first lectures included scholars Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator Emerita, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Laura Wexler, Professor of American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Yale University, followed by a Q&A with the audience moderated by Will Wilson, Program Head of Photography, Santa Fe Community College. Learn More