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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. Located in Santa Fe, NM, and one of the oldest portfolio review events in the U.S., Review Santa Fe, enters its 21st year in 2022. The conference programs include portfolio reviews with the juried photographers and lens-based artists and the esteemed reviewers, Project Presentations, The Democratic Lens: Photography & Civic Engagement Scholar Lectures, and more. View the 2022 event schedule for more events and information.

2022 EVENT | The portfolio review events and photo symposium is scheduled to take place Nov 17-20, 2022 in Santa Fe, NM. We are planning on hosting in-person events as well as offering some online components. However, CENTER reserves the right to make the necessary changes to the programs and your participation status to ensure the safety of its staff, participants, and the public. Stay up to date with our COVID-19 updates and restrictions for the event.

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.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT | We acknowledge that Santa Fe, New Mexico, is located in the ancestral and unceded traditional territories of the Tewa people, who continue to maintain connections to this land. Thousands of years ago, O’ghe P’oghe – the original Tewa name for Santa Fe, which means White Shell, Water Place – was a center place for Northern and Southern Tewa communities. We honor the Tewa people of the past, present, and future who inhabited, held sacred, and stewarded this land.


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 50+ Review Santa Fe Reviewers are carefully selected curators, editors, book publishers, gallery and festival directors that are invited to attend each year. At CENTER, 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.

2022 Reviewers | 2021 Reviewers


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, this year, notable photographic book publishers, indie publications, and art-book enthusiasts are invited to join us and showcase newly released publications for sale. Learn More


© Luis Corzo

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


© Warren K. Leffler

WHEN: November, 20, 2022, 10am-1:30pm
WHERE: Livestream & In Person | La Fonda on the Plaza – 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 will include scholars Kymberly Pinder Ph.D., Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean, Yale School of Art, 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


© Matt Suhre

The 2022 Project Lab Seminars, hosted in conjunction with the Review Santa Fe Photo Symposium, offers 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 is open to any and all interested lens-based artists and will focus on the presenter’s course discussion. The 2nd day provides an added experience for a portfolio critique that offers 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



2022 Program Guide // Cover image from the series Blue © Heather Evans Smith

2021 Program Guide // Cover image from the series As we play God © Leah Dyjak

2019 Program Guide // Cover image from the series Strange Land © Cody Cobb

2018 Program Guide // Cover © Joel-Peter Witkin

2017 Program Guide // Cover image from the series Promising Waters © Mila Teshaieva


CENTER would like to thank those who make the Review Santa Fe programs possible: The Gumbo Foundation, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the City of Santa Fe Arts & Culture Department, New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Mexico Humanities Council, the Turchin Center for Visual Arts, form & concept, and Modern Postcard.