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CENTER’s premier juried portfolio review event, Review Santa Fe, 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 21st year in 2022. The conference programs include portfolio reviews with esteemed reviewers, Project Presentations, The Democratic Lens: Photography & Civic Engagement Scholar Lectures, and more.

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, the in-person programming is subject to change as CENTER reserves the right to make the necessary changes based on the latest studies and updates regarding the COVID-19 virus and its variants to ensure the safety of its staff, participants, and public.

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 | CENTER acknowledges those who came before us, the ancestral stewards of the land and territories we now occupy in New Mexico. We are grateful to create programming and events in this sacred place that has been cared for by many generations of people who came before us. Acoma Pueblo (Sky City), Cochiti Pueblo, Isleta Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Laguna Pueblo, Mescalero, Apache Tribe, Nambe Pueblo, Navajo Nation (Dineh), Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Picuris Pueblo, Pojoaque Pueblo, Sandia Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Santa Ana Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, Tesuque Pueblo, Zia Pueblo, and the Zuni Pueblo. Many people who occupied the New Mexico territory are not federally recognized or documented. With that in mind, we would like to also recognize all stewards of the land, including those unknown to us.

The full 2022 event schedule and programs are to be announced. Please check back for this information.


This program stands out amongst 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 to participate in Review Santa Fe. It is a blind judging process and all 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.

View the 2022 Selection Committee Statements.


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.

2022 Reviewers | 2021 Reviewers


WHEN: November 18, 2022, 5:30-8:00pm
WHERE: Farmer’s Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501
HOW: Free & Open to the Public

The Review Santa Fe Photo Walk & 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 will be invited to showcase newly released publications for sale.


WHEN: November 2022
WHERE: Hosted Online
HOW: Free & Open to the Public

Highlighting excellence and innovative contributions to the field each year with the annual awards and project grants, the CENTER Award and Grant recipients are selected by a blind jury comprised of new image professionals each year.

Moderated by Holly Stuart Hughes, independent editor, writer, and grant consultant, the winning artists will discuss exploring interior spaces, the representation of inner lives, their inventive use of landscapes, and the rarely seen places in projects exploring ecology, personal and collective history, and artistic self-expression. Watch the 2021 recorded event.


WHEN: November, 20, 2022, 10am-2pm
WHERE: La Fonda on the Plaza, Lumpkins Ballroom
HOW: Free & Open to the 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 the first lectures will include scholars Kymberly Pinder Ph.D., Dean, Yale School of Art, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator Emerita, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Laura Wexler, Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University, followed by a Q&A with the audience moderated by Will Wilson, Head of the Department of Photography, Santa Fe Community College. Learn More


The 2021 Photo Symposium Seminars are 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 as well as the instructors. Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spaces available for the 2nd day.

Learn more:
Breaking Through: Editing for Impact with Christy Havranek, Photo Director from HuffPost & Stacy J. Platt, Founder of PhotoBook Addict; artist, writer, editor, & educator | Aug. 27 + 28
Preparing for Portfolio Reviews with Mary Anne Redding, Independent Curator, formerly at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts & the Marion Center for Photographic Arts; Review Santa Fe Portfolio Reviewer; CENTER Advisory Council Member | Sept. 17 + 18


WHEN: Thursday, October 14
WHERE: Hosted online through Zoom
HOW: Free & Open to the Public

CRITICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS IN PUBLISHING & EDITORIAL – CENTER and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) presents a panel conversation discussing the most important business practices for navigating the ever-shifting landscape of publishing and editorial industries. Panelists include Alyssa Coppelman, Deputy Art Director at Harper’s Magazine and Art Researcher for the Oxford American Magazine, Whitney Johnson, VP of Visuals & Immersive Experiences at National Geographic, and Thomas Maddrey, General Counsel and Head of National Content & Education for ASMP in conversation with Moderator Holly Stuart Hughes, Independent Editor, Writer, and Grant consultant. Learn More

OUTREACH & ADVOCACY: PUTTING IMAGES TO USE – Photographers passionately committed to social concerns will explain their strategies for using their visual storytelling as tools for advocacy, education, and empowerment. Panelists include Deborah Espinosa, CENTER Fiscal recipient, Peter Merts, CENTER Social Award recipient, and Meridel Rubenstein, CENTER Project Launch Grant Honorable Mention recipient in conversation with Moderator Holly Stuart Hughes, Independent Editor, Writer, and Grant consultant. Learn More


HurleyMedia Scholarship Award
Melissa Dale
Cosima Amelang
Devra Breslow
Evan Siegal
George & Karen Wzorek




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.

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