Top photographers to cast their expert eyes over portfolios at Format sessions
PHOTOGRAPHERS are being given the chance to have their work reviewed by an expert in the field.
As part of Quad's Format festival, professional, graduate and non-professional photographers can sign up for portfolio review slots with some of the world's best photographers.
More than 40 international experts from 15 countries will be available to review work at the festival, which is launched next week. This will be the biggest portfolio review Format will have hosted to date and the biggest international portfolio review in the country.
Victoria Wilcox, picture editor at the Derby Telegraph, will be among the reviewers.
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She said: "This event is a really amazing opportunity for anyone wanting to make a career out of photography, or just for people who love to take photographs and want to improve their work.
"There's no better place for professionals, graduates and even non-professionals to get some constructive criticism on their photographs and learn from some of the best in the field.
"It's not an opportunity photographers get very often and I'd encourage anyone to take advantage of it."
Other reviewers who have slots available include Angela Ferreira, the director and curator of the Portuguese Photo festival Encontros da Imagem, and Erik Vroons, chief editor of international photography magazine GUP.
Also reviewing is Olivier Laurent, the news and online editor for the British Journal of Photography, and Rebecca McClelland, photography editor of the New Statesman.
People interested can choose ten reviewers and will have slots with five, on a first come, first served basis. The day will include five reviews of 20 minutes each, between 9.30am and 3.45pm this Saturday. Those who have their work reviewed are also open to win prizes and get discounts on photography websites. The five reviews cost a total of £195.
Following the reviews, photographers have chance to submit their work to the Portfolio Factory, which will take place in the late afternoon, where members of the public, reviewers and VIP guests will walk around, talk to the photographers and view the work.
Format festival is one of the UK's leading festivals for contemporary photography, hosted and organised by Quad and the University of Derby. It takes place from March 8 until April 7 across various venues in Derby.
To book a portfolio review, contact Sebah Chaudhry on Derby 285423, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.formatfestival. com/events/portfolio -reviews.