SlowExposures, the photography celebration in Pike County that focuses on images of the rural South, will offer its first photography portfolio review next month with an impressive panel including two luminaries from The New Yorker. Elizabeth Biondi, visuals editor at The New Yorker and the former director of photography at Vanity Fair, and Sylvia Plachy, a contributing photographer at The New Yorker and a former staff photographer for The Village Voice, will be among five esteemed reviewers evaluating portfolios on September 18 in Concord.
For $325 participants will have 20 minutes each with Biondi, Plachy, and three others sharing a wealth of insight and experience: New York curator and collector John Bennette; Elizabeth Turk, professor of photography at Savannah College of Art and Design; and Brett Levine, director of the Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The review session is open to all levels of photographers, from beginners seeking direction with their work to advanced photographers looking for placement in galleries, museums, or publications, said Nancy McCrary, co-director of the eighth annual SlowExposures.
“To participate in the review process, you have to be prepared to be vulnerable,” cautions Julian Cox, curator of photography at the High Museum of Art and a SlowExposures advisory board member. “The response could be very positive, it could be middle of the road, or it could be very negative. You have to be prepared for that reality. But it’s an accumulative thing. You’re getting a variety of perspectives.”
Cox, originally slated for the review panel, was replaced by Biondi after he announced plans last month to become founding curator of photography for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and chief curator of the de Young Museum.
Limited to 10 participants, the review session is more than halfway full, so register quickly on the SlowExposures website if you’re interested. Part of a weekend of exhibitions and events, the portfolio review will take place in the R.F. Strickland Building in Concord, a former mercantile building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For tips on preparing for the review, see the SlowExposures blog.
The SlowExposures photography portfolio review session will be held on Saturday, September 18, from 10AM to 4PM at the R.F. Strickland Building, at Railroad and McLendon streets in Concord.