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DATES
24 June & 25 June 2019
VENUE
Benaki Museum / Pireos138
NUMBER OF REVIEWS
8 reviews, 20 minutes each

The Athens Photo Festival’s international Portfolio Reviews offer a meeting space that promotes networking and exchange among international experts and photographers at all levels. 25 museum directors and curators, festival directors, publishers, editors, and other industry professionals from different countries gather in Athens to meet in person with registered photographers and to provide advice and constructive feedback in a supporting environment.

The one-on-one review meetings will take place on Monday and Tuesday 24-25 June 2019 at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138 in Athens. Photographers can register for eight 20-minute individual sessions. The reviewers will award the “Best Portfolios” and the winners will have the chance to exhibit at the Athens Photo Festival 2020.

Reviewers Selection
Participating photographers will be given the opportunity to select the reviewers they want to meet. The organisation will do the best to schedule them with as many of their preferences as possible. A preference request form listing all of the reviewers will be sent, once the registration process is completed.

Benefits
As a registered photographer you receive:
• Minimum of 8 scheduled meetings.
• The portfolios that reviewers voted as their favorite will be exhibited as part of the Athens Photo Festival 2020.
• 40 photographers will have the opportunity for a 12-month presence on APhF:Connections, a by-invitation-only online platform, to showcase their work as well as introduce them to 100+ important people in the field of photography, who are interested in discovering photographers from around the globe.
• Networking opportunities with your peers.
• Admission to the main exhibition and a free catalogue of the Athens Photo Festival 2019.

Submit your portfolio for free
Applicants must fill in the application form, available on the website, along with their portfolio and a short project description. Registration fee for the selected photographers is €100 for eight 20-minute sessions with eight reviewers.

During the meetings photographers are allowed to show to experts multiple series of work, but only one project must be submitted in the process of registration. The number of participants is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Schedule
Monday and Tuesday, 24-25 June, 2019. The Portfolio Reviews are divided into four time blocks over two days – each day from 10am to 1pm and 2:30pm to 5pm.

Meet your reviewers

Mirjam Kooiman

Curator, FOAM, Netherlands

Mirjam Kooiman is an art historian and curator at Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam, where she was responsible for a number of exhibitions with artists such as Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, Ai Weiwei, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Daisuke Yokota, Awoiska van der Molen, Samuel Gratacap, amongst others. In 2017 she initiated a series of collaborations with photography platforms in Mexico, Nigeria and Indonesia in Foam’s project space Foam 3h, in order to create an exchange of cultural knowledge on photography discourses worldwide. She is currently researching how photography can relate to virtual realities, gaming and online experiences. Mirjam holds a BA in Art History and a MA in Museum Curating from the University of Amsterdam, with a special interest in postcolonial approaches in the arts and museum studies. She previously served as a curator-in-training at the photography collection of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. She has written for L'Internationale, Something We Africans Got, Migrant Journal, and she is a regular contributor to Foam Magazine.
Mirjam Kooiman
Curator, FOAM, Netherlands

Xavier Canonne

Director, La Musée de la Photographie, Belgium

Art historian graduated from the “Université Libre de Bruxelles” (Belgium) and Doctor of Art History and Archeology from the “Sorbonne” (Paris I) with a thesis devoted to Surrealism in Belgium (1950-1993), Xavier Canonne managed his career in several field of activities between passion and professionalism: as an author, an artist, a publisher, an art history (cinema) professor, as Curator and Director.
1986 - as Publisher of Marées de la Nuit specialized in surrealism and avant-garde
1987-2000 - as Manager of the collection of the Province de Hainaut
1987-2002 - as President for the advisory Commission of Plastic Arts of the French Community.
1987 -Now - as Lecturer in Art History at the High School of Plastic and Visual Arts in Mons.
March 2000 - as Director of the Photography Museum of the French Community in Charleroi.
2004 - as Commissioner of the Sao Paulo Biennial (Brazil) for the French Community where the photographs Christine Felten and Véronique Massinger were presented
Nov. 2006 - as Author of the book Surrealism in Belgium 1924-2000 published by the Mercator Fund in Brussels (Fr-D-E) and Actes Sud, Arles
2007 - Commissioner of the exhibition Surrealism in Belgium in the Fine Arts Museum in Mons-BAM
2009 - as Author of “Looking at the U.S. – 1957-1986”, Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss (published by Mets & Schilt, Amsterdam, 2009)
2010 - as Author of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Requiem pour un homme seul. Le Samouraï
2015 - as Curator of the exhibition Surrealism in Belgium. The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie (Naples-Florida)
2015 - as Author of the catalogue The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie (Marot publisher, 2015)
2017 - as Curator of the exhibition René Magritte. The Revealing images, Morwell Australia
2017 - as Author of the book René Magritte. The Revealing images (Ludion publisher, 2017)
2018 - as Curator of the exhibition René Magritte. The Revealing images, Hong Kong, Taikoo Place
©Ingrid Hulsmans
Xavier Canonne
Director, La Musée de la Photographie, Belgium

Nathalie Herschdorfer

Director, Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland

Nathalie Herschdorfer is a curator and art historian specializing in the history of photography. She is Director of the Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland (www.mbal.ch), where she has organized many important photography shows for the last 4 years, including Alex Prager, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Vik Muniz, Todd Hido, Garry Winogrand and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She has also been working as a curator with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP / www.fep-photo.org) for several years, working specifically on projects dedicated to fashion photography. Previously, she was a curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne (Switzerland), where she worked on major exhibitions, including Face: the Death of the Portrait, and retrospectives of Edward Steichen, Leonard Freed, Ray K. Metzker or Valérie Belin. She is the author of several books, among them The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography, Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast, Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past, and New Swiss Architecture (all published by Thames & Hudson). Her most recentpublication, Body: The Photography Book includes the works of more than 175 contemporary photographers.
Nathalie Herschdorfer
Director, Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland

Jim Casper

Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder, LensCulture, Netherlands

Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of LensCulture (www.lensculture.com), one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world.
LensCulture is always looking to discover creative people who are using the visual language of photography with fluency and confidence. Started in 2004, LensCulture has grown into a global photography network and online magazine celebrating current trends of contemporary photography as it is used in art, media, politics, commerce and popular culture worldwide. Today, LensCulture reaches an audience of more than 3 million (in over 140 countries) every month.
Jim is an active member in the international photography community. He travels frequently to meet with photographers and review their portfolios, curates art exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as a juror and nominator for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations. He lives and works in Amsterdam.
Jim Casper
Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder, LensCulture, Netherlands

Nela Eggenberger

Chief Editor, EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, Austria

Nela Eggenberger studied Art History at the University of Vienna. Since 2013 she is Chief Editor of EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art. In this position she curated various group shows in Vienna and Berlin, among them exhibitions for Künstlerhaus 1050, KUNST HAUS WIEN and BAWAG PSK Contemporary. In 2016 she edited EIKON’s jubilee publication 5 x 5. Photo Tracks, which includes contributions by David Bate, Linde B. Lehtinen, Steffen Siegel, Abigail Solomon-Godeau and Urs Stahel. In 2017 she initiated the Europe-wide EIKON Award (45+) under the patronage of VALIE EXPORT, which is dedicated to women photographers and media artists aged 45 years and older. She frequently participates in art fairs and photo festivals around Europe and the United States.
Nela Eggenberger
Chief Editor, EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, Austria

Hercules Papaioannou

Curator, MoMus - Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece

Born in 1962, Hercules Papaioannou studied Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Photography at the New York University (Master of Arts). He is a Doctor of Photography at the Department of Journalism and Mass Media of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His photographic work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Since 1994 he has been an organizing member of Photosynkyria, the annual Thessaloniki International Photography Festival and since 2001 he has been working at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography. In 2006 he was Artistic Director of Photosynkyria. Over the past fifteen years, he has published a large number of texts, essays and reviews for photography, and has edited a large number of historical and contemporary exhibitions in Greece and abroad, in collaboration with museums and art institutions. He has worked for ten years in photographic education and has translated works for Villem Flusser's photo, Susan Sontag, Ian Jeffrey. He was the director of MoMus - the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography during the period 2016-2018.

http://www.thmphoto.gr/

Hercules Papaioannou
Curator, MoMus-Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece

Moshe Rosenzveig

Founder & Creative Director, Head On, Australia

Moshe Rosenzveig OAM is the founder and Creative Director of Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s premier photographic event and a world’s leading photography festival.
Moshe has over 40 years’ experience in the media as a photojournalist, award-winning television producer/director (SBS TV) and commercial photographer. Moshe has held lecturing positions at the University of Technology (UTS), the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and others. Moshe has sat on judging panels for many competitions including The Walkleys, Tokyo Photography Prize, Sydney’s Art & About and is the lead judge for Head On Photo Awards.
Moshe received an Order of Australia Medal for services to the arts.
Moshe Rosenzveig
Founder & Creative Director, Head On, Australia

Emilia van Lynden

Independent Consultant & Board Member of Unseen, Netherlands

Emilia van Lynden is an Art Consultant specialised in contemporary photography with a focus on talent development and the photography market. Having worked with an array of artists, gallerists, collectors, curators and critics, she has a vast amount of knowledge concerning the recent developments taking place within the photographic medium and market. Up until April 2019, she was the Artistic Director of Unseen, the leading platform for contemporary photography, where she set and managed the artistic vision and programming. In addition to this, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the biannual publication Unseen Magazine from 2015 to 2019.
© Sophie Wright
Emilia van Lynden
Independent Consultant & Board Member of Unseen, Netherlands

Dusan Smodej

Managing Director, Fotopub Festival & Association for Contemporary Culture, Slovenia

Dušan Josip Smodej is a producer, artist and curator, living between Prague and Ljubljana. In 2014, during his photography studies at FAMU Prague, he took over Fotopub Festival, in which he still holds the position of Managing Director. Fotopub, one of the best projects of 2016 by The British Journal of Photography, generates links between the freshest artistic activity and its wider cultural context, focusing on emerging artists in a need of a platform for independent research, experimentation and practice, forming a multigenerational initiative for interdisciplinary cultural integration.

http://www.fotopub.com

Dusan Smodej
Managing Director, Fotopub Festival, Slovenia

Ann-Christin Bertrand

Curator, C/O Berlin Foundation, Germany

Ann-Christin Bertrand is curator at C/O Berlin responsible for young, contemporary art positions as well as for questions about the future of the medium. She has curated several exhibitions together with emerging artists including Peter Puklus, Viktoria Binschtok, Broomberg & Chanarin and Torbjørn Rødland. She also has curated several group exhibitions, including WATCHED! Surveillance Art & Photography, Optical Illusions – Contemporary Still Life Photography and Back to the Future – The 19th Century in the 21st Century. In addition, she is regularly lecturing at Universities such as Aalto University
of Arts & Design Helsinki, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, as well as Folkwang University of Arts Essen, and also is a guest lecturer in the Photography Master Program “Augmented Photography” at ECAL Lausanne, Switzerland.
© David von Becker
Ann-Christin Bertrand
Curator, C/O Berlin Foundation, Germany

Andreas Müller-Pohle

Artist & Publisher, European Photography, Germany

Andreas Müller-Pohle is a Berlin-based media artist and the founder, publisher and editor of European Photography, the independent art magazine for international contemporary
photography celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. He has published the major works by media philosopher Vilém Flusser, including the seminal Philosophy of Photography, which has been translated into 25 languages, and has been a visiting professor and lecturer at numerous institutions in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Andreas is interested in all types of projects dealing with our contemporary condition in a fresh and innovative way, regardless of theme, subject or style. He will review together with Jhoane BaternaPateña, photographer and Research & Documentation Editor at European Photography.
Andreas Müller-Pohle
Artist & Publisher, European Photography, Germany

Mona Schubert

Curator Assistant, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Mona Schubert is assistance curator at Fotomuseum Winterthur. Prior to joining the Fotomuseum, she was a research assistant for Herta Wolf, professor for history and theory of photography at the University of Cologne from 2013 to 2018, where she is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate working on the topic “(Re-)construction of a medium. Photography at documenta 6”. Her research interests include photography in the 19th century, photographic practices after 1945 as well as post-photography.
© Ivan Engler
Mona Schubert
Curator Assistant, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Lydia Dorner

Curator Assistant, Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland

Lydia Dorner is an Assistant Curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. Having graduated with degrees in Art History and French Literature, her early years at the museum were spent assisting the curatorial team on several major exhibitions. She currently focuses on curating exhibitions on contemporary photographers and her research interests include the relationship between text and image, family photography and the re-appropriation of art historical icons.
© Matthieu Gafsou
Lydia Dorner
Curator Assistant, Musée de l’Elysée,  Switzerland

Daniel Blochwitz

Artistic Director, Photo Basel, Switzerland

Daniel Blochwitz (*1973) is a photography specialist working as curator, artistic director, educator, publicist and advisor. He is also a visual artist and has exhibited internationally. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Photography (with a minor in German Literature and Film) from the University of Florida in 2003. Afterwards, he attended the postgraduate Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum in New York.

Blochwitz has been an independent photo curator since 2015. In addition, he is artistic director of photo basel, the first and only art fair in Switzerland dedicated to photography and related media. Previously, he has worked for contemporary and photography galleries in New York and Zurich for more than a decade.

He lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

Daniel Blochwitz
Artistic Director, Photo Basel, Switzerland

Christina Androulidaki

Director, CAN gallery, Greece

Christina Androulidaki completed a BA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London, an MSc in History, Theory and Display at the University of Edinburgh and is the former director of AD gallery. She has completed a research project in constructing and installing large scale works of art in public spaces and has curated a number of exhibitions. She also established CAN gallery in 2012, an Athens-based art gallery focused on contemporary art. The gallery supports young talent and works closely with curators, institutions and collectors with a philosophy of producing and presenting thoughtful, exciting, innovative work and thought.
Christina Androulidaki
Director, Can gallery, Greece

Eyal Landesman

Director, PHOTO IS:RAEL Festival, Israel

Eyal Landesman is an artist, social activist, founder and artistic director of the Israeli Photography Festival. His works have been published in many magazines and have been exhibited around the world. His works include motion art (Her Morning Elegance -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_HXUhShhmY) which was nominated for the 2010 Grammy award, in the video clip category. It was screened at Cannes Lion Festival, L.A. Film Festival, contemporary film festival at the Centre Pompidou and SXSW. In 2006 Harvard University purchased the archive of his works. In 2009 he founded The Israeli Photography Festival, A 14 day’s unique and independent international festival, which exhibits contemporary photography and deals with social issues using the language of photography. He has been its artistic director ever since. In 2015 Landesman became a mentor at TecnoArt - Startup incubator for arts, culture and media technologies. In 2016 he became nominator for the international Prix Pictet.

http://www.photographyfestival.co.il/en

Eyal Landesman
Director, PHOTO IS:RAEL Festival, Israel

Natasha Christia

Independent Curator & Writer, Spain

Natasha Christia is a freelance curator, writer and educator based in Barcelona. She is also a collection consultant and a dealer specialized in fine art photography and photobooks. Her research focuses on the exploration and reinvention of dominant narratives through a novel reading of archival collections, the intersection of photography, film and the photobook, and the dialogue between 20th century avant-garde photography and contemporary forms of expression often labelled as post-photography.

Christia was the artistic director of the fourth edition of DocField Documentary Photography Festival 2016, which was launched under the theme “Europe: Lost in Translation”. She has curated various exhibitions, among them “Uncensored Books” (Belgrade Photomonth/April 2017, Minimum Studio/Palermo-June 2017), “AMORE: An Unfinished Trilogy by Valentina Abenavoli” (Void / Athens Photo Festival, June 2017), Dragana Jurisic: “My Own Unknown” (Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris November 2017), “Reversiones” (Centro de la Imagen, Mexico DF, November 2017-March 2018) and Lukas Birk: “Travelogue Sammlung” (Belgrade Photomonth 2018).

Since 2008, she has been teaching in photography schools in Spain and abroad. She regularly contributes essays on photography criticism for international publications and for artists. She was the guest editor of OjodePez magazine 41: “Self Calling” and guest-editor at the Read or die Publishing Fair in Barcelona (November 2015), exploring the topic “The Book: on Endless Possibilities”.

www.natashachristia.com

Natasha Christia
Independent Curator & Writer, Spain

Manolis Moresopoulos

Director, Athens Photo Festival, Greece

Born in 1980, Manolis Moresopoulos has been directing the Athens Photo Festival and the Hellenic Centre for Photography since 2011.

http://www.photofestival.gr/about

Manolis Moresopoulos
Director, Athens Photo Festival, Greece

Dusan Kochol

Director, OFF_festival Bratislava, Slovakia

Dušan Kochol founded and now directs and curates a photographic festival in Bratislava. The OFF_Festival Bratislava is held simultaneously with the Month of Photography and it enriches its program with a platform for fresh talents of the photography scene. For the ninth year, the mission of the event remains to provide a large-scale platform for the presentation and promotion of new artists working with the medium of photography. “As a director and chief curator of OFF_Festival Bratislava, I am always looking for new or emerging photographic talents for possible future collaborations.”

Dušan Kochol graduated in Promotional Art Design from the School of Applied Arts, attended photography courses at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and London College of Fashion. The Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees were completed at the Institute of Creative Photography, Silesian University in Czech Republic. As a contemporary artist, his projects have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. In 2016 he was presented with the Photographer of the Year award for the significant contribution to the quality, development and promotion of Slovak photography at home and abroad and the following year Kochol became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

http://www.offfestival.sk

Dusan Kochol
Director, OFF_festival Bratislava, Slovakia

Sarah Gilbert

Features Picture Editor, Guardian News and Media, UK

Sarah Gilbert is a photo editor at the Guardian with specific responsibility for features. She spent the previous three years based in NYC as the US picture editor, and is highly experienced in commissioning and producing all types of photo shoots including portraits, news, reportage, fashion and lifestyle across print and digital platforms.
Previously she was a freelance editor working with various publications and a stint as a picture editor for Conde Nast.

Sarah's specific areas of interest are reportage and projects based around social issues.

http://www.theguardian.com

Sarah Gilbert
Features Picture Editor, Guardian News and Media, UK

Alexis Vasilikos

Editor, Phases Magazine, Greece

Alexis Vasilikos is an Athens-based fine art photographer and the co-editor of Phases magazine, an online publication that focuses on international contemporary photography. He is represented by CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery.

http://www.phasesmag.com

Alexis Vasilikos
Editor, Phases Magazine, Greece

Erik Vroons

Editor at Large, GUP magazine, Netherlands

Erik Vroons (1976, The Netherlands) is Editor-at-large of the international photography magazine GUP. From 2010-2015, he functioned as Chief Editor for GUP (X-Publishers). Furthermore, since 2012, he is closely involved with the production of, and the selection procedure for, the annual catalog New Dutch Photography Talent (X-Publishers). In recent years, he also initiates exhibitions of New Dutch Photography Talent, in the form of groupshows at festivals and galleries around the world (e.g. Artsalon Taipei/2017; BredaPhoto/ 2018 and Paraty em Foco, Brazil/2018).

As a freelance writer/critic Erik has also contributed texts to other international print magazines (e.g. British Journal of Photography, 1000Words) and blogs (e.g, World Press Photo's 'Witness'), and he has been closely involved in the editing of the photobook 'Ich Bin Waldviertel' (Schilt, 2018) by multiple-World Press Photo Winner, Carla Kogelman - a publication for which he also wrote the introducing essay, as he did for 'Mukono' (X-Publishers, 2018) by emerging autonomous photographer Bastiaan Woudt. Previously, Erik has collaborated closely on several projects with Ahmet Polat (Infinity Award: Young Photographer Winner 2006), as researcher and author.

Erik is furthermore active for World Press Photo (leading a fact-checking team for the annual awards, in January) and several Dutch organizations concerned with the stimulation of photography. He is also a mentor in the field of creative authorship and the development of (documentary) projects, in the form of workshops. He is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and holds an MA in Photographic Studies (University Leiden) and an MA in Media Studies (University of Amsterdam).

Erik Vroons
Editor at Large, GUP magazine, Netherlands

VOID

Independent publishing house, Greece

Founded in October 2016, Void is a non-profit organization engaged in alternative publishing, exhibitions and education.

Focused on photography, Void has an alternative approach to it, exploring unorthodox design, communication and printing techniques to promote the medium.

Void has collaborated with international photographers and institutions like Athens Photo Festival , National Museum of Contemporary Art of Athens, Hydra, Gomma Books & Grant, Istanbul Photobook Festival, Lucy Art Residency, LensCulture, PHmuseum among others.

Most recently published projects are books by Antoine d’Agata, Olivier Pin-Fat, Bérangère Fromont, Leif Sandberg, and ‘Hunger’, a newspaper by various artists as Tereza Zelenkova, JH Engström, and Joan Fontcuberta.

Void's creative team is João Linneu, Sylvia Sachini & Myrto Steirou

Void, Tousa Mpotsari 20, 11741

VOID
Independent publishing house, Greece

Apostolos Zerdevas

Educator & Associate Curator of Athens Photo festival, Greece

Was born in Athens. He studied photography in Focus school of photography and obtained a Masters in fine art form Chelsea College of art and design. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, in art spaces and museums such as. The DESTE Foundation, the Hellenic American Union, the ICA, London the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art. From 2003 he is working at Focus School of Photography and he is a director of studies since 2010.
He works as an associate curator of Athens Photo Festival since 2016 and has curated more than 10 exhibitions for Athens Photo Festival satellite and Main Program.
Apostolos Zerdevas
Educator & Associate Curator of Athens Photo Festival, Greece