4-7pm on Monday the 10th October 2022
Get informal advice on your projects and career during 1-1s with specialists in photography. Our regular Critique Surgeries are a supportive and welcoming space to share your work and get feedback and inspiration for continuting to improve in every way.
This series will be conducted online for the foreseeable future as one-to-one Zoom meetings.
Our reviewers have wide-ranging expertise across the photography sector, and you can book a Critique Surgery session with one or more of them to discuss the aspects of your practice or business that require some guidance or support. Please read the reviewer biographies carefully and think about which reviewer's expertise might benefit you the most.
For our September session, we have visual artist and director of Black Country Visual Arts, Anand Chhabra. Documentary photographer and lecturer, Giya Makondo-Wills. And leader in photography Paul Herrmann. You may book on with any of these creatives for some feedback, advice or support. For Redeye members, the first session is free of charge. Subsequent sessions are £20 each. For non-members, each session is £20.
Giya Makondo-Wills (b.1994) is a British-South African documentary photographer. Her work looks at identity, race, colonisation, the western gaze and systems of power. She holds a BA (hons) and a MA in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales (formerly Newport). As of 2021 she is also a teacher on the Photography BA programme at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK). She lives and works between the U.K and The Netherlands.
She was nominated for the 2019 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and in 2018 selected as one of the '31 women to watch out for' by the British Journal of Photography.
She has exhibited in Lagos, Johannesburg, Dusseldorf, Milan and Paris as well as widely within the UK. Featured in several ‘graduate of the year’ profiles, she has won an IFOR documentary photography award and been shortlisted for other prizes.
Her work has been published in the British Journal of Photography, Royal Photographic Society journal, It’sNiceThat, Unseen Magazine and Source Photographic Review amongst others.
Her first photobook 'They Came From The Water While The World Watched' is available to order by The Lost Light Recordings.
Anand Chhabra is a co-founder, director and the incumbent Chair at Black Country Visual Arts (2014) and also co-founded ReFramed, the first Black & Asian photographers' network in the Midlands in 2020. Anand Chhabra’s photographic works centres on transnational migration, belonging, displacement, history, personal and archival memory.
In 2018 Anand was shortlisted for Magnum Foundation’s Photography in Collaboration: Migration and Religion and was nominated for Prix Pictet 2019 for his personal photographic work SUPNAA: Dreams of our Fathers. The work was recently exhibited during FORMAT ’21 Festival. Anand recently worked on Historic England’s project Picturing Lockdown in the Midlands as one of ten regional photographers in the UK responding to the Covid pandemic. As part of ReFramed on their first project (May 2020) Anand has been mentoring other BIPOC artists but also working to tell the stories of the Black & Asian community who have been disproportionately affected by Covid.
Paul Herrmann is an organiser and leader in photography. He is director of Redeye and of The Photographic Collections Network, an equivalent to Redeye for photography specialists, archivists, scholars and historians. He has started and steered a range of projects, and brought people together, in photography and the arts, and is also currently a co-chair of whatnextculture.co.uk. His background is as an editorial photographer working with not-for-profit organisations. Paul has two decades of experience of mentoring and advising photographers, with a particular focus on helping photographers develop their businesses, find new markets and make new contacts, and build a balanced career that mixes income generation with meaningful and satisfying work. He has supported many photographers to start new, often collaborative, projects and businesses; and is also happy to feed back on your work and ideas generally.
Who is it for?
The Critique Surgeries are designed to be informal sessions for photographers who are looking for feedback and advice. Maybe you are struggling for inspiration, have hit a dead end with your latest project or you simply want advice on where, or who, to show your work to.
These sessions are designed to be friendly and supportive, and can be used to prepare your portfolio for an upcoming review or competition. Redeye welcomes photographers at all levels and at all career stages. Find out more information on our FAQs page.
We have slots with all of the reviewers available between 4-7pm on Monday the 10th October 2022. Please choose your preferred thirty-minute slot at the time of booking. We recommend you arrive 5 minutes before your designated slot to ensure that the tech is all working.
Online! Critique Surgeries sell out quickly so please book as soon as possible to secure your place.
We will then be in touch with everyone who has registered with the meeting code and password. You will need an internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet. This event will take place over Zoom but you don't need an account to join in.
You can book one or more sessions (each with a different reviewer). For Redeye members, the first session is free of charge. Subsequent sessions are £20 each. For non-members, each session is £20. You can join Redeye as a member from £4 per month or £2.50 a month for concessions.
Due to no-shows at previous Critique Surgeries we now have to charge Redeye Members a £20 deposit per review to secure your booked slot(s). You will then be refunded to the same bank account as you used to book. The refund is normally processed within three working days. If as a member you would like to book multiple reviews you can book as usual and we will refund £20 for your first review.
Please book onto a specific thirty-minute time slot (or slots). Slots will be visible once you have clicked the ticket link below (before you have to pay).
Space and slots are very limited so if you are unable to attend your appointment please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
***Please send through anything you would like me to send to your reviewer ahead of your session, for example: your website, your instagram page, a PDF of your work, etc.***
The Critique Surgeries are a regular feature of our events programme, with surgeries every few months. Hosting them online gives us the opportunity to reach reviewers who are located based outside the region or even internationally. If you have any suggestions for reviewers please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note about the pricing
These Critique Surgeries are expensive for Redeye to produce; we pay the reviewers for their work. The £20 fee is somewhat below cost price so please make the most of your time and give us as much warning as you can if you are not able to attend. Although we don't normally offer refunds for cancellations less than 14 days before an event, if you have to cancel and we are able to fill your cancelled slot we can then refund you.