Get informal advice on your career and photographic work during 30-minute one-to-one sessions with experts in the industry. At this month's critique, we welcome guest panellists Angela Sheard (Associate Curator and Programme Coordinator of Impressions Gallery, Bradford) and Howard Barlow (freelance photojournalist) alongside Paul Herrmann (Director of Redeye, the Photography Network).

These sessions are £20 for non-members and free for Redeye members (£20 deposit refunded on arrival).

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 to show your work. You might want advice on improving your work or to discuss career moves. These sessions are designed as a friendly alternative to portfolio reviews 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.

More about the reviewers:

Angela Sheard is Associate Curator and Programme Co-ordinator at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, one of the UK's leading public-funded spaces for contemporary photography. She completed her BA History of Art at the University of Manchester before joining Impressions. Over the past four years, she has overseen the delivery of exhibitions by photographers including Yan Preston, David Chancellor, Jon Tonks and Noel Bowler. In 2017, she curated Field Work, a survey of ten years of work by Liza Dracup, programmed to coincide with Impressions Gallery’s tenth anniversary in Bradford. She is currently working on a 2019 exhibition with internationally acclaimed photographer Mandy Barker examining the global impact of marine plastic debris.

Angela is interested in seeing critically-engaged bodies of work that are timely and relevant, and that will engage, move, or challenge viewers. She is open to subject matter, but is less interested in commercial work, given that Impressions does not sell prints.

Howard Barlow is a much sought after photojournalist. For over 35 years he has worked regularly for The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Independent. Howard has picked up numerous photographic awards including Newspaper Photographer Of The Year and Industrial Photographer of the Year. He began his career photographing the bands of the 70s and 80s with regular publications in NME, Melody Maker and Rolling Stone Magazine. His iconic images of The Ramones, Queen, Blondie and Iggy Pop are still regularly published around the world via Getty Images. In recent years his music commissions have included Elbow, Rufus Wainwright, Everything Everything and Foals. In March 2013, Howard was one of two judges for the British Institute Of Professional Photographers NW Photography Awards. In March 2015 Howard co-founded Tatton PR. In December 2017, Howard joined the Board of Redeye The Photography Network.

Howard is interested in seeing work at the Critique Surgery specifically from photojournalists who want advice on how to improve their photography or progress in the world of photojournalism or from freelance commercial photographers who want advice on running their own business.

Paul Herrmann is the Director of Redeye, current chair of The British Photographic Council, set up LOOK festival in Liverpool, and the Photographic Collections Network, the latter a knowledge exchange and advocacy network for anyone working with collections or archives. Paul is happy to discuss any aspect of work but specialises particularly in business models and career paths in photography, collaborative working, and the practical side of delivering creative projects.


30-minute slots are available on Monday 22 October from 6pm until 8pm. Please choose your preferred slot at the time of booking. Please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your designated slot.

This event takes place at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU. The venue is fully accessible. 

The Critique Surgeries are currently free for Redeye members. Price for non-members is £20 (the equivalent to five months membership if you decide to join instead). 

However please note that due to regular no-shows at previous critique surgeries, we will now be requiring a £20 deposit from members which will be taken at the time of booking and will be refunded to members when they arrive for their critique session. The fee for non-members will not be refunded. To find out more about becoming a member, head to our membership page

Space is limited so please book on to a specific time slot. If you are unable to attend your appointment, please let Charlie Booth know as soon as possible. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations requested after the Monday 15 October. The Critique Surgeries are a regular feature of our events programme, with surgeries every few months and in different locations across the country. If you would like Redeye to host a Critique Surgery in your city, please get in touch.

Please note our terms and conditions including our refund policy.

Photo Credit: Dani Blakeley


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