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 your photographic work.
This series, as with all our events, will be conducted online for the foreseeable future on one-to-one Zoom meetings.
Following your requests we have invited specialists in print sales, Jo Melvin, and publishing, Dewi Lewis. Please keep your suggestions coming, we find them very helpful.
Our reviewers have wide-ranging expertise across the photography sector, and you can book a Critique Surgery with one or more to discuss the aspects of your practice or business that require some guidance or support. Please read the reviewer bios carefully and think about which reviewer's expertise might benefit you the most.
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. Please look at the reviewers bios carefully to see who it would be best for you to speak to. 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.
Johanna Melvin is an artist and print specialist. For many years she worked at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, developing a new print programme, fund-raising for the gallery through the commissioning, production and sales of donated artworks. At Whitechapel Gallery, she worked with leading photographers, including Thomas Struth; Paul Graham; Gillian Wearing and Nan Goldin among others.
Jo’s wide-ranging experience gained during both these roles involved working with international curators, artists, print producers, art fairs and gallerists and provided a wealth of knowledge in matters such as exhibition display, artist liaison, editions production and protocol (print signing and certification etc) as well as customer-service and sales strategy. Other areas of expertise gained included conservation, framing, art-handling and matters relating to global mail-order and artwork shipping.
Dewi Lewis established his publishing house in 1994. Internationally known, its authors have included photographers such as Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Pentti Sammallahti, Paolo Pellegrin, Sergio Larrain, and Anders Petersen as well as many younger emerging photographers. He has worked in close collaboration with a number of European publishers and was a founding member of The European Publishers Award for Photography, which ran for 22 years until 2015.
An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, he was awarded the Society’s inaugural RPS Award for Outstanding Service to Photography in 2009. He has also received the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation award for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing and Dewi Lewis Publishing received PHotoEspana’s prize for Outstanding Publishing House of the Year in 2014.
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. His background is as an editorial photographer working with not-for-profit organisations for three decades. He talks, writes and advises on a range of business and professional issues in photography. Paul Herrmann gives advice on career development for photographer. You might be using this time to plan for the future, Paul can advise on long time career development. If you have seen most of your work drop off due to the COVID-19 pandemic he can advise on rethinking your business model, and direct you towards some of the support that is available.
We have slots with all of the reviewers available between 4-7pm on Monday the 18th January. 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.
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 let Rachael Burns know as soon as possible.
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 slightly 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.