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.

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.

Following your requests we have invited specialists in curating and balancing personal and commerical practices, Lau Ching-Ping, Chair of Hong Kong International Photo Festival, and portrait and fashion photographer Lauren Maccabee along with Redeye's Director Paul Herrmann. Please keep your suggestions coming, we find them very helpful!

Who is it for?

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.



Lau Ching-Ping lives in Hong Kong and works on education, design and photography. He was a co-founder of photo-art magazine 'Dislocation', guest lecturer of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong, HKU Space, HK Art School, Lumenvisum, HK Heritage Museum and M+ Museum. Ching-Ping was the winner of the prestigious WYNG Master Award AIR Project. He is the current chair of Hong Kong International Photo Festival.


Lauren Maccabee is a London based photographer, who shoots fashion, lifestyle and documentary. Her work is notable for the crossover between portraiture and fashion, with a focus on youth culture. With a strong interest in the colour and narrative, Lauren's work feels both honest and playful. Her clients include Nike, Stella McCartney, Telegraph Magazine and the Financial Times.


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. 



We have slots with all of the reviewers available between 2-7pm on Monday the 10th May. 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. 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. 

Any suggestions?

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

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.

Main image © Lauren Maccabee.

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