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 May session, we have curator, cultural producer and writer Cindy Sissokho, photography festival founder Jean-Christophe Godet and organiser 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.
Cindy Sissokho (France) is a curator, cultural producer and writer with a specific interest in intellectual, political and artistic aspects of decoloniality within the arts, and culture. Her curatorial practice is nurtured by the urgency to broaden and disseminate epistemologies and cultural production from racialized and systemically marginalized perspectives.
Recent exhibition projects include this is a love poem, (2021) curated at EXILE Gallery, Vienna for the international contemporary arts festival Curatedby (Austria) and Breaking Translation(s) (2021) an online exhibition for HANGAR, Lisbon (Portugal). Upcoming exhibition projects will be the curation of Black Tales, a multimedia sound installation by artists Mónica De Miranda and Xullaji for Refuge, the 4th edition of the Lagos Biennale 2023 (Nigeria).
Her practice is also informed through multiple formats of engagement such as talks and pedagogical workshops. Most recent activities were How to Articulate (A) Collective Gaze(s)? in collaboration with Fabián Villegas in 2020 for both Les Rencontres d'Arles (France) and HANGAR, Lisbon (Portugal).
She articulates and brings curatorial and theoretical reflections through writings including art reviews and interviews for Ocula, Terremoto, The Sole Adventurer, The Kitchen, NYC and Nka: The Contemporary African Art Journal, and publication commissions.
She also has a great interest in artist development and artistic consultancy that translate into frequent mentoring roles and portfolio reviews. The most recent being with the PhMuseum, Bologna (Italy) and the annual FORMAT Photography Festival, Derby (UK).
She currently works as a Curator and Special Projects Producer at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham (UK).
Normandy-born Jean-Christophe Godet is artistic director of the Guernesey Photography Festival, which he founded in 2010. The festival brings young talent and the greatest names in international photography together for a month of exhibitions, projections, debates, workshops and community events. Considered one of Guernesey’s leading cultural events, it ranks among Europe’s best photography festivals.
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 4-8pm on Monday the 30th May 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.
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.