Get informal advice on your projects and career during 1-1s with photographic specialists. Our regular Critique Surgeries are a supportive and welcoming space to share your work and get feedback and inspiration for continuing to improve the creative or business side of your photography.

This series will be conducted online for the foreseeable future on one-to-one Zoom meetings.

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.

For October's Crtitque Surgery we are thrilled to welcome acclaimed photographer Maryam Wahid, Clarissa Corfe from the Arts Council and Redeye's Paul Herrmann.



Maryam Wahid (b.1995, England) is an Artist that creates autobiographical work using photography and literature. Her work explores womanhood, memory, family and the notion of home and belonging.

Maryam's work has been awarded the Portrait of Britain 2018 by The British Journal of Photography, Magenta Flash Forward Award 2019 and the Format Reviewers Award 2020. She has also judged photography competitions for the Great British Photography Challenge (BBC) and for Hold Still 2020 (The National Portrait Gallery) alongside The Duchess of Cambridge.


Paul Herrmann is an organiser and leader in photography. He is director of Redeye, and also of The Photographic Collections Network, an equivalent to Redeye for anyone working with photographic collections or archives. He has started and steered a range of projects, and brought people together, in photography and the arts.

Paul can give advice on planning and career development for photographers, and many other aspects of your business such as commissions, sales, pitching and presenting, fundraising, contracts and copyright. If you have seen your work drop off or change due to the COVID-19 pandemic he can advise on rethinking your business model, and direct you towards other support that is available.


Clarissa Corfe is Contemporary Art Curator at Harris Museum & Art Gallery. She initiated and led on the commissioning of the application process that won the museum the Contemporary Art Society Award 2014 with internationally acclaimed artist Nathaniel Mellors. She has initiated and organised curatorial development trips to Istanbul, 2007, Berlin, 2008 and Havana 2012 for 31 North West based curators to meet Biennial curators and galleries, forging international links and partnerships. As a freelance curatorial consultant she has worked on artists’ professional development, organisational development as well as curatorial projects for Tatton Park Biennial, Barnaby Festival, Axis among others.

She was previously the Curator at Castlefield Gallery, where she was responsible for curating the exhibitions programme, working with national and international artists. In 2007 she undertook a 3-week research trip for the ATM08 to Taiwan and in 2008 was invited on the British Council China Curatorial development trip based on the strength of the ATM08 exhibition. In 2012 she stepped up to lead the strategic development of the exhibition policy, new website and Fundraising Auction as well as feeding into the re-branding of the gallery, based on her knowledge and experience of strategic development at ACE, EM. She has previously worked at Arts Council England where she was instrumental in initiating Sideshow and Format Photography Festival. She has also worked at Tate Liverpool, Lowry Centre and Liverpool Biennial.


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 4th October 2021. 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 the next working day. If 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 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 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.


Main Image used with permission of Maryam Wahid.

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