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.

At this month's critique we are pleased to welcome guest reviewers Erik Knudsen, Alicia Hart and Sebah Chaudhry in addition to Redeye's Director Paul Herrmann. 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.



Sebah Chaudhry is a Freelance Creative Producer experienced in working at international world class festivals, projects and events. She is currently Community Engagement Officer on Tape Letters, and Co-Founder and Co-Director of ReFramed, a photographic based visual arts network based in the Midlands. Sebah is an avid networker and an advocate for the promotion of emerging artists, particularly Black, Asian and people of colour, encouraging both artists and others to get involved in the art scene. From 2013 — 2017, Sebah was the Festival Coordinator at FORMAT Festival, the UK’s largest contemporary photography festival. She was a key member in the delivery of the biennial, working on exhibitions, events, the UK’s largest portfolio review and other FORMAT projects in the UK and internationally. She has previously worked with Photo Beijing; Unseen Platform, Amsterdam; Kasselfotobook Festival; Fotofestiwal, Łódz; Rhubarb-Rhubarb, Birmingham; Dong Gang, South Korea and Fotofest, Houston.


Alicia Hart is the director of a production company called Hart Productions and a senior lecturer at Manchester School of Art. She has twenty years experience within photography and the arts. Her expertise spans many photographic disciplines: editorial as a photo editor, art buyer and advertising producer. She has worked as a photo editor and producer, working with leading photographers, magazines and publications including the Royal Opera House, The Face, Arena Homme Plus, The Sunday Telegraph, FT Weekend and Wallpaper* Magazine. Alicia has worked with some of the countries leading creative agencies creating and producing campaigns including AMV BBDO, Show Media and Wallpaper Bespoke with brands such as The Mayor of London’s Office, BT, Graff Diamonds, British Airways and The National lottery.  Alicia also has a Masters degree in photography from the Royal College of Art.​


Erik Knudsen is a filmmaker, Professor of Media Practice and Faculty Director of Research in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries at UCLan. Alongside his current role, Erik is also Visiting Professor, and the former Head of the Editing Department, at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Cuba. He writes extensively about creative film practice and his latest book, Finding The Personal Voice In Filmmaking, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. He runs his own film production company, One Day Films Ltd. In his personal practice Erik has exhibited and published photography, for example his photographic essay Cuba in Waiting was exhibited at the Cervantes Institute in Manchester (2013) and Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax (2014) and is available as a book. His latest work, Doubt, is a photographic and poetic book, combined with a film. This work had its opening exhibition in Manchester, United Kingdom, during January 2018 and has also been exhibited at Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax.


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.


Layla Sailor is an artist and educator based between Manchester and Hong Kong. After completing a degree in photography at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, Sailor has continued to combine commercial fashion photography with fine art and film, Her work is inspired by cinema and religious iconography and she creates dreamlike, surrealist images that reference traditional crafts, humour, sexuality and politics. She previously taught Fashion Film and Communication at ZJFIT, and selected clients include British Council, SHOWstudio, Charlotte Tilbury, Absolut, Whitney Port, Boohoo, Forever Unique and Simply Be, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester School of Art.



We have slots with all of the reviewers available between 4-7pm on Monday the 5th October. 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. 

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.



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