Roundtable Review - Portland, May 10-12

We are pleased to announce the Roundtable Review, to be held May 10-12, 2012 at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon. 

The Roundtable Review is an opportunity for fine art photographers to present their portfolio to a panel of three reviewers at one time. This format allows for more dialog and problem solving about the work, as each reviewer brings a different perspective and different ideas.

The Roundtable Review is open to fine art photographers at any level. Sessions are available for twenty-five photographers, and sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant will have a 30-minute session with the three panelists and receive feedback on their work.  Participants may choose to do a second session for an additional fee.

Review sessions will be offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  In addition to the review, there will be several other photography events open to participants over the course of the weekend.  Jennifer Schwartz will be giving a presentation on the Crusade for Collecting on Thursday night at Newspace Center for Photography. On Friday night, Michael Itkoff will have a book signing at Ampersand Gallery & Bookshop for Daylight’s collection of essays, Photographs Not Taken.  Participants will also have an opportunity to participate in a portfolio walk on Saturday afternoon and attend an opening for “Gravitational Pull”, a photography show at Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, curated by Jennifer Schwartz.

The submission period begins March 9 and will close when all sessions are filled.

Guidelines for submission:

An artist bio, a short description of the work, and a link to a website to view the work (preferred) or 5-10 jpegs (100dpi and 6 inches at the longest dimension) sent in a zip folder (preferred) or as email attachments.

Email submissions to  

Accepted participants will be sent a PayPal invoice to pay for the review.  The cost of the review is $199. 

Receipt of payment confirms your participation, and you will receive an email with your session time and information on how to present your work at the review and what to bring.

Reviewer Schedule:

  • Thursday, May 10:  Jennifer Schwartz, Michael Itkoff and Christopher Bennett
  • Friday, May 11:  Jennifer Schwartz, Michael Itkoff and Laura Moya
  • Saturday, May 12:  Jennifer Schwartz, Michael Itkoff and Blue Mitchell 

You may request a specific day for your review, and we will try to accommodate you as best as we can.

About the Reviewers: 

Jennifer Schwartz is the owner of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, located in Atlanta, Georgia, and the creator of the online photography gallery, The Ten

Jennifer Schwartz Gallery is a fine art photography gallery promoting talented, original and emerging photographers as well as established contemporary photographers. Through regular rotating exhibitions, educational artist talks and the representation of gifted and unique up-and-coming photographers, the gallery aims to enhance awareness of the rich variety of photographic talent. 

The Ten is a highly curated monthly online exhibit of ten photographic images for sale in a limited edition at an affordable price. The Ten is an opportunity for photographers to explore the creative possibilities of pulling together a selection of work with a strong statement and a tight edit.

Jennifer Schwartz co-founded the Roundtable Review program with David Bram. She regularly reviews portfolios, most recently at PhotoNOLA, SPE National Conference, PhotoLucida, Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Fotofusion. She was a juror for Critical Mass in 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China last November.  She is looking for work to feature in her gallery as well as on The Ten.


Michael Itkoff, photographer, writer, educator and a Founding Editor of Daylight Magazine, received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP/Bard. Michael’s photographs have appeared on the covers of Orion, Katalog, Next American City and Philadelphia Weekly and he has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. In addition to his work at Daylight, Michael has worked at Aperture, Rizzoli, Polaris Images and the Annie Leibovitz Studio. Michael was the recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008). Michael’s monograph Street Portraits was published by Charta Editions in 2009.

Michael is looking for cohesive bodies of photo-based work to consider for Daylight’s book, multimedia and magazine publishing programs. Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. 


Blue Mitchell is an independent publisher, curator, and photographer. Based in Portland, Oregon, he has been involved with many facets of the photographic arts. Mitchell received his BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft, where he studied photography. Since then, he has curated and juried several photography exhibitions, created an online photography gallery (, and launched a new fine art photography magazine called Diffusion. Most recently Mitchell was invited to jury the 2010 Photolucida Critical Mass as well as serve as a reviewer at the 2010 PhotoNola in New Orleans and Photolucida in 2011.

Blue’s online curatorial project, Plates to Pixels (founded in 2007), bridges the gap between antiquated photographic processes and new digital media. Every month the gallery showcases and interviews artists working in these seemingly polarized mediums. Plates to Pixels also hosts a annual guest juried exhibit, other themed invitational group exhibitions, and a new moving images section titled eMotion.

In 2009, Blue successfully published the first volume of Diffusion, an annual photography magazine featuring artists working with “unconventional” processes. Diffusion has doubled in size from volume one to volume two, featuring portfolios with interviews, a variety of photography related articles, a themed group showcase, book and dvd reviews, artists to watch, and other many other special features. Diffusion is unique because it showcases alternative-process photography and other unconventional photography not seen in other magazines or publications.

Blue also curates and organizes physical exhibitions including the annual Diffusion Gala and Exhibition and most recently “Dream Allegory” a six person exhibition at LightBox Photographic Gallery and Fine Printing.  He is most interested in seeing photography that utilizes unconventional or historical/alternative processes.


Christopher Bennett is a photographer, curator and photo educator living in Portland Oregon. His work experience includes the George Eastman House, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and Photo-eye Books & Gallery. Chris is the founder and Executive Director of Newspace Center for Photography

Newspace Center for Photography is an educational and cultural nonprofit that is dedicated to promoting photographic education and appreciation to the public as well as providing a space and building a community where photo enthusiasts can learn, create, discuss and show their work. The Center’s gallery mounts 12 exhibits annually. Artists are showcased in solo or two-person shows with the occasional group show or juried exhibition.  Curatorial emphasis is placed on modern, fine-art and documentary photography and has included the work of emerging as well as established artists.  Newspace also selects six photographers annually for one-month residencies.


Laura Moya is executive director of Photolucida, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon that provides opportunities for emerging photographers. Moya has a professional background in photography and independent film, both in production and promotion, having worked for Photo-eye Gallery, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Northwest Film Center. She was invited to participate in the Lodz Photography Festival (Poland), Noorderlict (Netherlands), the Pingyao Photo Festival (China), the Lishui Photo Festival (China), and Xiang Sha Wan Photo Festival (Mongolia). Moya has curated two alternative process exhibits at 23 Sandy Gallery (Portland) - ‘Resurrection: A New Look at Old Processes’ and ‘Photo Alchemy: An Exhibition of Alternative Process Photography’, and has written pieces for Griffin Museum’s ‘Critic’s Pick’ and Finite Foto. She also recently juried Blue Sky Gallery’s Northwest Drawers with Clint Willour.  Moya reviews portfolios in the US and internationally, most recently at LensCulture/FotoFest during Paris Photo. In the past, she has included work she has seen in Reviews in curatorial projects.

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