Portfolio Reviews

21 May 2022 - 22 March 2022
Image: J Forsyth, PHOTO 2021 Photobook weekend.

Image: J Forsyth, PHOTO 2021 Photobook weekend.


21 May 2022 - 22 March 2022


Photography Studies College [i]
37-47 Thistlethwaite St, South Melbourne


Wheelchair access


$150 for 3 reviews

Taking place as part of PHOTO 2022’s Photobook Weekend, our Portfolio Reviews are an excellent opportunity for photographers, from entry level through to established, to gain valuable feedback and constructive critique on their portfolio or photobook dummy from experts in the fields of photography, art and publishing.

Sat 21 May, 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Sun 22 May, 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Price: $150 for 3 x 20 minute reviews.

Applications close Tuesday May 17, 5pm AEST.

Reviewers include:

Isabella Capezio, photographer, lecturer, and Ph.D. candidate at RMIT University. Co-ordinator of the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
Peta Clancy, artist and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University
Andy Dinan, Director MARS Gallery
Matt Dunne, artist, writer and publisher, Tall Poppy Press
Maggie Finch, Curator, Photography, National Gallery of Victoria
Helen Frajman, publisher, M.33
Tom Goldner, artist and Creative Director, Photo Collective
Kristian Haggblom, artist, academic (PSC), photobook collector and curator
Jesse Marlow, artist, publisher, Sling Shot Press.
Brendan McCleary, Associate Curator, PHOTO 2022
Elias Redstone, Artistic Director, PHOTO 2022
Alison Stieven-Taylor, Writer, Curator, Scholar, Publisher of Photojournalism Now

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  • Isabella Capezio

    Isabella Capezio is a photographer, lecturer, and Ph.D. candidate at RMIT University. Isabella’s work and research circulate around themes of invisibility, sanctity, queerness, and landscape. Isabella coordinates the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive and has facilitated workshops and collaborative projects in Angkor Photography Festival (Cambodia), Obscura Photo Festival (Malaysia), Doing Visual Politics (Nepal), and the Footscray Community Arts Centre (Australia).

  • Peta Clancy (BANGERANG, AU)

    Peta Clancy is a Melbourne-based artist who is a descendant of the Bangerang people from south east Australia. She has extensive art school training, including a bachelor degree from RMIT (1992) and a PhD from Monash University (2009). While her practice has incorporated a number of different media, Clancy is primarily a photographer. She has been exhibiting her work since the early 1990s, and has a strong history of residencies and participation in academic conferences. An interest in corporeality runs throughout her work, and she has demonstrated a sustained interest in the physicality of photographic prints. Clancy’s recent photographic projects are premised on a depiction of place that are developed through deep listening, created in collaboration with Traditional Custodians. Peta Clancy is represented by Dominik Mersch Gallery in Australia.

  • Matt Dunne (AU )

    Matt Dunne (b. 1989) is a photographer, writer and publisher based in Melbourne, Australia. His work focuses on the complex relationship between people, nature and history. His practice uses community research, enabled discovery and historical archives to unpack the myriad of ways we impact the environment. He also founded and manages Tall Poppy Press, an imprint that aims to publish Australian photography, with an emphasis on first books and emerging artists.

  • Helen Frajman (AU)

    Helen Frajman is an independent editor and curator of photography and since 1994 the Director and Publisher at M.33, a small arts business based in Naarm/Melbourne. M.33 currently represents 8 photographic artists and offers curatorial services as well presenting an ongoing program of publications. M.33 works collaboratively with artists and designers to produce books with a focus on excellent design in the service of thoughtful and thought-provoking content. The chief aim being to produce the books artists want, without the limitations imposed by commercial considerations.


  • Kristian Häggblom

    Dr Kristian Häggblom is an artist, curator and educator who works with cross-cultural engagement and expanded documentary. He first moved to Japan in 1999 where he co-founded/curated RoomSpace Gallery in Omoide Yokocho (‘piss alley’), Shinjuku, and has an ongoing relationship with the country and its culture. He completed his PhD through Monash University in 2014, was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Australia Council for Arts Finland studio and was the founder/curator of Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, Mildura, in regional Victoria. He has curated several exhibitions in experimental spaces, (a motel and jail), for large festivals including Mildura Palimpsest Biennale. Häggblom’s most recent curated exhibition, Tsuka: An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Photography, was staged at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne and included a public program and dedicated website.

  • Tom Goldner (AU)

    Tom Goldner (b.1984) is an Australian artist, independent curator and teacher of photography residing on Wurundjeri country in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. His career spans art, commercial projects, education, fundraising, gallery curation and community engagement initiatives.

    Goldner’s creative practice is positioned within the expanded documentary genre of photography. His projects utilise a multifaceted, collaborative and experimental approach to storytelling. Goldner’s projects negotiate the intersections between social and environmental constructs, places become symbols which act as a long-lasting reflections of human behaviour. Goldner is currently completing a MA of Arts Photography at Photography Studies College, Melbourne.

  • Jesse Marlow (AU)

    Jesse Marlow is a Melbourne-based, internationally recognised street photographer. He is a member of the Australian documentary photography agency OCULI and the international street photographers’ collective iN-PUBLiC. He has published three books of his work: Centre bounce: football from Australia’s heart (Melbourne: Hardie Grant, 2003), Wounded (self published, 2005) and Don’t just tell them, show them (Melbourne: M33, 2014). Marlow won the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize in 2012 with his work, Laser vision, 2011.

  • Brendan McCleary (AU)

    Brendan McCleary is PHOTO 2022’s Associate Curator, born and living on Wurundjeri country. He has worked as a Producer for MPavilion, stage managed events for White Night Melbourne, Dark Mofo, and Melbourne Music Week, and in 2017 worked for the Australia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2018-19, Brendan was the Program Director for the Monash MPavilion, commissioning artists and events on the Monash University Clayton campus. As an independent curator, Brendan has worked with a number of Australian and international artists including Zanele Muholi (South Africa), Allora & Calzadilla (USA/Cuba), and Carolee Schneemann (USA).

  • Elias Redstone (UK)

    Elias Redstone is the founder and Artistic Director of PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography. With over 15 years experience within the arts sector, Elias has a track record of initiating and delivering innovative cultural programs in collaboration with leading institutions such as Barbican Art Gallery, MoMA and Storefront for Art and Architecture. He was Curator of the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale and Senior Curator at the Architecture Foundation, London. He has edited publications for Prestel, Sternberg Press and Bedford Press, and served as Contributing Editor for Arena Homme Plus and GQ Style. His book Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography is published by Phaidon.


  • Alison Stieven-Taylor

    Alison Stieven-Taylor is an international photography commentator, journalist and educator. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Weekend Australian, Weekend Financial Review, World Press Photo Witness, the French journal The Eye of Photography, ABR Arts and Pro Photo magazine. She is also the publisher of the widely-read weekly blog Photojournalism Now. Alison has been a juror for numerous international photography festivals and awards including FotoEvidence Book Award, ANZ Photobook Awards, the Walkely Awards, Head On Photo Awards, Voice of Humanity & Hope (VOHH) Festival Bangladesh, and the Indian Photography Festival. Alison is currently writing her PhD on photography and social change, and is a lecturer in media communications at Monash University (Melbourne). In 2019 Alison curated the exhibition The Female Eye which made its debut at the Pingyao International Photo Festival, China. The exhibition will travel to Auckland Festival of Photography in 2020.

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01–24 March