Online Portfolio Review Program (Coming Soon!)
In the In-Between offers a unique portfolio review service for emerging artists and photographers who are looking to receive advice, criticism, and direction on developing photographic projects.
The program offers in-depth written reviews that are tailored to the kinds of feedback you are seeking for your work. You will indicate the area(s) of focus that you want the review to cover, upload your work, and receive a written review catered to your requests for feedback.
Reviews are honest, critical, and designed to offer supportive advice on possible paths forward for the development of your work. This program plays an important role in In the In-Between’s mission to act as a platform for support for emerging artists, and we offer affordable pricing options at several different levels to accommodate all levels and capabilities of emerging photographers.
Please review the F.A.Q below to learn more.
Who is this program for?
This service is ideal for students and emerging photographers in the fields of fine art, documentary, photojournalism, and commercial work. We welcome projects at all stages of development.
In the questionnaire, you have the opportunity to tell us about yourself and the outline of review you are seeking for your work.
The focus of the program will be dictated by you. You can request a review that covers, but is not limited to, the following areas:
- General portfolio review
- Technical feedback (color relationships, tonal qualities, etc..)
- Critique and advice on composition and visual grammar
- Concept development
- Potential for publishing and exhibition opportunities
- Editing and cohesion
- Advice on publishing your next (or first) photobook
- Development of artist statements and bios
If you request some form of feedback that we feel we are not qualified to answer with confidence, we won’t, and will explain why we are unable to. Our reviews will never venture into areas that we don’t have firm expertise within.
Please note that we are happy to offer advice on marketing your work. However, keep in mind that much of the success of photographer’s marketing efforts is a result of personal intangible qualities such as salesmanship, willingness to take risks, discipline, commitment, and reputation. In short, without knowing you personally it is quite difficult to offer tailored advice according to your personal strengths and weaknesses. We can offer advice on promotion standards and strategies, but our efforts are best used by engaging with the tangible qualities of your portfolio materials.
How does it work?
Choose your level of review, download and fill out the questionnaire, upload your work and materials, and submit payment. Within 4 weeks, you will receive an email with your review. In order to ensure that photographers can make the most of this program, we include an opportunity to ask two brief follow-up questions for your reviewer to clarify or expand on an issue touched upon in the feedback.
What does it cost?
The portfolio program offers three levels of options to choose from.
Level 1, 500-600 words
General review on the strengths and weaknesses of your work. A good choice for new projects, student portfolios, or general feedback.
- Advice on developing composition, technical skills, and stylistic unity
- Basic concept development
- Advice on writing artist statements and bios.
- Advice on post-production editing
Level 2, 800-1000 words
Detailed review on the strengths and weaknesses of your work according to your stated goals. A good choice for work-in-progress by emerging photographers seeking direction and advice.
- Feedback on clarity, novelty, and relevancy of a project concept
- Strength of supporting texts (statement, bio, captions) in relation to the work
- Detailed analysis on visual grammar and style and how effectively they support the communicative goals of the work
- References for artistic and historical research on related work
Level 3, 1200-1500 words
A nuanced and critical reading of projects that are near completion. Akin to a short essay on the effectiveness of your work and potential for audience engagement. A good choice for fully-realized projects being prepared to seek opportunities and exposure.
- Finalizing sequencing and editing
- Alignment of communicative power between images and supporting texts
- An assessment of potential weaknesses that may be seen in the eyes of publishers and curators
- Advice on presentation preparation and ideas
- Finishing touches and refinements
Reviewing editors stand by their knowledge, expertise, and capacity to offer strong and solid advice and feedback. However, if for any reason the review did not meet your expectations, we will refund the cost of your review in full within 30 calendar days.
What should I expect?
- Participants in the portfolio review program should expect honest, critical and constructive advice and feedback tailored to the requests in the questionnaire. It is natural for artists to defend and push back against some criticisms, however we ask that you enter into the program with an open and receptive attitude to new ideas, readings, and thoughts that you may not have previously considered.
- Entries into this program will not be considered for online features. However all participants will receive a submission fee discount code for future online juried exhibitions.
- You will be offered the chance to ask two brief follow-up questions if there are areas of the review that you request clarification on.
- In order to maintain a consistent and steady program, we ask that you please adhere closely to the submission guidelines, which are found on the questionnaire. Participants that do not adhere to guidelines may be asked to revise their submission.
- Expect about 4 weeks to receive your review. More often than not, 2-3 weeks is the typical turnaround time.
- Reviews are conducted by one of our editors. As a basic tenant of the program, individual reviews are written anonymously in order to avoid possible personal or professional entanglements. Thank you for understanding.
How do I get started?
Simply fill out the form below, upload your materials, and submit. You’ll hear from us soon!
Questions before you decide to participate?
Email: editor [at] inthein-between [dot] com