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fotofest 2014

fotofest awaits I just returned from five intense days of fine art portfolio reviews in Houston at the bi-annual Fotofest. Fotofest is the world’s largest portfolio review which hosts approximately 45 reviewers and 130 artists per session (the five-day sessions run from March 15 to April 27). Photographers from around the world, me included, bring their work to be seen by gallerists, museum directors, collectors, art directors, etc. also from around the world. Every day we would meet one-on-one with the reviewers at linen-draped tables in the Doubletree ballroom. Everyone had opinions. Some reviewers loved the work (of any given photographer), some didn’t love it as much. I overheard one photographer in the elevator say that one reviewer praised his work and the next one said he should throw it in the trash. (Well–that’s not a very helpful review but most were more circumspect.)

For me, this was a very helpful event. I brought my newest work, the Rapture series. I got numerous positive responses, some great feedback. I met some people whose work I loved and I hope I will see them again. Among them, Toni Greaves of Portland who has a book about clositered nuns coming out soon (Chronicle Books). And Tara Bogart whose photos of the backs of women’s hairdos, set in classic ovals, is very compelling.

Houston is an incredible city for the arts. And especially for photography. For this event there was a special photographic exhibit of the work of 48 Arab photographers. I could go on and on but, for now, you get the idea. It was amazing.

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