21 March 2017

Bored with the old and well-known formula of a portfolio review? Well, we are bored with it, too. That is why we have prepared the first edition of PHOTO-MATCH – a new portfolio review.

PHOTO-MATCH is a two-day meeting of photographers with reviewers – curators, editors, and owners of art galleries.

The authors have an opportunity to consult their projects with photography professionals, whereas for the reviewers, such face-to-face meetings with artists are the source of new discoveries and inspirations.

We have built our new vision of portfolio review basing on many years of experience as organisers and reviewers. However, first of all we invited review participants to communicate their ideas and needs. PHOTO-MATCH is based on an innovative form of presenting photographic portfolios, introduced in Poland for the first time ever. The photographers will have an opportunity to show their works to all the reviewers and the audience during the first day of the review. By the same token, experts will also present their profiles and points of interest in photography. On the basis of all these presentations, each of the photographers and reviewers will choose two persons with whom they would like to hold 30-minute individual consultations on the second day of the event. The decision-making process will definitely be facilitated by an evening meeting for all  the participants and experts. Another novelty introduced by PHOTO-MATCH is that reviewers will also pick photographers with whom they would like to talk.

PHOTO-MATCH will be a meeting of over 20 reviewers and around 40 photographers selected on the basis of applications.





13.00-17.00: PRESENTATIONS

The first day of the event is the perfect moment to get to know each other better. During short presentations the reviewers and the photographers will talk about their work and show their most interesting projects. All the reviewers and photographers are going to participate in the presentations, which will also be open for the audience.

Detailed information:

  • photographer’s presentation time: 4 min., 20 slides,
  • reviewer’s presentation time: 2 min., 10 slides,
  • all presentations will be delivered in English,
  • presentations will be divided into three sessions, each session will be followed by a 10-minute break.


17.30-19.00: MEETING

The first day will end with a less formal meeting, during which all the participants will have time to get to know each other better, exchange ideas, discuss presentations, but first of all – decide with whom they would like to have a longer conversation on the next day.


How will the Saturday meeting schedule be prepared?

– On the basis of presentations and evening talks, the photographers will choose 2 reviewers whom they would like to meet on the next day. Each reviewer will also choose 2 photographers for the Saturday individual meetings.



10.00-13.00 – meetings booked by the participants

14.00-17.00 – meetings booked by the reviewers


The photographers and the reviewers are obliged to be present during both days of the review.

Photographers who apply for the portfolio review shall familiarise themselves with the PARTICIPATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS and obey the instructions of enrolment.



Where: Art_Inkubator – Festival Centre, ul. Tymienieckiego 3, Łódź


02.06.2017 (Friday): 13.00-19.00, building C, ground floor, stage – presentations and integration evening

03.06.2017 (Saturday): 10.00-17.00, building C, ground floor, foyer – individual meetings

Participation fee:

Participants have to present a Fotofestiwal multi-entrance ticket.

Fee for the audience – presentations, 2 June 2017:

Members of the audience have to present a Fotofestiwal multi-entrance ticket.

Participant’s schedule:

Until 18.04.2017 – submission of applications

Until 21.04.2017 – announcement of selected applications, publication of participants list

Until 07.05.2017 – submission of participants’ presentations



The list of photography experts includes magazine editors, book publishers, directors of photography festivals, independent curators, owners of art galleries, artistic advisors, and managers of exhibitions in world-renowned museums. The list of reviewers* who have confirmed their participation in PHOTO-MATCH is presented below.

  1. Aga Dwernicka
    |Director of the Krakow Photomonth Festival| PL
  2. Agnieszka Rayss
    |Co-founder of the Sputnik Photos International Association of Photojournalists, photographer| PL
  3. Alison Nordström
    |Independent curator, for many years curator of exhibitions in George Eastman House, artistic director of Fotofestiwal 2015-2016| USA
  4. Ana Catarina Pinho
    |Visual artist, researcher, independent editor, founder of ARCHIVO research platform| PT
  5. Angela Ferreira
    |Curator, Artistic Director of Photography Museum of Fortaleza, Brazil| PT/BR
  6. Anne-Françoise Lesuisse
    |Artistic director of Biennale de l’image Possible, Liège, independent curator, teacher| BE
  7. Arianna Rinaldo
    |Independent curator, photo editor and consultant, artistic director of Cortona On the Move (Italy)| IT/ES
  8. Carla Erdmann
    |Editor of Leica Fotografie International Magazine (Hamburg), freelance photography journalist (Hamburg/Berlin)| DE
  9. Clement Saccomani
    |Managing director of NOOR & NOOR Foundation| NL
  10. Dieter Neubert
    |Director of Fotobookfestival, Kassel, editor, publisher| DE
  11. Dušan Kochol
    |Director and founder of the OFF_festival Bratislava| SK
  12. Erik Vroons
    |Editor-at-large of the GUP Magazine, freelance writer and consultant on photography| NL
  13. Gintaras Česonis
    |Director of the Kaunas Photography Gallery, leader of the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers| LT
  14. Jenny Lindhe
    |Photographer, curator, publisher, head of Photographs Collection of the Landskrona Foto| SE
  15. Jens Friis
    |Publisher, independent curator, editor of the KATALOG – Journal of Photography&Video| DK
  16. Jens Erdman Rasmussen
    |Independent curator, teacher, critic and advisor, director of the Peter Lav gallery, Copenhagen| DK
  17. Johan Sjöström
    |Curator of the Gothenburg Museum of Art| SE
  18. Lydia Dorner
    |Assistant of the curator of exhibitions department in Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne| CH
  19. Maciej Jaźwiecki
    |Photoeditor in Gazeta Wyborcza and Duży Format, photographer and editor in the inPRO Photography Collective| PL
  20. Monika Szewczyk – Wittek
    |Photoeditor, co-founder and coordinator of the NAPO Images agency, manager of the Digital Archive Project TR Warsaw| PL
  21. Nela Eggenberger
    |Editor-in-chief of EIKON| AT
  22. Nina Kassianou
    |Independent curator, editor, PhD in History of Photography, former curator and researcher of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography| GR
  23. Pierre Bessard
    |Founder of the Editions Bessard publishing house, Paris| FR
  24. Sebastian Vaida
    |Artistic director of the Photo Romania Festival, Cluj Napoca| RO
  25. Thomas Licek
    |Managing director of Eyes ON – Month of Photography, Vienna| AT
  26. Tuula Alajoki
    |Curator and director of the Backlight Photo Festival, Tampere| FI


Biographies of the reviewers will be published soon.


*Due to the reasons not attributable to the Organiser, the list of reviewers may undergo minor alterations or the number of reviewers may increase. The Organiser will find a replacement of an absent reviewer, as long as it is possible.