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2023 Portfolio Reviews

We're excited to offer the portfolio reviews in person this year!

Snap! Orlando's 2023 portfolio review sessions for photography professionals, amateurs, and students, will take place SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM at SAM FLAX ORLANDO, 1800 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32803 

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A B O U T :

A select group of photography professionals will offer their experience and expertise to help with your portfolio development. In addition to offering an in-depth critique of your photographs or other works, the reviewers welcome any questions you may have regarding professional practices, marketing, or the next steps to take in your career development. All photo-based work is welcome: Fine art, documentary, and commercial.

Select your reviewer(s) and book your review time(s). Each reviewer will receive a list with name, time, and email of the participants. Sessions are 20 minutes per chosen reviewer. You are free to choose as many reviewers as you wish, depending on availability.

Try to arrive 15 minutes before your session(s).  Parking is free on site.

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F E E S :

Professional | Amateurs Photographers: $30 per review

Students: $15 per review. Use promo code STUDENT23 when selecting tickets (NOTE: student ID verification will be requested at the start of the review)

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R E V I E W E R S :

DAN L. HESS // Chief Curator
Art & History Museums Maitland

Dan L. Hess is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, and educator. Hess’ works have been exhibited around the world, from New York to Shanghai, and can be found in national and international private collections. Hess has over 20 years experience in all aspects of high-end fine art curation, installation and exhibition design, and has won numerous awards and fellowships for his work. From 1995 until 2000, he was lighting and visual coordinator at Christie's NYC, later becoming an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University in New York from 2012 to 2014. Dan L. Hess is currently the chief curator of the Art & History Museums of Maitland.

WENDY BABCOX // Associate Professor, School of Art and Art History
University of South Florida

Wendy Babcox is an interdisciplinary artist born in the United Kingdom, living and working in Tampa, Florida. Currently, Babcox is an associate professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida in photographic practices and related media.  Her practice embraces a wide array of methodologies, often drawing from lens-based media and its many hybrid forms, including photography, video, installation, performance, collaborative ventures, and sculptural interventions. As a current and former member of several women’s art collectives, she is interested in using the powerful imagery of “unruly women” as an artistic medium for performing creative transgressions. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including venues in Peru, New Zealand, Russia, Jerusalem, and Mexico, among other places. Babcox has completed two large-scale public artworks, one of which is a permanent installation at the Tampa International Airport. Wendy is a founding member of artist collectives, including: 6+ Collective (a group of international artists working and collaborating across borders), Cunsthaus (a feminist artist and curatorial collective in Tampa, Florida), and Noisy Womxn (a group of women learning to play drums).  

STEVEN BENSON // Contributing Curator, Southeast Museum of Photography
VP ASMP - Greater Florida (American Society of Media Photographers)
VP Board Snap! Orlando

Formerly a professor of photography and video, and chair of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, Steven Benson currently works as a freelance photographer and videographer. His works are featured in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Art-Houston, Detroit Institute of Arts, Bibliotheque Nationale-France, Centre Georges Pompidou, Museet for Fotokunst-Denmark. Solo exhibitions of his photography include the Centre Georges Pompidou, and in photography festivals, biennials, and triennials in Argentina, South Korea, Germany, Syria, Poland, China, Denmark and FotoFest. His photographs were on exhibition at the Appleton Museum of Art in a show titled “Invented Observations,” a 35-year survey of his B&W work during 2022. The notable curator, Dr. Irina Chmyreva, included a series of his hand-colored images, “Incantations,” in her exhibition for Pingyao Festival of Photography in China, “Spiritual Landscape,” 2023.

MATT ROBERTS // Professor of Digital Arts
Stetson University, Deland, Florida

Matt Roberts is a professor of digital arts at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He received his BFA from the University of Florida, and an MFA from University of Illinois in Chicago. Roberts is a new media artist and photographer whose work has been featured nationally in New York, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago, and internationally in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Scotland, and Taiwan. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, and TVE Brazil. Roberts was awarded the Transitio Award by the Transitio_MX Festival in Mexico City. 

SHANNON LINDSEY // UCF Art Gallery Director, School of Visual Arts and Design
University of Central Florida

Shannon Rae Lindsey is a multimedia artist, associate lecturer, and art gallery director in the School of Visual Arts and Design at the University of Central Florida. Shannon received an MFA in studio art from the University of South Carolina and a BFA in fine arts from the University of South Florida. Lindsey has participated in thirteen solo exhibitions and over thirty-five group exhibitions as an interdisciplinary artist exploring installation, sculpture, and drawing. She was the winner of the 2014 South Carolina 701 CCA Prize. She has been the vice president of finance since 2021 for Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, a non-profit educational association dedicated to excellence in the development and teaching of college-level foundation courses in studio work and art history. She uniquely combines her roles of visual artist, educator, and gallery director to support contemporary professional practices and encourage students to navigate their unique identities and goals both inside and outside the classroom.

ARTHUR GOODMAN // Partner, Co-CEO with Oxenfree Film & Motion
President Elect - AAF (American Advertising Federation-Orlando)

“We hire freelance photographers and other creatives.”

Arthur Goodman is a Florida native originally from Gainesville, currently living in Downtown Orlando. With an ever-present entrepreneurial spirit and appreciation for high-quality branding, he is currently a partner, co-CEO, and executive producer for Oxenfree Film & Motion. Goodman is also the president-elect and film committee chair of AAF Orlando. He remains an active partner with RedFork Marketing, and continues to support select clients with business consultation services via AGMG. Goodman’s involvement with Snap! Orlando over the past decade has spanned a variety of roles, all in an effort to grow the organization to new levels of excellence.

MARIEKE VAN DER KRABBEN  // Executive Director/Co-Founder
St Petersburg Month of Photography (SPMOP)

Marieke van der Krabben is a photography historian and curator. After receiving a BA in art history and an MA in film and photographic studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands, she worked as a junior curator at the Museum of Photography in The Hague. Additionally, she was the curator and creative director for the International Photo Festival Leiden for three years. Van der Krabben co-authored a book on photography and has written for art-related magazines. In 2017, she moved to Florida and worked as the curator of exhibitions for the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, before founding a new photography event in Tampa Bay called The Saint Petersburg Month of Photography (SPMOP), which is held every year in May. During this month, SPMOP creates exhibitions, names a photo laureate, and organizes portfolio reviews and other photography-related events to celebrate the art and local photography of the community.

BROOKS DIERDORFF // Associate Professor of Photography
University of Central Florida

Brooks Dierdorff is an associate professor of photography at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. He is interested in exploring the ways photography and video shape our cultural imagination of environmental collapse. His work includes a range of methodologies such as photo-based sculptures, installation, video, appropriating images from commercial and archival sources, and environmental grief therapy. Dierdorff’s works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries such as Amos Eno in Brooklyn, The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art at the Orlando Museum of Art, Johalla Projects in Chicago, the Ulrike Hamm Gallery in Bissendorf, Germany, the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea, and the New York Gallery in Calgary, Canada. His work has been written about in The New Yorker, The Daily Mail, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, and the Orlando Sentinel, among others. Dierdorff’s work has been collected by the Nevada Museum of Art and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art.

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