NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
12 – 7 pm

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend
29.01. – 01.02.2015

Portfolio Review

The Portfolio Review is a public event where fifteen emerging photographers present their work to an international panel of renowned curators, editors, museum directors, publishers, and artists.
The participants have twenty minutes each to show their work and receive feedback. The images are screened with a projector and the event is open to the public. The format aims to give the participants the opportunity to showcase their work in a way that lies somewhere between portfolio review and artist talk.
The Portfolio Review will take place on 31 January from 12 to 7 pm at the NRW-Forum. An accompanying publication will be released on the day of the event, featuring the works of the participating artists.
The Portfolio Review will be taking place for its third time since 2012. It is kindly and generously supported by the Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, Arte Creative, Metro Imaging,, and all its media partners.

Past winners of the Portfolio Review were Jan van der Til, Maurice van Es, Christian Kryl and Oliver Hartung.



Andreas Wisskirchen
Conor Clarke
Dominic Hawgood
Hemya Moran
Jiehao Su
Justin Newhall
Melissa Moore
Miho Kajioka
Nikolas Ventourakis
Otto Kaan
Rebecca Scheinberg
Sasha Kurmaz
Saskia Noor van Imhoff
Tiago Casanova
Vendula Knopová





Michael Biedowicz
ZEIT Magazin

After working as a theatre photographer at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin for ten years, Michael Biedowicz has been working as a picture editor for various publications. Since 2007 he has been the chief picture editor of the ZEITmagazin. He also works as a curator and is a member of different panels for photographic competitions (German Youth Photography Price, PANL – Photographers Association of the Netherlands, Körber Foundation, Lotto Art Prize Berlin / Brandenburg). He is a guest lecturer at MERZ Academy Stuttgart and New School of Photography in Berlin. In 2011 he co-founded the Berlin based gallery pavlov's dog, Raum für Fotografie.

Gregory Barker
HOTSHOE Magazine

Gregory Barker is a London based editor and consultant. He is the co-founder of STANLEY/BARKER, an independent publishing company that produces highly individual photobooks, and the Commissioning Editor at HOTSHOE – the UK’s leading contemporary photographic magazine. Gregory Barker is interested in all genres of photography, as long as it aims for some form or originality and authenticity.

Hester Keijser

Hester Keijser is a freelance curator and author specialized in contemporary photography with a focus on the Middle East. She frequently collaborates with other international organisations in the field of photography on exhibitions, presentations, lectures, workshops and portfolio reviews, and serves as jury member for various awards and festivals.

Kris Scholz

Kris Scholz studied from 1984 until 1990 at the Art Academy Düsseldorf with Bernd and Hilla Becher. Since 2005 he is professor for photography at the Hochschule Darmstadt. He co-founded the Darmstadt Days of Photography and is a steady member of the jury of the Merck Prize. His works have been exhibiteted widely and published extensively. Kris Scholz lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Alexa Becker
Kehrer Verlag

Alexa Becker is the acquisitions editor for photography and art books for Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg (Germany). Having obtained her Master's in Art History from the University of Heidelberg, she started her career at Kehrer in 2003, where she is responsible for selecting and acquiring new photography-related projects. She also initiated the »Trouvés« series at Kehrer Verlag which features handmade photobooks and -objects.

Ingo Taubhorn
House of Photography

Since 1988 Ingo Taubhorn has worked as a freelance curator for art institutions such as the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Pat Hearn Gallery in New York and the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin. Since 2006, he has been chief curator at the House of Photography in Hamburg. He is president of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie (DFA) and teaches photography and visual media at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld.

Sheyi Bankale
Next Level Magazine

Sheyi Bankale is Curator of Next Level Projects and Editor of Next Level magazine. He acts as panelist, judge and nominator for The Art Foundation, Google Photography Prize, CONTACT Photography Festival BMW Prize, The Prix Pictet and Next Level Awards. He is a leading expert on photography at major international portfolio reviews, and facilitates the acquisition of photo art works with international museums, art collectors and private clients. He is renowned for his curatorial work in recent years at Next Level Projects as well as Guest Curator for Saatchi Art’s Special Guest Curator Programme and the 2015 Curator for the prestigious Photo 50 exhibition at the London Art Fair.


    Clare Strand

Clare Strand is a Brighton based artist. She has exhibited in venues including Tate Britain; The Hassleblad Center; The Photographers’ Gallery and the Courtauld Institute. In 2009 the Folkwang Museum in Essen recognised Strand’s work with the solo exhibition “Photography and Video”. Strand's work is held in the collections of Arts Council England; The National Collection; The British Council; The Folkwang Museum; The Unicredit Bank; The New York Library; The Victoria and Albert Museum; The Centre Pompidou and many private collections. Strand is also one half of the ideas based collective MacDonaldStrand and head of the Intangiable for The Institute of Unnecessary Research.

Anna Dannemann
The Photographers’ Gallery

Anna Dannemann is part of the exhibitions team at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. Among other projects, she has curated the graduate show FreshFaced+WildEyed 2013 and 2014, Viviane Sassen's exhibition Analemma, exhibitions of the photographic work of the acclaimed writer and cult figure William Burroughs and filmmaker David Lynch. She is currently working on an exhibition with Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas. She has worked on different exhibitions and publications including projects at the Museum of Everything; Green Cardamom, London; Martin-Gropius-Bau and KW, Berlin.



  12:00 – 13:30
Ingo Taubhorn, Hester Keijser, Gregory Barker

Otto Kaan
Justin Newhall
Vendula Knopová
Nikolas Ventourakis
Miho Kajioka

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 – 16:00
Alexa Becker, Anna Dannemann, Kris Scholz

Melissa Moore
Tiago Casanova
Conor Clarke
Jiehao Su
Hemya Moran

16:00 – 17:00 Break
17:00 – 18:30
Clare Strand, Sheyi Bankale, Michael Biedowicz

Dominic Hawgood
Sasha Kurmaz
Rebecca Scheinberg
Andreas Wißkirchen
Saskia Noor van Imhoff

19:00 Awards








Portfolio Review Visitor Award

Visitors of the Portfolio Review will be invited to vote for their favourite artist. At the end of the day the winner of the voting will receive a cash prize over 250 €.


ARTE Creative Award

Three commissions by Arte Creative to produce a photo-essay with a budget of each 2500 € within a year of the Portfolio Review 2015



Metro Imaging Award

One artist will receive a 1250 € credit at Metro Imaging London. This money can be spent on all services Metro is offering. This award also includes a one-year-long Metro Imaging Mentoring Scheme.



IdeasTap Award

The audience of the Portfolio Review will be invited to vote for their favourite artist. At the end of the day the winner of this voting will be announced and will receive a prize money over 250 €.

Wunderkammer Award

The director of will invite one of the participants of the Portfolio Review to create a limited edition print series to be represented in the modern cabinet of photographic curiosities.




IdeasTap is an arts charity for young, creative people at the start of their careers. A network of more than 150,000 members, the organisation works with some of the biggest and most prestigous arts organisations in the UK offering a huge range of exclusive opportunities, all designed to boost young people’s career and move their work forward.

Metro Imaging offers professional photographic processing, scanning, printing & framing with over 33 years in the photographic industry and an outstanding personal approach.

ARTE Creative is an international magazine, lab and network for contemporary culture. The goal of ARTE Creative is to build a creative community, and to develop new formats at the crossing of web and TV.

Wunderkammer is a modern cabinet of curiosities founded by photographer Anna Skladmann. In a quest to bring to life a cross section of photography, Wunderkammer collaborates and interacts with upcoming exceptional artists, to transform their visions into limited edition prints, for you to treasure.


Media Partner

HOTSHOE is the UK's leading contemporary photography magazine, published 4 times a year. HOTSHOE is repeatedly the first to spot and support innovative work.

dienacht is a printed Magazine for Photography, Design and Subculture. dienacht likes to see and publish strong, timeless photography.

Der Greif is a Print- and Online-Magazine for Photography and Literature featuring and combining the work of photographers and authors from all over the world.

STILL is a magazine for literature & photography, based in Berlin and New York.


SuperMassiveBlackHole online photography magazine is dedicated to contemporary photography and the photographic imagery resulting from the time-based processes found in many interdisciplinary art practices today.







The charitable Arts and Culture Foundation of the Stadtsparkasse Duesseldorf aims to support interdisciplinary and experimental projects in the Duesseldorf Region.




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