Having your work reviewed (part 2)


General Photography

Chris Raecker sent some comments (emphases as in his original email): “Most are from the, ‘do as I say, not what I did’, two cent bin.”

”- Don’t argue with reviewers. If you have a question about a comment or theirs something fundamental to correct go ahead, but, don’t belabor it. Your paying to expand your view, not the other way around.

“-Being in a room full of people waiting for your name to be called may seem like jury duty, but, the time between reviews should not be wasted. This is not the time to catchup on your reading or e-mail. Face time with the other Artists is probably the most valuable part of reviewing.

“-One does not pay to be interviewed. So, don’t act like a contestant. You’re paying for an education and you have less than 30 minutes to get one, by finding out what the reviewer knows about art and how that knowledge applies to you and your work. If the reviewer (Gallery Owner/ Curator/Editor) has an art program with an opening and likes you that much, they’ll arrange for a proper interview. Otherwise, impress them with insightful questions and don’t be treated like an applicant, by acting like one.”