The two days of portfolio reviews were pretty laid back and a great way for photographers new to the portfolio review circuit to ease in. The reviewers came from all over the country and were a very well-rounded group of curators, gallerists, and publishers. I enjoyed seeing a wide range of talent and experience, as well as having many opportunities to speak with photographers outside the official twenty minute review slot.
What definitely sets this festival apart is the stellar line-up of guest lecturers. From the kickoff keynote lecture by Abelardo Morell to two full days of talks by leading contemporary photographers, there was no shortage of inspiration. And in my opinion, the best-kept secret of the festival is the Second Sight program where a participant at the festival is chosen to guest lecture the following year. This is a great opportunity for photographers participating in the portfolio review and such a perfect tie-in for the festival, which has a huge focus on photographers sharing their work and process with each other. Since last year was the first festival, this year was the first Second Sight lecture. David Emitt Adams was chosen out of all of the reviewees last year to present at the 2013 festival, and it was obvious why. His work is truly unique and exceptionally smart.
Congrats to Scott B. Davis and all of the other wonderful people behind the Medium Photography Festival. I was honored to be included and hope to come back next year!