Photo Oxford Festival
Portfolio Reviews

Saturday 29 April 2023

Saturday 29 April, 09:30 - 13:50

45 minute time slot

Standard Ticket £45  |  SOLD OUT

Student Ticket £35 | email for student bookings

Blackwell's Bookshop • Broad Street 48-51, OX1 3BQ Oxford, England

We are delighted to present a day of one-on-one portfolio reviews with national photography experts. This opportunity is aimed at all levels of photographic practitioners; from those who are just beginning to experiment with photography, to those who have been working with the medium for some time. The event will offer the opportunity to put your work in front of leading specialists in the field of photography.

Whether you are currently studying photography, wish to pursue a career in photography, or wish to expand on creative output or explore new directions; these reviews offer invaluable feedback and advice on your artistic practice and creative or professional development as well as widening your network. Participants who book a review will have one-on-one access to two reviewers during a period of 45 minutes (two 20 minute sessions with a 5 minute change-over time).


Katy Barron

Katy is a photography curator with over 20 years of experience of the museum and commercial art worlds. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Photo Oxford Festival and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Photofusion in Brixton and was previously Senior Director of Michael Hoppen Gallery. Katy works for a number of artists and Estates, including Maud Sulter and Dorothy Bohm. She has been focussed on photography for the past 15 years, working with museums, festivals, galleries, collectors and artists in a variety of capacities such as curating exhibitions both in the UK and abroad, advising museums and collectors, running artists’ residencies and prizes and mentoring photographers, as well as writing exhibition catalogues and attending portfolio reviews in the UK and abroad. She studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Magdalen College, Oxford.

Tiffany Jones

Tiffany Jones is the founder of Overlapse, a London-based photobook imprint started in 2015. With over 30 years dedicated to arts publishing and photojournalism, she is an editor, designer, researcher and educator working with global programmes and institutions. She collaborates in tandem with photographers and artists to communicate through the making of unique, desirable, and beautifully produced books. Subjects and stories address social, cultural, and environmental issues, and highlight enduring and universal themes connected to human experience. Notable publications include ‘You can call me Nana’ by Will Harris (finalist, 2021 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation First Photobook prize); ‘A Parallel Road’ by Amani Willett (top 10 photobooks of 2021, David Campany for ICP); and ‘Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals’ by Mandy Barker (nominated for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Foundation Prize).

Hana Kaluznick

Hana Kaluznick is Assistant Curator of Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, UK. She joined the V&A in 2020 to support the development and inaugural displays for Phase 2 of the V&A’s Photography Centre, opening spring 2023. She is a PhD student at University of Liverpool, in partnership with the V&A, studying the industrial history of early colour photography in Britain between 1890 and 1935.

Dr Caroline Molloy

Dr Caroline Molloy is an artist, academic and writer. She is the programme director of Fine Art, Digital Arts and Photography at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. She holds an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths UoL. and recently achieved a practice-led PhD from Birkbeck in the Centre for Photographic History and Theory. Her research interests are focused on the marginalised voice in both gender and post/decolonial colonial contexts. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at Arles Photography Festival, Jaipur Photo, The Foyer Gallery, UCA Farnham, New Art Gallery Walsall, Four Corners, London and the palace of Westminster. Recent peer reviewed written publications include, (2023) ‘Identity Politics: A study of diasporic identity mediated through family photography’ in Handbook of Research on the Relationship between Autobiographical Memory and Photography. IGI Global and (2020) ‘Rethinking the photographic studio as a politicised space’, in Developing a Sense of Place: Models for the Arts and Urban Planning. London: UCL publishing. In addition to this, she regularly writes for Visual Studies, The Journal of Visual Practice, 1000words magazine and Photomonitor around the relationship between photography and visual culture.

Clare Grafik

Clare Grafik is Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery. She has worked in public institutions including the ICA, Whitechapel, Hayward Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. At The Photographers’ Gallery she has worked on exhibitions with Lise Sarfati, Isa Genzken, Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel, Taryn Simon, Katy Grannan, Antoine D’Agata, Zineb Sedira and Keith Arnatt. Group shows include ‘The Photographic Object’, 'Photography & Collage’ and 'Double Take: Photography & Drawing'. Other projects include a Bettina Von Zwehl exhibition at the Freud Museum, and catalogue contributions including Alex Prager's 'Silver Lake Drive', and more recently ‘Another Country’. She has been a Sessional Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London, teaching a course on photographic archives, and has lectured at institutions including UAL, USW, Plymouth and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Christiane Monarchi 

Christiane Monarchi is the founding co-editor of Hapax Magazine, which commissions photographic artists and curators to make new work specifically for this publication. She also founded the online platform Photomonitor, dedicated to photography and lens-based media, which published more than 1,400 features online 2011-2022.

Christiane has written on photography for a variety of publications, has lectured at

photography programmes including Central Saint Martins, Coventry, Kingston

University, London Metropolitan University and Sotheby's Institute. She curated

"Gravitas", the 2017 Photo50 exhibition at London Art Fair, served as selector at

Photofusion (2017), Brighton Photo Fringe (2016), Uncertain States (2015) and

Fathom/Four Corners (2014, 2015) residencies and judged many competitions

including Photolucida (2019, 2020, 2021), the Lumen Prize (2019,2020), Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award (2018), RPS Photography Exhibition (2018), Picfair

Women Behind the Lens (2017, 2018) and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (2016).

She served as Chair of the Board of Directors at Photofusion, London for four years,

and currently serves on the steering committee of Fast Forward, Women in

Photography and as a trustee of The Hyman Foundation. Christiane enjoys seeing new photographic work and mentoring artists in realising their ideas. 

Matthew Finn

Matthew Finn (b. 1971 UK) explores personal relationships both within the corpus of the family as well as the wider stage of personal relationships through long-term photographic projects. Finn cultivates a working practice of an auteur, in charge of all the elements of the work where the craft of the print and the process are equally important. Finn continues to make significant long-term bodies of work including his series of portraits of students, which commenced in the early 1990s and durational bodies of work that focus on the province of family life and close relationships. 

Finn’s most notable works include the thirty-one-year process of making intimate, domestic portraits of his mother and the twenty-eight years he documented his relationship with his uncle. Today Finn collaborates with family members as he pursues the universal themes of love, loss, bereavement and intimacy. Through these current and completed projects Matthew Finn has expanded the frontiers of documentary photography, bringing a new and deeply psychological reality to the genre. He continues to work in education as Senior Lecturer in photography at Arts University Bournemouth. 

Matthew was the 2017 winner of Photo Oxford Festival’s Open Call, he is also the recipient of the Jerwood/Photoworks Award 2015 and has published 2 monographs; Mother (Dewi Lewis, 2017) and School of Art (Stanley/Barker, 2019).

We have selected a panel of reviewers with a wide range of professional expertise. When making a booking you will be asked to provide the names of your top two preferred reviewers. Photo Oxford Festival make no guarantees but will endeavour to allocate each participants at least one of their top two reviewers.

Reviewers will be ready to view your work in all formats including images in print or book form and/or on a laptop, phone or tablet. Please note you can present work in progress, you do not need to show completed projects and you can show work covering more than one theme and multiple projects.

After booking your ticket you will receive guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for the day. You will also be invited to send us a brief introduction to your photography.


All booked participants to this event will receive a 15% Blackwell's in-store discount. The discount applies for the duration of Photo Oxford Festival and there is no limit to the number of times it can be used during this period. Blackwell's Bookshop, our official Festival Bookseller, is now offering an extended range of photo books that can be found in the Blackwells Art Department in the main book shop. 


Student tickets are £35. Please email for booking details.