I am excited to work with all types of artists and can offer strategies on editing and sequencing your work for submissions to grants, awards, and more. Currently, I am looking for projects for our expanding Review Santa Fe Photo Festival program and exhibitions.
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Laura Pressley is a Certified Executive Director who has been at the helm of CENTER in Santa Fe for 10 years. She directs one of the most effective outcome-driven programs for photographers in the world, CENTER's annual juried photographic portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. CENTER is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization (NGO) known for the long-standing programs, including the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, Project Grants, and other offerings that have launched dozens of photographers' careers. In addition to high impact, outcome driven programs, CENTER fosters an esteemed network of professionals that includes book publishers, curators, editors, gallerists, and many of today’s leading thinkers in imaging.
Pressley has curated and co-curated exhibitions, including The Dispossessed (2016), The Frontier (2016), Immigration, Migration & Evolving Boundaries (2015) and most recently produced the exhibitions Art & Oppression (2017), and Conjured Futures (2018), working collaboratively with partner venues and festivals.
She is frequently invited to participate in photography fairs and festivals around the globe as a portfolio reviewer, including the Rencontres d’ Arles (France), Cortona on the Move (Italy), and Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival (Japan). Furthermore, she interprets and presents on contemporary photographic practice via workshops and seminars, serves on several judging panels, and is a nominator for photographic awards and distinctions.
In addition to CENTER, Pressley serves on the Board of Directors for the Blue Earth Alliance based in Seattle, WA. She is the founder of the Photographic Non-profit Leaders Association identifying best practices in the field and advocating for fair pay for artists.
(Portrait: ©Gabriella Marks)
You may be a beginner or an experienced artist – there is always the challenge and chance to move higher. I am committed to helping you make this move happen.
My aim is to support emerging artists, including students, working in a field related to photography or video. I can provide valuable insight into artistic practices and assist in all stages of your creative process from initial conceptualization to the verbalization of your work.
I am curious to know your thoughts and excited to see your work. I am happy to mentor and facilitate your projects, share my contacts, and give feedback on your work whether you are an emerging young photographer or a more established artist.
I am always looking for new talents and interesting artists who are making special and unique work.
I am currently curating exhibitions on young photography for 2018 and 2019. I am mainly interested in reviewing creative photography, documentary photography and photojournalism.
We might provide artists with an opportunity to exhibit and participate at the Encuentros Abiertos in Argentina and many other exhibitions or projects that we curate for different institutions around the world.
I’m interested in all types of independent and innovative photography, conceptual as well as subjective documentary.
As a specialty, I’m offering advice and introductory essays to photobooks in progress.
We are actively seeking an international mix of artists who are at a critical point of their career and would benefit from exposure through exhibitions and essays.
With a versatile background in documentary storytelling, my focus is on how to build a stronger narrative, whether it is a book project or an essay. I am very curious to review projects with an in-depth and personal approach.
I am looking for work that might be exhibited at the PhotoVisa festival and published in resources that I am connected with.
I am interested in discovering and helping new talents to develop, but I also like working closely with established artists who want some honest and constructive feedback about new projects.
With a curatorial and educators background, I can provide creative feedback on project-based work from both emerging and established artists.
I will discuss your work and give you advice on how to develop as an artist. I may hook you up with the right people to reach your goals and perhaps even facilitate publication in the magazine KATALOG.
I can advise both upcoming and established artists on how to further develop their work as well as provide assistance with exhibition possibilities in Iceland. As a photographic artist and a curator, I can share my experience from both sides.
We do not only publish books and market those through our offices in the USA, the UK and The Netherlands but also actively work together with our artists to help them with their careers.
Advice will be given on where to go next or how to develop your practice on the basis of the work seen/routes into photography/getting your work out.
I am interested in long term projects with a documentary background. My approach is analytical, in-depth, and honest.
As a reviewer, I am interested in seeing contemporary work made by photographers and media artists from around the world, especially documentary, social and conceptual work.
I look at work from around the world for possible exhibition, collecting, or educational programming. I am drawn to work that is layered - visually or conceptually - and push the boundaries of traditional photography.
As a reviewer, I see my role as both a sounding board, a strategist for the development of the work and a professional who can provide valuable insight into ways artists can strengthen their work.
I am interested in reviewing many kinds of artworks, no matter what medium is used. I can also assist artists with practical advice and information about the art scene, people or institutions.
I am able to assist photo artists through publishing work in Next Level Magazine, monographs, and selection towards international photography exhibitions curated by Next Level Projects.