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.

Peggy Sue Amison
Artistic Director, East Wing, Dubai (UAE)




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Peggy Sue Amison

"As a curator, producer of artistic events and author for a number of international magazines over the years, I have been able to advise and assist artists working with a variety of media in the development of their projects.

I’m interested in discussing works that are in process or fully completed projects. I am not experienced in fashion photography or commercial photography. I can be helpful to artists who are looking to brainstorm their ideas, those who might feel stuck in their process, or who have a finished body of work and are looking for assistance in creating a final edit or are developing a strategy to take it forward to the next step. Exhibition development and other aspects of professional development are also ways I can assist.

For me, I have always seen portfolio reviews as an investment of time and experience both for the artist and the reviewer. I expect artists to come prepared – to know a little about what I do and to have asked themselves what they would like to get from our time together. Make sure you use this investment wisely; prepare your portfolio with a definitive idea of what you need right now in the development of your practice.

The value that I bring to a portfolio review, specifically with artists using photography, is my extensive international professional network and years of experience in the field. I have encountered numerous difficulties and logistical problems, and my experience can be beneficial to those either just starting out, or others who have been working on their series over a period of years.

At East Wing we are always looking for new viewpoints and also works that are well researched and fully developed. Projects that push the boundaries of photography but also have the power to inform and surprise us."

Peggy Sue Amison is Artistic Director for East Wing, a platform for photography based in Dubai, UAE. As a curator, writer, strategist, mentor and photographic consultant, she has collaborated with numerous emerging and established photographers, festivals and publications internationally. Prior to taking the position with East Wing in 2014, Peggy Sue was Artistic Director of Sirius Arts Centre in Ireland from 2001 to 2014, where she headed a multidisciplinary visual arts and residency programme.

Working with a wide range of visual artists but specifically in photography, Peggy Sue has curated exhibitions in Dubai, Ireland, Berlin, Poland and China, written for various photographic publications and artist catalogues and has independently produced photographic events.

Through her different positions and projects, Peggy Sue Amison works to create synergies between artists and an array of professional organisations. She has been an invited speaker, juror, critic and portfolio reviewer at numerous meeting places for photography and contests. For the last six years, she has also contributed to the development of the artist residency programme PICTURE BERLIN in Germany. Since 2012, Peggy has also been a board member and advisor for Belfast Photo Festival in Northern Ireland.

East Wing was founded in Doha, Qatar, in 2012. A new exhibition space was launched in Dubai, UAE, in 2014, with the aim of developing an international platform for photography to open up new dialogues in photography, with a keen eye on innovated artistic practice.

The gallery curates and commissions contemporary photographic projects from all around the globe, developing exhibitions, presenting at international art fairs, fostering educational events, authoring publications and regularly partnering with like-minded institutions.

East Wing also provides important supports in the development of meaningful collections for those with a passion for photography, video and unique publications.

Agata Stoinska
Photographer / Founder & Chief Editor, BLOW Photo & D-Light Studios, Dublin (IE) 

Besides visual excellence, one of my top passions is storytelling. I can help you in your editing process, give you some insights into the publishing world and share my contacts with you. 

Andreas Müller-Pohle
Media artist / Editor and Publisher of European Photography, Berlin (DE) 

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.

Ari Saarto
Photographer / Lecturer, Helsinki (FI) 

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.

Arja Miller
Chief Curator, EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo (FI) 

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.

Beate Cegielska
Director, Galleri Image, Aarhus (DK) 

I am always looking for new talents and interesting artists who are making special and unique work.

Christoph Tannert
Artistic Director, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE) 

I am currently curating exhibitions on young photography for 2018 and 2019. I am mainly interested in reviewing creative photography, documentary photography and photojournalism.

Elda Harrington & Silvia Mangialardi
Encuentros Abiertos - Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires (AR) 

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.

Elizabeth Avedon
Independent Curator; and Writer, New York (US) 

Having worked with many of photography’s past icons, I am now interested to review the work of emerging photographers who will someday shape the future of photography.

Finn Thrane
Independent Writer / Photography Mentor / Curator / Artist, Kerteminde (DK)  

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.

Hannah Frieser & Charles Guice
Converging Perspectives & The Center for Photography at Woodstock (US) 

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.

Hannamari Shakya
Photo Editor, Creative Director & Publisher, Raw View Editions, Helsinki (FI) 

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.

Irina Chmyreva
Artistic Director, PhotoVisa, International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar Region (RU) 

I am looking for work that might be exhibited at the PhotoVisa festival and published in resources that I am connected with.

Jean-Christophe Godet
Director, Guernsey Photography Festival (GG) 

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.

Jennifer Murray
Executive Director, Filter Photo, Chicago (US) 

With a curatorial and educators background, I can provide creative feedback on project-based work from both emerging and established artists.

Jens Friis
Publisher & Editor, KATALOG, Kerteminde (DK) 

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.

Katrín Elvarsdóttir
Photographic Artist & Curator / Co-Director, The Icelandic Photography Festival, Reykjavík (IS) 

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.

Laura Pressley
Executive Director, CENTER, Santa Fe, New Mexico (US) 

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.

Maarten Schilt
Schilt Publishing & Schilt Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) 

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.

Malcolm Dickson
Director, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow (UK) 

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.

Marc Prüst
Photography Consultant / Curator / Artistic Director, Hoofddorp (NL) 

I am interested in long term projects with a documentary background. My approach is analytical, in-depth, and honest.

Moritz Neumüller
The Curatorship, PhotoIreland Festival, Aarhus Photobookweek, IED Madrid (AT/ES) 

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.

Natasha Egan
Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (US) 

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.

Paola Paleari
Freelance Author, Editor and Curator, Copenhagen (DK) 

I see photography as a powerful artistic means that is often constrained by pre-established formats. I am eager to discover works by lens-based artists who are into cross-disciplinarity and think outside the box. In turn I can offer an honest, regardful and open-minded reading of your work.

Pirkko Siitari
Head of Exhibitions, HAM - Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki (FI) 

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.

Sheyi Bankale
Curator of Next Level Projects & Editor of Next Level magazine, London (UK) 

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.

Walter Bergmoser
Professor / Curator / Artist, Berlin (DE) 

I can help artists who are either at the very early stages of conceptualising a project, in the process of producing a project or have finalised a project and need to take it into the realm of exhibitions, festivals and publishing.