PhotoVox: February 2021 – Preparing for Virtual Portfolio Reviews



SPEAKER | Aline Smithson

WHEN | Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 6:30 – 8 pm

WHERE | ONLINE (through Zoom – link is provided in the registration email)

COST | Free for CPAC Members; $10 for non-members

*The member discount is applied at checkout now*

ABOUT | If you’re a photographer seeking exposure for your work, portfolio reviews can be a career game-changer. With current circumstances, many organizations and festivals have transitioned their reviews to an online platform in order to continue being an accessible resource for artists.

Join us for our February PhotoVox and learn expert tips on how to present and articulate your work, as well as how to navigate online reviews from Aline Smithson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, Artist, and Educator. This event is ideal for those who have already registered for an online portfolio review, or are considering it in the future.

Topics covered include:

  • Presenting work on zoom
  • What size and format photographs should be
  • The articulation of your work and getting what you want out of the reviews
  • How to choose your reviewers
  • What promotional materials to bring
  • How to follow up with your reviewers afterwards

MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY | Coming to Denver March 20-21, 2021, Month of Photography Portfolio Reviews are an unparalleled opportunity for photographers to spend dedicated time with leaders in the local and national photography community. Reviewers include gallery owners, museum curators, editors, publishers, collectors and other influential professionals. In previous years, numerous photographers have left MoP Reviews with the opportunities to exhibit, publish, and sell their work.

Administered by CPAC, MoP Reviews are a highlight of Month of Photography, a biennial festival of fine art photography with hundreds of events happening throughout the Denver Metro region in March 2021. 


Aline Smithson is a visual artist, educator, and editor based in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, her work is influenced by the elevated unreal. She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at a variety of international institutions and her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and PDN. In 2018 and 2019, her work was exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of the Taylor Wessing Prize. In 2019, her work was selected for the Top 50 portfolios in Critical Mass and Kris Graves Projects commissioned her to create a book on Los Angeles, which is now sold out. In 2018 and 2019, her work was exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of the Taylor Wessing Prize. Kris Graves Projects recently released her book, LOST II: Los Angeles.


PhotoVox is a monthly program offered by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center to help you strengthen your artistic voice with the support of other photographers and artists in the Denver Metro community. Meetings are held monthly at CPAC’s downtown gallery, and feature discussions led by local arts and community leaders. Three sessions per year are dedicated to portfolio sharing.