B&H Event Space Attendees Become Featured Artists at the SohoPhoto Gallery
We've been hosting free educational lectures at the B&H Event Space for several years, and this week, the fruits of our labor finally ripened. In October of 2013, we partnered with the SohoPhoto Gallery on a program called “The Portfolio Development Series,” which created the opportunity for attendees of the B&H Event Space to have their artwork potentially displayed at the gallery. The show officially opened this week, and it was a big hit.
To be included in the program, the participants needed to take a minimum of six classes from a specific list of B&H Event Space lectures. The classes ranged from technical topics, such as learning more about Photoshop or Lightroom, to classes that offered advice about how to present your work to galleries. There were also classes on printing photos. Printing is an activity that was encouraged among the participants. It's key to getting your images out of the digital realm, and into the physical world.
"While the prospect of getting your work into a gallery is enticing, the Portfolio Development Series was created to push its participants to strive to improve their photography, and it really paid off."
To be included in the show at the SohoPhoto Gallery, the participants also needed to share their latest images on social media sites. Creating a website was also mandatory, as was attending one of three critique sessions at the B&H Event Space, and finally, putting together a three-image portfolio. The portfolios would be judged by a committee to determine what would be included in the gallery show.
A notable 134 attendees started out, and an impressive 54 people went all the way through the five-month process and submitted a portfolio for review. The committee was really impressed with the work, and they had a very difficult time choosing who to include. In the end, they picked 34 photographs to be included in the show.
The opening party, on May 6, 2014, was jam-packed, and a photograph shot by participant Neal Hemphill was sold. The show will be on display until May 31, 2014, and the gallery is located at 15 White Street, in New York City. While the success of the show is exciting news, the real payoff is the marked improvement in the artwork of the participants.
While the prospect of getting your work into a gallery is enticing, the Portfolio Development Series was created to push its participants to strive to improve their photography, and it really paid off. Several of the participants had images that they created for the program published before the show opened. Another participant was recently accepted into the American Society of Media Photographers.
The show was such a success for the SohoPhoto Gallery that another, even larger event is being planned for July, which will feature more of the portfolio work that was submitted. The Portfolio Development Series will be back again this year, and once again, it gets started in mid-October. Keep your eye on the B&H Event Space calendar, and keep pushing yourself to create better work.