Portfolio review

An important occasion for professional and amateur photographers to know influential personalities of photography, in order to receive advices and suggestions. A chance to promote your own work and to strengthen your career.



He approached photography in 1997 and in 1999 he met Doug Beasley, he attended his courses at the Photographic Arts Retreat Center in Minnesota, thus beginning a research of the various ethnic groups and cultures of the peoples of the Americas (Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Lakota Sioux Indian reservations in South Dakota and Navaho and Hopi in Arizona).

He did numerous solo and group exhibitions including “Mynanmar, Birmania: Luce, Acqua, Presenze” with the presentation of photobook “Myanmar” published by Silvana Editoriale, Castello D’Albertis – Museum of World Cultures, Genoa.

Since 2009 she has been directing VisionQuesT contemporary photography.

In addition to solo and group exhibitions, the Studio publishes catalogs, organizes conferences, meetings with photographers, curators, critics, writers, books presentation, workshops, and works with various institutions such as the National Museums and Galleries.

Photographer specialized in travel reporting, Michele Bella is also an avid collector.

In 2012 he opened a photography department in Valeria Bella Gallery, historic gallery in Milan, founded by his mother in the 60s.

It’s dedicated to photography from postwar,period, both Italian and international. To continue the tradition of the gallery, he mainly deals with the great masters of photography, without neglecting the work of young people, which he has always felt close.

Maria Livia Brunelli graduated in Modern Literature and obtained her postgraduate diploma in Art History in Bologna. She received a master’s degree in “Management for art museums and contemporary architecture curator” in Rome.

She has worked with the Venice Biennale under Francesco Bonami’s direction, at the Rome MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, and she was a curator for more than two hundred exhibitions.

Since 2007, together with Fabrizio Casetti, she has been successfully directing the MLB Maria Livia Brunelli, a fascinating art gallery in a Renaissance palace in front of the Estense Castle in Ferrara, where guided tours often end in the gallery owners’ private quarters. Each grand opening at the MLB coincides with Palazzo dei Diamanti events: the two venues are connected through site-specific projects. The MLB gallery also promotes the arts through public art projects, collaborating with museums such as the MAMBo and the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo foundation, and taking part to fairs in Italy and abroad.

Collector of art and photography. In the eighties member of the Art Gallery Daverio, Milan. Since 2001 consultant for the Central Management and the Museums and Exhibitions sector of the City of Milan. Organizer and expert for the photography sector of contemporary art auctions for Casa d’Aste Farsetti. From 2003 to 2008 promoter and artistic director of Fotografia Italiana, art gallery specialized in Italian photography and editor of the publication “Pagine di Fotografia Italiana“.

Since 2011 founder and artistic director of MIA Photo Fair, the international art fair dedicated to photography in Italy.

After graduating, Giovanna Calvenzi taught for eleven years history of photography. Since 1985 she is photo-editor and worked for several Italian magazines.

She is currently image consultant for Donna Moderna, a weekly magazine by Mondadori Editore. In 1998 she was artistic director of the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles. In 2002 she was guest curator of Photo España and 2014, with Laura Serani, a curator of the Mois de la Photo in Paris. She teaches photo-editing and has an intense study activities on contemporary photography. In 2015-2016 she curated two important exhibitions at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan: Italy Inside Out (featuring the works of 42 Italian authors who have worked in Italy) and Henri Cartier-Bresson and others (35 international authors and Italy ).


Claudio Composti was born in Milan in 1973. He grew up in the art world thanks to his father, former partner of the historic Galleria Toselli.
In 1997 he opened with his father Galleria Cà di Frà. In 2009 he left the family gallery and opens the mc2gallery in Milan, where he is Art Director and co-founder along with the young collector Vincenzo Maccarone.
The gallery is specialized in photography, exposing both young Italian photographers both internationally renowned photographers and it is today a landmark of photography in Italy.
For years participates as Folio Reviewer for some of the Italian Photography Centers (like Phos in Turin, Macula in Pesaro) and collaborates with various both Italian and international photographic festivals (FFE_Festival Fotografico europea, Photo Vogue Festival in Milan, Photolux of Lucca and Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles).
In 2016 he creates Periscope Photoscouting, a consulting and scouting platform for young artists who use the medium of photography and photographers.
Since 2017 he collaborates with Leica Galerie Store in Milan and Bologna for photographic exhibitions.

© foto Bernard Saint-Genès/Connaissance des Arts

Carine Dolek is co-founder of Circulation(s), festival of the young emerging european photography, and member of the festival’s artistic board.
Artistic director of the gallery Le petit espace, Paris.
Copy editor of Instagram France.
Journalist for the Réponses Photo Magazine.

Curatrice. Ha fondato pianoBI per cui cura progetti espositivi ed editoriali.

Nel 2010 viene inserita all’interno della lista dei Consulenti Esperti dell’Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione del MiBAC.

Già Art Curator in Giart – che ha ideato e realizzato la serie di film Fotografia Italiana, edita da Contrasto e distribuita in tutto il mondo – ha curato per Maurizio Galimberti diverse mostre e pubblicazioni, tra cui Paesaggio Italia, edito da Marsilio Editore e l’ultima pubblicazione dell’autore Portraits, SilvanaEditoriale.

Tra le recenti pubblicazioni curate: Malacarne di Francesco Faraci. ISP – Italian Street Photography. La Fotografia di Strada in Italia, Volume Uno.

Collabora stabilmente con la galleria due piani di Pordenone e con diverse realtà italiane.

Lettore portfolio e membro di giuria in manifestazioni e festival di settore è inoltre Contributing Editor per le riviste Il Fotografo Gruppo Sprea Editori e Eyesopen! Magazine.


Journalist and photo editors for Io Donna – the women’s magazine of Corriere della Sera – and AMICA, the monthly magazine of RCS Mediagroup.

Previously, she was for a long time the director of photographic production at Contrasto. She has participated in numerous Italian and international juries. She writes of photographers and photographs, holds workshops and lectures in universities and specialized schools courses. She cares publishing and exhibition projects of individual authors and collectives.

Since 2010 he has a photographic blog stories on ilpost.it

Journalist, photography critic, Sandro Iovine was born in 1961 in Rome. From 1989 to 1998 he worked as an editor at Editrice Reflex; he then moved to Milan where, from 1999 to 2014, he directed the magazine IL FOTOGRAFO.

He has taught History of Photography in Rome at the ISFCI and, starting in 2003, he has also given lectures on Photojournalism and Visual Communication in Milan.

He has held Master’s courses at MIFAV – Università di Tor Vergata in Rome (where he co-directed the F&D publications), as well as at the Universities of Bologna, Bergamo, Insubria, Palermo, Pavia, Perugia and Siena. He has collaborated with RAI-Radio 1, RAI-Radio 3, Radio 24 and Radio Svizzera Italiana, Paese Sera, Avvenimenti, Il Giornale di Napoli, Il Manifesto. He has edited several photo books, and in 2011 he was curator of the Photography section of RomaProvinciaCreativa. He is part of the evaluation committee for the Eyes in Progress project. In 2014 he founded the magazine for the promotion of images FPmag he currently directs.

Born in 1977, Alessia Locatelli lives and works between Milan and Turin. After a Master’s Degree at the Accademia Brera (Milan) in Communication and Organization of Visual Arts, financed through the European Social Fund, she specialized in Photography, collaborating with some galleries and becoming in 2006 a professional in the organization of exhibitions as well as critics. Among her achievements, it is worth mentioning some editions of Premio Canon and of the SiFest di Savignano. In the same period, she also continued her activity as portfolio reviewer, curator and consultant to professionals and collectors. She has taken part to international events, including organizing exhibitions and coordinating Italian galleries at the Daegu Art Fair (South Korea), thus promoting international relations. She has been a contributor of Juliet Art Magazine since 2006. She is member of the Obiettivo Camera team and she has been supporting the management and teaching of professional courses for curators of photography and visual arts for some years now. She is also engaged in the preservation of photographic images, promoting a wider understanding and sensitivity of this issue.

From 1999 to 2002 she worked at the Modern Art Gallery in Bologna, dealing with the organization of exhibitions before, and later in the press and communication office. From 2002 to 2005 head of communications of Ravenna MAR in the project of visual identity and communication of exhibits, from 2005 to 2008 she worked as editor for the publishing house Damiani Bologna in the development of the publishing catalog. Since 2009 she deals with Metronom activities, promoting contemporary artistic research with a focus to the authors of the younger generation. With Metronom launched in 2015 LIVEstudio project, artist in residence and in 2013 Generazione critica, an annual conference dedicated to art criticism.

Pierre André Podbielski in 2011 opened in Berlin the photo gallery Podbielski Contemporary. Collector and gallery owner since 2001, Pierre André collaborated with Rubin Gallery in Milan, becoming a partner and co-director and in charge, mainly, of abstract painting.

Present in several important fairs (Art Cologne, Arte Fiera, Miart, Preview Berlin, Artissima, MIA), he is in a network of significant contacts in the art world and he is finally landed in Berlin. The German capital is now considered the most important crossroads of cultures and the center of a creative artistic development, multi-ethnic, cosmopolitan, always open to debate and discussion between artists, critics, gallery owners and collectors.

Curator and author, Laura Serani regularly collaborates with institutions, festivals and publishers in Europe and elsewhere .

President of the Prix Résidence pour la Photographie and consultant of the Fondation Les Treilles in France, since 2015.

She was Art director for the 2014 and 2008 editions of the Mois de la Photo in Paris,

Art director of the Rencontres de Bamako, African biennial of photography, held in Mali in 2011 and 2009, curator for Fotografia Europea–Reggio Emilia, from 2007 until 2015 and director of the Sifest, in 2007 and 2008.

Previously, she was Director of the Fnac Collection and of the Fnac Galleries (Europe, Brasil and Taiwan), from 1986 to 2006.

Curator of the Celeste Prize/Visible White 2017, member of Oracle and of various grant juries  (Prix Niépce, World Press, New York Photo Awards, Vipa/Wien, Prix de la Fondation Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Circulations, Premio Emergentes Braga, Villa Perochon, Pop Cap, MedPhoto/Crete, Luz Award /Buenos Aires … ),

LS is also nominator for several prizes (Prix Pictet, Mack Books, British Journal of Photography …).

Author of several books and texts,  L.S. lives in Paris.

Enrico Stefanelli is a photographer and journalist and teaches photography in workshops.

He was the founder of the Lucca Photo Fest and currently the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival the new biennial of photography in Lucca.

Since 2010 is the Italian curator of Epea, European Photo Exhibition Award, a project for the development of young talents in photography.
He’s member of the Nominating committee for the Joop Swart Masterclass at World Press Photo Foundation and a member of the international jury of the prize: The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film.

Michael has been Director of the Belfast Photo Festival since 2009 and initiated as well as curated numerous commissions on exhibitions of contemporary art with a particular focus on photography. In his role he curates the varied programme of artist talks, symposiums, residencies, workshops, short films and exhibitions per year. He has recently nominated for The Infinity Awards at the International Centre of Photography (New York) and judged for the 2016 Circulations Photography Festival (Paris). He also works and reviews internationally having recently worked for Magnum Photos (New York) and reviewed at Young Art Taipei (Taiwan), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Singapore International Photography Festival (Singapore), East Wing (Dubai) and Chobi Mela (Bangladesh). He has delivered exhibitions/events in collaboration with a range of organisations and artists, including major organisations such as HBO and artists such as Ai Weiwei and Alec Soth.

Best portfolio selection

At the end of Sunday, May 7 sessions, at 1.30pm,  the present reviewers, at their sole discretion, will announce the 3 best portfolio, which will be published on Fotografia Europea website.

In addition, the winner will be awarded with the print of his own photographs (printing approximately 25 fine art photographs on Canson paper, size 30 x 45, thanks to Foto Superstudio) and expose them, in 2018, at VisionQuesT contemporary photography gallery in Genoa, Maria Livia Brunelli home gallery di Ferrara and MIA Photo Fair in Milan. Moreover the photos will be published in the magazine FPmag and presented at Photolux Festival 2017, Lucca.


Those who wish to participate in the selection of the best portfolio, at the end of the review, must submit to the secretariat the prints of their images properly closed and with a label indicating the name of the owner.

At the end of the ceremony all the portfolio will be returned to the owners. If you can’t withdraw your portfolio on Sunday, May 7, you can pick up at Foto Superstudio in Reggio Emilia, in the following days.
Participation in the selection is free, except for the expenses for registration for the portfolio review.


Portfolio Review 2017 are organized in collaboration with Inside Training e Spazio Fotografia San Zenone




Saturday, May 6: 2pm – 6pm

Sunday, May 7: 10am – 12.30am

Not all readers will be available both Saturday and Sunday, check the registrations table.


Biblioteca Panizzi
via Farini 3
Reggio Emilia



Each review will last up to 25 minutes and the participant can show a maximum of two portfolio with a maximum of 15 images each.

It’s better to take printed portfolios, but you can also use digital media (there will be no electricity available).

Foreign reviewers (marked on the registration form) will speak in English and there will be no simultaneous translation.



Each review costs 35 € (VAT included)

Each participant can participate in one or more reviews, the cost of the reviews will be cumulative: 2 readings € 70, 3 readings € 105 and so on.

The invoice will arrive by mail a few days after signing up.



you can only sign up on Fotografia Europea website

The review must be paid in advance and by credit card (PayPal system).

If unable to attend, the fee will not be refunded, however, it will be possible to replace the participant.


for registrations problems: FOTO SUPERSTUDIO   ph. +39 0522 431361 info@fotosuperstudio.it for payment and billing problems: INSIDE SRL   ph. +39 0522 516656 loriana@insidesrl.it

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