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Produced by: Hessler Creative & Urban Exodus

AUG 28 & SEPT 4, 2021

Casting a Critical Eye:
Approaches to a successful portfolio and artist statement

Tuition: $375



Your portfolio and artist statement are critical tools for photographers looking to advance their practice. They are the first step towards website curation, grant and award applications, and provide the foundation for larger projects such as gallery shows and print publications. A strong portfolio and statement prepare you to open dialogues about your work, give artist talks, or even interviews. They become a blueprint for how you describe your current practice, and for many of us they are constant works in progress.


So, what makes a successful portfolio and statement? This in-depth and energetic workshop tackles a detailed look at the art of refining your portfolio and statement. Designed to support your evolving practice portfolio development is mentored to suit individual needs, including directed exploration of content, sequencing and editing. It can be challenging casting a critical eye over our own work, especially as we refine second, third and fourth drafts. Meetings are structured around critique, the study of established and emerging artists, reviewing contemporary photography books, and refining artist statements. 


Finally, students will be encouraged to find a home for their polished portfolios and statements!

Saturday, AUGUST 28th, 2021 (12pm et)

• Meet & Greet/ Introductions

• Overview of Workshop Schedule and Content

• Writing Exercise (5 Minute)

• Lecture, looking at established and emerging portfolios

• Critique, students present their portfolios and statement works in progress



Individual assignments tailored to each students needs, based on portfolio and statements presented in class (these will be emailed by Monday)


Saturday, September, 4th, 2021 (12pm et)
• Lecture, looking at grant and award applications, the website at portfolio, the photography book as portfolio

• Writing Exercise (5 Minutes)

• Group critique - students present their updated portfolio and statements for final feedback.



Class will meet Saturday, August 28th and Saturday, September 4th at noon (12pm Eastern Time). Each weekly group session will run roughly 2-3 hours, depending on lecture, discussion and critique times.


Skill level

This workshop is designed for photographers of all skill levels. It is recommended that students come with a portfolio and statement, but students of any ability are welcome, including those who are just starting building a portfolio. Sessions will be hosted on Zoom. Once you have completed registration we will send you your Zoom login information for the course. You do not need to download Zoom to participate on a desktop or laptop computer. You do need to download the Zoom app if accessing from a phone or tablet.


Sessions will be hosted on Zoom on Saturday, August 28th and Saturday, September 4th. Sessions will start at 12:00pm (Eastern Time) and will run roughly 2 - 3 hours, depending on lecture, discussion and critique times. 


A maximum of 14 students, and a minimum of 6* 


*The workshop will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met within 7 days of the workshop start. If cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all registered students. 


$375 per person (+$15 processing fee)



Click the pink registration button to pay your tuition via credit card or Paypal. You will receive an email with your Zoom login several days before the workshop.

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Madeleine Morlet is a photographer from London. She studied Classics and English at King's College London. For almost a decade Morlet worked in video production for companies such as Ridley Scott Associates, Vice, i-D and Somesuch. Her photography is cinematic, dark and deeply romantic (Romantics are often failed classicists). Madeleine is the Features Editor for Teeth Magazine and teaches photography in schools and institutions, including Maine Media Workshops

Morlet's first solo exhibition, I Promise I'll Never Forget, debuted at Dowling Walsh Gallery in September of 2019. The series has been been awarded the 14th Pollux Award, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award, honorable mention for the 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Lucie Foundation Photo Made Scholarship, Ellis-Beaugaurd Studio Residency, and Morlet has been shortlisted for the Lucie Scholarship Chroma X Luxe, Belfast Photo Festival and Felix Schoeller Photo Awards. She lives in Rockport, Maine with her husband and young child.

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