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Both Sides of the Table: Photography Portfolio Reviews Do’s & Don’ts with Debe Arlook and Eric Kunsman (Webinar)

  • Saturday
    September 7, 2024
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Debe Arlook and Eric Kunsman created a collaborative book that helps demystify photography portfolio reviews. The book comprises a series of 25 interview questions presented to 22 portfolio reviewees (photographers), 17 portfolio reviewers, and five portfolio review organizers. In this webinar, we will present essential information from the book that benefits participants on both sides of the table.*

The book’s contributors share valuable stories about the preparation, sitting at the review table, events away from the review table, and approaches for follow-up after the reviews. Participants will discover various opinions and approaches to a successful portfolio review event. Debe and Eric will summarize their book findings and share their personal successes and failures at portfolio reviews.

Both Sides of the Table: Photography Portfolio Reviews Do’s & Don’ts due Fall 2024, published by RIT Press.

To see a list of contributors, visit

*If you’re considering attending a portfolio review, this webinar provides valuable information and practical tips to enhance your understanding of the ins and outs of photography portfolio reviews.


Debe Arlook is an award-winning Los Angeles-based artist crossing the boundaries of conceptual and documentary photography. Arlook’s work is influenced by her personal growth practice and the conversation between the physical and non-physical worlds. Her photo-based work comprises landscape, portraiture, and abstractions, blending traditional photographic methods with mixed media, text, in-camera exposures, and post-process techniques.

Arlook exhibits globally, including Lishui Art Museum, Photo London, Griffin Museum of Photography, Colorado University Anshutz, and Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital. Her work is featured in All About Photo, Lenscratch, Frames Magazine, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Shadow & Light Magazine, and others. Awards include ‘Witness:’ Klompching FRESH 2024 Finalist & FRESH People’s Choice Award; and projects ‘foreseeable cache,’ & ‘one, one thousand…:’ FOCUS Photo L.A. Finalist, 2023; Critical Mass Top 50, 2022;  CENTER Social Award Honorable Mention, 2022 and Critical Mass Finalist 2021.

Arlook is a contributing editor for PhotoBook Journal, Pasadena Photography Advisor, founder of Arlook Printing Services, and mentor. Her co-created book, ‘Both Sides of the Table: Photography Portfolio Reviews Do’s & Don’ts,’ will be released in Fall 2024.


Eric T. Kunsman (b. 1975) was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology for the Visual Communications Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and an Adjunct Professor for the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences.

Eric has held over 40 solo exhibitions, and his work has been exhibited in over 250 galleries and museums. It has also been featured in Bloomberg Business Week, Harper’s, Dodho Magazine, Dek Unu, All About Photo, and LensWork.

Eric was named one of 10 B&W photographers to watch of 2018 by BW Gallerist, B&W Best Photographers of the Year 2019 & 2022 by Dodho Magazine, and won the Association of Photography (UK) Gold Award for Open Series in 2019, Finalist, Top 200 for Critical Mass in 2019, 2020, & 2021, Top 50 for Critical Mass in 2022, Top 15 Photographers for the Rust Belt Biennial. His project, Felicific Calculus, was also awarded a Warhol Foundations Grant through the CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY.


  • One Session
  • Dates: Saturday, September 7, 10 am – 11:30 am PST
  • Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
  • Tuition: $55 Non-Members; $45 Members (Become a Member and save!)
  • Location: Online

This class is part of our Saturday webinar series. These 90-minute presentations, taught by leading professionals in the field, are designed to be informative and educational. A wide range of topics will be explored. Each webinar will end with a Q&A from the audience.

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