Portfolio Reviews 2014

About the Portfolio Reviews

Welcome to the 1st Tokyo International Portfolio Reviews, taking place on August 22 & 23, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tokyo International Portfolio Reviews will bring together internationally-renowned editors and curators from around the world for two days of photography critiques and conversations.

Application Deadline: Sunday August 17th, 2014


Event Title: Tokyo International Portfolio Reviews


Partner: United Photo Industries

Dates: August 22nd & 23rd, 2014 from 10:00 – 18:00

Location: studio lotus (4F No.3 SUZUE Bldg.1-14-24 Kaigan Minato-ku Tokyo 1050022, JAPAN) – http://studiolotus.jp/

The portfolio reviews are open to mid-career photographers who are ready to present a coherent body of work to international reviewers. Photographers who are attending this review should be able to communicate in either English and/or Japanese.

Price: $215.00 – 5 Review Sessions / $415.00 – 10 Review Sessions

About the Reviews

Photographers interested in participating can choose to sign up for 5 or 10 review sessions (20 minutes each).

Please note that we will do our very best to match you with your preferred reviewers, but there is NO GUARANTEE that you will be assigned to your top choice. We let you know your schedule and finalized list of assigned reviewers within 3 days before the review.

To register, please click on the Registration button below to create an account (or sign in if you already have one) and proceed to select your preferred dates, reviewers and provide us with some key information.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out – [email protected]

Meet the Reviewers

Nahoko Ando

Nahoko Ando Nahoko Ando has been working at the editorial departments of PHaT PHOTO since2003. In addition to the magazine, she edits photography books and books related to photography.


Tomoka Aya

Tomoka AyaBorn in Osaka. Tomoka Aya founded The Third Gallery AYA in 1996 and is the owner director. She represents artists like Miyako Ishiuchi, Jo Spence, Eiko Yamazawa, Toshiko Okanoue and also of those living in Kansai such as Jun Abe, Nobuo Asada, kouichi Watanabe, Hiromi Kakimoto and more.


Sam Barzilay
Creative Director – United Photo Industries
Co-Founder – Photoville

Serving as United Photo Industries’ Creative Director, Sam Barzilay is also the co-founder of Photoville, a modular venue built of/from re-purposed shipping containers on the waterfront of New York City. Prior to founding United Photo Industries and launching the United Photo Industries Gallery, THE FENCE, and Photoville, he was the Director of the New York Photo Festival.

In his dual capacity as curator and festival organizer, he has had the pleasure and privilege of curating photo exhibitions and lecturing on current trends in contemporary photography in numerous countries around the world.


Jim Casper
Founder, Editor & Publisher – Lens Culture

Jim Casper is the founder, editor and publisher of LensCulture, a global photography network and online magazine celebrating current trends of contemporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce and popular cultures worldwide. LensCulture currently attracts visitors from 80+ countries each day, and reaches more than 400,000 photography lovers regularly through its networks.

Today, ten years after Casper started it, LensCulture is a world-class resource and platform for discovering and sharing contemporary photography through multiple online initiatives, events and activities around the globe. LensCulture grants several international photography awards each year which have boosted the careers of hundreds of photographers. In 2014, LensCulture FotoFest Paris will celebrate its 5th anniversary as a highly-respected annual international portfolio review conference in Paris, France; last year the conference attracted participants from five continents and 42 countries.

As an active member in the contemporary photography world, LensCulture collaborates in partnerships to develop and promote important international photography events and conferences. Casper curates arts exhibitions, writes about photography and culture for magazines and books, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and portfolio reviewer, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations. In 2014, he was elected to serve on the board of directors at SPE, the Society for Photographic Education, the world’s largest association of photography educators.


Deborah Dragon
Editor – Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone’s deputy photo editor Deborah Dragon has collaborated with a long list of award-winning photographers to conceptualize, supervise and execute hundreds of memorable photo shoots since she arrived at the prestigious publication in 2002. She has also worked as a photo editor and helped dictate the visual presentation of such top national publications as FHM, Entertainment Weekly and Details. Deborah continues her fine-art work taking photographs using handmade pinhole cameras, exhibiting her work in numerous shows.

She has a BFA in photography and lives in New York City.


Kimi Himeno

Kimi Himeno After serving as a chief editor in SEIGENSHA, Kimi Himeno founded AKAAKA Art Publishing, Inc, a publisher mainly producing photo and art books. The title includes ‘CANARY’ by Lieko Shiga, ‘Asadake’ (The Asada family) Masashi Asada, ‘MID’, ‘GROUND’ by Kozue Takagi, ‘Taigan’ (Opposite shore) by Arata Dodo and more. She is a professor of Tokyo Polytechnic University.


Motoo Hisako

Motoo Hisako As an independent curator and editor, Hisako Motoo has been directing and producing various photography projects focusing on exhibitions and books on photography, working internationally. She is the head of private office matrix inc and the original label eyesencia.

Yasunori Hoki

Yasunori Hoki Born in 1961, Tokyo. Yasunori Hoki once worked at GALLERY WHITE ROOM TOKYO. He is the founder and director of SUPER LABO, a publisher specializing in photography. He is also known as a private dealer.


W.M. Hunt
Collector, Curator & Consultant – Dancing Bear

W.M. Hunt is or has been a photography collector, dealer, writer, teacher, judge, curator, fund raiser, and consultant … everything but photographer.  That’s fine.  He loves new talent.

Tomo Kosuga

After serving as the creative director / content manager / magazine & online editor / video producer at VICE Japan, Tomo Kosuga is currently producing and curating photo exhibitions as an independent producer. He is also the director of the Masahisa Fukase Estate.


Koutarou Iizawa

Koutarou Iizawa Koutarou Iizawa is a photography critic. Born in Miyagi,1954, he complete the course of The Graduate School of Arts of University of Tsukuba. His recent works include ‘Read carefully the masterpiece of Japanese photography’ from PIE International, ‘Photo books create an era’ from CMS and so on.

Tetsuro Ishida

Tetsuro Ishida Born in Osaka, 1968. After working at MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO, Tetsuro Ishida serves as the curator of Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, involved with art museum education and exhibition projects and organization. He has curated exhibitions of Nobuyoshi Araki in 1999, Rinko Kawauchi in 2012, Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 12 in 2013 and more.


Takayuki Ishii

Takayuki Ishii Born in 1963, Tokyo. Takayuki Ishii founded Taka Ishii Gallery in Otsuka, Tokyo in 1994. (The gallery was relocated to Kiyosumi in 2005.) The artists he represents include Japanese photography masters such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, Naoya Hatakeyama as well as artists getting increasing appreciation such as Ei Arakawa and Yuki Kimura. He established Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film in Roppongi in February, 2011.


Hideko Kataoka

Hideko Kataoka Hideko Kataoka has been Director of Photography at Newsweek Japan since 2001. In 2004, she launched the Picture Power section in the magazine, a weekly photo essay that captures under reported topics around the world, “Ten Years of Picture Power”, a book with selected photo stories from the section, was just published this summer. She has served as a juror at international photography festivals and competitions, such as World Press Photo in 2014 and 2010, as a co-editor of the photo book “A Day in the World” in 2012, is a lecturer at Tokyo Polytechnic University.


Mika Kobayashi

Mika Kobayashi Mika Kobayashi is a photography critic and researcher. She has been directing lectures, workshops and exhibitions on photography, contributing to magazines. While staying in the US from 2007 to 2008, she got engaged in the exhibitions and research activity introducing Japanese photography in International Center of Photography (ICP) and in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Currently she is a guest researcher of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.


Paul Kopeikin
Owner – Kopeikin Gallery

Paul Kopeikin has owned and operated his Los Angeles gallery for over 2o years and during that time has curated over 200 exhibitions of vintage, classic and contemporary photography as well as, in more recent years, paintings and drawings. Throughout the years the Gallery has participated in numerous international art fairs, and even more numerous panel discussions and competitions of various sorts. Throughout it all he has kept his sense of humor and love of art and especially photography.



Born in 1982, Tokyo. After working at the editorial department of an art magazine BIJUTSUTECHO from BIJUTSU SHUPPAN-SHA, Kana Miyazaki entered Asahi Shimbun Publications in 2011. She works at the editorial department Asahi Camera. She is also in charge of “NUDE!”, additional volume of Asahi Camera.


Miho-Odaka After serving as a photo editor in amana images, Miho Odaka engaged in directing exhibitions and selling works at EMON PHOTO GALLERY. In 2012, she left the gallery to start her own business. Then, she conducts management of artists and consultation. She also works in various fields linking Japan to foreign countries including coordinate and direction of exhibitions and teacher at photography schools.

Marc Prust
Independent Photography Consultant & Curator

Michella Schmucker Marc Prüst is active as photography consultant, curator, and teacher. In that capacity he edits books, creates exhibitions, teaches and organizes workshops and masterclasses, lectures and writes on photography, and advises photographers on how to develop their work and how to market it.
He has successfully launched the Northern Lights Masterclass, a one year masterclass for professional photojournalists and social documentary photographers, in September 2010. Prüst also teaches Visual Identity classes at Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris. He was one of three curators for the FotoGrafia festival in Rome for the period 2010 – 2012, and the creative director of the only photo festival in Nigeria, LagosPhoto.

Marc Prüst (1975) worked for the World Press Photo Foundation from 2001 to 2007, where he organized and installed exhibitions all over the world. In 2005 he was responsible for the exhibition and award winning publication “Things As They Are, Photo Journalism in Context since 1955”, for which he worked in close cooperation with curator Christian Caujolle and editor Chris Boot. In 2007 he moved on to Agence VU’ where he was mainly responsible for the international cultural activities of the agency. In 2009 he left the agency to start for himself as freelance curator, consultant, and teacher.

Sujong Song

Sujong Song is active in a broad spectrum of photography-related projects: publishing, exhibition curating, criticism, and teaching. She is especially interested in expanding the contact points between photography and the public, using photography’s wide ranging forms. Song has participated in several photography festivals, including the Angkor Photography Festival where she was on the executive committee. She is currently a committee member of the Daegu Photo Biennale and co-director of Lunar Photo Fest in South Korea. She was honored to be a judge at World Press Photo, Critical Mass, POYi and other photographic awards. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including “Memento Vita” at the Seoul Metropolitan Museum, “Paradise Lost” at the Goeun Photography Museum, and “Five Views from Korea” at the Noorderlicht gallery.

Sayaka Takahashi

Sayaka TakahashiBorn in Chiba, 1976. Sayaka Takahashi studied with Osamu Hiraki at School of Second Humanities and Social sciences, Waseda University.

She has been working at Photo Gallery International (Tokyo) since 1998, involved with projects and management of exhibition. She took part in Higashikawa International Photo Festival as the assistant director of Higashikawa award winner artists exhibition.


Kenji Takazawa

Kenji Takazawa Kenji Takazawa is a photography critic. Born in 1968, Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture. He writes in Asahi Camera, Shashin gahou, IMA, PHaT PHOTO. He oversaw the writing of ‘Study of PHOTO’ in Japanese and edited and contributed to ‘Tsugaru’, a photo book by Masako Tomiya. He is a part-time professor at Tokyo Zokei University.

Akiko Tamari

Akiko Tamari Born in 1972, Tokyo. After graduating from Bunka Fashion College in 1993, Akiko Tamari entered BUNKA PUBLISHING BUREAU in 1993. She worked at the in-office for two years, then joined the editorial department in 1995. She was assigned to the editorial department of Japanese fashion magazine SOEN from 1995 to 1997, “MR High Fashion” from 1997. She returned to SOEN in 2000.


Event Outline

Event Title: Tokyo International Portfolio Reviews

Partner: United Photo Industries

Dates: August 22nd & 23rd, 2014 from 10:00 – 18:00

Location: studio lotus (4F No.3 SUZUE Bldg.1-14-24 Kaigan Minato-ku Tokyo 1050022, JAPAN) – studiolotus.jp