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International Meeting Place Portfolio Review



Informal reviews at the Meeting Place



  FotoFest 2012 Biennial


March 16 - April 3, 2012




FotoFest is in a league of its own. It is something not to be missed by photographers in any stage of their careers.

Judy Haberl, Boston, Massachusetts
Meeting Place Registrant

Welcome to FotoFest's 16-day Biennial Meeting Place Portfolio Review in Houston, Texas.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown

If you are curious as to why we call our portfolio review program "The Meeting Place", it's because the Meeting Place presents the opportunity for photographic artists to meet and show their work to top arts professionals from around the world. The event is literally a "meeting place" - a place where artists, arts professionals, collectors, and colleagues are able to network, collaborate, share ideas, and establish life-long connections.    

The Meeting Place provides photographic artists the opportunity to present their portfolios to a wide range of decision-makers who can help assist photographers in their future career development. This may mean an exhibition, purchases work, an arts residency, or the publication in a magazine or book.

We invite some of the most important people in the field of photography from all over the world to come to Houston and review registered artists' portfolios. Reviewers include museum curators, gallery owners, directors of non-profit organizations, magazine editors, representatives of photography agencies, collectors and publishers. See the current list of confirmed 2012 reviewers here.


Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown

As part of the Meeting Place, there are four public Evenings with the Artist - Open Portfolio Nights, presented in conjunction with artist book signings and artist/curator dialogues. The public is invited to meet with artists participating in the Meeting Place, view their portfolios, and possibly buy work.


Professionally, I must say that seeing how FotoFest for the last 20 + years has promoted a platform for international photography - introducing, sharing, collaborating and nurturing a community for the photographic arts in Houston and worldwide, continues to be the best inspiration.

Celina Lunsford, Meeting Place Reviewer
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt,
Frankfurt, Germany

The Meeting Place is open to all photographic artists. There are 16 days of portfolio reviews for four 4-day sessions. FotoFest does not pre-jury our portfolio review.

The Meeting Place is a part of the FotoFest Biennial. Participants in the Meeting Place have:

  • Free access to Biennial exhibitions, artist talks, lectures, and book signings

  • Participation in FotoFest's public event, Evenings with the Artists - Open Portfolio Nights, where you can display your work to the public and other Meeting Place participants.

  • Opportunities for informal reviews with roving reviewers

  • Networking with fellow artists

  • Discounted Workshop registration

Hundreds of photographers have benefitted from showing their work at the Meeting Place. Our Sucesses of The Meeting Place webpage is a great resource to see specifically what many artists' have gained by participating in the portfolio review.

The Meeting Place Portfolio Review brings together over 500 photographic artists from around the world and across the United States, with over 160 professional reviewers. It is the largest portfolio review program in the world. Read more about the History of the Meeting Place Portfolio Review Program.



If you have questions about the portfolio review, please contact Sarah Craig, Meeting Place Assistant, at or call 713-223-5522 ext. 13. We hope to see you in 2012!

The Meeting Place Location

The DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown, is the headquarters hotel and major sponsor for the FotoFest 2012 Biennial. The hotel is located at 400 Dallas Street, Houston, TX, 77002. The Meeting Place, Fine Print Auction, Workshops, Book Signings, Evening with the Artists, and Artist/Curator Dialogues all take place here.

The Meeting Place is located in downtown Houston at the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown, 400 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77002.

For registrants, FotoFest has a special room rate of $159.00 + tax at the Doubletree Hotel. A limited number of rooms are available at this rate.

The FotoFest reservation code is FFA. Go to the DoubleTree by Hilton FotoFest reservations page online and enter the Group/Convention reservation code or call toll-free 1-800-222-TREE.