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Featuring a Lecture by renowned educator and photographer Henry Horenstein, second speaker in the Martha Strawn Photographic Lecture Series

Friday evening, 7pm at The Light Factory.


Fine Art Portfolio Review Registration

Commercial Portfolio Review Registration

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 29th by noon.

After registering, you will be directed to a Signup Genius page where you will select the reviewers you will meet with and create your own schedule for the Throwdown. This is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Space is limited!



Pinhole Camera Workshop

Don’t forget to bring your 2017 Portfolio Throwdown Pinhole Camera, we will have a drop-in workshop Saturday morning from 9:30 – noon taught by Charlotte photographer Michael O’Neill. Stop by in between your reviews to learn how to use your pinhole camera, we will have a Pop-UP Pinhole Exhibition at noon during the Print Exchange. Didn’t get a camera? Don’t worry, we have extras!


Portfolio Review Prep

Still need some help getting ready for your reviews? Below is a collection of online resources for photographers attending review events–to make the most of this experience, it pays to prepare!

+Preparing for a Review (FotoFest 2016 Biennial, International Meeting Place, The Portfolio Review for Artists: Preparing for the Meeting Place)

+Mary Virginia Swanson: How to Prepare for Portfolio Review Events

+photolucida: The Photography Review Festival How-to Guidebook

+The Perfect Portfolio: Tips from Editors and Buyers by Jim Colton National Press Photographers Association

+PDN Video: How to Get the Most Out of a Portfolio Review

+Mary Virginia Swanson: Assessing the Value of Attending Portfolio Review Events

There are numerous photography portfolio review events for professionals, amateurs, and students across the globe. If the Throwdown is your first portfolio review experience, we hope it’s the first of many in your future! Good luck and we look forward to seeing you in Charlotte.

Darbey Younce [Best Commercial Portfolio, Catawba Community College] Victoria Byers [Best Fine Art Portfolio, UNC Charlotte] Brianna Robinson [Honorable Mention, UNC Charlotte]


The Martha Strawn Photographic Lecture Series at The Light Factory

The Martha Strawn Photographic Lecture Series is funded by a $25,000 endowment with The Foundation for the Carolinas to benefit The Light Factory’s programming for its membership and the public. The lectures funded by this endowment will be awarded yearly to a prominent speaker in a field of photographic expression, media, history, and/or theory.

Benefactor and photographer Martha Strawn was one of the original founders of The Light Factory (1973) and is an Emerita Professor of Art (University of North Carolina, Charlotte). She has been the recipient of NEA, Fulbright, and North Carolina Artists Fellowships. Her books include Alligators, Prehistoric Presence in the American Landscape, Religion: From Place to Placelessness (co-authored with Yi Fu Tuan), andAcross the Threshold of India. Strawn’s work can be found in many collections including: the Princeton University Art Museum, Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas), Smithsonian Institute, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and Mint Museum of Art.

The Light Factory is very grateful for Martha Strawn’s generous contribution.

2017 Fine Art & Commercial Reviewers: 

Byron Baldwin  Fine Art: Documentary and Street Photography

Byron Baldwin has been making photographs since 1970. He finished his graduate work at Ohio University in 1972 and has since lived in Charlotte, NC. He was a founding member of The Light Factory in 1973 and taught photography at Myers Park High School in Charlotte NC and at area colleges and universities for forty years. His work has been exhibited widely and is included in the collections of the High Museum in Atlanta, Bank of America, the Library of Congress, R.J. Reynolds Corporation, the State Museum of South Carolina, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Mint Museum, The Levine Museum of the New South, New Mexico State University, Wells Fargo Bank and numerous private collections. His book “The 521 All-Stars, A Championship Story of Baseball and Community” was published in 1999. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and is represented by The Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte. In 2012 he received the Cato, Arts and Science Council Lifetime Achievement Award for Teaching.


Endia Beal
 Fine Art: Documentary 

Endia Beal is a North Carolina based artist, who is internationally known for her photographic narratives and video testimonies that examine the personal, yet contemporary stories of marginalized communities and individuals. Beal currently serves as the Director of Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University and Associate Professor of Art.


Diana Bloomfield
 Fine Art

Diana Bloomfield has been an exhibiting photographer for over thirty-five years. She has received numerous awards for her images, and her alternative process work has been widely published. A visual storyteller, Diana specializes in 19th century printing techniques, and the frequent use of pinhole and toy cameras.


Sean Busher  Commercial

Sean Busher is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in conceptual advertising imagery with CGI integration. He works with ad agencies and corporations to bring complicated visions to life through digital artistry and out-of-the-box thinking.


Andrew Caldwell CommercialFine Art & Documentary

In addition to his role as an Assistant Professor of Commercial Photography at Appalachian State University, Andrew Caldwell is a commercial and fine art photographer.  He has photographed across multiple disciplines including: advertising, architectural, weddings, portraits, nature, and contemporary fine art.  His work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally.


Crista Cammaroto Fine Art

Crista Cammaroto is Director of Galleries for the College of Arts + Architecture at UNCC running both the Projective Eye Gallery of Center City and the Storrs Gallery on main campus as part of the School of Architecture.

She is co-founder of the Keeping Watch initiative and curator for the majority of exhibits running through both galleries. As a Director of Galleries at UNCC and former Artistic Director of The Light Factory she has been awarded 2 NEA grants, a Mapplethorpe Foundation Grant, four ASC grants, and four North Carolina Arts Council Grants, an FFTC Grant and designed Message in a Bottle | Artifacts of Remembrance Exhibition – winner of the McColl Award.

Her experience teaching in academia has spanned 14 years, most recently at Queens University and previously as Chair of the Photography Dept. at Oregon College of Arts and Craft and Chair of the Photography Dept. at CPCC. Crista is also a prolific interdisciplinary artist, her residencies include Little Italy Arts Center, The McColl Center for Visual Art, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, UNC Charlotte, and the Bechtler Collection. In addition to her curatorial projects she has just finished two new bodies of work, Five Openings and her ongoing Earthworks series. Her most recent performance being Bursting Bubbles at the McColl Center in 2013. Exhibits include the Levine Museum of The New South, Joie Lassiter Gallery, Upstairs Gallery, Tryon NC, Georgia Southern University, Mercer University, and UC Boulder.


Micah Cash
 Fine Art

Micah Cash was born in Texarkana, Texas, and raised in South Carolina. He received his MFA from the University of Connecticut and his BFA from the University of South Carolina. Micah has exhibited nationally in both solo and group exhibitions and presents on his work and the cultural and social constructs of landscape. His paintings and photographs have been featured most recently in The Bitter Southerner, Fraction MagazineNinth LetterAint-Bad MagazinePlaces Journal, Two Coats of Paint, Charlotte Magazine, and the Looking at Appalachia project. His first monograph, Dangerous Waters, will be published by University of Tennessee Press in the fall of 2017. He lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Joe Ciarlante Commercial

Photographer involved in photographic education for over thirty years. The combination of my commercial experience and fine art background has allowed me to creatively translate ideas and concepts into effective visual images. My experience in traditional media combined with the necessity to stay current with the newest digital technology, both in image capture and printing technology, has been a strong asset to my students.


Lili Corbus Fine Art

Lili Corbus has lectured and published widely in the field of art history, including her book on the decline of social documentary, Photography and Politics:  From the New Deal into the Cold War (Johns Hopkins UP, 1999). She taught at numerous universities before joining UNC Charlotte, where she retired as Emerita Associate Professor (2006). Now an independent scholar, she continues to lecture, research, curate, and publish on diverse topics in the history of photography including: Lisette Model, “Art in the Red Scare,” Nina Leen’s circus imagery, Sonia Handelman Meyer and the Photo League, among other subjects.


Brian Culbertson Fine Art

Brian Culbertson is a photo-based artist currently living in Greenville, North Carolina. As a student of photography Brian has worked with everything from historic 19thcentury processes, to advanced digital image making technology. He creates images combining traditional and digital processes in an attempt to create work that focuses on the end result, the images created, and not the process used to create them.

The underlying theme in most every body of work Brian creates is transformation. Transformation from occupied dwelling to abandoned space, from the individual to the unified group, from sane to insane. Brian is intrigued by these in-between moments in time and space.

Brian recently started working towards his MFA Photography degree at East Carolina University in Greenville NC, with a projected completion date of May 2018.


Logan Cyrus Documentary, Photojournalism

I am an independent photographer working in the southeastern United States and call Charlotte, NC home.

After spending 6 years a Navy Corpsman, I began studying photography at the Art Institute of Charlotte. After graduating, I worked as the staff photographer of Charlotte magazine for 2 years before leaving my post to pursue freelance photography full-time.

My images have appeared in national and international publications and I have also done work for both editorial and commercial clients across the United States and Europe.


Heather Freeman  Fine Art

I was always interested in the language and symbolic forms of science and where these intersect with mythic, religious and popular iconographies. With the birth of my son Quinn in 2008, this interest shifted to the linguistic growth of children. As a two-year-old, my son’s language skills went through a developmental explosion, and I found myself cataloguing his verbal discoveries. I reinterpreted my son’s language-defined worldview by taking his interests (trucks, dinosaurs, owls, playgrounds, etc.) and translating them into my own concerns (sustainable energy, ecological diversity, social justice, etc.) These became portraits of my son’s shifting Weltanschauung.

My son’s language skills metamorphose as he grows. As his ability to express the world matures, so accrue his fascinations, from construction equipment to video games, from monsters to death. As his relationship to a complex society matures, my relationships as a mother also evolve.

I find myself investigating old interests (science, human history, popular culture) through the lens of motherhood, with all its self-doubts, flailing, and absurdity contrasted with deep assurance. My son’s growth constantly re-defines motherhood for me, just as the changing nature of childhood re-shapes my investigations of the non-familial world.


Lauren Greenwald Fine Art

Lauren Greenwald is a visual artist working primarily in photography and video. Ms. Greenwald received her M.F.A. in Studio Art, with a minor in Museum Studies, from the University of New Mexico and her B.A. in Art History and French from the College of Charleston. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of South Carolina.


Meg Griffiths  Fine Art

Meg Griffiths was born in Indiana and raised in Texas. She received two B.A.’s from the University of Texas in Cultural Anthropology and English Literature and earned her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently lives in Lexington, Virginia where she is an Assistant Professor of Photography in the Art and Art History Department at Washington and Lee University.

Her work has been shown in multiple venues around country, including: Columbia Museum of Art, Center for Fine Art Photography, Museum of Living Artists in San Diego, Griffin Museum in Boston, Houston Center for Photography, Candela Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, and  Rayko Gallery in San Francisco. She has also been published in Oxford AmericanAint Bad MagazineBoston GlobePhoto District NewsSouth X Southeast MagazineLenscratch, Le Journal de la Photographie, and Fraction Magazine. Her work is a part of many private collections as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and Middle Tennessee University.

She was honored as one of PDN 30’s : New and Emerging Photographers, named one of eight Emerging Photographers at Blue Spiral Gallery, Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s Ones to Watch, and recently published Casa de fruta y pan with Aint Bad Editions in November 2015.


Amy Herman Fine Art: Experimental and Alternative Processes 

Amy is an artist and photographer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and her BFA in Fine Art from Michigan State University. Her photographs have been shown on the international level and are included in the permanent collections of the Kiyosota Museum of Photography and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She teaches photography at Central Piedmont Community College and co-directs Goodyear Arts.


Lauren Harkey  Fine Art

Lauren is an art consultant and partner at Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, established in 1980 as Hodges Taylor Gallery by Dot Hodges and Christie Taylor. Lauren, a Charlotte native, earned a BA with distinction in Art History and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lauren earned her Masters of Letters in Modern and Contemporary Art with distinction from the University of Glasgow with Christie’s Education in London, England. Lauren graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2014. Lauren currently serves as the Vice President of the Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum.


Rose Jerome Commercial & Fine Art

My career in commercial and fine art photography began in 1999. As a freelance photographer, educator and arts administrator, I have worked for a number of commercial clients, photographers, fine artists and arts organizations.

Originally from Germany, I was raised in Orlando, Florida and have lived in London, England; Brooklyn, NY and Woodstock, NY until recently relocating to North Carolina.

I earned a degree in photography at Daytona State College and art history at the City University of New York. My work has been published and exhibited online and in print. In addition to continuing my personal artistic practice, I have worked for a number of clients.


Ann Kaplan Fine Art, Documentary, Video

Ann Pegelow Kaplan is an assistant professor in the Department of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies and Department of Art affiliate at Appalachian State University. Exhibitions include tête gallery, Berlin, Germany; De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines; FORMAT Gallery, Washington, DC; and SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY.


Ashley Kauschinger Fine Art

Ashley Kauschinger is a narrative photographer, book artist, and Founding Editor of Light Leaked, an online photography magazine that creates dialogue and community. Ashley lives and works in Columbia, SC where she is an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina.


Mitchell Kearney Commercial  & Fine Art

Mitchell has an artistic eye for detail, is a passionate observer of life and takes great pleasure in capturing the essence of the moment. For over 30 years he has been creating Insightful Portraits of his subjects.

Mitchell, a native New Yorker, earned his BFA at The School of Visual Arts in NYC. He captured the beginnings of CBGB’s punk music scene after dark, while photographing for Cartier, Bloomingdales, and Macy’s all day.

Opening his Charlotte studio in 1983, with his producer partner Connie, he has continued photographing executives, writers, actors, and musicians for a wide range of commercial assignments, and for editorial publications.

Over a 3 year period, he creatively captured the construction process and portfolio of finished views of the Levine Center of the Arts in Uptown Charlotte.

His fine art work has been in numerous exhibitions in New York City, Charlotte, Raleigh and Reite, Italy.


Katie Kirchner Commercial 

Katherine Kirchner is a full-time, freelance commercial photographer working in Charlotte. With studies from both RCC and The University of North Carolina, her growing success is measured by the continuous support from both local and national brands, such as Enemy To Fashion, K-Swiss, Vaughn Gittin Jr., Wheelhouse Media, and UNCC. 


Bryce Lankard Fine Art

Bryce Lankard is a North Carolina native and graduate of the Journalism School at UNC–Chapel Hill. He has been creating photographic work for over 30 years and spent many years in New Orleans and New York City. HIs work has been published worldwide, including in publications ranging from the Village Voice and the New York Times Magazine to Fine Art Photo and Southern Cultures. In 1995 he co-founded Tribe Magazine in New Orleans, serving as creative director. After Hurricane Katrina he co-founded the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance. He is currently the Executive Director of the Click! Triangle Photography Festival. He is a veteran instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in many private and public collections. His most recent project, Drawn to Water, debuted as a solo exhibition at Flanders Gallery in Raleigh in October 2016.


Sarah Lazure Fine Art

Sarah Lazure is an image maker pursing her Master in Fine Arts in photography at East Carolina University. Lazure empowers the gaze of her self-portraits to acknowledge the intimacy (and sometimes awkwardness) of prolonged eye contact and to portray the strength of her vulnerability. Lazure exhibits her work nationally and has most recently been published in the Self -portrait magazine by the Australian group She Shoots Film.


Julie Snyder Mixon  Fine Art: Alternative Processes 

Julie Snyder Mixon is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. She received her MFA in Photography from East Carolina University and a BFA in Photography from Barton College. Julie specializes in alternative processes and explores the combination of analog and digital photographic processes.


Jessica Moss
 Fine Art: Documentary, Experimental and Social           Commentary

Jessica Moss is currently the Creative Director of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC. She received her MA in Arts Administration and Policy Management from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Spring 2015. In 2009, she graduated with a BFA in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Her commitment to community service is exemplified through the number of collaborative projects and events she has participated in, including the StoryCorps Story Share Booth project, Redmoon Theatre’s Fundraising ‘Spectacle Lunatique’, and artist Mel Chin’s national FUNDRED Dollar Bill Project.

Jessica has worked for a diverse group of organizations including The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, Dreamworks Animation in Glendale CA, and Rebuild Foundation in Chicago, IL. Her interests in innovation, collaboration and the arts continue to influence her projects today.


Jessica Owen
 Fine Art: Experimental and Alternative Processes

Jessica Christine Owen is an artist and educator whose work explores the evolution and standards of Western beauty and the representation of identity. She received her BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from New Mexico State University in 2010; and completed her MFA in Photography at the University of South Carolina in 2014. She is currently an instructor at Appalachian State University.


Eric Pickersgill  Fine Art & Commercial

Eric received an MFA from UNC Chapel Hill and a BFA from Columbia College Chicago. He has exhibited internationally at venues such as The Lianzhou Foto Festival in China, The Vitra Design Museum, Rick Wester Fine Art, Pulse Art Fair Miami, AIPAD, NCMA, and many more.


Andrew Ross Fine Art & Commercial

Andrew Ross is an Assistant Professor at Radford University, teaching studio art photography at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has extensive experience working with both digital and film photography (particularly medium- and large-format), and he has taught a wide variety of subjects in photography, from fine art to commercial.  Prior to Radford University, Ross taught at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham; Florida State University; and abroad in China and Italy.  In addition to teaching, he has over 20 years of commercial photography experience, from events and weddings to portraits and products.

“Through my photography, I explore the boundary between vision and perception, seeing and imagining, the real and the remembered.  The images I create are both an inward journey and an outward expression, as I look for my place in society, society’s role within my life, and the significance of my presence along the timeline of history.”


Kristina Smith Fine Art

Kristina Smith’s creative research explores memory, identity, rituals, and cultural erasure. Her work multi-disciplinary work is nationally exhibited, works in several public and private collections. She received her MFA from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, and currently resides in Greenville, NC where she is a Visiting Instructor of Photography.


Rémy Thurston  Commercial

Rémy Thurston is a professional commercial and lifestyle photographer focusing on products and food. He currently works full time as Lowe’s Home Improvement’s Lead Product Photographer in addition to his freelance projects. His most recent solo show celebrated North Carolina’s little-known sweet potato crop.


Lorraine Turi Fine Art

Lorraine Turi is a digital photographer who gained professional experience working as a set photographer on independent films. Her fine art work uses constructed scenes to explore the complex relationship of the worker within the history of American industry. Ms. Turi graduated from East Carolina University with a Master of Fine Arts and is currently an Art History Instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.


Charity Valentine Fine Art

Charity Valentine is an artist and educator who delights in making the world a more beautiful place.  She earned her MFA in photography from the School of Art & Design at East Carolina University.  She is currently the Fine Art Program Coordinator at Pitt Community College in Winterville, N.C.


Angela Franks Wells  Fine Art

Angela Franks Wells is a photography-based artist specializing in 19th century photographic processes and an Assistant Professor of Photography at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and she is represented by Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.


Cordelia Williams  Fine Art

Cordelia Williams is a photographer/artist and arts educator living in Charlotte, NC. Her work has been exhibited in national and international, solo and invitational exhibitions. It can be seen in public collections of: The Corcoran Museum/College Working Library, Washington, DC; Mint Museum of Charlotte; Murray Atkins Library, Rare Books Collection at UNC Charlotte; Bank of America; Mohawk Paper Company, Ithaca, New York; and Tucson Center for Creative Photography.

She is on the teaching staff of The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC (since 1981) and has taught Film and Darkroom at Queens University of Charlotte from 1988 to 2016.


Joshua White  Fine Art

Joshua White uses photography to address themes of mortality, memory, and ecology. He received his MFA from Arizona State University and lives and works in western NC. His work has been shown nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and was featured in the September 2015 issue of National Geographic. 


Anderson Wrangle Fine Art

Anderson Wrangle was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  He received his B.A. from the University of the South.  After an assistantship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, he began his graduate studies in the NYU/ICP photography program in 1998.  He received his M.F.A from the University of Houston in 2001.   He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Clemson University.

Anderson Wrangle has exhibited at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio je Janeiro, FotoFest, Lawndale Art Center, SKYDIVE Artspace, and Rudolph Projects/Artscan Gallery, among many others.  He has received a 2012 CAAH Seed Grant, and a 2010 Research Grant for his photographic survey of the Savannah River Watershed.  He was a finalist for the 2011 Clarence John Laughlin Award and was nominated for the Baum Award, and the ARTHouse Texas Prize in 2008.  His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro/Coleção Joaquim Paiva.


Joe Young Commercial & Fine Art

Clayton Joe Young is the Photography Program Director at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. Young is an award-winning photographer whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States in solo and juried exhibitions. Young holds a MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.


Olly Young Commercial

Olly Yung is an emerging photographer currently located in Charlotte, North Carolina and originally from San Francisco, California. He is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, with a degree in Economics. The mixture and relationship between art and commerce fascinates him and his goals are to become a commercial advertising photographer.  He currently shoots for local modeling agencies, shoots business portraiture, does occasional production work for LinkedIn.  He also shoots a wedding here and there in order to survive the uncertainties of starting off as a freelancer.  He has shot promotional materials for Mercedes-Benz of North America and was also recently published in The Face magazine.


More reviewers will continue to be added, check back often!