The Faculty of Photography of the Institute for the Humanities and Information Technologies (IGUMO) hosted a traditional meeting of students with experts. The portfolio review helped the authors receive an objective assessment of their works, discuss their creative plans with professionals, and outline ways for further development.
The meeting with the reviewers at IGUMO takes place in the same format as it is accepted all over the world. The only difference is that students do not have to pay a fee for the opportunity to discuss their work with the experts.
This year’s meeting with the reviewers took place offline observing all safety precautions. Five experts attended the portfolio review.
Elizaveta Zemlyanova, Dean of the Faculty of Photography of IGUMO, artist and curator of the Days of Contemporary Art (DOCA) festival.
Vadim Gushchin, curator of the Faculty of Photography of IGUMO, art photographer, honorary member of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia.
Oleg Arnautov, artist, gallerist, auctioneer of contemporary art and photography.
Dmitry Ivanov, Chairperson of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia.
Natalia Udartseva, Secretary of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia, Director of the School of Visual Arts, organiser of photographic festivals.
Brief presentation of the projects and the subsequent consultations with each reviewer lasted a total of 15 minutes. Thanks to communicating with different experts and receiving unexpected opinions, the Photography students of IGUMO came to objective conclusions about their works.
The diversity of points of view allowed the authors to discover advantages and weak points of their works and find new ways to fulfil their ideas.
While commenting on the pre-New Year’s portfolio review, the experts emphasized a high level of students’ projects and great potential of beginning authors.
“As an expert, I was surprised by the complexity of tasks set by students and the level of professionalism in addressing them. They are not afraid to take up challenging ideas and choose interesting topics, thus putting their personal attitude to the event into the photos. I was most impressed by the works of Anastasia Gorbacheva and Aleksandr Pikalov. Creativity of students studying at MKIK made me pleasantly surprised”.
“Portfolio review is a valuable experience for both the student and any established photographer. The authors have an opportunity to discuss their photos with experts whom it is difficult to meet by chance in life. The scale of our portfolio review is not that large but the opportunity to get feedback from 5 experts with different opinions is unique. That’s enough to determine the further direction for improvement of students’ skills”.
Kristina Danilina, Agency for Relevant Communication students’ business incubator
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov