AHFAP is pleased to announce that we now offer a portfolio review service. It is aimed at AHFAP members working as imaging professionals in the cultural heritage sector who think they could benefit from a peer-to-peer discussion of their portfolio. We will trial this service over the coming months to see what format works best for our reviewers as well as those submitting their work. If you are interested in submitting your portfolio, please read the following information before getting in touch.
Who can submit a portfolio and how much does it cost?
This service is available for free to AHFAP members. It is limited to one portfolio review per member per membership year. Unfortunately, we currently cannot accept requests for portfolio reviews from non-members.
What kind of work can I submit?
Your portfolio should be focused on work relevant to the cultural heritage sector. This includes but is not limited to photographs of museum collection items, architectural images of exhibitions spaces or monuments or portraits. We reserve the right to turn down portfolio review requests for work that does not relate to the remit of AHFAP.
How does it work?
Once we have received your portfolio request, we will assign it to one of our reviewers. We will then ask you to submit 10 to 30 images of your choosing. Once your assigned reviewer has received your portfolio, they will endeavor to get back to you within four working weeks. While we trial this service our reviewers will discuss your work either via email or via a phone/video call. We will evaluate which form of feedback works best for both reviewers and those submitting their portfolio over the coming months.
How to apply?
To submit a portfolio review request please email Kira Zumkley via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state ‘Portfolio Review Request’ in the subject line and include a short paragraph (no more than 200 words) that includes your full name, your experience of working in the cultural heritage sector and what you are hoping to gain from the portfolio review. You can also include a preference for which reviewer you would like to discuss your work with. Please note however that we might not always be able to assign you your preferred reviewer.
Isidora has extensive heritage and commercial photography experience - specialising in
fine art/ museum objects photography and architecture. She is the Chair at the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography and leads the Science Museum Photography Studio in London. Her work focuses on studio and gallery-based photography, and marketing/ press campaigns.
Previously she worked on Steve McQueen’s “Year 3” project at Tate and continues to freelance for Tate Modern and Tate Britain, alongside her commitments with the Science Museum. Other institutions she has worked with include: Sharjah Museum Authority (including Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Art Museum, Science Museum, Archaeology Museum) and the Salsali Private Museum, where several of her photographs are held in the permanent collection.
Jason has worked in the photography industry for over 30 years, the first 25 years of which he worked in Medical Illustration. He now works as a freelance photographer both doing commercial work as well as working for cultural heritage institutions such as the Imperial War Museum, Wellcome Collection, and the British Magic Museum. Additionally, he has a number of private clients including fine artists, painters, sculptors and illustrators. Jason is an active member of AHFAP regularly attending conferences at which he was a speaker in 2018 and he is currently a member of the AHFAP committee. To see some of his work visit www.silverbeardimages.com
Steve worked for over forty years as a photographer in the cultural heritage sector. He joined the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, (RCHME) as an Assistant Photographer and received his professional training. After obtaining his formal qualification he progressed from the darkroom to taking photographs for the Royal Commission. The RCHME was merged with English Heritage in 1999 and Steve was appointed as Head of Photography at English Heritage in 2000. His work is published in many English Heritage publications, including guidebooks for their properties. His architectural and archaeological images are now curated by the Historic England Archive. Steve has also lectured on photography of the historic environment at the Departments of Continuing Education of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and has been an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography since 1988 and a member of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography since its foundation in 1985.
Sarah has worked as a cultural heritage photographer for the past 10 years and currently works at the V&A photography department. Her career as a cultural heritage photographer began at The Science Museum where she worked part time while continuing to freelance as an architectural and interiors photographer. She also worked at The Horniman Museum between the Science Museum and the V&A. Sarah loves the challenge of working with different objects from fashion, furniture, jewellery, paintings and sculpture. Having also worked as a freelance photographer with architects, interior designers, property developers for over 20 years she is happy to offer portfolio reviews for architecture and interiors work as well as object photography. To see some of her work visit www.sarahjduncan.com
Ken Jackson studied photography at Blackpool Technical College and School of Art and was the youngest ever member of the Preston Photographic Society and elected as a junior member to their Committee. His first appointment was with the Ministry of Defence, Air Technical Publications as Photographer creating images for publication in maintenance manuals for aircraft and military equipment. Promotion to Senior Photographer meant a move to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1972 where he was appointed Chief Photographer in 1992. Throughout his time as Chief Photographer he devoted time and effort to young people at the start of their professional careers with work placements in the V&A Photographic Studio. His style of photography is creating images that reflect the quality and detail of fine and decorative art objects. He particularly enjoys Furniture and Woodwork Collection and the strong forms of Sculpture Collection objects from medals and animal figures to large monuments and architectural structures. Since his retirement from his position at the V&A in 2019 Ken has partnered with his colleague James Stevenson as a Director of Cultural Heritage Digitisation Limited. To see some of his work visit www.culturalheritagedigitisation.co.uk
Kira has been working in the heritage sector for over 10 years both as an archaeologist, photographer, and researcher. She is the Chair at the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography and Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London. Kira started her photography career assisting portrait photographers both in her native Germany and the UK before moving on to work as a photographer at the Science Museum and starting her own freelance practice focusing on still life photography. Her freelance clients include the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Horniman Museum, the German Archaeological Institute, Lomography International and Scala Publishing. In 2017 Kira was appointed the Photography Manager at the Science Museum Group. A role she has since left to take up a research project focusing on the use of advanced imaging techniques in the cultural heritage sector. To see some of her work visit www.kirazumkley.com
Since completing his MA in 2015, Kevin has slowly developed a dedicated interest in photography of place – producing a series of documentary projects alongside working as a freelance photographer. In 2016 Kevin joined the Science Museum Group where he worked on numerous publications and exhibitions, most notably the Medicine Galleries, Science City and Cancer Revolution, where he was project lead, producing studio object photography and extensive exhibition content. In addition, Kevin has exhibited his documentary work across the UK and in Europe, in both solo and group shows, and received a commendation from Getty Images. Festival shows include Carlisle Photo '17, St Andrews Photo Festival 2017, Flow Fotofest 2017, and Brighton Photo Biennial 2016. His last monograph Tanera (Ar Dùthaich), was published by Landlocked Press in 2018. Most recently, Kevin was a BJP Portrait of Britain winner and shortlisted for two Lifeframer Awards with images from his Wornington Word project in 2020, and has been shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society's IPE163 in 2021.
To see Kevin's work visit www.kevpphotography.co.uk