July 15 and 16, 2021

Are you looking for guidance with your photographic research?
Would you like advice from a professional to help you complete a project?

Enroll for a portfolio review at Cortona On The Move and have your work assessed by national and international photo editors and professionals.
Develop your work by analyzing each individual step with a view to improvement and growth, from conception to implementation and on to publication, with the experience of field experts who can help you to understand which aspects to improve and how to move in today’s photographic world.
When booking a review you can choose between 2 options, depending on to how much time you need to present your work:
the BASIC for a 20-minute review
the PREMIUM for a 60-minute review
Portfolio Reviews will be at Palazzo Ferretti, Via Nazionale, Cortona, and can be purchased online until July 12 and in attendance from July 15 to 16.
BASIC selling price 39€
PREMIUM selling price 129€
You can buy the portfolio reviews with a discount of 10% till June 25. The discount of 10% is always valid for the COTM Membership.
Reservations will only be reimbursed if your reader of choice is absent during the allocated space.
Below the list of the reviewers:

Martina Bacigalupo
Picture Editor of 6 Mois

After studying philosophy and literature in Genoa, Martina Bacigalupo moved to Burundi, East Africa, where she worked for ten years as a freelance photographer, collaborating with magazines, foundations and international organisations.

Her work, which investigates the visual dynamics between Africa and the West, is part of several collections, including the Artur Walther Collection in Germany, the Donata Pizzi Collection in Italy and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, USA. In 2013, she published the project “Gulu Real Art Studio” with Steidl. Recently, Martina developed with Canadian researcher Sharon Sliwinski “The Reverie project”, an ongoing work that questions the representation of migrants.

Martina is part of Agence VU in Paris and runs workshops on documentary photography in France and abroad. Member of mentorship programs and jury member of international photography competitions, including the 2022 Oskar Barnack Award and the 2021 edition of World Press Photo, she has been photo editor for the French magazines 6 MOIS and XXI since 2018.

Giovanna Calvenzi
Journalist and Curator

Giovanna Calvenzi, a photography scholar and journalist, worked as a photo editor in the editorial staff of several Italian publications from 1985 to 2019. In 1998, she was the Artistic Director of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles. In 2002, she was guest curator of Photo Espana in Madrid and in 2014 she was the artistic delegate of the Mois de la Photo in Paris. She has taught history of photography and photo editing in Milan and Bologna and carries out an intense scholarly activity on contemporary photography.

Since 2013, she has been in charge of the Gabriele Basilico Archive. Among other works, she has published “Italia. Ritratto di un Paese in sessant’anni di fotografia” (2003), “Letizia Battaglia. Sulle ferite dei suoi sogni” (2010), “Le cinque vite di Lisetta Carmi” (2012), “Antonia Pozzi. Sopra il nudo cuore”, with Ludovica Pellegatta (2015) and “Interviste” (2019).

Andrea Comollo
Head of Communication, WeWorld-GVC

Andrea Comollo is the head of communication in WeWorld-GVC, an NGO with development projects in 29 countries. In the past years he was responsible for the ActionAid Italy programmes on migrations and global inequality and the engagement and campaigns area with a focus on activism and mobilization, projects on the territory and local and national advocacy. He has worked for fifteen years in the social sector, with a particular focus on communication, policies and programmes to fight inequality.

In the 2004 he graduated in Psychology specialising in social science and communication at Università Statale di Milano Bicocca and in 2007 he became a journalist contributor. Andrea has a deep personal interest in current affairs, social change movements and inequality issues. He have travelled extensively with ActionAid in Africa, Asia and Middle East and have direct experience of the long term effects of the development projects.

Renata Ferri
Chief Picture Editor of Io Donna

Renata Ferri (Rome, Italy 1964), journalist, has been living in Milan since 2005. She’s currently the chief Picture Editor of Io Donna, women’s weekly magazine of Il Corriere della Sera and AMICA, the monthly magazine of Rcs Mediagroup.

In 1991 she joined Contrasto as editor-in-chief, coordinating about 40 photographers; since 1999 she also directed the rising of their digital database. For fourteen years, she followed all of Contrasto photographers’ projects, from the conceiving to the editing through the distribution.

She has been a member of the jury in many photographic awards and has edited several photographic books, writing their introductions.
In 2006 she organized the extensive exhibition Altri mondi, focused on photojournalism over the last three decades throughout the work of Italian authors.
In 2008 she joined the Reflexions Masterclass project, curated by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret. In 2009 she took part to a WPP educational project in Angola. In 2010 she organized for FNAC Italy a series of workshops with the most important photographers and curators out of photography.
Renata is the art-director of Atri in Motion annual projections, held during the ReportageAtriFestival. edition 2009 and 2010.
She teaches in specialized schools and universitary courses and follows several authors’ photographic projects on a regular basis.
She was member of the prestigious jury of World Press Photo Contest 2011 and 2012.

Specialties: art direction, customer relations, editing, journalism, logistics, management, marketing, microsoft office, multimedia, photography, press releases, production, public speaking, seminars, stories, supervisory skills, workshops, writing.

François Hébel
Director Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

On the side of photographers since 40 years. Producer, curator, of numerous exhibitions, books, educational initiatives, slide and live shows on the five continents. Very early collaborations in the careers of now major artists such as Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, JR, Robert Doisneau, Wang Qingsong, Paul Graham, Raymond Depardon, Annie Leibovitz, Sebastiao Salgado, Harry Gruyaert,…. Lots of initiatives of early stages of digital photography.
Curator of “Happy Pills” exhibition by Paolo Woods and Arnaud Robert at La Ferme des Tilleuls, Renens, Switzerland.

Long term collaborations :

Director Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson since November 2017.
Initiator and Art Director of the first Month of photography of the Grand Paris April 2017
Art director/co-Founder of the Biennale Foto/Industria in Bologna (Italy) 2013, 2015, 2017.
Art director of “French protocol” program at Fiaf gallery, New-York 2015/2018.
Former director of the Rencontres d’Arles photo festival (1986, 1987 and 2001/2014)
Co-founder or advisor of photo festivals in Beijing (2010/2013), Kyoto and New-Delhi (2010, 2011).
Former vice-president of Corbis photo agency (2000/2001).
Former director of Magnum Photos Paris and International (1987/2000)
Former director of Fnac stores galleries (1983/1985).

Nathalie Herschdorfer
Director Photo Elysée

Nathalie Herschdorfer is a curator and art historian specialising in the history of photography. She is Director of the Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland, where she has organised many important photography shows, including Alex Prager, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Vik Muniz, Todd Hido, Garry Winogrand and Henri Cartier- Bresson. She has also been working as a curator with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP) for several years, working specifically on projects dedicated to fashion photography. Previously, she was a curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she worked on major exhibitions, including Face: the Death of the Portrait, and retrospectives of Edward Steichen, Leonard Freed, Ray K. Metzker or Valérie Belin.

She is the author of several books, among them The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography, Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast, Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past, and New Swiss Architecture (all published by Thames & Hudson). Her most recent publication, Body: The Photography Book includes the works of more than 175 contemporary photographers.
Nathalie Herschdorfer will take on the position of Director of Photo Elysée starting June 1, 2022.

Lara Huck
Deputy Chief of Photography of the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT

Lara Huck studied photography at the Fachakademie für Fotodesign in Munich, Germany, with a focus on portrait and documentary photography.
After completing her studies, she worked as a freelance photographer for various magazines and newspapers.
In 2016, she joined the photography department at German newspaper DIE ZEIT becoming its Deputy Director of Photography in 2021.
As part of the portfolio reviews, Lara will provide insights and feedback on the attendees work leveraging her expertise in portrait photography and photojournalism, the two most important sections of DIE ZEIT.

Nicolas Jimenez
Director of Photography Le Monde

Nicolas Jimenez is the director of photography of the French daily newspaper Le Monde. From 1999 to 2004 he worked with Jean-François Leroy for the international festival of photojournalism Visa pour l’Image. At the same time he studied European affairs at the Sorbonne University. In 2005, when Le Monde decided to become a major actor of the photo industry he became national photo editor until 2008, and then the head of the photo department. Le Monde is now one of the biggest photojournalism producers in the news industry.

Whitney Johnson
Vice President of Visual and Immersive Content at National Geographic

Whitney Johnson is the Vice President of Visual and Immersive Content at National Geographic, leading the photography, video, audio, and next generation storytelling teams. She joined National Geographic in 2015 as the Deputy Director of Photography for the magazine.

From 2007 to 2015, Johnson was on the staff of The New Yorker, first as a picture editor and later as the Director of Photography. Prior to joining the magazine, Johnson worked at the Open Society Foundations, where she managed an international grant competition and exhibition for documentary photographers.
Throughout her career, she has championed visual storytelling and been transformational in contemporizing legacy brands. Her work has earned numerous awards.

She has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University, New York University, and the International Center of Photography. Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College and continued with graduate work in American Studies at Columbia University.

Andrew Katz
Deputy Photo Editor, The New Yorker

Andrew Katz is the Deputy Photo Editor at The New Yorker. He joined the team in November 2021 after four years as TIME’s Deputy Director of Photography, where he co-managed a team of editors; assigned and collaborated with photographers around the world; pitched and produced covers, photo essays and features; and curated @time’s Instagram account. He has commissioned and supported more than 130 photographers on (or above) every continent and produced portraits with more than a dozen presidents and prime ministers, the U.N. Secretary-General and the Dalai Lama. The resulting work has been recognized by the American Society of Magazine Editors, World Press Photo, Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Overseas Press Club, Visa pour l’Image, Pictures of the Year International and more. In 2021, he was a POYi finalist for Visual Editor of the Year.

Peppe La Rosa
Digital Content and Multimedia Specialist MSF Italy

Peppe La Rosa works as a photojournalist and video content manager for Doctors Without Borders.
He has worked in some of the most complex contexts in which the NGO operates, including Bangladesh, showing MSF activities and life in one of the most crowded slum in the world, between exploitation of child labor and domestic violence, in the most remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to fight malaria and malnutrition, in Sierra Leone, where MSF is building a hospital in one of the areas most affected by the great Ebola epidemic, in the refugee camp of Moria, on the island of Lesbos, where thousands of people remain stranded for a long time in an attempt to reach Europe, in Mozambique, where he collected testimonies from the populations affected by the Cyclone Idai.
He coordinates the audio-visual production for MSF in the field and remotely, through collaboration with professional photographers and videomakers from all over the world.

He studied filmaking at the University of Pisa, and then worked as an assistant and editor for documentary director Daniele Sagre. Always interested and attentive to social issues, with the Turin director he contributed to the creation of documentaries such as “Morire di Lavoro” and “Occhi che videro”.

Lars Lindemann
Director of Photography and Deputy Visual Director, GEO and PM

Lars Lindemann is the director of Photography and deputy visual director at GEO and PM.

After studying geography, history and education, Lars Lindemann became a self-taught photo editor, photographer and curator. He has been freelancing for various magazines before joining GEO. In 2015 he became GEO magazine’s director of Photography and deputy creative director. Since 2020, he has been overseeing the GEO and PM family of magazines’ photo department.

Parallel to his journalistic work Lars Lindemann has taught photo editing at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany, and curated photo exhibitions. He has been a jury member for various national and international photo contests, including the World Press Photo Contest in 2020 and 2021.

Lindemann’s and his colleagues’ work has earned several awards from the Lead Academy, German Art Directors Club and a Pictures of the Year International Award for Best Use of photography in a print magazine. In 2019, he became an appointed member of the German Photographic Society DGPH.

Emanuela Mirabelli
Photo Editor Marie Claire

Emanuela Mirabelli is the Photo Editor of Marie Claire Italy magazine, where she publishes a variety of projects, from documentary photography to new languages in contemporary photography, and a variety of authors, from established artists to emerging talents. She also writes texts and holds various lectures about photography in workshops, masterclass, conferences and schools and holds a course about photo editing. She is regularly invited to do portfolio reviews in Italian and international festivals and she is a jury member of international photo awards.

Born in Milan, she has always been intrigued by all that is expressed through the images. After high school she started to write movie reviews for magazines, while studying art history at the University. She worked for Photo magazine and then she worked as the executive director of Carla Sozzani Gallery, the leading photography gallery in Milan, before becoming Photo Editor of Marie Claire Italy.

Arianna Rinaldo
Photography Curator PhEST

Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. From 2012 to 2021 she was the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, international festival of visual narrative. Since 2016 she is the photography curator at PhEST, a festival on contemporary photography and arts in Puglia.

Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 as Archive Director at Magnum Photos, NY; and then, back in Italy, as photo editor for Colors magazine. From 2004 to 2011, in Milan, she worked as editorial consultant and curator for exhibitions and special projects. For 4 years she was photo consultant at D, the weekend supplement of La Repubblica. For almost 10 years she was the director of OjodePez, a bilingual documentary photo quarterly published by La Fabrica in Madrid.

Based in Barcelona since 2012, Arianna is active as consultant, teacher, curator and editor. She participates in photo events and festivals around the world as speaker and portfolio reviewer; and she is regularly invited on jury panels and selections committees for international institutions and organizations. Arianna is intrigued by the amazing stories told through images. She is interested in contemporary documentary and original storytelling: visions on the current world and stories of humankind living on this planet, and beyond.

Kathy Ryan
Director of Photography at NYTMAG

The longtime director of photography at the New York Times Magazine, Kathy Ryan has been a pioneer of combining fine art photography with photojournalism. She has worked with the world’s best photographers across all genres of photography. She regularly brings new talent into The Magazine’s pages and is always seeking photographers with unique vision.

In 2011, Ryan edited The New York Times Magazine Photographs, a landmark book published by Aperture. An accompanying exhibition, curated by Ryan and Lesley Martin opened at the Recontres d’Arles in 2012; traveled to FOAM Museum in Amsterdam; Palau Robert in Barcelona; Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile; and other venues in the U.S., ultimately finishing its run at the Aperture Gallery in NYC.

Office Romance, a book of Ryan’s photographs featuring her colleagues and the beauty and poetry to be found in the radiant light in the New York Times building was published by Aperture in 2014.

The Magazine’s photography and videos have been recognized with numerous awards. Ryan won a lifetime achievement award from the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2007; the Royal Photographic Society’s annual award for Outstanding Service to Photography in 2012; and she has been recognized as Photo Editor of the Year by the Lucie Awards and Visa Pour l’Image.

©Philip Montgomery

Laura Sackett
Creative Director of LensCulture

Laura Sackett is Creative Director and partner in LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations committed to discovering and promoting the best in the global contemporary photography. She has lead all aspects of design including brand, website, print, communications, screenings and exhibitions. Besides leading the creative direction for LensCulture, she also co-curates the online galleries, the LensCulture exhibitions and is a frequent reviewer at Portfolio Reviews.

Laura is also a photographer. Her recent photowork includes camera-less digital portraits and experiments with iPhonography. She is a founding Board Member of PhotoAlliance, and earned an MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA.

Rosy Santella
Photo Editor Internazionale

Rosy Santella has been a photo editor for Internazionale since 2010. She is in charge of the Portfolio section, which publishes photographic projects by Italian and international photographers that explore current issues and personal stories. Since 2014, she has commissioned reportages and investigative reports on Italy for the magazine’s website. She also contributes to the Gallery section of the website by writing about exhibitions, festivals and photography books. Rosy has collaborated with photography schools and associations as a photo editing teacher since 2016.

Laura Serani
Artistic Director Festival Planches Contact

Laura Serani, author and curator of exhibitions and photography and audiovisual projects, collaborates with various institutions and publishers in Europe and elsewhere. She has been director of the Deauville Festival, Planches Contact, since 2019.
From 2009 to 2014, she was art director of the Rencontres de Bamako, la Biennale africaine de la Photographie in Mali, art delegate of Mois de la Photo in Paris (2008 and 2014), chairperson of the Jury Résidences pour la Photographie at the Fondation des Treilles (2014 to 2021) and, in Italy, curator for Fotografia Europea-Reggio Emilia (2007 to 2015) and art director of SiFest (2007 and 2008).

In 2016, she launched Omnibus Circus, a travelling pop-up gallery and open stage. From 1985 to 2006, Ms. Serani created and directed the Fnac Collection and the Fnac photo gallery network in Europe, Brazil and Taiwan. The author of many books, she teaches at the Ecole nationale supérieure Louis Lumière and in Oeildeep workshops. She is a member of various juries and a nominator for different awards.

Mohamed Somji
Director of Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) and Co-curator of BredaPhoto Festival

Mohamed is the Director of Gulf Photo Plus (GPP), a Dubai-based gallery and community organization cultivating visual practices in photography in the UAE, and across the wider MENASA region since 2004. As part of GPP’s commitment to developing visual and critical literacy, the organization engages the community with regular educational and art programming, and for a number of years hosted an annual photography festival that draws international attendance and showcases the world’s preeminent talent in photography.

Mohamed is a co-curator of the bi-annual BredaPhoto Festival in the Netherlands, and has served as a jury member for various visual arts initiatives notably the prestigious Arab Documentary Photography Program, Mohamed’s pedagogical expertise is broad, from teaching varied photography workshops and designing photo walk experiences across the UAE, to conducting portfolio reviews for Canon’s Student Development program, and leading a capacity building mentorship program for students in the Emirates with Warehouse421, a multidisciplinary arts organisation based in Abu Dhabi.

Mohamed’s documentary photography practice locates and probes schisms in contemporary life, challenging the status quo with sensitive, critical commentary on the politics of representation. Mohamed is interested in work that deals with social justice, visual commentary on today’s pressing issues and how photographers are responding with innovative and radical perspectives.

Stefano Stoll
Director Festival Images Vevey

Born in 1974 in Zürich, Switzerland.
Stefano Stoll is Founder, Director and Chief Curator of Images Vevey, in Switzerland. Since 2008, he has made monumental outdoor installations the speciality of this visual arts biennial. Every second year, the Festival Images Vevey proposes site-specific outdoor and indoor photographic installations in Vevey’s streets and parks, on the facades of its buildings, in its museums and galleries, and even in Lake Geneva. He has collaborated with artists such as Cindy Sherman, Dayanita Singh, Christian Marclay, Hans-Peter Feldman, Paul Fusco, René Burri, Lee Friedländer, Alex Prager, JR, Daido Moryiama, Christian Boltanski, Martin Parr and Alec Soth.

He also manages a permanent off-space dedicated to contemporary photography (L’Appartement – Espace Images Vevey), as well as the Grand Prix Images Vevey, one of Europe’s longest standing grants for photographic creation. In 2021, he co-curated Images Gibellina in Sicily, an Italian version of the Swiss biennal. He is regularly invited on international juries and chaired, for example, the Paul Huf Award (Amsterdam).

He is a member of AICA and writes on cultural policy, visual arts and photography. In 2019, he published The Book of Images (Koenig Books London), a dictionary of visual experiences featuring the 299 artists from 39 countries who took part in Images Vevey projects between 2008 and 2018. As a publisher for contemporary photography since 2015, Images Vevey has pledged to assist innovative editorial projects, in par­ticular with the creation of the Images Vevey Book Award.

Marie Sumalla
Photojournalist & Photo Editor Le Monde

Marie Sumalla is deputy head of Le Monde photo department where she has been working since 2011. She has previously worked for Magnum Photos and 2e Bureau press office in Paris.

She works on the daily coverage of world news in collaboration with a network of independent photographers and Le Monde’s reporters.
From October 2016 to July 2017 she coordinated coverage of the battle of Mosul with the photographer Laurent Van Der Stock. The work was awarded at World Press Photo and won a Visa d’Or news at Visa pour l’Image.
Since February 2022, she has been coordinating the coverage of the Russian invasion in Ukraine

From 2019 to 2020, she was part of a group of journalists who investigated feminicides in France, in the project «Feminicides: mecanique d’un crime annoncé», awarded by Visa pour l’Image.

©Samuel Kirszenbaum

Narda van ‘t Veer
Founder of the Ravestijn Gallery

After encountering work by Guy Bourdin in the late 70’s, Narda van ’t Veer’s love for photography is born. After graduating for university in 1981, she started an advertising agency. With this experience, she founded her own international agency, Unit C.M.A., in 1988. Today, Unit C.M.A. represents a wide spectrum of creatives working in the field of photography, illustration, and film.

In her thirty-five years as an agent Narda faced a lot of art photography; her love for photobooks is born. In the past decades she has collected thousands of photobooks. Besides, Narda also has an extensive collection of photography art print featuring work by Helmut Newton and Collier Schorr among others.

In the year 2012, Narda van ’t Veer and Jasper Bode founded The Ravestijn Gallery in Amsterdam, a space for contemporary photography. Through The Ravestijn Gallery they represent photographers from around the globe, with names such as Inez & Vinoodh, Patrick Waterhouse, and Michael Bailey-Gates. Bode and van ‘t Veer respectively bring together several decades of experience curating photography exhibitions and representing a diverse group of photographic talents. In 2017 Narda was granted a spot in the advisory board of the World Press Photo.

James Wellford
Senior Visual Editor/Producer National Geographic

James Wellford is currently the Senior Visuals Editor and Assistant Managing Editor for Global Issues at National Geographic. Stories he has worked on at NatGeo include; Afghanistan, the Science of Sleep, the Circular Economy, the restoration at Notre Dame Cathedral, Covid stories around the world, El Salvador, Falcons, Lithium, crisis in Niger/Mali, World War II Veterans, Uncontacted People in the Amazon, Ebola in the DRC, Eritrea, the Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Kashmir, Indonesia, and Migration/refugee issues throughout the world.

Prior to his time at NatGeo, he was the International Photography Editor at Newsweek Magazine for 12 years. He has also worked as a visual editor for Foreign Policy, CNN, and the Smithsonian.

James is a graduate of Brown University and a Knight Wallace Fellow from the University of Michigan. His career now spans decades during which time he served at an editorial director at Visura, founded ScreenProjects.org, edited the New York Daily News archival collection, curated numerous photography exhibitions , and served on a number of photography juries around the world including the Leica Oskar Barnack award, the Tim Hetherington Trust, the Overseas Press Club, PX3 in Paris, the Cortona Photo Festival, and at POYi.

Dedicated to visual education, James has taught at the International Center of Photography and the New School in NYC.