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Portfolio Reviews — THOUSANDFOLD

FOTOSEMANA MANILA brings you and your works face-to-face with international and local experts working within the broad spectrum of contemporary photography. We have selected a strong roster of active practitioners from photography's variety of expressions in art, culture, publishing, media, and editorial. Get seen, dialogue, and open the doors to possibilities with the help of trusted mentors.

Each review takes place 20 minutes at a time. 23 May 2015, 9am - 2pm at THOUSANDFOLD HQ

*NOTE: Some of our international guest experts will do the Portfolio Reviews remote LIVE via online Skype video call: MAY 24 — time and date to be confirmed.

the portfolio Reviews

FOTOSEMANA MANILA brings you and your works face-to-face with international and local experts working within the broad spectrum of contemporary photography. We have selected a strong roster of active practitioners from photography's variety of expressions in art, culture, publishing, media, and editorial. Get seen, dialogue, and open the doors to possibilities with the help of trusted mentors.

Each review takes place 20 minutes at a time. 23 May 2015, 9am - 2pm at THOUSANDFOLD HQ

*NOTE: Some of our international guest experts will do the Portfolio Reviews remote LIVE via online Skype video call: MAY 24 — time and date to be confirmed.


  • Send an email to THOUSANDFOLD.PH@GMAIL.COM with the following:
    • SUBJECT: "Portfolio Reviews Application"
    • BODY: your full name, contact number, and a brief biography
    • ATTACHMENT: 2 PDF files (5MB max each) 
      • bodies/series of work with a short description (from the "I" perspective). Works-in-progress accepted.
      • professional CV 
  • NOTE : Each guest expert has a limited number of slots for Reviews. First-come, first-served. Register before the deadline to secure places.

REGISTRATION FEE: Php 2,000 for 2 reviewers of our choice / Php 3,000 for 4 reviewers / Php 5,000 for 7 reviewers
DEADLINE: 8 May 2015 14 May 2015





Daniel Boetker-Smith is a photographic artist and academic based in Melbourne Australia. Daniel was a juror for the Kassel Photobook Award in Germany in 2013  a nominator for the Prix Pictet Prize. Daniel’s photographic work has been shortlisted for the Substation Art Prize (2013), the Bowness Photo Prize at Monash Gallery of Art (2012), the Centre for Contemporary Photography’s Documentary Award (2011), and the Josephine Ulrick Photo Prize (2009 & 2010). 

Daniel is the founder and Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting, collecting, and publishing the work of photographers from the Asia-Pacific region.  He has also co-ordinated photobook events, lectures and workshops at the Obscura Festival (Malaysia), Tokyo Art Book Fair (Japan), Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia),  Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco (USA), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), and at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney). He also currently holds the position of Course Director at Photography Studies College (Melbourne), the winner of the 2014 Australian photographic educational institution of the year.

Daniel is also a co-founder of Photobook Melbourne 2015, Australia's first photo book festival.




Eva McGovern has a BA in Art History from Nottingham University, UK and an MA in Contemporary British Art from the Courtauld Institute of Fine Art, London. With over ten years experience in the international art world she is currently an independent consultant, curator and writer based in Manila, Philippines. 

She previously managed the creative, commercial and operational direction of Manila Contemporary and prior to that was Head of Regional Programmes for Valentine Willie Fine Art managing the exhibition programme of the four partner galleries in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila and Yogyakarta. She has curated numerous projects with artists across Southeast Asia including Jalaini Abu Hassan, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Yee I-Lann, Vincent Leong, Navin Rawanchaikul, Lampu Kansanoh, Tang Da Wu, Manuel Ocampo, Nona Garcia, Kaloy Sanchez, Yasmin Sison and Mariano Ching, Melati Suryodarmo, Mella Jaarsma and Yogie Ginanjar. 

She wrote and edited the catalogue Bank Negara Malaysia Art Collection: Selected Works, February 2009. Eva has guest lectured at the Lasalle College of the Arts and the Sotheby’s Institute, Singapore and has contributed to international journals such as Off the Edge, Malaysia, Broadsheet, Australia, Timeout KL and Arts Asia Pacific, New York. She was the Contributing Editor for C-Arts, Singapore and Managing Editor for Eva writes broadly on South East Asian contemporary art. Prior to living in South East Asia she worked at the Serpentine Gallery, a public contemporary art institution in London on public programmes, exhibitions and publications.




Moritz Neumüller is a curator, educator and writer in the field of Photography and New Media. He holds a Masters Degree in Art History and a PhD degree in Information Management and has worked for several important art institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, PhotoEspaña in Madrid LOOP in Barcelona, and Prix Pictet Photography Awards.

Moritz Neumüller is currently working as Festival Curator at PhotoIreland in Dublin, and directing the program European Master of Fine Art Photography for the Istituto di Design in Madrid. Since 2010, he runs the The Curator Shipa platform for photography and image culture.

As a curator, Moritz is interested in contemporary work made by photographers and media artists from around the world, especially documentary, social and conceptual work. His publications include El Otro Lado del Alma, Edition Oehrli, Zurich (2005); Bernd & Hilla Becher speak with Moritz Neumüller, La Fábrica / Fundación Telefónica, Madrid (2005);All Inclusive. New Spanish Photography, Lodz Photography Festival, Poland (2007); TO HAVE & TO LOSE. Three projects by Mireia Sallarès, Galleri Image, Aarhus (2008) and Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade, PhotoIreland, Dublin (2011).

As a reviewer, Moritz is is less interested in traditional nudes or still-lives, commercial work, life-style and fashion. In the case that he himself cannot include you in one of the shows he curates for festivals and institutions, Moritz is known to try his best to give useful advice, casual mentoring and even contact information of other people who might well be interested in your work.



MANIK KATYAL (IN), Independent Curator, Founder/EMAHO magazine*

Manik Katyal is the founder, curator and editor-in-chief of Emaho Magazine which introduces the work of emerging photographers and aims to provide them with a global platform to showcase their talent through online exposure, as well as organizing international exhibitions and workshops. Manik is an experienced journalist who has interviewed a number of world-renowned photographers. 

He has been nominated for the ‘Creative Entrepreneur of 2012’ award by the British Council, and was also sharing the judging panel with the world's top photo editors including Time, New York Times, CNN and many others for Fotovisura Grant 2012. His other jury duties include : the FORMAT International Photography Festival, United Kingdom; The Reminders Stronghold Project Grant, Japan; LUCEO Student awards 2013; Daylight Book Award 2014; Kassel Fotobook Award; and the First Chinese Grand Prix  International Photography Award 2014. 

Manik has also served as a portfolio reviewer in various international festivals including FORMAT International Photography Festival, United Kingdom; Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival, Thailand; Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia; Encontros da Imagem, Portugal; Les Rencontres d’Arles, France and Lens Culture Foto-Fest, France. Manik was also recently invited to do portfolio reviews at The New York Times Portfolio Reviews, USA and Photo Ireland, Dublin in 2014.



Nicolás Combarro (ES), Artist/Photographer, Curator, Educator

Since 2011, he is the Master’s Tutor of the European Master of Fine Art Photography at the IED-Madrid, where he also directs the Specialization Course for Contemporary Photography which started early in 2015.

As an artist he has exhibited his work in Spain and internationally in the French Institute, the 42nd International Artist Show in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia CCBA, Buenos Aires or Butzlab, Hamburg, also in international Art fairs as ARCO, CIRCA, Art Brussels or Photo Miami. His work has been shown in museums and galleries in Europe and the Americas, and his curatorial projects have been awarded many prizes. 

As a curator, he has worked on monographic projects for artists as Alberto García-Alix: Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, UCCA in Beijing, MAAM in Moscow or Miguel Angel Campano in Kiosko de Alfonso/Palexco.



PATRICIA LEVASSEUR DE LA MOTTE (SG), Independent Curator, Founder/The Philanthropic Museum

Patricia Levasseur de la Motte earned an MA in Museology and an MRes in Art History (Asian Arts) from the Ecole du Louvre, Paris. She then worked as a Research Assistant at the National Museum of Asian Arts-Guimet, Paris. In her former role as Assistant Curator for Photography and New Media at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), she curated and co-curated several exhibitions including Alain Fleischer, Time Exposures, SAM (2008), TRANSPORTASIAN: Visions of Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia, SAM (2009); Rainbow Asia, Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Museum (2010); and Video, an Art, a History 1965–2010: a Selection from the Centre Pompidou and Singapore Art Museum Collections, SAM (2011). She has contributed to several talks, essays and reviews for exhibition catalogues and international publications. 

She is presently an Art Advisor and Independent Curator, working on The Philanthropic Museum, an on-line museum project dedicated to photography and video art in Southeast Asia. An associate Curator with the Singapore International Photography Festival, she recently curated Groundwork, a fundraising exhibition for DECK, a new Photo Center  that opened in Singapore in October 2014.

Patricia Levasseur de la Motte is a Member of the CIMAM (International Committee of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts) – ICOM since 2011.



Kevin Kunishi (US), Photographer/Artist, Educator, Photobook Author

Kevin Kunishi is a photographic artist and educator currently based in San Francisco CA. His work has been recognized by numerous organizations and publications including The New Yorker, The Sunday Telegraph, VICE, Le Monde, American Photo Magazine, The International Photography Awards, Le Journal de la Photographie, AI-AP, The New York Photo Festival, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, Esquire, VISSLA, Monocle, L'imparfaite, Allegra, ONWARD, Photo District News, CENTER, Photolucida, CMYK magazine, Photographer’s Forum and Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3).

His work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally at The Honolulu Museum of Art, Project Basho in Philadelphia, PA, Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, CA, The Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark, Black & Blue Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, Interurban Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, The Hashtag Gallery in Toronto, Canada, Galerie Nowhere in Montreal, Canada, The Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C., The Daylight Project Space in Hillsborough, NC and The Bekman Gallery in New York.

In 2011 he was the honorary recipient of the Blue Earth Alliance Award for Best Photography Project, an award that honors projects that demonstrate excellence in the field of photography.
His first monograph Los Restos de la Revolución was released by Daylight Publishing and was selected as one of Photo-Eye's Best Books of 2012 and selected as one of PDN's-2012 Indie Photo Books of The Year.




Veejay started out as a staff photographer for the national news magazine the Philippines Graphic before venturing into freelancing. He also worked with several international news wire agencies before concentrating on his documentary projects in Asia.

He is the the recipient of the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship grant with his project on the lives of former gang members in Manila which also garnered him a residency at the Visa Pour l'image photojournalism festival hosted by Crossing Point residency program on the same year. He was also the first Filipino to be selected in the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass program.

Currently based in Manila, he does editorial assignments apart from working on his long-term projects tackling issues on the changing Filipino culture and religious practices, displacement due to the drastic change climate/weather patterns and his current exploration of Filipino diaspora through different landscapes across the Philippines.

He has been published globally with titles including International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, World Policy Report and have worked with several aid organisations such as Oxfam International, U.N. World Food Program, U.N. FAO, UNFPA, UNICEF, Greenpeace International amongst others.   

He is represented by Getty Images Global Assignments in London and Asia Motion in Asia.



JEROME GOMEZ (PH), Writer, Photo Editor/Esquire Philippines

Jerome Gomez has been working in publishing for the last two decades, editing a variety of magazines in different genres for the past 10 years: entertainment,  interiors, society, and men's lifestyle. Throughout, he's worked closely with photographers, collaborating with them in a way that he gets what's best for his publication, but taking care not to sacrifice the photographer's style and vision. He is the associate editor of Esquire in the Philippines.



SONNY THAKUR (PH), photographer, photo editor/Grid magazine

Sonny Thakur graduated BS in Mechanical Engineering at the De La Salle University in 2009. He has been working as a freelance editorial photographer and photo editor since. 

In 2010, his on-going project, Family Ties, was featured at the 2nd Singapore International Photography Festival. In 2011, Family Ties was shown at the Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, and at the India Habitat Center at the Delhi Photo Festival, New Delhi, India. Most recently, his still on-going project revolving around his family was on exhibit at the Gonzo Unit in Nottingham as part of the first World Events Young Artist Festival (WEYA) hosted by the cultural olympiad. 

In 2014 he co-founded GRID, a travel magazine with stories from the Philippines. He works as photo editor for the magazine.



Wawi navarroza (PH), artist/photographer, educator, founder/thousandfold

Wawi Navarroza is an Filipina artist/photographer. She graduated from De La Salle University, Manila and attended continuing education at the International Center of Photography, New York. In 2012, Navarroza completed her scholarship awarded by the Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid under the program European Master of Fine Art Photography. Her work with photography has taken shape in symbolic tableau vivants to her more recent interest in landscape, constructed still life, and installation. Her photography projects mainly re-examine the precarious relation between photography and place, with a recurring interest in displacements and proposals for possible familiar 'other place/s’ carved out by both memory and amnesia. 

Navarroza has exhibited widely in the Philippines and internationally, including at the 8Q at Singapore Art Museum (2014), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2012), the Asian Art Biennale at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan (2011), Hangaram Museum, Seoul, Korea (2010), as well as at festivals such as Noorderlicht Photography Festival, Museum Belvedere and Fries Museum of Contemporary Art, Holland; Angkor Photography Festival, Cambodia; and PhotoIreland, Dublin (portfolio selection). Navarroza has received a number of awards among them, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award (2012), the Ateneo Art Award (2007), honorary award at Lumi Photographic Art Awards, Helsinki, Finland (2011), and was the finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2011) and the Signature Art Prize (2011). 

Navarroza has also worked as a lecturer of photography at De La Salle University, Manila and from time to time, works as an independent curator. She also sings for a post-punk rock band called The Late Isabel.

In the past few years she has based herself in Madrid, Barcelona and Cadaqués, Spain. Currently, Navarroza is back in the Philippines and recently founded THOUSANDFOLD (Photobook Library • Workshops • Small Press), an active space for contemporary photography in Manila, Philippines .




Clara Lobregat Balaguer (Manila, 1980) is a writer who sometimes makes art, has learned to do graphic design and publish books, used to host shows on national television in the Philippines, and has experience in advertising. In 2010, she founded The Office of Culture and Design, an organisation through which she executes social practice projects in culturally underserved communities in the Philippines. She has released one book as author, and nine as publisher at the helm of the editorial and design house, Hardworking Goodlooking, which she co-founded in 2013 with Filipino-American graphic designer Kristian Henson. She has exhibited artwork at Singapore Art Museum, Casa Asia Madrid, Galeria H2O, Ayala Museum, New York University (NYU), Hangar and La Capella.  She has lectured at MAD Museum, AIGA NY, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Printed Matter, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Bennington College, Ateneo de Manila and University of the Philippines, Diliman. She has won prizes at the San Sebastian El Sol Festival and Premios LAUS and can say that one of her advertising productions is in the permanent collection of the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. She was the youngest directorial board member for the international design NGO, Design for the World, from 2007-2009, and currently sits as board trustee and executive director of Class Act Foundation, an organization that builds schools in post-disaster areas of the Philippines.

The Office of Culture and Design (The OCD) is an autonomous platform for artists, writers, designers and social practice projects in the developing world (primarily, the Philippines). In 2013, The OCD opened a design studio and publishing arm called Hardworking Goodlooking, through which they publish the results of their experiments (and those of others) in print and other formats.