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Allyson Ely to Participate in West Coast Review Sessions

Ellen Gilkerson | Published on 3/17/2024

PACC member Allyson Ely has been selected to participate in the CatchLight x FotoFest West Coast Review Sessions, as part of the CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit, Seeing Truths, in San Francisco on Saturday, April 27. 


Thirty photographers were invited to participate in the West Coast Review Sessions.  Each participant will receive three one-on-one 20-minute portfolio review appointments. 


Allyson says:  It is an honor to have been invited to participate in FotoFest’s West Coast portfolio review sessions.  I look forward to the opportunity to meet and discuss my work with some of this year’s esteemed judges.

Here is one of Allyson’s images from her Uncommon Beauty series, taken in a working cement silo in Northern California:

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From Allyson Ely's series, Uncommon Beauty

The CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit, Seeing Truths, will take place on April 26 and 27 at KQED Headquarters.  It comprises the annual fellowship benefit, the West Coast Review Sessions, panel conversations, and a night of photojournalism.


The Review Sessions provide a unique, photography-centered environment where participants have the opportunity to meet with photo editors at leading media and tech organizations, curators, publishers, and gallery owners.  Participation is free of charge for the selected applicants.  Funding is provided by Camera Obscura and the Minami Legacy Fund for the Arts.


CatchLight, based in San Francisco, is a visual-first media nonprofit organization that leverages the power of visual storytelling to inform, connect, and transform communities.


FotoFest is a Houston-based contemporary arts organization that serves as a platform for art and ideas by presenting internationally-focused photographic exhibitions, public programs, and publications.  FotoFest's Meeting Place Portfolio Review is the longest-running international portfolio review program in the United States, and one of the world's largest.  FotoFest and its partners have presented the Meeting Place around the world, in Beijing, Moscow, Paris, and online.  And San Francisco, of course.





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CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit, Seeing Truths, 2024:

  April 26 - 27

  KQED Headquarters:

    2601 Mariposa Street

    San Francisco

  Portfolio Review Sessions: - portfolio-reviews