The reviews with Rafal Milach will be held in English or Polish.

Are you about to embark on a personal photographic project and would like to review your ideas and approach with an expert? Do you have a long term project that you need help editing and sequencing? Are you a mid-career photographer struggling to figure out your photographic vision or where you are going next with your career?

This online portfolio review will help photographers identify their next step — from finding your photographic voice, to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that you’re passionate about, to practical advice on getting your work seen by the right people.

Each Magnum photographer will see 10 photographers only during this two-day event. Places will be allocated based on your application. The price of the online portfolio review is $350 (incl. tax) to be paid on acceptance of the application. The offer includes a “Preparing for a Portfolio Review” presentation, a 60 minutes one-to-one online portfolio review. We will do our best to accommodate your timezone and schedule.

This 60-minute online portfolio review offers:

  • Guidance on technical, ethical, theoretical and aesthetic issues
  • Ideas Development
  • Editing and Sequencing
  • Workflow
  • Output and presentation
  • Professional Practice
  • Online Networking


About your reviewer

Rafal Milach’s work explores themes of history and transformation—particularly within the former Soviet bloc—using a myriad of mediums such as photography, conceptual art, books, video and curation. Though he initially tackled subjects through a traditional documentary perspective, his later projects draw on a more conceptual approach. Milach was born in 1978 in Poland, and grew up during the collapse of the Soviet bloc. He studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, before ‘falling in love’ with photography the first time he picked up a camera. He later studied at the ITF Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic, where he is currently a lecturer. Milach’s earlier projects focus on smaller, intimate stories. In 7 Rooms (2004-2011), he captured daily life of generation caught up between the mentality of the old Soviet regime and the up-and-coming Russia of the Putin era. More recently he has become interested in larger themes such as propaganda, political manipulation and eroding democracy. His project Refusal (2010-ongoing) is a growing collection of various models and situations dealing with power structures. Photo books are central to Milach’s practice; he sees them “not only as a way to display images, but as a complete gesture emphasizing the idea of the project”. His award-winning photo books include The Winners, 7 Rooms, and The First March of Gentlemen and most recently Nearly Every Rose on the Barriers in Front of the Parliament, published in 2018. Milach has received scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Magnum Foundation, European Cultural Foundation. He was the finalist of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 and winner of the World Press Photo competition. Milach is the co-founder of Sputnik Photos collective. His works have been widely exhibited in Poland and worldwide, and can be found in the collections of the MoMA Warsaw, CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the ING Polish Art Foundation, Kiyosato, the Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), and Brandts in Odense (Denmark). Milach has been an associate member of Magnum since 2020.

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