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Your meetings will last 20 minutes, which is very short, it is imperative to arrive on time and advised to allow 10 minutes in advance of each appointment in case of the unexpected and to not risk arriving late. If by chance the expert is available before your scheduled time, you will benefit from a longer appointment. If another expert is unoccupied, this might give you the opportunity for a short extra meeting.


1. Define your goal for these meetings: what do you expect from these meetings?

To join an agency, a gallery
Exhibition space
Sale of works
Book publishing
Residence search
Portfolio publication

2. Choose the experts you want to meet according to your objectives and the nature of your work.

To choose your experts, read their biographies beforehand on the call for applications and find out more on the internet beyond these deliberately succinct presentations.

3. Choose the work (s) you want to present.


Prepare and repeat your interviews by taking care of the management of your time and think about giving time to the expert who will certainly have questions to ask you.

We advise you to make a short presentation of yourself, your work and your projects. Your speech must clearly explain your photographic approach to help the experts better understand your expectations and thus to adapt their advice to your real needs. (1 mn)

If you would like to present several series, it is possible but do not spread yourself too thin: 20 minutes is long and it is short.
We advise you to define a main series, to present, in the introduction, one or two previous series in order to give an overview of your work (5mn),  then focus on the main series (9mn), and leave the remaining time for open discussion with the expert. (5mn)

If you are looking for funding for a future project that is in progress or not yet finished, briefly present a finished series in the introduction (5mn) so that the expert can evaluate your way of working on the basis of this series. Then elaborate (9mn) on the main series, then leave the remaining time for open discussion with the expert. (5mn)

You can present your work in different formats: prints, books, digital version.

If you are presenting prints, choose small formats, which are more coherent in a series, and do not require as much time-consuming handling. If the work is planned in large format, you can choose to present 1 image in large format to give an idea of the final execution.

Portfolio: you will have to transport it and handle it often.
Your work needs to be adequately protected, so as to avoid fingerprints, please consider bringing several pairs of white gloves for you and your experts. You may also choose to mockups that can be handled more easily.

If you choose a digital presentation, make sure your batteries are fully charged. Prepare your documents and presentation carefully in advance. Do not waste time looking for your files in your drive. Remember that you will not have an internet connection.

Ideally, plan a digital version and a physical version in case of unforeseen circumstances.

In the interest of all, at the end of the meeting, please quickly finish your discussion and pack up your portfolio and materials so as to not encroach on the next scheduled meeting.

If you forget prints or portfolio on site, we will not be held responsible for any damage or disappearance.


Prepare presentations of your work (CD, personalized business card, small folders of images of your choice) with your contact information or your business card, which you can leave with each of your experts. This will allow the experts to memorize your work and to re-locate you quickly after the meetings, within a professional capacity and at the time of the jury.

Keep the collective spirit: Given the number of candidates, it is strictly forbidden to contact experts with whom you have not had an appointment, before, during and after the meetings, up to the time of the jury, in order to respect the smooth running of the event, the continuation of the portfolio reviews and the commitment and equanimity of the experts.

Sometimes we have last-minute expert cancellations. In this case, we will propose an appointment with the next available expert.

If you have complied with the terms and conditions for submitting applications, we guarantee that all experts will receive all the files of the participating photographers.


Throughout the meetings, experts will write comments and marks about your work.

All these comments and marks will be sent to all the experts, so that everyone has a complete vision of the work that has been presented by the photographers and so that your work will be seen by all the experts. Some experts may be able to contact you later to find out more about your work before the jury.

For the sake of fairness, the scores are counted and weighed by the number of meetings held for each participant.

Your portfolios will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Photographic quality
  • Quality of treatment of subjects
  • Degree of investment by the photographer
  • Compatibility of the photographer’s work with the approach of Albert Kahn and the themes that were dear to him to work for peace in the world
  • Discovery of populations, territories and cultures
  • Bringing together cultures
  • Memory of endangered cultures
  • Documentation, knowledge and sharing

This grant is not a competition to elect the best photographer. It is a financial support to encourage a photographer engaged in a work combining photography and human sciences, in a documentation process of the world faithful to Albert Kahn and in accordance with his humanist values.

Ultimately, we want to increase the number of grants per year and we are working towards that goal. For everyone to be a winner, focus on the meetings in order to make the most of them and do not forget to inform us by email of the short, medium or long term opportunities that have been brought about by these portfolio reviews (contract, exhibition, sale, publications, residencies, selection, etc.). This will allow us to approach and procure more sponsors for future editions.


To get to know Albert Kahn better, we recommend you watch « The elusive Albert Kahn » directed by Robin Hunzinger, a Bix Films-France Télévisions co-production.

With the help of the National Center for Cinematography and Animated Image, the Procirep / Angoa, the Alsace Region and the Urban Community of Strasbourg. Developed with the help of the Procirep and the Alsace Region.

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Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10 am to 6.20 pm, at the Espace Bernard Palissy in Boulogne-Billancourt.

Required materials

A physical or digital portfolio on cd or computer / tablet – it is recommended to bring a physical form and focus the presentation on a single series.


The Portfolio Reviews

Each meeting will be 20 minutes held over several tables depending on the number of reviews chosen.

Please arrive a minimum of 10 minutes before your scheduled meeting.

In case of delay (even 5 minutes), the session can not be assured. Meetings will not be reimbursed due to tardiness or absence on the part of the photographer.


Beginning of reviews at 10am (20 mn per artist)

End of reviews at 6.40 pm

Participation fee

10 euros per 20 minute meeting

No meeting will be reimbursed due to tardiness or absence on the part of the photographer

Receipts for professionals are available on request

Upon presentation of a photo ID at the reception of the meetings, each participant will be able to receive a free membership card of the Association of Friends of the Albert-Kahn Museum for the current year, allowing him to have access to special events (openings, conferences, workshop, visits, etc …)

Location of event

Espace Bernard Palissy
Formerly the West Paris Theater
1 place Bernard Palissy
92100 Boulogne-Billancourt

M 10 Saint-Cloud Bridge
Bus 160 Escudier
Bus 123 Church of Boulogne-Billancourt
Bus 52 Rhine and Danube
Bus 72 Rhine and Danube