"The Meeting Place" is a crucial part of every FotoFest biennial. Held at the FotoFest headquarters hotel, this is where scores of reviewers sit in a ballroom and peruse hundreds of portfolios offered up by eager photographers, amateur and professional alike. (See "The Meat Market," April 1, 2004) Dozens of 15-minute reviews are packed into each day as the reviewers — prominent curators, gallery owners and other arts professionals — plow through all manner of images. Here, insipid sunsets and pictures of pet cats can vie with gritty documentary photography and arty conceptual projects. The reviewers are looking for, hoping for, something amazing. Sometimes they find it and sometimes that work makes it into... More >>>