Members of Soho Photo are part of a cooperative gallery with deep roots in the New York City photographic community.
Membership offers access to a diverse and supportive community of photographers and the opportunity to exhibit your work throughout the year. Members participate actively on at least one committee or take on at least one ongoing service commitment to the gallery, based on individual skills and interests.
Who Should Apply?
We’re looking for artists with a passion for photography, a clear and meaningful photographic vision, an appreciation for the craft and a willingness to participate in the operation of the gallery. We’re open to new ideas. Some of our members strive to re-imagine the meaning, value, and boundaries of photography, others to perfect a particular thread or technique.
Talk to Us
Before you apply for membership we suggest that you come to the gallery and talk with our members. You can contact us to set up an appointment using the form below or just drop by during regular hours.
The Application Process
Portfolios are reviewed the Portfolio Review Committee starting at 10:00am typically on the first Saturday of every month except August (see dates below). A portfolio is a cohesive body of 12-20 prints representing a distinct theme or an on-going project illustrating:
- Skill as a photographer
- Editing proficiency
- Ability to present exhibition-quality prints
Your prints should be unframed, but appropriately matted or presented according to your vision, as though you were preparing for an actual exhibition. If you plan to display your work in any manner other than traditional framing, please give us a very brief description of what you intend to do.
Drop off your print portfolio, completed artist membership application at the gallery at 10:00am sharp on the review day or during our regular hours during the month prior to the Saturday review.
A US$50.00 non-refundable deposit is required upon submission of your portfolio. The deposit will be credited towards your first year’s dues if your portfolio is approved for membership.
All Soho Photo Gallery members may participate in the Portfolio Review Committee. Prospective new member portfolios are placed on easels so members can view and discuss your photographs. The committee members then gather to share their responses to the portfolio while notes on the discussion are recorded.
Please arrive at the gallery at 12:30pm or arrange to speak on the phone with a member of the Portfolio Review Committee if you are remote. This member will have conversation with you, let you know whether or not if you’ve been accepted and share the reactions, advice and insights of the committee.
Membership enables you to exhibit your work throughout the year and requires your active participation in the running of the gallery. Responsibilities include:
- Participating in on-going service commitments, some of which can be conducted remotely
- Sitting, or arranging for sitting in order to keep the gallery open, especially during the month you’re exhibiting
- Framing, hanging, removing your show and prepping the walls, or arranging to have it done
- Arranging for the transport of your work to and from the gallery
2020 Portfolio Review Dates
January 11, 2020
February 1, 2020
March 7, 2020
April 4, 2020
May 2, 2020
June 6, 2020
July 11, 2020
August 8, 2020
Download the Membership Application with instructions to print out the form, fill it out, include it with the portfolio and provide the US$50.00 fee, either a check or cash at the portfolio review.
If you are not able to drop off your portfolio personally, your portfolio must arrive at the gallery by the first Friday of the month prior to the Portfolio Review Committee meeting on Saturday. If the portfolio is being shipped, a return label must be included. Otherwise, the portfolio becomes the property of the gallery and can be disposed of at our discretion.
General Membership: US$800.00/year
Plus one-time US$200.00 building fee
Young Artist Membership: US$250.00/year (35 years of age or younger)
Plus one-time US$200.00 building fee
Payment is due upon acceptance to Soho Photo Gallery.