In this episode of the Documentary Photography Review podcast I speak to photographer Freya Najade.
We talk about Freya’s work with a particular focus on her Strawberries in Winter project, which explores modern farming practices that ensure seasonal produce is available in European supermarkets all year round.
We also talk about the value of portfolio reviews and competitions when starting out as a documentary photographer, and doing so throughout your career in a strategic fashion.
I personally have never paid for a portfolio review myself, but I have to say Freya’s words have convinced me they are of real benefit, but agree that there is a real need to choose carefully and strategically when deciding who you obtain a review from, and to maximise the benefit gained for the money spent.
We also discuss the need to build a network to promote and support your evolution as a photographer – both offline and online, and benefits of doing so – from gaining feedback to helping to make a crowdfunding campaign a success.
Freya Najade (b. 1977 in Germany) is a photographer living and working in London. In 2009 she received a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts London (London College of Communication). Since her graduation she works on commissions and on personal long-term projects.
Freya’s work has been shown nationally and internationally and was selected for FORMAT 13, the Renaissance Photography Prize, the Foto8 Summer Show, the FotoGrafia Festival Rome and the IPA Awards, among others. Publications of her work include The Guardian, the British Journal of Photography (BJP), The Times, Die Zeit, Businessweek, Photoworld China and The Huffington Post.
Freya has been finalist of the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014 Award and has been one of the Top50 Critical Mass Finalists. Her portfolio has won the Moo Award in Format Festival’s International Portfolio Review 2014, and her two series Strawberries in Winter and Shifting Grounds have been nominated for the fifth and sixth cycle of Prix Pictet, respectively.
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Interviewed, Produced, Edited: Chris King
Featured Image: From the work ‘Strawberries in Winter’ by Freya Najade © Freya Najade