The Pictorial Print Division (PPD) has three "Study Groups."Â The three Study Groups are called "Portfolios," and include the American Portfolios, the Portrait Portfolios, and the Canadian Portfolios. A portfolio is a collection of prints made by a small group of about 8-10 PSA members who enjoy sharing their print work with photographers having similar interests.
The portfolio is mailed to each group member in turn and the member then writes comments about each of the prints in the portfolio, removes the previous print they had submitted, and inserts a new print of theirs for comment. Generally a note is included to provide additional explanations and news. When the round has circulated through all of the group members, the portfolio is sent by the last member on the list to the "Commentator," generally an experienced photographer, who provides an "expert" critique regarding each print. The portfolio Secretary then sets up the schedule for the next round and starts the Portfolio prints on their way. Each round generally takes about three months to reach each member of the group and return to the Secretary.
PSA membership is required to participate. PSA members from Canada are encouraged to enroll in this Portfolio to save on the mailing costs to send prints to another country.
The prints submitted can be of any kind or type: Color or Monchrome, any topic, no restrictions, anything goes.
There is no fee for this activity.
To enroll in a Canadian Portfolio, contact the Director of the Canadian Portfolios listed above. In the email, provide your name, location, and PSA membership number. After signing up for one of the Canadian Portfolios, members are placed on the list to receive the portfolio at the next round.