These are some points to take into account when producing a photography exhibition. Of course, there are more, but with these points, it is enough to have a panorama of the challenge.
Actually you can mount an exhibition without any pretension, however, you need to ask yourself what you want to achieve. Money, fame, prestige, learning or all of the above? Having said that, and made the chosen target, nothing guarantees that it will be achieved; photos may not be sold as expected, nor the fame many be achieved because very few people attended the success with an exhibition. However the learning obtained will always be something positive. And it is that photography is like the business of passion.
Scope and Delimitation
Closely linked to the clear objective, one must ask if he want to put together a small, intimate exhibition or a monstrous retrospective. It is also important to ask whether it will be individual or collective because, although your inner narcissus requires you to be the big player, making a collective exhibition is a very enriching experience and facilitates the exhibition because the authorities in charge of a space accept the collective artists with more facility than the solitary photographer.
In addition, it is important to ask if the exhibition will be supported by a gallery, no matter if it is small or large, famous or unknown, a museum, it can be a community museum, for example, or if you got a space in a local restaurant where use your photos as decorative pieces and even, graciously, allow you to sell them there. Institutional or personal, it is important to know who and why you support your exposure.
Some people call it simply the theme, but I think there is much more. For example, there may be an axis based on a genre or subgenus like a sample that privileges portraits, landscapes or still life. The exposure could also be centered on subjects like a certain group of people. There may also be a chronological axis where your work from 2010 to 2017 is included. There could also be a geographical dominant like your trip to some other country).
Of course, the axis can be a great subject as freedom, solidarity, discrimination, youth or any human matter that you find interesting. To me this type of axis is the one that I like the most and it seems to me more symbolic and it may include the photographs at first glance disconnected, but that has an articulation and a sense.