Director and Curator, Sol Mednick Gallery of Photography & Gallery 1401
Associate Professor of Photography
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA
The University of the Arts is the nation’s first and only university dedicated to the visual, performing and communication arts. Its nearly 2,100 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs on its campus in the heart of Philadelphia. The institution’s roots as a leader in educating creative individuals date back to 1868. The Sol Mednick Gallery of Photography recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, and Gallery 1401 celebrated its 15th anniversary. Alumni include Irving Penn, National Geographic photo editor Susan Welchman, gallerist Catherine Edelman, and MacArthur Fellow Deborah Willis.
Harris Fogel has been the director and curator of both galleries since 1997, and is an Associate Professor and former director of the Photography program, and one of three fulltime faculty members in the photo program.
Mr. Fogel has been curating exhibitions since the 1980s, and has a wide range of experience centered on photography. Involved in the technology and digital imaging spheres, he created the website www.maceditionradio.com His photographic work is in major museum collections, and he has a long exhibition record.
Mr. Fogel has written for art and photo related publications and projects, and has taught photo history for more than 20 years. One of his longstanding interests is placing contemporary work within a contextual framework. Mr. Fogel has been sponsored by the U.S. Embassy as a Visiting American Expert and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.
The Sol Mednick Gallery and Gallery 1401 are non‐profit university galleries, the main focus is in exposing the community to a wide range of photographic practices, concerns, approaches, and techniques, with an emphasis on fine art, alternative process, and documentary work. Past photographers exhibiting in the Equality Forum show have included Duane Michals, Arthur Tress, Ryan McGinley, David Hilliard, Rachelle Lee Smith, Gabe Martinez, Maria Martinez Cañas, Connie Imboden, and Zoe Strauss, among others. The galleries also exhibit the work of the winners of The Photo Review annual competition each year.
The Sol Mednick Gallery of Photography has a 35 year history of exhibiting photography. Due to demand, competition for exhibitions is strong. We have been supportive of portfolio reviews, and awarded multiple shows that originated from them. Between the Sol Mednick Gallery and Gallery 1401, we exhibit an average of 18 shows per year, with several slots set aside for sophomore student work, winners of The Photo Review annual competition, and exhibitions in conjunction with the Equality Forum.
As a reviewer, Mr. Fogel can offer criticism, critique, and commentary on portfolios and the nature of the work. Because of his digital background, he can offer discussion on work from a technological viewpoint. He has served as a portfolio reviewer at numerous events around the world, and he can impart some tiny bit of wisdom gained from that experience. He can also suggest other exhibition venues, publications, and paths that a photographer might consider.