Curator-at-Large, Department of Photographs
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY, USA
Alison Nordström is Curator-at-Large, Department of Photographs, at George Eastman House, the oldest and largest museum of photography in the United States. She was the Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida from 1991 to 2002. There, she curated over 100 exhibitions of photography including the popular biennial series Fresh Work, and major surveys of landscape, portraiture, travel photographs and journalism. At George Eastman House, she has initiated the contemporary biennial Vital Signs, and has curated Paris: Photographs by Eugene Atget and Christopher Rauschenberg, Why Look at Animals?, Know War, and Found: Photographs by Gerald Slota. She writes and lectures extensively on contemporary photography. Dr. Nordström holds a BA in English Literature, an MLS with museum emphasis, and a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.
Her current work includes research for an exhibition and major publication on the idea, in the broadest sense of photographic documentary. She is particularly interested in seeing work by contemporary photographers that they themselves characterize as documentary. However, her interests are wide and she will happily review photo essays, book dummies, (especially unpublished first books), work with political content, work smaller than 8X10, work from outside the USA, and work in progress. She is not interested in nudes, infrared, polacolor transfers, or commercial work except photojournalism.
Her reviews are good sources for critique and a serious interrogation of the work presented. She can edit, sequence, publish, exhibit and acquire. She can comment on issues of design and presentation. She can also befriend, encourage, advise, question, challenge, recommend, champion and put things into perspective.