Deborah Aaronson, Editorial Director
Abrams, New York, New York
Deborah Aaronson is the editorial director of the flagship imprint of Abrams, the first company in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art and illustrated books, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2009. She has been with Abrams since 2000, working with a diverse range of artists, photographers, and authors including Gregory Crewdson, Stefan Sagmeister, the Richard Avedon Foundation, Swoon, Gore Vidal, and the Los Angeles Police Department. Her recent and upcoming books include: "The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story," "The Selby Is in Your Place," and the New York Times bestseller "Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City."
Deborah is most interested in reviewing coherent bodies of work; all subjects are welcome, although she is not interested in reviewing commercial portfolios. She can provide advice and information about all aspects about the book publishing process.
Paul Amador, Director
Amador Gallery, New York, New York
Paul Amador is the owner and director of Amador Gallery, located in the Fuller Building in New York City. Amador Gallery concentrates on contemporary photography with an emphasis on Europe and Japan. The gallery presents 6 – 8 exhibitions annually, often in conjunction with published works. The gallery, originally Cohen Amador Gallery, opened in 2005. Prior to opening the gallery, Mr. Amador was a financial executive in New York and London as well as a collector of vintage and contemporary photography and photography books.
Amador Gallery is interested in fully developed bodies of work suitable for exhibition and /or publication. The gallery is not limited to the kind of imagery that it exhibits, but has often concentrated on large format, film based projects. The gallery is less interested in advertising or commercial photography or work that is solely documentary in nature.
Sheyi Antony Bankale, Editor and Founder
Next Level, London, England
Sheyi Antony Bankale is the Editor and Founder of Next Level magazine. Next Level is one of Europe’s leading art photography magazines with a dynamic mix of art photography and ideas. It features a diverse range of some of the world’s most exciting photo artists. It aims to bring awareness and debate to contemporary culture, showcasing and celebrating emerging and established artists, across various disciplines and alongside inspiring, provocative and critical writing. Mr. Bankale is also the Director of Creative Scape Ltd, publishers of Next Level books, which are distributed by Thames & Hudson, one of the leading publishers of international art books. In addition, he has consulted for Hype Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and City University, London.
Mr. Bankale is interested in contemporary art photography. He is not interested in photo journalism. He can help photographers in publishing work in Next Level magazine and monographs. Next Level is the hub between photo artists and curators, dealers, collectors, galleries and institutions.
Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photographs
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
The Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1896. He envisioned a museum collection consisting of the “Old Masters of tomorrow” and initiated a series of exhibitions of contemporary art that continues to this day and is called The Carnegie International. Early acquisitions include artists like Winslow Homer and Camille Pissarro. Today the museum includes a Department of Photography that was formed in the fall of 2008. The Photography Collection comprises 4,500 prints, over 3,000 of which are images of Pittsburgh prior to 1960, including the work of photographers such as Lewis Hine, Edward Weston, Luke Swank, W. Eugene Smith, Margaret Bourke-White, Charles “Teenie” Harris and Duane Michals. Ms. Benedict-Jones took the position of the first Curator of Photographs in December 2008.
Before joining the Carnegie Museum of Art, Ms. Benedict-Jones served as Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh from 1999 – 2008. Prior to this, she was Curator of Education at The Frick Art & Historical Center. Additionally, Ms. Benedict-Jones has taught the history of photography at Carnegie Mellon University since 1999. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1993, she was Curator of The Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ms. Benedict-Jones is currently working on a retrospective of the work of internationally renowned Pittsburgh native, Duane Michals. She most interested in seeing work by people who have been directly or indirectly influenced by his photographs, that is, those who incorporate.
Evgeny Berezner is currently the Deputy Director in Photographic Projects at ROSIZO State Centre for Museums & Exhibitions of Ministry of Culture of Russia.
In 2003-2007 he was the Deputy Director in Photographic Projects at Moscow Museum of Modern Art. He has curated more than 200 exhibitions in Russia. He has also curated exhibitions in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and USA.
Berezner is a member of ORACLE, an international organization of curators and photographic experts. He is also a member of the International Board of Advisers of the Central European House of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 1995-1997 he was the international adviser from Russia for FotoFeis International Festival of Photography in Scotland. Berezner has been co-editor of the International Magazine on Photography IMAGO since 1996. His articles have been published in Aperture (USA), ArtChronika (Russia), European Photography (Germany), FotoMagazine (Russia), IMAGO (Slovakia). He has been delivered lectures in Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Slovakia. .Berezner was a jury member of the International Competition on Photo Editions in Bratislava (Slovakia) in 2000, 2002, 2004; chairman of jury in 2006, 2008.
Evgeny Berezner is interested in all shapes of photography and visual arts, looking for possible future exhibitions and publications in Russia.
Enrico Bossan joined Fabrica in 2005 becoming the head of photography department. In April 2007 he became the editorial director of COLORS magazine.
His photos have appeared regularly in international magazines since 1985 and been displayed at the Houston FotoFest, the International Photography Biennale in Turin and in Amsterdam, Arles, Milan, Rome, Salonica, Tokyo and Venice.
He won the Kodak award for professional photography in 1987. His earlier publications include Pechino-Parigi (1986), a journey from Asia to Europe and Exit (1992), a tale of America “from two angles”, produced in collaboration with photographer Roberto Koch. In 2000 his books focused on healthcare and hospital life: Esodo, views of daily life in a shelter for AIDS victims and Un Privilegio Difficile, a black-and-white photo report for Cuamm Doctors with Africa on socio-medical cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He has been represented by the Contrasto photo agency since 1992.
Enrico Bossan is most interested in reviewing photo-reportage, fashion and portrait works suitable to be presented in international photographic awards, festivals and contests.
If under 28, photographers could also be invited by Mr. Bossan to come to Fabrica with a scholarship of the duration of one year.
Mr. Bossan is not interested in seeing landscape and architecture photographs. However, he is very good in helping young photographers to finding their ways and identities as professionals.
Claire Carter, Assistant Curator
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
Claire C. Carter, assistant curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art [SMoCA], has co-curated exhibitions such as: At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer (Winter 2009) which received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and Pedro Meyer’s Heresies (Fall 2008). She is a contributing author to At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer, co-published with Radius Books. She recently curated and coordinated a symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, Exchanging Ideas: photography, abstraction and metaphor at mid-century, which included speakers Emmet Gowin, Keith F. Davis, Harold Jones, Leland Rice, Britt Salvesen and Joseph Sterling. The symposium also invited a juried group of photographers to informally share their print portfolios with the attending curators, art historians and artists in attendance.
Ms. Carter also recently published a critical essay on Massimo Vitali in the London-based magazine, NextLevel. She worked on the following publications, Lyle Ashton Harris: Blow Up and Pae White: “Lisa, Bright and Dark.” Ms. Carter received her B.A. in political theory, gender studies and art history from Indiana University, Bloomington, and M.A. in the History of Contemporary and Modern Art from the University of Glasgow in London with an emphasis on photography. She worked as curatorial assistant and archivist at the historical photographic Hulton Archive in London. She also served as editorial assistant to photographic critic and academician, Liz Wells, on her publication on landscape photography, Land Matters: Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity.
Ms. Carter looks forward to viewing maturing bodies of photography for exhibition in a contemporary art museum context. She is interested in works in dialogue with the history of photography and contemporary art. She does not wish to see commercial work.
Jim Casper, Editor and Publisher
Lens Culture, Paris, France and Berkeley, California
Jim Casper is the editor and publisher of Lens Culture, an international online magazine exploring contemporary photography, art, media, and world cultures. Lens Culture's website attracts more than two million visitors per year, from more than 50 countries worldwide. Casper is an active participant in photography festivals and conferences around the world. He writes and lectures about photography, curates shows, and organizes photography-related events and workshops. Casper also serves on the international advisory board of San Francisco’s PhotoAlliance, a non-profit educational organization. He currently lives and works in Paris, France.
Casper is especially interested in exploring contemporary photography and how it interacts and overlaps with other art forms, mass media, and world cultures. Lens Culture features the work of photographers from all continents and various points of view: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, multimedia, lyrical, personal, abstract, human, and street photography. He is NOT particularly interested in commercial photography, fashion, stock, or work that relies largely on digital manipulation (except for digital multimedia/projections with sound).
Fernando Castro R. is a philosopher by training and an artist by vocation. However, he is mostly known as a critical writer and curator. His most recent curatorial work includes: Prime Years: an exhibit about aging (HCP), The States of Pedro Meyer (virtually everywhere), and With Other’s Eyes (Centro Cultural La Recoleta, Buenos Aires). He writes for Art Nexus, Aperture magazines, etc. He is an adjunct photography curator for Sicardi Gallery; member of the advisory board of the Houston Center for Photography; member of the art board of Fotofest; and contributing editor of Aperture magazine.
Although he is open to see all kinds of work he is bewildered when he finds commercial work at a portfolio review. He has included the work of artists he has reviewed at Fotofest and other photo festivals in many exhibits he has curated (including two mentioned above), has written about a few, and referred several to galleries, collectors and other curators.
Brian Clamp, Director
ClampArt, New York, New York
Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of ClampArt, a commercial gallery specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. ClampArt mounts ten to fifteen exhibitions per year featuring the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Clamp opened the gallery in 2000. Prior to that, he served as the director of a gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Clamp has also curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios on dozens of panels over the past several years. He is the author of numerous publications on American art to date, and also occasionally contributes written work to various art periodicals.
Clamp is most interested in reviewing developed and innovative bodies of work suitable for exhibition. All types of imagery are welcome- from documentary to landscape, still life to conceptual. However, Clamp is not interested in reviewing commercial work intended for stock or advertising. Aside from offering criticism and critique of the photography itself, Clamp can also provide advice and direction in terms of promoting projects. In exceptional cases, ClampArt is able to offer opportunities to artists in group exhibitions and projects, and in the past has given artists met at FotoFest solo shows in the gallery.
David Coleman, Curator of Photography
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
The cornerstone of the Harry Ransom Center's photography collection is the renowned Helmut and Alison Gernsheim collection, which is best known for its treasures of nineteenth-century photography, including the world's first photograph from nature by the French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. Since that landmark acquisition, the photography collection has expanded in such diverse areas as fine art, photojournalism, documentary photography, the history of photography, and technology--in addition to the acquisition of photographers' archives. These holdings currently amount to over five million prints and negatives supplemented by books, manuscripts, journals, and memorabilia of significant photographers since the medium's invention.
Dr. Coleman is interested in acquiring work for the collections that resonates with the history of photography.
Catherine Couturier, Owner & Director
John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas
John Cleary opened the gallery in 1996, in its current location on Gallery Row, and the gallery has evolved into the premier photography gallery in Houston. His passion for the medium was apparent, his knowledge evident, and his honesty as an art dealer unparallel.
After John passed away in February of 2008, Catherine Couturier took over the gallery. Having worked with John since 1999 as the gallery’s manager and director, Catherine was the logical choice to take the responsibility of carrying on the John Cleary Gallery tradition with all the gravitas it is due.
Even though Catherine's job has changed drastically since John’s passing, her passion for this business has not. She loves meeting first-time collectors who are really excited about a purchase, and she finds a lot of joy in tracking down a rare or sold-out piece for a collector with a special request.
The gallery represents a range of contemporary artists including Thomas Kellner, Maggie Taylor, Jeff Conley, Ion Zupcu and Henry Horenstein, among many others. The gallery has been a member of AIPAD (Association of Photography Art Dealers) since 1998. The gallery participates in AIPAD’s The Photography Show each spring, Photo LA in January, and other art fairs throughout the year. Catherine also reviews portfolios for organizations and festivals such as Fotofest in Houston and Photo Nola in New Orleans.
Catherine is interested in seeing work of all subjects that is fully realized and ready for representation. She is not interested in seeing social documentary work or book projects.
Lorraine Anne Davis, Writer, Consultant, Appraiser
Director, Lorraine Anne Davis Fine Art Photography Appraisals and Collection Management, LLC. Dallas, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, New York
www.lorrainedavis.com FLOATING REVIEWER
Lorraine Anne Davis is a columnist and feature writer for the international photography magazines Black & White and COLOR; showcasing the work of emerging and established photographers. She is updating Lee Witkin’s The Photograph Collector’s Guide, being published by Marquand Books. Ms. Davis lectures frequently on many aspects of the art of photography. She is the owner and director of a busy appraisal practice and photograph collection management service. Besides appraising photographs, she works with collectors managing their collections and advises them in acquisitions and de-acquisitions. She was the Assistant Director of the Paul Strand Archive and the Director of Gallery zur Stockeregg in Zurich. For twelve years she was the curator of the Pfeifer Collection, the only private collection of classical American photography in Europe. In 2003, after 16 years in Europe, Ms. Davis returned to the USA.
Ms. Davis is interested in seeing work by emerging or established photographers whose vision and intent engages the viewer in a compelling way. She is looking for work that might be suitable for publication in Black & White and COLOR which will be brought to the direct attention of the editor of the magazines for consideration. Additionally, she is willing to answer any practical or philosophical questions the photographer might have in regard to advancing their vision, their intent or their direction in the field.
Diana Edkins joined Aperture in October 2002 as Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator and was appointed Director of Special Projects in March 2003. In spring 2005, she became the Director of Exhibitions and Limited-Edition Prints. Ms. Edkins has been seriously and actively involved with fine art photography since 1969. Her first book was done with Beaumont Newhall on William Henry Jackson for the Amon Carter Museum.
She worked at LIGHT Gallery as its inception and was a research supervisor under John Szarkowski at the Department of Photography, Museum of Modern Art from 1972 to 1976. She has taught the History of Photography at Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, and The New School. She has also lectured extensively, curated over 15 exhibitions, and written numerous articles including an article on Henri Cartier-Bresson for Vogue in 1979.
In 1977, Ms. Edkins joined Condé Nast Publications as a temporary worker to organize their collection of photographs from Vanity Fair, Vogue, and House and Garden. She remained at Condé Nast until 1996, acting as Manager of Rights and Permissions for all the magazines in the area of both articles and photographs. The organization of the archive enabled Condé Nast to feed not only its own US magazines, but also its own worldwide magazines with images of cultural significance. During this time she also edited and co-authored several books from the collection, namely: Fashion Photography (1979), Vanity Fair: Photographs of an Age (1981), On the Edge: The First One Hundred Years of Vogue (1990) and others. On her own, Ms. Edkins has co-authored many crossover books using photography - the most know being The Power of Style (published 1992 and still in print), Vanities, Animal Attractions, Leg, People and Pearls, The Magic Endures, The Power of Pride: The Stylemakers and Rulebreakers of the Harlem Renaissance, and The Blue Jean. In 1992, American Photographer profiled Ms. Edkins as the 57th most important person in photography – out of 100.
Hossein Farmani, Owner & Director
Farmani Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Hossein Farmani is a creative entrepreneur and visionary whose passion for Photography and Design inspired the creation of numerous successful companies under the Farmani Group. From charities to foundations and internationally recognized brands, he's created platforms to champion his passions. His first forays blending photography and design resulted in the publication of VUE, Los Angeles' first fashion magazine, followed by FotoFolio, now in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.
In 2003, he started the Lucie Awards, the industry's answer to the Oscars and the Grammys. He's co-founded the Palm Springs Photo Festival, the Month of Photography Los Angeles and the Istanbul Photo Festival (2010). He's a regular reviewer for PhotoLucida, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Visa Pour L'images, The New York Photo Festival, Angkor Photo Festival, FotoFest, Sony World Photo Awards and Rencontres d'Arles. He is also the owner of Farmani Gallery in New York. He formed the Lucie Foundation whose mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. Among his list of companies are Prix de la Photographie (Px3), The International Photography Awards, The International Design Awards and the London International Creative Competition.
Farmani founded the Focus on Aids Photography Auction, the nation's largest photography auction in 1987. A hospital for children living with AIDS in Mysore, India was founded based on the fundraising efforts of FOA. A number of AIDS research organizations and hospitals have benefited from the 20 year old auction with the countless support of the photography community.
He is most interested in reviewing contemporary fine art photography and has had the opportunity to feature many emerging and professional photographers at the Farmani Gallery.
Christine Frisinghelli, Director and Editor in Chief
Camera Austria, Kunsthaus Graz and "CAMERA AUSTRIA International" Magazine, Graz, Austria www.camera-austria.at
Camera Austria is a private artists' run association, founded by photographers Manfred Willmann and Seiichi Furuya, and Christine Fisinghelli. International exhibition projects started in 1975; annual Symposiums on photography in 1979; the quarterly magazine "CAMERA AUSTRIA International" was founded in 1980. Since 2003 the exhibition premises, including a study library are situated at Kunsthaus Graz.
Recent exhibition projects include: 2003 "Positions in Japanese photography"; 2004 (and travelling internationally since) "Pierre Bourdieu. In Algeria. Testimonies of Uprooting"; 2007 "I am not afraid. The Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg", an exhibition celebrating the No. 100 of the journal CAMERA AUSTRIA; 2009.
Christine Frisinghelli's is interested in both documentary and conceptual positions of relevance in an up to date debate on the social, cultural and political usages of photography.
Information on the journal's features and the exhibition programme of Camera Austria will help photographers to situate their work in this context. Christine Frisinghelli is able to offer publiation opportunities in the FORUM section of "CAMERA AUSTRIA" magazine; invitations to artists' residencies; participation in exhibition projects.
Gina Glover, Director
Geof Rayner, Director
Photofusion, London, United Kingdom
Gina Glover is founder and a Director of Photofusion Photography Centre, London. Professor Geof Rayner is Chair and a Director of Photofusion. Photofusion is one of the largest independent photography centres in the UK. The Photofusion Gallery encourages work that has a strong thematic basis and which deals with contemporary issues - whether social or aesthetic - or work which reassesses historical themes and perspectives. The gallery presents up to eight exhibitions a year to a continually expanding audience, supported by a program of educational and interpretive events. Past exhibitors have included Ferit Kuyas, Naglaa Walker, Simon Norfolk, John Davies, Eva Stenram, Marcus Haydock, Janelle Lynch, Uta Kogelsberger, Marcelo Brodsky, Trent Parke, Edgar Martins, and Pernille Koldbech Finch, among many others. Photofusion has a membership scheme, picture library, darkrooms, exhibition production and digital facilities.
In 2008 Gina Glover received the Royal Photographic Society's Hood Medal, and she has been twice winner of the Medical Research Council/Novartis/Daily Telegraph Visions of Science Award. Her exhibition Playgrounds of War, part of The Modern Documentary – Photography and Social Issues, From Record to Metaphor, 1980’s to 2008, was shown in the 2009 Photo Biennale at the Guangdong Museum ofArt, Guangzhou, China. Her recent book, Objects of Colour: Baltic Coast, a collaboration between Gina and writer/poet Kay Syrad, is published by Foxhall publishing.
Geof Rayner was one of the founders of Photofusion in the early 1980s although his main career has been as a social scientist working in public health. He is Professor Associate in Public Health at Brunel University and Visiting Research Fellow at City University, both in London.
Gina Glover and Geof Rayner are interested to see work that has a strong thematic basis, reflecting current cultural and political issues that have widespread relevance to diverse audiences. All types of photography from portraiture, documentary to landscape produced in any medium are welcomed. They are not interested in seeing advertising or fashion photography. They are particularly interested in discussing unresolved projects and giving advice to their placement and promotion. They may be able to offer photographers the possibility of solo or group shows at Photofusion gallery.
Marek Grygiel is currently the Curator of Photography at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Warsaw where he has been since 1990. He has curated over 60 exhibitions at the Centre. He is also an Honorary Member of the Union of Polish Art Photographers and a corresponding member of Deutsche Fotografische Akademie. He is a member of ORACLE, an international organization of curators and photographic experts.
Grygiel has curated international photo exhibitions in Germany, Austria, France, Lithuania, Belarus, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Great Britain, Estonia, and Japan.
Grygiel is also the founder and editor in chief of FOTOTAPETA magazine and its internet version. Since 1995 he has been working as picture editor for the Gazeta Wyborcza daily newspaper, one of the biggest newspapers in Central Europe. Grygiel also cooperates with art and photography magazines, “Exit” and “Imago”.
Marek Grygiel is one of the founders and editors of the Polish-German publishing company edition.fotoTAPETA, established in 2006. In 2008, he was invited to participate in Council of Foundation of Archeology of Photography in Warsaw.
His major focus is on contemporary photography as art form and some new documentary and journalistic photography related to mass media. He is interested in viewing conceptual, experimental, humanistic photography and issue-oriented work. Grygiel organizes exhibitions, and publishes articles in magazines and photographic publications.
Elda Harrington is the Director of Encuentros Abiertos (Argentine’s Photofestival) since 1989 and the director of the Argentine School of Photography since 1987. She is also the president of Luz Austral Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting photography in Argentina. Ms. Harrington is an international curator and an independent photographer. Ms. Harrington is interested in reviewing innovative and new media bodies of works. She is not interested in reviewing commercial works. She can provide an opportunity for invitations to exhibit and participate at the Encuentros Abiertos-Festival of Light in Argentina.
William M. Hunt, Partner
Hasted Hunt, New York, New York
W.M. Hunt - Bill Hunt - is a New York-based collector, curator, consultant, and champion of photography. He is a partner with Sarah Hasted in HASTED HUNT. His "Collection Dancing Bear" is the subject of a book to be published by Thames & Hudson next year after exhibitions in Arles, Lausanne and Amsterdam. Mr. Hunt is on the boards of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, AIPAD, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and he teaches in the graduate program at the School of Visual Arts. For many years he has produced the "Your Picture" panels for PDN magazine.
Mr. Hunt likes to look at work that is resolved (not "works-in-progress"). He does not like to look at nude studies, but sex pictures are ok. As a veteran of portfolio reviewing, he can offer a critical response to an artist's work or career guidance.
Russell Joslin, Owner, Editor and Publisher
SHOTS Magazine, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Edited and published by photographer Russell Joslin since 2000, Shots Magazine is an independent, reader-supported, quarterly journal of fine art photography known for its democratic presentation of work by a variety of photographers from around the world. Now in its 23rd year of publication, Shots is often described as a “photographer’s photography magazine”. Shots reaches a wide international audience that includes not only photographers, but also educators, gallery directors, museums, and others interested in photography.
Joslin offers the opportunity of publication in Shots, and is interested in seeing developed bodies of work. Joslin is also interested in meeting with photographers who are open to honest dialogue/feedback and the discussion of ideas related to their work. Note: Shots does not publish stock or commercial photography.
As Editor of spot, Houston Center for Photography's award-winning publication, Tracy Xavia publishes innovative portfolios, in-depth critical writing, ongoing documentation of the exhibitions and activities of HCP and the photographic community at large, coverage of artists in Texas, the U.S., and abroad. The only photographic journal published in the southern United States, spot acts as a forum for ongoing and timely debate about photography and related media. Now in its 28th year, spot is published twice yearly. Tracy Xavia also serves on the editorial board for the academic journal, Visual Studies, which focuses primarily on documentary photography and scholarly studies.
As Director of Visual Studies at University of Houston, Tracy Xavia organizes an ongoing lecture series on interdisciplinary approaches to visual imagery. Visual Studies is an exciting new interdisciplinary field that explores all aspects of our visual experience, from MRIs and nanotechnology to visual methods of scientific data collection, to the increasing visuality of our world in terms of information portals—technology, visual culture, and our social environment.
As an independent curator, Tracy Xavia focuses solely on innovative, contemporary approaches to photography. Additionally, she has published numerous articles and essays on art, photography and culture in popular and academic venues, including the text for photographer Shelley Calton's Hard Knocks (Kehrer Verlag, 2009).
Tracy Xavia is most interested in reviewing innovative approaches to photography that push the limits of visuality, though all types of work are welcome. In addition to offering criticism and critique of portfolios, Tracy Xavia can offer insight into editorial outlets, new media possibilities, and further academic studies.
Julie Kinzelman, President
Kinzelman Art Consulting, Houston, Texas
For 10 years, Kinzelman Art Consulting has been providing arts-management services for corporate and private collectors as well as the hospitality industry. Since 1995 Julie Kinzelman has provided art consulting expertise to clients in the areas of acquisitions, collections management, curating exhibitions, educational art programming, public relations and marketing. From 1992-1995 Ms. Kinzelman worked at the George Eastman House, Museum of Film and Photography, Rochester, NY. In 1994 Ms. Kinzelman received her Master of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Fine Art Photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY and in 1991 her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
Ms. Kinzelman is interested in reviewing innovative or interdisciplinary approaches to photography. She is not interested in viewing socio-political, documentary, boudoir/glamour, or flower photography. She can advise and assist photographers with appropriate ways of presenting their portfolios and work for consideration by Corporate Consultants and Collectors. She can also advise on aesthetic considerations that may assist photographers with content, composition, concept, printing and presentation.
Gregory Gene Knight is an independent curator and arts administrator with more than 30 years in the field of exhibitions, publications, and public art. Until recently, he served as Deputy Commissioner/Visual Arts for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, where he primarily curated exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center.
He holds both a BA and MA in art history and his interests lie in the art and cultures of diverse peoples and geographical ares, both contemporary and historical. Currently Knight lives among Chicago, Berlin, and Boise, ID.
Mr. Knight is most interested in reviewing developed and innovative bodies of work suitable for exhibition in museums or galleries. All types of imagery are welcome--from documentary to landscape, still life to conceptual. However, Mr. Knight is not interested in reviewing commercial work intended for stock or advertising. Aside from offering criticism and critique of the photography itself, Mr. Knight can also provide advice and direction in terms of promoting projects. In exceptional cases, he may take interest in pursuing placement of work with cultural institutions or galleries. In the past he was able to present several artists whose work he saw at Photo Lucida in Portland, OR in solo shows at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Celina Lunsford has directed the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt since 1992. This institution specializes in all forms of photographic arts with an emphasis on premiering contemporary work from emerging to well-known masters of the medium. The annual program entails five to seven changing exhibitions and an active lecture and workshop series with prominent image-makers and curators. Lunsford’s experience spans over 20 years of curating, writing and critiquing photography in the global art scene, much of which has grown out of the Meeting Place at Fotofest. She is also a free-lance consultant to other corporate and private clients.
Throughout her career she has curated, juried and reviewed for other festivals in Europe and Asia such as in Leipzig, Lianzhou, Thesaloniki, Birmingham and Lódz. Some FFF publications include: Turkish Realities, Positions in Contemporary Turkish Photography and Video, Kehrer Verlag, Heidleberg, 2008; Nou Now: Contemporary Catalan Photography, Barcelona, 2007 (with David Balsells & Institut Ramon LLull); Fast Forward: Fast Forward: Photographic Message from Korea, Seoul/Frankfurt a.M., 2005.
Lunsford is interested in seeing well developed projects from documentary to fine arts photography which are fresh for exhibition or publication. She can also advise on editing, presentation and marketing your work in the international fine arts field.
Robert Lyons is the Director of the newly established International Limited-Residency MFA Program at the Hartford Art School -University of Hartford. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Western Massachusetts. He has taught extensively in the USA and Europe at various institutions including: Emily Carr College of Art & Design, University of Washington, Photographic Center Northwest, ICP, and the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. Lyons has received numerous awards for his work including: Ford Foundation Grants, and most recently a MacDowell Residency 2009. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in numerous permanent collections including: The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Art Museum and the University of Washington - Henry Art Gallery, Microsoft Corporation, Hallmark Collection of Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum, and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel. His published books include: Another Africa, Bantam Dell Doubleday - 1998, The Company of Another, - Galerie Michael Schultz Berlin -2003, and Intimate Enemy: Voices and Images from the Rwandan Genocide-Zone Books 2006.
Mr. Lyons is most interested in reviewing developed and modern bodies of work, especially by individuals interested in pursuing an MFA degree. All types of work are welcome from documentary style to conceptual fine art. Aside from offering criticism and critique of portfolios Mr. Lyons can offer insight into further studies, publication of and promotion of projects. His website is: www.robertlyonsphoto.com
Jim Maloney is a trial lawyer with Baker Botts L.L.P.where he has practiced law since 1975. He is also a private collector of photography collecting vintage and contemporary 20th century photography from American, South American and European photographers. He is a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a member of the Museum's Photography Accessions Committee.
Charles Dee Mitchell is a freelance art writer based in Dallas, Texas. He is a regular contributor to The Dallas Morning News and Art in America. Previously he has written for Artforum, The New Art Examiner, and ArtSpace. His essays have accompanied exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Columbus (Ohio) Art Museum, the Armand Hammer Museum, and many university and commercial galleries. As a curator, Mr. Mitchell has worked with both non-profit and commercial galleries. He is retired from a 32 year career in the book trade during which he worked extensively with university and trade publishers of art and photography books.
Mr. Mitchell is also a photography collector with a particular interest in documentary work and photojournalism, but he is most interested in photography that takes a creative approach to nearly any subject matter. He is not interested in fashion photography or traditional nudes. He can help direct photographers to appropriate publishers and suggest how they might shape their material to make it more attractive to publishers. As both a collector and a writer he has worked with galleries in the United States and abroad, and would be able to direct photographers to venues that might be suitable for their projects.
Chuck Mobley, Curator
SF Camerawork, San Francisco, California
San Francisco Camerawork is a nonprofit gallery founded in 1974. Chuck Mobley is curator for San Francisco Camerawork and editor of Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts. He has written for Art on Paper, Contemporary, Sculpture, and Spot magazines, among others. He has curated numerous exhibitions including Traces of life on the thin film of longing; There is always a machine between us; Katsushige Nakahashi: The Depth of Memory; Past is an image we form in the present; and I feel I am free but I know I am not. He has collaborated with a wide-range of artists such as Marco Breuer; Jem Cohen; Kota Ezawa; Guillermo Gómez-Peña; Ann Hamilton; Oliver Herring; Lynn Hershman-Leeson; Dinh Q. Lê; and Melanie Willhide. He is also co-founder of Right Window (www.rightwindow.com), an artist and curator’s project space in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Chuck Mobley highly recommends that each artist research SF Camerawork’s exhibition and publication history before signing up for review. He would prefer to meet artists whose projects are aesthetically and conceptually fully realized, but also welcomes critiques of works-in-progress. He would prefer not to review work by commercial photographers, hobbyists, or those with limited knowledge of contemporary art history. He can offer advice, criticism, guidance, as well as potential opportunities for exhibition and publication.
Joan Morgenstern is a long time Houston collector of photography and has been involved inthe fine arts community for many years. She is a past president of Houston Center for Photography. She is corrently co-chair of the Art Committee for the Robert I. Kahn Gallery at Congregation Emanu El, and she is a member of the Photography Accessions Committee at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Joan is interested in many different types of photography and processes. She is also interested in work with a Jewish subject matter. She loves animals, particularly dogs, so please no mistreated or dead animals.
Andreas Müller-Pohle is a Berlin-based media artist and the publisher and editor of European Photography, an international art magazine for contemporary photography and new media. He also publishes photographic monographs and the European Photography Guide. In 2005, he founded Eye-Mind, an individual reviewing/consulting initiative for photographers.
Mr. Müller-Pohle has worked with photography and media projects since 1978, the most recent being "The Danube River Project" and "Hong Kong Waters." He has had numerous exhibitions in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. From 1997 to 2004 he was visiting professor at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.
Mr. Müller-Pohle is mainly interested in seeing works that deal with our contemporary condition, no matter which subject, style or technique. He does not wish to review commercial or decorative work. He can offer photographers the possibility of publishing their work in his magazine, and also suggest venues with publication opportunities in Europe.
Since September 2003, Edward Osowski has been employed as a photography consultant with Royka Auctioneer and Appraiser. He served four terms as resident of the board of Houston Center for Photography (1993-1997). At HCP he has been a regular contributor to Spot Magazine with reviews of books and exhibitions. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, where he focused his attention on assisting with the development of the museum's holdings of new photography and with locating funding sources for the Museum's anticipated celebration of 100 years of exhibiting photography.
Mr. Osowski is interested in reviewing work by photographers who have not had much exposure. He is interested in documentary/photo-journalism and is also interested in photographers working with 19th century techniques. Mr. Osowski is not interested in installation pieces or digital work. He will be able to assist photographers in strengthening the verbal aspect of their presentations.
Karen Probasco, Editorial Representative
Magnum Photos, New York, New York
Karen Probasco has worked in the editorial department at Magnum Photos for more than five years. During that time she’s done everything from basic archive research to assignment work and account development. She works regularly with internationally published magazines such as National Geographic, Time, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. Prior to her work with Magnum, Karen lived in Maryland where her photography was represented by the Artist’s Gallery.
Karen is best at evaluating photography from an editorial point of view and can offer advice with respect to which magazines a photographer might consider approaching. She can also offer technical advice, evaluate the cohesion of a project, and help people identify their photographic strengths.
Karen is interested in reviewing project-oriented work. The project does not have to be complete, but it should have a well developed sense of direction both in content and vision. Karen is happy to look at documentary and fine art, but is less interested in fashion or commercial work.
Rixon Reed, Founder and Director
Photo-eye Books and Prints, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rixon Reed is the director of photo-eye and photoeye.com. Founded in 1979, photo-eye has been the leading resource for art photography books. Photoeye.com's Photographer's Showcase and photobistro.com are the web's premier showcases for fine-art photography
Mr. Reed is interested in seeing cohesive bodies of work from photographers with fresh viewpoints for possible exhibition in photoeye.com's Photographer's Showcase, PhotoBistro.com, or Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe. He is also interested in seeing book projects.
John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
John Rohrbach is senior curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum, a museum of American art in Fort Worth, Texas. Since joining the curatorial staff at the Carter in 1992, Rohrbach has assembled numerous exhibitions on topics of nineteenth and twentieth century American photography and written a range of articles and books including Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness (2001), Regarding the Land (2006) Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke (2007), and the essay “Seeing Life Differently” in Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision (2009). Prior to coming to the Carter, Rohrbach worked at George Eastman House and was director of the Paul Strand Archive. He received his doctorate from the Program in American Civilization at the University of Delaware in 1993. He has reviewed portfolios at the FotoFest Meeting Place in 2006 and 2008.
Dr. Rohrbach is interested in fully developed projects that push expectation and the boundaries of the medium. His interests range widely from documentary and landscape to portraiture, but he is not interested in seeing nudes or commercial work. The Amon Carter Museum is devoted to art of the United States. Opportunities for acquisition and exhibition are extremely limited.
Chuck Samuels, Director General
Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Canada
First presented in 1989, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal is an international biennale of contemporary photography. Chuck Samuels has been the Director of the event since it became an autonomous, non-profit organization in September 2002. Every two years Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal explores a theme proposed by a guest curator through a series of mostly contemporary photography exhibitions, a colloquium, artists’ talks, a publication and other related activities. The biennale presents works by emerging, mid-career, and established artists from Canada and abroad. Mr. Samuels is also an artist whose work has been exhibited, published, and collected internationally since 1980 and he, very occasionally, writes on photography for arts magazines.
As Director General, Mr. Samuels is able to bring artists’ work to the attention of the biennale’s guest curators as well as various local and international curators, gallery directors, festival directors, and writers. He is also able to give the artists he reviews a brief but practical overview of the art photography scene in Canada and how to approach penetrating it.
Mr. Samuels is very interested in viewing contemporary (conceptual, post-modern, interdisciplinary, etc.) work. He is not, however, interested in viewing traditional or classical (nude, landscape, glamour, commercial, documentary, photojournalistic, etc.) photography.
Maarten Schilt is a publisher of high profile mainly journalistic, documentary and reportage photo books. Since 2008, Schilt is also the leading publisher of the World Press Photo Yearbook. He published, together with the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium Looking at the U.S. – 1957-1986, by Fotofest co-founders Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin. Also the 2010 Fotofest catalogues are being co-published by Schilt Publishing.
Other photographers published or being published by Schilt Publishing are: Dave Anderson, Jonas Bendiksen, Damion Berger, Marcus Bleasdale, Chris de Bode, Alexandra Boulat, Heidi Bradner, Jodi Bieber, Olga Chagaoutdinova, Carl De Keyzer, Nic Dunlop, Thomas Dworzak, Rena Effendi, Jason Eshkenazi, Mariella Furrer, Lucia Ganieva, George Georgiou, Arlene Gottfried, Stanley Greene, Harry Gruyaert, Jane Hilton, Ata Kandó, Oleg Klimov, Robert Knoth, Yuri Kozyrev, Josef Koudelka, Ferit Kuyas, Layla Kuznetsova, Kadir van Lohuizen, Heather McClintock, Jenny Matthews, Paolo Pellegrin, Willem Poelstra, Ahmet Polat, Elliot Ross, Lana Šlezic, Jacob Aue Sobol, Monique Stauder, Ambroise Tezénas, Carin Verbruggen, Alex Webb, Danwen Xing, Sophie Zenon.
Ingram distributes Schilt Publishing in the USA/Canada. Thames & Hudson distributes the books in all other countries of the world.
The Lux Photo Gallery, situated in the publishing house, was erected in April 2008. This gallery provides a worldwide infrastructure mainly for photographers being published by Mets & Schilt to sell prints and special edition books. Lars Boering owns the gallery. Boering works also for Schilt Publishing (press, sales etc.). The web sides & web shops of the publishing house and the gallery are connected.
Although Schilt is mainly interested in seeing the kind of photography that he publishes, he can and will be helpful to photographers working in other fields.
Martha Schneider, Director
Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL
Martha S. Schneider, director and owner of the Schneider Gallery in Chicago, IL, was born many, many years ago in Argentina. In spite of having lived in the USA for over 45 years, she still has an accent, and an attitude.
She runs an Art Gallery totally dedicated to Photography. When she was young she studied History of Art, and not photography, but came from a family where some members were avid photographers, and enjoyed the media from a very young age.
Upon arrival in the USA, she worked for Encyclopedia Britannica and then a law firm. She worked at the Department of Photography of the Art Institute of Chicago, under David Travis for eight years as an Intern. She has run her own gallery since opening in l985. First, as a general craft gallery and later (from l990) on as a photo gallery, after she moved from Highland Park to Chicago proper.
She would like to review current photography, new ideas, any format. There is nothing she would not like to see or review.
What she can do for photographers: If we like the work, we can advice who to call, where to send it, who to see, etc. After so many years in the business you build an interesting group of friends and acquaintances to relay on.
Aaron Schuman, Director, Curator, Editor
SeeSaw Magazine, United Kingdom
Aaron Schuman is an American photographer, editor, writer and curator based in the United Kingdom. He received a B.F.A. in Photography and History of Art from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1999, and an M.A. in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium in 2003. Having assisted various photographers - most notably, Annie Leibovitz and Wolfgang Tillmans - Aaron began to pursue his own career in 2000. His photographic work has since been exhibited internationally, and he has contributed photography, articles, essays and interviews to publications such as Aperture, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Foam, Photoworks, HotShoe International, The British Journal of Photography, 1000Words, OjodePez, The Guardian, The Observer and The Sunday Times. In 2004, Schuman founded the online photography journal, SeeSaw Magazine, which is dedicated to presenting the finest in contemporary photography, having taking inspiration from Walker Evans’s statement, ‘[Photography] is the capture an projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.’ Schuman is also currently a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the Arts University College Bournemouth, a Lecturer in Photography at the University of Brighton, and curator of ‘Whatever Was Splendid, one of the principal exhibitions at this year’s FotoFest Biennial 2010.
Mr. Schuman is interested in reviewing all types of photographic work, and can offer critical feedback, advice and both creative and promotional direction.
Karen Sinsheimer, Curator of Photography
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
Karen Sinsheimer is the Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. In her seventeen-year tenure she has organized fourteen traveling exhibitions, which appeared in both national and international venues, and each of which was accompanied by a major publication. She has recently co-curated an exhibition with Anne Tucker, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, highlighting Contemporary Korean Photography. She is a member of the Board of JGS, Inc., a non-profit organization that has funded more than sixty single-artist books of contemporary photography.
Ms. Sinsheimer is particularly interested in Pacific Rim photographers, as well as artists using alternative processes, but she welcomes the opportunity to look at all types of photography.
Johan Sjöström, Curator
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
Johan Sjöström (b 1975) is the curator of exhibitions at Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden. The museum is one of the most important institutions for art in Scandinavia and the collections and the temporary exhibitions has a broad range; from Renaissance to contemporary art, photography and new media.
In addition to curating more than 30 museum shows at venues such as BildMuseet at Umea University, Göteborgs Konsthall and Gothenburg Museum of Art, Mr. Sjöström has been invited to curate exhibitions, review and lecture at numerous international photo events including Rencontres d’Arles in France; FotoFest in Houston; FotoFest in Beijing, China; Rhubarb-Rhubarb in Birmingham, UK; FotoBild in Berlin, Germany; Artphoto Image Festival in Bucharest, Romania; Bratislava Month of Photography in Slovakia; and Skábmagovat in Inari, Finland. He has contributed to magazines including Artphoto, FotoMagazin and Paletten, and is also the editor of several publications including History Acts, A Good Idea, Lara Baladi - Kai’ro, The Politics of Place, Mats Hjelm: Trilogy, and Head North. He is on the advisory board o Pavilion Magazine, and together with Jan-Erik Lundstrom, he curated the Bucharest Biennale 2008.
Mr. Sjöström is most interested in reviewing creative, conceptually oriented photography and new media, political, postcolonial and multicultural issues, postmodern landscape, issues of gender, identity and sexuality. He is not interested in reviewing traditional documentary, classical nudes and landscapes or commercial work.
Nicole Stanner, Director
Gallery f5.6, Munich, Germany
Nicole Stanner is the owner and director of Gallery f5.6, Munich. The gallery openend in 2003 and specialises in contemporary photography of young, midcareer artists, as well as "old" masters of photography. The gallery differs from more traditional photography galleries in that we show work of artists who question the history and techniques of the medium at the same time relating their work to a wider contemporary art practice. Prior to that Ms. Stanner worked as an associate director at Hamiltons Gallery in London, having studied History of Art and Social Anthropology at University College London.
Ms. Stanner is most interested in reviewing an innovative and developed body of work which is suitable to be exhibited in solo or group shows at museums and galleries in Europe. She is primarily interested in conceptual and/or documentary work which asks a set of questions in relation to a contemporary art practice as well as to its own medium. She is not interested in seeing work intended for advertsing or stock photography. Ms. Stanner is also not interested in seeing more traditional style black and white photography such as nudes, flowers or landscapes.
As Ms. Stanner has a good overview of current contemporary art and photography on an International level she is able to give feedback on how to best promote work, through which channels and where to start. In a few cases, Gallery f5.6 has also begun a working relationship with participants of International Portfolio Reviews.
Lisa Sutcliffe, Assistant Curator of Photography
SFMOMA, San Francisco, California
Lisa Sutcliffe is an assistant curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A dynamic center for modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA began exhibiting and collecting photographs in 1935, the same year it opened. Today its collection spans the entire history of the medium, with strength in modernist and contemporary genres while also representing historic and vernacular forms of photographic practice.
At SFMOMA Ms. Sutcliffe researches new acquisitions and assists on the presentation of exhibitions including Jeff Wall; Gabriele Basilico; and the forthcoming Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870. Most recently, she curated The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography and Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea.
Ms. Sutcliffe recommends that artists research the collection and exhibition history at SFMOMA before their review. She looks forward to meeting with artists who are interested in a discussion of ideas and would prefer to see well-edited and innovative bodies of work that are conceptually cohesive. She can offer criticism and curatorial feedback, as well as guidance for work in progress. She does not wish to see commercial work, nudes or photography that is purely formal in concept.
Mary Virginia Swanson makes it her goal to help photographers find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions, editorial and licensing placement. Swanson has a diverse professional background, having coordinated educational, publication and exhibitions programs for a wide range of institutions and businesses in our field and is considered an expert in the area of marketing and licensing fine art. Her workshops and lectures on the subjects of marketing opportunities and awareness have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. She also consults with business and agencies in our industry to aid in their awareness of contemporary photography.
Swanson currently works individually with photographers as a marketing consultant to guide artist in the careers. Swanson maintains a popular blog about marketing at www.marketingphotos.wordpress.com, and she is the author of her self-published FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE: A GUIDE TO MARKETING YOUR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY (2008) is available through her website.
Swanson is happy to review portfolios of all kinds, be it work in progress or completed projects and will offer artists advice on reaching their targeted audience.
Barbara Tannenbaum, Director of Curatorial Affairs
Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio
Barbara Tannenbaum, Director of Curatorial Affairs, has organized over 50 exhibitions for the Akron Art Museum since she started there in 1985. These include the first large-scale international exhibition chronicling women’s historic achievements in fine art photography, co-curated with Naomi Rosenblum, and the 1991 Ralph Eugene Meatyard retrospective, co-curated with David Jacobs. Dr. Tannenbaum has authored numerous publications including major books on Ralph Eugene Meatyard (Rizzoli) and on the museum’s collection, and lectured throughout the U.S. and in Canada and China. She guides the selection process for the museum's Knight Purchase Prize for Photographic Media for those who have made a major contribution to the photographic arts, and serves on the Photo Lucida National Advisory Board. Her recent and current projects include solo exhibitions of the work of Andrew Moore, Helen Levitt, Patrick Nagatani and Andrew Borowiec and a show commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the Factory Valleys photographs of Lee Friedlander.
The Akron Art Museum, founded in 1922, is a museum of modern and contemporary art with a collection of over 4,000 works, over half of which are photographs. In July 2007 the museum added a new landmark building that increased its total size to 83,000 sq. ft. Akron presents 9-12 exhibitions annually, including those in a gallery dedicated to photography.
Dr. Tannenbaum has (hopefully sage) advice and guidance to offer, but cautions photographers that only very rarely do her reviews lead to exhibitions, purchases and articles. She is interested in seeing many different kinds of work, but prefers not to review photography that is primarily commercial in nature. Nudity and blurring is okay as long as it is truly at the service of artistic expression.
Irina Tchmyreva is currently senior researcher of photography in the Department of Russian Art in the State Research Institute of Art History of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. Previously, she worked as head researcher of the Photography and Multi-Media Department at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), which is actively building the contemporary photography collection.
She has organized several exhibitions of Russian old and contemporary photography for MMOMA as well as other institutions. She was co-curator with Evgeny Berezner of the show Russian Pictorial Photography 1890-1990 for FotoFest 2002 and for a number of Russian exhibitions for other editions of FotoFest in Houston. She frequently attends portfolio reviews at different international and local photo-events.
Dr. Tchmyreva is assistant professor (docent) at the Department of Art Book Design at Moscow State University of Printing Arts. She is co-founder of Russian web-server on photography www.Photographer.ru (1999), member of international editorial boards of the magazines "European Photography", "Fotografia Kwartalnik" and "IMAGO"; she has written texts for several books and albums on Russian and foreign photography.
She was guest editor of "OjoDePez" magazine, the Russian issue (#11). She was co-founder and art-director of 1st edition of PANDUS contemporary art festival in Moscow (2007) and art-director of International festival of photography PhotoVisa in Krasnodar, Russia www.photovisa.ru (2008).
Dr. Tchmyreva is most interested in seeing work that explores the relationship of photography to other media as well as contemporary fine art photography. However, Dr. Tchmyreva is not interested in reviewing commercial work intended for stock or advertising. Aside from offering criticism and critique of the photography itself, Dr. Tchmyreva can also provide advice and direction in terms of promoting projects. In exceptional cases, she is able to offer opportunities to artists in group exhibitions, projects and publications in Russia.
Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator of Photography
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Anne Wilkes Tucker received undergraduate degrees from Randolph Macon Woman's College and Rochester Institute of Technology and a graduate degree from the Visual Studies Workshop, a division of the State University of New York. After working in various museums and universities, she joined The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1976 and is currently the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator. She founded the museum's Photography Department that now has a collection of over 26,000 photographs. She has curated over forty exhibitions, most of which were accompanied by a publication. She has contributed essays to monographs and catalogues and published many articles. She has lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America and been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and The Getty Center. In 2001, in an issue devoted to "America's Best", TIME magazine honored her as "America's Best Curator". She was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Focus Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2006 and received an Alumnae Achievement Award from Randolph Macon Woman's College.
Jennifer Ward, Exhibitions and Publication Coordinator
FotoFest, Houston, Texas
Jennifer Ward joined the FotoFest’s staff in the summer of 2003. She coordinated the FotoFest exhibitions and the Participating Spaces programs for FOTOFEST2008-CHINA Biennial, the FOTOFEST2006 on The Earth and Artists Responding to Violence, the FOTOFEST2004 WATER Biennial and Inter-biennial programs in 2004-2009. She co-curated the first of FotoFest’s emerging Texas Talent inter-biennial exhibit series, Home and Garden and in 2006-2007, she was the lead curator for the second Texas exhibit Native Sons, and curated POKE! Artists and Social Online Media.
Ms. Ward has also reviewed portfolios for the Houston Center for Photography; Photolucida in Portland, Oregon; Critical Mass, Portland, Oregon; Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Quebec; and Mesiac Fotografie in Bratislava, Slovakia. Ms. Ward is looking for work for the FotoFest 2010-2011 exhibition season and is open to reviewing all kind work.
April M. Watson, Associate Curator Photography
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
April M .Watson is Associate Curator of Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, a position she’s held since 2007. The photography collection at the Nelson-Atkins encompasses the medium’s entire history, and grew from a holding of 1,105 primarily American works to a collection of more than 7,000 with the acquisition in 2006 of the famed Hallmark Photographic Collection. The collection today includes over 8,000 photographs and continues to grow. The NAMA photography department mounts 2-3 small-to-medium scale exhibitions each year in our permanent galleries, which often include historical and recently acquired contemporary material. Watson has curated several shows since she arrived at the Nelson-Atkins, including Time in the West: Photographs by Mark Klett & Byron Wolf and Mark Ruwedel; Human/Nature: Recent European Landscape Photography; and Hide & Seek: Picturing Childhood. She is currently working as co-curator on a major exhibition of 19th Century Landscape Painting and Photography. Watson also helps advise on new acquisitions.
Watson holds an M.A. in Art History, with an emphasis on the History of Photography from the University of New Mexico. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas, writing a dissertation focusing on American photographers of the new social landscape of the 1960s and 1970s. Prior to her current position, she worked as a curatorial and research assistant at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and has worked on special projects with both the Corcoran Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Watson has written numerous reviews for such magazines as "ARTnews", "Art Papers", and "Sculpture", and has contributed essays and research to several publications, including The Art of Frederick Sommer: Photography, Drawing, Collage.
Ms. Watson always welcomes the opportunity to encounter emerging artistic talent, and enjoys the process of engaging with photographers to learn more about the artistic and intellectual concerns driving their work. All imagery is of interest, with the exception of strictly commercial work geared towards advertising.
Clint Willour, Curator
Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas
Clint Willour has been the curator of the Galveston Arts Center for the past nineteen years, and an art professional for over thirty-five years. He is active on boards of numerous arts organizations in Texas and has served as a juror for over sixty competitions in his career. He curates 24 exhibitions per year in Galveston, and serves regularly as a guest curator for institutions throughout the state of Texas and beyond. He is known for the multi-disciplinary focus of his taste. He is a past President of the Board of the Houston Center for Photography and a current member of their advisory council and Exhibition Committee, Chair of the Photography Accessions Sub-committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a member of the Art Board of FotoFest, Houston and a board member of Photo Forum at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
He is not interested in looking at commercial work or work he has previously reviewed.
Madeline Yale is an independent curator based in London and Dubai, and the Adjunct Curator for Houston Center for Photography (HCP), where she served as Executive Director/Curator from 2006-09.
Founded in 1981, HCP is a non-profit institution dedicated to photography and related media as tools for cultural investigation and artistic expression. Along with members of the HCP Exhibitions Committee, Madeline manages the exhibitions program consisting of approximately 15 solo and group shows per year. HCP’s 2010 exhibitions include solo shows featuring work by Anthony Goicolea, Beatrix Reinhardt, Will Michels, Lorna Bieber, and Rose Marasco. Upcoming group exhibitions include the juried fellowship and membership shows and an exhibition about mapping, for which HCP is currently seeking submissions.
Manfred Zollner, Director
fotoMAGAZIN, Hamburg, Germany
fotoMAGAZIN is a monthly periodical with a print run of over 80,000 copies. In Germany, the magazine is one of the leading photography periodicals and has been on the market for 60 years.
In 1987 Mr. Zollner received his degree in Mass Communications at Munich University and began his journalistic career as a film critic in 1987. From 1987 to 1991 he has been editor of several film magazines in Munich and after that he decided to devote himself completely to photography. He started working with fotoMAGAZIN in 1991 as Director of Photography and from October 2003 to February 2006 he was Editor in Chief of the German periodical Photo Technik International. He has returned fulltime to fotoMAGAZIN in 2006. Here he has taken the position of Managing Editor in March 2007.
Mr. Zollner can offer opportunities to publish photographer’s work in fotoMAGAZIN’s six-page-portfolios and online-portfolios on the magazine´s website. The magazine also promotes and sells Fine Art Edition Prints of photographers (for which he will be selecting images) and makes a point of introducing new talent to the readers. Once a Year fotoMAGAZIN gives away a 5000 Euro cash NEW TALENT AWARD. Mr. Zollner is happy to discuss the photographer’s work and give advice with information on the German photography market (publishing houses, magazines, galleries, etc). He´s looking for signature style work in any field of photography, work that is showing the photographer’s individual approach to a chosen subject.