Nailya Alexander, Director
Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, New York
Nailya Alexander is the owner and director of the Nailya Alexander Gallery, a commercial gallery space, dedicated to promoting the careers of the gallery’s artists and supporting emerging talent. Although in the past the gallery’s focus has mostly been on Russian photography, in recent years Nailya Alexander has expanded her interest to encompass the global contemporary art scene.
Nailya Alexander is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) since 2001. She opened her New York Gallery in 2004, prior to that she worked as a private dealer in Washington, D.C. Her gallery exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, ARTnews and Art in America. Nailya Alexander reviewed photographers’ portfolios at Career Day, ICP and Arles International Photography Festival. She was one of three judges for the Eugene Smith Grant in 2008.
In light of her interest in current new trends, Nailya Alexander would like to see developed and innovative color photography. She does not want to review black and white bodies of work. Nailya Alexander may invite artists to participate in her gallery art projects and shows.
Patrick Amsellem, Associate Curator of Photography
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
The Brooklyn Museum is an encyclopedic art museum with rich holdings of photography and contemporary art. Patrick Amsellem is the Associate Curator of Photography at the Brooklyn Museum where he is part of a curatorial group focusing on contemporary art. Formerly a curator at the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, Sweden, Patrick organized the first Swedish exhibition of the work of Andreas Gursky in 1995. He has written extensively about art for newspapers and magazines, and has taught courses in art history and urban design at New York University. He received a Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.
He has a particular interest in issues of history, memory, and identity, as well as in work that deals with architecture and the urban environment, but he welcomes the presentation of a broad range of strong and well crafted work also beyond these themes. He is interested in engaging with photographers on many levels, including the conceptualization of a project, the editing, the presentation, and the wider discussions of ideas. He is not interested in seeing commercial photography.
Liz Anders, Senior Associate
Kinzelman Art Consulting, Houston, Texas
Liz Anders joined Kinzelman Art Consulting in May 2006. Prior to joining KAC, she worked in New York at Christie’s Auction House in the British and Irish Art specialist department as well as in Austin, Texas at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in the Photographs Department. She received her Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art, Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market with a concentration in photography from Christie’s Education in 2003. In 2002, Liz received her Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.
Liz is a member of the American Society of Appraisers, is USPAP certified and is currently a candidate member fulfilling the coursework to become a certified fine art appraiser. Liz is active in the Houston community and is the Art Co-Chair for the 2009 Rice Design Alliance auction, a member of VICTORY, a branch of the American Cancer Society as well as a founding member of Alzies, a branch of the Alzheimer’s Association Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter.
Pavel Banka, Chief Editor, Co-Founder
FOTOGRAF Magazine, Prague, Czech Republic
Pavel Banka co-founded Fotograf magazine in 2002, and has been chief editor since then. Fotograf is a semi-annual comprehensive 120-page magazine that publishes the work of photographers and other artists working in photography and related arts.
Mr. Banka is most interested in seeing work which is personal, innovative and attempts to open the range of photography toward a new perspective of contemporary art. There are no restrictions for the subject of work; only the originality and the freshness are important! The Meeting Place has always been a great source of new artists to be published in Fotograf magazine. Mr. Banka looks forward to seeing the artists who will bring a new vision to the contemporary photography art scene. Interesting work is likely to be published, and opportunites for exhibition in the Czech Republic may open up.
Stefanie Braun, Curator
The Photographers’ Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Stefanie Braun is a curator at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, a publicly funded gallery dedicated to photography (established in 1971). After completing a degree in Visual Theories in 1999, Stefanie worked at Creative Camera magazine before joining The Photographers' Gallery in 2000. For the past six years, Stefanie has organised and curated the prestigious annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Other curatorial projects include solo and group exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography including The London Fire Brigade Archive (2006), Danny Treacy: Them (2008) and André Kertész: On Reading (2009). Stefanie has been the editor of various publications, regularly serves on international juries, is involved in portfolio reviews and lectures at universities and colleges.
Stefanie would like to see bodies of work that are innovative and push the boundaries of the medium. She is particularly interested in work produced for a contemporary art context, but would not like to review commercial work intended for stock or advertising (with the exception of fashion photography). Stefanie can offer a wealth of experience having worked in photography for more than 10 years. She is happy to give feedback on work in progress and can offer advice and ideas on how to transform a body of work into an exhibition or publication.
Benedict Burbridge, Deputy Editor
Photoworks Magazine, Brighton, UK
Ben Burbridge is a writer, curator and the Deputy Editor of Photoworks magazine - a unique forum for international photography, which showcases established artists and emerging talents alongside new critical writing.
For the past seven years, Ben has been involved with the commissioning of a wide range of photographic projects, the curation and management of various exhibitions, and the production of a number of publications. Recently curated exhibitions include We Are Witnessing the Dawn of an Unknown Science at the Permanent Gallery in Brighton; No Passaran! at Charleston Farmhouse; and Mass Observation at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, as part of PhotoEspana 2005.
Ben has written widely on various aspects of photography, its histories and its relation to contemporary art, for a range of books and publications. He is currently undertaking Doctoral Research at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where he also teaches.
Ben is interested in seeing art-based photography stemming from a meaningful dialogue with society and culture. He is not interested in reviewing commercial work intended for stock or advertising, or in looking at photographs of nudes. He is well positioned to offer critical feedback on projects, and how best to develop these with a view to publication or exhibition.
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.
Juan Curto, Director
Camara Oscura Galeria de Arte, Madrid, Spain
Juan Curto is the owner and director of Camara Oscura, an art gallery specialising in emerging contemporary photography and video. The gallery opened in January 2007 and exhibits the work of young international photographers, not only in the gallery but in the most reputed art fairs worldwide. Camara Oscura has rapidly become a successful and trendsetting gallery. Mr. Curto teaches marketing of art at the Universidad de Nebrija (Madrid, Spain) and other institutions. He is regularly requested to review portfolios at the main festivals of photography. Last but not least, he is a passionate collector of photography since 1996. His collection focuses on the same type of photography as his gallery, narrative and staged photography, and is named ‘Illuminations’.
Mr. Curto is not able to give proper advice on photojournalistic, straight, commercial, fashion, nude or travel photographs. Instead, he is very interested in reviewing ‘constructed’ photography, be staged or digitally post-produced. He will enjoy discussing and making professional recommendations to artists who develop a strong sense of authorship and a personal style on their artworks. He seeks talented photographers to help them promote their careers most effectively.
Janet Dees, Thaw Curatorial Fellow
SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Janet Dees is the Thaw Curatorial Fellow at SITE Santa Fe, a contemporary art museum known for its international biennial, which it has produced since its inception in 1995. In addition to its biennial, SITE’s continuous program of exhibitions presents artists at the forefront of contemporary art. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Art History, University of Delaware, Dees was the assistant director for a contemporary art gallery in New York prior to pursing graduate studies. Dees has worked in curatorial and education departments at a number of institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia. She was the curator of Model Citizens: Nicole Awai, Lennon Jno Baptiste, Tony Gray, Wangechi Mutu, Roger Smith Gallery, NY in 2002; In Remembrance: Selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection, University of Delaware Gallery in 2008; and is curator with Laura Steward of Talking Pictures, on view at SITE Santa Fe, October 2009 - January 2010.
Dees is interested in reviewing photography with a conceptual impulse, particularly from emerging artists in an effort to offer constructive criticism and critique. She is not interested in reviewing commercial work intended for stock or advertising.
Gemma T. de Santos and Luis A .de Santos, Owners and Directors
De Santos Gallery, Houston, Texas
Gemma and Luis de Santos are Houston residents since 1976 when Luis, who is a Physician, came to work at MD Anderson Hospital.
Gemma and Luis have been collecting photography for a long time, and they have a good collection of contemporary photography from around the world. Luis has been interested in photography since he was a teenager, and he has photographed extensively through the World. His primary interest is architectural photography and the effect of man made structures in the environment. He photographs with large format camera 4x5 and 8x10 that slow the pace of photography forcing to look at detail and structural relationships. His work is in the permanent collections of MFAH and the Harry Ransom Collection in Austin, as well as private collectors.
In 2003, Gemma and Luis opened De Santos Gallery. This is the premier space dedicated only to photography in all its forms. They represent photographers from around the World, and have focused mainly in contemporary photography. They have participated in FotoFest as a participating space for the last six years, and look forward to many more in the future.
Suzanne Dechert, Director
Melkweg, International Cultural Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Suzanne Dechert is one of the founders and art directors of Melkweg, an International Cultural Center for music, dance, theater, cinema, photography and new media that has been in operation since 1972. She founded Melkweg Gallery in 1985, the first (non profit) photo gallery in Amsterdam.
Ms. Dechert has curated solo and group shows and is interested in finding themed photo series by evidently committed photographers, dealing with social, political, and spiritual issues. She is also interested in looking at portrait series and identity matters, creative staged photography and about the world we live in.
Ms. Dechert is not interested in reviewing nudes, architecture, fashion or advertising. She can offer the possibility of solo and/or group exhibitions in the Melkweg Galerie and can advise and recommend ways for entering the “Dutch Field” in photography.
Natasha Egan, Associate Director and Curator
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois
Natasha Egan has organized numerous international and national exhibitions such as Alienation and Assimilation: Contemporary Images and Installations from the Republic of Korea; Andrea Robbins and Max Becher: The Transportation of Place; Consuming Nature: Naoya Hatakeyama, Dan Holdsworth, Mark Ruwedel and Toshio Shibata; Manufactured Self, photographs about how we identify ourselves through what we consume with international artists from Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States; Made in China, visually focusing on the global impact of manufacturing in China through photography, video and installation; Loaded Landscapes looking at historical and contemporary sites of trauma and conflict; The Edge of Intent examining the utopian aspirations of urban planners and how their visions adapt to changing environments; and Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture. Egan has contributed essays to such publications as Shimon Attie: The History of Another; Photography Plugged and Unplugged in Contemporary; Brain Ulrich: Copia; Beate Gütschow LS / S; Michael Wolf: The Transparent City; Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment; Stacia Yeapanis: My Life as a Sim and Everyone Hurts; and Michael Wolf: Inside/Outside (Peperoni Books, 2009).
In addition, she teaches in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago and juries national exhibitions. She holds an MA in museum studies, an MFA in fine art photography, and a BA in Asian studies.
She is interested in conceptual work investigating current social and political issues. She is less interested in reviewing commercial, travel, and nature photography.
Burt Finger, Gallery Director
PDNB Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Burt Finger is the Gallery Director and co-owner of PDNB Gallery in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Missy, opened the gallery in 1995 as Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery. Before 1995, Burt was a private dealer in photography and collectibles. Mr. Finger studied art at the University of North Texas (then North Texas State University) and was exhibited in various galleries in Texas including the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. Mr. Finger also taught photography at the University of North Texas. His current position as gallery director involves sales, curatorial duties, and research. He also curates exhibitions outside the gallery for non-profit spaces. Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery specializes in exhibiting contemporary works including conceptual, documentary, and social landscape. PDNB Gallery rotates exhibitions every 6 – 8 weeks.
Mr. Finger asks that photographers show him work that brings new vision and ideas to the art of photography. Mr. Finger can help photographers focus and streamline their portfolio, offer guidance on future projects, and suggest venues for their work.
Roy Flukinger, Senior Reasearch Curator
Photography Department, Harry Ransom Center, The Uniiversity of Texas, Austin, Texas
Roy Flukinger is the senior research curator and former curator of the Photography Department of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. 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.
Roy is interested in a full range of works as they relate to the multiple fields of contemporary photography and also resonate with the historical and modern works in the Photography Collection at HRC – including technological innovations and historical processes. He is generally not interested in amateur portfolios or stock commercial works. Aside from offering criticism and critique, he participates in the building of the UT collections and facilitates communication and support between photographers and research, exhibition, collecting and support institutions throughout the field. He also continues to serve on panels and boards, curate exhibitions and publications, jury competitions, and write extensively about photography, its history, and the arts and humanities.
Bernard & Judi Gerson, Owners and Directors
Galerie BMG, Woodstock, New York
Bernard Gerson earned a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1976 and has been involved in the field of fine art photography for over 30 years. He and his wife, Judi, are currently the owners and directors of Galerie BMG in Woodstock, New York. Since its beginning in October 2004, the gallery has become recognized as one of the foremost venues for contemporary fine art photography in the Hudson Valley. The gallery shows a mix of work by established photographers and as well as emerging, new artists and hosts eight featured exhibitions per year. More information about the gallery is available by visiting the website.
Bernard and Judi are interested in a wide variety of work, including portraiture, landscape, still life and nudes, in black & white, color, alternative process and mixed media formats. Installation, video, or commercial work is not of interest. Most importantly, they would like to see a developed (or developing) body of work that is innovative and unique to each individual artist. In addition to offering critique and suggestions for further development of a portfolio of work, Bernard and Judi may offer exhibition opportunities at the gallery for artists whose work particularly impresses them.
Elisabeth M. Gottfried, Editor in Chief
EIKON International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, Vienna, Austria
Elisabeth M. Gottfried is an art historian and since 2004 the Editor in Chief of EIKON International Magazine for Photography and Media Art based in Vienna, Austria. In its program the quarterly and bilingual (German/English) magazine EIKON, founded 1991 and published by the "ÖIP-Austrian Institute for Photography and Media Art", focuses on Austrian and international media arts with special emphasis on fine art photography and its significance in the New Media, i.e. in the inter-media context. The main concern is to present young photographers and media artists.
Mrs. Gottfried is most interested in reviewing developed and innovative bodies of work with a conceptual approach, but no documentary or fashion photography or any kind of commercial work. Aside from offering criticism and critique of the photography itself, Mrs. Gottfried can also provide advice in publishing projects and in exceptional cases EIKON is able to offer opportunities for publication.
Anna Gripp, Editor
PHOTONEWS, Hamburg, Germany
Anna Gripp has been Editor of PHOTONEWS since 1989 and today shares the position of Chief Editor with Denis Brudna. PHOTONEWS is a magazine focused on the cultural aspects of photography. It is published ten times per year in German and is distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with worldwide subscriptions. PHOTONEWS reports on international festivals and events related to photography. The magazine publishes interviews with interesting persons from the photography scene, holds exhibitions and book reviews, updates recent news from universities, and awards scholarships and prizes. In each issue PHOTONEWS publishes a mixture of different portfolios from emerging and established artists including documentary, photojournalism, conceptual, and fine art photography.
Ms. Gripp is open to different fields of photography. She does not wish to see traditional nudes or flowers and commercial work for advertising.
Charles Guice, Director
Charles Guice Contemporary, Berkeley, California
Charles Guice is an art dealer and director of Charles Guice Contemporary, specializing in modern and contemporary art by nationally and internationally recognized visual artists. He has been the director of the gallery for seven years. His clientele include private collectors and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the International Center for Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. Mr. Guice serves on the Board of Trustees for the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco and Oakland, and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco. He also serves as a member of the Photographs Council at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the nominating committee for the Aperture West Book Prize. Mr. Guice has served as a reviewer at Review Santa Fe, Review LA, as well as the Atlanta Celebrates Photography portfolio reviews. He has written articles and essays on photography.
Mr. Guice is most interested in reviewing narrative, contemporary, and developed bodies of work. He des not wish to review commercial work, documentary, glamour, nature, nudes, traditional landscapes, or sports photography. Mr. Guice can provide a critical review from a gallery owner’s perspective, e.g., marketability and/or general interest, industry contacts, etc.
Harry Hardie, Director
HOST Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Originally with a background in Sculpture, Harry worked in numerous galleries including London’s Lisson Gallery, moving into the photography world he worked as assistant to the director of photography at The Times, before becoming Photo Editor of The Times Luxx Magazine. He has also regularly written for Image magazine. He happily returned to the world of galleries with a move to HOST Gallery, which is under the umbrella company of Foto8.com just over a year ago. HOST Gallery/ Foto8 and Harry are dedicated to show innovative and important documentary based photography, both in HOST Gallery and in other worldwide venues, both in print, on display and online.
Harry is interested in seeing documentary and narrative based work, but is not interested in seeing fashion or commercial work, Harry will happily give critical and productive feedback on both finished and ongoing projects in view of assisting to get the work either exhibited and/or published, in exceptional cases Harry may offer the opportunity to exhibit at HOST, or other Foto8/HOST curated exhibitions or projects.
Ellen Harris was executive director of the Aperture Foundation from 2002 – 07, where she oversaw Aperture magazine, book publishing, exhibitions, and education programs as well as the overall management of the organization. Prior to arriving at Aperture, she was the director of the Montclair Art Museum, with its noteworthy collection of American and Native American art. She began MAM’s collection of American photography and since then has continued to actively collect for herself, mostly work by younger contemporary artists.
Ms. Harris was formerly deputy director of the Museum of Modern Art, director of exhibitions at Pratt Institute, and art critic for Art News, as well as a contributor to other art publications. Her degrees are from Yale and NYU in art history and business. She can be helpful to artists just beginning to develop wider audiences for their work, as well as to those ready to step up onto a regional or national stage. She is especially interested in conceptual, abstract, figurative, still life, and landscape photography, less so in fashion, advertising, and photojournalism. Ms. Harris is happy to give input on portfolio selection and presentation, understanding the competitive landscape for art photography, and, for extraordinary new work, will suggest outlets in alternative spaces, museums, publications, and commercial galleries.
Tom Hinson, Curator of Photography
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Tom Hinson has been a curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art for thirty-seven years. During this time he has organized or been curator in charge of well over 100 solo and group photography exhibitions. He has written accompanying publications, has frequently lectured and juried shows, and has actively acquired work for the museum’s collection. Besides being in charge of the photography collection, Mr. Hinson was curator of contemporary art until 2000.
Mr. Hinson is interested in all aspects of fine art photography and enjoys seeing a diversity of conceptual, formal, and technical approaches. He is constantly looking at work in search of future exhibition and acquisition ideas.
Karol Hordziej has been the artistic director of Photomonth in Krakow since 2005. Photomonth is a Polish annual photo festival that has been in existence since 2002. Each year there are two main groups of exhibitions: presentation of one country and a theme program. Mr. Hordziej is also the curator and co-founder of Gallery ZPAF i S-KA in Krakow. The gallery focuses on contemporary photography and video of both young and established photographers. Since two years he has been teaching theory and critical study of photography in Krakow and Warsaw.
Mr. Hordziej is interested in all kinds of original and well presented photography, especially long-term projects with challenging subjects, and photography on the border of documentary and art photography. He is not interested in seeing commercial photography. He can provide the opportunity of exhibiting during Photomonth and in several galleries in Poland. The Foundation is also interested in supporting new projects that could be shown in Krakow as a premiere.
Adrienne Johnson Yost, Senior Associate
Kinzelman Art Consulting, Houston, Texas
Adrienne Johnson Yost has been with Kinzelman Art Consulting since May of 2005 where she is a senior associate. During her time at Kinzelman Art, she has coordinated and managed all art related logistics for her clients including advisory services, art acquisition, framing selection, installation logistics and inventory management. She has curated and arranged several rotating exhibitions for Kinzelman Art clients. As a liaison between private collections and public exhibitions, she has provided registrarial services for two major exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Adrienne attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she earned her BFA in Art History in 2003 and completed an intensive art-history program in Siena, Italy via Vanderbilt University in 2002. Adrienne is also active in the Houston community having served two years on the Rice Design Alliance auction committee as a member and as an auction co-chair. She also serves on the William A. Graham Artist Emergency Fund board.
Toby Kamps, Senior Curator
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
Toby Kamps, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, has organized solo exhibitions by artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Vanessa Beecroft, Martin Kersels, Adi Nes, Michael Queenland, and Torolab, a design collaborative in Tijuana, Mexico, as well as organized thematic survey and catalogue projects including The Old, Weird America, Small World: Dioramas in Contemporary Art, and, with a curatorial team, Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art. Although not a specialist, Kamps has a strong interest in photography. A graduate of the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and the Getty Museum Leadership Institute, he has written on contemporary art and artists for numerous exhibition catalogues and magazines. Prior to his CAMH appointment in January 2007, Kamps was Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati; Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland; and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
Mr. Kamps is especially interested in reviewing innovative and experimental bodies of work. Of particular interest are street, still life, landscape, typological, and conceptual photography. He is not interested in reviewing commercial work intended for stock or advertising.
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.
Dennis Kiel, Chief Curator
The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, Charlotte, North Carolina
Dennis Kiel has been Chief Curator at The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film since 2007. His most recent exhibitions include a light generated show titled Into the Mystic; The Day of Small Things, a mid-career retrospective for photographer Michael Wilson, known primarily for his portraits of musicians; and The Photographer as Filmmaker. Prior to his coming to The Light Factory, Mr. Kiel served as the Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cincinnati Art Museum for 24 years. During that time, he curated numerous exhibitions, including The Hollywood Photographs of George Hurrell (later a traveling show for SITES), The Human Experience: Photographs by Nicholas Nixon, and Borrowed Time: The Photograph as Music Album Cover. For five years, he taught a class in the history of photography at Northern Kentucky University.
Mr. Kiel participated in portfolio reviews for FotoFest 2008 and the 2009 Our World Portfolio Review for Photo Alliance in San Francisco. He is interested in looking at and reviewing all areas of photography. His goal when looking at a photographer’s work is to help find something in the image—no matter how diverse or different the latter might be—that will move the photograph and artist in a better or possibly more focused direction.
Frazier King, Chairman of the Exhibitions Committee
Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas
Frazier King is the Chairman of the Exhibitions Committee for Houston Center for Photography (HCP). Founded in 1981, HCP is a non-profit institution dedicated to photography and related media as tools for cultural investigation and artistic expression. The HCP Exhibitions Committee 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.
HCP is interested in all kinds of work but the primary focus in on current trends or themes and developments in new approaches and processes.
Debra Klomp Ching, Co-owner, Co-director
KLOMPCHING GALLERY, Brooklyn, New York
The KLOMPCHING GALLERY is described as ‘dynamic’ and ‘one of the galleries to watch in NYC.’ Its exhibitions have been reviewed in publications such as The New Yorker, Hotshoe, New York Magazine, ArtReview, The New York Times, The British Journal of Photography, The Architect’s Newspaper and Modern Painters. Mrs. Ching has been an invited reviewer to several notable festivals including Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, Rhubarb-Rhubarb and Atlanta Celebrates Photography. She is an experienced juror and has been a judge for PhotoLucida's Critical Mass, Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward, American Photo's Emerging Talent and Perkins Center for the Arts Annual Photography Exhibition. In addition to owning and operating the KLOMPCHING GALLERY, Debra Klomp Ching is a freelance consultant, writer and educator. Her writing has been published in Magenta Magazine, photo-eye Booklist, (re)collect, Nahtsellen and PDN. She is currently the Guest Editor for Photography Quarterly and the 2009 external examiner for the photography thesis programme at the Maryland Institute College of Arts. As a private consultant, she provides creative and professional advice to photographers intending to or working within a fine art context.
Debra Klomp Ching is interested in seeing resolved bodies of work that are suitable for exhibition and sale, within the fine art photography market. Work should demonstrate an integrity of intent, originality of vision and excellence in craftsmanship. She is not interested in seeing stock, advertising, fashion or commercial photography. KLOMPCHING GALLERY can offer exhibition and representation opportunities to photographers that fit into the gallery’s curatorial programming and aesthetic sensibilities, and has exhibited a number of photographers discovered at portfolio reviews.
Zuzana Lapitková, Curator
Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia
Central European House of Photography is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization focused on promoting professional photography from Central and Eastern Europe. CEHP involves two floors of gallery space, a studio for workshops in digital photography and a library. CEHP opens international exhibitions in its gallery space every six weeks, organizes an annual festival Month of Photography, Bratislava, offers workshops in digital photography for public, publishes magazine on photography IMAGO (in English and Slovak) and a Slovak newspaper FOTONOVINY. CEHP was founded in 2005. Zuzana Lapitková has been working there since 2006 as a curator responsible for annual gallery program and a head of library. She is also a member of the European Month of Photography curators team. Ms. Lapitková coordinates exchange projects for photographers between CEHP and other international institutions. She is a project manager of an international reasearch project focused on the history of European photography involving 34 European countries, coordinated by CEHP.
Ms. Lapitková is particularly interested in photography merging with other genres of art and also in new approaches in working with a document. She does not wish to review documentary photography about travels abroad focusing on monuments or general etnography. Zuzana Lapitková can offer photographers possibilities exhibiting in Central Europe and contacts within the Festival of Light network, the European Fesivals Union and the European Month of Photography network.
Dewi Lewis, Director
Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, United Kingdom
Prior to establishing his own publishing company in 1994, Dewi Lewis worked for 20 years within a broad range of the visual and performance arts.
In 1983 he was founding Director of Cornerhouse, a major UK Centre for Film and Visual Arts based in Manchester. Dewi Lewis also established Cornerhouse Books - a publishing and book distribution company – in 1987.
In 1994 he founded his own publishing company and has since published many leading international photographers including William Klein, Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Paolo Pellegrin, Tom Wood, Bruce Gilden, Frank Horvat etc. He is also author of 'Publishing Photography' which won PhotoEye's Resource Book of the Year award.
Dewi Lewis is a founding member of the European Publishers Award for Photography which is now in its 16th year. This is a major collaboration between 6 publishers from 6 different European countries. The company has also published a small fiction list and has been both shortlisted and longlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize.
Dewi Lewis is interested in seeing any work suitable for publication in book form which has the potential to generate reasonable interest from a book buying audience. The company does not publish nude photography. Dewi Lewis can offer photographers a realistic understanding of the world market for photography books. The company's titles are sold worldwide and he is in regular contact with distributors, booksellers and media organizations throughout the world.
David E. Little, Director and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media
Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), Minneapolis, Minnesota
David E. Little is the Director and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), which houses over 13,000 photographs with strengths in documentary, photojournalist and pictorialist genres. A specialist in post 1960s art across media, David holds an MA in art history from Williams College and a PhD from Duke University. His aim is to fill gaps in the MIA’s existing historical collection and to build the contemporary collection from the late 1960s forward. In the fall, David launched a semi-annual media series, “New Pictures,” that features work by artists from around the world, and this month opened the exhibition, “Embarrassment of Riches,” which examines images of wealth internationally in the last ten years.
Before arriving at the MIA, David served as Associate Director, Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education at The Whitney Museum of American Art (2007-2009), Director of Adult and Academic Programs at The Museum of Modern Art (2003-2007) and Lecturer on contemporary art and theory at Maryland Institute, College of Art (1999-2003).
He is interested in all serious and conceptually sophisticated work, particularly photography that emerges from a keen understanding of the history of photography and contemporary image making. He is not interested in commercial photography. David can provide honest and constructive criticism.
Wally Mason, Director
Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Wally Mason is the director of the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Haggerty is an academic art museum that hosts 9-12 exhibitions annually. Recent and upcoming photography exhibitions include Stephen Shore: The Biographical Landscape; Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran; Stella Johnson: El Sol and Place is Paramount: Photography’s Romance with Architecture.
From 1996-2007 he was the director of the University of Maine Museum of Art. He has curated over 90 exhibitions, most recently: Whatever is There is a Truth: Robert Rauschenberg’s Prints; Berenice Abbott: Cities Portraits; Prospect of Light: Plastic and Pinhole Images; Jocelyn Lee: Youth; Millions Taken Daily: Photographs from Everyone and Everywhere; Drawing as Thinking; John Marin’s Maine; Richard Estes: Recent Prints; Witty, Sexy, Gimmicky: British Pop Art; Being Where: Looking Into Landscape and The Potential Self: Portrait as Signifier. Mason holds a BA from Beloit College and an MFA from Indiana University.
Mr. Mason is most interested in reviewing bodies of resolved work suitable for exhibition with no restrictions regarding style or content. Mr. Mason is not interested in reviewing work directed towards advertising or stock applications. He can offer photographers exhibition opportunities including solo and group exhibitions. The museum does acquire photography for its permanent collection.
Jessica May, Assistant Curator of Photographs
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Jessica May has been assistant curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum since 2006. Her academic training is in the history of photography and American art. She holds a B.A. in art history from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.A. in art history from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently completing her dissertation, Off the Clock: Walker Evans and the Crisis of American Capital, also at U.C. Berkeley. May’s work on Evans led to the organization of American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White. Along with Sharon Corwin and Terri Weissman she is the author of the exhibition’s catalogue, which is entitled American Modern: Documentary Photography by Abbott, Evans, and Bourke-White. She is the recipient of numerous academic fellowships and awards.
Ms. May’s expertise in the American documentary and landscape traditions makes these two genres most attractive for her to review. She is, however, happy to look at photographic work that engages the broad tradition of American art photography. Photographers who work primarily in the commercial trades are likely to find her critiques less helpful, as our conversations will focus first on the conceptual and formal qualities of the work, and secondarily on suggestions for developing projects further and establishing oneself in the art world.
Stephen Mayes, Director
VII Photo, representing photojournalists, Brooklyn, New York
Stephen Mayes has worked with photography, art and journalism for 25 years and is interested in seeing a wide diversity of work. He specializes in developing practical commercial strategies for creative work.
While Director of Network Photographers, a leading independent reportage agency, Stephen chaired the World Press Photo competition and curated several photographic exhibitions including Positive Lives, which continues to tour in four continents. He went on to develop creative strategies for major commercial agencies, working as Group Creative Director of Getty Images and CEO of Photonica in the USA. As Creative Director of eyestorm.com Mayes worked with many contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Richard Misrach, and as Director of the Image Archive at Art + Commerce he represented Steven Meisel, Ellen von Unwerth, Taryn Simon and others. Stephen was Secretary to the jury of the World Press Photo for six years. He has written and broadcast extensively on the ethics and realities of photographic practice.
Stephen currently lives in New York where he works as Director of VII Photo, an independent agency representing high-profile photojournalists covering issues for major clients around the world.
Michael Mazzeo, Director
Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, New York
Michael Paris Mazzeo is a gallerist, educator and photographer based in New York City. Since opening in 2005, the Michael Mazzeo Gallery, originally named Peer, has become one of the premier showcases of rising young talent in the field of photography, having awarded nine artists their first solo exhibitions in New York and including more than 100 others in group shows. Works by gallery artists have been acquired by major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Princeton Museum and Fidelity Investments, as well as by many private collectors.
In seeking to promote the work of more artists, Michael recently initiated the RSVP project, an innovative series of curated online exhibitions, complete with on-demand published catalogs and e-commerce pages for photography collectors.
Outside the gallery, Michael has curated exhibitions, participated in panel discussions and has juried many photography competitions. He serves on the faculties of the School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography, the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and has been a guest lecturer at other prestigious institutions. Michael has been a featured portfolio reviewer at dozens of events including FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, Photolucida, Critical Mass, FotoWeek DC, The Center of Photography at Woodstock, ICP, ASMP, SPE and powerHouse.
Michael believes that art should educate and inspire, question tradition, challenge assumptions and confound expectations. He is interested in reviewing intelligent and insightful bodies of work that contribute to our understanding and appreciation of art and life. He will be pleased to look at all types of photography, including unique, handmade artist books. He is not particularly interested in traditional landscape, travel or commercial photography.
Michael can provide artists with honest criticism, protfolio editing, project direction and exhibition opportunities. Most of the work that has been shown at MMG has been a direct result of meetings with artists at portfolio reviews. Michael requests artists to bring a CD containing jpegs, artist statement, and bio.
Nion McEvoy, Chief Editor
Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, California
Nion McEvoy is the Chairman and CEO of Chronicle Books LLC and of The McEvoy Group LLC. Chronicle Books, based in San Francisco, California is known for its excellence in design and production, and the strong popular appeal of its titles. In addition, Chronicle Books creates notecards, calendars, and stationery.
Mr. McEvoy joined Chronicle Books in 1986, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the adult trade division until he acquired the company through The McEvoy Group in February 2000. The McEvoy Group has since acquired becker&mayer! LLC, a dynamic book packager in Bellevue, Washington, and New York-based Spin magazine. The McEvoy Group is also a majority partner in San Francisco's Hartle Media, publishers of 7x7 magazine and California Home & Design magazine.
Mr. McEvoy worked previously in the business affairs departments of the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills and of Wescom Productions. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Hastings College of the Law. He currently serves on the boards of SFJAZZ, the UCSC Foundation, the Tricycle Foundation, and the Photography Accessions Subcommittee of SF MOMA.
Amy Miller, Executive Director
Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), Atlanta, Georgia
Amy Miller is the executive Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP). ACP is a nonprofit organization that produces an annual, month-long, city-wide photography festival each October. ACP also produces year-round programs that support photographers, educate and engage collectors and promote diverse photography venues. During the ACP festival, Atlanta is transformed by over 150 photography-related events and exhibitions including featured lectures, workshops, portfolio reviews and pubic art.
Ms. Miller received her MFA in photography from Pratt Institute. While in New York, she worked as a Gallery Assistant at Alan Klotz Gallery and as a visual resources director at Pratt Institute. Ms. Miller later moved to Atlanta and worked as Gallery Director for Fay Gold Gallery, a position she held for seven years. She is a licensed Fine Art Appraiser, specializing in photography. She has served as juror for numerous art and photography competitions and has extensive experience reviewing portfolios.
Ms. Miller is most interested in seeing work that demonstrates the emergence of a unique vision, working style or concept while at the same time exhibiting some technical skill and consistency. She is not interested in reviewing commercial work, or work that mimics popular photographers working today. Ms Miller is adept at working with photographers to discover the essence of their strengths, and how to find the best market for the work. Ms. Miller has guided numerous photographers to significant improvements in their work that have led to gallery representation, exhibitions, sales and other opportunities.
Kevin Miller, Director
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida
Kevin Miller is the Director of the Southeast Museum of Photography (SMP), a public museum located in Daytona Beach, Florida. One of the largest exclusively photographic institutions in the US, the museum presents 15 public exhibitions each year including single artist, thematic, vintage, retrospective and genre themes; as well as film programs, workshops, seminars and lectures. The museum maintains a significant permanent collection with strengths in general photographic history, documentary photography and contemporary photography. Since 2001 Mr. Miller has curated and presented more that 80 exhibitions and produced numerous exhibition catalogues and texts.
Mr. Miller is able to provide critique, insight and perspective on any developed body of work (no commercial illustrative work please) across a wide range of genres for potential inclusion in future museum exhibitions. The museum’s forthcoming schedule and regular exhibition slate includes a contemporary and emerging artist’s thematic survey exhibition and a series of explorations of the “southern experience.” One area of collection depth has been recent work from Florida, the southeastern US, the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico nations, and thus Mr. Miller is especially interested in reviewing innovative and well-developed bodies of work by contributors from these particular regions and from all South American nations.
Evan Mirapaul, Collector, Consultant, Writer
New York, New York
Evan Mirapaul lives a life immersed in the arts. Photography has become his passion. He serves on a number of museum committees, most notably at ICP as the co-chair of the library committee and on the exhibition committee. His method is inquiry—to research as much about a photographer and genre as possible. Mirapual employs the words intelligence and connoisseurship when speaking about defining a collection, and shares his enthusiasm for photography on his blog, Fugitive Vision. Travel has been a catalyst for this collector. Increasingly it has become Mirapaul’s goal to seek out photographers and galleries wherever he goes.
Mirapaul is a frequent visitor to Paris and Berlin, and is usually to be seen at the major Art and Photo fairs around the world. He has been a reviewer at The Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Photo Lucida in Portland, and at the Month of Photography in Budapest. He participated as a nominating curator at the inaugural Lishui International Photo Festival in Lishui, China in November 2009. Mr. Mirapaul has also been sought out for advice and recommendations by galleries worldwide seeking information about artists to use in shows or to be added to their roster.
This reviewer invites artists to show any work save commercial or stock work. He is happy to see completed projects and is also pleased to try to help gain perspective on work in progress. Mr. Mirapaul sees his role as reviewer as being one to help the artist in whatever way the artist feels would be most beneficial in the short time together. This can range from critique and inquiry to professional advice suggestions for placement.
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.
Yasufumi Nakamori, Assistant Curator of Photography
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Yasufumi Nakamori is the Assistant Curator of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where one of his specialties is contemporary photography and video. Trained in the history of the twentieth century art and architecture, he follows trends of contemporary art in all media. In 2009, at the MFAH, he took a central role to realize a gift of nearly 300 photographs by the photographer Ishimoto Yasuhiro (b. 1921), one of the most influential photographers of postwar Japan. With this gift, one of the largest gift ever made to the museum by a single living artist, he is organizing an exhibition of the photographer’s work of Katsura, the 17th century Japanese villa, to be accompanied by his forthcoming book Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro (the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/Yale University Press). In relation to FotoFest 2010, he has organized the exhibition, currently on view at the MFAH, “Ruptures and Continuities: Photography Made after 1960 from the MFAH Collection.”
Mr. Nakamori is most interested in reviewing works (both photography and video), which reflect urbanism and architecture, as well as developed and innovative bodies of work of any genre, and would welcome all types of imagery, except for commercial work. Mr. Nakamori will offer criticism and critique of the work presented.
Pippa Oldfield, Senior Programme Manager
Impressions Gallery, Bradford, United Kingdom
Impressions Gallery is one of the UK’s leading specialist public-funded photography galleries and shows contemporary photography by emerging and mid-career artists. Established in 1972 as one of the first photography galleries in Europe, Impressions is now located in an impressive new building in the heart of Bradford’s city centre. Impressions shows five to six major exhibitions a year and has an education, touring and publications programme.
Pippa Oldfield joined Impressions in 2003 and has curated numerous exhibitions, edited publications and written texts for catalogues. She previously worked at The Photographers' Gallery, Tom Blau Gallery and The Special Photographers Company, all in London. She gained a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art and is currently completing an MA in the Photographic Image at Durham University. She will begin a Doctoral Fellowship later this year, also at Durham, for a PhD researching women, war and photography in the Americas.
Pippa is most interested in seeing resolved and original portfolios that are innovative and creative in theme and approach, that will engage, move or perhaps provoke viewers. She is open-minded as to subject matter, but doesn’t want to see traditional or commercial work, particularly given that Impressions does not sell prints. She can offer critical feedback and advice on the development of work and ideas, and advice on professional development. Pippa is a member of Impressions’ Selection Panel and is able to recommend proposals from exceptional artists who meet Impressions’ exhibition criteria. Please see Impressions’ website for further information on the vision of the gallery and the kind of work shown.
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.
Joaquim Paiva, Private collector
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Joaquim Paiva has been a collector of contemporary photography since 1978. His collection is mostly by Brazilian photographers (2200 images by 220 professionals), and about 15% is international (400 images by 110 professionals). Mr. Paiva´s collection comprises a wide range of themes and techniques. It has been exhibited in Brazil and abroad, for example, in Buenos Aires in 1997, Houston FotoFest 1998, Lima 1999, Paris (Fondation Cartier) in 2001, São Paulo 2002 (running parallel to the São Paulo International Biennial) and Nice (France) 2005. Mr. Paiva has been a reviewer at FotoFest since 2000. Some events where he also reviewed are Buenos Aires Encuentros, FotoRio and PhotoEspaña, among others. Half of his Brazilian collection has been on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, his hometown, but a selection of his international collection was exhibited there in 2008. Paiva is also a photographer, lecturing, curating and following the international photography and visual arts scene since the 1970´s.
Mr. Paiva is interested in reviewing most types of work, particularly fine art photography, creative, experimental bodies of work in which the photographer is committed to quality, innovative and contemporary issues. Besides offering critique and providing advice on the photographer´s work, Mr. Paiva will purchase photographs for his collection.
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.
Miriam Romais, Executive Director
En Foco Inc. / Nueva Luz, Bronx, New York
Miriam Romais is the Executive Director of En Foco Inc, the Editor of its Nueva Luz photographic journal, and been involved with the organization for 15 years. She has also curated a variety of exhibitions with En Foco and independently; most recently, “Interstice” at SPE’s Miami conference (2007), and is one of the curators in “10 Curators/10 Photographers” at Silverstein Gallery in Chelsea, NY.
En Foco is a non-profit organization founded in 1974, to publish and exhibit contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. Nueva Luz, a finalist for the 2007 Lucie Awards “Photography Magazine of the Year,” is nationally distributed with a unique focus due to is mission. The annual New Works Photography Awards program selects photographers from a national call for entries to receive an honorarium and photo-related materials to create new work for exhibition.
Ms. Romais offers publication and exhibition possibilities, also comments on general presentation. She is most interested in reviewing in-depth fine art and documentary work by serious emerging and mid-career photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander heritage. Ms. Romais is least interested in reviewing nudes, commercial, advertising or stock photography.
Mark Sink, Director
Gallery Sink Consulting, Denver, Colorado
Mark Sink is a private art consultant and photographer. He represents and curates local and international cutting-edge fine art photography. Mark is a board member and serves on the exhibition selection committee for a new art center Redline, a downtown city block of new gallery and multimedia studio work spaces that is granted to selected emerging and mid career artists and exhibitions. Mr. Sink is founder and director of MOP (Month of Photography) in Denver, biannually coordinating all the regional galleries, museums and art spaces to celebrating photography in mass.
Mr. Sink is also an internationally recognized photographer who, for most of the 1980s, was friends, worked for and documented Andy Warhol and the Factory. Upon returning to Denver in 1991, Mr. Sink co-founded the Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver and opened his own gallery space Gallery Sink. Now Gallery Sink consulting, Mark is independently curating a wide range of emerging talent many found from Fotofest, SPE and Photolucida, placing them with internationally recognized photographers into various galleries and museum exhibitions. Photography exhibits culled and from Internet has been a passion since 1994. He achieved successful results working with web sites such as noknockroom.com, festivaloflight.net, thesight.com.
Mr. Sink is always on the search for unique talent for his many ongoing curatorial projects and collection placements. (Fotofest 2008 Mark place over a dozen pieces into private and public collections) He is looking for work that has craft, completed thought, in series and is ready for presentation in a professional gallery or museum setting.
Rod Slemmons, Executive Director
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois
Rod Slemmons has been the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (founded 1983) at Columbia College Chicago since 2002, where he also teaches undergraduate photo history and graduate theory seminars in the Photography Department. In addition he teaches graduate courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Recent exhibitions include “Conversations: Text and Image.” Walker Evans, Jim Goldberg, Gary Hill, Lewis Koch, Martha Rosler, Matt Siber, Lorna Simpson, Jeff Wolin; “Witness: Contemporary Mexican Photography.” Yolanda Andrade, Alberto Ibáñez, Jorje Lepez Vela, Eniac Martinez, Francisco Mata Rosas, Marcela Taboada, Antonio Turok, Jaime Baillares, Enrique Villaseñor; and, “Painting on Photography: Photography on Painting” (with Natasha Egan and Karen Irvine) Wafaa Bilal, Lordan Bunch, Eddy De Vos, Michael Fajans, Rob Fischer, Eric Fischl, Tim Gardner, Randy Hayes, Moni Huber, Marc Luders, Gerhard Richter, Gerfory Scott, Sam Taylor-Wood, Terry Turrell, Joel-Peter Witkin.
Rod previously taught photography, history of photography and Graduate Museum Studies for 12 years at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was the National Chair of the Society for Photographic Education from 1990 to 1994. He was named Honored Educator at the SPE National Conference in Miami in 2007.
Before and during his time at the University of Washington he was the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Seattle Art Museum from 1982 to 1996, producing 35 exhibitions and numerous catalogs, including Like A One-Eyed Cat, the first retrospective of Lee Friedlander in 1989.
He is interested in very recent conceptual and mixed media work as well as recent manifestations of social documentary. He is less interested in portraiture, family based, and purely formal or abstract work.
He has strong connections in the international curatorial realm and with publishing firms, as well as curating exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Denise Wolff, Editor, Book Program
Aperture, New York, New York
Denise Wolff is a photo book editor, known for her work with both contemporary and historic photography. Prior to joining Aperture last year, she worked at Phaidon Press. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books with some of the world’s top photographers, including Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, Eugene Richards, and Stephen Shore to name a few.
Reaching a worldwide audience, Aperture’s programs include Aperture magazine, book publishing, traveling exhibitions, education and outreach programming.
Denise is most interested in seeing projects that are close to completion and will look with pleasure at all different kinds of subject matter – from scientific images to nudes, from photojournalism to conceptualism. She is interested in meeting photographers who are open to honest feedback and she can help shape projects toward potential publication, whether or not they would be appropriate for Aperture.
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.
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.
Juan Travnik is an experienced teacher and curator in the field of creative photography; he is recognized as one of the most important contemporary photographers of his county. He has participated in many individual and group exhibitions all over the world and was a founding member of the Consejo Argentino de Fotografía. He has been awarded the fellowship of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2006.
Mr. Travnik is Director of La FotoGalería del Teatro San Martín, founded in 1985. The gallery has a program of at least 12 exhibitions annually and balances the participation of emerging and established photographers. He is also Director of the EspacioFotográfico de la Ribera and Curator of Encuentros Abiertos de Fotografia. He can provide the opportunity to exhibit and present photographer’s work in Argentina.
Mr. Travnik is interested in seeing straight photography, essays on different subjects, new trends, new visions, digital photography and mixed media. He is not interested in viewing commercial photography.