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.
Ignacio Andreu, Creative Editor
C International Photo Magazine, London, UK & Madrid, Spain
Ignacio Andreu is the creative editor of C International Photo Magazine, published twice yearly since 2005 by Ivorypress. C Photo is a 300-page, hardback photography publication that comes in two bilingual versions, English/Chinese and Spanish/Japanese. The aim of the publication is to promote debate and creativity in contemporary photography unlimited by cultural, geographical, or thematic boundaries.
Ignacio Andreu attended the North West School of Arts & Sciences, Seattle, Washington (USA). He earned his BA in Media Critical Studies: Theory and Criticism, and his minor in New Media Communications (NMC) from the University of San Francisco, California (USA). Before coming to C Photo, he had worked in advertising, as an editor, and as a music critic.
Because C International Photo does not include any advertising, Ignacio Andreu is interested in reviewing any type of photography that has not been commissioned for commercial purposes. He is also interested in discovering photographers whose work could potentially be published in future volumes of the magazine.
Burkhard Arnold, Director
In Focus Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Burkhard Arnold is the founder, owner and director of In Focus Gallery. In Focus is a gallery dedicated to international classic and contemporary photography, founded in 1989. The gallery organizes between 4 and 5 exhibitions a year, including documentary, photojournalism, conceptual, and fine art photography with emerging as well as established artists. Burkhard Arnold regularly curates shows for other institutions, galleries and museums. He has reviewed at photo festivals in Arles (Fr), Rhubarb-Rhubarb (Birmingham, GB), Photoszene Cologne (D), Houston 2008 and Nordic Light Event, Norway.
Mr. Arnold is interested in seeing all kinds of work, but with an individual and strong visual language. He is not interested in commercial or stock photography, pure landscapes or flowers or mostly computer or digital generated images.
If the work is not yet ready to be exhibited, he is able to give advice or develop together with the photographer future possibilities to bring the work to an audience, especially to the German photography art market. He can provide the opportunity of promoting and exhibiting photographers’ work at In Focus Gallery or in any other exhibition project he curates.
Helen Cadwallader, Executive Director
Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, UK
Helen Cadwallader is Executive Director of Brighton Photo Biennial. Brighton Photo Biennial a leading photographic event based in the UK with international impacts. The Brighton Photo Biennial mission is to collaborate with partner venues and visual arts organizations to show high quality photographic and related artwork to the widest possible audience, bring the best international photography to the UK, exhibit recent and newly commissioned work, and encourage and showcase local talent by working closely with Brighton Photo Fringe. The Biennial includes exhibitions, participatory programmes, publications, conferences, talks, portfolio viewings and outdoor events. Since it’s first instatement in 2003, the Brighton Photo Biennial has quickly developed into a unique and ambitious international photographic event led by an individual curatorial vision focused on photography and lens-based media. Martin Parr is guest curator for BPB 2010 to be staged in October/November.
Prior to taking the post of Executive Director in 2007, Helen worked for 6 years at Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts in England, in the position of national lead for the strategic development of photography and media, publishing and distribution. She was the first to manage and further develop the BAA Art Programme, commissioning a wide range of visual artists to produce contemporary, critically engaged art in BAA airports including Heathrow which operated from 1994 to 1999. A graduate in History of Art, Design and Film in the Modern Period at University of Northumberland and a post-graduate in Film Studies at University of East Anglia, she has written about contemporary practice and time-based media and is published in a wide range of books and publications including, ‘Sequences: Contemporary Chronophotography and Experimental Digital Art’ (Wallflower, 2009), ‘Locus Solus: site, identity, technology in contemporary art’ (Locus+, 2000), Mute magazine, Hybrid magazine, Women’s Art Magazine and Performance.
Helen Cadwallader is interested in reviewing visually original and critically astute portfolio’s of work suitable for exhibition in gallery or public realm platforms. Against this, all types of photographic genres and styles from documentary, landscape, portraiture, still-life through to constructed imagery, and in any medium are welcomed. She is interested in reviewing a broad range of approaches from conceptual, formal to critically engaged and which reveals an acute level of social, personal or psychological engagement where the use of genre and style clearly serves the practitioners intention and message. She is not interested in reviewing commercial work intended for advertising or stock. Whilst she is particularly interested in developed bodies of work some consideration will be made for discussing unresolved projects and giving advice to their placement and promotion. The Biennial is a curated event, however, Helen is able to refer the work on to the guest curator for consideration and reference for future programmes and to the Brighton Photo Fringe a close partner. However, she cautions photographers that it would be unusual for her reviews to lead to exhibitions or articles. But she can offer advice and guidance.
Gary Chassman, Founder and President
Verve Editions, Burlington, Vermont
Gary Chassman is the founder and president of Verve Editions, an independent producer of photography, art, and illustrated books, and related museum exhibitions. Among his forthcoming projects are Ha Noi: A Place and its People, photographs by Larry Datillio, with an essay by Joe Galloway; Lost Worlds: Ruins of the Americas, photographs by Arthur Drooker with an essay by Pico Iyer; Say it Loud: an illustrated Biography of James Brown; The Nina Simone Project exhibition and companion visual history; The English Garden at Night, Photographs by Linda Rutenberg; and Marilyn in White: Photographs by Bruno Bernard. Among the notable exhibitions Verve has created and developed is In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution and American Ruins, now on a national tour. Notable recent books include: The highly praised American Ruins, with Photographs by Arthur Drooker and an essay by Douglas Brinkley; The Nature of Dogs with photographs by Mary Ludington; and Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy Ashe.
Mr. Chassman's career in the publication of visual books spans over twenty years. He was publisher of Callaway Editions, and was previously affiliated with Aperture and Macmillan. He also served as editorial director of Magnum.
Mr. Chassman is interested in projects with a strong visual narrative that explore contemporary social issues. In addition, he is drawn to photography that seeks to expand our understanding of history and popular culture.
Stephen Cohen, President
Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Stephen Cohen is the owner of Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles, which celebrates its 18th year this March. Mr. Cohen produced forty-six art fairs since 1992 including photo l.a., photo santa fe, photo san francisco, photo New York, artLA, photo MIAMI, the Vernacular Photography Fair and also produced one of Aipad's most successful photography shows, Aipad MIAMI in 2007, drawing the largest attendance of any of their fairs.
Currently he is working on the 2011 editions of photo l.a., which celebrates it's 20th year next January, the sixth artLA and a revived photo New York (#4) in the Spring of 2011. Following the just ended Artillery Magazine curated exhibition: Photo Artillery: In the Realm of the Lenses, future exhibitions, lectures and seminars related to the art fairs will continue throughout the year.
Mr. Cohen returns to China for the second time this September as an invited Curator at the 10th Pingyao Photography Festival (PIP). He is consulting with them on the festival as it more into the international marketplace. In addition, he is consulting with businessmen in China on their developing photography arts center as a hub for the international exchange of exhibitions, lectures and seminars.
He is a devoted and sincere collector of photography, painting, sculpture and photography books. His tastes are eclectic. He expects a tight presentation of a single body of work from a photographer and tends to have an emotional response to work more than cerebral. This will be his third time as a Meeting Place Reviewer.
Dr. Joerg M. Colberg, Editor & Publisher
Conscientious, Northampton, Massachusetts
Dr. Joerg Colberg is the editor and publisher of Conscientious, a widely read blog dedicated to contemporary fine-art photography, now in its eighth year. Interviews first published on the blog have been re-published in photography magazines in many different countries. Dr. Colberg has also written articles for magazines (such as FOAM) and, most recently, the introduction to Hellen van Meene's monograph “Tout va disparaitre”. In addition, Dr. Colberg has curated photography shows, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios on different panels over the past years.
Dr. Colberg is most interested in reviewing fully developed bodies of work, with no preference of type of imagery. However, he is not interested in reviewing commercial/editorial or “toy camera” work. Aside from offering criticism and critique of the photography itself, Dr. Colberg is happy to provide advice and direction in terms of promoting work online.
Charlotte Cotton. Creative Director
London Galleries, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK
Charlotte Cotton is the creative director of the London Galleries of the National Media Museum in the UK. The London presence of NMeM will open in 2012 and be the hub for ideas about both contemporary and historical media including photography, film, television and radio. Previously, Charlotte was the curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at LACMA. From 1993-2004, Charlotte was a curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum and head of programming at The Photographers' Gallery in London in 2004 and 2005.
Charlotte has curated exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography including, Imperfect Beauty: The Making of Contemporary Fashion Photographs (2000); Out of Japan (2002); Stepping In and Out: Contemporary Documentary Photography (2003) and Guy Bourdin (2003); The Art + Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers (2007 and 2008); Philip-Lorca diCorcia (2008). She is the author and editor of publications such as Imperfect Beauty (2000); Then Things Went Quiet (2003); Guy Bourdin (2003) and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2005) and Words Without Pictures (2009). Her essays & interviews have been published in various art and photography books and magazines, including iD, Aperture, Portfolio, Tank and Creative Review.
Charlotte is interested in meeting with photographers who are in the process of developing new concepts and projects who would like my opinion on how to progress. She can offer a useful perspective on where a photographer's practice sits within international contemporary 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.
Crista Dix, Gallery Director
Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Crista Dix has had diverse careers as a scientist, artist and businesswoman. She has worked in the Pacific Northwest photographic community for the last 10 years as a photographer, teacher and advisor, working with artists to refine their creative vision. Ms. Dix has been a member of panels and discussions on topics such as Women in Photography, and the Future of Digital Photography and the Arts.
Wall Space opened in 2004 focusing on and promoting new and emerging artists looking to incorporate photography into a larger vision. The gallery works with artists utilizing photography as a creative element, telling stories on multiple levels. Ms. Dix is interested in seeing bodies of work that cross the lines of the traditional image, transcending process or technique.
Catherine Evans, Chief Curator
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
Catherine Evans was named Chief Curator at the Columbus Museum of Art in 2004. Since 1998 she has also served as the museum’s Photography Curator. As Chief Curator, Evans oversaw the second largest acquisition in the Museum’s history, that of the Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970. She has directed the development of major international exhibitions such as Renoir’s Women; Edgar Degas: the Last Landscapes (Columbus and Copenhagen) and the recent In Monet’s Garden: The Lure of Giverny (Columbus and Paris).
As the Photography Curator Evans has been with the museum since 1996 and spearheaded the successful acquisition of the Photo League collection, which increased the Museum’s photography holdings by 40 percent. She was the principal author and curator of the exhibition A View from Here: Recent Pictures from Central Europe and the American Midwest, which toured internationally and nationally. Evans has presented several artists with their first one person museum exhibition and curated over 45 photography exhibitions for the Columbus Museum of Art. She has been a portfolio reviewer in Santa Fe, Houston, Portland, and Atlanta. Prior to the Columbus Museum of Art, Evans worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Assistant Curator in the Photography Department, 1981-1990) and before that, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, in New York and Montreal, Canada (1979-1981). She received her degree from Williams College in Art History and German Literature.
Evans is interested in work that brings something new to the medium and is not derivative, predictable, or clichéd. She is not interested in viewing commercial, stock, fashion, studio nudes, generic travel or advertising work, and graphic depictions of surgical procedures. In addition to offering suggestions and critiques of an artist’s work, Evans sees FotoFest as an opportunity to expand an “image bank” of contemporary work for CMA, which she may tap into for future group and/or one-person exhibitions.
The first art museum chartered in Ohio, the Columbus Museum of Art was established in 1878. Since its earliest history, the collection has been known as a treasure trove of Modernism. It now houses one of the most outstanding collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and European art. This collection includes extraordinary examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism. The Museum has also developed several in-depth collections connected to this region, and is recognized for having the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce, as well as the largest representation of paintings by Ash Can artist and Columbus native George Bellows. Today a growing interest in contemporary art and photography continues the Museum’s commitment to collecting and exhibiting art of our time.
Missy Finger, Co-Owner
PDNB Gallery, Dallas, Texas www.pdnbgallery.com
Missy Finger is co-owner of PDNB Gallery. Her partnership at the gallery involves sales, writing, publicity, research, and gallery management. She co-founded the gallery with her husband, Burt Finger, in 1995. Prior to opening the gallery, she and her husband acted as private dealers in photography and collectibles.
PDNB Gallery specializes in exhibiting contemporary works including conceptual, documentary, and social landscape. It also focuses on the 1970’s era of conceptual works and performance art. Additionally exhibited are vintage photographs by early 20th Century Masters. Ms. Finger would like to review work that departs from tradition. Conceptual work is preferred, although documentary is also accepted. She wishes not to view conventional nudes or conventional landscape. During the review process one can expect guidance on projects and, if possible, referrals and venue suggestions.
Jim recently held the position of Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. Founded in 1976, the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is an independent non-profit organization located on the campus of Boston University. It serves as a vital forum for the exploration and interpretation of new work, ideas, and methods in photography and related media. The PRC presents exhibitions, fosters education, develops resources, and facilitates community interaction for local, regional, and national audiences.
He lectures widely on industry related topics dealing with photography and marketing. Jim has taught portfolio development for several decades focusing primarily on fashioning photography portfolios for sales and exhibition. Jim has been a fine arts photographer and collector for over 30 years. He has an extensive collection of late 20th century American photographs, as well as photographs by a number of emerging 21st century photographers. His collection includes the work of Robert Frank, Irving Penn, Abelardo Morell, and numerous other fine arts photographers.
Jim served as a reviewer at the 2009 Photolucida portfolio review event as well as Critical Mass 2009.
He has a long history of curating exhibitions at a number of New England based institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
He held the position of Creative Director for Monster.com. He has served as Vice President, Creative Director for iXL/Scient. He was also Creative Director at HHCC Europe. Jim was a partner and Creative Director at Clarke Goward Fitts. His work has been featured in both Communication Arts Magazine and Art Direction magazine. Jim is also the recipient of the William Gunn Humanitarian Award and the Morton Godine Medal.
He is most interested in reviewing work that has a fine art, editorial, or commercial focus.
Alasdair Foster is director of the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, the country’s peak public institution for the exhibition, education and publication of contemporary photo-based art. Established in 1973 it is one of the oldest publicly-funded photo centers in the world and Australia’s longest running contemporary art space.
Alasdair was formerly the founding director of Fotofeis, the award-winning international biennale of photo-based art in Scotland. He has a hybrid background in photography, science, history and film and has worked as an artist, curator, writer and photographer.
Alasdair is a member of the photomedia research cluster at Monash University Department of Theory of Art and Design, and has previously served as President of the Contemporary Art Organizations of Australia and as a Spirit of Youth mentor. He has contributed to a number of books including: BLINK (Phaidon, 2002); Ray Cook – Diary of a Fortunate Man (QCP, 2007); Erwin Olaf (Aperture 2008).
Alasdair is interested in viewing strong, innovative work using photography, digital imaging, video or network media. Work that arises from a lively engagement with contemporary life and youth culture or projects that involved the audience as active participants are especially welcome. He is not interested in formalist or purely aesthetic work or commercial portfolios.
With over 30 years’ experience in photo exhibition making and a broad international perspective, Alasdair can offer critique on creative practice and advice on strategies for the promotion of work of excellence. In exceptional cases he can offer opportunities to exhibit at ACP and/or publish. This will be Alasdair’s eighth FotoFest and every visit has resulted in work discovered in Houston being exhibited at ACP, published in Photofile or, prior to 1998, included in the FotoFeis biennale.
Stephen was named one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo Magazine on 2005, and is Chair of the largest undergraduate photography program in the world. His critical writing about photography has been published in Artforum, Print and Art on Paper, and has curated numerous photography exhibitions around the world, and created the Auction for Photographic Education in Afghanistan in 2003 to create a photography department at Kabul University. He founded Dear Dave, magazine in 2008 to reflect the plurality of photographic practice.
Stephen is interested in reviewing all genres and motives of photography, and can offer insight and criticism of the work.
Ashley Givens, Assistant Curator, Photographs
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of fine and decorative arts. The Museum’s photographs collection, the National Collection of the Art of Photography, is over 150 years old and ranges from the historic to the contemporary. Ashley Givens joined the Museum in 2007 as the Assistant Curator of Photographs. She began her career in the Photographs Department of Christie’s in New York. She has since earned an M.A. in Nineteenth Century French art from the Courtauld Institute of Art where she is also working on a Ph.D.
Ashley is interested in seeing all types of creative photography, and in particular those projects with a fresh and well-devised point of view. She is not interested in commercial work for advertising purposes.
Ashley brings to portfolio reviews her knowledge of the history of photography and her experience working in the curatorial department of an international museum.
Melissa Kepke Grobmyer, M.A., Founding Partner, President
MKG Art Management, Houston, Texas
Melissa Kepke Grobmyer earned her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Arts degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with high honors. Before becoming an art advisor, Mrs. Grobmyer worked with 9th through 18th century Decorative art at Sotheby's in New York. Later she worked with Contemporary art at Robert Miller Gallery and 19th century American art at Richard York Gallery, both in New York.
After returning to Houston, Mrs. Grobmyer was Senior Associate at an art-advising firm for three and one half years, where she edited American Images: The SBC Collection of Twentieth-Century American Art, published by Abrams in 1996.
In 1998, Mrs. Grobmyer founded MKG Art Management, the only art advisory and appraisal firm in Houston. Through her career as an art advisor, Mrs. Grobmyer has assembled collections focused on topics such as American photography, Contemporary art, African-American art, Latino-American art, Asian-American art, and Texas Regionalism. Mrs. Grobmyer has also taught classes on various aspects of the history of art and architecture, most notably on Gulf Coast Vernacular architecture for the Rice University School of Continuing Studies. She has also researched, assembled and administrated collections of Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, and 19th century Realism and Impressionism. Mrs. Grobmyer currently serves on the Modern and Contemporary Acquisitions subcommittee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and is an emeritus board member of Lawndale Art Center. She is a member of ArTTable, and the International Association of Professional Art Advisors.
MKG Art Management, Houston, Texas
Janet Hobby is a partner at MKG Art Management, the largest art advisory company in the city of Houston. MKG Art Management offers expert art advice to private, corporate, and institutional clients. MKG Art Management has been assisting clients with art acquisition, fine art appraising, art leasing, and art inventory management and archival services for eleven years. Outside of her work at MKG, Ms Hobby is active on the Board of Trustees at the Houston Arts Alliance, the Menil Collection and St. John’s School.
Ms. Hobby is most interested in reviewing photographs that involve careful staging and lighting of a picture, preferably in large format scale. Additionally, Ms Hobby is stimulated by the new direction in full spectrum photography, where careful filtering choices across the ultraviolet, visible and infrared lead to new artistic visions. Aside from offering critique of the photography itself, in some cases, MKG Art Management is able to place an artist’s work in a client’s collection.
Michael Itkoff, Editor
Daylight Magazine, New York, New York
Michael Itkoff is a Founding Editor of Daylight Magazine and Daylight Multimedia as well as an editorial, and fine art photographer. Mr. Itkoff has interned at Aperture Foundation and the Annie Leibovitz Studio, and worked at Polaris Images and Rizzoli International Publications.
Itkoff’s photographs are in public and private collections in the United States and he has been a recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008). Itkoff's monograph 'Street Portraits' was published by Charta Editions in 2009.
Mr. Itkoff is interested in any material that is in some way engaging with the documentary mode.
Ann M. Jastrab is the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center located in the SOMA arts district in San Francisco near SFMOMA and the Yerba Buena Arts Center. Rayko is a community photographic facility with rental darkrooms, digital labs, studio and galleries that has been serving the Bay Area for over 20 years. The Main Gallery presents eight to ten exhibitions yearly with many nationally recognized artists; there is also a section of the gallery called The Marketplace which is reserved for Bay Area artists and displays a wide variety of photographic work.
While being the full time gallery director and curating shows, Ann also leads portfolio classes at RayKo. Ann has also been teaching at the Maine Photographic Workshops (now the Maine Media Workshops) in Rockport, Maine, since 1994. She has been conducting portfolio reviews for several years for The Worskhops as well as RayKo. She is always looking for new artists for the gallery as well as potential teachers, staff and students for The Workshops. She is most interested in seeing fine art photography, alternative processes and historical process work, and also work made with traditional film cameras as well as plastic and pinhole cameras.
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.
Cathy Kimball, Executive Director
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California
Cathy Kimball is the Executive Director of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), responsible for artistic programming and administration. During her 10-year tenure at the ICA she has implemented a number of new programs including an annual “NextNew” presentation focusing on emerging artists working in diverse media, as well as the ICA’s “Night Moves” program, which includes multi-media installations that project in the front windows of the gallery from dusk until dawn. Visible only after dark, this series of installations makes contemporary art immediately available for viewing, and provides a unique forum for new media artist. She has curated several dozen exhibitions during the past 10 years at the ICA including Before After: Lewis deSoto, a solo show of conceptual works – both photography and installation based, Depicting Absence/Implying Presence, which included works by Candida Hofer, James Casebere and Sophie Calle, among many other photographers; Bytes and Pieces: Contemporary Collage with work by Jim Campbell, Lewis deSoto and Anthony Discenza. Photographer Unknown: Unidentified Photographs from the Stephen Wirtz Collection; Nigel Poor: Found, and The Art of Exchange – Stuttgart/San Jose, with photographic works by Hildegard Esslingner, Susan Felter and David Pace.
Ms. Kimball came to the ICA from the San Jose Museum of Art where she served as curator for four years. During her tenure at SJMA, she curated a number of high-profile exhibitions, including Alternating Currents: American Art in the Age of Technology, Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Surroundings: Responses to the American Landscape, also curated from the Whitney’s permanent collection. Before moving to the West Coast in 1995, Ms. Kimball was the curator at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit.
Ms. Kimball is interested in seeing a wide diversity of work. In addition to always being on the look out for talented artists to exhibit at the ICA, Ms. Kimball is familiar with a number of galleries in California that emphasize photography, as well as Museum’s with an interest in collecting photography, and she is always happy to recommend someone she feels merits attention.
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.
Hans-Michael Koetzle is working as a freelance art critic, writer, editor and exhibition curator. Mr. Koetzle was editor of Leica World magazine from 1996 to 2007. As an art critic and writer he is contributing to magazines such as Photo International and European Photography. He published important books such as Photo Icons or Das Lexikon der Fotografen (Encyclopedia of Photographers). Mr. Koetzle has been curating photography exhibitions in Germany and abroad such as the retrospective of Magnum Photographer René Burri, shown in Europe and Latin America. Together with Art Director and publisher Horst Moser he recently has established a new publishing house (Moser Verlag, Munich) which is specialized in high quality photo books. The first books (including famous photographers as well as new talents) came out in 2009, and were introduced that year during the Arles Festival in France.
Mr. Koetzle is interested in work that is ready to be published as a book or portfolio. He is interested in every kind of photography as fas as it follows an idea, is based on a concept and shows visual strength. He is not interesed in commercial work or advertising. If the work is not yet ready to be published, Mr. Koetzle is able to give advice or develop together with the photographer future possibilities to bring the work to an audience.
Amanda Maddox. Assistant Curator of Photography
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Amanda Maddox is the assistant curator of photography and media arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. A former curatorial intern at MASS MoCA and photo conservation intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she has worked on a number of exhibitions. Most recently, she organized the Corcoran’s presentation of William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, which originated at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received an A.B. in English Literature from Brown University and an MPhil in the History of Photography from the University of St Andrews.
She is interested in seeing all types of photography except commercial work.
Martin McNamara, Director
Gallery 339, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Martin McNamara is director and part owner of Gallery 339, Philadelphia's only art gallery devoted to photography. The gallery opened with its first exhibition in April 2005 and since that time has presented over 30 exhibitions featuring work by artists from throughout the world. Exhibitions have included “World Stage,” a survey of work by Tina Barney, "Philadelphia Masters", which presented some of the city's most influential artists of the past forty years, and Yale MFA Photography 2008 and 2009. The focus of the gallery is contemporary photography, exhibiting a mix of emerging and established artists. McNamara is a founding board member of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and participated as a portfolio reviewer for Fotofest in 2008.
Mr. McNamara is not partial to one specific area of photography.
Zonezero is a site dedicated to image making & photography. Founded in 1994 by Pedro Meyer, zonezero has been both witness and active participant of the ongoing digital (r)evolution. Zonezero first appeared online when the internet became a public resource, making it the oldest website dedicated to photography that is still standing and growing. We are proud to acknowledge that zonezero paved the way for thinking that viewing photography on a computer screen was a legitimate platform.
Pedro Meyer is one of the pioneers and most recognized representatives of contemporary photography. He was the founder and president of the Consejo Mexicano de Fotografía (Mexican Council of Photography) and organizer of the first three Latin American Photography Colloquiums. Besides his artistic photographic work, Pedro Meyer has been a teacher in various prestigious institutions, as well as the curator, editor, founder and director of the renowned photography website zonezero, which hosts the work of over a thousand photographers from all over the world, and is visited by more than 500,000 people each month. Last year, in 2008, his retrospective, Heresies, was held simultaneously in more than 60 museums around the world, a paramount effort, that was accompanied by the publication of a book of the same title, and the creation of an online database that contains the entirety of his photographic work (+300,000 images).
Nadia Baram lives and works in Mexico City. She began studying photography when she was 9 years old at The Center for Contemporary Art in Mexico City. She later got a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University on Photography and Imaging. Her work has been part of collective exhibitions in China, Mexico, Brazil and The United States and has been published in numerous publications in different parts of the world. For the past four years she has collaborated in the creation of Pedro Meyer’s archive and in the Heresies project. She is currently picture editor at zonezero.com.
They are interested in reviewing work that is audacious and thoughtful, to considerate its publication in our site. We can offer custom-designed galleries in our site, that are done to best serve the work of a photographer, offering them prime visibility in an internet that is overly-crowded with information.
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.
Ute Noll is known for publishing and exhibiting cutting-edge, fine art, documentary and emerging photography. She has been working in the field for many years. From 1999 to 2007 she had been the picture editor of the weekend supplement of one of the major German newspapers Frankfurter Rundschau.
In 2006 she started her agency ON PHOTOGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATION and in 2007 she opened the UNO ARTSpace in Stuttgart, where she regularly shows international photo exhibitions and occasionally holds lectures and workshops and coaches photographers. In July 2008 her UNO ART SPACE showed a one person show with Nick Kline a FotoFest discovery from 2003 and in November 2008 a one person show with Cynthia Greig, a FotoFest discovery from 2003/2005.
Every month Ute Noll contributes articles about photographers, emerging talents, exhibitions and photo festivals in the German magazine Photographie as well as other publications. Since 2004, Ms. Noll has been a team-curator and jury member of the annual international photo festival Darmstadter Tage. The festival has shown FotoFest discoveries like Lili Almog, EJ Major, Nathalie Latham and Dona Schwartz over the years. In 2010 the festival also awards the 5000 Euro international "Merck-Award of the Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie" for the 3rd time. Check for information and deadline: www.dtdf.de
Ms. Noll also works as a part time lecturer for picture editing at two of the major German photo schools such as the University of Applied Arts and Design in Dortmund and the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld.
She has been a member of several international juries over the years and is regularly invited to international photo-festivals around the world.
Recently Ms. Noll was invited to be the guest editor of issue 15 of the Spanish documentary magazine OJODEPEZ www.ojodepez.org and created her issue “I want to be happy” with 8 projects of 8 international photographers. She also showed the accompanying exhibition at her UNO ART SPACE gallery in Stuttgart
Ms. Noll wants to see mainly independent projects which explore a theme visually and which show a personal vision. She is looking for cutting edge, fine art, conceptual, staged and documentary approaches. Surprising approaches is a preference. She does not want to look at nude, landscape or commercial stock photography. Please look at the web site for the type of work she has published and shown previously.
Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York
Alison Nordström is Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, the oldest and largest museum of photography in the United States. She was the Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida from 1991 to 2002. There, she curated over 100 exhibitions of photography including the popular biennial series Fresh Work, and major surveys of landscape, portraiture, travel photographs and journalism. At George Eastman House, she has initiated the contemporary biennial Vital Signs, and has curated Paris: Photographs by Eugene Atget and Christopher Rauschenberg, Why Look at Animals?, Know War, and Found: Photographs by Gerald Slota. She writes and lectures extensively on contemporary photography. Dr. Nordström holds a BA in English Literature, an MLS with museum emphasis, and a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.
Dr. Nordström's interests are wide: photo essays, book dummies, (especially unpublished first books), work with political content, work smaller than 8X10, work from outside the USA, and work in progress. She is not interested in nudes, infrared, polacolor transfers, and commercial work except photojournalism.
Her reviews are good sources for critique. She can edit, publish, exhibit, acquire, befriend, encourage, question, and recommend.
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.
Stephen Perloff, Editor
The Photo Review, The Photograph Collector, Focus Magazine
Stephen Perloff is the founder and editor of The Photo Review, a critical journal of international scope publishing since 1976, editor of The Photograph Collector, the leading source of information on the photography art market, and editor of Focus Magazine. He has taught photography and the history of photography at numerous Philadelphia-area colleges and universities and has been the recipient of two grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for arts criticism. He was the recipient of the Sol Mednick Award for 2000 from the Mid-Atlantic region of the Society for Photographic Education and the first annual Vanguard Award from the Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image in 2007.
His own photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions and reside in many museum and private collections. He has been widely praised for his writing about the photography art market. His articles have been reproduced in dozens of other journals from American Photo to The Art Newspaper and he has been called on as an expert to comment on the state of the photography market for publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
He has curated more than a score of exhibitions at various museums and college and art center galleries, including "Philadelphia Past and Present;" the acclaimed series "Photography: Contemporary Prospect;" "Camera Work: A Centennial Celebration," which traveled nationally; an exhibition of environmentally concerned photographs, "Paradise Paved;" "Radical Vision: The Revolution in American Photography, 1945–1980;" "Andrea Baldeck: The Heart of the Matter;" and "Saving Face," an exhibition of portraits. He was also the curator for the 2009 Woodmere Art Museum Photography Triennial.
Mr. Perloff is most interested in reviewing fully developed and consistent bodies of work in all media and genres. Aside from offering constructive criticism and honest critique of the photography itself, Mr. Perloff, through his many contacts in the museum, gallery, and publishing worlds can also often provide advice and direction in terms of promoting projects. In the past he has published artists met at FotoFest and included their work in one of the exhibitions he curated. He plans to publish his "discoveries" of FotoFest on The Photo Review website and is looking for outstanding portfolios for The Photo Review journal and for Focus.
Christopher Rauschenberg, Board Chair
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Christopher Rauschenberg is co-curator and board chairman of Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Blue Sky was established in 1975 by Mr. Rauschenberg and 4 other photographers. Since then, Mr. Rauschenberg has co-curated 650 solo exhibitions by 547 different artists. He has edited and produced over 50 publications. Mr. Rauschenberg has been a photographer since 1973 and has had 92 solo shows of his own work in seven countries.
Blue Sky Gallery is a non-profit artists' space which produces 25 to 30 solo exhibitions per year and an occasional group show every couple of years or so. They produce catalogs that reproduce 6 images from each show. Their focus and passion is on promoting emerging artists. Over the last 5 years, they have done solo shows by 49 photographers from FotoFest.
While Mr. Rauschenberg likes to look at everything, Blue Sky does not tend to exhibit classic nudes, traditional portraits or scenic photography. The landscapes and portraits the gallery exhibitions tend to have documentary and sociological content. As with all FotoFest reviewers, you should look at our website to see if you and the gallery are a match. (We have ten years of shows on our website).
Blue Sky is also looking for artists from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon for our Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers. The Drawers will exhibit up to 800 prints by 80 regional photographers, and are about to be re-curated.
David Raymond’s work spans the worlds of film, photography, art and interactive media.
He tends to involve himself in the production of films that have a socially conscious message to share, from his first finished feature, The Big Bad Swim, which won awards and recognition at festivals around the globe to Severed Ways; The Norse Discovery of America, which premiered at the 2007 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
He recently formed a production company in Buenos Aires, Ayni Media to develop and produce features films by Argentine directors, produce South American television programming and produce commercials.
Presently he is in the process of launching, Global Auction Network, a web and television venture to broadcast auctions live from global auction houses and create auction related content.
In the art world, Mr. Raymond is renowned for his collection of vintage photography from the 1920´s-1940´s as well as contemporary photography. In the March 2005 issue of Art and Antiques, he was selected as one of the top one hundred collectors in the United States. He was a dealer in the art and photography world for over twenty years. In the 1998-99 edition of the “Art Market Guide”, he was chosen as one of the top ten private art dealers in the United States. In 2007, he was chosen as the artistic director for Magnum Photos at Paris Photo. Raymond was a portfolio reviewer and lecturer at last year’s Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires. His most recent collecting habits were profiled in the April/May 2008 issue of Worth Magazine.
He co-organized the first contemporary art fair in San Francisco at the Hotel Triton in January 1995, which received national and international press coverage. Thirty-five galleries from North America participated in the event.
David presently serves on the board of Performa, which produces New York’s prestigious performance art biennial.
He is interested in the full spectrum of photography from reportage to staged imagery (I don’t want to limit what is shown to me). If I had to categorize what type of imagery I am drawn to most, I would say, Surreal.
He will be able to offer advice on direction of the work and if he is extremely impressed with what he sees, will be willing to make contacts at galleries and museums for the photographers.
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.
Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. She is currently consultant photo editor at D-La Repubblica delle Donne, the weekend supplement of Italy’s daily La Repubblica. Since 2008, she is editor in chief of Ojodepez, the Spanish documentary photography magazine published quarterly by La Fabrica, Madrid. (www.ojodepez.org).
Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 in New York, when she became Archive Director at Magnum Photos. Back in Italy in 2001, she worked as picture editor for Colors, the magazine supported by Benetton, where she commissioned a variety of international photographers to produce documentary and research projects according to the editorial guidelines of the magazine.
Based in Milan since 2004, Arianna has been a freelance curator for exhibits and book projects, as well as photo consultant. She has been collaborating with major publishing houses for special projects, offering editorial consulting and research. She has been on several portfolio review panels worldwide and was part of the World Press Photo jury in 2009.
Arianna is open to see a variety of work. Her main interest is documentary photography and social reportage with an innovative style suitable for either publication or exhibition. Not too excited to look at fashion pictures, but any type of work that tells a story is welcome.
Inka Schube, Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts
Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover, Germany
Inka Schube, born in 1961 in Burg near Magdeburg, has been curator for photography and media art at the Sprengel Museum Hannover since 2001. She lives in Hannover and Berlin.
Schube completed her studies in classical archaeology, cultural theory and art history at Humboldt University in Berlin with a dissertation on the response to abstract painting in art-historical discourse in the former GDR. In 1990 she founded the Galerie in der Brotfabrik. The projects she carried out there included exhibitions featuring Boris Mikhailov, Nan Goldin, Peter Greenaway and Indian bazaar photography, as well as “Heimat”, an exhibition project conceived in 1994 in connection with the war in former Yugoslavia, which, after opening in the Galerie in der Brotfabrik, was also shown at other venues, including the Photo Biennale Rotterdam.
In 1997 she was awarded an Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation scholarship for museum practice and photography. From 1998 to 2001 she was a member of various project groups affiliated to the NGBK in Berlin. In 2000 she curated the exhibition “Here and Now” for the Photo Biennial Rotterdam. Since 2001 she has been director of the department for photography and media art at the Sprengel Museum Hannover.
She has developed projects on the work of – for instance - Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Thierry Geoffroy Colonel, Max Baumann, Sophie Calle, Elisabeth Neudörfl, Zoltán Jókay, Helga Paris, Martha Rosler, Shirana Shahbazi, Heidi Specker, Ana Torfs, Maria Sewcz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Thomas Ruff, Hans-Peter Feldmann and Helen Levitt. She works in comprehensive cooperation’s realizing projects like “Boris Mikhailov. Marquette Braunschweig” (together with Stefan Schmidtke, Festival Theaterformen and the Foundation of Lower Saxony, 2008, published by Steidl 2009).
Matthew Shaul, Head of Programming and Operations
University of Hertfordshire Galleries, London, United Kingdom
Matthew Shaul is director of two contemporary art galleries located in two different towns (Hatfield and St Albans) 5 miles north of London. The galleries have been in operation for 12 years, and are a department of the Faculty for the Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Hertfordshire. As senior curator at UH Galleries he leads a predominantly lens based media program. Mr. Shaul has developed career exhibition and publishing opportunities with emergent artists from all over the world. Since 2002 he has developed many projects as major traveling exhibitions and developed partnerships with other galleries throughout the UK and Europe. Since 2005 ambitious historical projects have become an important part of the program. Mr. Shaul has worked on solo exhibition projects and on group shows with numerous of lens based artists including: Faisal Abdu'allah, David Shrigley, Sergio Prego, Erasmus, Eve Sussmann, Annelies Oberdanner, Jason Oddy, Simon Lee and Alfredo Jaar. He has written extensively and published/edited exhibition catalogues for the majority of these artists.
Mr. Shaul is mainly interested in documentary, photo-journalism, photo-installation and contemporary art photography. He is also very interested in all forms of contemporary (and historical) portraiture and self portraiture. He is not interested in seeing commercial photography, fashion photography, or wildlife photography, unless it falls into the categories above. He can assist photographers in developing projects and touring exhibitions with UK and international partners. He can help produce ambitious exhibition catalogues and work collaboratively with artists to assemble public funding packages to facilitate projects. Funding packages are usually developed with a range of financial inputs and contributions from trusts, foundations and government sources in the artist’s home country.
Kate Stevens, Director
HackelBury Fine Art, London, United Kingdom
HackelBury specializes in fine 20th and 21st century photography - a carefully selected stable of artists, founded in 1998 on the shared expertise, passion, and experience of Sascha Hackel & Marcus Bury, dealers & curators of fine art photography since 1990. Kate Stevens has over fifteen years experience in the international photography art market. As Director of HackelBury since 2003, Kate has curated and sold from a wide range of historical and contemporary exhibitions, both at the gallery in London and at art fairs worldwide. Kate's earlier study and practice as an artist have been invaluable in promoting knowledge and understanding of the medium; artists and collectors are brought together not only to build meaningful collections, but also to engage in discussion and appreciation of fine art photography. Prior to HackelBury she was the Director of Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, and Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica.
Kate is most interested to review work that takes photography as the starting point, particularly with a strong conceptual basis and resulting in a hand-made object. HackelBury has developed a unique contemporary program based on artists working with photography, and would be very happy to nurture new talent in this area. She is less interested in reviewing documentary work, and would not like to see any commercial, stock or advertising photography. HackelBury works with many artists experimenting with digital technology as part of their process, but doesn't currently sell any straightforward inkjet prints.
Kate will be happy to advise on the current market for fine art photography in the US and Europe, and to offer a general critique as well as direction for presentation to commercial galleries.
Daniel Strong, Director and Curator
Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
Daniel Strong is Associate Director and Curator of Exhibitions at the Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa. He has served in this position since shortly before the completion and dedication of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, which houses the Faulconer Gallery on the liberal arts college's campus, in 1999. In the prior decade he worked in the museums of the University of Rochester, Williams College, Smith College, and Amherst College. At the Faulconer Gallery he has curated solo and group exhibitions and authored catalogs of photography from Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands in addition to the United States. His focus is fine art photography suitable for museum exhibition and acquisition rather than commercial work for hire. As a curator he has acquired and shown "street" and studio photography, "found" and staged, documentary, still life and landscape (urban, suburban, rural), but is not interested in reviewing work whose primary purpose is to shock or offend.
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.
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.
Benjamin Trigano, Owner and Director
M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Benjamin Trigano is the founder and owner of M+B Gallery, a commercial gallery in Los Angeles that specializes in photography of emerging and established artists. Founded in 2004, the gallery maintains a rigorous exhibition schedule of eight to ten shows a year as well as participating in art fairs domestically and abroad. Mr. Trigano is a frequent guest lecturer on contemporary photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, as well as various photo festivals and reviews photographers' portfolios on numerous panels since the opening of the gallery. In 2006, Mr. Trigano was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres title for his significant contribution to the arts.
Mr. Trigano is most interested in reviewing young and innovative bodies of work, particularly of digital production and/or using ground-breaking technology not necessarily within the medium of photography. All types of imagery are welcome, such as portraiture, landscape, still lifes, etc. Mr. Trigano is not interested in seeing work intended for commercial and advertising purposes. Mr. Trigano is available for critiquing work and providing mentorship in the development of young talent, as well as promoting projects for possible publication.
Since 1970, Antonio Vela has participated in several national and international exhibitions. Vela has conducted workshops on different aspects of photography, and he has also written about photography.
In 1989, Vela began a program for the recovery, conservation, and diffusion of the photographic patrimony of the Tenerife Government. He has curated and organized several exhibitions with Canary Island and International artists. He has participated as a juror in different national and international competitions. In 1993, Vela began directing the International Festival of Photography in Tenerife, FOTONOVIEMBRE. Since 1996, he has been the Director and curator of the Centro de Fotografia del Cabildo de Tenerife (Center for Photography of Tenerife).
The Center for Photography of Tenerife was funded in 1989. It has organized more than 350 photo exhibitions in its own building. It counts with a conservation department, an acclimatized archive, and a research library. It is located in the Tenerife Espacio de Arte (Tenerife’s Space of Art) a building designed by the architects Herzog & De Meuron.
Since 1991, the Center sponsors every two years the international photo festival, FOTONOVIEMBRE. The festival organizes several photo exhibitions with local and foreign artists, in collaboration with several institutions.
Vela prefers to look at innovative projects by emerging photographers. He is interested in a broad range of work, from urban and natural landscape, to daily life, documentary and conceptual work. He does not whish to look at commercial work. Vela can offer his professional advice, and in some cases the opportunity of an exhibition in Spain, and in the Canary Islands.
Ricardo Viera, Director/Curator
Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Ricardo Viera is a professor of art and Director/Curator of the Lehigh University Art Galleries/Museum Operation where he has established a visual laboratory program with the LUAG work/study collection and a nationally recognized collection of Latin American photography and video. Professor Viera teaches courses in museum and curatorial studies, independent topics in the history of photography, public art, visual thinking strategies and multimedia/new media workshops.
He has organized, curated, co-curated and served as consultant to important exhibitions nationally and internationally. LUAG presents 20 exhibitions a year, among them 5 to then that feature the work of emerging and mid-career artists.
He has been a reviewer and consultant curator for FotoFest since the 1990’s. In October, 2006 he was invited to China as a reviewer fro Meeting Place of the first FotoFest Beijing.
Professor Viera is interested in all kinds of creative endeavors in traditional, digital and new media.
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.
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.
Rhonda Wilson, Creative Director
Rhubarb-Rhubarb, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Beginning life as a magazine journalist, Wilson has worked as a graphic designer and writer, photographer and author. She has pioneered professional development for photographers and image makers since 1991, and in 1993 set up Seeing The Light, now Rhubarb-Rhubarb – The UK’s Photographic Portfolio Festival and all year round mentoring programme, linking with some of the world’s most esteemed gallerists and publishers.
She lead a team which produced the people and the city, the exhibition and publication, which profiled Birmingham’s bid for the capital of culture 2008, working with Brian Griffin and Tom Merilion.
Wilson has curated shows for New Art Gallery Walsall, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Lianzhou Festival - china, and most recently, in February 2009, won the rights to premiere and curate Obama’s People, by Nadav Kander, currently showing at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in the UK.
She would like to see bold series of work, either finished or in progress, about issues which the makers feel strongly about on a personal level. More, she is highly interested in looking at work by producers who are being creative later in their lives. She doesn’t wish to see innane nudity or works depicting derelict factories.
Wilson can advise on matters regarding personal fulfillment, the power of belief and the growing of confidence in a diminishing financial climate. Plus, the usual links to potential sources of opportunity.
Hyesoo Woo, Curator
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Hyesoo Woo is a curator of Leeum, Samsung Musuem of Art in Seoul since 1995. Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, built in 1980, promotes not only Korean traditional, modern and contemporary art but also foreign modern and contemporary art. Since Leeum moved to their new museum complex in 2004, they now collect and exhibit various works and projects much more actively than before such as the famous works of Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, and Matthew Barney. During her time at Leeum, she has organized many exhibitions like The Art of Marko Rothko and Andy Warhol Factory and much more. She also has taken great interest in photography. So she has curated Photography of Bohnchang Koo (Korean photographer), 160 Years of Photography, Contemporary American Photography 1970-2000, Flash Cube, etc., and in addition increased the overall photography collection of Leeum.
Hyesoo Woo would like to recruit young, talented photographers for international exhibitions in the future. She is interested in any subject or theme, however she welcomes works which show the artist’s outstanding idea(s) and his/her own consistent artistic theme. She has no interest in commercial photography, however. In reviewing artists’ works she will give constructive criticism and search for their artistic direction during their conversation. Afterwards, she will then try to introduce the new artists to Leeum and the Korean art world.