SESSION 1 - March 7 - 10, 2008
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Sue Brisk, Editorial Director
Magnum Photos, New York, New York
Sue Brisk is Editorial Director in North America for Magnum Photos since 2001. Magnum's legendary cooperative was founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David Seymour. Ms. Brisk studied at San Francisco Art Institute, receiving a BFA in Photography and a Masters of Science degree in Journalism from Boston University.
Ms. Brisk offers artist guidance on how to publish a long term project in print and web based media, as well as direction on presentation, editing, and sequencing of the project for publication.
She is interested in reviewing documentary projects, and personal work. Ms. Brisk is not interested in conceptual work.
Leslie K. Brown, Curator
Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Leslie K. Brown has served as Curator of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University—a 30-year old non-profit gallery, library, and resource center devoted to the regional and national photographic community—for five years. During her tenure at the PRC, she has curated and overseen over 25 exhibitions.
Prior to coming to Boston, Ms. Brown worked at Nashville’s Cheekwood Museum of Art, the University of Texas at Austin’s museum, and the Austin Museum of Art. She has also taught as an adjunct at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and regularly serves as an invited guest juror and reviewer for colleges, museums, and galleries.
Ms. Brown is interested in seeing innovative, cohesive bodies of work that engage new ideas and issues for possible thematic, group exhibitions. She is not as interested in viewing classical or conventional topics or subjects—such as nudes, abstract/formal, street/travel, or commercial/stock—unless they challenge or extend their genres in significant ways. Besides feedback, she can help to suggest venues and avenues for emerging photographers and offer tips for marketing bodies of work.
Katherine Bussard, Assistant Curator of Photography
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
The Art institute of Chicago is a public, encyclopedic art museum founded in 1879. Katherine Bussard is one of three curators in the Photography Department of the museum. Since her arrival at the Art Institute in 2004, Ms. Bussard has curated several exhibitions from the permanent collection as well as So the Story Goes: Photographs by Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca di Corcia, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, and Larry Sultan, which featured nearly 300 works by pivotal photographers of the personal. Ms. Bussard received her Master’s from Williams College and is currently working on her doctoral dissertation at the City University of New York. She has also worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Clark Art Institute.
Ms. Bussard is most interested in reviewing conceptual or subject-driven art photography. She does not wish to review commercial, fashion or editorial/news photography. With an emphasis on collecting, exhibiting, and contextualizing the best work by emerging photographers, Ms. Bussard can offer critical feedback as well as insight into the machinations of a large museum.
Xavier Canonne, Director
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
Xavier Canonne studied Art History at the University Libre of Brussels and received his doctorate in Art History at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Mr. Canonne has been the director of the Musée de la Photographie since March 2000. Before coming to the Musée, he was the director of the collection of the Province of the Hainaut (modern and contemporary art) from 1987 to 2000. He has curated many exhibitions and has edited and written various books and studies. He was the curator and the author of the exhibitions Intimate Man Ray (2003), Scenes of Atget (2004), and Lee Miller a life (2005).
Xavier Canonne is most interested in reviewing creative photography, documentary photography and photojournalism. He does not wish to review commercial photography.
Jean Caslin is a founding partner of Caslin Gregory & Associates, Consultants to Arts & Culture. CG&A provides coaching for regional and national visual artists, as well as exhibition, fundraising, editorial and event planning services for artists and organizations. Along with Diane Griffin Gregory, she curated or coordinated six exhibitions in conjunction with FotoFest 2008. Ms. Caslin holds a BA in English and art history from Boston University and an MA in art history from Stanford University. During 26 years in non-profit arts management, she served as administrator, curator, educator, and fundraiser while fostering the careers of emerging and mid-career artists. From 1979 to 1988, she was assistant director of Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. Caslin served as executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography from 1988 to 2005. Since 1981, she has taught courses in the history of photography at six colleges in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Texas. Her current course is "Contemporary Photography & FotoFest 2008" at University of Houston - Downtown. She also reviews portfolios for Photolucida, Center, and Society for Photographic Education. Jean Caslin wants to meet and support visual artists whose work shows innovative approaches to either traditional or experimental photography.
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 Reflecting Buddha: Photographs by Alison Wright with an essay by Pico Iyer; Say it Loud: an illustrated biography of James Brown; Chasing the Sun: Life at Latitude Zero, photographs by Monique Stauder, essay by Paul Theroux; and The English Garden at Night, Photographs by Linda Rutenberg. 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, soon to commence 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: 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 particularly interested in projects with a strong visual narrative that explore contemporary social issues.
Brian Clamp, Director
ClampArt, New York, New York
Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of ClampArt, a gallery in New York City, specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. ClampArt mounts ten to fifteen exhibitions per year featuring the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Mr. Clamp opened the gallery in 2000. Prior to that Mr. Clamp served as the director of a gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Mr. Clamp has also curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios on dozens of panels over the past several years. Mr. Clamp is the author of numerous publications on American art to date, and also occasionally contributes written work to various art periodicals.
Mr. Clamp is most interested in reviewing developed and innovative bodies of work suitable for exhibition. All types of imagery are welcome- from documentary to landscape, still life to conceptual. However, Mr. Clamp is not interested in reviewing commercial work intended for stock or advertising. Aside from offering criticism and critique of the photography itself, Mr. Clamp can also provide advice and direction in terms of promoting projects. In exceptional cases, ClampArt is able to offer opportunities to artists in group exhibitions and projects, and in the past has given artists met at FotoFest solo shows in the gallery.
David Coleman, Curator of Photography
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas 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.
Dr. Coleman is interested in acquiring work for the collections that resonates with the history of photography.
John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Texas
Catherine Couturier joined the John Cleary Gallery (est. 1996) as Director in 1999. Houston's premier fine art photography gallery is located on Gallery Row on Colquitt Street in Houston Texas, 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 participates in the major art fairs including AIPAD and Photo LA. 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.
Suzanne Dechert, Director
Melkweg, International Cultural Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Suzanne Dechert is one of the founders and art directors of Melkweg, and 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 photo gallery in Amsterdam.
Ms. Dechert has curated solo and group shows and is interested in finding themed exhibitions dealing with social, political, and spiritual content. She is also interested in looking at portrait series and creative staged photography. 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 also advise and recommend ways for entering the “Dutch Field” in fine art photography.
Kristin Dittrich, Artistic Director
F/ Stop – International Photography Festival, Leipzig, Germany
Kristin Dittrich is the founder of the Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Fotografie (Center for Contemporary Photography) in Leipzig, Germany. She is the organizer and artistic director of the F/Stop - International Photography Festival. Ms. Dittrich was educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, and is involved in several curatorial projects in Europe. F/Stop took place in 2007 for the first time. The next festival will occur in July 2008. The F-Stop Festival is the first photo festival in Germany focused on contemporary, experimental fine art photography. The festival F-Stop wants to showcase contemporary photography with a unique philosophical and esthetic signature.
Ms. Dittrich can provide the opportunity of exhibiting and presenting photographer's work at her yearly festival. She is interested in reviewing innovative photography focused in telling human stories. She is not interested in commercial or classical photography.
William A. Ewing, Director
Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Musée de l’Elysée is a state museum that has been in operation since 1985. Before becoming the director of the Musée de l’Elysée, William A. Ewing founded Optica Center for Contemporary Art in Montreal, Canada. He was also the director of exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York. Mr. Ewing has curated and co-curated International exhibitions in several different countries. He has written books about photography including The Body (Thames & Hudson, 1994), and The Face: The New Photographic Portrait (Thames & Hudson, 2006) Mr. Ewing lectures on the international circuit and teaches photography at the University of Geneva.
Mr. Ewing welcomes all styles of photographic work, but does not wish to see nudes. He can select photographers as candidates for exhibitions and books.
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.
Alasdair Foster is director of the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP), Sydney, the country’s peak institution for the exhibition, educationm, and publication of photo media art. Established in 1973, it is Australia’s longest running contemporary art space. Mr. Foster is also editor of Photofile magazine. He currently serves on the Board of NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts), he is a Spirit of Youth Award mentor, and he is a member of the photo media research department at Monash University Theory of Art and Design.
Every year ACP presents up to four exhibitions and tours seven exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand. Occasionally, these exhibitions travel to other countries. The focus of ACP is on contemporary art and popular culture. The media at the Center includes color and B&W photographic prints, non-narrative video, installation, and interactive computer work. About half of the work shown at ACP is from overseas. Mr. Foster is less interested in straight documentary work, especially taxonomic series, unless it has a very distinctive signature style and a contemporary subject matter. ACP does not show commercial or editorial work.
Photofile is published three times a year and is Australia’s only art photo media magazine. Editorial tends to focus on photo media from Australia and the Asia Pacific, but work (and writers) from outside the region are periodically included.
Johanna Frieser, Director
Light Work, Syracuse, New York
Hannah Frieser is the director of Light Work, a non-profit organization in Syracuse, NY, that has supported artists working in photography and related media for almost thirty-five years. Light Work’s programs include exhibitions, residencies, publications and a public-access work space. Ms. Frieser has curated several, and has served as juror for a number of exhibitions and competitions, such as Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass. She has also written essays for photography publications and exhibition catalogues including Contact Sheet and Nueva Luz. She is currently serving on the review panel for Visual Arts for the New York State Council on the Arts. Ms. Frieser worked with the Society for Photographic Education for over twelve years and is currently serving on SPE’s board of directors. She was recently chosen to co-chair an SPE national conference with Miriam Romais, executive director of En Foco. The conference, tentatively scheduled for 2010, will focus on diversity and multiculturalism.
Ms. Frieser is especially interested in reviewing the work of emerging and underrepresented photographers who understand their intentions as artists. She is also interested in seeing the work of artists with diverse backgrounds. As a reviewer, she offers professional feedback and opportunities within Light Work’s programs. She does not wish to see commercial portfolios, traditional nudes or travel work.
Juan Alberto Gaviria, Gallery Director
Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia
The Centro Colombo Americano is a cultural institution that has been in existence for 60 years. Juan Alberto Gaviria has worked at the institution for more than 20 years.
The Centro Colombo Americano can offer photographers a two-week art residency working with art students and the civil population in collaborative projects, as part of the DESEARTEPAZ (Wish Peace through Art) program. The program includes an exhibition of the artists’ work. The Center can also offer an exhibition of 20- 30 photographs in another gallery located in the south of the city. The exhibition includes a publication postcard and media publicity. Mr. Gaviria can also assist in facilitating exhibits in other cities in Colombia.
Mr. Gaviria is most interested in reviewing art photography that focuses on community projects, social issues, and the state of the earth. Nonetheless, he will review all kinds of work.
Paula Gillen, Independent Curator/Photo Editor
Representing The New Yorker magazine, New York, New York
Paula Gillen, based in Boulder, Colorado has worked in the publishing industry as a photo editor and photo researcher in New York City for over 20 years. Clients have included Time, Vanity Fair, People, Artnews, Business Week magazines, and Readers Digest and McGraw-Hill books. For the past four years she was a key member of The New Yorker magazine photography department working closely with Visual Director, Elisabeth Biondi. She is proud to represent The New Yorker magazine as an independent curator at Fotofest. For the magazine she is primarily looking for fine art imagery to illustrate the fiction section, but will also review portraiture and photojournalism portfolios. She assists photographers in understanding how (and to whom) at The New Yorker magazine to submit images for publication.
Drawing on her years in the magazine business and utilizing her fine art background, she has worked with individual photographers as an independent consultant since 2005. She assists photographers with marketing, gallery exhibition, web site, book projects and portfolio development. Her expertise is editing, sequencing, and grouping various bodies of images for commercial or fine art application. She understands licensing and copyright issues, and can pin point which fine art images might translate into fiction, stock or book jacket sales. She can explain magazine day and page rates, model release issues, and how to properly submit photographs and portfolios to a photo editor. Finally she can point photographers to various stock photo agencies that might be appropriate to approach for selling their images.
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.
Dr. Matthais Harder, Curator
Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Matthias Harder has been the curator at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin since 2004. He has also taught photography and photo history at the Free University of Berlin since 2002. Prior to his current position, he was the director of the Kunstverein in Glueckstadt, Northern Germany for two years and a guest curator at the Photomuseum, Munich for three years. As a freelance curator, he has organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary art and photography around the world since 1995, and has also served as a jury member for numerous competitions. Dr. Harder is a member of the German Society of Photography and a board member of the Berlin Photography Festival. He publishes regularly in respected international magazines, such as Art in America, and has written numerous articles for books and exhibition catalogues.
Dr. Harder enjoys reviewing staged photography, portrait and fashion photography. He does not wish to review commercial works or landscape photography.
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. Ms. 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. Currently, he is writing about photography in Polish and in foreign magazines. This year he has been teaching theory and critical study of photography at the high school in Krakow.
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 or sport 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.
Michael Itkoff, Editor
Daylight Magazine, New York, New York
Daylight Magazine is a biannual publication of the non-profit organization Daylight Community Arts Foundation. Michael Itkoff is a Founding Editor of Daylight Magazine as well as an editorial and fine art photographer. Mr. Itkoff has worked for Polaris Images and Rizzoli International Publications. In 2006, he was a finalist in the Hey, Hot Shot! competition at Jen Bekman Gallery and was the recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism. Mr. Itkoff was recently awarded a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council and was nominated for a United States Artist Fellowship.
Mr. Itkoff is interested in any material that can be considered contemporary, documentary photography. In general, he is not interested in: constructed scenarios, fashion, advertising, romanticized subjects, and material which is exploitive in any way or does not take into account the perspective of the subjects.
ANGELA KRASS, Founder
FOTO+ART PROJX, New York, New York
Throughout her diverse 20-year career, Angela Krass has proven to be a skilled executive, visionary entrepreneur and adroit trouble-shooter. She is an award winning producer having produced hundreds of commercials, music videos and television projects for Universal, Warner Bros, ABC and produced for legendary director Sam Raimi; overseeing as many as 250 crew members, on multi-million dollar projects. Angela produced and marketed the advertising industry tome KLIK from Volume 8 through 11, showcasing outstanding photographic talent; was photo editor for Graphis; and conceived, edited and produced the sold-out book, PHOTOGRAPHY PROFILE published in 2006 by Graphis.
Angela has developed two successful consulting firms, a film production company and an indie music label. As a consultant she has nurtured numerous enterprises, projects and artists to success, and has led these companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes.
In 2004, after a successful career as a producer, Angela formed FOTO + ART PROJX, a consultancy focusing on marketing for the arts and artists. FOTO+ART PROJX's mission is helping artists understand and thrive in the art, publishing and advertising worlds.
Few consultants possess the depth and breadth of Angela's expertise and experience. As a juror she participates in Critical Mass, Houston International Fotofest, The International Color Awards, Spider Awards, Graphis Photo Annuals, Nudes and Graphis Magazine. She is a member of ICP, NYWICI, Ladies Who Launch and WIPI.
Ms. Krass enjoys seeing how artist's visions are created and produced, and is not partial to one area of photography - she is open to reviewing any type of work, including commercial photography.
Ms. Krass can critique, review and fine tune portfolio presentations. Following the review process, she expects to discover a few first-rate photographers and can offer to manage their careers and can help realize their individual goals for development and management of their art.
Celina Lunsford, Director and Curator
Fotografie Forum international, Frankfurt, Germany
Celina Lunsford is the curator and consultant for Fotografie Forum international and a critic and author on photography. She is also the European representative of the Imogen Cunningham Trust. Her professional experience spans over 20 years of curating and organizing photographic based exhibitions with global photography scenes such as Korea, Lithuania, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Turkey, India, Israel plus the Arab World, North America and other European countries. Some of the publications she has collaborated include Nou Now: Contemporary Catalan Photography, Barcelona, 2007; Fast Forward: Photographic Message from Korea, Seoul/Frankfurt, 2005; and Women by Women, Eight Women Photographers from the Arab World, Tunis/Frankfurt, 2004. She was commissioned to write for the books “Snowbound”, Lisa Robinson and “China Naked”, Frank Rothe both published in 2007 by Kehrer Verlag.
Ms. Lunsford is interested in well developed projects of journalistic or fine art photographic quality that are fresh for the exhibition or publication market. She is not interested in commercial work. She can offer advice on editing and marketing photographer’s work, and on organizing exhibitions or publications.
Lesley A. Martin, Executive Editor
Aperture Foundation, New York, New York
Lesley A. Martin is executive editor of the book-publishing program at the Aperture Foundation, where she has worked on-and-off for the past ten years. In between stints at Aperture, she served as Senior Editor and Production Director at Umbrage Editions. Her writing has been published in Aperture, American Photo, DoubleTake, and Interiors magazine, among other publications. She is the editor of over forty books on photography, including Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer; and Model American: Katy Grannan. Aperture was founded in 1952 as a not-for-profit arts organization and publisher dedicated to promoting photography as a unique form of artistic expression.
Reaching a worldwide audience, Aperture¹s programs include Aperture magazine, book publishing, traveling exhibitions, education and outreach programming. Ms. Martin is interested in looking at strong, well-developed work that pushes the boundaries of photography, combines genres in interesting ways, and otherwise defies expectations. Most of all, she is interested in meeting with photographers who are open to honest feedback and discussion of ideas. She can help with shaping book projects toward potential publication, whether or not they are projects that would be appropriate for Aperture.
Mr. James E. Maloney has been an attorney and photography collector for more than 20 years. He has worked with the photography accessions committee at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is also a former member of the board of directors for FotoFest and the Houston Center for Photography. Mr. Maloney is most interested in viewing European, Eastern Europe, sheet photography and new techniques. He is not interested in reviewing landscapes.
Nadja Masri, Bureau Chief + Photo Editor
German GEO, New York office
Nadja Masri is the bureau chief and photo editor of German GEO magazine in its New York City office. Previously she worked for a photo agency in Berlin, and different German magazines, before she was hired by GEO in fall 2000. Ms. Masri has been a portfolio reviewer, a panelist and juror on numerous occasions and has been teaching at the International Center of Photography since 2005. GEO is an award-winning monthly feature magazine reporting on scientific, socio-political, ethnological and environmental subjects and is particularly well known for its exhaustive and unflinching reportage and its outstanding photography.
Ms. Masri offers photographers guidance on how to move work forward, how to make a strong edit, sequence and presentation and how to get a project published in the editorial market. She is most interested in seeing photojournalistic/documentary work (social political, environmental/nature and travel features) and long-term projects of any kind. She is not interested in seeing nude photography.
Michael Mazzeo, Owner and Director
Peer Gallery, New York, New York
Michael Mazzeo is a gallerist, educator and photographer based in New York City. His gallery has provided exhibition opportunities for dozens of emerging and established photographers since opening its doors in 2005. Peer exhibitions and artists have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, The Village Voice, The Photo District News, NY Arts and in numerous online publications. Mr. Mazzeo was the juror for the SohoPhoto 2007 and the Un-Scene New York competitions and he was also involved in awarding photography fellowships at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Since founding the gallery, Mr. Mazzeo has been invited to review artists’ portfolios for The Center of Photography at Woodstock, The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), The 2007 Photolucida Conference, The School at ICP, and The Society for Photographic Education. This year alone, Peer has awarded solo exhibitions to four photographers introduced to us at these events and many other artists have been included in recent group shows at the gallery.
Mr. Mazzeo believes that process and technique are only a means to an end. Without the knowledge of what has come before, artists risk producing work that is redundant and irrelevant. Whatever the process or genre, he is interested in seeing contemporary work that is intelligent, inspired, and visionary.
Chuck Mobley, Associate Director
SF Camerawork, San Francisco, California
Chuck Mobley is San Francisco Camerawork’s associate director in charge of exhibitions and publications. He is editor of Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts and has written for Sculpture, Contemporary, and Spot magazines. He has curated numerous exhibitions including There is Always a Machine Between Us, Katsushige Nakahashi: The Depth of Memory, and the upcoming exhibition examining photography’s relationship to performance I Feel That I am Free But I Know That I am Not. He has collaborated with film, video, and photographic artists such as Ann Hamilton, Marco Breuer, Binh Danh, Tracey Snelling, Dinh Q. Lê, Jem Cohen, Kota Ezawa, Jenni Olson, Oliver Herring, and Guillermo Gómez Peña.
Mr. Mobley is most interested in work that may be a hybrid of different mediums or that utilize antiquarian processes by emerging artists. He is not interested in seeing traditional nudes, landscapes, or commercial photography.
Joan Morgenstern is a long time Houston collector of photography and has been involved in the fine arts community for many years. She is a past President of Houston Center for Photography. She is currently CoChair 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.
She is interested in many different types of photography and processes. She is also interested in work with Jewish subject matter.
Andreas Müller-Pohle is the publisher and editor of European Photography, an international art magazine for contemporary photography and new media. He also founded Eye-Mind, an individual reviewing/consulting initiative for photographers.
As an artist, Mr. Muller-Pohle has worked with photography and media projects since 1978. He has had numerous exhibitions in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. He also publishes photographic monographs and the European Photography Guide.
Mr. Muller-Pohle is mainly interested in seeing photography of media projects that deal with our contemporary condition. He does not wish to review commercial or decorative work. He can offer photographers the possibility of publication of their work in the magazine, and also suggest venues with publication opportunities in Europe.
Ute Noll is known for publishing and exhibiting cutting-edge, fine art, and documentary photography. She has been working in the field for more than 12 years.
In 2006 she started On Photography & Illustration. She works with publications such as the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper, and has published more than 300 portfolios of emerging photographers. Recently she opened the Uno Art Space in Stuttgart, where she regularly shows international exhibitions. Every month she contributes articles about photographers, exhibitions and photofestivals in the German magazine Photographie as well as other publications. Since 2004, Ms. Noll has been a curator and jury member of the annual international photo festival Darmstadter Tage Der Fotografie which also awards the new established 5000 Euro "Merck-Award of the Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie". She works occasionally as a part time lecturer for picture editing at the University of Applied Science in Dortmund. She has been a member of several international juries over the years and is regularly invited to international photo-festivals around the world.
Ms. Noll wants to see emerging photography which is theme based and shows a personal vision. She is looking for cutting edge, fine art, conceptual and documentary approaches. Color work in preference. She does not want to look at nude or landscape photography.
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 later this year. 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 photographing, lecturing, collecting, curating and following the international photography and visual arts scene since the 1970’s. He is a photographer concerned with the medium as a means for self-expression. He currently has work in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and parts of his collection have been exhibited at home and abroad, including Buenos Aires 1997, FotoFest Houston 1998, Lima 1999, Paris 2001, São Paulo 2002 and Nice, France 2005. An important book on Mr. Paiva’s Brazilian collection was published in Brazil in 2003 with 275 images by 97 photographers. A great amount of his Brazilian collection has been on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in his native Rio de Janeiro since 2005, and is intended to become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. About 15% of his collection is international- 350 images by nearly 80 foreign professionals. Mr. Paiva has been a reviewer at FotoFest since 2000. He reviewed in Buenos Aires’ Encuentros Abiertos, FotoRio, FotoArte Brasilia and PhotoEspaña Madrid.
Mr. Paiva is interested in reviewing most types of work, particularly fine art photography with creative, experimental bodies of work in which the photographer is committed to quality, innovative and contemporary issues. He can assist photographers by purchasing photographs; curating exhibitions and helping photographers make connections with galleries and institutions in Brazil.
Rixon Reed, Founder and Director
Photo-eye Books and Prints, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rixon Reed is the director of photo-eye and photoeye.com. Founded in 1979, photo-eye has been the leading resource for art photography books. Photoeye.com's Photographer's Showcase and photobistro.com are the web's premier showcases for fine-art photography.
Mr. Reed is interested in seeing cohesive bodies of work from photographers with fresh viewpoints for possible exhibition in photoeye.com's Photographer's Showcase, PhotoBistro.com, or Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe. He is also interested in seeing book projects.
John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
John Rohrbach is senior curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum; a museum of American art that opened in 1961. Since he joined the curatorial staff at the Carter in 1992, Mr. Rohrbach has assembled numerous exhibitions on topics of nineteenth and twentieth century American photography and written various articles and books including Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness (2001), Regarding the Land (2006), and Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke (2007). Prior to coming to the Carter, Rohrbach worked at George Eastman House and was director of the Paul Strand Archive.
He is interested in fully developed projects that push expectation and the boundaries of the medium. His interests range widely from documentary and landscape to portraiture, but he is not interested in seeing nudes or commercial work. The Amon Carter Museum is devoted to art of the United States. Opportunities for acquisition and exhibition are limited.
Miriam Romais, Executive Director
En Foco, Inc., Bronx, New York
Miriam Romais is the Executive Director of En Foco Inc. and the Editor of its Nueva Luz photographic journal. She has been involved with the organization for 15 years. She has also curated a variety of exhibitions with En Foco as well as curated exhibitions independently. Most recently Ms. Romais curated, “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 artists 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. 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 and can offer 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.
Maarten Schilt is a publisher of high profile journalistic, documentary and reportage photo books, as well as reportage photo magazines (The Issue and The Aftermath Magazine). Starting in 2008, Mets & Schilt will also be the leading publisher of the World Press Photo Yearbook. Mr. Schilt is very active on the international co-production market and is a member of a group of seven European photo book publishers which yearly grants the Leica European Publishers Award for Photography.
Photographers published or being published by Mets & Schilt are, amongst others: Dave Anderson, Jonas Bendiksen, Marcus Bleasdale, Chris de Bode, Wolf Böwig, Heidi Bradner, Jodi Bieber, Frédéric Brenner, Rachel Corner, Carl De Keyzer, Thomas Dworzak, Rena Effendi, Julio Etchart, Jim Goldberg, Arlene Gottfried, Stanley Greene, Martijn van de Griendt, Harry Gruyaert, Roberta Holden, Hana Jakrlová, Ata Kandó, Oleg Klimov, Robert Knoth, Josef Koudelka, Kadir van Lohuizen, Rania Matar, Jenny Matthews, Paolo Pellegrin, Ahmet Polat, Guus Rijven, Ilse Schrama, Lana Šlezić, Sara Terry, Ambroise Tezénas, Carin Verbruggen, Alex Webb, and Paul Weinberg.
Beginning 2008, Mets & Schilt will also start a new activity, the Lux Photo Gallery. This gallery provides a worldwide infrastructure for photographers being published by Mets & Schilt to sell prints and special edition books.
Although Mr. Schilt is mainly interested in seeing high profile journalistic, documentary, and reportage photography, he can and will be helpful to photographers working in other fields.
Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York
Ariel Shanberg is the Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Founded in 1977, the Center brings forth its mission to provide opportunities in creation, discovery, and education, for emerging, underserved, and under-recognized voices in the photographic arts to an international audience. With year-round program offerings that include solo and curated group exhibitions, workshops, lectures, the publication PHOTOGRAPHY Quarterly, residencies, workspace access, regional fellowship awards, and internships, CPW helps advance the development and careers of artists working in photography and related media. In its’ nearly 30 year history CPW has played a decisive role in the careers of some of today’s most respected image-makers.
In addition to his work at CPW, Mr. Shanberg has contributed essays to accompany publication. He has served on various panels and nominating committees and has been an invited juror and portfolio reviewer to FotoFest, SPE Conferences, Rhubarb Rhubarb, and Critical Mass.
As a portfolio reviewer, Mr. Shanberg offers participants professional development, guidance, and curatorial insight, as well as the rich and diverse opportunities available to artists at CPW. He is most interested in viewing cohesive bodies of work centered around conceptually driven theme(s) that have been or are near completion. He welcomes reviewing image-based work produced in a wide range of processes including video and new media. As CPW does not present traditional nudes, landscapes, floral, photojournalism, fashion, or stock photography, Mr. Shanberg would prefer not to review such work.
Reid Shier, Director/Curator
Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Presentation House Gallery is a non-profit public gallery with a mandate to profile both contemporary and historical photography and media art, including film and video.
Reid Shier is the Director/Curator of Presentation House Gallery (PHG) in North Vancouver, Canada. Previously, Mr. Shier was Chief Curator of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto. He has curated over 80 exhibitions, including recent projects with New York based photographers Judy Linn and Anne Collier. Other recent projects include exhibitions with Geoffrey Farmer, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, SUPERFLEX, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, and On Kawara Mr. Shier recently initiated an exhibition with Turner Prize winner Simon Starling that will premiere at the Power Plant in February, 2008. From 2002 to 2004 Shier was Curator of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and from 1996 to 2002 was Director/Curator of the artist run Or Gallery, Vancouver. He is a critical writer, and in 2002 edited the monograph Stan Douglas: Every Building on 100 West Hastings, a book length study of a single photograph by Canadian artist, Stan Douglas.
Mr. Shier enjoys working with artists who use photography as part of a broader practice, and is not partial to any one genre.
Mary Virginia Swanson makes it her goal to help photographers find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions, editorial and licensing placement. Ms. Swanson has a diverse professional background, having coordinated educational, publication and exhibitions programs for a wide range of institutions and businesses in the field of photography and is considered an expert in the area of marketing and licensing fine art. It was during her tenure heading special projects at Magnum Photos that she recognized the opportunities for artists to develop second markets for their work, and in 1991 she founded SWANSTOCK, an innovative agency managing licensing rights for fine art photographers. Her workshops and lectures on the subjects of marketing opportunities and awareness have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. She also consults with business and agencies in the photographic industry to aid in their awareness of contemporary photography.
Ms. Swanson currently works individually with photographers as a marketing consultant to guide artist in their careers. She maintains a popular blog about marketing and she is the author of her self-published Finding Your Audience: A Guide To Marketing Your Creative Photography (2008).
Ms. Swanson is happy to review portfolios of all kinds, be it work in progress or completed projects and will offer artists advice on reaching their targeted audience.
Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts
Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. The Griffin Museum of Photography is a small photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. Ms. Tognarelli holds a M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University. She is a graduate of the New England School of Photography and a current candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University as a visual arts teacher. Prior to her position as Executive Director of the Griffin Museum, Ms. Tognarelli held the position of Deputy Director and Assistant Curator at the Griffin Museum over the past five years.
She is open to viewing a broad range of photography but will be looking for completed bodies of work that are ready for exhibition. She is also interested in work that can be connected to programming and education projects.
Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator of Photography
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 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 22,000 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 and 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.
Katherine Ware, Curator of Photographs
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Katherine Ware began her career at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. She has worked extensively with the photography collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Oakland Museum in California. Ms. Ware has served as juror for numerous exhibitions in the United States and has published writings on Man Ray, L. Moholy-Nagy, Harry Callahan, Julien Levy, and Bauhaus photography, as well as on contemporary photography. Since coming to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (one of the major, encyclopedic art museums in North America) at the end of 1999, she has continued the Museum’s commitment to acquiring work by contemporary artists, particularly those working internationally. While exhibitions have been primarily collection-based - Harry Callahan, William Klein, Clarence John Laughlin, The Faceless Figure, Mavericks of Color, The Silver Garden- the Museum also hosts traveling shows and has a gallery dedicated to photography that may offer fresh opportunities.
The Museum does not collect work by students and is primarily interested in resolved bodies of work. While Ms. Ware is interested in a broad range of material for the Museum’s program, her particular taste runs to works that challenge or refer to photographic practices; intersections between science and art; and work with a clear point of view. She is far less interested in photography undertaken on a project basis without evidence of the artist’s own sensibility or in work created for stock and commercial purposes.
Marta Weiss, Curator of Photographs
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
The Victoria & Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of fine and decorative arts. The museum’s photography collection is over 150 years old and ranges from the historic to the contemporary. Marta Weiss joined the V&A in 2007 after two years in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A native New Yorker, she holds an MA in art history from Princeton University, where she is completing a Ph.D in 19th-century British photography. She has published on subjects ranging from Victorian photo albums to Diane Arbus.
Ms. Weiss is interested in seeing all types of creative photography except commercial photography, and can offer photographers feedback that draws upon her knowledge of the history of photography and contemporary curatorial practice.
Clint Willour, Curator
Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas
Clint Willour has been curator of the Galveston Arts Center for the past seventeen years and has been an art professional for 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. Mr. Willour 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 Programming Committee, Chair of the Photography Accessions Sub-committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a member of the Art Board of FotoFest, Houston, board member of Photo Forum at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and has been a Meeting Place reviewer at every FotoFest, Houston, (and Beijing, China) as well as reviewing portfolios for the Houston Center for Photography; the Texas Photographic Society; Photo Americas in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Photolucida in Portland, Oregon; Critical Mass, Portland, Oregon; Review Santa Fe, New Mexico; Photo NOLA, in New Orleans; Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Quebec; Les Rencontres d'Arles, France; Photo Primavera in Barcelona, Spain and the Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mr. Willour does not wish to review commercial work or work he has reviewed previously.
Madeline Yale, Executive Director & Curator
Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas
Madeline Yale is Houston Center for Photography's Executive Director and Curator. HCP's mission is to increase society's understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. Founded in 1981, HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs, and community collaboration. Recent exhibition projects include Txt Me L8r, a celebration of mobile technology in partnership with Aurora Picture Show, and Reality Interrupted, featuring the work of the Sanchez Brothers. On view during FOTOFEST2008 at HCP is Jeff Liao's Habitat 7 and Susan Meiselas' project Mined in China. Ms. Yale also serves on the editorial board of SPOT magazine, a biannual publication that includes portfolios, exhibition and book reviews, and articles on contemporary photography. Prior to joining HCP, she managed the photographic estate of Todd Webb (1905-2000), served as a photographic archivist, and organized exhibitions on photography and contemporary art in the US and Europe.
Ms. Yale is open to view a broad of photography. She is specifically interested in work that fits into one or several of the following contexts: artist as performer, humans' relationship to the environment, group dynamics, and cultural ethos and identity. She does not want to see work that she has previously reviewed.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, TX, USA
Del Zogg has held the position of Manager of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Works on Paper Study Center since 2002. Prior to that he was employed (1981-2002) at the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester, NY. He holds a bachelor's degree in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master's degree from Syracuse University. His photographs are part of the permanent collection of several major museums.
Mr. Zogg has participated in portfolio reviews for FotoFest, the Houston Center for Photography, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Photo Lucida. He has curated several exhibitions at both Eastman House and MFAH, and recently taught The Big Picture: An Illustrated History of Photography for Rice University's Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. He is also scheduled to teach a photographic history workshop during the summer of 2008 for the Alfred C. Glassell School of Art of the MFAH.
Mr. Zogg is most interested in work that shows a mature vision no matter what the age of the artist. Antique or alternative photographic processes are of interest as are traditional imaging processes. Large format inkjet color images or digitally manipulated images are not of interest.
Manfred Wolfgang Zollner, Managing Editor
fotoMAGAZIN, Hamburg, Germany
fotoMAGAZIN is a monthly periodical with a print run of over 80,000 copies. In Germany, the magazine is one of the leading photography periodicals and has been on the market for more than 50 years.
In 1987 Mr. Zollner received his degree in Mass Communications at Munich University. He has been working with fotoMAGAZIN since 1991, first as a Director of Phototgraphy, and since March 2007, as a Managing Editor of fotoMAGAZIN.
Mr. Zollner can offer opportunities to publish photographer’s work in fotoMAGAZIN’s 6-page-portfolios. The magazine also promotes and sells Fine Art Edition Prints of photographers. He is always looking for new work, since he likes to introduce new talent to the readers of the magazine. He is always happy to discuss the photographer’s work, and give advice with information on the German photography market (publishing houses, magazines, galleries, etc). He is interested in any field of photography that is showing the photographer’s individual approach to the subject.