Every year, we convene a new jury of 50 industry leaders. They represent diverse voices and professions across the arts and media landscape, creating a dynamic curation and myriad of opportunities for photographers.
Center for Documentary Studies
Alexa Dilworth is publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, where she also runs the Awards program, which includes the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize for Writing and Photography, and the Lange-Taylor Prize.
In 1995 Dilworth was hired by CDS to work for DoubleTake magazine, where she held the position of proofreader, managing editor, and then executive editor. She was also hired as editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the publishing efforts for every CDS book since 1996. She is a sought-after juror and portfolio reviewer at top events nationally, including a stint as a FENCE juror.
Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Amy Miller graduated with a BFA from University of Georgia and then moved to New York to pursue her MFA in photography from Pratt Institute. While in New York, Amy worked with Alan Klotz at his eponymous photography gallery and as a visual resources director at the Pratt Institute Visual Resources Department.
After receiving her MFA, Amy moved to Atlanta and worked as Gallery Director for Fay Gold Gallery, a position she held for seven years, allowing her to work with modern masters of photography. Amy began her career as Executive Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography in 2007.
Ms. Miller has reviewed photography portfolios for many national portfolio review events and served as juror for numerous art and photography competitions. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including an exhibition for a photography festival in China, and most recently several exhibitions at the Atlanta International Airport.
Amy Silverman is the Photo Editor of Outside Magazine, and has worked with an incredibly diverse roster of photographers for the publication. She has served as a portfolio reviewer at the Palm Springs Photo Festival and Review Santa Fe and as a judge for The Fence 2016, Telluride’s Mountainfilm festival, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum Photo Contest and PDN’s Great Outdoors Photo Contest. Before landing in publishing, Amy spent 10 years working as a camera assistant in the film and television industry.
Angelika Hala is the New York photo editor for the German magazine stern and the magazine group’s publications VIEW and CRIME, and special editions and book projects. For more than 15 years, she has produced photo features with award-winning photographers as well as helped develop new talent, enjoying the process of creating photographic narratives from single images to multi-page magazine spreads. Angelika is co-producer of Open Show New York.
Arlette Kayafas has been collecting photography for 46 years. In 2003, she opened Gallery Kayafas in Boston’s South End. The gallery specializes in photography from its inception to the most contemporary of the day. The work shown at the gallery is powerful, emotional and often with an edge. The goal is to create a dialog with the audience and heighten an awareness while providing beautiful objects to live with.
Kayafas is an overseer at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA; and at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA.
Houston Center for Photography
Ashlyn Davis is the Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography, a nonprofit offering year-round exhibitions, workshops, publications, community education programs, lectures, and classes. In her role at HCP, she is focused on balancing work by regional and internationally acclaimed emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Ashlyn is also the editor of SPOT, a bi-annual magazine about photography that includes artist portfolios, exhibitions and book reviews, and interviews. In addition to her work at HCP, she is also a published writer and recently co-edited a book of 19th century photographs Islands of the Blest, now in its second edition. Ashlyn is interested in a broad range of photography, but is particularly passionate about work that intervenes in cultural or historical narratives in thoughtful ways.
Lagos Photo Festival
Azu Nwagbogu is the Director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria that he founded in 2007. Nwagbogu is also the Director of LagosPhoto, an annual international photography festival that he founded in 2010. Additionally, Nwagbogu is the Director of Art Base Africa, an online journal focusing on contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. He is a collector and advises other private collectors.
Nwagbogu has curated numerous exhibitions internationally, including Dey Your Lane! Lagos Variations at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels, Belgium) in 2016, co-curated with Ruth Simbao Tomorrows/Today at the Cape Town Art Fair (Cape Town, South Africa) in 2016, and Tear My Bra at Rencontres d’Arles (Arles, France), also in 2016.
Nwagbogu has contributed texts to several publications, including the catalogue Martin Roemers: Metropolis, Berlin, Germany, Hatje Cantz, 2015 and Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, 2015.
Nwagbogu has seårved as Juror for POPCAP’15 (Berlin, Germany) in 2015, an international prize for contemporary African photography and the Dutch Doc Photo Award in 2013 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). He was nominated for the Discovery Award at Rencontres d’Arles (Arles, France) in 2014.
Barbara Griffin Productions, L.L.C.
Barbara Griffin is an independent Creative Director, Producer, and Photo Editor whose work ranges from photoshoot direction and production, exhibition curation to fine art photo book editing. In 2018, Barbara was named President Emerita after eight years of leadership at Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), a non-profit arts organization that produces the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the U.S.
Barbara currently serves on the board of War Toys, a California based non-profit whose core mission is to advocate for children who have been affected by war. Unique, art-therapy-based collaborations with children amplify their voices and relay their often traumatic accounts to audiences around the world through exhibitions, presentations, and media engagement.
Barbara’s commitment to the photography and photographers is exemplified through her service on the advisory council of Space for Arts, the only studio listings site built specifically for the photography community, and on the Advisory Council for ATL Photo Night, a creative organization that hosts monthly talks featuring photographers.
Formerly, senior vice president of Image Management for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Barbara was responsible for all photography created globally for Turner’s entertainment, animation, and news networks.
Photo by: Art Streiber
Benoit Lagarde co-founded Splashlight in 2002. He is trained as a professional photographer, having studied at the International Center for Photography in New York where he is now a member of the President’s Council. Splashlight is a leading visual content creation company with a unique combination of methodologies, creative services and turnkey technologies geared towards e-commerce and social media.
Having worked with over 330 retailers, luxury, jewelry, fashion and athletic brands, Splashlight is the premier photo and video creation partner for clients such as Target, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, David Yurman and The Aldo Group.
Brandon Cordrey is the Executive Director of VAE Raleigh and a working artist. Brandon began working with VAE as the Director of Exhibitions in 2013. He has a B.F.A with a concentration in painting and drawing from East Carolina University.
Prior to joining VAE, Brandon managed Lee Hansley Gallery and Flanders Art Gallery and was the Program + Development Director with Arts Access, where he is currently President of the Board of Directors. His arts administration background also includes working in three museums and 4 artist associations. Brandon also keeps an active studio and exhibits his mixed media work across the regional South.
The Washington Post
Brent Lewis is the Features Assignment Photo Editor for The Washington Post and the co-founder of Diversify.Photo. Before joining The Post, he was the Senior Photo Editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated, a website dedicated to the intersection of sports, race and culture. Through the years as photographer, his photos have appearing in The Denver Post, the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Associated Press, Forbes and Yahoo! News as well as in the RedEye, MetroMix and in the Chicago Reporter.
Brian Henning is involved with bringing photographic arts to the people of New Mexico. In conjunction with New Mexico Junior College, he hosts photo shoots and seminars designed to teach students and interested community members creative photography and post processing. He also photographs the 150th Anniversary Ride of the Pony Express, and The Cattle Drive of the Century across the State of New Mexico.
The Photographers’ Gallery
Head of Exhibitions
Clare Grafik is Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She has worked on exhibitions and projects with artists and photographers including Lise Sarfati, Isa Genzken, Larry Sultan, Mike Mandel, Taryn Simon, Katy Grannan, Antoine D’Agata, Cuny Janssen, Zineb Sedira and Keith Arnatt. Group exhibitions include The Photographic Object and Double Take: Drawing and Photography. She has lectured at Birkbeck College, University of the Arts, University of South Wales, Sothebys Institute of Art, and written for magazines including IANN, Art Monthly and Contemporary.
Clément Saccomani (France, 1981) comes to NOOR with 15 years of international experience in the photography industry. He began working in the field as a press photographer for several years covering news, conflict and violence against women, represented by Gamma Agency. In 2009, Clément joined the staff of Magnum Photos – www.magnumphotos.com. In 2011, he was promoted to Editorial Director, developing strong, innovative strategies for visual storytelling projects for corporate clients, NGOs and international organizations. Clément’s expertise embraces all aspects of creative management, from seeking out business opportunities, to overseeing the communication and dissemination of creative projects. Since Sept 2015, Clement is NOOR Managing Director – www.noorimages.com and is currently based in Amsterdam.
Director of Photography
Clinton Cargill is director of photography for Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets magazines. Since he joined Businessweek in 2014, the magazine’s photography has been recognized by American Photography, Pictures of the Year International, the Society of Publication Designers, The Creative Review, Photo District News and the American Society of Magazine Editors. Before joining Businessweek, he was a photo editor at The New York Times Magazine, where he worked from 2004 – 2014. He has taught courses on editorial photography at the International Center of Photography and serves on the board of directors at the Center of Photography at Woodstock and the Society of Publication Designers.
Editor, Founder, Curator
David Bram is the editor, founder and curator of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography. Fraction Magazine was founded in 2008 and has shown portfolios from more than 350 photographers. David is also the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects, which hosts invite-only retreats for photographers and works collaboratively with artists to publish truly beautiful photobooks in small, exclusive editions. In 2017 David founded Fraction Editions, a new book publishing company.
David Bram has reviewed portfolios at over 30 national events including Review Santa Fe, Fotofest, PhotoLucida, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Medium, Filter and Colorado Photographic Arts Center. He was a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a frequent juror for Critical Mass. He was a reviewer at Fotofest Moscow in August 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011. In September 2010, David was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award. In 2015, David curated Fraction of a Second, a group exhibition of 45 Fraction photographers for the University of New Mexico Art Museum and 516 Arts.
New Mexico Magazine
Chicago native turned a zealous New Mexico resident – Edie is the current creative head and associate publisher of New Mexico Magazine. For 5 years she has been representing the best storytellers and photographers on the pages of this award winning title. Previous to this post her studio, Small Fires, provided design, photo editing, production services to national clients including Outside Magazine, Outside Go, AARP, and Town & Country.
Elan Buchen is the Project Coordinator for Art & Design. He is the project manager for the public art initiative “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine” as well as other public art projects that encompass the 22-mile network of parks and trails. Elan completed his Master of Fine Arts at the Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta campus, in Sculpture. There, he helped design curriculum for the Scientific Illustration department and administered workshops to students and educators on constructive anatomy, lifecasting, and creature creation. His work is on permanent exhibit at the Oatland Island Nature Center in Savannah and the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Elan earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from SCAD in 2006, graduating Summa Cum Laude and received the departmental Outstanding Achievement Award. During his career, Elan has acted as designer and sculptor for numerous fine arts and commercial clients from special effects to collected bronzes.
Bruce Silverstein Gallery
Frances Jakubek is the Exhibition Manager at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City. She is the past Associate Director and Associate Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts and works independently with artists to edit and market their photography.
For her personal work, recent exhibitions include The Southern Contemporary Art Gallery in Charleston, SC; Camera Commons in Dover, NH; The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College, MA; Plates to Pixels Online Gallery; and the Dorchester Art Project, MA.
She has been a guest writer for Don’t Take Pictures, Diffusion Magazine and for artist publications. Jakubek was a recent panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography fellowships, speaker for The Photo Brigade and juror for exhibitions throughout the US.
Newport Art Museum
Francine Weiss, Ph.D.
Francine Weiss is the Senior Curator at the Newport Art Museum in RI where she curates exhibitions of photography, new media, contemporary, and American art. Her past positions include Curator at the Photographic Resource Center (Boston, MA) and Acting Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC) among others. Weiss teaches in the MFA program at New Hampshire Institute of Art and has taught at Wellesley College and Boston University (both in MA). She has a Ph.D. in photo history from Boston University.
Frank Konhaus is the Director of Cassilhaus, a home-based multidisciplinary arts venue between Durham and Chapel Hill, NC. He directs their exhibition and Artist-in-Residence program and manages the Cassilhaus Collection of contemporary photography. He is also the founding principal of KONTEK Systems, Inc., an Audio/Video system design and integration firm based in downtown Durham, NC. He is a graduate of Duke University. Frank is currently crisscrossing the US on a five-month research sabbatical investigating innovative artist residency and community arts programs.
Along with his wife Ellen, he brought French photographer and installation artist Georges Rousse to North Carolina for major public art projects in 2006 and 2016. He has served as Executive Producer for two documentary film projects: Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project and Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty. Frank serves on the Collections Committee at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Durham Cultural Advisory Board, and the executive committee of the annual Click! Triangle Photography Festival. He is a passionate collector of contemporary photography.
Gabriella Marks is a Santa Fe based editorial and lifestyle photographer with a focus on food sustainability, justice and tourism. She serves on the National Board of ASMP. Her work has been featured on The FENCE and is in the permanent collection of the New Mexico History Museum.
Head of Sales
George McKenzie Jr
Head of Sales & Strategic Partnerships
Photographer George McKenzie Jr is the Head of Sales & Strategic Partnerships at Street Dreams Magazine/Street Dreams Visual Agency. He discovered his passion for photography in 2010. Since then his images have appeared in such publications as People Magazine, Jumpman23, Vibe Magazine, Trace Magazine, Cover of the Honda 2017 #Nextmilestone Zine. and several others. He currently lives to photograph in Brooklyn, and is a Freelance Photographer with a passport.
Greer Muldowney is an artist, photography professor, and independent curator based in Boston, Massachusetts. She received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Studio Art from Clark University, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Ms. Muldowney has acted as the Curator for the Desotorow Gallery in Savannah, GA and is the Regional Coordinator for the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival. She also serves as an active member of the Board for the Griffin Museum of Photography, and currently teaches at Boston College and the New England Institute of Art.
Ms. Muldowney’s work has been exhibited and published in Nationally and Internationally. She is a 2013 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and a 2014 PDN 30: New and Emerging Photographer to Watch.
Features Photo Editor
Haley Hamblin is the Features Photo Editor at Mashable, working with photographers to create long and short term stories that would not usually make it into the news cycle. Hamblin was previously the Associate Features Photo Editor at the New York Post. She has worked with VII Photo in a variety of capacities as well as with some of the top photo galleries in New York.
Center for Photography
Hannah Frieser is the Executive Director for the Center for Photography at Woodstock, an arts organization that features exhibitions, workshops and residencies. She has curated exhibitions with leading contemporary photographers. Her essays have been featured in publications and monographs, such as Contact Sheet, Exposure, and Nueva Luz. For nine years, Hannah was Director of Light Work, a photographic arts organization and artist residency program in Syracuse, New York.
J. Sybylla Smith
J. Sybylla Smith is an independent curator with over 25 solo or group exhibitions featuring over 80 international photographers in the U.S., Mexico, and South America. Smith consults with individual photographers and arts organizations to develop exhibitions, educational programming, and written content including artist statements and marketing material. An adjunct professor, guest lecturer, and thesis advisor, Smith has worked with the School of Visual Arts, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, Harvard University, and Emmanuel College. She lectures and conducts workshops on Concept Aware™, a unique creative framework for concept development.
Jennifer Schlesinger is an artist, curator, and educator based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Schlesinger graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 1998 with a B.A. in Photography and Journalism. Schlesinger has been exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and is represented in many public collections. She has received several honors in recognition of her work including a Golden Light Award in Landscape Photography from the Maine Photographic Workshops and the Center for Contemporary Arts Photography Award in Santa Fe, New Mexico, both in 2005. She has been awarded many distinctive nominations such as the Santa Fe Prize for Photography by the Center and the Eliot Porter Fellowship by the New Mexico Council for Photography. In addition to her artistic career she was also the Assistant Director of Santa Fe Art Institute from 2003-2005 and was the Director of VERVE Gallery of Photography for eleven years. In 2017 she started her own contemporary photography gallery, Obscura Gallery, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Schlesinger has taught Adjunct at the College of Santa Fe and continues to teach via workshops through the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and Art Intersection in Arizona.
Photo by Kurt Markus
University of New Mexico, Art Dept.
Visual artist/Senior Lecturer
Jessamyn Lovell (b. 1977, Syracuse, NY) is an artist, educator, and licensed private investigator using photography, video, performance, social practice, and surveillance as primary tools to weave truth and fiction into narratives based on her life experiences. Holding a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from California College of the Arts Lovell lives in Albuquerque, NM where she is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Art Department at the University of New Mexico. Lovell’s work has been seen internationally, and she is the recipient of several awards, including the Aperture Portfolio Prize and the CENTER Excellence in Teaching Award. She is currently a Fellow at the UNM Center for Teaching and Learning studying the connection between activism and higher education. Lovell’s work on No Trespassing (where she documented the process of surreptitiously following her estranged father from 2007-2010) and Dear Erin Hart, (for which she found, followed and photographed her identity thief from 2011-2014) led her to obtain her private investigator’s license. She is currently integrating her skills as a private investigator into her artistic practices as an ongoing conceptual art piece called D.I.Y. P.I. (Do It Yourself Private Investigation).
A specialized writer since 2010, Jonas Cuénin has been a contributor to The Eye of Photography since its foundation and was editor of the magazine Camera for 2 years. He leads the team of The Eye of Photography between New York and Paris.
New York Times
Social Media Photo Editor
Kerri is a photo editor and writer from Canada. She’s the first photo editor for social media at The New York Times. Her primary goal is finding innovative ways to share Times photography across social platforms, including @nytimes on Instagram. Kerri was previously the first producer of the Times’s photo blog, Lens, where she is still a contributing writer. She has also worked in the Hong Kong bureau and on the metro desk in New York. She has produced video and written everything from food reviews to breaking news. And she’s probably following you on Instagram.
North Carolina Museum of Art
Lawrence J. Wheeler
Lawrence J. Wheeler became director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in October 1994. Since that time, the Museum has become one of the leading art museums in the American South and its program of major exhibitions has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Museum from across the nation and around the world. Dr. Wheeler has worked passionately to develop the Museum’s collection; including securing a gift of 29 Rodin sculptures from the Cantor Foundation, making the NCMA the largest repository of Rodin’s work in the American South. The Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park opened in 2016 and encompasses 164 acres of rolling fields, woodlands, meandering creeks, and numerous outdoor sculptures. It is one of the largest art parks in the nation.
Open Society Foundations
Maggie Soladay is photography editor at the Open Society Foundations in New York, working on human rights issues around the world. She curates weekly take-overs of the @opensocietyfoundations Instagram account and is always looking for photography projects that explore global human rights and equality issues in new and accessible ways. Prior to Open Society, she was an editorial photography editor at various legal news and lifestyle magazines. She comes to photo editing after years as a photo producer and photographer.
Founder and Director
Marga Rotteveel is the co-founder and director of the photography organisation Docking Station. She studied photography at AKV|St.Joost in Breda. After graduating she got involved in the fields of curation, advising and project initiation. She began her career as a curator at Photofestival Naarden and went on to become the creative director in a later edition of the festival together with Teun van der Heijden. In 2010 Rotteveel started her own independent business, Photorevolt, where she curated and organized shows in the Netherlands and abroad. She is also an advisor to young photographers on how to develop writing skills for applications, project descriptions and artist statements.
Rotteveel has lectured in the Bachelor’s and Master’s photography programmes at AKV|St.Joost for many years. Alongside her work at the academy, she is a jury member and portfolio reviewer at several photography events, an advisor to photographers and municipalities, and a member of a number of committees. She guides many (young) photographers on their way to the best form of presentation for their work and searches for new paths to reach audiences through targeted platforms.
Rotteveel strongly believes in collaboration and sharing her network and expertise. Her aim is to connect, inspire and support visual storytellers so that they are able to take their work to diverse audiences. For this reason, she founded the new photography organization Docking Station with photographer Anais Lopez.
Month of Photography
Mark Sink is a private art consultant and photographer. He represents and curates local and international cutting-edge fine art photography. Mr. Sink is founder and director of MOP (Month of Photography) in Denver, biannually coordinating over hundred eighty regional galleries, museums and art spaces to celebrating photography in mass. A project of note within MoP is the Big Picture, a international street art exchange wheat pasting photography in the open air and gallery spaces in over fifty cities world wide. www.gallerysink.com
Photo by John Bonnath
Mary Stanley Studio
Mary Stanley is an independent curator, art consultant, artist representative and collector. Mary Stanley Studio works with artists, collectors, curators, museums, galleries, and five nonprofit institutions to enhance the cultural and creative climate in Atlanta and beyond. Mary founded Young Collectors Club ATL in 2006 and continues to provide educational programming and consultation for collectors throughout the US.
Photo by Michael James O’Brien
Matthew Chase-Daniel is a fine art photographer and the co-founder, co-owner, and co-curator of Axle Contemporary, a mobile gallery of art, founded in 2010 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Axle Contemporary exhibits contemporary art by New Mexico based artists, and creates collaborative interactive community engagement artworks. Axle mounts 15 exhibits each year and has exhibited the work of over 300 artists, established and emerging. Operating from a 60 square foot space, Axle has become a leader in the state, connecting artists with opportunities and new audiences with unusual art experiences. Chase-Daniel serves on the City of Santa Fe Art in Public Places Committee and the Santa Fe Railyard Art Committee.
Griffin Museum of Photography
Photographer & Educator
Meg Birnbaum lives and works in the Boston, MA area. She is a photographer, graphic designer and educator. She has had solo exhibitions at The Stonewall National Museum and Archives, Gallery Tanto Tempo in Kobe, Japan, as a spotlight artist at Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, The Lishui International Photography Festival, China, the Museum of Art Pompeo Boggio, Buenos Aires during the biennial Encuentros Abiertos-Festival de la Luz, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Massachusetts, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, Davis/Orton Gallery, NY, and as a spotlight artist at Panopticon Gallery, Boston.
Photo by Karen Davis
World Photography Organisation
Director, Marketing & Content
Melanie’s career in the creative industries has taken her from film to television, and now, with her true passion: photography. Melanie has a keen eye for discovering and promoting the work of emerging and professional photographers, serving on the judging committees for United Photo Industries’ THE FENCE and Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year, among others. Following eight years with the World Photography Organisation, Melanie currently serves as Marketing & Content Director.
Michael Foley opened his gallery in the fall of 2004 after fourteen years of working with notable photography galleries including Fraenkel Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery.
In 2009, Foley co-founded The Exhibition Lab, a study center for people involved in various aspects of fine art photography. Michael is also a Co-Founder of 5D Cube, where he represents the hopes and dreams of gallery owners wanting to bring art to the broadest possible audience.
Foley continues his interest in educating by serving on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography where he teaches and lectures on issues in contemporary photography. He has been a portfolio reviewer at over 25 photography reviews throughout the United States.
Fabl and Daylight Books
Michael Itkoff is an artist and Cofounder of both Fabl and Daylight Books, a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. For over a decade, Daylight has been dedicated to publishing art and photography via its print and digital publishing programs. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.
Michael has been deeply involved in the publishing industry in both print and digital media and he has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Before starting Daylight, Michael interned at the Annie Leibovitz Studio and Aperture Foundation among others, and worked at Rizzoli International Publications. His monograph, ‘Street Portraits’, was published by Charta Editions in 2009. Michael received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA from ICP/Bard College.
Director of Photography
Michael Wichita has been with AARP since 2005, and now manages the photo department for AARP’s two publications and website. Wichita previously worked as a professional photographer, his work for AARP has been recognized by SPD, AP amongst others. Michael is a frequent speaker and portfolio reviewer at industry events. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Head On Photo Festival
Moshe is the founder and Creative Director of Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual photography festival, showcasing the work of international and local photographers of all genres. Moshe’s career spans over 40 years as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, educator and an award-winning television producer/director at SBS Television. Moshe’s work has been screened, published and exhibited in Australia and overseas. He has led the judging panels for the annual Head On Awards since 2004 in Portrait, Landscape, Mobile, Photobook, Moving Image and Student categories and has also served as a judge for numerous awards including the City of Sydney’s Art & About and the Walkley Prize for Photojournalism and is a nominator for Joop Swart Masterclass. Moshe also teaches photojournalism at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Natasha Christia is an independent writer, curator and educator based in Barcelona. She is also a collection consultant and a dealer specialized in fine art photography and photobooks. Natasha Christia was the artistic director of the fourth edition of DocField Documentary Photography Festival, which was celebrated between May-July 2016. The Festival was launched under the theme “Europe: Lost in Translation” and included a series of 15 exhibitions. She was also the curator of “What’s This Book?: Photobooks and Multiples”, a photobook show that hosted during the Belgrade Photo Month in April 2016 and within Organ Vida International Photography Festival in Zagreb (September 2016). She regularly contributes essays on photography criticism for international publications. She was the guest editor of OjodePez magazine 41: Self Calling and guest-editor at the Read or die Publishing Fair in Barcelona (November 2015), exploring the topic “The Book: on Endless Possibilities”.
Olivier C. Laurent is Editor of LightBox, TIME’s photography website, which provides a window into the process of how great photographs are made, and draws attention to inspiring projects and groundbreaking work by established masters and new pioneers.
Previously, he was the Associate Editor for British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography magazine established in 1854, and the Editor of FLTR, the world’s first weekly magazine on smartphone photography.
Born in France in 1980, he graduated from the American University of Paris in 2005 and immediately moved to London to pursue a career in journalism, starting in the financial sector on publications such as Dealing With Technology and Post Magazine, before joining British Journal of Photography in 2008.
He has sat on the juries of the Visa pour l’Image Web Documentary Award, the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Prize, the FotoEvidence First Photobook Award, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial, the Visa d’Or News and Features, Photoreporter Festival, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards and World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass.
Virginia Quarterly Review,
Paul Reyes is editor of Virginia Quarterly Review, where he develops a variety of content—including investigative reporting, essays, photography portfolios, criticism, and fiction. Before joining VQR, he was a senior editor with The Oxford American. His writing has appeared in VQR, The Oxford American, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Slate, and other publications. He is the author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession.
Griffin Museum of Photography
Executive Director and Curator
Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. The Griffin Museum of Photography located in Winchester outside Boston, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. The museum houses 3 galleries and maintains 4 satellite gallery spaces.
Photo by: Katie Swanger
Peggy Sue Amison
Peggy Sue Amison is Artistic Director for East Wing – a platform for photography based in Dubai, UAE. As a curator, writer, strategist, mentor and photographic consultant, Peggy Sue has collaborated with numerous emerging and established photographers, festivals and publications internationally. Before beginning her position at East Wing in 2014, Peggy Sue was Artistic Director of Sirius Arts Centre in Ireland (2001 – 2014) where she headed a multidisciplinary visual arts and residency programme.
Working with a wide range of visual artists, but specifically in photography, Peggy Sue has curated exhibitions in Dubai, Ireland, Berlin, Poland, Denmark and China, written for various photographic publications and artist catalogues and has independently produced photographic events.
Through her different positions and projects Peggy works to create synergies between artists and an professional organisations. She has been invited speaker, juror and critic at numerous meeting places for photography and contests. For the last six years she has also contributed to the development of the artist residency programme, PICTURE BERLIN in Germany. Peggy was a founding board member for Belfast Photo Festival in Northern Ireland (2012 – 2016).
Smithsonian’s National Museum
Rhea L. Combs, PhD
Curator of Film and Photography
Rhea L. Combs is Curator of Film and Photography at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She also serves as the head of the museum’s Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA).
Prior to joining the museum, Combs taught visual culture, film, race and gender courses at Chicago State University, Lewis & Clark College and Emory University. Additionally, Combs has independently and successfully curated film exhibitions nationally and internationally for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, the National Black Programming Consortium, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, to name a few. She also worked as the assistant curator for the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta and as a pubic programs educator at the Chicago Historical Society (now Chicago Historical Museum).
Combs received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University, a Master of Arts degree from Cornell University, and a Doctorate from Emory University. Her writings have been featured in anthologies, academic journals and exhibition catalogues on range of topics including African American female filmmakers, black popular culture, visual aesthetics, filmmaking and photography.
Gregg Museum of Art and Design
Roger Manley became the director of NC State University’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design in 2010. Prior to that, Roger worked as a photographer, folklorist, filmmaker, curator and writer. He has curated exhibitions for more than forty other institutions, and has authored a number of award-winning books, catalogues, videos and films, along with exhibitions of his own photographs of Australian Aboriginals, Hispanic farmworkers, Palestinian villagers, Gullah Sea Islanders, Navajos, Arctic gold miners, prisoners, textile workers, and self-taught artists. His feature-length documentary MANA—beyond belief premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and NYC’s Lincoln Center, and was an opening night feature at Durham’s Full Frame Festival. Its awards included Best Cinematography at Avignon and the Grand Jury Prize at Rhodes.
Manley has had many international artist residencies and was a recipient of both the NEA Artists Fellowship and the NEH Scholars Fellowship. In 1992, he founded the triennial META Conferences at Black Mountain, which have brought together hundreds of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and other creative individuals from all over the world for regular collaborative exchanges.
Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Samantha joined CPAC as Executive Director in September of 2015. A photographer, arts administrator, and educator, she made the move west to Denver from the East Coast in 2010. Prior to joining CPAC, she taught photography and visual arts for 12 years at high schools in Boston and Denver. She is a longtime member of the Society for Photographic Education, and served as Treasurer of the Southwest region from 2013-2016 and Co-Chair of a Southwest regional conference in Denver (Letters to an Emerging Artist). Her photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally, and she continues to be an active artist in the community. She has reviewed portfolios at Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, and PhotoPlus New York, and was a juror for Critical Mass. She holds a certificate in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver, an MFA from Lesley University College of Art & Design, and a BFA from Alfred University. She was named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Creatives 3.0 by Westword and featured in Lenscratch in April 2016.
Sarah Salvatoriello is a creative problem-solver based in Jersey City, NJ who has dedicated her life to improving brands, video storytelling, visual communications, and passionate humanity.
Creative Director at Condé Nast by day, Sarah works on the most innovative food brands in the world, leading a team of designers, producers and writers to create custom branded content for Bon Appétit and Epicurious while also overseeing all marketing efforts for the brands. Her design studio, Short Girl Long Name, has worked for almost 15 years to make brands—both large and small—more strategic one redesign (or video) at a time.
Sarah holds a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Art History and American Material Culture Studies where she focused on the sociological importance of expression through the visual arts.
When not in front of the computer, she’s experiencing life through the lens of her newly-rescued mutt, @smallpuplongname.
Nasher Museum of Art
Sarah Schroth has been Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University since 2013. She has been with Duke since 1995, when she joined the former Duke University Museum of Art as curator and helped launch the Nasher Museum in 2005. While at the Nasher, Schroth curated numerous exhibitions ranging from old masters to contemporary art, including the award-winning 2008 exhibition, El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III. As a result of that exhibition, which she co-organized with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Schroth was named knight-commander in the Order of Isabel la Católica by King Juan Carlos I of Spain. On campus, Schroth is chair of Duke’s Council on the Arts, working to promote the arts as one of five priorities in the university’s strategic plan. She also chairs President Richard H. Brodhead’s Art Advisory Committee overseeing public sculpture on campus. She teaches as an adjunct professor in Duke’s Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.
Schroth earned a Ph.D. from The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Before coming to Duke, she held curatorial positions at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Travel + Leisure
Scott Hall is the Photo Director at Travel + Leisure magazine where has worked since 2012. Previously, he was the Director of Photography at Newsweek, and a photo editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Departures magazine. His work has been recognized by SPD, American Photography and PDN. Hall holds a BFA in Cinema Studies from New York University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School.
Director of Art & Education
Scott Thode is the Editorial Director at Visura.co, a professional networking platform for arts and media. He is also an independent curator and editor. He co-curated with Kathy Ryan LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph 2015. He was the Visuals Editor for E.O. Wilson’s Life On Earth, a new and innovative Biology E-Text Book along with a new E-Text Book on Malaria. He was also the editor of VII The Magazine for three years. He is on the Board of LOOK3 Photo Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2011 Scott co-curated the festival with Kathy Ryan. Scott was the Deputy Picture Editor at Fortune Magazine. Scott also co-curated with Kathy Ryan “Goin’ Mobile” at Cortona On The Move Photo Festival in Cortona Italy. In September of 2012 Scott along with Kathy Ryan co-curated for The School Of Visual Arts “Myths and Realities”. On July 4th, 2012 Scott debuted a video piece he created for the Homecoming Project in Austin Texas. The film looked at the U.S. Military personnel at war and at home and was accompanied by a live performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In February of 2012 Scott was a curator at the inaugural Photofest Queretaro in Queretaro, Mexico. At Photofest he created three unique exhibits and three 360-degree videos that were exhibited in a dome specially built for the festival. Her was the Deputy Picture Editor at Fortune Magazine and while at Fortune was nominated for a Lucie Award as Photo Editor of the Year.
As a photographer Scott was the recipient of numerous photography awards and his work has been exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France, The Bienalle Internazionale di Fotografia in Turin, Italy and The Colonnade Gallery in Washington, D.C. Scott teaches at The School of Visual Arts and The International Center for Photography. He participates in many photo symposia, workshops and judges numerous Photography Awards. Scott lives in New York City with Kathy and their daughter, Sylvie.
Since 2006 Sean Corcoran has been the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York. He previously served as Assistant Curator of Photography at George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY. Over the years he has organized a wide range of exhibitions including, City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection, Site Seeing: Photographic Excursions in Tourism, and the upcoming exhibition, A City Seen: Todd Webb’s Postwar New York, 1945-1960. He has written extensively on photography including essays for Elliott Erwitt: At Home and Around the World (Aperture), Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel (Damiani) and the World Atlas of Street Photography (Thames and Hudson.)
The New Yorker
Senior Photo Editor
Siobhán Bohnacker is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker where she commissions original photography for the magazine, is responsible for the art direction of The New Yorker’s award-winning short fiction section and curates on photography for newyorker.com
Prior to joining The New Yorker, she worked as a Photo Editor at The New York Times Magazine and from 2009-2012, was the in-house producer for Platon.
Siobhán has served as on-set producer on over 200 photo shoots, most notably for “Going The Distance”, David Remnick’s profile of President Barack Obama (2014), and“Portraits Of Power”, an ASME-winning portfolio of 56 heads of state, photographed at the United Nations and published in The New Yorker in 2009. International on-set production work includes projects in Palestine, Israel, Africa, the Thai-Burma border and Europe. She consulted for The International Center of Photography on independent artists books for their 2013 Triennial entitled “A Different Kind of Order” and has co-produced exhibitions at Colette, Matthew Marks Gallery, Lincoln Center and The New-York Historical Society.
Stacy J. Platt is a writer, photographer and the editor of the Society for Photographic Education’s Exposure Magazine. Exposure’s mission is the same as the SPE organization itself: to understand how photography matters in the world. As editor, Stacy is interested in featuring in-depth critical writing on emerging and mid-career photography portfolios. Exposure publishes thoughtfully considered analysis of a photographer’s work, the context in which they are producing it, and the larger implications for both the field and culture at large. She is actively looking for innovative and smart work that she can include in future publications of Exposure. Stacy J. Platt lives and works in Colorado.
Stella Kramer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning creative strategist, working with photographers to strengthen their creative eye, put together the strongest portfolios and websites reflecting their work, and set a course to reach their professional goals.
Beginning her career as a Photo Editor, Stella worked for such major publications as The New York Times, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and Brill’s Content.
Stella has worked on many of the major news events in recent history, serving as the Photo Editor for The New York Times series “Portraits of Grief” memorializing those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Her work as part of the that team won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the 2002 Infinity Award for Public Service from the International Center of Photography. She was also part of the team at The New York Times that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.
Stella has curated exhibits for The Museum of the City of New York, The Griffin Museum, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Photoville, as well as online exhibitions. She lectures, reviews portfolios, writes about photography, and is on the faculty of SVA Masters of Digital Photography program. Stella has recently created classes for KelbyOne Media.
Seoul Lunar Photo
Sujong Song is a Seoul-based curator who is active in all aspects of photography, from publication to exhibition and events planning. Until 2014, she had been on the steering committee for the Daegu Photo Biennale, and was a director of its portfolio review section.
She organized Five Views from Korea at the Noorderlicht Gallery in 2014, Two Moons at the GoEun Museum of Photography in 2015 and the Map of Daily Life at the Art Museum of Lishui in 2015, among numerous exhibitions. She was also a commissioner for the 2016 Dak’Art in Senegal.
She was on the judging panels for World Press Photo and POYi among various photography awards and is also nominators for several award and program including Prix Pictet and Joop Swart masterclass. Sujong currently writes a column on photography for the daily Kyunghyang Shinmun and was formerly the editor-in-chief of GEO-Korea.
Suzanne Révy earned a BFA in photography from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. After art school, she worked as a photography editor in magazine publishing at U.S.News & World Report and later at Yankee Magazine. With the arrival of two sons, she left publishing and began photographing her children to create a visual diary of their lives. More recently, she earned her MFA in photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
She has exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA, the Workspace Gallery in Lincoln, NE, the Camera Club of NY in New York City, and at the New England School of Photography in Boston where she is a currently a member of the faculty. In addition to teaching at NESOP, Révy is a contributing writer to the photography blog, What Will You Remember and serves on the board of the Photographic Resource Center.
FotoweekDC & BYT Media
Svetlana Legetic was born at the very beginning of the 80s in Novi Sad, (then) Yugoslavia. She has been educated in (now) Serbia, England and finally, Savannah, Georgia where she got her Masters Degree in Architecture in 2003. She soon after moved to DC, worked in urban revitalization and hospitality design projects. In 2006 she co-founded www.BrightestYoungThings.com, now the biggest independently owned cultural website and event planning organization in DC. On the editorial side the website works with 80+ contributors, engaging 200 000+ individual readers a month in a daily series of articles dedicated to all things good in the nation’s capital. On the event side BYT works with partners such as Hirshhorn, Newseum, National Geographic, American Museum of Natural History, Kennedy Center and beyond to create special, one of a kind, high impact open to public events. NY Times has called BYT Media: “…a Web-site-turned-events- organizing juggernaut that has become the locus of Washington’s new-cool art and music scene.” In 2012 GQ magazine named Legetic “one of 50 most powerful people in DC” which promptly made her and her team go ahead and try an expand nationally, starting in New York where BYT now operates too. Starting in 2014 Legetic has taken over the curatorial and programming duties of Fotoweek DC, managing a citywide festival involving 60+ local, national and international partners such as the Spain Arts & Culture, Aperture Foundation, Smithsonian, Lomography, Nat Geo Your Shot, ASMP, WHNPA, numerous independent galleries and more.
Tanya Kiang has been the Director of the Gallery of Photography in Dublin since 1998. Singly and with co-curator Trish Lambe, she has curated exhibitions by many leading photographers, and has a keen interest in developing new audiences for contemporary photography through publications and digital platforms. She is a jury member on numerous international photography panels, including the Solas Prize, co-organised by Gallery of Photography Ireland and Source Magazine. In addition to exhibitions at Gallery of Photography Ireland, her recent work includes projects at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Three Shadows Gallery, Beijing and the inaugural Chongqing International Photography & Video Biennale.
Director of Photography
Tim Rasmussen is the Director of Photography at ESPN for Digital and Print Media where he is responsible for photography at ESPN The Magazine and all digital platforms. In 2017 the Magazine was awarded General Excellence and Best Sports cover by American Society of Magazine Editors. He joined ESPN in 2015 after nearly 10 years as Assistant Managing Editor for Photography at The Denver Post, where the paper became known for its exceptional photography and awarded three Pulitzer Prizes.
Director of Photography
Toby Kaufmann is the Award-Winning Photography Director of Refinery29. She has over 15 years of experience concepting, art directing, and producing print and digital media for high visibility brands. Previously, she was the Photo Director of Maxim, Men’s Fitness and Fitness magazines. She is also a board member of The Society of Publication Designers, consults for Parsons The New School for Design and her work has been recognized by AIAP, ASME, and SPD.
Yoav Horesh has exhibited his photographs and interactive work in galleries and museums in Europe, the United States, Asia, and in Israel. Since 2001, Horesh’s work has been concerned with history, conflict, memory, ethnicity, and multiculturalism. His projects took place in the American South-west, Germany, Laos, Israel, the Gaza Strip, Bolivia, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Cambodia, where history still shapes and influences current events and daily life. His latest monograph “Aftermath” (2016) was published by SPQR Editions. Recent exhibitions and projects were shown at The Israel Museum (2015), The Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg (2016) and at the Ashdod Museum of Art (2016).
Yoav’s work is included in many private and public collections, including The Addison gallery for American Art, The Museum of New Art in Michigan, and at the Ashdod Museum of Art. Horesh has also received the Agnes Martin Award, The Exceptional Artist Award in Israel, and the Mortimer Frank Travel Award.
Since completing his MFA from Columbia University in 2005, Yoav has been teaching art and photography at numerous universities in the United States, Hong Kong, Europe, and in Israel. Some of his work can be viewed on www.yoavhoresh.com.