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.
The Africa Center
Director of Programs
Alana Hairston has over fifteen years of experience in the strategic planning, implementation and oversight of social good programs and grants in sub-Saharan Africa. As The Africa Center’s Director of Programs, Alana develops public programs and initiatives aligned with the Center’s mission of transforming narratives about the African continent and people of African descent. Prior to her role at The Africa Center, Alana served as a Senior Program Advisor with Keep a Child Alive, an operating foundation co-founded by Alicia Keys. Throughout her career, she has managed programs and corporate partnerships across sub-Saharan Africa with a variety of non-profit organizations. Alana holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C., and a Master of Science from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Abrons Arts Center
Director of Programming
As Director of Programming at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Ali Rosa-Salas develops the Center’s live programming, exhibitions, and residencies. As an independent curator, she has produced visual art exhibitions, performances, and public programs with AFROPUNK, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, DISCWOMAN, Knockdown Center, MoCADA, Weeksville Heritage Center, and more. She has also organized discursive events as an Alumnae Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and as the Associate Curator of the 2017 American Realness Festival. She graduated from Barnard with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with interdisciplinary concentrations in Dance and Race/Ethnic Studies and has an M.A. from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.
Photo by Naima Green
Aline Smithson is the Founder and Editor- in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography that offers exposure and opportunities for thousands of photographic artists since 2007. In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community and also received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. She has curated and jurored exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and publications, including Review Santa Fe, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and the Griffin Museum. In addition, she is a reviewer and educator at many photo festivals across the United States. Aline is also a visual artist and has been teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001.
Photo by Eliot Dudik
Deputy Director of Editorial
Annick Shen is the Deputy Director for Adobe’s new Editorial Content Team with Santiago Lyon. Previously, she was a Senior Producer for Blink Media, a NY production house. In 2015 and 2017, she worked with Elisabeth Biondi on Mauricio Lima’s Syrian refugee exhibit, Farida, Um Conto Sírio, and on the Annenberg Space for Photography Refugee exhibit, that was done in collaboration with the UNHRC. Prior to this, Annick was the Senior Communications Coordinator for Photography and worked with Documentary Photography Project for the Open Society Foundations. From 2007-2012, she was a Senior Photo Editor at Reportage by Getty Images.
Photo by Laurel Wassner
CORTONA ON THE MOVE
Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. Since 2012 she is the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, the international photography festival in Tuscany, Italy. She is also curator of photography for PhEST, a new festival for contemporary photography and art focused on the Mediterranean, in Monopoli, Italy, at its second edition this year. In 2014 she was appointed guest artistic director for DOCfield, the documentary photography festival in Barcelona.
Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 in New York, as archive director at Magnum Photos. Back in Italy in 2001, as picture editor for Colors Magazine she commissioned international photographers to produce documentary projects around the world.
Based in Milan from 2004 to 2011, Arianna has been a freelance curator for exhibits and book projects, and a photo consultant for publications, among which 4 years at D, the weekend supplement of one of Italy’s main daily, La Repubblica. She collaborates with major publishing houses for special projects, and is a regular participant in portfolio review events and jury panels worldwide, as well as speaker and lecturer. She was the director of OjodePez Magazine, the bilingual documentary photography quarterly published by LaFabrica, Madrid, for 7 years.
Based in Barcelona since 2012, Arianna continues to develop photography projects at an international level, and teaches workshops, explores photo festivals, and is intrigued by the amazing stories told through photography.
Photo by: Paolo Verzone
J. Paul Getty Museum
Arpad’s exhibitions have focused on twentieth-century and contemporary photography, with a specific interest in the history of conceptual art and time-based media. He organized the monographic exhibitions Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense (2014) and Richard Learoyd: In the Studio (2016), as well as thematic shows, including In Focus: Play (2014); In Focus: Animalia (2015); Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media (2016); and Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography (2019), among others. He is a graduate of Queen’s University and York University, and has been working at the J. Getty Museum since 2011.
Photo by Stacey Rain Strickler
Ashley E Craig
Art Technology Manager
Ashley Elizabeth Craig is an artist and educator living in Boston Mass. She received a BMA in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. She has taught at multiple institutions, works with the Society for Photographic Educators (SPE), and volunteers at local photographic events.
Ashley is active in the fine arts community, participating in portfolio reviewing events as both a reviewee and a reviewer. Ashley also works curating graduate and undergraduate exhibitions and gives guest lectures and critiques at multiple Universities and Colleges.
Photo by: Kari Orvik
Audra Osborne is the Program Manager for Photolucida, an arts nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. She facilitates Critical Mass, an internationally recognized photography competition, as well as the biennial Photolucida Portfolio Reviews. Audra is also a founding member of Small Talk Collective, a photography collective comprised of six female photographers who explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. She earned a BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011 and has been living in and loving Portland ever since.
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
Co-founder and Curator
Benjamin Rasmussen is a photographer whose work focuses on the intersection of power and belonging. He works with publications including Time, The New Yorker, Businessweek and the New York Times Magazine.
In 2018 he co-founded Pattern, a cooperative space for the documentary arts in Denver, CO. Pattern holds exhibitions, workshops and talks, and houses a large contemporary photobook library.
Photo by: Trace Faust
Ms. Jimenez is the former Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, and currently the Executive Producer of the San Francisco outpost of Imprint Projects, a post-advertising Creative Agency.
In her current role as Executive Producer of Imprint Projects, Ms. Jimenez is responsible for producing short-form content, social content, printed matter and experiential activations for brands such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Levi’s, Sonos, Everlane, method, Dropbox, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Eventbrite, Allbirds and many more.
Since 2015, she has served as the Photography Director for the National YoungArts Foundation’s Los Angeles program leading a mentoring and educational program for emerging photographers ages 15-18.
Photographer & Editor
Cengiz (b. 1986) is a photographer and editor based in the United States. His work focuses on mass displacement, religious and ethnic minorities, and the repercussions of the Islamic State. He has photographed war and its effects in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and has a long-term commitment to documenting civilian casualties as a result of conflict.
He is the inaugural recipient of the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting from the Online News Association in 2015, was a member of the Associated Press team listed as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the battle for Mosul in 2016, and was listed on the Getty Images Reportage Emerging Talent roster. He won a National Magazine Award as the managing editor of Roads & Kingdoms in 2019, served for three years as a board member for the Frontline Freelance Register, advocating for better training and protections for conflict freelancers, and was named a 2019 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow in Journalism and Trauma.
Photo by Scott Heins
The Ringling Museum of Art
Christopher Jones is the Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Curator of Photography and Media Arts at The Ringling Museum of Art and holds a curatorial faculty position at Florida State University. He has curated exhibitions for the Ringling’s photography program, including Territories: Photography, Space, and Power; Builder Levy:
Appalachia USA; Approaching the Border; Hank Willis Thomas: Branded/Unbranded; Coco Fusco: Twilight; Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Specters and Parables; and most recently Being Seen. Prior to the Ringling, Christopher was Assistant Curator of Prints of Photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, where he co-curated exhibitions such as Altered Landscapes: Photography since the Sixties. He has completed post-graduate work at the University of Florida in the History of Photography, and received his MA from the University of New Mexico in Art History. He frequently teaches courses on the History of Photography at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL and at New College, Sarasota.
North America Editor
In her current role as North America Editor for Reuters Pictures, Corinne runs the photo team covering the U.S. and Canada, guiding coverage of stories such as the 2020 election, the Trump White House and immigration issues. In her nearly 20 years at Reuters, Corinne has worked in Singapore on the global pictures desk and in Toronto where she managed a team putting together galleries and the photography blog.
City of Houston
Director, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Deborah McNulty is an architect of strategies to achieve vision. Driven to build concepts into solid plans of action, her professional emphasis has been on systems change, equity and developing the strengths of nonprofit organizations. Her experience includes extensive work in the arts and cultural policy, philanthropy, public-private partnerships and community-based organizations.
In her position as Director of the Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA), she is the chief cultural policy advisor to Mayor Sylvester Turner and responsible for implementing the City’s Arts and Cultural Plan. Under her leadership, MOCA conducted the first major redesign its grants programs serving hundreds of artists and nonprofit organizations, resulting in increased access, transparency and diversity of grant awards. She completed the first evaluation of the City’s Civic Art program, leading to new reporting and practices, so more artists can be competitive for commission opportunities. She initiated the artist search, currently underway, to create the first artwork in Houston dedicated to Barbara Jordan, which will be the second such commemoration of a women in the City’s Art Collection. MOCA has directed new cultural investments to arts districts, a city-wide temporary public art project, and the internationally recognized Smithsonian Latino Art Now! Conference in conjunction with Houston’s five-month Spring of Latino Art events across the city.
Museum of the African Diaspora
Emily A. Kuhlmann
Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs
Emily A. Kuhlmann is a curator, writer, and arts administrator based in San Francisco. As the Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of the African Diaspora, she has curated the solo exhibitions of Alison Saar, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Todd Gray and Sadie Barnette. She has managed MoAD’s curatorial program for the last five years, organizing the presentation of national, global and hyperlocal exhibitions including Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox (2019), After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art (2018), and Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA (2015), among others. During her tenure, she has developed MoAD’s Emerging Artists Program, an annual opportunity for four Bay Area artists to present a solo show at the museum.
Kuhlmann’s writings appear in exhibition catalogs including Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Ficre Ghebreyesus: City with a River Running Through It, A Matter of Fact: Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Muzae Sesay: Skeletons.
Emily received her BA from the University of California, Irvine in Art History with a minor in Women’s Studies. Returning back to the Bay Area, she received her Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts.
Photo by: John Siragusa
Artist and Educator
Emily Belz is a photographer and educator based in Lincoln, MA.
Belz holds a BA in photography and art history from Hampshire College (1997), an MA in art and design education from the Rhode Island School of Design (2009), and an MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art (2017). She is currently on the faculty at Lasell University in Newton, and teaches classes and workshops at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA.
Belz has exhibited her photographs both regionally and nationally at venues including the Center for Fine Art Photography; the Griffin Museum of Photography; and the Danforth Museum. She was the recipient of a 2014 artist grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, a 2015 Critical Mass Finalist, and was awarded the Manoog Family artist residency in 2018. In 2019 Belz had solo exhibits at Gallery Kayafas and the Danforth Museum. She is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston.
Photo by: Cha-Ling O’Connell
The Marshall Project
Director of Visual Projects
Emily Kassie is an Emmy-nominated investigative journalist and filmmaker whose work focuses on human rights, corruption and violence. She’s reported for outlets including The New York Times, NBC, The Washington Post and is currently directs visual journalism at The Marshall Project. Her work has been honored with two Edward R. Murrow awards, an Overseas Press Club award, two World Press Photo awards, a National Magazine Award and the Peabody Future of Media award among others. She was also named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2020. She is a graduate of Brown University and completed her Masters in International Relations at Cambridge University where she was a Gates Scholar.
Photo by: Leslye Davis
Eric Robert Dallimore
Founder | Artistic Director
New Orleans native Eric Robert Dallimore is a many-faceted contemporary artist: A large-scale sculptor, photographer and installation artist, whose work ranges from a public-art piece built from the wreckage of homes lost to Hurricane Katrina to a yearlong photographic documentation of the Denver modern ballet company Wonderbound. But there’s more: Dallimore is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Leon Gallery, one of Denver’s havens for emerging and undiscovered contemporary artists, as well as an intimate space that explores performance + sound art. For two years, Eric worked as the curator and printer to showcase and manage 54 selected images from over 10,000 images of the notable musician John Denver’s personal photography, which was unveiled in January 2014. For all of these efforts, Eric was named the 2014 Mastermind for Visual Arts by Westword Magazine and has been published over fifty-six times including articles in Time Magazine and Sculpture Magazine. Eric is also an invested visual arts teacher through Think 360 Arts, a non-profit education program which works with schools in Colorado to help bring arts education to youth. Eric is formerly the adjunct professor of Professional Practices at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Currently, Eric is working on two sculpture projects in La Junta and Alamosa County with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; as well as a new public art piece at the Adams Youth Services Center in CO.
Photo by: Lewis Neef
Since 2015 she has been part of Vogue Italia’s photography department.
She is a contributor to Vogue.it, photo editor for the PhotoVogue platform and, alongside Alessia Glaviano and Chiara Bardelli Nonino, she is a curator of the Photo Vogue Festival. Francesca also manages the production of Vogue Italia’s photographic exhibitions and creates digital contents for Vogue Italia’s Instagram account. In 2018 she curated a talk series about contemporary photography at the Affordable Art Fair (Milan), she co-curated the exhibition “Italian Panorama” at the Armani/Silos and was a juror of the Ooshot Award (Paris). Over the past few years Francesca has been a portfolio lecturer for the Blink Portfolio Review (New York), a juror
of the Photolucida’s Critical Mass and collaborated with the PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant. In 2019 Francesca took part in “Scouting for
India”(Mumbai), the Vogue Talents’ project in collaboration with FAD International Academy, and she was a member of the jury of Fresh Eyes (GUP magazine). Francesca regularly collaborates with several photography festivals and schools as portfolio reviewer and lecturer.
Photo by Federico Ciamei
The Players' Tribune
Guillermo Hernandez Martinez
Senior Visual Producer
Guillermo Hernandez Martinez is a senior visual producer at The Players’ Tribune, where he has worked as a photographer and photo editor for the past three years.
Director and Founder
Hope McMath is a cultural leader, educator, artist, curator, and activist whose knowledge of, and passion for, the arts is matched by a strong commitment to social justice and effecting positive change in organizations and communities. She is dedicated to connecting the arts to education, accessibility, the environment, wellness, and inclusion and diversity. She is founder of Yellow House, an organization with a mission to connect art and community to build understanding, inspire empathy, and spark civic engagement. In addition, she curates exhibitions at the Holocaust Memorial Gallery in Jacksonville. Hope is also an adjunct Professor at UNF.Ingrid
Hope served at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for 22 years, the last eight as its Executive Director. She led the Museum’s efforts for children and adults with different abilities and opened the institution to new audiences.
Her work as an educator, a museum leader, a curator, and a humanitarian have been recognized on the state and national level. Her commitment to using the arts to lift up conversations around education, race, equity, and universal human rights has been widely recognized.
Hope gives her time to a variety of organizations and causes including the State of Florida Council on Arts and Culture, TEDx Jacksonville, and the Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Program. Hope consults with cultural organizations looking to deepen their work in communities and with social service entities seeking ways to integrate the arts as a strategy for increased impact. She maintains an active studio practice as a printmaker.
Photo by: Ingrid Damiani
Photo Editor & Consultant
Jasmine DeFoore is a freelance photo editor, creative business coach, and photo consultant partnering with photographers, non-profits, PR firms and corporations to create engaging visual content. She is based in Austin, Texas.
The Korea Society
Director, Arts & Culture
Jay Oh is Arts & Culture Director at the Korea Society, a non-profit organization in New York City.
Photo by: Janice Chung
Associate Photo Editor
Kara Milstein is an associate photo editor at TIME, where she oversees and assigns domestic and human interest stories for print, digital and social platforms. Since joining TIME in April 2017, she has assisted in producing multimedia and enterprise projects including “Finding Home: Heln’s First Year.” Previously, Kara held event, editorial and communications positions at Aperture Foundation, the World Photography Organisation, and the Barnes Foundation.
Director of Photography
After studying geography, history and education Lars Lindemann became a self-taught photo editor, photographer and curator. He has been freelancing for various magazines before joining the GEO photo department as the senior photo editor at GEOkompakt, one of GEO´s several line extensions on science.
Parallel to his journalistic work Lars Lindemann taught photo editing at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund, Germany, and curated photo exhibitions. He has been a jury member for national and international photo contests, including the World Press Photo Award.
Since 2015 he is GEO magazine’s director of Photography and deputy creative director. Lindemann’s and his colleagues’ work was earning several awards from the Lead Academy, German Art Directors Club and Pictures of the Year International for Best Use of photography in a print magazine.
In 2019 Lars Lindemann became an appointed member of the German Photographic Society DGPH.
Photo by David Kern
Ackland Art Museum
Lauren Turner serves as assistant curator for the collection at the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There since 2009, she helps to oversee a permanent collection of over 19,000 objects, in addition to assisting with all special exhibitions and managing catalogue production. As curator of the ART& commissioning program, Turner identifies and facilitates contemporary artists in their creation of temporary, site-specific installations within the Ackland. Before her time at the Ackland, she was the curator at Flanders Art Gallery and Flanders 311 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her M.A. in art history from the University of Florida in 2006, with her studies focused on photography and illustration.
Photo by: Riley MacLean
Senior Photo Editor
Leonor Mamanna is the Senior Photo Editor for Pursuits at Bloomberg Businessweek. She has also worked at New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Men’s Vogue, Money Magazine, and More. She was the photo director of the all-female magazine, Mary Review.
She has served on juries for PDN Photo Annual, Photoville, Latin American Fotografía and the Ellies.
Lieve Beumer is Head of Photography at Flowers Gallery. She joined the gallery after graduating from the University of Amsterdam in 2013. Lieve manages the photography department, representing an international and widely recognised roster of artists. The department curates an average of six exhibitions a year recognised for their engagement with important socio-cultural, political and environmental themes.
FORMAT Int'l Photo Festival
Louise has been the Artistic Director of QUAD, a centre for contemporary art, film and new technologies since 2002, and the Director/Founder of FORMAT International Photography Festival, since 2004. As an independent curator she has initiated commissions, publications, mass participation, and exhibitions of art, film, and photography. She is also a regular juror, portfolio reviewer, workshop leader, speaker and nominator throughout Europe, Africa, America and Asia. Fedotov-Clements has served as a curator for a number of international programmes, including Habitat Centre and Hauz Khas, India; Dong Gang Photography Festival, South Korea; Dali Photography Festival, China; Seoul International Photo Festival, South Korea; LishuiPhoto, China; Photoquai Biennale,Paris, Photo Beijing, China, Les Rencontres Arles, France, Venice Biennale, Shanghai Photo, Houston Fotofest. In addition to her curatorial work, she has contributed to and written for publications including Hijacked III, Factory and Beyond Evidence; 1000Words; Editorial board for RVM Magazine Italy; OjodePez Spain; Unseen magazine Netherlands; PhotoCinema; Chinese Photographers Magazine and Archivo Magazine Portugal. Fedotov-Clements is on the advisory board of the WMA Awards Hong Kong and the Artists Pensions Trust Global. Current projects include Parallel a Pan-European and global development collaboration with multiple organisations, mentoring and practice programme for new artists and curators working with photography, supporting 45+ International talents per year to make new work and exhibitions; and HTE (Here, There and Everywhere), a UK/Europe and Pan-African consortium programme supporting mobility and emergent cultural initiatives for artists and cultural leaders based in Africa, alongside African diaspora artists, through exhibitions, residencies, publications and events.
Director of Photography
Born in Havana to a family of artists, Magdalena Herrera left Cuba as a child to settle in Paris, where she studied fine art and art history at the Sorbonne before starting her career as a graphic designer and art director. She has worked in books and magazines, spending ten years as Art Director and head of the photo department at National Geographic France before joining Geo France as Director of Photography.
Parallel to her journalistic work, Magdalena Herrera runs workshops and seminars around the world organized by the World Press Photo Foundation including the Joop Swart Masterclass. She is a tutor in photography at the Lensculture Masterclass, and at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India, as well as for Fokal, the Soros foundation in Haiti.
She has taught photojournalism at the Ecole Supérieure de Sciences Po, Paris.
Her experience and her eye for photography mean that she is regularly solicited as a Jury Member at international photography competitions.
She was the chair of the 2018 World Press Photo contest.
Photo by Ahmed Hayman
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Marieke van der Krabben
Marieke van der Krabben is Curator at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, FL. Before moving to Florida, she was a board member and senior curator for the International Photo Festival in Leiden, the Netherlands and worked as an assistant curator at the Museum of Photography in The Hague. Here she co-authored the book Fotoverhalen about the photography collection of the Kunstmuseum. Marieke graduated with a BA in Art History and an MA in Film and Photographic Studies from Leiden University.
Denver Arts & Venues
Public Art Administrator
Public Art Administrator for Denver’s Public Art Program for the past 18 years. Facilitate and manage 1% Public Art Projects in various locations of Denver. While working with local, national and international artists on a daily basis.Facility regular meetings with City Council representatives, selection panel members, City Planners along with various City of Denver agenices. Manage & administer Denver’s Urban Arts Fund Mural Program from its inception for the past 12 years, by working with muralists to create murals in “graffiti hot spots” to detour vandalism and graffiti in various locations.
Photo by: Raena Montoya
Michael Hardy is a contributing writer for WIRED Photo. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The American Scholar, The Daily Beast, Texas Monthly, and The Texas Observer. He lives in Houston, Texas.
Photo by Trish Badger
Former Director of Photography DER SPIEGEL
After starting out as a film producer in Vienna and New York I was appointed Director of Photography for NEWS Magazine in Vienna 1992 – 2003.
In 2003 I joined BILD in the same capacity before moving to DER SPIEGEL as Director of Photography from 2011 – 2019.
Photo by: Josef Fischnaller
Bon Appétit Magazine
Senior Visuals Editor
Michelle Heimerman is the Senior Visuals Editor for Bon Appétit Magazine. Previously she was head of the photography department and contributing photographer for Saveur Magazine. Her assignments have taken her across the globe to report, produce, and shoot stories covering food and culture. Michelle is also a board member of Lens on Life where she conducts photography workshops for Syrian youth at Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Molly Boarati has been Assistant Curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for five years, where she organizes exhibitions, researches the permanent collection, and works with faculty and students. Current projects include the exhibitions Graphic Pull: Contemporary Prints from the Collection, and Off the Map: The Provenance of a Painting. Prior to being curator, she was the Academic Program Coordinator at the Nasher for three and a half years. Her background includes various positions in art museums and commercial galleries in both the United States and Italy, such as The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Boston University Art Gallery, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the Venice Biennale. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Art History from Boston University.
Photo by: J Caldwell
The Visuals Editor of ChinaFile
Muyi Xiao is currently the Visuals Editor at ChinaFile, an online magazine published by the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. She produces and edits visual content on the magazine, including photo essays, short documentary films, and graphic designs.
Muyi is a co-founder of Chinese Storytellers, a community of and a bi-weekly newsletter published by bilingual non-fiction content creators. She also works as a freelance producer for The New York Times Visual Investigations.
Prior to joining ChinaFile in New York, Muyi worked in China from 2012 as a photo editor for Reuters then as a multimedia reporter for Tencent and more. She has covered feature stories including China’s railway project in Tanzania and Zambia, fake girlfriend renting during Lunar New Year, child marriages and a banned religious group called ‘Almighty God.’ Her bylines appear on The New York Times, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TIME, BBC and more.
In 2015, Muyi was awarded the Magnum Foundation/NYU Photography and Human Rights Fellowship. Later, she was admitted into the International Center of Photography’s New Media Narratives program with the Director’s Scholarship. Muyi was the executive producer of ‘Down from the Mountains,’ which was awarded the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Long Form First Prize in 2018. Muyi served as a judge for Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls 25 and the 2019 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Deputy Photo Editor
Nakyung is a Deputy Photo Editor for The New York Times, where she’s worked since 2005. She manages the photo teams and oversees photo coverage for the Business and Features desks. Earlier in her NYT career, she had picture editing tours of duty on the Business, Culture, Metro and Science desks. Previously, she was a photo editor for a variety of magazines, including Fortune, New York Magazine and Budget Travel — though her roots can be traced to The Village Voice, when it was still free. Nakyung lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
Photo by: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Since 2011, Natasha Egan has served as the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), where she was previously the associate director and curator since 2000. She has organized over sixty exhibitions with a focus on contemporary Asian art and artists concerned with societal issues, such as the environment, war, and economics. Egan was a guest curator for the 2010 FotoFest Biennial in Houston; the United States pavilion curator for the 2016 Photo Dubai Exhibition; and a guest curator for the 2019 Lianzhou Photography Biennial in China. In January 2020, Egan opened her most recent exhibition at the MoCP titled In Real Life examining the real-world impact of computer vision—from the murky ethics of data collection and surveillance to the racial and gender biases that abound in facial recognition technology. Egan has contributed essays to numerous publications such as Beate Gütschow LS / S (Aperture); Michael Wolf: The Transparent City (Aperture); Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment with photographs by Todd Stewart (University of Oklahoma Press), Black Maps: American Landscapes and the Apocalyptic Sublime with photographs by David Maisel (Steidl) and Taxonomy of Landscape with photographs by Victoria Sambunaris (Radius). For over a decade, she taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago, and holds a BA in Asian studies, MA in museum studies, and MFA in fine art photography.
Photo credit: Jonathan Casrillo
NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati
NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati lives in Kathmandu, Nepal and works at the intersections of visual storytelling, research, pedagogy, and collective action. In 2007, she co-founded photo.circle; a platform that facilitates learning, exhibition making, and publishing opportunities for Nepali photographers that is working in increasingly trans-disciplinary ways. In 2011, she co-founded Nepal Picture Library; a digital archiving initiative that works towards diversifying Nepali social and cultural history, by centering the histories of women, Dalit, Madhesi, indigenous and queer people. NayanTara is also the co-founder and Festival Director of Photo Kathmandu, an international festival that takes place in Kathmandu every two years.
Photo by: Sagar Chhetri
Dekalb School of the Arts
Nicole Helen Ann Jacobs-Licht
Visual Arts Teacher
Nicole HA Jacobs-Licht has taught Photography at the college level for 14 years, before transitioning reciently to Dekalb School of the Arts working with talented visual arts students. She is a former Board Member of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, where she was the Programing Coordinator, as well as on Illuminate Atlanta’s Board.
Photo by: Darnell Wilburn
Noelle Flores Théard
Noelle Flores Théard is Program Officer at the Magnum Foundation, a nonprofit that expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in African Diaspora Studies from Florida International University, and an MFA in Photography from Parsons. In addition to her role at Magnum Foundation, Noelle is part-time faculty in the BFA photography program at Parsons and the co-founder and board chair of FotoKonbit, a non-profit organization created in 2010 to engage, educate, and support Haitians in the telling of their own stories through photography.
Photo by: Alyssa Panganiban
Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture
Associate Director, Public Programs and Exhibitions
Novella Ford is the Associate Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of The New York Public Library and one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of
materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. She has organized hundreds of public programs at the intersection of scholarship and popular culture. She connects diverse audiences to the archives and engages history through dialogue, performance, literature, and visual arts.
Photo by: Ernest A. Ford
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
Quentin A. Nardi
Senior Photo Editor
Quentin Nardi, Chief Photo Editor for Smithsonian magazine, is a photo editor/director professional with 20 years of national magazine and photo editing experience in both print and digital platforms.
Photographer, Vice President, Curator
Russell Frederick is a self-taught photographer of Panamanian heritage born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Frederick’s mission with his visual activism, educational and curatorial work is to redefine the visual narratives of black and brown people with photographs showing their humanity. Russell has made a name for himself domestically and internationally over the past two decades introducing Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to the world with his medium format documentary-style portraits, photojournalism, and fashion work. Some notable achievements have been in the NYTimes, the Daily Beast, Numero Homme Berlin Magazine, the World Photography Organisation Magazine, NYU, the School of Visual Arts, the International Center for Photography, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the MOCADA Museum, the National Arts Club NY, the Visa Pour L’Image photo festival Perpignan, France, the Bamako Encounters Biennial in Bamako, Mali, the Reportage photo festival in Sydney, Australia and the Angkor Photo Festival in Angkor, Cambodia. Russell has taught and co-produced photography workshops sponsored by the United Nations Educational Science and Cultural Organization to over three hundred Africans in Ethiopia and South Sudan. Mr. Frederick has been the recipient of grants from the Innovation Fund, the US Embassy of Ethiopia, the Open Society Foundation, the New York Foundation of the Arts, and the Gordon Parks Foundation. His work in the permanent collections of the Contemporary Museum of Photography in Chicago, the Library of Congress, the NoVo Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the Gordon Parks Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Danny Simmons art collection.
Fine Art Photographer, Independent Curator
Steven serves on the board of directors with the Griffin Museum of Photography. His work has been recognized and supported as a fellowship finalist by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and he founded and works as principal and curator of Aspect Initiative, an online gallery showcasing Fine Art Photography. Additionally, Steven serves as a reviewer in the New England Portfolio reviews sponsored by the Griffin Museum of Photography. RISD portfolio reviews and has served as a juror for United Photo Industries The FENCE. Steven provides portfolio reviews at the Photo Plus Expo in NYC as well as the Palm Springs Photo Festival. His work has been exhibited regularly in the Boston area, New England, and around the nation.
Texas Photographic Society
Susan Edgley serves as the Executive Director of Texas Photographic Society, based in Coppell, Texas. She is an accomplished photographer as well as a graphic designer, writer, editor and business administrator. Susan has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival
Teona Gogichaishvili is a native Georgian and has lived in Germany for 22 years. Following her studies in German language and literature she studied photography in Cologne and at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld and graduated with a Master of Arts in photography and design. Ms Gogichaishvili has been a photographer and lecturer at various universities and institutions since 2006. Since 2011, Ms Gogichaishvili has been the co-organizer of the international photo festival KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO in Tbilisi, Georgia. She has co-curated and co-ordinated diverse exhibitions and projects for KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO, including The Last Testament by Jonas Bendiksen, Le Petit Chaperon Noir by Sarah Moon, And Then There Was Silence by Jan Grarup. Since 2016, Ms. Gogichaishvili organizes and curates photo exhibitions in various German cities, including Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg. She is a member of the German Society for Photography (DGPh).
Photo by Maurice Kohl
Photo Editor and Consultant
Tracey Woods is an award-winning photo editor, content producer and creative consultant who has produced editorial and branded content for brands including: Essence, Ladies Home Journal, Billboard, Bon Appetit, InStyle Specials, Wiley Publishing, Nine West, Revlon and Kraft.
Tracey has also conducted portfolio reviews, participated on panels and judged photography contests for American Photographic Artists, American Society of Media Photographers, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Eddie Adams Workshop, Inspired Live, New York Times Portfolio Review, NY Fotoworks, Palm Spring Photo Festival, Photo District News and Society of Publication Designers.
She holds an MFA in photography from Pratt Institute.
Photo by: Tracey Woods
Verónica Sanchis Bencomo
Verónica is a Venezuelan photographer focusing in portraits, lifestyle and culture stories. She is currently based in Hong Kong. In January 2015, she started Foto Féminas, an online platform to promote the works of Latin American and Caribbean women photographers. The platform has exhibited at different photo festivals, culture centres and galleries.
Photo by Mikko Takkunen
Director of Photography
Zach is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Director of Photography from Maine. His work has focused on conflict and human rights in places such as Sudan, Syria, Burma, Haiti, Libya, Uganda, and rural America. He was one of the first TV camera operators to arrive at the scene of the attack in Charlottesville in 2017, and for this work he was recognized as a finalist for the Rory Peck Award. In addition to being the DP for VICE News Tonight on HBO, Zach has shot for Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain, ESPN and Tribeca Film Institute, where he taught cinematography.
Photo by: Andrew Hays Villareal