PhotoNOLA 2009 Reviewers


Dan Cameron, Contemporary Arts Center & Prospect 2
Catherine Couturier, Owner, John Cleary Gallery
Julian Cox, Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art
Michelle Dunn Marsh, Co-publisher, Aperture Magazine
Roy Flukinger, Curator, Harry Ransom Research Center
Merry Foresta , Director, Smithsonian Photography Initiative
Andy Grundberg, Curator,Writer, Corcoran College of Art and Design
Darius Himes, Editor, Radius Books
David Houston, Chief Curator, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Jason Houston, Photo Editor, Orion Magazine
Holly Hughes, Editor, PDN
Whitney Johnson, Picture Editor, The New Yorker
Miranda Lash, New Orleans Museum of Art
Sacha Lecca, Senior Photo Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine
Kevin Longino, Kevin Longino Fine Photographs
Michelle Molloy, Senior Photo Editor, Newsweek Magazine
Robert Morton, Book Publishing Agent,
Mark Pinsukanjana, Modernbook Gallery & Editions
Arthur Roger, Arthur Roger Gallery
Mary Virginia Swanson, Mary Virginia Swanson & Associates
Paula Tognarelli, Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
Jack Woody, Editor, Twin Palms Press
Natalie Zelt, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Dan Cameron
Curator, Prospect. 2 New Orleans
Visual Arts Director, Contemporary Arts Center
New Orleans/NYC

Born in upstate New York, Dan Cameron studied philosophy in college and, as soon as he was able, made his way to the edgy art scene of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. There, he became a singer in a rock band, playing legendary punk rock venues such as CBGB. He also began organizing art exhibits, such as Extended Sensibilities at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (1982). In 1995, Cameron became Senior Curator at the New Museum, where he organized retrospective exhibitions of Carolee Schneemann, Faith Ringgold, Paul McCarthy and many others, in addition to site-specific projects and the international survey Living Inside the Grid (2003). In May 2007 Cameron assumed the position of Visual Arts Director at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in New Orleans, one of the leading venues for new art in the South.

Cameron has written extensively on contemporary art since 1981, contributing to Arts Magazine, Artforum, Flash Art and more. He has published museum catalogues and monographic texts on numerous artists including Mathew Barney, Pierre et Gilles, Edward Ruscha, Laurie Simmons and Sue Williams.

Dan Cameron has served as an international arts curator for more than 20 years, shaping exhibitions in Barcelona, Madrid, Vienna, Malmo, Oporto and Istanbul. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina he was inspired to organize an international art biennial in New Orleans. Cameron founded, directed and curated Prospect.1 New Orleans, which opened to critical acclaim in the fall of 2008. He is currently planning Prospect.2, to take place in 2010.

Catherine Couturier
Owner, John Cleary Gallery
Houston, TX

Catherine Couturier joined the John Cleary Gallery (est. 1996) as Director in 1999 and took over ownership in 2008. John Cleary Gallery is the premier fine art photography gallery in Houston, Texas and represents established contemporary artists including Elliott Erwitt and Maggie Taylor among many others. The Gallery participates in major art fairs including AIPAD and Photo LA.

Catherine is interested in seeing work of all subjects that is fully realized and ready for representation. She is not interested in seeing social documentary work or book projects.

Julian Cox
Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art
Atlanta, GA

Julian Cox joined the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, as the Curator of Photography in 2005. Cox came from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles where he served as associate curator in the department of photographs. He also worked at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford, England, and the National Library of Wales. He received a Master of Philosophy degree in the history of photography from the University of Wales in 1990, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of Manchester, England, in 1987.

Cox has organized numerous exhibitions on subjects ranging from the dawn of photography’s invention in Europe in the 19th century, to contemporary practice in the United States. He is the co-author, with Colin Ford, of the critically acclaimed publication: Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs (2003), the first catalogue raisonné produced of the work of a photographer. Cox is the author of many scholarly articles and several books. His recent publications include: Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 (2008), Harry Callahan: Eleanor (2007), Spirit into Matter: The Photographs of Edmund Teske (2004) and Timekeeper: The Photographs of Anthony Friedkin (2004).

Michelle Dunn Marsh
Independent Publications Consultant
Co-publisher, Aperture Magazine

Michelle Dunn Marsh is an advocate for photography and design. She has designed over 30 art photography books, acquired projects with photographers such as Jock Sturges, Carrie Mae Weems and Catherine Chalmers, and developed an outreach program, Aperture West, that brought numerous photographers to audiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle as well as highlighted the work of photographers in the west.

She has worked in publishing for 15 years in a variety of capacities ranging from freelance book design for the University of Washington Press to senior editor of art+design for Chronicle Books, and has lectured nationally on art book design and publishing. She has reviewed portfolios at most major photography festivals in the United States, and juried exhibitions for organizations in Alaska, Texas and Colorado. She continues to develop photo-based book projects for institutions including Chronicle Books and the Museum of Glass, and is most interested in photography that integrates form and concept, and probes the social and cultural issues of our time.

Affiliated with the Aperture Foundation since 1996, she currently serves as co-publisher of Aperture magazine. She holds an MS in Publishing from Pace University, and is on the advisory board to the Palm Springs Photo Festival and the Board of Governors for Bard College, where she received her bachelor’s degree.

Roy Flukinger
Senior Research Curator, Harry Ransom Center
Austin, TX

Roy Flukinger is the Research Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds degrees from Tulane University, where he was recently named a Distinguished Alumni, and The University of Texas Austin. He has taught as an Adjunct Lecturer/Assistant Professor at UT and other institutions. He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of contemporary photography and the history of art and photography. To date he has produced or participated in nearly eighty exhibitions, including ”A Lewis Carroll Centenary” and ”Visiones de Tejanos/Visions of Texans”, as well as such traveling shows as ”Eve Arnold: In Retrospect” and ”The Formative Decades: Photography in Great Britain, 1839-1920”. Among his later publications are: ”Windows of Light” and ”Photography: The First 150 Years”.

He has served on professional boards including the Texas Photographic Society, Houston Fotofest, photolucida, and the Houston Center of Photography. He is currently working on publications on the Gernsheim Collection and the photographer Fritz Henle, as well as presentations on photographic history, collection management, and contemporary and Texas photography. He consults photographic institutions and also assists in finding and developing acquisitions for the Photography Department of the Ransom Center.

He is interested in all forms of contemporary photography from black & white to color and digital, with an additional interest in modern work employing historical, alternative processes. He is most interested in seeing artistic and photojournalistic bodies of work, and less interested in purely commercial work, though he still remains pretty enthusiastic about all disciplines of photography.

Merry A. Foresta
Director, Smithsonian Photography Initiative
Washington, DC

Merry A. Foresta has researched and published widely in areas that include art and photographic history. She established the department of photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where she organized numerous exhibitions, including, “Perpetual Motif: The Art of Man Ray,” “Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography, and “The Art of the American Daguerreotype.” She has served as director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative since 2001. SPI’s interactive website launched in the fall of 2006.

Andy Grundberg
Writer/ Curator/ Educator, Corcoran College of Art and Design
Washington, DC

Andy Grundberg is a writer, curator, teacher, and arts consultant who has been involved with photography and art for more than 25 years. As a critic for the New York Times from 1981 to 1991 he covered the rapid ascent of photography within the art world. From 1992 to 1997 he was the director of The Friends of Photography in San Francisco, where he founded the quarterly journal see. Among the major exhibitions he has organized are Photography and Art: Interactions Since 1946 (1987), Points of Entry: Tracing Cultures (1996), Ansel Adams: A Legacy (1997), and In Response to Place: Photographs from The Nature Conservancy’s Last Great Places (2001). His books include Crisis of the Real (1999), Alexey Brodovitch (1989), and Mike and Doug Starn (1990). He is one of the contributors to Aperture’s 2006 book William Christenberry.

Grundberg lives in Washington, D.C., where he is associate dean of undergraduate studies and chair of the photography program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Darius Himes
Editor, Radius Books
Santa Fe, NM

Darius Himes is co-founder of Radius Books, a non-profit, Santa Fe-based organization created in 2007 that publishes books on the visual arts, where he works as an acquiring editor. Prior to that he was the founding editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photography books, from 2002-2007. He is also a lecturer, consultant, educator and writer, having contributed to Aperture, Blind Spot, Bookforum, BOMB, PDN, and American Photo. He earned his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and actively pursues his own photographic image-making. In 2008, he was named by PDN as one of fifteen of the most influential people in photo book publishing.

David Houston
Chief Curator, Ogden Museum Of Southern Art
New Orleans, LA

David Houston is the Chief Curator of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Previously, he was Lecturer in the History of Art at Clemson University, South Carolina, and in 1997 was Visiting Professor at the Brandenburg Technical University School of Architecture, Germany. Houston moved to New Orleans in 2001 to become the founding curator of the Ogden museum of Southern Art, and in 2006 also served as the the Acting Curator of the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans. He publishes on art, photography, and architecture and regularly organizes photography projects, including recent one-person exhibitions with Elliott Erwitt, Sally Mann, Robert Polidori and Stuart Klipper. His most recent book is KENDALL SHAW: LET THERE BE LIGHT.

The Ogden Museum’s mission is to broaden the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.

Jason Houston
Picture Editor, Orion Magazine
Great Barrington, MA

Jason Houston is picture editor for Orion magazine, a literary and artistic non-profit, non-commercial publication exploring how we live on the planet. Orion is published bi-monthly and features a wide range of content related to environmental and social issues and our relationships with the natural world.

Houston has also worked for nearly 20 years as an independent documentary photographer in a dozen countries and across the U.S. with editorial outlets and non-profit organizations on projects addressing social and environmental issues. His images have been used in print, online, and broadcast media, and have been exhibited in venues including Yale University, Spike Gallery NYC, Ferrin Gallery, Stone Barns Center, and the DeCordova Museum. Recent projects include a decade-long look at local and sustainable food and agriculture, an on-going multimedia series on conservation and community development throughout the developing tropics, and a personal exhibition project exploring the cultural landscape of the American family. In 2009 he completed two book projects, People of the Forest and Dying Beautifully.

Jason Houston is interested in seeing all types of work at all stages but especially documentary and other projects that consider different aspects of the complex relationship we all have with the environments around us. If your goal is to be considered for Orion magazine, please study several back issues and be familiar with the various structures of our stories and the mix of ways we use visual arts to tell them.

Holly Hughes
Editor, Photo District News (PDN)
New York, NY

Holly Stuart Hughes is the editor of Photo District News and, the monthly trade magazine and web site for professional photographers. For almost three decades, PDN has provided photographers with insights into the photo market and the business information they need to succeed. It publishes PDN’s 30, an annual issue showcasing 30 new and emerging photographers to watch, a selection of photographers with 5 years or less working on their own who are chosen by PDN’s editors to appear in this special issue.

Ms. Hughes is open to reviewing all types of imagery but is most interested in reviewing cohesive personal projects and works in progress that demonstrate a clear vision and both narrative and conceptual strength, whether the goal is an exhibition, a book, publication of a photo essay or assignment work. Feedback can be given on portfolio presentation, editing, and promotion of the project.

Whitney Johnson
Picture Editor, The New Yorker
New York, NY

Whitney Johnson is the picture editor at The New Yorker a weekly magazine with a signature mix of reporting on national and international politics and culture, humor and cartoons, fiction and poetry, and cultural reviews and criticism. Prior to joining the magazine, Whitney worked at the Open Society Institute & Soros Foundations Network for over five years, where she worked closely with photographers, commissioning work for publications and coordinating a documentary photography exhibition and international grant competition. She holds a BA from Barnard College, and is pursuing a MA in American Studies, with a focus on photography and social change, at Columbia University.

Miranda Lash
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, LA

Miranda Lash is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). A native of Los Angeles, she received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University. She completed her masters at Williams College, where she was named a Clark Fellow. Since then, Ms. Lash has worked in different museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Williams College Museum of Art, and most recently, The Menil Collection in Houston. She has lectured and published essays on the Latin American artists Frida Kahlo, Roberto Matta, and Adriana Varejão. Since arriving at NOMA in early 2008, she has curated NOMA’s installation of traveling the exhibition “The Baroque World of Fernando Botero,” and the installation of nine artists for U.S. Biennial Prospect.1 New Orleans. She reinstalled the permanent collection of modern and contemporary art during the fall of 2008 and is currently curating an ongoing exhibitions series featuring Louisiana contemporary artists.

Miranda Lash is interested in seeing resolved bodies of work that are suitable for exhibition. Work should demonstrate an originality of vision and excellence in craftsmanship. She is not interested in seeing stock, advertising, fashion, or commercial photography. She is not interested in seeing any undergraduate thesis projects. MFA thesis projects are of interest only if the artist is a recent graduate. She is open to considering photography for possible contemporary art exhibitions at NOMA; however, artists interested in that prospect should also contact Diego Cortez, Curator of Photography at NOMA.

Sacha Lecca
Senior Photo Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine
New York, NY

Sacha Lecca is a picture editor and a photographer. He has been the Sr. Photo Editor at Rolling Stone magazine since late 2007, working largely on features, the National Affairs section, and special issues (including the Barack Obama commemorative issue and the Michael Jackson tribute issue); as well as shooting for the On The Road and In The Studio pages.

He previously held the position of Sr. Photo Editor at United Business Media, and Photo Editor at Newsweek.

All portfolios welcome.

Kevin Longino
Kevin Longino Fine Photographs
Greenwich, CT

As a joint owner and Managing Director of Watermark Fine Art Photographs and Books, Kevin Longino established the first gallery in Houston that specialized in contemporary fine art photography with a focus on emerging to mid-career artists. The gallery was committed to advancing photography as an art form and bringing new, contemporary photographers to Houston.

As a private dealer, Kevin remains committed to promoting the work of photographers who are rooted in the classic craftsmanship of photography and print making, but are offering a new twist on the process or a new point of view.

Most recently, Kevin exhibited at Photo LA 2009 and The Architectural Digest Show in New York in March 2009. Kevin has served as a reviewer at Fotofest, Photolucida and The Center’s reviews at PhotoLA. This is his third year at PhotoNOLA.

Michelle Molloy
Sr. Photo Editor, Newsweek Magazine
New York, NY

Michelle Molloy has been a Photo Editor with Newsweek magazine since 1994, and has managed the National Affairs section as Sr. Photo Editor for over seven years. Michelle has assigned and edited coverage of the last three Presidential elections, numerous cover stories, and special issues including Kaplan guides and book projects.? Awards for editing include POYi (Pictures of the Year International), and National Press Photographers’ Association Best of Photojournalism competitions for election coverage and breaking news stories, including Katrina coverage; and assigned work has been recognized in Communication Arts, American Photo, and by the White House Press Photographers Association.

She is interested in portraiture, photojournalism, documentary photo essays and fine art, but all portfolios welcome.

Robert Morton
Book Publishing Agent, Consultant
Redding Ridge, CT

Robert Morton has worked in the world of art and book publishing for more than four decades. He was a picture editor and series editor with Time-Life Books in the 1960s, and served as editor-in-chief at New York Graphic Society (now Bulfinch Press), Harry N. Abrams, Inc., (from 1976 through 1994) and Aperture Foundation Book Division (2003-04). During this time Morton edited books by Henri Cartier Bresson, Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen, Andreas Feininger, Elliot Erwitt, O. Winston Link, Mary Ellen Mark and many others. In addition to launching many monographs on established and emerging photographers, Morton’s numerous books on the natural landscape and ethnography include the monumental two-volume African Ceremonies by photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.

Since 2004 Morton has served as curator of a major photographic exhibition for a New York museum, a freelance editor, book packager, and consultant on photographic book publishing; specializing in contracts, rights and other negotiations. He has taught courses in book publishing at International Center of Photography and at Western Connecticut State University. Morton has been a portfolio reviewer at Fotofest, Photolucida and Review Santa Fe, where he also conducted a day-long seminar on book publishing. He is currently acting as an agent for a select group of photographers and has placed books with major publishing houses.

Morton is most interested in reviewing bodies of work that focus on a subject, not necessarily photojournalism or documentary work but a coherent and beautiful exploration of some aspect of the world around us. He is less interested in abstract work, nudes, flower studies, and straight portraiture.

Mark Pinsukanjana
Co-owner, Modernbook Gallery
Palo Alto, CA

Mark Pinsukanjana is the co-founder, publisher and co-owner of Modernbook Gallery (since 1999) and Modernbook Editions (since 2005). He has curated over one hundred gallery exhibitions and spearheaded a publishing company, Modernbook Editions. He has published seven art book publications: Bella Figura by Brigitte Carnochan; Hong Kong Yesterday by Fan Ho; Solutions Beginning with A by Lola Haskins and Maggie Taylor; Callas by Roger M. Eberhard; Searching for True North by Geir Jordahl; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Maggie Taylor and The Living Theatre by Fan Ho.

In addition, he has been a co-instructor for “Creating a Photography Exhibition: From Concept to Opening” with Stanford Continuing Studies since 2005. He received a Bachelor of Art from California State University, Long Beach. His interest in photography varies: beauty, figurative, color, digital, and black & white.

Arthur Roger
Arthur Roger Gallery
New Orleans, LA

Born in New Orleans, Arthur Roger attended Marion Abramson High School and the University of New Orleans. While attending school he worked in art galleries in the French Quarter. In 1978 with the assistance of his mother he opened the Arthur Roger Gallery on Magazine St. in the Garden District. The Arthur Roger Gallery enjoyed early success and he soon earned a national reputation as the director of the leading art gallery in New Orleans. In 1988 Roger moved his gallery to Julia St. in the Warehouse District. The new gallery received national awards for design excellence. In 2009 he expanded by opening Arthur Roger@434 adjacent to his gallery at 432 Julia St.

After the ravages of Katrina, Arthur Roger helped to spearhead the renewal of the visual arts in New Orleans. Roger has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Contemporary Arts Center, Louisiana Children’s Museum, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Mayor’s Arts Commission and as an officer in the New Orleans Arts District Association.

Arthur Roger has been in the forefront of fundraising efforts for direct AIDS services in New Orleans area. He originated the Arts Against AIDS ornament exhibition and for several years has played a leading role in Halloween in New Orleans, the principal fund raising event for Project Lazarus. In 1995 Arthur Roger received the Paul Plauche Award for his AIDS fund raising work and Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame 2009.

In both 1997 and 1998 the Arthur Roger Gallery was selected for inclusion in Richard Polsky’s Art Market Guide as one of the 36 most influential galleries in the contemporary American art market. Throughout its history the gallery has presented several superb photography exhibitions including Debbie Fleming Caffery, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Tom Bianchi, Joel-Peter Witkin, John Dugdale and Robert Polidori.

Mary Virginia Swanson
Creative Consultant, Mary Virginia Swanson & Associates

Mary Virginia Swanson makes it her goal to help photographers find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions, editorial and licensing placement. Ms. Swanson has a diverse professional background, having coordinated educational, publication and exhibitions programs for a wide range of institutions and businesses in the field of photography and is considered an expert in the area of marketing and licensing fine art. It was during her tenure heading special projects at Magnum Photos that she recognized the opportunities for artists to develop second markets for their work, and in 1991 she founded SWANSTOCK, an innovative agency managing licensing rights for fine art photographers. Her workshops and lectures on the subjects of marketing opportunities and awareness have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. She also consults with business and agencies in the photographic industry to aid in their awareness of contemporary photography.

Ms. Swanson currently works individually with photographers as a marketing consultant to guide artist in their careers. She maintains a popular blog about marketing is currently working on her second book, Finding Your Audience: A Guide To Marketing Your Creative Photography.

Ms. Swanson is happy to review portfolios of all kinds, be it work in progress or completed projects, and will offer artists advice on reaching their targeted audience.

Paula Tognarelli
Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
Winchester, MA

Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. The Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, Massachusetts is a small photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact.

Ms. Tognarelli holds a M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography, Regis College and is a current candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University as a visual arts teacher.

Paula is also a digital imaging specialist. She has done extensive postgraduate study in color management, color theory, digital photography and digital imaging processing. She has lectured on photography and digital imaging throughout the United States, including the Seybold Conferences, and in Japan. She is a former member of the Xerox Technical Advisory Board and a former spokesperson for the Graphic Arts industry. Paula was named by Printing Impressions magazine as one of twelve women who has made a major contribution to the Graphic Arts/ Imaging industry.

Jack Woody
Editor, Twin Palms Publishers
Santa Fe, NM

For more than twenty years Twin Palms has been producing some of the most beautiful photography and art books available. Their books are recognized for high-quality papers and printing, and award winning design. Recently, Twin Palms has published monographs by William Eggleston, Lise Sarfati, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Anthony Goicolea, and Jeff Burton. They have also published first monographs by artists George Platt Lynes, Joel-Peter Witkin, Robert Mapplethorpe, F. Holland Day, Duane Michaels, Robert ParkeHarrison and many others.

Additionally, Twin Palms has presented important documentary work by Danny Lyon, Bruce Davidson, and Dennis Hopper. This focus on documentary work has resulted in publication of their most controversial and thought provoking books: The Killing Fields, and Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America.

Jack Woody prefers to review thoughtful, mature and cohesive bodies of work.

Natalie Zelt
Curatorial Assistant for Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, TX

Natalie Zelt is the Curatorial Assistant for Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Prior to coming to Houston she was the gallery assistant at Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, DC, where she worked on exhibitions featuring William Christenberry, Joseph Mills, Kendall Messick and Hiroshi Sugimoto and curated the Publishers Exhibition for FotoWeek DC 2008. She has participated in previous portfolio reviews for the Houston Center for Photography. She studied visual culture at George Washington University with Frank R. Goodyear of the National Portrait Gallery and Alexander Dumbadze.

Ms. Zelt would like to review all types of photography but is most interested in viewing projects that question photography’s relationship with contemporary culture. She is happy to review emerging artists’ portfolios; works in progress or completed projects; and traditional and non-traditional photographic media. She is not interested in stock photography or commercial work.