Mitra Abbaspour, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Chris Boot, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY
Stacey Clarkson, Harper’s Magazine
Terry Etherton, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Ellen Fleurov, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
Roy Flukinger, Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX
Bryan Formhals, LPV Magazine
Deborah Klochko, MoPA, San Diego, CA
Jason Landry, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA
Russell Lord, New Orleans Museum of Art
Richard McCabe, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Mary McClean, Vintage/Random House
Diana Millar, Luz Gallery, Victoria, BC
Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine and Plates to Pixels
Jeff Moorfoot, Ballarat International Foto Biennial, Australia
Robert Sain, Space 301/ Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, AL
Aline Smithson, LENSCRATCH
Gordon Stettinius, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA
Mary Virginia Swanson, MV Swanson and Associates, Tucson/NY
Jamie Wellford, Newsweek Magazine
Sasha Wolf, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, NY
Tim Wride, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL
Bryan Yedinak, Modernbook Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Associate Curator of Photography
Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York
Mitra Abbaspour is an Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She joined MoMA in 2010 as part of an in-depth, research collaboration focused on the Thomas Walther Collection of avant-garde modernist photographs. A joint endeavor of the Departments of Photography and Conservation, the Walther project invites outside scholars, curators, conservators and scientists to study photographs in the MoMA Collection with the aim of developing a model for cross-disciplinary research on the material and aesthetic formation of photographic modernism. The Walther project will conclude with the publication of the study as a printed book and digital research platform.
From 2000 – 2003, Mitra was Assistant Curator at UCR/California Museum of Photography. She curated the program of rotating exhibitions, including a wide range of thematic, collection-based, and monographic shows from One Ground: Four Palestinian and Four Israeli Filmmakers to Lori Nix: Accidentally Kansas. Additionally, Mitra has been a guest curator for exhibitions at the Leubsdorf Art Gallery, New York; Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside; and Galleria Metta, Madrid. From 2004 – 2011, Mitra taught at Hunter College and Brooklyn College, where her courses included seminars in Modern Art, Contemporary Art, History of Photography, and Islamic Art History. Mitra has also authored numerous essays on contemporary photographers.
She received her BA from Scripps College, where she double majored in studio art, specializing in photography and art history. She holds an MA in art history from the University of California, Riverside and is a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where she is writing a dissertation on archives of photography in the Middle East.
She is interested in reviewing a wide range of photographs, with particular interest in documentary (broadly-interpreted) photography and process-based practices.
New York, NY
Chris Boot has worked as a photography producer and editor for more than 25 years. Boot started out in 1984 at The Photo Co-op (now Photofusion), London’s leading independent photography resource and education center. In 1990 he moved to Magnum Photos, becoming Director of Magnum London, and, later, Magnum New York, before joining Phaidon Press as Editorial Director, Photography in 1998. In 2000, Boot started to work independently on his own list of contemporary photobooks. He set up his own publishing company, Chris Boot Ltd. in 2002, and published many award-winning photobooks, including Lodz Ghetto Album (2004) and Things as They Are: Photojournalism in Context Since 1955 (2005). He is the author and editor of Magnum Stories (Phaidon, 2004). Boot became Executive Director of Aperture Foundation in January 2011.
New York, New York
Stacey D. Clarkson is the Art Director of Harper’s Magazine. Under her direction, Harper’s has won recognition from ASME (including the 2012 National Magazine Award for news and documentary photography), American Photography, the Society for Publication Designers, and Communication Arts. She has served on selection committees and juries for the Aaron Siskind Foundation and the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize, among others, and has lectured at the School for Visual Arts in New York City and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Harper’s regularly publishes commissioned and existing fine art and editorial photography.
Established in 1981, Etherton Gallery specializes in vintage and contemporary fine art photography, paintings, prints, sculpture, and mixed-media works by local and regional artists. Cited as “one of Tucson’s early and most enduring contemporary art spaces,” the gallery has been voted “Best Gallery” in Tucson for twelve years running. As one of the Southwest’s premier galleries, its inventory incorporates museum quality works including turn-of-the-century western American ethnographic and landscape photographs.
Mixing contemporary imagery with vintage classical and digital technologies, the history of photography is always evident in the gallery’s holdings. Located in Tucson’s historic Downtown, the gallery’s spacious environs house such modernist photography notables as Danny Lyon, Paul Caponigro, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Ansel Adams, Mark Klett, Kate Breakey, Graciela Iturbide, Joel-Peter Witkin, and many other photographers of national and international note. Etherton Gallery is a member of AIPAD, and Terry Etherton is an accredited member of the American Society of Appraisers.
Silver Eye Center for Photography
Ellen Fleurov is Executive Director of the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Silver Eye in July 2009, Ellen was the President of Ellen Fleurov and Associates/ Crossroads Traveling Exhibitions in Atlanta. She also served as the first Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta (1993–1998) and then as Director of the Museum at the California Center for the Arts in San Diego (1998–2001).
The curator of over 85 exhibitions for museums and galleries in the U.S., Arles, France, and Lishui, China, Fleurov is the also the author of numerous, award-winning catalogues and publications. She is a frequent lecturer, juror, grant panelist and reviewer. Over the past few years, Ellen has reviewed for. Photo Lucida and Critical Mass, Portland, OR; New Orleans Photo Alliance’s Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography Award; Fotofest, Houston; Atlanta Celebrates Photography; and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, among others.
Ellen is especially interested in seeing portfolios, books and multimedia that examine current political, social and environmental issues and stories from a personal perspective and in sustained and innovative ways. She is not interested in seeing commercial or stock images.
Senior Research Curator of Photography
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin
Roy Flukinger is the Senior 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 over 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 more recent publications are: The Gernsheim Collection, Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty, Windows of Light, and Photography: The First 150 Years.
He has served on professional boards including the Texas Photographic Society, the Austin Center of Photography, photolucida, the Houston Center of Photography, and Houston Fotofest. He is currently working on exhibitions/publications on the Magnum collection, early Texas photography, and the photographic archive of the New York Journal-American, as well as presentations on photographic history, collection management, and contemporary and Texas photography. He consults with many photographic institutions and also assists in finding and developing acquisitions and funding for the Photography Department of the Ransom Center.
He is interested in all forms of contemporary photography from black and 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 dang enthusiastic about all disciplines of photography.
Founder and Publisher
Brooklyn, New York
Bryan Formhals is the Founder and Publisher of LPV Magazine. Founded in 2007, LPV features documentary and fine art photography as well as commentary on the evolving nature of photography in the digital age. Since its inception, LPV has harnessed the power of social media platforms to connect with and reach a niche audience. Much of the work featured on the website and in the magazine has been sourced and discovered through the internet from countries throughout the world. In 2010, Bryan was named by Wired Magazine as one of the top photography bloggers. In addition to publishing LPV, Bryan is also the Social Media Manager at B&H Photo.
Bryan is interested in reviewing all types of work, but primarily gravitates toward documentary, landscape, and portraiture. He doesn’t really care all that much about your concept as long as you can speak passionately and articulately about the body of work.
Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego, California
Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, Deborah Klochko has over twenty-five years experience in photography museums as an educator, director, and curator. Ms. Klochko has curated over thirty exhibitions; was executive editor of see, an award-winning journal of visual culture; and is the founder of Speaking of Light: Oral Histories of American Photographers. She is the co-author of Moment of Seeing: Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts, and Create and Be Recognized: Photography on the Edge. She is the author and curator of Picturing Eden, Nancy Newhall: A Literacy of Images and Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography. Her most recent curatorial effort is Face to Face: Works from the Bank of America Collection.
Formerly the director of The Friends of Photography, located at the Ansel Adams Center, she has also worked at the California Museum of Photography; the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York; and the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Klochko received her Master of Arts in Teaching, Museum Education at George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop (SUNY) in Rochester, New York.
Established in 1971, Panopticon Gallery is one of the oldest fine art photography galleries in the United States specializing in contemporary, modern and vintage photography. Panopticon Gallery represents established and emerging photographers with a primary focus on developing and expanding their careers. The gallery regularly assists collectors in buying, selling and locating photographs and supports local educational institutions, regional art museums and estates. It is located inside the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, Massachusetts.
Owner Jason Landry brings over twenty years of business management and photography experience to the gallery. Prior to taking over the gallery in early 2010, he worked at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University in various capacities and was a member of their Board of Directors. Landry regularly attends portfolio review events and photography art fairs both nationally and internationally, has juried group exhibitions, and has lectured at regional and national art colleges and universities.
Landry received a B.F.A. in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
Curator of Photographs
New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, Louisiana
Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Russell received his BA from James Madison University and is currently a PhD candidate at The Graduate Center, the City University of New York. He joined the NOMA staff in October after working in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for 2 years. Prior to that, Russell worked in two commercial galleries in New York—Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Fine Photographs and Gitterman Gallery—and three other art museums: The Yale University Art Gallery, The Dahesh Museum, New York, and the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA. He has organized several exhibitions and published articles, essays, and monographs on 19th, 20th century and contemporary photographers. Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media (printmaking, painting, drawing, film). Russell is excited to be a part of NOMA and is looking forward to engaging with the city and its photographic community.
Russell is willing to review portfolios of all kinds but is most interested in work that engages directly with the various “histories” of photography and is suitable for exhibition.
Curator of Photography
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans, Louisiana
Richard McCabe is the Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The Odgen Museum’s mission is to broaden the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.
Mr. McCabe also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Xavier University in New Orleans and exhibits his own photographs nationally. He earned an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University in 1998, and then received a fellowship to the American Photography Institute, National Graduate Seminar at New York University. Mr. McCabe resided in New York City from 1998 – 2005, during which time he taught photography at Pratt Institute, Montclair State University and Fairfield University. He also worked at Robert Miller Gallery, The International Center for Photography and El Museo Del Barrio. In recent years Mr. McCabe independently curated photographic exhibitions at Home Space Gallery including Revival: Historical Processes in Contemporary Photography, The Vanishing Roadside, and On–Location. Recent Ogden exhibitions curated by McCabe include: The Past Still Present: Photographs by David Halliday, New Southern Photography, and the upcoming Louviere + Vanessa: Something Whispered, Something Sung.
Mr. McCabe is happy to review portfolios of all kinds. He can provide feedback on a portfolio’s suitability for submission to the Ogden Museum, as well as consider work for potential group and solo exhibition opportunities.
New York, New York
Mary McClean has worked free-lance for more than two decades finding images principally for book covers. Both in-house at Vintage books in the Knopf Art Department at Random House in New York, and working independantly with major trade book publishers both in the US and Europe, she brings a strong graphic arts and art history background to her quest for visual solutions for an extremely wide-ranging variety of books.
A portfolio reviewer in past years for Review Santa Fe, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Powerhouse Books, Les Rencontres d’Arles, and Photolucida’s Critical Mass, she has also lectured at graduate photography seminars and industry events.
She is most interested in finding the single image which, without being too explicit, tells volumes. Color images featuring people, places or situations (though not necessarily identifiable) whose implications could be open to a variety of interpretations; images which invoke a mood or state of mind through discreet nuances (including humorous ones); still-lives of the everyday – these are always of interest. No nudes please, or gritty documentary shots where subjects are not model-cleared. Finally, there is (alas) very little call for exquisite botanical imagery on book covers.
Co-Owner and Gallery Director
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Diana Millar is the co-owner and gallery director at Lúz Gallery in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
In 2009, she co-founded Lúz with her partner, photographer Quinton Gordon. As director of the gallery, she has hosted and supported exhibitions by both emerging and established international artists including the featured artists from Diffusion IV.
In the fall of 2012, Diana and Quinton will expand their vision and open Lúz Studio, which will bring the gallery, workshops and an open studio under one roof. With an emphasis on printmaking, fine books and the photographic arts Diana is looking to collaborate with artists, who are exploring new and innovative ideas to produce and exhibit their work. Her interests lie in the printed image and how photographers are working with hybrids of traditional and modern techniques to produce a strong contemporary body of work.
Their new studio and gallery will also be the home of Reciprocity Editions: a small imprint owned by Millar and Gordon, with a focus on creating fine press and handmade artists books.
Millar was a reviewer at Photolucida in 2011. She has served on Public Art Selection Committees, as a juror for numerous exhibitions including Critical Mass 2011 and 2012, and she will also be jurying the 2013 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers for Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR).
Diffusion/Plates to Pixels
Blue Mitchell is the Founding Editor of Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, an independent, reader and contributor supported annual that highlights and celebrates unconventional photographic processes and photo related artwork.
In addition to organizing and curating physical exhibitions around the country, Mitchell curates Plates to Pixels (platestopixels.com), an online photographic gallery that bridges the gap between antiquated photographic processes and new digital media. He is a fine art photographer, educator, and graphic designer currently serving on the Board of Directors for Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon.
Mitchell is interested in reviewing work that fits the concepts of Diffusion and Plates to Pixels which includes: alternative process photography, unconventional photography methods, handmade books, mixed media photo-based art and video works.
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Jeff Moorfoot comes from a background of commercial photography, with 15 years experience in the advertising/commercial/annual report sector. In addition, Jeff spent many years in photographic education lecturing to graphic design, advertising and photography students at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Master Photographer V, Fellow and Honorary Life member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and a practicing fine art photographer with a history of twenty solo shows and numerous group shows under his belt. He is also the co-organiser of the Galeria Bezdomna in Australia, founder of the free radical photography group, and the founder and Festival Director of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.
He is interested in reviewing all styles of photography, but is especially interested in conceptually strong portfolios that demonstrate an original and well-developed personal signature. He is also looking forward to seeing works that may be potentially suitable for inclusion at the next Ballarat International Foto Biennale in 2013.
Space 301/ Centre for the Living Arts
Robert L. Sain is the Director and Curator for the Centre for the Living Arts, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999 in downtown Mobile AL to promote contemporary visual and performing arts for the Gulf Coast. The Centre’s vision is to create a pivotal contemporary arts center in the Southeast that supports the production and presentation of artists’ work in all disciplines with the goal of community engagement.
Previously Mr. Sain was executive director of Montalvo Arts Center, a multi-arts organization in Silicon Valley, Calif. He was founding director of LACMALab at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he created one of the most innovative artists’ spaces for all ages and commissioned major artists to engage the community through participatory projects. He also served for many years as the executive director of the Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños in San Diego
Sain served as the first development director for Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minn., and then launched the first development office for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He has also served on the faculty of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Sain has been engaged as a guest curator, consultant and lecturer at prestigious organizations such as the Getty Museum, the Auckland Museum, and Skirball Cultural Center.
Founder and Editor
Aline Smithson founded and writes the blogzine, Lenscratch, named one of the 10 best photo blogs by Source Review, Wired, and InStyle Magazine. Lenscratch celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Too Much Chocolate, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photoeye, and has provided the forwards for artist’s books by Tom Chambers, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, amongst others. In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community.
Aline has curated and jurored exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a 2009, 2010, and 2011, 2012 juror for Critical Mass, and a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States.
Aline came to photography after a career as a New York Fashion Editor, working along side the greats of fashion photography. Her own photographs are exhibited and published internationally and held in a number of museum collections. Though she was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and for The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009 by Center, she considers her children her greatest achievement.
Ms. Smithson welcome all types of work, but what she most wants to see are bodies of work shot with intention, intelligence, and a point of view.
Owner, Publisher and Gallery Director
Candela Books + Gallery
Gordon Stettinius founded Candela Books, a publishing company, in 2010 and has produced three monographs –
Gita Lenz, Salt & Truth by Shelby Lee Adams, and Sunburn by Chris McCaw. Candela Gallery opened in 2011 in the Downtown Arts District of Richmond, Virginia, and exhibits the work of nationally respected photographers in their newly renovated gallery.
As a photographer, Stettinius has been exhibited internationally. His work can be found in both private and public collections, and he is a winner of the 2009 Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts. Stettinius is also an emeritus member of 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia and an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
His interests include analog photography, alternative processes, toy cameras, humor, people who think differently, people who photograph their families. As a gallerist and publisher, he is less interested in commercial work, landscapes, nudes… but his experience as a commercial photographer and in stock photography afford him some insights into marketing and promotion of all types of work.
Mary Virginia Swanson
Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and trusted advisor who helps artists find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions and licensing placements. Her informative seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level.
Swanson maintains a popular blog about opportunities for photographers called Marketing Photos, and coauthored Publish Your Photography Book with Darius Himes (Princeton Architectural Press, Spring 2011). Her most recent title, Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing your Photographs was released Fall 2012.
Swanson is happy to talk with artists about work in progress or completed projects, helping to strategically consider those markets most likely to respond to their photographs, among other related topics.
New York, New York
James Wellford is a photo editor at Newsweek Magazine in New York City. Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1961, he lives in Brooklyn with his 4 children and wife Emmanuelle. He has collaborated on a number of award winning photography projects selected by the Overseas Press Club, the World Press, Pictures of the Year, Visa D’Or, NPPA, PDN, SPD, and American Photography. He is a curator of exhibitions, a founding member of 2 photography/multimedia groups SeenUnseen and Screen, and a board member of Fovea Editions. He also teaches at the International Center of Photography in NYC.
Owner and Director
Sasha Wolf Gallery
New York, New York
Sasha Wolf opened the Sasha Wolf Gallery in the summer of 2007 after spending a number of years as a private photography dealer. Prior to her work in the fine art photography world she was a writer, director and producer in the film and television industries and an award winning short filmmaker. Her last film, Joe, was nominated for the Palme d’Or du court métrage at Cannes and has screened all over the world.
She reviews or judges work for other institutions numerous times a year. She is a founding member of the gallery collective, Project 5, and a co-owner of The Exhibition Lab, a study center for fine art photography.
Sasha Wolf Gallery specializes in contemporary photography and represents emerging and mid-career artists such as Andrew Borowiec, Elinor Carucci, Paul McDonough and Katherine Wolkoff.
Ms. Wolf is best matched to reviewing fine art photography, ie: gallery work. She is specifically well suited to straight, non-conceptual work and would prefer not to review photojournalism or commercial work.
Curator of Photography
Norton Museum of Art
Palm Beach, Florida
Tim B. Wride is the William & Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography at the Norton Museum of Art. Mr. Wride was also the Founding Executive Director of The No Strings Foundation, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to provide direct funding to photographic artists. Mr. Wride previously served as Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). During his 12-year tenure at the LACMA (1992-2004), Mr. Wride curated over twenty-five exhibitions from the museum’s permanent collection as well as numerous larger exhibitions including “Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution” (2001). Wride co-curated and wrote the Aperture monograph for “Pirkle Jones: Sixty years of Photography” (2001) a travelling exhibition that premiered at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and also curated “To Protect and To Serve: Photography from the LAPD Archives” (2002) that has traveled internationally. More recently, he curated “Hurrell’s Men: Hollywood, Glamour, and Masculinity,” an exhibition that will traveled through 2007 and “Long Exposures: Contemporary Photo-Essays.” He joined The Norton Museum as Curator of Photography in 2011.
The Norton Museum of Art was founded in 1941 by Ralph Hubbard Norton (1875–1953) and his wife, Elizabeth Calhoun Norton (1881–1947). The Nortons were actively interested in fine arts and developed a sizable collection of paintings and sculpture. The Museum Collection consists of 7,000 works of art. The Photography holdings comprise nearly 3000 photographs that span the entire history of the medium.
San Francisco, CA
Bryan Yedinak is the director and co-publisher of Modernbook Gallery (since 1999) and Modernbook Editions (since 2005). He has curated over one hundred gallery exhibitions and founded a publishing company, Modernbook Editions. He has published ten fine art photographic publications including: Bella Figura by Brigitte Carnochan; Hong Kong Yesterday by Fan Ho; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Maggie Taylor; The Mind’s Eye a 50 year retrospective by Jerry Uelsmann, Entropic Kingdom, Photographs by Tom Chambers, and currently working on Almost Fiction, photographs by Jamie Baldridge.
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 Fine Art from California State University, Long Beach.