PhotoNOLA 2022 Reviewers
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Kyohei Abe, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography and Towson University
Jonathan Blaustein, A Photo Editor Magazine
William Boling, Fall Line Press
Jo Brenzo, The Photographic Gallery (San Miguel de Allende)
Darren Ching, Klompching Gallery
Chloe Coleman, Washington Post
Coco Conroy, Jackson Fine Art
Liv Constable-Maxwell, MACK
Andrew Fedynak, Zatara Press
Roy Flukinger, Harry Ransom Center
Garlyn Gryder, GRYDER Contemporary Art Gallery
Christy Havranek, HuffPost
Eddie Hebert, New Orleans Photo Alliance, Edward Hebert Art
Benjamin Hickey, Hilliard Art Museum
Constance Lewis, Independent Curator
Russell Lord, New Orleans Museum of Art
Philip March Jones, MARCH Gallery, Institute 193
Richard McCabe, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Bayley Mizelle, Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles
George Nobechi, Karuizawa Foto Fest, Nobechi Creative
Brian Piper, New Orleans Museum of Art
Rebecca Rau, M.S. Rau
David Smith, Smith Davidson Gallery
Dan Stetson, LSU Museum of Art
Lisa Volpe, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2022 Reviewers Bios
Executive Director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (DCCP)
Kyohei Abe is the Executive Director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (DCCP). Established in 2010, DCCP began as the first non-profit center dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography in Detroit. With a mission to foster the appreciation and understanding of photography, DCCP works to promote contemporary lens-based artists who explore the medium in diverse ways: from still and time-based media to the photographic book. In 2012, after reevaluating how to better serve the artists it strives to support, DCCP shifted its operation to a solely online gallery supplemented by small edition artist book publications.
Reviewing Preferences: developed and cohesive portfolios with strong concepts.
Columnist, Photographer, A Photo Editor
Jonathan Blaustein is an artist, writer, and educator based in Taos, New Mexico. He received his MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in 2004, and has exhibited widely in galleries and museums in the US, and in European festivals as well.
His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the State of New Mexico, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among other institutions.
Blaustein is a weekly columnist at aPhotoEditor.com, and spent six years as a photo critic for the New York Times. He has also written about art and photography online for The New Yorker, VICE, The Washington Post, and Hyperallergic. He taught photography at UNM-Taos for many years, and currently runs the Antidote Photo Retreat at his family horse farm outside Taos.
Jonathan Blaustein’s first monograph, Extinction Party, was published in March 2020 by Yoffy Press in Atlanta, and was featured in multiple publications, including the Washington Post, LensCulture, Photograph Magazine, The Albuquerque Journal, and the Santa Fe New Mexican.
His work is available at Obscura Gallery in Santa Fe.
Publisher, Fall Line Press
William Boling is an artist, writer, and photographer. In 2012, Boling founded Fall Line Press, an independent publishing house for photo and art books based in Atlanta, Georgia. Boling lives with his family on a small farm near Milledgeville, Georgia where he specializes in near misses. Read more of his writing and connect with him on social @wboling, @patientletters and @documentumTV or through www.falllinepress.com . For his more in-depth writing on photography, please follow patientletters.substack.com
Boling has a podcast Documentum.tv that interviews leading lights in the Photo + NFT realm. In April 2022, Photolucida tapped him and lead a panel discussion of Photo + NFT featuring Alejandro Cartagena and Klea McKenna.
Owner and Curator, The Photographic Gallery
San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
Jo Brenzo is the owner/curator of the Photographic Gallery, the hub for photographers who live in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. Exhibitions are changed eight times a year. Local and visiting photographers meet weekly each Saturday at 11 am to discuss topics of interest, view demonstrations or see the work of visiting photographers. Before opening the Gallery in 1997, Jo was the professor of photography for two decades at Bellas Artes, the national art school of Mexico where she introduced photography as a fine art to the public. Seeing deeply is impossible without feeling deeply; is Jo’s message to photographers starting out. San Miguel is widely known for its vibrant community of visual artists. Jo has managed galleries, taught photography, and exhibited her work throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico. Her formal education began through the Fine Arts department at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, where she majored in photography. She still provides special photography classes and leads serious traveling workshops throughout Latin America.
Jo is currently looking for emerging and established fine art photographers for gallery representation and solo exhibitions. She is interested in analog, alternative processes as well as digital photography. Review preference: personal projects and in-depth portfolios, along with work in progress.
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Co-Owner, Klompching Gallery
Brooklyn, New York
Darren Ching is the co-owner of Klompching Gallery, established in 2007 in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York—specializes in the selling and exhibition of contemporary fine art photography to private, corporate and public collections. Mr. Ching’s involvement in photography spans over 20 years, including jurying numerous domestic and international photo competitions; contributing to both online and print publications; lectures on the subject; formerly Creative Director of Photo District News (PDN); and in 2010, he co-curated The Architecture of Space for the Flash Forward Festival in Toronto. As an educator, he has been an Adjunct Faculty member at School of Visual Arts (SVA); visiting photography critic at The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); lectured on contemporary magazine photography and design at Parsons School of Design in New York; and most recently the External Examiner for Final Senior Photography Projects at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In addition to dealing artworks—he is a freelance designer, working on photography based projects; consultant to photographers and art collectors; and perennial co-curator of the gallery’s annual FRESH exhibition and Rhonda Wilson Award. www.klompching.com
Photo Editor, Washington Post
The Washington Post
Chloe Coleman is an award-winning visual editor who specializes in cross platform hybrid storytelling using photography, video and writing. Her career in photo editing began at NPR, followed by The Denver Post and currently works as a photo editor on the international news desk at The Washington Post. She is a graduate of the photojournalism program at the Rochester Institute of Technology and now serves as a faculty member at The Kalish visual editing workshop.
Director, Jackson Fine Art
Coco Conroy is the Director of Jackson Fine Art, a gallery in Atlanta, GA specializing in 20th-century and contemporary photography. She has been with the gallery since 2014, and advises Atlanta clients and focuses on local collaborations. Prior to joining JFA, she received her MA in literary studies, worked as a freelance journalist and digital editor and as an independent events coordinator for A Cappella Books. She has served as a judge or juror for PDN’s Curator Awards, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, and the Dairy Barn Art Center’s Wideopen Biennial, among other national and international juried competitions.
Liv Constable-Maxwell is a London-based editor at the independent art and photography publishers MACK. She has edited critically acclaimed titles including, most recently, Stephen Shore’s experimental memoir ‘Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography.’
Publisher and Designer, Zatara Press
Andrew Fedynak (Hartford Art School MFA and ICP One-Year Certificate Program) is a photographer, photobook publisher, and educator based out of Richmond, Virginia. Formally of Asheville, North Carolina, his projects are often centered on his personal views regarding the practice of Zen. These Fine Art Documentary photographs are regularly found around his home in the American South, and in other locations as moments occur. He prefers to see his finished projects in a book format, many of which have then been published, and exhibited globally. These books reside in the collections of many institutions such as Candela Gallery Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, SCAD Atlanta – ACA Library Artists’ Book Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Art Library, Yale University – Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Walker Art Center Library.
Fedynak created Zatara Press in 2014 to publish uniquely designed and collaboratively crafted “Artist’s Styled Photobooks” centered around the aesthetic design principles of Wabi Sabi. To ZP, photobooks are poetic art objects as well as statements or narratives. As a publisher, and photobook designer, he has been called upon in the past to review portfolios at festivals such as Photolucida, PhotoNOLA, Medium Festival of Photography, and Review Santa Fe. He has also been a selector for contests such as Photolucida’s Critical Mass, and a nominator for PDN 30. Each year he continues to design photobooks for ZP, and other publishers, while also working on his own personal photographic projects.
Roy Flukinger recently retired as the Senior Research Curator at the Harry Ransom Center, where he served as a curator since 1977. While serving as department head of photography he was responsible for the management of the collections and archives. He has taught and lectured at The University as well as at a variety of other organizations and institutions of higher learning. His most recent publications were on Arnold Newman and on the Center’s Gernsheim Collection, and he recently co-curated a gallery-wide exhibition on their Magnum Photos collection.
Flukinger maintains a professional, full-time commitment as author and researcher, institutional evaluator, juror and advisor to a variety of photographic organizations. He is always interested in meeting with committed photographers and those involved in a range of photography and art-related enterprises.
Mr. Flukinger 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.
New Orleans, LA
Gryder Gallery is an artistic platform established for artists to express diverse perspectives, new ideas, and experimental discourses to help propel humanity forward by presenting thought-provoking divergent exhibitions that highlight the intellectual and illuminating role of art. Dedicated to contemporary art, GRYDER works with artists from all over the world. We represent well-established, outsider, and emerging artists who show great potential for future development. We showcase artists working in new dimensions that approach artistic expression most purely and who break out of the mold. Our unique programming generates meaningful content that correlates with the higher art historical nexus and broader contemporary art practices from a global and philosophical perspective. We aim to create an inclusive milieu that uplifts the artist’s voice, unafraid to fulfill one of the essential roles of art – asking difficult questions about our culture and society.
Head of Visuals, HuffPost
New York, NY
Christy Havranek is the Head of Visuals at HuffPost, where she manages a team of photo editors, illustrators and art directors. She oversees commissioned and in-house photography & visuals, collaborating across the newsroom to elevate HuffPost’s storytelling. With over 20 years of experience in photography and media, she has worked across multiple industries including book publishing, television, fashion and editorial. In 2017, Havranek launched commissioned photography at HuffPost, a first for the online news outlet. Recently, she has juried photo exhibits with the Center for Fine Art Photography, Lenscratch and Photo Place Gallery, among others, and in 2019 she was an editorial mentor in Women Photograph’s mentorship program. She was a pre-screener and juror for PhotoLucida Critical Mass 2021.
Eddie Ralph Hebert
Director and Curator, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
New Orleans, LA
Eddie Ralph Hebert has been active in the New Orleans’ art community for thirty years. Hebert’s educational background is in photography, painting, and sociology. After attending The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts from 1977-1980, he earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans in 1986, and continues to study the history of photography, art history, painting, and drawing.
Hebert served as director of A Gallery for Fine Photography in New Orleans from 1993 to 2020, where he curated exhibitions and sold photography in New Orleans. He has also sold at art fairs in New York, Basel, Switzerland, and Paris, France. In addition, Hebert oversaw inventory acquisition, conservation, framing to museum standards, and website maintenance. Currently, he is a dealer and consulting agent for photography and painting.
Benjamin M. Hickey
Curator of Exhibitions, Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum
Benjamin M. Hickey is Curator of Exhibitions at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Most central to his curatorial practice are projects that blend social history, sense of place, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Artists with whom he has worked include Lionel Cruet, Shayne Dark, Jenny Ellerbe, Hasan Elahi, Robert Hodge, Beili Liu, Kelli Scott Kelley, Vitus Shell, Marni Shindelman & Nate Larson, James Surls, and Alberto Rey.
Hickey was most recently the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA. Other institutions at which he held positions include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA; Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County, Buffalo, NY; and OUTSIDE GALLERY, Monroe, LA. He also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY and Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. With reference to service, he was a long standing Community Advisory Board member for KEDM, NPR’s Monroe, LA affiliate, and is currently a Trustee at Large for the Association of Art Museum Curators. Hickey earned his Master’s in the History of Art from the University of California, Riverside.
New Orleans, LA
Constance Lewis holds a Fine Art degree in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She founded Opal Gallery, an Atlanta-based artist collective that exhibited the work of an international array of artists. She has studied photography conversation in Paris, France and her independent curatorial work includes exhibitions in Paris, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Mississippi. She has published; Oraien Catledge: Photographs ( University Press of Mississippi, 2010) and has worked with renowned photographers on multiple book projects.
Constance’s passion is to highlight marginalized artists and she has a deep interest in promoting photography within a broader context. In addition to her work in photography, Constance holds an advanced degree in Education with an emphasis on Visual Literacy from Rice University. She currently resides in New Orleans and Houston, where she has been lecturer and educator, and where she launched Opal Art Management, offering advising and curatorial services to artists, collectors, and institutions.
Photography Historian, Writer, and the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, LA
Russell Lord is a photography historian, writer, and the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Lord’s curatorial career spans two decades, with work experience in five museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. His deepest area of expertise is the origins of photography, but Lord has written and lectured widely on almost every moment in the history of photography.
Lord has written or edited more than a dozen publications, including Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2018), and Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument (2013). His recent exhibitions include: Photography, Sequence, and Time (2012-13); Ten Years Gone (2015); and Something in the Way: A Brief History of Photography and Obstruction (2016-2017). Mr. Lord has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and served as guest lecturer in universities across the country. Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media.
Phillip March Jones
Founder, MARCH Gallery
New York, NY
Phillip March Jones is a curator, artist, and writer based in New York City. In 2020, he founded MARCH, a public benefit corporation and gallery located in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood dedicated to amplifying the voices of under-recognized artists.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Jones has spent the majority of his career advocating for the inclusion of Southern artists into the art historical canon through the organization of exhibitions, publications, and records. In 2009, Jones founded Institute 193, a non-profit contemporary art space and publisher in Lexington, Kentucky. He later served as the inaugural director of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation (Atlanta), director of the Galerie Christian Berst (New York/Paris) and Andrew Edlin Gallery (New York). Jones co-curated the 2019 Atlanta Biennial and has also organized exhibitions for institutions including the High Museum, Atlanta Contemporary, Elaine De Kooning House, and the University of Kentucky Art Museum. Jones’ photographs and writings have been published by the Jargon Society, Yale University Press, Vanderbilt University Press, the High Museum of Art, Dust-to-Digital, Poem 88, and Parker Gallery, among others.
Curator of Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans, LA
Richard McCabe is a curator, photographer and writer based in New Orleans. He was born in England and grew up in the American South. In 1998, he received an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University. He has taught Photography as an adjunct professor at: Pratt Institute, New York City, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut and Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Since 2010, he has been the Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He has organized and curated over thirty exhibitions including: Seeing Beyond the Ordinary, The Mythology of Florida, The Rising, Eudora Welty: Photographs from the 1930s – 40s, The Colourful South, Self-Processing: Instant Photography, New Southern Photography, Memory is a Strange Bell: The Art of William Christenberry and Spell, Time, Practice, American, Body: The Work of RaMell Ross.
McCabe’s thoughts and writings on photography have been published in the New York Times, Time, National Public Radio(NPR), Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Spot, The Bitter Southerner, HOTSHOE and LENSCRATCH magazine. In 2018, he contributed the introduction essay – The Reality on the Ground for the University of New Orleans press publication: New Southern Photography: Images of the Twenty-first Century South. In 2019 he wrote the introduction essay for the Cattywampus press publication: Devin Lunsford: All the Place You’ve Got, and the essay – The North Star for the Ogden Museum publication – Memory is a Strange Bell: The Art of William Christenberry.
Director, Photographic Arts Council
Los Angeles, CA
Bayley Mizelle currently serves as the Director of the Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles. With a focus in contemporary art and arts education in the fields of writing, photography, pedagogy, and artist studio practice, Bayley has a background co-producing and curating events and exhibitions within the visual arts; working with galleries, project spaces, arts institutions and Artist studios throughout Los Angeles and abroad. In previous roles she has partnered with institutions and organizations such as The Lucie Foundation for Month of Photography LA, CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP), Medium Photo, Las Fotos Project, as well as Frieze LA and others. She was a grantee of the Citizen Artist AmeriCorps (CAA) Teaching Fellow Grant & Excellence in Education Award–through which she developed and taught arts educational programming in photography and creative writing for underserved youth programs based in inner city Los Angeles.
Bayley received a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Photography and Media with a Minor in Critical Studies for Creative Writing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
George Nobechi is the founder of Nobechi Creative, a producer of workshops, exhibitions and events online, in Japan, and around the world. George has served as juror for juried exhibitions for galleries in the USA and has participated as an exhibiting artist, guest speaker, volunteer or board member for festivals such as Photo NOLA, Photoville, Filter, ONAEBA and Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival. In 2022 he was chosen to appear as the Japan representative in Fujifilm’s “Reflections” – a project commemorating the 10th anniversary of the X-series of cameras.
George is a photographer, represented by fine galleries such as Patricia Conde Galeria and Webster Collection; his work has been published in Newsweek, Huffington Post, Asahi Camera, PDN, Tokyo Shimbun and more. He has held solo exhibitions in Italy, Germany, USA and Japan and is a 2x Critical Mass Top 50 Winner among numerous awards.
In 2022 he launched a committee to create a new photo festival in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan, which will take place for the first time in April-May 2023 with the backing of the government of Japan. George will be looking for new and interesting work from all genres and will endeavor to be a resource for you to research galleries, festivals and exhibition opportunities in Japan. He is particularly interested in seeing innovative exhibition and installation ideas that push photography into new areas.
Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator for Photography, New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, LA
Brian Piper is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator of Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art. He completed his Ph.D. in American Studies at the College of William and Mary in 2016, with the assistance of fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. His research focuses on 20th century African American photography, vernacular uses of photographs, and histories of race and photography.
Prior to his arrival in New Orleans, Piper held a variety of teaching and curatorial positions at the College of William and Mary, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Valentine Richmond History Center. At NOMA, his curatorial credits include: Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers (2022), You Are Here: A Brief History of Photography and Place (2019), Lee Friedlander in Louisiana (2018), Beyond the Frame: Photography and Native American Lives (2017), and the multi-media exhibition Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories (2018).
VP of Acquisitions, M.S. Rau, New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
Rebecca Rau is a fourth-generation art dealer, heading up inventory acquisitions for New Orleans’ preeminent fine art, antiques, and jewelry gallery, M.S. Rau. In collaboration with the New Orleans Photo Alliance, Rebecca produced public photography installation The Fence in New Orleans in 2020-21 and served as an artist juror. Rebecca has curated a variety of exhibitions including Pedro Lasch’s “Reflections on Time,” a special project for Prospect New Orleans, “The Pissarro Dynasty: Five Generations of Artistic Mastery” at M.S. Rau, “Vice & Virtue,” M.S. Rau’s tribute to New Orleans’ tricentennial, “Ruth Orkin: In Motion,” “Michel Varisco: King Tides,” “Patty Carroll: Domestic Demise” for PhotoNOLA, and more. She has acted as an art expert and guest speaker for various organizations and hosted an art world immersion course in London for YPO Next Generation. She is also active in the jewelry space and produced a collaborative collection, “The 110 Collection” with famed New York jewelers Oscar Heyman in 2022. Rebecca has degrees from New York University, San Francisco Art Institute, and Sotheby’s Institute London. She is the Executive Director of the Rau for Art Foundation which supports arts appreciation and education in the high schools of Greater New Orleans.
Smith Davidson Gallery
Amsterdam, Miami, Mexico City, New York
SmithDavidson Gallery, based in Amsterdam, Mexico City and Miami, exhibits a dynamic range of leading modern and contemporary art in various mediums. The gallery’s mission is to acquire and present the work of significant artists whose work has either defined or is expanding the parameters of the visual arts.
Daniel E. Stetson
Executive Director Emeritus, LSU Museum of Art
Baton Rouge, LA
Daniel E. Stetson has over 40 years of executive museum and curatorial leadership experience, including public and private universities, government-based and private not-for-profit organizations. Stetson recently retired from the position of Executive Director of the LSU Museum of Art where he served for the last six+ years, starting in 2016. He more than doubled the photography collection holdings, began a significant collection of American studio ceramics and has significantly diversified the collection holdings and visible permanent collection galleries since arriving in Baton Rouge. The exhibitions program was broad in its scope and inclusive in its content.
Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Lisa Volpe is Curator, Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Before arriving in Houston, she was the Curator of the Wichita Art Museum where she oversaw all areas of the museum’s collection. Additionally, she held various curatorial roles at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), and fellowships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her recent exhibition catalog, Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer, was one of two finalists for the Association of American Publishers Prose Awards.
Lisa does NOT attend reviews to find artists for exhibition or acquisition. Rather, she can answer specific questions about the work or series, discuss the relationship between subject and presentation, introduce historical context, and provide insight into the needs and processes of large museums. Lisa does not wish to see nudes and pure landscapes and would prefer to meet with artists she has not met with before.