We are pleased to announce the reviewers who will be joining us for the 2015 PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews.

Reviews will take place Friday Dec 11 & Saturday Dec 12.
Registration will open on September 3, 2015 at 10am CST.

Steven Albahari, 21st Editions
Yaelle Amir, Newspace Center for Photography
Liz Anders, Liz Anders and Associates
MaryAnn Camilleri, Magenta Foundation/Flash Forward Festival
Martine Chaisson, Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
David Chickey, Radius Books
Catherine Couturier, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX
Kate Cunningham, Condé Nast
James Estrin, NYT Lens Blog
Mia Fineman, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Roy Flukinger, Harry Ransom Center
Stella Kramer, Stella Kramer Consulting
Elizabeth Krist, National Geographic
Olivier Laurent, TIME LightBox
Shane Lavalette, Light Work
Richard McCabe, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Cyril Merle, Anastasia Photo Gallery, New York, NY
Mark Murrmann, Mother Jones Magazine
Maja Orsic, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
Jenny Pouech, Freelance Art Researcher, Vintage Books
Alan Rapp, Monacelli Press
Laura Sackett, LensCulture
Michael Sand, Abrams Books
Drew Sawyer, Columbus Museum of Art
Matthew Weldon Showman, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Joel Smith, The Morgan Library and Museum
Mary Virginia Swanson, MVSwanson & Associates
Tom and Lois White, Exhibit.9 Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
Jack Woody, Twin Palms Publishers
Tim Wride, Norton Museum of Art


Steven Albahari
21st Editions
South Dennis, MA

Founder, President, Creative Director, and Chief Operating Motivator for this niche and unique press that combines classic design, classic printing and classic photographic processes with the word, image and artisan binding. Mr Albahari earned a Master of Science Visual Studies degree from M.I.T., and a B.A. from Bennington.

21st Editions are purveyors of unprecedented handmade and very limited edition book and print sets focusing on the word, image and artisan binding. World-class collection of books focusing on the word, image and artisan binding, primarily using the classic photographic process of platinum, as well as gum over platinum, silver gelatin, cyanotype, kallitype, palladium and photogravure. Printed predominately letterpress, most with handmade and mold-made papers, while showcasing some of the finest poets and writers in the world, all within the context of bindings in leathers, silks, papers, cloths, and metals.

Yaelle Amir
Newspace Center for Photography
Portland, OR

Yaelle S. Amir has worked as a curator and researcher for over a decade, focusing primarily on socially-engaged photography, video, and installation with a strong focus on community engagement. She has held curatorial and research positions at several institutions including the International Center of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has curated exhibitions at Artists Space, CUE Art Foundation, Center for Book Arts, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Franklin Street Works, ISE Cultural Foundation, Marginal Utility, and the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, among others. Yaelle is the recipient of several curatorial fellowships and awards by national organizations from The Luminary and Paul Artspace in St. Louis, to BRIC Media and the Art & Law Program in New York. At Newspace, Yaelle manages exhibitions, lectures, and public programs.

Newspace Center for Photography connects and inspires people by offering an accessible place to create, learn, and engage in the evolution of the image. Newspace is a multidimensional photography resource center and community hub for students, working artists, professional photographers, educators, and photo-enthusiasts of all types.The Center’s gallery mounts 12 exhibits annually. Artists are showcased in solo or two-person shows with the occasional group show or juried exhibition. Curatorial emphasis is placed on modern, fine-art and documentary photography and has included the work of emerging as well as established artists.

Liz Anders
Liz Anders and Associates
Houston, TX

Liz Anders, Principal at Liz Anders & Associates, advises individuals on fine art acquisitions and divestitures and prepares fine art appraisals for insurance, estate planning and donation purposes. She previously worked at Kinzelman Art Consulting in Houston as well as in New York at Christie’s Auction House. Liz has curated exhibitions for FotoFest participating spaces and past exhibitions include Lisa Robinson Snowbound (2008) at Kinzelman Art Consulting; Peikwen Cheng and Daniel Traub China in Transition (2008) at Travis Tower, Laurie Lambrecht Inside Roy Lichtenstein’s Studio (2010) at Bank of America Center, Houston and Andy Freeberg Guardians (2012) at Bank of America Center, Houston. Liz holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art, Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education, New York and her Certificate of Appraisal Studies in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She participated as a reviewer at FotoFest’s Meeting Place in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors and as Exhibitions Committee Chair at the Houston Center for Photography.

As a portfolio reviewer, she offers participants guidance in editing and can assist photographers with appropriate ways of presenting their portfolios and work for consideration by collectors. She is most interested in viewing cohesive bodies of work and photography that is suitable for exhibition and sale within the private sector. She is not interested in viewing stock, fashion, nudes or floral based imagery.

Maryann Camillieri
Founder, The Magenta Foundation
Director, Flash Forward Festival
Toronto, Ontario

The Magenta Foundation is a charitable arts organization and publishing house. Through its diversity with book publishing, online content, a festival in Boston and a gallery in Pittsburgh, the foundation is embracing the ever-changing technology era. Forging alliances with international galleries, curators and artists, Magenta mounts exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Notable titles published by Magenta include: Self & Others; Portrait as Autobiography by Aline Smithson, The Watchers by Haley Morris- Cafiero, Phantom Shanghai and Hanoi Calling by Greg Girard, The Station Point by Robert Bourdeau, The Dead by Jack Burman, Carte Blanche Volumes 1 & 2 and the Flash Forward Festival Catalogues 2004 to the present, including the special 10th Anniversary Edition.

Known and respected for her commitment to providing a platform for emerging talent, and to increasing the profile of under-documented established artists, MaryAnn is sought out to provide advice and guidance to individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations. She is always looking for engaging projects that can translate well into an exhibition or a publication.

Ms. Camilleri is interested in seeing unique, well developed projects, from documentary to fine art photography, that provide fresh opportunities for exhibition or publication. Through recent festival program expansions, she is looking to showcase a diversity of talent from both young and established artists. Her diversity allows her to give solid advice on editing, presentation and marketing artists’ work. Whether projects are appropriate for Magenta‚Äôs publishing mandate or not, MaryAnn is happy to offer advice and encouragement in proceeding with publishing projects in ways that will best suit an artist.

One piece of friendly advice: she is no longer interested in reviewing artistic nudes, landscape or commercial stock photography…

Martine Chaisson
Owner/Artistic Director
Martine Chaisson Gallery
New Orleans, LA

With an emphasis on quality, Martine Chaisson Gallery represents emerging and established artists providing a variety of original contemporary art including painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture to enhance both corporate and individual environments.

Martine Chaisson Gallery is currently looking for emerging and mid-career artists seeking representation.

David Chickey
Radius Books
Santa Fe, NM

David Chickey is Publisher, Designer, and Editorial Director for Radius Books, a non-profit publishing company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Founded in 2007, Radius’ mission is to encourage, promote and publish books of artistic and cultural value. Books give an accessible form to rich and complex creative visions. In short, they become the vehicles for beauty, reflection, and change. In this spirit, RADIUS BOOKS donates at least 300 copies of every title they publish to a nationwide network of libraries and schools, with the hope and expectation that these books will reach and inspire new audiences.

RADIUS BOOKS encourages, promotes, and publishes books of artistic and cultural value for a wide audience. Our projects are distinguished in both form and substance: beautiful objects by important artists of all ranks.

Catherine Couturier
Catherine Couturier Gallery
Houston, TX

Catherine Couturier is the owner and director of Catherine Couturier Gallery, the premier fine art photography gallery in Houston, Texas. Catherine has been in the gallery business for sixteen years and shows works by both classic and contemporary artists. The gallery is a member of AIPAD (the Association of International Photography Arts Dealers) and exhibits at art fairs around the country. Catherine is on the advisory committee and annual auction committee for Houston Center for Photography and sits on the board of Throught the Lens – Houston, and organization that empowers economically disadvantaged students through the art of photography.

Catherine is interested in seeing work that is fully realized, no matter the subject matter. She is well versed in editioning, editing, pricing, and navigating the fine art photography market.

Kate Cunningham
Senior Photo Research Editor
Conde Nast Traveler
New York, NY

Kate Cunningham is Senior Photo Research Editor at Conde Nast Traveler. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism from NYU and an Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Photography from SVU. She was previously the Director of Retail for International Center of Photography (ICP) from 2010 – 2013.

James Estrin
Co-editor, Lens Blog
New York Times
New York, NY

James Estrin is a Senior Staff Photographer for the New York Times. He is also a¬†founder of Lens, the Times’s photography blog and has been it’s co-editor since it went online in May 2009. His co-editor is David Gonzalez. Mr. Estrin has worked for the Times since 1987 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001. Mr. Estrin is also an adjunct professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

He is interested in viewing work that is in the broadest sense of the term documentary photography. In addition he is also interested in viewing work that is either photojournalistic or in the art world.

Mia Fineman
Associate Curator
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY

Mia Fineman is Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since joining the Museum in 1997, she has organized numerous exhibitions, including Other Pictures: Vernacular Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection (2000), On Photography: A Tribute to Susan Sontag (2006) and Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop (2012), and has written on art and culture for the New York Times, Slate, and other publications.

Ms. Fineman is interested in reviewing portfolios by people who think about their own work in relation to photography’s past and present and who actively look at photographs by other artists working today.

Roy Flukinger
Senior Research Curator
Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Roy Flukinger is the Senior Research Curator at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has 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 has mos recently completed co-curating a gallery-wide exhibition on their Magnum Photos collection. He consults with a variety of institutions and researchers; serves as juror, reviewer and evaluator of contemporary events, groups and support organizations; and continues to assist in research, management, conservation and development matters for the department.

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.

Stella Kramer
Stella Kramer Consulting
New York, NY

Stella Kramer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor and creative strategist who works one-on-one with photographers to help them strengthen their creative eye, put together the strongest portfolios and websites that reflect their work, and set a course to reach their professional goals.

Her work involves in-depth critiques and positive encouragement, while working with photographers to tell their story, look at their work in a new way, and shape their portfolio and website to attract interest from potential clients.

Stella has worked on many of the major news events in recent history, serving as the photo editor for The New York Times series “Portraits of Grief” memorializing those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Her work as part of the that team won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the 2002 Infinity Award for Public Service from the International Center of Photography. She was also part of the team at The New York Times that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. As a photo editor Stella has worked at The New York Times, People, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and other top magazines.

Stella has curated photography for the South Street Seaport Museum and the Museum of the City of New York, for the Griffin Museum of Photography and Fraction magazine online. She also lectures, reviews portfolios all over the country and is on the faculty of the Masters of Digital Photography program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Elizabeth Krist
Senior Photo Editor
National Geographic Magazine
Washington, DC

Elizabeth Cheng Krist is a senior photo editor for National Geographic. Elizabeth curated the Women of Vision exhibition and book, as well as an auction for Christie’s. She has judged competitions for Critical Mass, the State Department, PDN, Aftermath, FotoVisura, NPPA, and the RFK Journalism Awards. Elizabeth has won awards from POYi, Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts. She has spoken at PhotoPlus, FOTOfusion, FotoWeekDC and Pingyao. Elizabeth has taught workshops in Santa Fe and has served on the board of the Eddie Adams Workshop. She has also reviewed portfolios for the Palm Springs Photo Festival, LOOK3, and the New York Times.

Founded in 1888, National Geographic magazine covers culture and geography, science, wildlife, archaeology, adventure, and environmental stories, digitally as well as in print.

Elizabeth is most interested in seeing journalistic and narrative work suited to print assignments in National Geographic magazine or for online use on the NG Daily News website, as well as in fine art for the Proof photo blog.

Olivier Laurent
Time Lightbox

Olivier C. Laurent is Editor of LightBox, TIME’s photography website, which provides a window into the process of how great photographs are made, and draws attention to inspiring projects and groundbreaking work by established masters and new pioneers.

Previously, he was the Associate Editor for British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography magazine established in 1854, and the Editor of FLTR, the world’s first weekly magazine on smartphone photography.

Born in France in 1980, he graduated from the American University of Paris in 2005 and immediately moved to London to pursue a career in journalism, starting in the financial sector on publications such as Dealing With Technology and Post Magazine, before joining British Journal of Photography in 2008.

He has sat on the juries of the Visa pour l’Image Web Documentary Award, the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Prize, the FotoEvidence First Photobook Award, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial, the Visa d’Or News and Features, Photoreporter Festival, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards and World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass.

Shane Lavalette
Light Work
Syracuse, NY

Shane Lavalette is an American photographer, the founding Publisher/Editor of Lavalette, and the Director of Light Work. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lavalette’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Aperture Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in addition to being held in private and public collections. His editorial work has been published in various magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Esquire, Bloomberg Businessweek, Vice Magazine, The Wire, and Wallpaper, among others. Lavalette is currently based in Upstate New York.

Lavalette is interested in viewing developed, cohesive photographic projects as well as photobook mock-ups and sequences. He can offer editorial guidance and feedback, as well as advice on applications for publication, exhibition, or residency programs. Before meeting with Lavalette, please familiarize yourself with his work, publishing projects, and the programs at Light Work.

Richard McCabe
Curator of Photography
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans, LA

Richard McCabe received an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University in 1998. Also in 1998, he received a Fellowship to New York University to attend the American Photography Institute, National Graduate Seminar. From 1998 – 2005 he lived in New York City where he worked for numerous art galleries and museums including – The International Center for Photography, Robert Miller Gallery and the El Museo del Barrio. He also taught at Photography at Pratt Institute, New York City and Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey.

In 2005, He moved to New Orleans and has worked within the curatorial department at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for the past ten years. In 2010, he became the Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum. He has curated over 20 exhibitions in the past 4 years including – Eudora Welty: Photographs from the 1930s and 40s, The Mythology of Florida, Self Processing: Instant Photography, Seeing Beyond the Ordinary and The Rising.

The mission of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications, and research.

Cyril Merle
Associate Director
Anastasia Photo Gallery
New York, NY

Cyril Merle is the Associate Director of the Anastasia Photo Gallery in New York, which is dedicated exclusively to Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. Anastasia Photo grew out of Felicia Anastasia’s commitment to objectively recording the human condition in an ever changing world. The gallery endows each exhibit with a contribution to a related philanthropic organization.

Mark Murrmann
Photo Editor
Mother Jones Magazine
San Francisco, CA

Mark came to Mother Jones in 2007 with a background as a freelance editorial and documentary photographer. He studied photography at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and then in London as a student winner of the Alexia Foundation Photography Grant. Prior to becoming a photographer, Mark wrote a weekly column in the Indianapolis Star, co-edited the long-running San Francisco-based punk magazine Maximumrocknroll and worked as a Sr. Editor at the Internet music service Rhapsody.

Mother Jones is a magazine featuring investigative and breaking news reporting on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture. It has a long tradition of supporting documentary photography.

Mark is most interested in seeing photojournalism and documentary work as well as strong editorial-based portraiture, but is open to looking at other kinds of photography. He is always happy to look at work from young and emerging photographers.

Maja Orsic
Robert Klein Gallery
Boston, MA

Maja Orsic is Director at Robert Klein Gallery, a fine art photography gallery in Boston. Orsic studied Professional Writing and French & Francophone Studies at Carnegie Mellon University and worked in community programs and development at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, before starting at the gallery in 2010. She is especially interested in the written word as it relates to photography; specifically, how artists choose to present themselves and their work. Director since 2013, Orsic works closely with artists and collectors, serving as a matchmaker for the two. She recently curated “The Gun Show,” an exhibition featuring work by 13 New England photographers, for Boston’s 2015 Flash Forward Festival. She has been a regular participant at the annual portfolio reviews at the Rhode Island School of Design and juried the 2014 Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography, awarded by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Orsic also runs the Instagram account @theselfiewareness, which is going to go viral any day now.

Jenny Pouech
Art Researcher
Freelance and Vintage Books

Jenny Pouech is passionate about photography. Her ten year career as an art researcher finding captivating and compelling imagery for trade book covers at Knopf and Vintage Books is a rewarding challenge. She is always looking for and researching the right image and she’s acquired images from stock agencies, historical societies, galleries, photographers and artists for use in variety of book projects. A respected and valued member of the NY photo and publishing communities, Jenny’s research clients include: Bloomsbury, Broadway Books, Crown, FSG, HarperCollins, Penguin Press, Riverhead, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Viking and W. W. Norton.

Having worked alongside designers and art directors for so long, Jenny is an encouraging and curious force with a keen sense of what images book publishers need to tell a story and sell a book.

Alan Rapp
Senior Editor, Architecture + Design
Monacelli Press
New York, NY

Alan Rapp is senior editor at The Monacelli Press. He develops and edits architecture, design, and photography books. As a critic, he has written for Modern Painters, Designers & Books, The Photobook Review, Wired Design, Dwell, Urban Omnibus and numerous other publications, and contributed a foreword to Joël Tettamanti’s monograph, Works: 2001–2019 (Benteli, 2015).

A former senior editor at Chronicle Books, San Francisco, he acquired and developed dozens of titles in the art, architecture, design, and photography lists. He has worked with writers, architects, photographers, visual artists, and designers to develop books, limited editions, exhibitions, and other projects. Rapp holds an MFA in Design Criticism at School of Visual Arts. He has lead graduate-level seminars in Design Writing at Pratt Institute and thesis development at Rhode Island School of Design. Rapp reviews photography portfolios at numerous events across the country and leads photo book workshops in the Bay Area and New York. He also collaborates with organizations, artists, photographers and architects in creating books and packages and project-manages books and edits on a freelance basis.

The Monacelli Press is a leading publisher of books on architecture, the fine arts, interior design, landscape architecture, photography, and graphic design. Publisher Gianfranco Monacelli conceived the venture as a distinct and stimulating voice in the visual arts to reinterpret and challenge the conventional boundaries of the field, to bring forth the best, most provocative, and the most substantive of what the finest creative minds—and eyes—have to offer. The Monacelli Press has published more than 250 books since it was established in 1994, books that are distinctive for both content and visual presentation.

Laura Sackett
Creative Director
Berkeley, CA

Laura Sackett is partner and Creative Director in LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations committed to discovering and promoting the best in the global photography. She has lead all aspects of design including brand, website, print, communications, screenings and exhibitions that has help transform LensCulture into a world-class platform for contemporary photography. Besides leading the creative direction for LensCulture, she also curates the online galleries, co-curates the LensCulture exhibitions and serves as Juror for Portfolio Reviews.

Laura is also a photographer. Her recent photowork includes camera-less digital portraits and experiments with iPhonography. She is a founding Board Member of PhotoAlliance, and earned an MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA.

Michael Sand
Vice President, Publisher
New York, NY

Michael L. Sand has been involved with publishing visual books for the past twenty-five years. He was an editor at the Aperture Foundation throughout the 1990s, contributing to the quarterly journal Aperture, curating photographic exhibitions, and editing dozens of books. From 2000 to 2006 he was an editor at Bulfinch Press, at first based in Boston and then in New York City; and from 2006 to 2014 he was at Little, Brown and Company, where he oversaw editorial development of Ansel Adams books and calendars; developed a successful cookbook program; and published books on art, music, popular culture, and photography, including volumes by Jerry Uelsmann, Jill Greenberg, Irving Penn, and Sally Mann, most recently her illustrated memoir Hold Still. He is currently vice president and publisher for adult trade at Abrams.

He is interested in fully developed book ideas and strong portfolios of work in progress.

Drew Sawyer
William and Sarah Ross Soter Associate Curator of Photography
Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus, OH

Drew Sawyer is the William and Sarah Ross Soter Associate Curator of Photography at the Columbus Museum of Art. He received his Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University and has previously held positions at the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, and the Chazen Museum of Art. His past exhibitions include Zoe Leonard: Analogue (2015); From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola (2015); Robert Heinecken: Object Matter (2014); Walker Evans American Photographs (2013); Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light (2013); and ‘Social Forces Visualized’: Photography and Scientific Charity, 1900-1920 (2011). He is the Arts Editor editor at Document Journal and writes regularly about the history of photography and contemporary art. Future projects include an exhibition on the work of artists who, since 1970, have used the sun as subject to explore the historical, social, and technological conditions of photography; a multi-work installation by Lucy Raven; and a symposium on the reinvention of documentary in the 1970s.

Matthew Weldon Showman
Gallery Director
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
New Orleans, LA

Matthew Weldon Showman received his BA in the History of Art and Architecture in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh. Having worked for the Andy Warhol Museum during the course of his undergraduate degree, he completed a fellowship with the Milton Fine Curator of Art. He also worked on special exhibition and curatorial projects at institutions in Pittsburgh including: the Carnegie Museum of Art, Society for Contemporary Craft, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, as well as abroad at: Dulwich Picture Gallery and Tate Modern in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Following graduation, Showman moved to New Orleans for the gallery assistant position at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. The gallery is a collective environment of creative visions featuring monthly exhibitions of (inter)national, emerging to established, contemporary artists. Since its inception in 1998, the gallery has focused on forward thinking artists with a sense of purpose, mission, and message. The gallery is known for its stimulating and provocative exhibitions in a wide variety of media, having been featured in The New York Times, Art In America, The Art Newspaper, The Associated Press, ArtNews, NPR and many other international publications.

Showman became the gallery director in the summer of 2013 and has curated numerous exhibitions at the gallery, art fairs (inter)nationally and in alternative spaces throughout the city over the course of his time in Louisiana. He is particularly interested in the way contemporary photographers innovate within the medium, and would like to review projects that fall within the realm of conceptual and/or abstraction.

Joel Smith
Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography
Morgan Library & Museum
New York, NY

Joel Smith is the Morgan Library‚Äôs first Richard L. Menschel Curator and head of the department of Photography, founded in 2012. As a curator at Vassar College (1999-2005) and Princeton University (2005-2012), his 25 exhibitions included Histories of Photography (2003); Saul Steinberg: Illuminations (2006); Pictures of Pictures (2010); and The Life and Death of Buildings (2011). At the Morgan, he has curated A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play (2014); From Here to Here: Richard McGuire Makes a Book (2014); Hidden Likeness: Emmet Gowin at the Morgan (2105); and the upcoming Sight Reading: Photography and the Legible World (Feb. 2016), a collaborative venture with Eastman House. Smith’s interests include computational photography, photographic sequencing, and the photo book.

Mary Virginia Swanson
Creative Consultant
MVSwanson & Associates
Tucson, AZ & NYC

Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and advisor to artists and arts organizations whose career includes exhibiting, collecting and licensing photography. In 2013, Swanson received the Focus Award for Lifetime Achievement in Photography from the Griffin Museum in Boston and the recipient of the 2014 Susan Carr Prize for Education given by ASMP. Her publications, articles, and blog on marketing opportunities for photographers are invaluable resources for photographers that can be found at www.mvswanson.com.

Ms. Swanson is happy to advise participating artists on what markets are most likely to respond positively to their imagery. In addition to viewing examples of final prints, she encourages those who meet with her to bring samples of marketing materials they are currently using to promote themselves, and/or mock-ups of catalogues / monographs in the planning stages. Sharing your website during your session will allow her to advise on its effectiveness in presenting your work to desired collectors, collecting institutions, and others.

Tom and Lois White
Exhibit No.9, gallery and studio for contemporary art
Asbury Park, NJ

Tom and Lois White are the Founders and Directors of Exhibit No.9, gallery and studio for contemporary art, showing the work of emerging and mid-career regional, national and international artists and photographers. Gallery events include exhibitions, seminars, artist talks and a place where artists, patrons and collectors can meet and be connected to the art world. Located in Asbury Park, New Jersey, between New York City and Philadelphia, Exhibit No.9 is situated in the heart of an urban renaissance, which has been attracting people, culture and art forms from around the world.

Tom is also the Director of 9 Surf Editions, a fine art print atelier producing prints and editions for the gallery’s exhibitors as well as artists and photographers around the world. His meticulous attention to detail is the foundation of 9 Surf and has been the hallmark of the highest standard of archival giclee prints.

Jack Woody
Twin Palms
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.

Tim Wride
Curator of Photography
Norton Museum of Art
West Palm Beach, FL

Tim B. Wride is the William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since joining the museum in 2012, Tim has originated exhibitions that have highlighted Florida photographers and coordinated the inaugural Rudin Prize which showcases contemporary photographers. He is currently working on an exhibition about Photography and the Everglades.

Prior to joining the Norton Museum, Tim was a Curator in the Department of Photographs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for 14 years, Tim curated over 50 exhibitions, authored and contributed to a dozen books, and has lectured, participated in panels, juried exhibitions, and provided portfolio reviews internationally. In 2004, Tim became the founding Executive Director of the No Strings Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that provides individual artist grants to U.S. photographers.

Tim is a voracious consumer of photographic images. He likes nothing better than to look at photographs and talk to smart photographers about their work.