PhotoNOLA 2016 Reviewers
Anna Goldwater Alexander, WIRED
Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator/ Book Designer
Jennifer Blessing, Guggenheim Museum
Bill Boling, Fall Line Press
Elisabeth Biondi, Biondi Photo
Claire C. Carter, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Taylor Curry, Ain’t Bad Magazine
Jo Anderson Brezno, Galeria Photo/Graphic, San Miguel, Mexico
Ashlyn Davis, Houston Center for Photography
Arnika Dawkins, Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Andrew Fednyak, Zatara Press
Roy Flukinger, Harry Ransom Center
Debbie Goldgar, Art Plus Artisans
Julie Grahame, aCurator
Adam Justice, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Sarah Kennel, Peabody Essex Museum
Christina Lane, Orion Magazine
Steven Maklansky, Art & Arts Administration Consultant, New Orleans
Nancy McCrary, SxSE Magazine
Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine
Dina Mitrani, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami
Rob Shaeffer, Princeton Architectural Press
Aline Smithson, Lenscratch
Mary Virginia Swanson, Marketing Consultant
Bridget Watson-Payne, Chronicle Books
Alison Zavos, Featureshoot
Anna Goldwater Alexander
Director of Photography, WIRED
Anna Alexander is Director of Photography at WIRED in San Francisco, Ca. She’s been producing photo shoots and wrangling WIRED photographers for over nineteen years. In 2011, she took a two-year hiatus from WIRED as the Photo Director at Dwell. Anna has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Arizona. She resides in Novato, CA. with her husband and two children.
WIRED is open to all types of photography, specifically portrait (studio and environmental), documentary and still-life.
Independent Curator; Photography Book Design, L’Oeil de la Photographie
ELIZABETH AVEDON is an independent curator and contributor to L’Oeil de la Photographie, profiling the world of photography since 2014. Former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe and Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, Elizabeth has received awards and recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book, Avedon: 1949-1979 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, among others; Richard Avedon: In the American West‚ for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago; recently curating several exhibitions at New York’s Leica Gallery.
Elizabeth is open to all types of fine art photography, including portraiture, documentary, photojournalism and books in progress.
New York, NY
Elisabeth Biondi was the Visuals Editor of The New Yorker for 15 years. She left in 2011 to work as an independent curator, writer, and teacher. In addition to curating exhibitions in New York and beyond, she teaches at SVA Graduate School for Photography and related Media, and writes the monthly Portfolio column for Photograph magazine.
Biondi curated Subjective/Objective and Under the Bridge for the New York PhotoFestival 2011, and New Yorker Fiction/Real Photography at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. In the fall of 2011 her exhibition Beyond Words: Photography in the New Yorker was the season’s opening show at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. An expanded version traveled to the Ullens Center in Beijing in 2012. Her exhibition Widely Different: New York City Panoramas was on view at the Seaport Museum, New York in 2012. Most recently she curated LIFT Off at the Fridman Gallery in New York and REFUGEE is currently on view at the Annenberg Center for Photography in Los Angeles.
Born and educated in Germany, Elisabeth started working with photographers when Geo magazine launched in the US. The magazine won many awards for photography and design. Subsequently she moved to Vanity Fair, and as Director of Photography, focused on lively, witty portraiture, which became an important element of the magazine’s success. After seven years at Vanity Fair, Elisabeth returned to Germany to work for Stern, one of Germany’s largest newsweeklies. As head of the Photography Department, she explored the fast-paced world of news and reportage photography, and worked with celebrated photographers all around the world. In 1996, she returned to New York to become Visuals Editor of The New Yorker. As Visuals Editor she helped shape the look of the publication by establishing a group of staff photographers, commissioning both masters and emerging talent. She built the magazine’s reputation for its use of photography, for which it received numerous awards, including two National Magazine Awards.
Biondi was a juror for the World Press Photography Awards and the Sony World Photography Awards, in addition to numerous national and international photography juries. She participates in numerous portfolio reviews and is one of the founders of The Photography Master Retreat which takes place annually in the south of France. She also advises many up-and-coming photographers and edits their work.
Elizabeth is most interested in seeing documentary photography including portraiture, particularly where it intersects with fine art photography.
Publisher, Fall Line Press
William Boling is the founder of Fall Line Press, a photobook publisher, bookstore and reading room located in Atlanta, GA. Fall Line Press’s mission is to support photobooks and their creators, aiming to be a valuable resource for artists and art patrons as they connect more deeply with art and creative expression. Select titles include: Bottom of da Boot by Kael Alford; America 101 by Arthur Grace; and Alphabet by Debbie Fleming Caffery. Most recently Boling together with Stephen Shore founded a quarterly broadsheet photography newsprint journal @documentum.tv which has received wide acclaim and support internationally.
William Boling’s personal photographic projects have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Atlanta, New York, and internationally, icluding the New Museum in New York, the Window Gallery at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and for Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s 11th Annual Public Art Project Gifted. Boling’s work is held in many public and private collections.
William Boling is interested in projects thought of in book form, scenes from everyday life, street photography, or long-term documentary projects.
Owner/Curator, Galeria Photo/Graphic
San Miguel de Allende, Gto, Mexico
Jo Brenzo is the owner/curator of the Galeria Photo/Graphic formally known as the Galeria de Fotografia located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato in Mexico. Jo majored in photography with a printmaking minor at the fine arts department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has taught photography and exhibited her work throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico over the past 35 years. She was the director/gallery curator of the New England Photographic Workshop in New Milford, Connecticut before moving to San Miguel de Allende in 1992. As professor of photography at the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez El Nigromante (Bellas Artes), the national art school of Mexico in San Miguel de Allende for 20 years, she wanted to introduce photography as a fine art to San Miguel, a well known artist based community. By establishing the Academia de Fotografia in 1995 and the Galeria de Arte Fotografico in 1997, Jo was able to expose the community to the serious works of emerging and established photographers from the United States, Europe and Latin America. Many of these photographers were discovered when reviewing the portfolios of Fotofest participants in Houston, Texas. The work of many of these photographers are still being represented in the gallery.
Jo is currently looking for emerging and established photographers for gallery representation and solo exhibitions. She is most interested in looking at cohesive bodies of work in the areas of analog, alternative processes and digital photography. The gallery specializes in Fine Art photography with a subtle look. Jo rarely exhibits photojournalism, highly saturated color or commercial work. Preferred portfolios are in-depth documentary work, project work and bodies of work in progress.
Claire C. Carter
Curator of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Claire C. Carter is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art where she has curated exhibitions of visual art, architecture and design since 2007. Among the original exhibitions she has presented are Sama Alshaibi: Silsila (on view at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in September 2017); Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns (also presented at the San Jose Museum of Art); The Five Senses: Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw, Ernesto Neto; Narrow Road to the Interior: Contemporary Japanese Artists¬¨; Architecture + Art: H√©ctor Zamora; and At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer. She is an author of three books co-published by Radius Books and has received awards from the American Alliance of Museums, the American Institute for Graphic Arts and the Association of Art Museum Curators. Her exhibitions have received grants from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, among others. She is currently organizing Paolo Soleri: The City is Nature, a retrospective and monograph of the artist and architect, scheduled to open at SMoCA in fall 2017.
Ms. Carter is interested in reviewing photography or lens-based contemporary art. She will provide critical feedback from aesthetic, conceptual and historical perspectives of both complete and in-progress bodies of work. She is happy to discuss the museum and curatorial process and the various stages of preparing an exhibition or book. She does not wish to review commercial photography.
Co-Founder / Editor-In-Chief, Aint-Bad
Taylor Curry is a co-founder of Aint-Bad – An Independent Publisher of New Photographic Art. Founded in Savannah, Georgia, the collective is dedicated to publishing contemporary photography and text to support a progressive community of artists from around the world through online web features, printed periodicals, monographs, and exhibitions. The periodicals address specific cultural themes or observations, open for interpretive energy.
Aint–Bad’s objective is to stimulate the collection of and appreciation for photography by way of accessible and affordable publications. Established in 2011, the brand supports local initiatives by working together with artists, curators, and institutions to help foster a creative community.
Taylor Curry (b. 1988) received his B.F.A. in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2012. He is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York.
Taylor is most interested in viewing cohesive and meaningful bodies of work in addition to self-published photo books. He is interested in developing and publishing new photographic artist monographs.
Executive Director, Houston Center for Photography
Ashlyn Davis is the Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography, a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 offering year-round exhibitions, workshops, publications, outreach programs, lectures, and classes. HCP produces 15 – 20 exhibitions annually on and off-site, balancing work by regional and internationally acclaimed emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Ashlyn is also an editor of SPOT, a bi-annual magazine about photography that includes artist portfolios, exhibition and book reviews, and interviews.
Ashlyn holds an MA in American Studies with a focus on the history of photography from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Art History from Pratt Institute. She is also a published writer and recently co-edited a book of 19th-century photographs, Islands of the Blest.
Ashlyn is interested in seeing work to be considered for exhibition at Houston Center for Photography or to be published in SPOT magazine. She is most interested in seeing cohesive bodies of work that have not yet been exhibited in Houston. Her primary interest is work that reflects or intervenes in broader cultural or historical narratives in unique ways. She is not interested in viewing commercial work.
Owner and Publisher, Zatara Press
Andrew Fedynak is the founder and publisher of Zatara Press, an independent, small press, photography book publishing company based in Richmond, Virginia. Centered around the aesthetic principles of Wabi Sabi, Fedynak created Zatara Press to publish uniquely designed and collaboratively crafted Artist’s Styled Photobooks. To Zatara Press, photobooks are poetic art objects as well as statements or narratives. They aim to challenge the fundamental nature of the photobook with innovative designs that function to complement each project.
Andrew Fedynak (Hartford Art School MFA and ICP One-Year Certificate Program) is also a photographer. Formerly of Asheville, North Carolina, Andrew’s photographs are often found around Zatara Press’s home in the American South and in other locations as moments occur.
Co Owner, VP, Art + Artisans Consulting
Debbie Goldgar is a founding owner of Art + Artisans and is based in Houston. Debbie sees art as a vital part of communicating a company’s brand, and advises clients on how to best express their culture through the use of appropriate works of art. Art + Artisans is a full service art management company, taking companies from initial concepts through research, acquisition, installation and ultimately managing their art assets.
Debbie is happy to advise photographers on the types of work/imagery being sought in the commercial marketplace by corporations, healthcare, universities, and those clients who look for photography to complete their work spaces.
Consultant and Publisher, aCurator
Julie Grahame has been working in various roles in the photo industry for 25 years. She is the publisher of aCurator full-screen photography magazine, and the associated aCurator blog. Julie is also a consultant, portfolio reviewer, writer and speaker, and is a member of American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) and vice president of the American Photography Archives Group (APAG).
Julie is open to seeing most kinds of photography but is not generally inclined to give feedback on portfolios consisting mainly of nude women.
Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, The Mint Museum
Adam Justice joined the Mint Museum in August as the Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. He previously served as the Curator of Art at the Polk Museum of Art (Lakeland, FL) where he worked with a number of local, regional and nationally known photographers, including Joshua Mann Pailet, Josephine Sacabo, Louviere+Vanessa, Richard Sexton, and Jessica Lange. Justice also assisted in securing important acquisitions for the museum’s photography collection, including works by such photographers as Ansel Adams, Andre Kertesz, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Yousuf Karsh. In addition to those listed above, Justice enjoys the photographic work of Neil Krug, Saul Leiter, Francesca Woodman, Stephen Shore, Christian Patterson, Shelby Lee Adams, and Miles Aldridge. Justice earned his M.A. in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Byrne Family Curator of Photography, Peabody Essex Museum
As Byrne Family Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, Sarah Kennel oversees the care and growth of an extensive collection of photographs dating from 1839 to the present, with exceptional strengths in nineteenth-century East and South Asian, Maritime, and New England-area photography and lead an ambitious exhibition program devoted to displaying historical and contemporary photographs from around the world. Upcoming projects include a major traveling exhibition of the art of Sally Mann. Before joining the Peabody Essex Museum in 2015, she was associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art. Sarah is interested in the entire history of photography and especially fascinated with the relationship between photography and other art forms; contemporary portraiture; the relationship between science, technology and photography; photography as a form of visual knowledge, and contemporary artists working with so-called alternative processes.
Publisher and Founding Editor, South x Southeast Photomagazine
Nancy McCrary’s 30 year career in niche magazines combined with her life-long love affair with photography culminated in her launch of the South x Southeast Photo brand in 2011. She is the Founding Editor and Publisher of South x Southeast photomagazine. (www.sxsemagazine.com), the Director of South x Southeast Photoworkshops (www.sxsephotoworkshops.com), and Shopkeeper of South x Southeast Shop (www.sxseshop.com). In addition, she co-directed the SlowExposures Photography Festival from 2004 – 2012 .
Nancy is interested in seeing work produced in the American South, digital, film, or alt process by emerging or mid-career photographers. She is particularly interested in work with a storyline, and long-term projects.
Owner / Director, Dina Mitrani Gallery
Dina Mitrani is the owner and director of the Dina Mitrani Gallery in the Wynwood Art District in Miami, Florida. After 20 years of experience in the international art world based in New York, Madrid and Miami, Dina Mitrani opened her gallery in 2008 focusing exclusively on photography. The gallery exhibits work by emerging and mid-career international artists with a mission to exhibit photo-based art and engage the community in artistic dialogues and cultural enrichment.
Besides exhibitions and artist lectures, Dina organizes emerging-artist workshops, gives gallery talks to various educational groups including high school students, and has collaborated with independent curators and other art institutions to produce important photography exhibitions in the Miami area.
The gallery has been featured in international print and online publications and has received accolades such as “Best Gallery Exhibition” by the Miami New Times in 2013.
Dina Mitrani currently serves on the advisory board of the new Miami Photo Center of the History Miami Museum and is a founding member of the Miami Art Dealers Association. Alongside her sister, Rhonda, she has been a pioneer in making the Wynwood neighborhood a thriving arts community by converting their parents‚Äô clothing factory into art studios and gallery spaces. They are co-founders of the Wynwood Art District Association and the Women of Wynwood.
Dina has a Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Michigan and a Master’s from Hunter College in New York. Her professional career began at Christie’s in New York and while finishing her graduate studies, curated Latin American photography shows at Throckmorton Fine Art. After relocating back to Miami in 1999, she co-curated an exhibition of photographs from the Margulies Collection at the Art Museum at Florida International University. In 2012, Dina curated “Re-Framing the Feminine: Photography from the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz‚” at the Girls’ Club Collection in Fort Lauderdale.
In recent years, Dina has juried ARTslant’s photography competition, the MFA student exhibition at University of Florida, Photolucida’s Critical Mass competitions, the Center for Fine Art Photography’s “Water” exhibition in Fort Collins, Colorado, as well as the AIRIE Everglades Residency program. She has participated as a portfolio reviewer in photography festivals such as Houston’s FotoFest, Photolucida, the Palm Springs Photo Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, as well as the Miami Street Photography Festival.
The gallery focuses on conceptual and narrative photography, less on documentary, street or landscape work.
Founder/Editor of LENSCRATCH, educator, LENSCRATCH
Los Angeles, CA
Aline Smithson is a photographic artist, educator, and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch. She curates and jurors exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. In addition, she is a reviewer and workshop instructor at many photo festivals across the United States. In 2014, Aline received the Excellence in Teaching Award by CENTER and her work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 Portfolios, Review Santa Fe and the PDN Photo Annual. In 2012, Aline was recognized with the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community
Aline is represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world. She has exhibited globally and her work is held in a number of public collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including PDN, the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Diffusion, Rangefinder, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. She released a retrospective monograph, Self and Others, published by the Magenta Foundation in Fall 2015. Aline lives and works in Los Angeles.
Bridget Watson Payne
Senior Editor, Art Publishing, Chronicle Books
San Francisco, CA
Bridget Watson Payne is the art, design, and photography book editor at renowned independent publisher Chronicle Books. With over a dozen years of experience in publishing, she has collaborated with hundreds of authors, artists, and photographers to make their book ideas a beautiful reality. Her authors include the photographers Toni Greaves, Robert Clark, Traer Scott, Karsten Thormaehlen, Nina Katchadourian, and Olivia Lochner as well as prominent entities such as Marimekko, Pantone, and NASA. She has taught at Makeshift Society and the ICON Illustration Conference, and spoken and reviewed portfolios at Photo Alliance, CCA, ARLIS, the California Writer’s Club, APA SF, and RayKo Photo Center, among others.
Bridget is particularly interested in seeing personal projects with a cohesive through-line, nature, portraiture, fashion, and images that evoke a sense of place. She is not interested in food photography, weddings, and lifestyle.
Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Feature Shoot
Alison Zavos is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the photography site Feature Shoot and a photography curator. Feature Shoot showcases the work of international emerging and established photographers who are transforming the medium through compelling, cutting-edge projects. Feature Shoot features contemporary work in all genres of photography: fine art, documentary, portrait, still life, landscape and more.
Alison is also an active member of the photography community, reviewing portfolios for numerous organizations and speaking on various panels discussing topics such as the impact of new media, marketing and the future of photography. Prior to running Feature Shoot full time, Zavos worked as a photo editor. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her family.