PhotoNOLA 2018 Reviewers
Donny Bajohr, Smithsonian Magazine
Stacey Baker, The New York Times Magazine
Amethyst Rey Beaver, 21c Museum Hotels
Jo Brenzo, Photographic Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Alyssa Coppelman, Independent Photo Editor & Researcher
Stephen Daiter, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL
James Estrin, New York Times Lens Blog
Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation
Roy Flukinger, Independent Curator
Ann Jastrab, All-About-Photo
Jessica Johnston, Visual Studies Workshop
Michael Kamber, Bronx Documentary Center
Anne Kelly, photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Russell Lord, New Orleans Museum of Art
Lee Marks, Lee Marks Fine Art, Shelbyville, IN
Richard McCabe, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
W. Burt Nelson, Private Collector
Deirdre Read, O, The Oprah Magazine/ Woman’s Day/ Popular Mechanics
Paloma Shutes, The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine
Aline Smithson, LENSCRATCH
Gordon Stettinius, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA
Mary Virginia Swanson, Mary Virginia Swanson and Associates
Alan G. Thomas, University of Chicago Press
Paula Tognarelli, Griffin Museum of Photography
Jack Woody, Twin Palms Publishers
Tim Wride, Norton Museum of Art
Jane Yeomans, Bloomberg Businessweek
Thomas Zander, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2018 Reviewers Bios
Associate Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine
Donny Bajohr is a photo editor at Smithsonian magazine. Before Smithsonian, Donny interned as a photo editor at Sporting News and interned for the Peace Corps as a multimedia editor. His work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers, Communication Arts, NPPA, and Graphis Inc.
Donny is from Upstate, NY and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Photojournalism.
Associate Photo Editor, The New York Times Magazine
New York, NY
Stacey Baker is a photo editor at The New York Times Magazine. She’s interested in reviewing portraiture and conceptual and documentary photography.
Amethyst Rey Beaver
Assistant Curator, 21c Museum Hotels
Amethyst Rey Beaver is the Assistant Curator at 21c Museum Hotels where she works closely with Museum Director, Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites on the curatorial programing at all eight 21c locations. From 2012-2016 she worked at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin on the Latin American and Modern & Contemporary curatorial teams on exhibitions, publications, and public programming. In 2010, Amethyst lived, worked, and studied in Valparaiso, Chile as a Fulbright Fellow. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.A. in Modern & Contemporary Latin American art history from the University of Texas at Austin.
For more than 10 years, the 21c Museum Hotel experience has seamlessly blended art and hospitality. Their multi-venue contemporary art museum, unique boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants together create a new kind of travel and cultural experience. Dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting the art of the 21st century, 21c has over 75,000 square feet of exhibition space across seven locations. 21c presents curated exhibitions and site specific installations that reflect the global nature of art today.
Owner/Curator, Photographic Gallery
photographicgallerysma.com 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 1995, Jo was the professor of photography for two decades at Bellas Artes, the national art school of Mexico in San Miguel 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 in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she majored in photography with a printmaking minor. She now provides classes in digital photography and organizes traveling workshops throughout Latin America. In 2018 she has led small groups of photographers on trips to Cuba, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico, including Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Copper Canyon.
Jo is currently looking for emerging and established fine art photographers for gallery representation and solo exhibitions. She is most interested in analog, alternative processes and digital photography. Preferred portfolios are in-depth documentary work, project work and bodies of work in progress.
Photo Editor, Harper’s Magazine & the Oxford American magazine
Alyssa Coppelman is a photo editor and art researcher with 15 years of experience, including as Assistant Art Director of Harper’s Magazine, and Art Researcher for the Oxford American magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for general excellence in 2016. She has written for WIRED Photo, Adobe Create, Feature Shoot, and Slate’s photo blog, Behold.
Alyssa juries contests and exhibitions, including for the Center for Fine Art Photography, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and Slideluck Austin; regularly attends portfolio reviews; and is a member of Photolucida’s Advisory Council. Working directly with photographers, she provides oversight in editing, sequencing, design, and editorial aspects of portfolios and photobook projects. As a visiting lecturer, she speaks to undergraduate and graduate students of photography about her career.
At portfolio reviews, Alyssa is looking primarily for fine art and documentary projects and single images, as well as conceptual and digital composite work. She can advise on editing and sequencing, as well as how to approach photo editors and art directors in order to build a client list.
Owner, Stephen Daiter Gallery
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stephen Daiter received his BA in anthropology from Bucknell University, also attending Cornell University and UCLA. His graduate work in Human Development at The University of Chicago led to teaching at Northwestern University (1988-1991). Since 1991 he has been a full-time dealer in photography and books. He has been a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America for over 30 years and a member of the Association of International Photography Arts Dealers (AIPAD) for over 25 years.
Stephen Daiter Gallery has been a public exhibition space since 1997 offering fine, vintage examples of 20th century avant-garde, experimental and documentary American and European photography. Areas of specialization include the Institute of Design, Chicago, the Bauhaus, the Photo League, and the André Kertész Estate. Our contemporary program consists mostly of mid-career photographic artists including Dawoud Bey, John Gossage, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr and Alex Webb. The gallery has produced over 60 books and catalogs on photography. We also exhibit regularly at AIPAD, and Paris Photo.
Reviewing preferences are experimental, documentary and conceptual work.
Editor, New York Times Lens Blog
New York, NY
Co Founder, Humble Arts Foundation
Seattle, WA & NYC
Jon Feinstein is a Seattle and New York City-based curator, writer, photographer, and co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation. Jon has curated numerous exhibitions over the past decade, including Future Isms at Glassbox Gallery in Seattle, WA; Radical Color at Newspace Center for Photography, in Portland, Oregon; Another NY for Art-Bridge at The Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY; and 31 Women in Art Photography at Hasted Kraetleur in NYC. His projects have been featured in Aperture, The New York Times, The New Republic, BBC, VICE, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, Feature Shoot and American Photo, and his writing has appeared in VICE, TIME, Slate, GOOD, Daylight, and PDN. His online group show, originally titled “New Cats in Art Photography” was recently published as a hard-bound book, Humble Cats by Yoffy Press.
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.
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.
Editor in Chief, All-About-Photo
San Rafael, CA
Ann M. Jastrab is an independent curator, photography consultant, editor, and writer. She writes extensively about photographers and photography for the acclaimed website All About Photo where she is the Editor-in-Chief. She worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for the past decade until their recent closure in 2017. Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, and Lishui International Photography Festival in China as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. While being a champion of artists, she created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where recent residents Meghan Riepenhoff, Carlos Javier Ortiz, and McNair Evans all received Guggenheim Fellowships. Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well. She has been leading courses in the San Francisco Bay Area and at the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the Maine Photographic Workshops) in Rockport, Maine since 1995. She is also currently working at the Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco.
Assistant Director | Curator of Collections, Visual Studies Workshop
Jessica Johnston is Assistant Director and Curator of Collections at Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1969, VSW’s mission is to support makers and interpreters of images through education, publications, exhibitions, and research collections. VSW offers a MFA in Visual Studies through The College at Brockport (SUNY), publishes artist’s books through VSW Press, and awards a dozen artist residencies throughout the year to local, national and international artists. VSW also displays up to 4 exhibitions per year, and offers a variety of summer workshops that focus on book arts, photography, and film/video arts. To support these programs in photography and moving image, VSW holds collections of over a million photographs, films, videos, books and information records that are open to the public.
As a reviewer, Jessica is interested in seeing work that has a strong conceptual base, has social/political engagement, or work that is experimental and pushes existing boundaries of form or content. She is also interested in artist’s books, work that speaks to the history of the medium, or work that somehow incorporates historic imagery or archival research. Jessica prefers not to review traditional black and white landscape photographs. Opportunities for artists at VSW may include residencies, exhibition, publication and teaching.
Bronx Documentary Center
Gallery Director, photo-eye Gallery
Santa Fe, NM
Anne Kelly is the Director of photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and has been with the company since 2006. Her interest in photography developed at an early age, influenced by her mother’s love for the medium. Originally from Colorado, she moved to Santa Fe to further her studies in photography under the direction of David Scheinbaum at the College of Santa Fe, where she received her BFA. Kelly ls particular interested in photographic works that employ the use of alternative processes in contemporary work, magical realism, and images that invoke emotion and stimulate the imagination.
As a Gallery Director, she is a a juror for photo-eye’s online Photographer’s Showcase and Art Photo Index. Kelly has been attending portfolio review events, as a reviewer since 2006. photo-eye is a leading contemporary photography gallery and bookstore representing both established and emerging photographers.
Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, LA
Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Lord previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, and has written widely on the history of photography. His recent publications include: Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, Edward Burtynsky: Water, Looking Again, a book about the permanent photography collection at NOMA. He is also currently working on a book about early nineteenth century American photography to be published by the University of Washington Press. Lord’s exhibitions include: Photography, Sequence, and Time; Reinventing Nature: Art from the School of Fontainebleau; and What is a Photograph? Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media.
President, Lee Marks Fine Art
Lee Marks, photography dealer and consultant, heads Lee Marks Fine Art, a company established in New York City in 1981 and now located outside Indianapolis. She is a founding member and past president of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD). While maintaining a broad inventory of photography and working with many private collectors, LMFA has increasingly focused on representing the work of a select group of contemporary photographers. Their work has been acquired by major collectors such as Sir Elton John, corporations such as Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, and museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX; Art Institute of Chicago; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
After earning a BA in Art History from Connecticut College, Marks spent eight years selling prints and photographs and organizing exhibitions at Marlborough Gallery, New York. While subsequently establishing her own business as an art dealer, she also became a consultant to Pierre Apraxine, Curator of the Gilman Paper Company Collection, and catalogued what was long considered the finest photography collection in private hands. She contributed the extensive plate-notes for Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company (White Oak Press, 1985). In 2005 the Gilman Collection was acquired by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Beginning in 1990 and over the next twenty years, Marks was consulting curator to the collector and former Dreyfus CEO, Howard Stein, and his foundation, Joy of Giving Something (JGS). The collection spans the history of photography, from the 1840s into the 21st century.
Marks has co-authored photography publications with accompanying traveling exhibitions, including The Horse: Photographic Images, 1839 to the Present (Harry Abrams, 1991); New Realities: Hand-Colored Photography, 1839 to the Present (University of Wyoming Art Museum, 1997-98); Hope Photographs (Thames & Hudson, 1998), a book and exhibition of contemporary photographs circulated to ten US museum venues, 1998 through 2001; The Hidden Presence (Ceros / Librairie Plantureux, Paris, 2005), a collection of “hidden mother” tintypes; and “The Office/In and Out of the Box,” shown at the Dorsky Gallery, New York City.
Curator of Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans, LA
Richard McCabe is a photographer, curator, 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. Since 2010, he has been the Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He has organized and curated over twenty-five exhibitions including: Seeing Beyond the Ordinary, The Mythology of Florida, The Rising, Eudora Welty: Photographs from the 1930s – 40s, The Colourful South, and Self-Processing: Instant Photography.
Richard McCabe’s photographs have been included in exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2017, AINT – BAD press published LAND STAR, a monograph of McCabe’s photography. McCabe’s thoughts and writings on photography have been published in the New York Times, National Public Radio(NPR), Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Spot, The Bitter Southerner, AINT – BAD, and LENSCRATCH magazine. In 2016, he contributed an introduction essay for the Fall Line Press publication: Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink: Bill Yates.
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. Located in the Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, the Ogden Museum holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art.
Mr. McCabe is interested in reviewing photographs of and about the American South.
W. Burt Nelson
Burt Nelson retired from the energy sector in 2015, after leading the engineering team at a prominent investment bank. Earlier in his career, he was a large-format photographer. When his work schedule expanded to the point where it interfered with his ability to get darkroom work done, he switched his focus to collecting.
Mr. Nelson is particularly interested in reviewing traditional landscape work. However, he is used to viewing a wide variety of genres in his role on the Photography Subcommittee at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and remains open to looking at all types of images.
Paloma Shutes is the Photo Editor at The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she worked in the photo departments at Wired and GQ, where she commissioned photography recognized by the Society of Publication Designers and American Photography.
Paloma is interested in seeing a range of photography genres (fine art, photojournalism, portraiture, travel, and still life) and multi-media projects. She can offer feedback and advice from an editorial perspective on editing and sequencing works-in-progress and creating a cohesive presentation of a finished body of work intended for publication. She is on the lookout for unpublished works in progress or finished series. It’s not just about beautiful photos — they need to have a sense of story and a bit of a journalistic hook to them.
The California Sunday’s general art guidelines are:
+ Work should be set in California, the American West, Asia, or Latin America.
+ We’re interested in a wide range of topics: social issues, science, art, entertainment,
politics, cultural phenomena, business, sports, technology, food, the environment,
design, agriculture, music, fascinating personalities, etc.
+ Photo essays can be big and sweeping and urgent, or they can be small, local
+ If you have a photo essay that includes recorded audio– or a photo essay that might
pair well with sound– let us know. We can consider this for web and app versions. Note
that sound must be broadcast quality.
+ We’ll occasionally publish excerpts from forthcoming books.
+ We’re very open to experiments.
Los Angeles, CA
Aline Smithson is the Los Angeles based founder/editor of Lenscratch, a photography journal that has given exposure to thousands of photographers. She is also a working photographer and educator, exhibiting widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions and galleries around the globe. Her work is held in public collections and her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN, Communication Arts, Eyemazing, Shots, and Silvershotz magazines.
In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2014, Aline’s photographs were selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 and she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to create a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition and in 2018, Aline’s work will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Aline is open to looking at projects that are deeply considered, well articulated, and bring something fresh to the photographic dialogue.
Director, Candela Books + Gallery
www.candelabooks.comPine Tree Ballads, by Paul Thulin.
In 2011, Stettinius founded Candela Gallery in the Downtown Arts District in Richmond, Virginia. The gallery’s primary emphasis is to feature contemporary work that explores the boundaries of process and convention, elevating the discussion about photography as a fine art medium for the community. Featured artists, in books and in exhibitions, include Linda Connor, Gita Lenz, Chris McCaw, Sheila Pree Bright, Cristina de Middel, Susan Worsham, Shelby Lee Adams, Andreas Rentsch, Louviere & Vanessa, Kahn & Selesnick and many others.
Stettinius’ diverse background as a photographer, educator, editor, and publisher allows him an interest in a wide range of work but he would much prefer to see developed projects which would be ready, or near ready, for exhibition and/or to be published. Strictly commercial work is not really of interest. Lower interest subjects might be nudes, traditional landscape, but then there are always exceptions to be made for great work.
Mary Virginia Swanson
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.
Editorial Director, The University of Chicago Press
Alan Thomas is Editorial Director at the University of Chicago Press, where he has published many books related to photography and visual studies, including books by photographers Alan Cohen, Jed Fielding, Ashley Gilbertson, Susan Meiselas, and James Welling. Alan contributes regularly to the online journals Design Observer and Places with critical writing on contemporary photography as well as his own photographic essays. Alan’s photo book, 55×5, was published in 2018 by Marquand Editions.
Alan is most interested in reviewing cohesive fine art and documentary projects rather than commercial photography, and can advise on editing as well as options for publication.
Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
Publisher,Twin Palms Publishers
Santa Fe, NM
Twin Palms Publishers and Twelvetrees Press produce some of the finest art and photography books available. Beautifully designed and printed, the books have never ceased impressing viewers, either for challenging and provocative content, or for their sheer beauty as objects. Forthcoming books include Gary Briechle, Garry Winogrand and Mathew Genitempo. recent title’s include a new printing of “Libyan Sugar”, “Art of Ruin” by Robert Stivers and “Unspeaking Likeness” by Arne Swenson, with a text by William T. Vollmann.
William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photographs, Norton Museum of Art
West Palm Beach, FL
Tim B. Wride joined the staff at the Norton Museum of Art in November of 2011. Prior to his move to the Norton Museum, Tim was the founding director of a non-profit foundation that provided cash grants to artist and was a Curator in the Department of Photographs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for 14 years. Wride has written extensively about photography and lectured internationally. He will look at anything and everything with the warning that he will speak frankly, though constructively, about his reactions, ideas, and opinions.
Photo Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
New York, NY
Jane Yeomans currently works at Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine, where she commissions and licenses photography. Previously she worked as freelance photo editor and researcher for book projects, design firms and for many publications, including The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, ESPN and many others. She has been commissioning and licensing photography for many years in New York City, where she currently resides.
Owner, Galerie Thomas Zander
Thomas Zander, born in 1962, opened Galerie Thomas Zander in Cologne in 1996. The gallery presents expanded photography as well as media art and conceptual art. Its photography section features international artists from the early 20th century to the present who consider the medium of photography within the larger concerns of contemporary art. The focus is on conceptual photography and movements that developed out of the tradition of documentary style photography such as New Documents and New Topographics. The gallery regularly participates in art fairs such as Art Basel, FIAC, Paris Photo, and Photo London. In addition to mounting the gallery exhibitions, Zander advises collections, curates exhibitions in collaboration with international institutions, and regularly publishes monographs and catalogues. For several years, Thomas Zander was a member of the selection committee of Paris Photo and he is currently the sector expert on classical photography at Art Basel.