PhotoNOLA 2019 Reviewers
Laura Beltrån Villamizar, Native Agency
Makeda Best, Harvard Art Museums
Frish Brandt, Fraenkel Gallery
Marcela Correa, Jonathan Ferarra Gallery
Arnika Dawkins, Arnika Dawkins Gallery
Roy Flukinger, Independent Curator
Stephen Frailey, Redhook Labs / Dear Dave Magazine
Scott Gast, University of Chicago Press
Larry Gawal, WorkSpace Gallery
Allison Glenn, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Hamidah Glasgow, The Center for Fine Art Photography
W.M. Hunt, Dancing Bear
Caroline Hunter, The Guardian Weekend Magazine
Naomi Huth, The Joseph M. Cohen Family Collection
Tiffany Jones, Overlapse Press
Amy Kellner, The New York Times Magazine
Paul Kopeikin, Kopeikin Gallery
Taia Kwinter, Aperture
Brent Lewis, NYTimes + Diversify Photo
Emma Lewis, Tate Modern
Richard McCabe, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Dina Mitrani, Dina Mitrani Gallery
Brian Piper, New Orleans Museum of Art
Rebecca Schlossberg, The Art Institute of Chicago
Alexandra Sullivan, Fidelity Investments
Lisa Sutcliffe, Milwaukee Art Museum
Mary Virginia Swanson, Mary Virginia Swanson and Associates
Francis Thompson, JLL
Katherine Ware, New Mexico Museum of Art
2019 Reviewers Bios
Laura Beltrán Villamizar
Photo Editor and Founder of Native, Native Agency
Laura Beltrán Villamizar is a photography editor and, curator and educator born in Bogotá, Colombia.
She is the Projects Picture Editor & Creative Director for NPR, working with the organization’s growing efforts to shape their enterprise visual journalism. She is also the founder of Native – a non-profit platform dedicated to the promotion and development of female and non-western visual journalists from under-represented regions and communities.
Before founding Native, she worked at the World Press Photo Foundation, where she led educational programs in Latin America and co-produced the yearly Joop Swart Masterclass. Laura has served on the jury for The Catchlight Fellowship (2018) and The Sinchi Photography Competition for Indigenous and Native Photographers (2017). She was also selected for the Alexia’s Foundation Seminar: “Latin America: Stories That Drive Change” (Miami, 2017). Laura currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Art and Documentary
Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums
Makeda Best is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of the Harvard Art Museums. Her two current exhibitions are Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art and Winslow Homer: Eyewitness. Her 2018 exhibition was Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America. Her primary interests are documentary and social justice issues. In addition to an MFA from CalArts, she earned her PhD at Harvard University. Her forthcoming book is Elevate the Masses: Alexander Gardner, Photography and Democracy in Nineteenth Century America.
President and Co-owner, Fraenkel Gallery
San Francisco, CA
Frish Brandt is President and co-owner of Fraenkel Gallery.
Opened in 1979, the gallery has witnessed the evolution of photography from non-art to high art. The gallery represents work from 19th, 20th and 21st century…and has fun doing so. Over the years as photography’s acceptance grew, the gallery increasingly played with the ever-blurring lines including works by artists in other media. Exhibitions along the lines of “The Unphotographable,” “Edward Hopper & Company” and “Not Exactly Photographs” are a few examples. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Fraenkel Gallery which is evidenced in the gallery’s list of artists and publications as well as its exhibition history.
In addition to the gallery, Frish serves on the board of San Francisco Art & Film for Teens, the Exploratorium Arts Committee, and is active at SFMOMA in a number of ways including serving on the Director’s Circle committee.
Her first job was working for Sears Home Shopping Service in catalog sales, skills which still come in useful when working with collectors from afar.
Frish welcomes seeing work that utilizes the medium in less traditional ways.
Owner/Director, Arnika Dawkins Gallery
Arnika Dawkins, is the owner of her eponymous fine art photography gallery established in Atlanta in 2011. The gallerist shows work by talented emerging and mid-career artist with a specialization in showing fine art photography by African Americans and images of African Americans. Her passion is connecting collectors to photography that is significant, inspiring and provocative. As a fine art photographer and avid collector herself, she is a valuable resource to collectors and artists alike. She is passionate about the medium having obtained a Master of Arts in Digital Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Only Fine Art Photography please. I do not wish to see commercial work.
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.
Editor, University of Chicago Press
Scott Gast acquires new books about science and the natural world, with a particular interest in projects that explore their subjects through a strong narrative and a sense of imagination. Books that ask big questions and provide readers with an immersive experience are among his favorites. He joined the Press in 2018, after nearly a decade as an editor at Orion, a general interest magazine about the relationship between humans and the environment. Stories he edited there received Pushcart Prizes and the Science in Society Journalism Award, and were reprinted widely, including in numerous editions of The Best American Science and Nature Writing Anthology.
Mr. Gast would prefer to review work that’s in some way connected to nature and the environment, broadly construed.
Owner/Director, Workspace Gallery / MCC Gallery of Art and Design
Larry Gawel opened WorkSpace Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2008. WorkSpace Gallery presents six solo photographic exhibitions annually, of work by regional, national and international photographers who explore the photographic medium through notions of its past, present, and future. Funded by the Porter Foundation, the gallery operates on a zero-commission basis. Larry is also the Photography Program Coordinator at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska, a member of the MCC Gallery of Art and Design Committee, and from 2012 to 2019, he served as Chairperson of the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Photographic Education.
Gawel is interested in reviewing completed bodies of work that are ready for exhibition in a public venue. He’s also looking specifically for photographs that expand both the visual and conceptual definitions of landscape; non-portrait work produced under studio conditions; and traditionally printed black and white photographs from any genre.
Executive Director and Curator, The Center for Fine Art Photography
Fort Collins, CO
Hamidah Glasgow has been the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2009. Hamidah holds a master’s degree in humanities with a specialization in visual and gender studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Hamidah’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, national portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Center, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications, and online magazines. In 2018, Hamidah received the Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award. Hamidah is a co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective. This collective is dedicated to photo-based work that engages with current social and political forces, highlighting the work of women, people of color, and queer and trans artists, writers, and curators. (Pronounced Ha-me-dah)
Hamidah is interested in a wide variety of work both finished projects, work-in-progress, and creative brainstorming. Hamidah can assist with editing, sequencing, and project development. She is looking for photo-based artists for exhibition opportunities and web-based features. Especially interested in non-traditional, installation-based work and work that challenges the status quo. She is not interested in traditional nudes made with the male gaze, traditional representational landscapes, or commercial work.
Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Allison M. Glenn is the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She focuses on how public sculpture can activate and engage the museum’s 120-acre campus with outdoor exhibitions such as Color Field, on view through September 2019. Glenn has produced exhibitions within the galleries that explore concepts of identity, language, and relationships in art, such as Personal Space (2018) and Small Talk (2019). She is on the curatorial team for State of the Art II, which will open in 2020 at the Momentary.
Prior to working at Crystal Bridges, Glenn was the Manager of Publications and Curatorial Associate for Prospect New Orleans’ international art triennial Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. Her first book, Out of Easy Reach, was distributed by the University of Chicago Press in 2018. Glenn’s writing has been featured in numerous exhibition publications, including those produced by The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Kemper Museum of Art, Prospect New Orleans, DePaul Art Museum, Rebuild Foundation, the California African American Museum, University at Buffalo Art Galleries, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. She has contributed to Hyperallergic, ART21 Magazine, Pelican Bomb’s Art Review, and Newcity, among others.
Glenn sits on the Board of Directors for ARCAthens, a curatorial and artist residency program based in Athens, Greece that supports and promotes growth in Athens’ visual arts community. She received dual master’s degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy, and a Bachelor of Fine Art Photography with a co-major in Urban Studies from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Contemporary photography, photo-based conceptual artists
Head Bear, Dancing Bear
New York, NY
W.M. – Bill – Hunt has been looking at and talking about photography for a long time as well as reviewing portfolios. He is pleased to offer critical or career advice. He likes work that is resolved, not in progress. Please no nudes; sex pictures, ok.
Hunt is a champion of photography: a collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York. His collections have been exhibited in Europe and the US. He teaches and lectures at SVA, ICP and Aperture and around the world. He writes (“The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious”, “Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups before 1950”, “l’Oeil de la Photographie” and numerous artist monograph essays, most recently for Erwin Olaf and Roger Ballen. For more than two decades, he has organized and moderated the “Your Picture …” series for Photo Expo and judged competitions ranging from World Press Photo to PDN, CPW, HCP, PCNW, FRESH, etc. He is on the board of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and been the head judge twice.
Be brave. He’ll like that.
Mr. Hunt likes work that is resolved, not in progress. Please no nudes; sex pictures, ok.
He says: “Have some imagination. Then we’ll do well.”
Curator, Joseph M. Cohen Family Collection
New York, NY
Naomi Huth is the Curator and Senior Collections Manager for the Joseph M. Cohen Family Collection, a large private collection based in New York and Florida. Huth serves on the advisory board for the Center for Photography Woodstock and has served on the committees for charitable organizations such as the AMREF Health Africa and Independent Curators International. Previously, she has worked at the New Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Rubin Museum of Art, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Ms. Huth is open to all work, and is currently looking at work by minorities and the lgbtqi community.
Publisher + Editor, Overlapse
Tiffany is the founder of Overlapse, a London-based publishing press that has produced some of the most recognized and critically acclaimed photography books on the international scene in recent years.
With over 25 years dedicated to arts publishing and photojournalism, she is an editor, designer, researcher and educator. Her workshops and lectures cover photobook concepts, editing, design and production. She was editor of fLIP magazine for London Independent Photography (2009-2014), a grassroots association of which she is an honorary lifetime member. She has been a juror for the Photolucida Critical Mass competition (USA), the Fiebre Photobook Dummy Award (Spain), and International Street Photography Awards.
Tiffany has an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, researching the photobooks market. Previously she studied photojournalism in Canada and worked as an independent photographer for several years, exhibiting her own projects in London.
Overlapse has an active presence at book fairs throughout Europe and North America during the year. Notable publications include Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals by Mandy Barker (selected top 10 best photobooks of 2017 by Smithsonian Magazine; Best books of 2017 by Photo-eye; nominated for the Deutsche Börse Foundation Prize 2018), and The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer by Amani Willett (finalist for the best book of the year in PHotoEspaña 2018 and Best books of 2017 by Photo-eye).
Meeting at portfolio reviews offers an excellent format for engaging with dedicated artists and considering projects for publication. Tiffany regularly reviews portfolios at the Voies Off Festival in Arles (France) during opening week of the annual Les Rencontres d’Arles – and has published work discovered there.
Ms. Jones would love to see well developed story-based projects addressing social, cultural, and environmental issues, with themes connected to human experience. Creative and research-based work that crosses photographic genres between fine art, social documentary and photojournalism.
Senior Photo Editor, The New York Times Magazine
New York, NY
Amy Kellner has been a Photo Editor at The New York Times Magazine since 2011. She produces photography for cover stories, special issues, photo essays and features in all sections of the magazine, as well as video and multimedia pieces for the magazine online. Previously, she was at Vice Media for 10 years, in several positions including the managing editor of Vice Magazine and a video producer for Vice.com.
photojournalism/documentary, portraiture, landscape, still life (no lifestyle or commercial please)
Owner/Director, Kopeikin Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
The Kopeikin Gallery has been serving the Los Angeles photography community and beyond since 1991. Mr. Kopeikin has produced over 200 exhibitions in his gallery as well as regularly participating in National and International art fairs and reviews. And yet, even after so many years, Mr. Kopeikin still loves photography and artists, and is always thrilled to look at something new and exciting.
Mr. Kopeikin prefers to see exhibition prints, regardless of scale (as he would sell them) and does not want to see the primary series of work you are bringing on a monitor, although it’s okay for additional series.
Assistant Curator (International Art), Tate Modern
Emma Lewis is Assistant Curator, Tate Modern. She has curated or co-curated the exhibitions ‘Dora Maar’, ‘Olafur Eliasson: In real life’, ‘Modigliani’ and ‘Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017’; co-organised the conference ‘Fast Forward: How do Women Work?’; and, as assistant curator for Tate’s Photography Acquisitions Committee, is responsible for identifying works for Tate’s collection. Emma has contributed to the catalogues ‘Dora Maar’; ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’ and ‘Shape of Light: Photography and Abstract Art’ and to monographs for artists including Noémie Goudal and Haley Morris-Cafiero. She is the author of ‘Isms: Understanding Photography’ (Bloomsbury/Rizzoli 2017).
Photography focused on women’s histories and feminism; para-fictional documentary; projects that span different media genres; investigative documentary projects; performative photography and portraiture
Owner/Director, Dina Mitrani Gallery
Dina Mitrani opened her gallery in 2008, focusing exclusively on fine art photography. After honing her career in the art industry in New York and Madrid, Dina moved back to Miami to convert her parents clothing factory into an art complex. She was a pioneer in making the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami an Art District and is currently in the process of opening a new space in Miami’s Little River neighborhood. The gallery exhibits work by emerging and mid-career international artists with a mission to 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 also serves as a curatorial advisor on many hotel projects in South Florida, placing many artists in hotel lobbies, meeting areas, and guest rooms. She 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.
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 PhotoNola, FotoFest, Photolucida, the Palm Springs Photo Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, as well as the Miami Street Photography Festival.
Conceptual and narrative… less street photography and documentary.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Photography,
New Orleans Museum of Art
Brian Piper is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art and received dissertation fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the College of William & Mary (2016). His curatorial credits include the contemporary exhibition “Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories,” “Lee Friedlander in Louisiana,” and “You Are Here: A Brief History of Photography and Place.” He is currently developing an exhibition about the work of African American studio photographers during the Long Civil Rights Movement.
Mr. Piper is interested in seeing all kinds of things, but especially socially-engaged lens based work (primarily prints), created with the intent of exhibition or for publication. This could be historically-minded, documentary work, portraits, or creative and imaginative series – he’s pretty open.
Exhibitions Manager, Department of Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago
Rebecca Schlossberg curates and manages exhibitions in the Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently working on an exhibition with Carissa Rodriguez, and has curated exhibitions of the work of David Hartt, Philippe Parreno, and several permanent collection rotations. Rebecca has helped to organize large-scale traveling exhibitions and publications on Provoke-era photography, László Moholy-Nagy, and Christopher Williams, amongst others. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for LATITUDE Chicago, a nonprofit community print lab and artist residency program. Rebecca received her BA from New York University, and dual Masters degrees in Modern and Contemporary Art History and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Fine art photography, especially conceptually driven and/or sculptural/manipulated photo-based work. I am less inclined to review commercial photography.
Herzfeld Curator of Photography and Media Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum
Lisa Sutcliffe is the Herzfeld Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She has organized numerous exhibitions including Rineke Dijkstra: Rehearsals (2016); Penelope Umbrico: Future Perfect (2016); Paul Druecke: A Social Event Archive (2017), Sara Cwynar: Image Model Muse (2018); and she is currently working on a survey with Susan Meiselas for spring 2020.
From 2007-2012, she served as Assistant Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Among the exhibitions Sutcliffe organized at SFMOMA are Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories (2012), developed in association with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography (2009), the first survey of SFMOMA’s internationally renowned collection of Japanese photography.
She holds an MA in the history of art from Boston University, where she specialized in the history of photography, and a BA in art history from Wellesley College.
Ms. Sutcliffe is interested in seeing idea-driven work.
Mary Virginia Swanson
Advisor to Artists & Arts Organizations, M. V. Swanson
Mary Virginia Swanson is an educator, author and entrepreneur in the field of photography, and a respected advisor to artists and arts organizations. Her career includes working for and/or partnering with exhibiting, collecting, and licensing photography organizations. Unique in our field, her broad background lends her a wide range of perspectives on making and marketing art. Ms. Swanson is known for researching new audiences for photography, and counts among her consulting clients a range of internationally respected artists and institutions.
Swanson is happy to look at work of all subjects, genres and processes, and hopes to help artists who feel that their work is ready to be seen, exhibited, published and/or collected with charting a path to those market(s). In addition, she is happy to assess book dummies, websites and Instagram accounts for their effectiveness and impact.
Capital One Art Program Manager, JLL
Francis Thompson is the Art Program Project Manager at JLL. Over the past decade, he has managed a team responsible for maintaining and expanding a contemporary corporate art collection installed within office buildings throughout North America. During the early part of his role with the collection, he lead the curatorial development of its rotating exhibition program which has grown to between seventy and eighty shows a year. On display within the corporate offices, these exhibitions brought in artwork from non-profit art organizations, local museums, university art departments, and corporate employees.
Francis has worked as Assistant Gallery Director for the Ellipse Art Center in Arlington, VA, assistant coordinator for the Mountain Lake Workshops with director/producer Ray Kass, and as Gallery Coordinator for the Virginia Tech Armory Gallery. A native of Virginia, he holds a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in painting and drawing from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA.
Mr. Thompson is open to looking at all types of work.
Curator of Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art
Santa Fe, NM
Katherine Ware is Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe and previously served as Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Kate oversees a collection of about 9,000 photographs spanning the international history of photography with a specialization in work from and about the West. Additional areas of focus for the collection include revisionist perspectives on landscape, explorations of cultural identity, and work that challenges the boundaries of the medium. While solo exhibitions at the museum are uncommon, photographs are frequently featured in group shows on a theme as well as in the context of other mediums.
Kate enjoys seeing a variety of projects and is most interested in those in which concept and execution are well integrated and articulated.