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Following is a provisional list of reviewer’s biographies for Connect 2017.
Jennifer Aborn Robert Bacall Anthony Bannon Suzee Barrabee Pat Bates Karen Beard Ron Beinner Kraige Block Ellee Bokharachi Jane Brown Katie Buntsma Marianne Campbell Paris Chong Rachel Crain Suzanne Darmory Anna Dickson Suzanne Donaldson Michelle Dunn Marsh David Fahey Robert Festino Sonja Gill Barbara Griffin Angelika Hala Marta Hallett Skye Houghton Holly Hughes Ann Jastrab Chelsea Kyle Erin Lackey Sarah Laird Jennifer Lamping Patricia Lanza Jason Lau Carol LeFlufy Leah Levine Maria Lokke Jessica Manning Elise McHugh Frank Meo Robert Morton Susan Nalband Scott Nichols Jodi Peckman Chris Pichler Maya Robinson Cindy Rowe Sarah Rozen Alice Sachs Zimet Laura Sackett Dana Salvo Gabriel Sanchez Paloma Shutes Gabrielle Sirkin Mary Virginia Swanson Colin Westerbeck Susan White Allegra Wilde Kenneth Zane
Jennifer Aborn has been a photo director and art producer in both editorial and advertising for the past 18+ years. She got her start at SLAM Magazine, working her way up to ESPN the Mag and finally landing as the Director of Photography for Red Bull, NA. After moving back home to NY, she worked as an Art Producer at leading agencies, finally moving back into publishing where she is currently the Visual Editor for the Creative Group at Conde Nast.
Robert Bacall represents global media content providers, including some of the worlds top photographers, CGI specialists and video production services for advertising, editorial, web content, client industrials and trade show visuals. They all have a unique style, vision & specialties, including food, still life, digital imaging, kids, seniors, portraiture, fashion, beauty, architectural, location, travel & lifestyle photography. We provide imagery for advertising, internet, editorial, sales promotion, packaging, education, & publishing markets. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Dr. ANTHONY BANNON, Former Executive Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the longest serving Director of George Eastman House Museum. Bannon has served on many influential boards and arts councils and is currently on the selection board of the Hermitage; the Artist’s Colony near Sarasota, Florida. Reviewer Preference: He is eager to see work with any style, including motion pictures.
Suzee spent the majority of her career at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. There, she worked on every major brand that passed through the agency doors – Polaroid, Adobe, Elizabeth Arden Fragrances, Nike, NBA, Saturn, Comcast, Princess Cruise Line and Chevrolet – to name a few. She is now a freelance Art and Print Producer and has been fortunate to work at Facebook, Salesforce, Heat, Gyro, Camp + King, BSSP and GS&P.
Pat Bates, founder of Pat Bates & Associates, has been in the photography industry for over twenty years representing a roster of exceptional talent and working with editorial and commercial clients such as Anthology, Restoration Hardware, Kinfolk, Williams Sonoma Home and Cooks, Martha Stewart Living, Cherry Bombe, the New York Times, Garnet Hill Home, CB2, and West Elm. She is an expert in lifestyle photography, including still, interior, and food photography. With an eye for discovering emerging talent, she has a reputation for bringing photographers into their heyday. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing video. Interested in interiors and still life. Interested in lifestyle. No landscape / travel / architecture
A 20-year photo industry professional, current Photo Art Director at Callisto Media, previously at Image Source and Blend Images, and founder of Shestock. Reviewer Preference: Interested in seeing food and still life photographers
Ron Beinner has been a Contributing Photography Producer at Vanity Fair magazine since 1998. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Kraige Block is the Gallery Director of Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery.
Ellee Bokharachi is Associate Director & Art Critic at Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also an independent curator, educator, and exhibition reviewer. Bokharachi holds a Masters of Art in Art History from Arizona State University. Bokharachi is the board member of Contemporary Forum at Phoenix Art Museum as well as Scottsdale Galleries Association to develop artistic and educational programs. She works one-on-one with artists to help them with their portfolios and consult them on how to develop their ideas and how to approach galleries to show their artwork. Bokharachi has been invited to speak at several educational institutions and has received research, travel, special talent, and exhibition funds. Bokharachi has been named as one of the shapers of future by The Huffington Post in March 2017.
Jane Brown has worked in book publishing for 30 years; she’s played a role in the publishing and marketing of hundreds of books. Since 2002 she’s been Sales Director for the New York based publisher and distributor D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers). She edited the photography book, Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles (Metropolis Books, 2015) and co-edited Looking at Los Angeles (Metropolis Books, 2006). Prior to D.A.P. Jane has worked for Harry N. Abrams, and the consortium: Harvard University Press, MIT Press, and Yale University Press.
Katie Buntsma is an art producer at Team One advertising agency for the past 3 years. Before that she was a graphic designer with Patina Restaurant Group. She graduated from with honors The Art Center College of Design. At Team One she works with clients including Lexus, 2K video games, EA video games, Ritz-Carlton, Dacor, Me & The Bees, PIMCO and more. In her free time, she collaborates with her friends on Poni, a creative crafting/events company.
Marianne Campbell is a photography agent with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Her company, Marianne Campbell Associates currently represents photographers Randal Ford, Shaun Fenn, Jamie Kripke, RJ Muna, Jim Salzano, Margaret Lampert, Matthew Turley and Annabelle Breakey. The diverse and talented group has worked most recently with clients such as Oakley, Audi, duPont, Starbucks, Pfizer, RAM Trucks, Phillips 66, Clorox, SAP, Asics, Verizon, Method, Purina and Target.Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Paris Chong is the Gallery Manager and Curator of Leica Gallery Los Angeles. The Leica Gallery only shows work made with Leica cameras, but Miss Chong also curates exhibits outside this venue. Miss Chong has seventeen years of experience in curating, managing, and promoting fine art galleries and has represented galleries and artists in events such as: Photo LA, Photo SF, Paris Photo, Paris Photo LA and The Palm Springs Photo Festival as well as representing Leica Gallery Los Angeles at Art Basel Miami and Photo Paris, France. Paris coordinates and curates all events/ art shows at the flagship store in WEHO for artists such as Bruce Gilden, Danny Clinch, Julian Lennon, Lenny Kravitz, Ralph Gibson and Eli Reed to name a few.
Rachel Crain is an Art Producer at Team One for the past 7 years. Before that she was at Saatchi & Saatchi for 2.5 years. She has worked on projects with Toyota, Lexus, Indian Motorcycles, Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Haagen-Dazs, Icelandic Glacial, Heal the Bay, Honda Center and Focus Driven. The best part about being an Art Producer is meeting all the most amazing photographers from all over the globe!
Suzanne has 25 years of international, award-winning experience creating groundbreaking integrated solutions for highly recognizable clients at world-class agencies. Suzanne is currently VP, Executive Creative Director at Zeta where she is responsible for: setting the overall strategy of the creative agency. She has spent most of her career at advertising agencies in New York (Arnold, Deutsch, Grey, JWT, Moxie, Mcgarrybowen, Ogilvy, R/GA) and three years working in London (Bates UK, Euro RSCG, Imagination, Ogilvy & Mather).
Anna is currently Photo lead for the Content and Community team at Google, focusing mainly on food and travel photography. Prior to Google, Anna was Photo Director at Huffington Post and Deputy Photography at The Wall Street Journal. She also worked on several print publications, including Rolling Stone and Popular Photography. Reviewer Preference: Food and Travel photography. Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Suzanne Donaldson is the Sr. Dir of Creative Production in Global Brand Imaging at NIKE. She is a highly experienced marketing and visual consultant. Suzanne spent 12 years as the Executive Photo Director of Conde Nast’s Glamour magazine, working with world class photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen Von Unwerth, and Bruce Weber to name a few. As Photo Director she has previously influenced the artistic direction of such publications as Vanity Fair, Interview, Oprah, Lucky and SELF magazines. Her unique vision on press has been fine-tuned with exposure to advertising and the art world having held positions at Arnell Group, Wieden and Kennedy, Luhring Augustine Gallery and Robert Mapplethorpe studio. Suzanne has collaborated with Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers and Nike. Content creator Suzanne Donaldson spans both the commercial and editorial worlds.Reviewer Preferences: In addition to sports and portraiture, Suzanne is interested in seeing still-life photography as well as motion video.
Michelle Dunn Marsh is the founder of Minor Matters Books, and executive director of Photographic Center Northwest. An educator and advocate for significant photography, she has worked in the field for twenty years, fostering the creation of over 100 photography books. In the last five years she began curating exhibitions, including Jim Marshall: The Rolling Stones 1972 (EMP Museum), Here I Am—Photographs by Lisa Leone (Bronx Museum), and Terminal, Me and My Selfie, and Eugene Richards: "Enduring Freedom," (PCNW). She is interested in transcendent photography that pushes the boundaries of our culture and the medium today.
David Fahey is the Director of the Fahey Klein Gallery in Los Angeles. Fahey Klein is one of the most influential galleries in California.
Robert Festino is an award winning creative director currently residing in Palm Springs California. Prior to becoming creative director of Palm Springs Life and Desert Publications he held creative director positions at Men's Health magazine and Totem Creative. Festino began his career at Vogue where he picked up and delivered Irving Penn's monthly beauty column film.
Sonja Gill is a freelance photo editor for Us Weekly Magazine. Sonja produces photography for the magazine including fashion, beauty, portraits, still life and food shoots. Prior to this position, she was an associate photo editor at Rolling Stone for several years. Reviewer PreferenceSonja is interested in seeing editorial, lifestyle, food, still life photographers. .
Barbara Griffin is an independent Creative Director, Producer and Photo Editor. She was recently named President Emerita after 8 years of leadership at Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), a non-profit arts organization which produces the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the U.S. Formerly, senior vice president of Image Management for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Barbara was responsible for all photography created globally for Turner's entertainment, animation and news networks. An educator and frequent speaker on professional photography, she’s a member of the International Center of Photography, APA, ASMP and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Angelika Hala is the New York photo editor for Stern, Stern VIEW, Stern CRIME, and Stern fashion supplements. Angelika came to photography with a background of TV and film production and publishing business. As photo editor at the New York office of Stern her responsibilities encompass assignment work, research, licensing, and talent development. She also co-produces and curates Open Show New York events several times a year in New York city. Reviewer Preference: photojournalism/reportage, environmental portraiture, travel features; love to look at personal projects. Please no still life and catalogue photography.
Marta Hallett Is the President & CEO of Glitterati, Inc. a New York-based publisher of fine photography books. Before founding Glitterati, she was the Director of Rizzoli Publishing in the US.
Skye Houghton started her career in Sydney Australia where she learned the ropes representing and producing for advertising photographers directly. 4 years later she switched sides to work as an art buyer for Saatchi Australia, before moving her life to SaatchiLA in late 2015.
Holly Hughes is the editor-in-chief of Photo District News Magazine, named to the Chicago Tribune’s list of the 50 Best Magazines in 2005. Holly and her editorial staff have won five Neal Awards for Outstanding Editorial Achievement from American Business Media. A graduate of Yale University, Holly has lectured widely on artists’ rights, copyright issues, and the business of photography. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Ann M. Jastrab is currently the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center located in the SOMA arts district in San Francisco near SFMOMA and the Yerba Buena Arts Center. RayKo is a comprehensive photographic facility with studio and galleries that has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. RayKo Gallery serves to advance public appreciation of photography and create opportunities for regional, national and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers over 1600 square feet of exhibition space and presents eight to ten exhibitions yearly with many nationally recognized artists; there is also a section of the gallery called The Marketplace that is reserved for Bay Area artists and displays a wide variety of photographic work. RayKo also has a thriving artist-in-residence program. Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo as well as juried exhibitions for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Artspan, SFAI, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. Ann is always looking for new artists for the gallery, both for solo shows and group shows. She is most interested in seeing documentary projects, fine art photography, alternative processes/historical process work, and also work made with traditional film cameras as well as plastic and pinhole cameras. Ann is not interested in seeing work that is obviously digitally manipulated. Ann can offer exhibition as well as resident artist possibilities.
Chelsea Kyle is currently a photo editor at Conde Nast working for the Food Innovation Group including Epicurious.com and Bon Appétit. She has a background in Advertising, Architecture, and Editorial photography as well as professional photo retouching. Reviewer Preference: Interested in food, travel and lifestyle. Open to seeing motion video.
Erin is a Creative Director at Jugular where she specializes in digital advertising programs. Jugular, founded in 2006, has become one of the premiere New York-based agencies that combines traditional communications with a strong digital focus. Jugular’s current clients range from food to wine & spirits to travel. Before Jugular, Erin began her advertising and communications career at McCann Erickson in their digital group where she developed projects for Kohl's, Mastercard and a promotional program for McCann itself. Reviewer Preference: Strong interest in food & beverage photography - and open to seeing motion
Sarah Laird is the founder and principal at Sarah Laird + Good Company, a photographers agency representing top creative talent in fashion, lifestyle, beauty, portraiture, still life and motion. Over 20 years strong, and with offices in New York and London, Sarah has a roster of photographers, motion directors, creative & art directors, illustrators, set designers, glam artists and stylists known for it's international perspective and limitless energy, passion and dedication. Sarah’s exceptional and knowledgeable perspective and client-relations style make her a go-to resource for advertising agencies, retailers, brands and publications from around the world. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Jennifer Lamping graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and moved out to Los Angeles to start her career at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in the Communications Department before finding her way into advertising at TBWA\Chiat\Day as a Project Manager. Once there, she discovered her love for Art Production and joined the team as a Junior Art Producer. Over the years at Chiat\Day, she moved up the ranks to become an Executive Art Producer working on a variety of accounts such as Pepsi, PlayStation, Visa, Nissan, Apple, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Pur, The Grammy Museum, Infiniti, Jimmy Dean, Gatorade, Principal Financial, Energizer, and new business initiatives. While at Chiat\Day, she also co-founded and managed \ARTSPACE, an in-house art gallery at the Agency that showcased a variety of local and world-renowned artists. After 9 years at Chiat\Day, she decided to check out the “other” side of the business and joined the team at Giant Artists for 2 years as an Artist Rep managing and promoting the commercial and editorial careers for a roster of artists including photographers/directors, illustrators, designers, videographers, and a stylist. With a unique full circle perspective of both sides of the business, Jennifer went back to the Agency side producing integrated content for Toyota at Saatchi & Saatchi. After a short stint there, she was brought onboard at Ruben Postaer and Associates (RPA) to head up, rebuild, and grow the Art Production department. As the Director of Art Production there, she oversees work on brands such as Honda, Intuit, Southwest Airlines, Farmers Insurance, Apartments.com, Newport Beach Film Festival, ARCO, ampm, and the LA Clippers. She also strives to foster a more creative and inspiring work environment with initiatives such as an upcoming rotating art gallery and an artist speaker series called ART TALKS.
Patricia Lanza, an independent museum & exhibitions curator, was formerly the Founding Director of Talent and Content for the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Lanza began her career in photography with the National Geographic Society in Washington DC where she had over 700 pictures published over a 10 year period. Assignments have taken her to five continents and 53 countries. She has produced articles for a variety of international newspapers and magazines, and has been under contract with the Tribune Syndicate News Corporation.
Jason has been an art producer for the past 15 years. He's currently at 180LA to take on an additional role as a content producer. In this role he been working as integrated producer working on both print and film campaigns. He has produced advertising campaigns for Lexus, The Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Belkin, Haagen Dazs, Flexjet, Heal The Bay, Nissan, Infiniti, Principal Financial, Masterfoods, Playstation, UNICEF, HP, Miller Lite, ASICS, University of Phoenix, Expedia and Mistubishi. This past 2016 season he's was fortunate to work on UNICEF's "Unfairy Tales" Campaign which awarded him and his team a number of awards. Amongst those award, he's won the Cannes Grand Prix for Good including 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze Lions. As well as awards from the Brand Film Festival, D&AD, The One Show, Radio Mercury Awards and Clios. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Carol LeFlufy is the Director of Eye Forward, a photographer and director’s representative agency in Los Angeles. Eye Forward represents Sam Jones, The Ingalls, Spencer Lowell, Bella Newman, Dewey Nicks, Frank Ockenfels 3, and Perry Ogden. Eye Forward clients include editorial, advertising, entertainment advertising and brand direct clients in a diverse range of still life, portraiture, landscape, beauty, fashion, life style and motion. Carol previously worked for Annie Leibovitz as a studio manager and at Art + Commerce in New York after a career as a photographer in Canada. Carol has taught at ICP in NY and Art Center in Pasadena. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Leah Levine is the founder of L2 Agency Inc., an LA based Photographer’s Representation Agency and Production Services company, currently representing photographers in LA, NY, San Francisco, & Minneapolis. The agency has worked with many Advertising and Editorial clients including Apple, Microsoft, American Express, AT&T, Cartier, Martha Stewart, Dwell, T&L, Food Network, Fortune & Wired. Leah finds it tremendously rewarding to cultivate and nurture young and emerging talent. L2 Agency also consults with outside photographers and offers production services to clients on a project to project basis. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Maria Lokke is a Senior Photo Editor at WIRED. Previously, she has worked as a photo editor for The New Yorker and MSNBC. She currently lives in San Francisco. Reviewer Preference: Maria is open to view motion video, but is primarily interested in still photography.
Jessica Manning is a Senior Art Producer at DigitasLBi. She has been working in the Advertising Industry for 12 years. She is an experienced producer working with photographers, agencies, artists and clients direct. Always seeking artists who are exceptional story tellers, embrace new media and have an eye for gorgeous, thought provoking visuals.
Elise McHugh is the humanities acquisition editor at the University of New Mexico Press. Her acquisition fields include photography, photography criticism, and photography history, as well as fiction, poetry, memoir, literary and popular culture studies/criticism, art, and architecture. Her experience in publishing includes ten years at UNM Press and eight years at West End Press, as well as literary and scholarly journals. The University of New Mexico Press publishes several books of art, architecture, and photography each year. Elise and the Press are interested in both fine art portrait and landscape photography and social documentary photography, particularly work that focuses on the U.S. West and the U.S.-Mexico Border.
Founder of thephotocloser.com, Frank advises and consulates with photographers from around the globe. His services include estimating and negotiating of behalf of photographers to ad agencies. For 25 years, Frank has represented photographers that include Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalists in securing highly valued commercial assignments. He has worked on hundreds of company photo libraries and campaigns for clients such as American Express, Acura Motor Sports, US Coast Guard Xerox, ESPN, Citi, Nike and others.
Robert Morton has worked in the world of book publishing for more than four decades for such publishers as Bantam, Time Life and over 25 years at Harry Abrams as Director of Special Projects. Currently, Morton works as an editor, agent, and consultant for photographers and artists seeking publication in books. In addition to helping to prepare presentations for consideration by publishers (selecting and sequencing photographs, deciding upon forms of presenting work, discussing desired formats and printing methods), Morton works with the artist and publisher to find and enlist authors for introductions and other texts. Reviewer Preference:Robert is interested mostly in seeing subject-based work of all kinds, especially book-worthy ideas, rather than abstract images or work of purely personal expression.
Susan Nalband is the Director of 555 Gallery in Boston, specializing in bringing the work of a growing number of emerging and established fine art photographers to collectors and buyers in Boston and internationally. In 2017, to develop a better focus for 555 Gallery, it became an exclusively online entity with a robust buying area and a relationship with Artsy.net. Today 555 Gallery is dedicated to bringing artists and collectors together through its attractive and user friendly website, art fair participation, and intimate solo exhibitions personalized for the artists, their clients and gallery clients. Consultation on developing artist’s books is offered.
Scott Nichols is the Director of The Scott Nichols Gallery located in downtown San Francisco. The gallery shows a combination of established, up and coming and contemporary photographers. Nichols, a Southern California native, has been a private dealer since 1980. He is considered one of the experts on Group f/64 and Brett Weston. The gallery opened in 1992 and houses one of the largest private collections of Brett Weston photographs as well as an extensive inventory of photographs by classic California photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernhard, Wynn Bullock, and William Garnett.
Jodi Peckman is the Creative Director of Rolling Stone Magazine. Reviewer Request: Portrait, environmental portrait, journalism, documentary preferred..
Chris Pichler founded Nazraeli Press in 1988, and has published some 500 books on the fine and applied arts to date, with an emphasis on contemporary photography. The press currently publishes 20 to 30 books each year. The books are distributed throughout the world. In 2007, Pichler received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel, California. In 2011, he was awarded the International Award from the Photographic Society of Japan. In 2014, Stanford University Art & Architecture Library acquired the complete archives of Nazraeli Press.
Maya Robinson is the Digital Art Director, Photography & Visuals , for New York Magazine. Reviewer Preference: Interested in studio and environmental portraiture and photojournalism.
Cindy Rowe has been an art producer in commercial advertising agencies since 1994. She started her career at BBDO/Los Angeles, where she worked on the Apple Computer, Pioneer Electronics, Starbucks and Best Western Hotels accounts. After six years in that role, she left BBDO to become Manager of Art Production at Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles in 2000, overseeing the department while working on many exciting Toyota projects and is currently the Executive Art Producer. A popular reviewer, she brings her unique perspective to her critiques at PSPF.
Sarah Rozen has been the Photo Director at Women’s Health. for the past 12 years. Prior to that she was Photo Director at Fast Company, Entertainment Weekly and People Special Issues.Reviewer Preference:I prefer to see beauty, fashion and environmental portraits.
Alice Sachs Zimet is a collector, educator, and advisor who began collecting photography in 1985. Her collection of roughly 300 images includes 20th Century masters up through the present. Alice is Chair, Photography Collections Committee, Harvard Art Museums; board member, Magnum Foundation; and a member of ICP’s Acquisitions Committee. She teaches classes for collectors and photographers about the "Photography Marketplace" at schools, museums and festivals across the United States. She also consults with collectors on acquisitions and with photographers on how to get their work out into the marketplace. Alice was Director, Worldwide Cultural Affairs, The Chase Manhattan Bank for over two decades and now is President, Arts + Business Partners, a consulting boutique that specializes in corporate sponsorship. Reviewer Preference: As a collector, please do not pitch. As a marketing professional, interested in your communication tools.
Laura Sackett is Creative Director and partner in LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations committed to discovering and promoting the best in the contemporary photography. Laura has lead all aspects of design including brand, website, print, communications, festival screenings and print exhibitions. Besides leading the creative direction for LensCulture, she also co-curates the online galleries.
Dana Salvo is the owner of Clark Gallery. Clark Gallery exhibits contemporary art in all media by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the Northeast and nationally.
Gabriel H. Sanchez the Photo Essay Editor at BuzzFeed and BuzzFeed News. He holds an undergraduate degree in photo-communications and a graduate degree in photography from Parsons The New School for Design. In his spare time, he's a contributing writer on photography for Artforum.com, Aperture.com, and Artslant.com, as well as a NYC-based curator of fine art.
Paloma Shutes is the Photo Editor at The California Sunday 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. She spent the past two years developing brand photography for various Bay Area tech companies Reviewer Preference: Paloma is interested in seeing a range of photography genres (fine art, photojournalism, portraiture, travel, 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.
Gabrielle Sirkin is Photo Editor at Airbnb Magazine, a travel magazine launching in May 2017. Previously, she was an Art Producer at TBWA\Chiat\Day and Photo Editor at More Magazine. Her work has been Emmy nominated and won various American Photography and SPD Awards. Reviewer Preferences: Open to seeing still photography specializing in travel, portrait, food, documentary and fine art.
Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and mentor who helps artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner. Her seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. During her career she has worked in the fine art, documentary, photojournalism and licensing arenas. Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated (2014). Her current book project is Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs
Colin Westerbeck was a Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1986 through 2003. Since moving to Los Angeles he has taught at UCLA and USC, written a column on photography for the LA Times, and served as Director of the California Museum of Photography. His most recent books are Chuck Close: Photographer (Prestel, 2014), A Democracy of Imagery (Steidl, 2016), and a completely revised and up-dated edition of his 1994 book co-authored by Joel Meyerowitz, Bystander, A History of Street Photography, published by Laurence King in 2017. In Fall 2018, Harper Collins is publishing his Vivian Maier: The 35-Millimete Color Photography. Reviewer Preferences: Open to seeing new photography by young photographers
Susan White was the Director of Photography at Vanity Fair Magazine for many years and is now a private consultant for photographers.
Allegra Wilde is a Founder of Eyeist, LLC, the online portfolio review service. She is a well known consultant in the photo industry and has been a Picture/Visual Strategist, Creative Director and Consultant to artists, photographers, and other art-based businesses in the advertising, editorial assignment, and fine-art marketplaces. Allegra is a recognized photography industry authority on the agent/artist relationship, marketing for artists, agency and talent branding, picture strategy and image editing. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Kenneth Zane is a Senior Photo Producer at the GAP & Old Navy. Before this, he was a Sr.Producer at Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago. Ken began his career in New York as an Art Buyer for Palio Communications, followed by work for DRAFTFCB, and Digitas. Some of his many accounts have included: Motorola, MilkPep, GSK, Pfizer , Astra Zeneca, KMART, SC Johnson, Hampton Inn, Nestle, Kraft, Boeing, Dow, UCB, and Olay—running the gamut from consumer to health care. Currently he is working with such clients as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Miller-Coors,3M and P & G. Zane has cultivated turning this diverse experience into indispensable assets. Passionate about photography and art since childhood, he loves and thrives on the visual discovery of both new and seasoned talent. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Michelle Dunn Marsh
Alice Sachs Zimet
Mary Virginia Swanson