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Following is a provisional list of reviewer’s biographies for Connect 2018.
Anna Goldwater Alexander is Director of Photography of WIRED. She's been producing photo shoots and commissioning WIRED photographers for over twenty years. She took a hiatus from WIRED as the Photo Director at Dwell Media from 2011-2013. Anna has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Arizona. She resides Novato, California with her husband, two children, two cats and Trout the dog.
Krystal Atwater is the Photo & Video Manager of the National Football League. She has spent over a decade in the photography industry juggling the needs of clients and talent. Before this appointment she was at Men's Fitness magazine.
Steven has been a publication designer for 20 plus years and has won multiple design and photo awards from ASME, SPD and CRMA. Reviewer Preference: In addition to commercial work, please show any fashion and lifestyle work.
Anthony Bannon is a medalist in the history and criticism of photography from the Royal Academy of Photography in Great Britain. He is the emeritus director of the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY and the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. Forthcoming with Steidl Verdlag is Beatitude: The Beat Attitude: Photographs by Joey Tranchina and exhibitions with catalogs on photographs by John Wood and Mark Maio. . He is a trustee on the boards of the Photo Review and Artpark, the New York State Park for the arts in Lewiston on the Niagara Gorge.
Suzee is a freelance art 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 Apple, Facebook, Salesforce and GS&P. She has had the pleasure of working with such diverse talent as Britney Spears and even an alligator.
An award-winning creative director in advertising, Glenn believes humans are wired for stories. Creative storytelling can evoke emotions and generate strong personal connections to a brand, its objective, and its products. He has created advertising for such companies as IBM, Gatorade, Unicef, The US Armed Forces, Verizon and most recently in the healthcare space. Glenn has worked with some of the world’s top commercial photographers to capture striking images for his clients. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Ron Beinner is a long time photography editor, producer and creative collaborator. He spent over two decades with Vanity Fair magazine and currently works on a variety of visual projects in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.
Howard Bernstein is the Managing Director of Great Bowery. Agencies under the Great Bowery umbrella include CLM, Streeters, M.A.P, Bernstein & Andriulli, Trunk Archive, Gallery Stock, and Great Bowery Film. In addition to his responsibilities with Great Bowery, he continues to oversee the careers of Platon, Erwin Olaf, Stephen Wilkes, The Selby, Marco Grob, Michael Muller, Pari Dukovic, Andrew Zuckerman, Marc Hom and We Are The Rhoads. Howard is proud to sit on the board of The People’s Portfolio, an international photographic non-profit founded by Platon whose mission is to bring voice to the socially ignored and change the conversation around power.
Dave Bett is Creative Director for Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music. He is a Grammy-winning designer of music packaging for such artists as Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Patti Smith, Tori Amos, the Avett Brothers, and many more. He and the Sony art directors who report to him have worked with many great photographers, and they continue to seek out new talent to image the artists they design for. Reviewer Preference: In addition to commercial work, please show any motion/video and personal work.
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.
Jigisha Bouverat, owner/agent of JBC, was the Director of Art Production for TBWAChiatDay for 20+ years during which she managed and mentored teams of Art Producers responsible for revolutionizing the creative and business practices in the industry. Now as an agent, she brings a unique level of experience and perspective from both sides of the business. JBC is a collective with a shared commitment to the art and commerce industry. Reviewer Preferences: Interested in seeing motion work and integrated content.
Jacqueline Bovaird is a creative consultant and photography producer at Apple. Having worked in the photography industry for over 10 years, she was formerly the Director of West Coast at Levine/Leavitt. She has been fortunate to work with incredible talent such as Martin Schoeller, Danny Clinch, Nick Meek, Markus Wendler, Josh Goleman, and James Day, and clients such as Nike, Apple, Google, Airbnb, Facebook, FX, NASA, Toyota, W+K, TBWA, Deutsch, 72andSunny, and CP+B. Jacqueline also manages a creative consultancy which works with artists, agents, and creatives.
Aeriel Brown is the Deputy Photo Editor at Bloomberg Business Week magazine. Prior to this assignment, she worked for Entertainment Weekly. She also did a brief stint at Harper's Bazaar as the deputy photo director. Between all of that, she also started a small magazine called WAX which focuses on art, culture and surfing.
Marianne Campbell is a photography agent with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Her company has recently worked with h 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 Director of the Leica Gallery Los Angeles.
Suzanne has over 25 years of international experience championing Fortune 500 brands and articulating their vision through marketing and advertising initiatives. Suzanne leads the integrated marketing and creative strategy at Jackson Hewitt with a customer-centric approach to help drive growth through compelling and impactful strategic brand solutions. In addition to founding her own advertising agency (The AGNCY), she spent most of her career at world-class companies in New York (Arnold, Deutsch, Grey, JWT, Moxie, Mcgarrybowen, Ogilvy, R/GA, Zeta) and in London (Bates UK, Euro RSCG, Imagination, Ogilvy & Mather).
Crista Dix is the Griffin’s Associate Director. Before coming to the Griffin Museum she spent fifteen years creating and operating her own photography gallery, wall space creative, closing it in 2020. Having a career spanning many paths, Crista has landed at the Griffin to assist the executive director in the day to day operations of the museum. Her background in science, business and creative arts helps Crista provide a solid background for supporting the Griffin’s mission of showcasing creativity and the museum’s photo community. Her gallery, wall space, supported emerging and mid career artists with exhibitions, talks and events and participated in art fairs around the country, as well as maintained an office space for client meetings. As an internationally known gallery, Crista worked with clients all over the world and represented national and international artists. In addition to wall space’s special event and exhibition schedule, it hosted a series of artist lectures, studio and community events. Ms. Dix, wall space and the artists who were part of its success believed in giving back, creating a charitable giving program called Life Support. In ten years Life Support worked with over 400 artists, donating over $80,000 to charitable foundations Doctors Without Borders, Direct Relief and Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Dix has written essays about photography, introducing creative artists work to a broader community. She has been a member of numerous panels and discussions, juried creative competitions and has participated in major portfolio reviews across the country in cities like Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Santa Fe and New Orleans.
Michelle Dunn Marsh
Michelle Dunn Marsh is the founder of Minor Matters Books. An educator and advocate for significant photography, she has worked in the field for twenty-five years, fostering the creation of over 100 photography books. In the last five years she has also curated exhibitions including Jim Marshall: The Rolling Stones 1972 (EMP Museum), Here I Am—Photographs by Lisa Leone (Bronx Museum), and All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party, Terminal, Me and My Selfie with Chieko Phillips, and Eugene Richards: "Enduring Freedom," (PCNW). She is interested in transcendent photography that pushes the boundaries of our culture and the medium today.
Sasha Erwitt has been the Photo Director at Town & Country magazine and Photo Editor at Vanity Fair. Presently she is working as an independent Photo Researcher for editorial and commercial clients, and as a Photographer.
David Fahey is the Director of the Fahey Klein Gallery in Los Angeles. Fahey Klein is one of the most influential galleries in California.
Roy Flukinger is the Curator Emeritus and recently retired Senior Research Curator of Photography for the Harry Ransom Center of The University of Texas at Austin. Beyond his current duties he also continues to work as an independent advisor, educator, curator, historian and author. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing and discussing portfolios in most photographic genres that have been deliberately and seriously considered.
Brian Gibson is the Senior Art Producer at Team One Advertising Agency. After 11 years as a photo producer in NYC, Brian recently moved to LA to join Team One. Over the years Brian worked with magazines including Vogue, Women's Health, Fortune. Ad agencies including McCann, Team One, Saatchi, Chiat, Deutsch. Clients including Lexus, Nike, Captain Morgan, Pampers, and pharmaceuticals.
Hervé Grison is the Senior Director of Mattel Creative Studios, overseeing the creative and production of stills and motion for ads, social media, ecomm and TV commercials.Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing video, stop motion in specific genres of kids and lifestyle.
Avi Gupta is a photo editor, artist and educator. As Director of Photography for U.S. News and World Report, he has over 15 years of experience working with photographers to cover current events. As an artist, his photographic works have been exhibited widely and are held in the permanent collections of The Sainsbury Center for Visual Art, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian’s Asia Pacific Center. At George Washington University’s Corcoran College of Art, he lectures on creative approaches to photojournalism. Reviewer Preference: Most interested in reviewing creative approaches to photojournalism and documentary projects covering healthcare, education, and social issues.
Angelika Hala has been the New York photo editor and producer for the stern Magazine group for some 20 years, and commissions, researches and licenses photography for a wide range of features from documentary, sports, science and news to portrait and fashion, working with established photographers as well as developing talent. She participated in multiple portfolio reviews across the United States and internationally, and was juror for The Fence/Photoville and ZEKE Awards; and mentor at the Eddie Adams Workshops.
Mollie Jannasch launched her career in the photo industry in New York City at Art + Commerce where she worked on everything from portfolio development to production. In 2008, Mollie founded Agency MJ, a Nashville-based agency that represents a select roster of high-end commercial photographers and directors from around the United States. Agency MJ’s photographers have worked on national campaigns for Toyota, Zipcar, Beats by Dre, Publix, Miller Coors, and Intel, among many others. Today, Mollie continues to operate a multi-faceted agency which has grown to provide commercial clients a full-service experience from pre-production to post, and everything in between. MJ partners with the top producers and vendors in the industry to provide amazing results for each unique project. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Nicolas Jimenez is the director of photography of the prestigious French daily newspaper Le Monde. In 2005, when Le Monde decided to become a major actor of the photo industry he became national photo editor until 2008. Then he became the head of the photo department. Le Monde is now one of the three biggest photo producer in french speaking press.
Rebecca Karamehmedovic & Nicole Hyatt
Sway is a boutique agency started by Nicole Hyatt and Rebecca Karamehmedovic, two photo directors and creative content producers who have a breadth of work between them that spans a wide range of mediums and styles. The duo has produced content for some of the world’s most recognized names in Magazine & Book Publishing, Luxury Travel, Fashion and Lifestyle. Sway is the culmination of experience, passion and strong relationships with creative talent.
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.
Patricia Lanza was the Director of Talent & Content for the Annenberg Space for Photography for 8 years. I have left this position to form my own organization for exhibition development,curation and consultation for art & photography. I am currently curating two exhibitions. I will have a photography exhibition on Van Gogh with Lynn Johnson at the Leica gallery in 2019
Pilar's investigation of and involvement in all facets of the photo industry have contributed to her unique understanding of the processes, aesthetics and value of photography in today’s art market. Upon her return to Santa Fe seven years ago after living and working in the Bay Area and LA, Pilar founded Edition ONE Gallery on Canyon Road, a contemporary photography gallery with an inviting living-room atmosphere featuring the works of a hand-picked group of artists working in traditional and digital media. Alternating one-person-shows and themed exhibitions for the first seven years allowed Pilar to showcase and inform visitors about the diversity and talents of photographers selected from a world-wide pool. The work is exciting, the openings legendary, hosting photo-related events and portfolio reviews has expanded her stable of artists and their audience. Curatorial Vision/Mission: “Photography, from its beginnings, has been a medium of interrogation and change. One of the real challenges for fine art photography today is balancing traditional processes and photography’s established practitioners with the explosion of new methods, styles and works that bombard what was until recently a relatively select group of artists. As a curator and a gallerist, my contribution is to gather photographers from New Mexico and around the world who are engaged in all manner of photography, and present their works in a way that both honors their art, and informs established and next-generation collectors about the value of photography in this century.”
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 Los Angeles. The agency has worked with many Advertising and Editorial clients including Airbnb, Apple, Microsoft, American Express, Honda, AT&T, Cartier, The Hollywood Reporter, Dwell, People, 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. Interested in seeing personal work, portraits, travel, lifestyle, interiors, tech, music, and celebrity.
Shannon McMillan, a Freelance Art Producer and founding partner of Homestead Creatives, an artist's representative firm. She has a background in photography and advertising. She worked as an Art Producer at GSD&M for 15 years. As an Art Producer she worked with worldwide clients (BMW, Caesars Entertainment, Southwest Airlines, Kohler, and others), photographers and integrated production teams. Given the years of experience and contacts, she understands a true collaboration between Artist and Client. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
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.
Garage Team Mazda is the agency of record for the Newport Beach Film Festival as well as Mazda North America. In addition to my role as an Art Producer, I've created an art gallery within the agency- rotating artists every 4 months. My art production history runs deep in the automotive industry, to include clients such as: Land Rover, Jaguar, Lincoln, Volkswagen and Hyundai. I came up in the core sports industry working on accounts such as Volcom, Oakley, Vans, Pac Sun and Mammoth Mountain. Other accounts include Taco Bell, Sony, Pacific Symphony and Southwest to name a few.
Lexie Moreland is a Photo Editor for Fairchild Fashion Media.
Rebecca Morse is Curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Recent projects include Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld and Larry Sultan: Here and Home. She was previously Associate Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) where she organized Amanda Ross Ho: Teeny Tiny Woman, Cai Guo-Qiang: Ladder to the Sky, Rodarte: States of Matter, The Artist’s Museum, and Florian Maier-Aichen. Upcoming projects include a thirty-year retrospective of the work of Thomas Joshua Cooper and Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising that examines the ways in which artists have mined the tropes of commercial photography for their own work. She has written on Sarah Charlesworth, the evolving relationship between photography and sculpture, contemporary photography and the hotel, and photography’s changing role in contemporary art beginning in the 1980s.
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.
Benjamin Muller has been working as an Art Buyer at Colle McVoy for over 5 years and has also assisted on broadcast production.
Catriona Ni Aolain
Currently Catriona is the Director of Photography for People / EW / Health titles. Previously she worked as the Director of Photography at Men's Journal and ESPN The Magazine.
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.
Lisa Oropallo is the Director of Art Production at Digitas LBi servicing all of Digitas North America. Digitas has offices in NYC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit & Atlanta. Digitas is primarily an Interactive and mobile agency with print components. As Director of Art Production at Digitas, Lisa has worked on most of the Agency accounts. Current Digitas accounts are American Express, Delta, Comcast, CVS, Dunkin Brands, PPG, Accenture, Trans Union, KAO, and Whirlpool. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing still photos, up and coming photographers, multi-media and motion.
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.
Corden|Potts Gallery, located in San Francisco, has specialized in the work of outstanding contemporary photographers since 2009. Our gallery is located in 49 Geary Street, a building housing about 15 galleries, including some of San Francisco's most prestigious. Both Elizabeth Corden and Jan Potts, the gallery’s co-founders and co-directors, have been curating photographic exhibits since the 1990s.
The Rappaport Agency was established in 1986 under the direction of Jodi Rappaport offering creative management for photographers, stylists and special projects. Representing talent with a strong concentration in lifestyle, food, travel, editorial, book publishing, advertising and motion work we have collaborated in creating the visual branding (print and motion) for Apple,eBay, West Elm, Williams Sonoma, Renaissance Hotels, Quaker, Taco Bell, Coca Cola, Newcastle Beer and many other corporate entities. We pride ourselves on building a strong foundation and consistent support both on a visual and highly professional level and look forward to developing long term working relationships and creative partnerships. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Deirdre Finzer Read is a Deputy Visual Research Editor for Oprah Daily, O, The Oprah Magazine: Quarterly, & Prevention at Hearst Magazines. She also contributes to O, The Oprah Magazine's Instagram account. She worked on staff as a Photo Editor Specialist at National Geographic Magazine, a Supporting Picture Editor at Time Magazine, and an Assistant Photo Editor at World Picture News.
Renee Rhyner has been an agent working with commercial artists for over twenty years with offices in Dallas and New York City. With foundations in commercial photography representation, her roster has expanded to also include graphic designers, illustrators, filmmakers, and a Production Division. The group of artists has been recognized in Communication Arts Photography and Illustration Annuals, Photo District News and American Photography and American Illustration Annuals. Renee Rhyner and Company is more than just a commercial artist’s agency; it is made up of a group of hardworking individuals dedicated to the mission of establishing the strongest possible partnerships between artists and creative executives. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography with an emphasis on advertising and editorial work.
Conor Risch is Senior Editor of Photo District News (PDN) and PDNOnline.com. He is editor of the magazine’s monthly “Exposures” column, which features photographers’ new books, exhibitions and personal projects, and he is also co-editor of the annual PDN’s 30 special issue and website, pdns30.com. He lives in Seattle.
Natasha Ritsma, director and curator at the Schingoethe Center at Aurora University, has an MA from the University of Illinois and a PhD from Indiana University. She has curated numerous photography exhibitions featuring both highly celebrated artists such as Jeffery Wolin and Steve Schapiro as well as emerging talent.
Molly Roberts is a curator, photography editor, and educator living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Roberts was recently completed a prestigious year-long Residency as a Knight Fellow in the Visual Communication Department at Ohio University. Roberts was a Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic magazine. She led the photography department at Smithsonian magazine for 16 years, bringing recognition to the magazine as a National Press Photographers association award winning visuals team for multiple years.
Michele Romero is the Senior Photo Editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine.
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.
Laura Sackett is the creative director and co-founder of LensCulture, one of the leading sites committed to discovering and promoting the best in the contemporary photography. She leads all aspects of design including strategy, brand, website, print, communications, screenings and exhibitions. Besides leading the creative direction for LensCulture, she also designs and co-curates LensCulture exhibitions and the online galleries. Laura is a frequent reviewer at portfolio reviews. She is a founding Board Member of PhotoAlliance, and earned an MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA.
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.
Mara Serdans is a freelance Senior Art Producer and creative consultant. She was at Deutsch LA for 8 years as a Sr. Art Producer is currently working as a freelance art producer for Designory, Garage Team Mazda, and Chiat NY.
J.Sybylla Smith is an independent curator with over 27 solo or group exhibitions featuring over 80 international photographers exhibited in the U.S., Mexico and South America. Smith consults with individual photographers and arts organizations to develop exhibitions, educational programming and written content including artist statements and marketing material. An adjunct professor, guest lecturer and thesis advisor, Smith has worked with the School of Visual Arts, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, Harvard University, and Emmanuel College. She lectures and conducts workshops on Concept AwareTM, a unique creative framework for concept development.
Daniel Stark’s diverse background in advertising, publishing, apparel and media at companies like GQ, Baron & Baron, Ann Taylor, Harper’s Bazaar, Deutsch and Nielsen is the driving force behind Stark Design. As the company’s Executive Creative Director, Daniel has created well-known campaigns, identity programs, packaging, editorial and product design for a diverse mix of consumer brands, services and companies including CVS Health, L’Oreal, Staples, Alterna and NYU. Stark Design’s new content division, co-led by television veteran showrunner Abbey LeVine, is committed to revealing new stories for brands and telling them through a human lens with integrity and compassion. Stark is also the creator of PaperMade™ — a line of books and products sold worldwide that feature flat character designs, pre-cut and pre-scored, that punch out, fold up and turn into 3D objects. Apart from being an accomplished author, Stark is also an inventor and irrepressible tinkerer. He lives in New York City. Reviewer Preference: Interested in seeing imagery and video of fashion, beauty, lifestyle and architecture.
Ashly Stohl is co-founder and Publisher of Peanut Press, an independent photo book publisher based in Los Angeles and New York.
Mary Virginia Swanson
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
Clare Vander Meersch
Clare is a founding member of the Magenta Foundation for the arts (magentafoundation.org), and continues to serve on their board, with particular devotion to the Flash Forward competition celebrating emerging photographers—now worldwide. Reviewer Preference: interested in Photojournalism and Documentary photography
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 is a Picture/Visual Strategist, Creative Director and Consultant to artists, photographers, and other art-based businesses. She was formerly the Director of Talent and Agent Branding at The Workbook. As an independent Consultant and Creative Director in her own business, Allegra is known for her broad overview of the commercial photography industry. Recognized as a community builder, her diverse client base has sought her advice in such areas as sales strategy, image forecasting, marketing, business development, and portfolio development for individual talent. Allegra is a recognized Photography industry authority on the Agent/Artist relationship, marketing for artists, agency and talent branding, picture strategy and editing. In addition, she is the owner/moderator of 2 online industry forums: Art + Photo Agents Forum for commercial artist's representatives, and Art Producers Forum for advertising agency art buyers and photo editors.
Indira Williams Babic
Indira Williams Babic is the director of photography and visual resources at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. In this role, she oversees the research, editorial selection, acquisition, digital processing, rights management and preservation of the Newseum’s collection of more than 500,000 historic images. Indira has managed and curated all images that have appeared in Newseum exhibits since the museum opened in its current location in 2008, including the original 14 galleries and more than 35 changing exhibits. Indira has more than 20 years of experience working in photography. Prior to joining the Newseum, she was a researcher for one of the first online stock photo services, a co-producer for a television variety show in Spain, and an editor for a book publisher in Panama. Reviewer Preference:> Interested in seeing Photojournalism, documentary, and editorial.
Jane Yeomans currently works at Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine, where she commissions and licenses photography. Previously she worked as a freelance photo editor and researcher for book projects, design firms and 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. Reviewer Preferences:, Open to seeing everything, especially personal work and ongoing projects.
Vermont grown, California educated. Starting my career as an Events Coordinator led me from working in a university setting, to The Walt Disney Company, and then to Team One where I have been growing roots for the last 2.5 years as an Art Producer. I’ve had the chance to work directly with hundreds of multicultural groups, virtual and augmented reality, and now automotive, lifestyle, and still life photo shoots for clients such as Lexus, Indian Motorcycles, Slingshot, & Solid Energy Systems.
VMLY&R SENIOR ART/PHOTOGRAPHY PRODUCER Ken Zane brings over 25 years of industry experience to his position of Senior Art/Photo Producer. He started out as a freelance fashion photographer in New York and is known for his roles as a Senior Art Producer at Digitas in Philadephia/NYC, FCB and Leo Burnett in Chicago, supporting clients like Coca-Cola, GM, McDonald’s, Miller-Coors, P&G, Intel, Pfizer, 3M, Amex, Olay, Eli Lilly, Nestle, Firestone, Phillip Morris, Brooks, Pantene, Intel, E.J. Gallo and Kellogg’s, to name just a few. He left Leo Burnett in 2017 to work on the client-side as a Senior Photo Producer at Gap Inc./OLD NAVY in San Francisco. Currently, he is thrilled to join the team at VMLY&R where he’s been working for over a year.