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Elisabeth Biondi joined The New Yorker 1996 as Visuals Editor. In this newly created position, she established photography in the publication. It has grown into an integral part of the publication & is highly regarded. This spring she left The New Yorker after 15 years to work as an Independent Curator. Ms. Biondi came to The New Yorker from Stern, the German newsweekly, where she served as the Director of Photography. Prior to that, she worked as Director of Photography for six years with Tina Brown at Vanity Fair. Earlier, she served for eight years as Picture Editor of GEO, which received the National Magazine Award for Visual Excellence.
Pamela Chen is a senior photo editor for National Geographic magazine. Previously, she oversaw photography/multimedia production for the Open Society Foundations. As a documentary producer with MediaStorm, her work earned numerous accolades, including the national News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the DuPont Award, Webby Awards, and Picture of the Year International awards in photography, multimedia and music. As a commissioned musician, her sound designs appear in broadcast and online publications including the New York Times Magazine, Showtime, Hulu, and Wired. She has served as adjunct faculty for the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography, and is on the Board of Advisors for the Alexia Foundation.
Mike Davis is the Alexia Chair For Documentary Photography at Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and an independent picture editor who works with photographers around the world to elevate their photography for portfolios, projects, gallery shows, books and contest and grant submissions. Mike has been a picture editor and visual leader at National Geographic magazine, The White House and several of America’s leading newspapers. Mike was twice named newspaper picture editor of the year and edited the work of several photographers of the year. He has been a picture editor for more than 20 books and taught many workshops and judged scores of contests.
Alexa Dilworth is the Publishing Director and Senior Editor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS), and she also runs the Awards program, which includes the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize for Writing and Photography, and the Lange-Taylor Prize. Alexa began her career at CDS in 1995 working as an editor for DoubleTake magazine. She was also hired as editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the editorial, design, and production work for every CDS book since 1996. CDS Books at the Center for Documentary Studies are works of creative exploration by writers and photographers who convey new ways of seeing and understanding human experience in all its diversity—books that tell stories, challenge our assumptions, awaken our social conscience, and connect life, learning, and art. Alex was born in Japan; raised in Springfield, Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida; and has now lived in Durham, North Carolina, for 21 years.
MaryAnne Golon is Director of Photography at the Washington Post. MaryAnne is renowned for her many years of work as both Deputy and Director of Photography at Time magazine. She worked closely with such greats as James Nachtwey, Yuri Kozyrev, Christopher Morris, Callie Shell, Platon, and Alex Webb among many others. She was the lead photo editor for Time’s breaking news issues on the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, both of which won coveted awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Prior to that, she was director of photography of U.S. News & World Report.
David Griffin is Visuals Editor of the Washington Post. He oversees and coordinates the efforts of the Design, Photography, Video, Graphics and Digital teams in print and online. Previously David was Executive Editor for E-Publishing at National Geographic where he led the editorial efforts of extending NG’s print publications into mobile formats, specifically the launching of their flagship iPad app. Prior to this, he was Director of Photography of National Geographic magazine where he oversaw their renowned team of contributing photographers. His career has followed an organic path through a number of publications. David started as a photographer, moving to editing and design, eventually taking on greater directing and management responsibilities. Positions have included: Deputy Director of Photography of The Everett (WA) Herald, Art Director of The Hartford Courant, Art Director of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sunday magazine, Assistant Director of Design of National Geographic magazine, Design Director of NG Books and Creative Director of U.S. News & World Report. David has photo edited and designed a number books: “Cuba” by David Alan Harvey, two career books with William Albert Allard, “Broken Empire” by Gerd Ludwig, “The Great Barrier Reef” by David Doubilet, “Ocean Soul” by Brian Skerry, “Orbit: Photographs of the Earth by Nasa Astronauts,” “National Geographic: The Photographs,” and a series of topics with photographer Peter Menzel. He also directed the iPad app: “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic.” David is active on the boards of the Eddie Adams Workshop, LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph (co-curated in 2012), the Virginia Quarterly Review, and is a nominator for the Prix Prictet. He continues to do book design and photography. He has lived in the DC region for over 20 years, is married and has a 16-year-old son.
David Alan Harvey started photographing at age 11 and his obsessive exploration of family, humanity, race and sexuality has only grown more intense. Harvey has published two major books based on his extensive work on the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas, Cuba (1998, National Geographic) and Divided Soul (2002, Phaidon). His book Living Proof (2007, powerHouse) explores hip-hop culture. His groundbreaking limited edition book (based on a true story), published in 2012 by BurnBooks, is a visual novella of Rio de Janeiro, exploring a new form of visual literacy. (based on a true story) was listed as one of the top ten photo books of the year at Paris Photo 2012. It won the 2012 Lucie Award – Book Publisher of the Year – for BurnBooks. Harvey’s work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. He is the founder of Burn Magazine, an award-winning online journal for emerging photographers, and the publisher of BurnBooks, a press specializing in limited edition art books. Harvey has covered stories around the world for many magazines, most notably National Geographic Magazine, including projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Maya culture, Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico, Naples, Nairobi, and recent features on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and Rio de Janeiro. A member of the legendary Magnum cooperative in 1997, he lives in North Carolina and Brooklyn, NY.
Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Wired, Elephant, FOAM, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. He has over a dozen published books; his upcoming monograph titled Excerpts from Silver Meadows will be released in Spring 2013.
W.M. Hunt is a photography collector, curator, and consultant who lives and works in New York. A founding partner of the gallery Hasted Hunt, Hunt has been collecting, looking at and talking about photography for over 40 years. He is the author of “The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious” (Aperture, Thames & Hudson, and Actes Sud as “L’Oeil Invisible”). He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and ICP, lectures, reviews portfolios, judges competitions, and serves on the boards of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and The Center for Photography at Woodstock.
Elizabeth Cheng Krist is a senior photo editor for National Geographic magazine. Before coming to the magazine in 1994, she worked at Asia and Fortune. She grew up in Saint Louis and graduated from Princeton. With her colleagues, Elizabeth has won awards from POYi, Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts, and she has judged competitions for Kodak, Nikon, NPPA, College Photographer of the Year, and the RFK Journalism Awards. She has curated exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and Athens, Greece, and has reviewed portfolios for FotoVisura, PhotoPlus, Review Santa Fe, and Palm Springs Photo Festival. Elizabeth traveled to China on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project, and is on the board of the Eddie Adams Workshop.
Sarah Leen joined the National Geographic magazine staff as a Senior Photo Editor in 2004 after nearly 20 years working as a freelance photographer for the publication. Leen graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1974 from the University of Missouri, Columbia and continued there with graduate studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. Leen was the College Photography of the Year in 1979 and worked as a staff photographer for both the Topeka Capital Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1982 when she began her freelance photography career. Her photography assignments for the National Geographic took her to the shores of Lake Baikal in Siberia, the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s Far East, Djenne, Mali in West Africa, the Republic of Macedonia, the Mexican volcano Popocatepetl and the suburbs of America for a series stories on Urban Sprawl, Cheap Oil and Alternative Energy. Leen has won numerous awards for her photography in the Pictures of the Year (POYi) and World Press Photos competitions. In 2007 and 2008 she won first place Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio from POYi and second place in 2011. Leen was the curator of the 2009 Water Issue exhibit at the Annenberg Place for Photography, the 2011 exhibit Beyond the Story: National Geographic Unpublished and the exhibit Profoundly Human: Lynn Johnson at the 2012 LOOK3 photo festival. Leen has taught photography and editing workshops at the Missouri Photo Workshops, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Maine Photographic Workshops and the Palm Beach Centre for Photography.
Staci MacKenzie is a creative professional with over 15 years of experience commissioning artists in the commercial sector. She works with music, publishing, advertising, entertainment, and corporate clients to tell their story through pictures. She is always looking for talented photographers for upcoming projects.
Lesley A. Martin is publisher of the Aperture Foundation’s book program and of the PhotoBook Review. Her writing on photography has been published in Aperture, American Photo, FOAM magazine; and Lay Flat among other publications, and she has edited over seventy-five books of photography, including Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer; Richard Misrach: On the Beach; Is This Place Great or What by Brian Ulrich; Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance; and Infra by Richard Mosse. In 2010, under her leadership, Aperture Foundation received recognition as Publisher of the Year by Photo España, Madrid. In 2011, she founded the PhotoBook Review, a biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook.
Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects. A thirty year veteran of the Society, Moran has been producing projects about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems for the magazine since 1990. At last count she has edited over 200 stories for the magazine. Recent highlights include editing Nick Nichols’ story on Orphan Elephants for the September 2011 issue of NGM. She was also project manager for the NGS/Wildlife Conservation Society’s award-winning collaboration of photographer Nick Nichols and Dr. Michael Fay’s trek across Central Africa. The resulting stories were the impetus for the creation of Gabon’s national park system. Moran has edited several books for the Society, including “Women Photographers at the National Geographic”, “The Africa Diaries – An Illustrated Life in the Bush”, and “Cat Shots”. She was named “Picture Editor of the Year” for her winning portfolio in the 2006 Pictures of the Year competition and the 2011 Best of Photo competition.
Kurt Mutchler has worked at National Geographic magazine since 1994, producing more than 120 stories and 25 cover stories. During this time he has held many positions—photo editor, deputy director of photography and director of photography. Currently, he is the senior photo editor for science. He is a former adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., where he taught photojournalism. Prior to joining the magazine, he was the photo and graphics editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Kurt graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology and The Ohio State University.
Sadie Quarrier started working at National Geographic magazine in 1992. In 1998 she accepted a job as a Photo Editor and Designer at Smithsonian Magazine. She moved back to National Geographic in 2000 to become a Photo Editor for the Book Division where she helped produce over a dozen books, two of which received national awards. Two years later she returned to NGM as a Senior Photo Editor and during her ten years in this position has won a handful of awards for her editing. Sadie is currently in charge of the photography side of NGM’s adventure stories and edits a range of other stories as well. She is a voting member on National Geographic Society’s Expeditions Council.
Gordon Stettinius is founder of Candela Books, an independent publisher of fine art photography books, and in 2011 opened a gallery in the downtown arts district in Richmond, Virginia. Candela Books is currently considering work for titles for release in 2014 and 2015 and Candela Gallery is developing its exhibition schedule for the same time frame. Stettinius has a diverse background having exhibited his own photography for over twenty years, having started one of the earliest online photo magazines and spent several years as a researcher and representative for a fine art stock agency where he edited and promoted the work of fine artists for commercial opportunities. Stettinius is also an adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has been a writer, frequent portfolio reviewer and an artist board member of an established non-profit gallery for over ten years. Stettinius is currently working as editor on two in-development projects. He is especially interested in seeing work by photographers who photograph their own families and he is also currently collecting/reviewing the work of low tech or no tech photographers… i.e. pinhole, plastic cameras, homemade cameras, etc. for possible book projects.
Bruce Strong is a multimedia storyteller and educator at Syracuse University. He has photographed in nearly 60 countries. Bruce was on staff at The Orange County Register in Southern California for 11 years and has freelanced for a variety of international publications and non-profit organizations. When he’s not in the field, Bruce spends a lot of time helping others learn to tell stories that matter as an associate professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he teaches an array of video, audio, photography and multimedia courses. Bruce’s work has been published in such prestigious publications as TIME Magazine and National Geographic and has earned numerous awards and fellowships from The Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan and the Knight Fellowship at Ohio University. In the fall of 2011, Bruce served as the first professional in residence at MediaStorm in New York City, where he helped produce “A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan” which was nominated for an Emmy, a finalist for Documentary of the Year at POYi, second place in Long Form Multimedia Story at POYi, and won the Media For Liberty Award. In 2010, Bruce was honored with a Meredith Teaching Recognition Award from Syracuse University and the National Press Photographers Association’s Robin F. Garland Educator Award. But Bruce is most proud of his two young sons, Jack and Cole, and loves adventuring through life with his visual journalist/professor wife, Claudia.
Mary Virginia Swanson makes it her goal to help photographers find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions and licensing placements. Her informative seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. Swanson maintains a popular blog about opportunities for photographers called Marketing Photos and will release her self-published title Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs in 2013. Swanson coauthored Publish Your Photography Book with Darius Himes (Princeton Architectural Press, Spring 2011). Swanson’s website address is www.mvswanson.com, and the website for their book is www.publishyourphotographybook.com
Scott Thode is currently the Editor of VII The Magazine and the Visuals Editor for E.O. Wilson’s Life On Earth innovative new Biology E-Text Book. In September of 2012 Scott along with Kathy Ryan co-curated for The School Of Visual Arts “Myths and Realities”. On July 4th, 2012 Scott debuted a video piece he created for the Homecoming Project in Austin Texas. The film looked at the U.S. Military personnel at war and at home and was accompanied by a live performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In February of 2012 Scott was a curator at the inaugural Photofest Queretaro in Queretaro, Mexico. At Photofest he created three unique exhibits and three 360-degree videos that were exhibited in a dome specially built for the festival. He is also on the Advisory Board of LOOK3 Photo Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2011 Scott co-curated the festival with Kathy Ryan. Scott was the Deputy Picture Editor at Fortune Magazine. He was nominated for a Lucie Award as Photo Editor of the Year. As a photographer Scott was the recipient of numerous photography awards and his work has been exhibited at The Bienalle Internazionale di Fotografia in Turin, Italy, Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France and The Colonnade Gallery in Washington, D.C. Scott teaches at The International Center for Photography and participates in many photo symposia, workshops and judges numerous Photography Awards. Scott lives in New York City with Kathy and their daughter, Sylvie.
Anne Wilkes Tucker has been the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) since 1976. Ms. Tucker has organized more than seventy exhibitions, many with award-winning catalogues, including retrospectives on the works of Louis Faurer, Richard Misrach, Ray K. Metzker, Robert Frank, and Brassai. She has received two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust for her research on the French photographer Brassaï, a Mellon Fellowship from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, a special award from Photographic Society of Japan, an alumnae achievement award from Randolph Macon Woman’s College and a lifetime achievement award from the Griffin Museum. In 2001, she was selected as America’s Best Curator by Time magazine in an issue devoted to “America’s Best.” WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: photographs of armed conflict and its aftermath” opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston last fall to great critical acclaim.
Susan Welchman is a senior photo editor at National Geographic magazine. She attended the Philadelphia College of Art, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Prior to National Geographic, Welchman was a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Daily News and for the New York Post. As an editor, Welchman believes that the story comes second to the collaboration.
Jessie Wender is an Associate Photo Editor at The New Yorker where she commissions photographs for the magazine and writes for Photo Booth, the magazine’s photography blog. Prior to joining The New Yorker, she worked for the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles producing Photo LA, for the photo agency VII, and in the photo departments of Time Inc. and Esquire Magazine.
Sasha Wolf Gallery specializes in contemporary photography and represents emerging and mid-career artists. All of the gallery artist’s work is also included in important private and institutional collections such as Museum of Modern Art, the MET, the Decortava, Nelson-Atkins, and San Francisco MOMA. Exhibitions at the gallery have earned favorable reviews from publications such as the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal. The gallery is a member of AIPAD, the Association of International Art Dealers, the leading art photography accredited association. Gallery director Sasha Wolf reviews or judges work for leading art institutions numerous times a year. She is a founding member of the gallery collective, Project 5, and a co-owner of The Exhibition Lab, a study center for fine art photography.
Denise Wolff is a Senior Editor at Aperture, specializing in photography books. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books, including monographs with established photographers such as Roger Ballen, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore, as well as first books, retrospectives, and large surveys on a variety of subjects—from portraiture to road trips.
Yukiko Yamagata is the associate director for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, which explores the intersection of photography and social change through grantmaking, exhibitions, public programs, and workshops. Prior to joining Foundations, she was a researcher for the In Motion: The African American-Migration Experience project, an exhibition, book, website, and digital archive organized by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and a Senior Curatorial Assistant / Researcher in the Department of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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