David Bram is the editor, founder, and curator of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography. Fraction Magazine brings together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe. Fraction Magazine was founded in 2008, is published on a monthly basis, and has shown portfolios from more than 250 photographers.
David Bram has been reviewing portfolios at various national events including Review LA, Review Santa Fe, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, PhotoLucida and Fotofest. He was a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a juror for Critical Mass for the past four years. He was a reviewer at Fotofest Moscow in August 2011, a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011. In September 2010, Mr. Bram was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award.
Susan Burnstine is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles. She is represented in numerous galleries internationally and has been widely published throughout her career. Ms. Burnstine writes a monthly column entitled American Connection for Black & White Photography Magazine (UK) and is a frequent contributor for other photography publications.
Burnstine regularly teaches workshops, is a frequent reviewer and has been invited to curate and juror many exhibitions for galleries in the United States. Her first monograph Within Shadows was published by Charta Editions and earned PX3′s Prix de Le Photographie Gold Award for Best Fine Art Photography book of 2011. It was also selected for the Photo Eye Best of 2011 book list.
As a reviewer Ms. Burnstine is interested in reviewing fine art, documentary, and photojournalist, preferably in black and white due to the nature of her monthly column. She is happy to review color portfolios for possible articles in other online and print publications. Her work can be seen at: www.susanburnstine.com
Jennifer DeCarlo has a strong connection to the photographic field through her work in commercial galleries and as a writer. Ms. DeCarlo established jdc Fine Art in 2011, a gallery dedicated to contemporary photography. Prior to opening the gallery she worked as the Assistant Director at the Schneider Gallery in Chicago. Ms. DeCarlo is active academically and professionally. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and writes for the international photography association AIPAD.
A seasoned reviewer, Ms. DeCarlo is critical but fair. Depending on where the work is in process, she is able to help the artist evaluate and reflect on completed work or pause to sharpen the point of work in progress. She is most interested in reviewing narrative, figurative work, but welcomes seeing other work that explores the creative potential of photography.
The gallery website is: www.jdcfineart.com
Amy Galpin is Assistant Curator, Art of the Americas at The San Diego Museum of Art. Her recent projects for The San Diego Museum of Art include the exhibitions, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man: Works by Rubén Ortiz-Torres and Brutal Beauty: Drawings by Hugo Crosthwaite. She has curated a number of small photography shows that featured the work of Hugo Brehme, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and scott b. davis. Her main initiative for the Museum involves preparing a fall 2012 exhibition and publication entitled, Behold America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums, in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and the Timken Museum of Art. Other recent curatorial efforts include: Translating Revolution: U.S. Artists Interpret Mexican Muralism at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and After Adelita: Heroes, Myths, and Revolutionaries at Woman Made Gallery. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Kevin Miller is the Director of the Southeast Museum of Photography; a public museum located in Daytona Beach, Florida. One of the largest exclusively photographic institutions in the US, Florida’s most comprehensive museum of photography and the largest in the southeast, the museum presents 15 public exhibitions each year including single artist, thematic, vintage, retrospective and genre themes. The museum maintains a significant permanent collection with strengths in general photographic history, documentary photography and contemporary photography.
Prior to becoming the museum director in 2001 Kevin Miller was the Department Chair of Visual Arts at Daytona State College after serving on the photography faculty of Southern Illinois University. He holds graduate qualifications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and Southern Illinois University, with major studies in Photographic History and Theory, Art History and Museum Studies.
Mr. Miller is able to provide critique, insight and perspective on any developed body of work across a wide range of genres for potential inclusion in future museum exhibitions. The museum’s forthcoming schedule and regular exhibition slate includes a contemporary and emerging artist’s survey series. Please not glamour, portraits commercial or advertising.
Ron Miriello is the founder and director of Miriello Grafico in San Diego, and is a founding member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He is also an author, public speaker and fine artist with a passion for global themes and technology combined with old world artisan ingenuity. Miriello Grafico has provided award winning identity and branding for start-up companies, major corporations worldwide and community organizations in San Diego. Ron is a contributing author to several books on design and design thinking, and has been interviewing and photographing craftsmen of everyday objects in Italy for a book, Italy By Hand, about handcrafted products in a world of global mass production.
His artistic achievements have included an AIGA National Fellow Award in 2008; a Linnie Cooper Foundation Grant for Education in 2010; and most recently a sculpture exhibition of his work called The 100 Worlds Project.
Ron is primarily interested in reviewing work that bridges commercial and fine art, in addition to both experimental and personal work. No heavy egos, please.
His website is: www.miriellografico.com
Chantel Paul is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA). She has curated a number of recent exhibitions at MOPA including Unusual Suspects: The Paintings and Photograph of Holly Roberts, and Eyes of a Nation: A Century of American Photography, among others. Ms. Paul co-curated the exhibition Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography which included an exhibition catalog. She is currently curating the Museum’s 2013 installment of the California Invitational exhibition.
Prior to her work at MOPA, Ms. Paul served as the Director for the Morrison Hotel Gallery in La Jolla, CA. She has worked with artists and archives ranging from Herman Leonard, Henry Diltz, Jim Marshall, and Autumn DeWilde, among others. As Director of the Morrison Hotel Gallery, she helped coordinate exhibitions with the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
As a portfolio reviewer, Ms. Paul offers guidance for professional development, critical feedback, and insight into the museum exhibition process. She is interested in work that pushes boundaries and explores the medium through well-executed ideas.
Rebecca Senf curates exhibitions from the Center for Creative Photography’s holdings for a dedicated gallery at the Phoenix Art Museum. Senf studied History of Photography at the University of Arizona, and spent ten years in Massachusetts where she earned a Ph.D. in Art History at Boston University. She has been an invited reviewer for Photolucida’s Portfolio Review, Photo Alliance’s Our World Portfolio Review, Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, and Critical Mass.
Senf can best comment on photography that is created as personal expression (i.e. landscapes, figure studies, still lives, portraits, auto-biographical work, abstracts, etc. in color, black-and-white, alternative processes, digital or film based – not as helpful with commercial work or photojournalism). Special interests are panoramas and work related to Mexico and US/Mexico borderlands. She can comment on every step of the art making process from idea to object making, from editing to exhibition presentation, and from sequencing to publication. Senf’s primary role as a reviewer is to provide feedback from the museum curatorial perspective, but acquisitions and exhibitions are possible.
After a career as a New York Fashion Editor, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. She has exhibited widely and her work is held in a number of public collections. Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, and Fraction Magazines.
In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. Aline founded and writes the blogzine, Lenscratch and has curated and jurored exhibitions for galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines across the country. She lives, teaches, and works in Los Angeles.
MARY VIRGINIA SWANSON
Mary Virginia Swanson is a author, educator and consultant 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.
Swanson is a frequent presenter and portfolio reviewer at such events as FotoFest, PhotoLucida, FotoWeek DC and the Palm Springs Photography Festival, among many more industry gatherings.
She maintains a popular blog about opportunities for photographers called Marketing Photos and coauthored Publish Your Photography Book with Darius Himes (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011). Her forthcoming self-published title Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs will be available Fall 2012
Swanson’s website is: www.mvswanson.com
Lisa Volpe is the Assistant Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. She was formerly the Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellow in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the CWRU Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is currently a PhD candidate and an instructor at University of California, Santa Barbara and at Brooks Institute. Lisa has organized a number of exhibitions on both the East and West coast.
Bryan Yedinak is the Director of Modernbook Gallery (since 1999) and and co-publisher of Modernbook Editions (since 2005). He has curated over one hundred gallery exhibitions and founded a publishing company, Modernbook Editions. Yedinak has published ten fine art photographic publications including: Bella Figura by Brigitte Carnochan; Hong Kong Yesterday by Fan Ho; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Maggie Taylor; The Mind’s Eye a 50 year retrospective by Jerry Uelsmann, Entropic Kingdom, Photographs by Tom Chambers, and currently working on Almost Fiction, photographs by Jamie Baldridge
In addition, he has been a co-instructor for “Creating a Photography Exhibition: From Concept to Opening” with Stanford Continuing Studies since 2005.” He received a Bachelor of Fine Art from California State University, Long Beach.
The Modernbook gallery website is: www.modernbook.com