Jonathan Blaustein is an artist, writer, and educator based in Taos, NM. His work has been exhibited widely, and resides in several important public collections. Jonathan writes about photography for the New York Times Lens blog, and the influential photo industry blog A Photo Editor. He has written about his experience at Medium for APE, highlighting his favorite work. He will also forward any appropriate projects to his editors at the NY Times.
Jonathan is open to looking at all types of photography, but is most interested in viewing fine art photographs and photojournalism based work. He has taught photography for almost a decade, and is happy to offer critical feedback, if appropriate, both positive and negative.
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 300 photographers. David is also the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects. Through workshops and invite-only retreats, Flash Powder Projects gives photographers valuable knowledge and guidance on how to move their careers forward, establish goals for their work, and develop plans to launch photographic projects.
David Bram has reviewed portfolios at over 20 national events including Review Santa Fe, Fotofest, PhotoLucida, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Medium, and Filter. He was a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a frequent juror for Critical Mass. He was a reviewer at Fotofest Moscow in August 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011. In September 2010, David was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award.
To be considered for Fraction, portfolios should have a solid and fresh story, be tightly edited and sequenced, and be ready for promotion. Mr. Bram is most interested in seeing work with an aesthetic consistent with what he shows online, but is open to viewing and giving feedback and advice on all types of photography.
CAROL LEE BROSSEAU
Carol Lee Brosseau received her BA in Art History from Baylor University, followed by graduate study at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. She has held positions in many areas of the art world, including auction houses, art advisors, and private dealers. In 2005, Carol Lee moved to San Diego and was the Director of Joseph Bellows Gallery for five years, curating almost 40 photographic exhibitions, and having the privilege of working with wonderful photographers, and photographs spanning the history of the medium. In 2010, she moved to Los Angeles and has focused on helping private collectors build and manage photography collections.
ELIZABETH CORDEN AND JAN POTTS
Jan Potts and Elizabeth Corden are co-owners of Corden | Potts Gallery in San Francisco, specializing in the work of contemporary photographers. Jan and Liz are interested in discovering new artists for solo and group exhibits. They are interested in seeing a wide variety of photography, though the gallery does not generally show documentary work.
Their website www.cordenpottsgallery.com is a good place to get a feel for the kind of work they are most interested in seeing.
JENNIFER DE CARLO
Jennifer DeCarlo maintains strong connections in the field of photography through her work in commercial galleries and as a writer. She 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 earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and writes for the international photography association AIPAD.
As a seasoned reviewer, Ms. DeCarlo is critical but fair. Depending on where the work is in process, she is able to help artists evaluate and reflect on completed work or pause to sharpen work in progress. She is most interested in reviewing narrative, figurative work, but welcomes seeing other work that explores the creative potential of photography.
Jasmine DeFoore is a commercial and editorial photo editor and consultant with over 15 years of experience in assigning, licensing, editing, marketing and promoting photography. She prefers to see work in the following genres: Documentary/Photojournalism, Food, Portraiture, Lifestyle, Travel. More information about Jasmine can be found on her website: www.jasminedefoore.com
Roy Flukinger is the Senior Research Curator at the Ransom Center of The University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as a curator since 1977. He has taught and lectured at The University as well as at a variety of other organizations and institutions. His most recent publications were on Arnold Newman and on the Center’s Gernsheim Collection, and he has just completed co-curating a gallery-wide exhibition on the Magnum Photos collection this past fall. He consults with a variety of institutions and researchers; serves as juror, reviewer and evaluator of contemporary events, groups and support organizations; and continues to assist in research, management and development matters for the department.
He is interested in viewing portfolios of work by both contemporary artists and documentary photographers which reflect both originality and maturity of approach and execution. Additional attention is often paid to bodies of work that reflects a sensibility to historical themes and processes, or to innovative directions in the aesthetic and technological growth of photography.
The Ransom Center was founded at The University of Texas at Austin in 1957, and its Photography Department was established in 1963 with the purchase of the Gernsheim Collection. Since that time the collections of the department have grown to an estimated five million photographs, from historical to images by contemporary artists.
Amy Galpin is Curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Previously Galpin was Associate Curator, Art of the Americas at the San Diego Museum of Art. In San Diego, she curated Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums, a 2012 collaboration between the San Diego Museum of Art, the Timken Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Other projects for the San Diego Museum of Art include the group exhibition Women, War, and Industry and solo exhibitions with Hugo Crosthwaite, scott b. davis, Marianela de la Hoz, Noah Doely, and Rubén Ortiz-Torres. She also developed the exhibitions Translating Revolution: U.S. Artists Interpret Mexican Muralism (National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, 2010), Alfredo Ramos Martínez: Picturing Mexico from California (Pasadena Museum of California Art, 2014), Fractured Narratives: a strategy to engage (Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 2014), and Jess Dugan: Every breath we drew (Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 2015). Amy received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Hamidah Glasgow is the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography. The Center hosts approximately 17 exhibitions annually and features the work of emerging and established artists from around the world. The Center has been recognized as one of the prestigious nonprofit photography centers in the United States. In addition to exhibitions, the Center also produces adult and youth educational programs, lectures, and publications. Ms. Glasgow’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, portfolio reviews, contributions to publications and online magazines, and the hosting of regional conferences.
As a reviewer, Ms. Glasgow is most interested in seeing work that is original, non traditional, intentional and informed. She is also interested in viewing work in progress. Ms. Glasgow is not generally interested in work that is commercial in nature, traditional nudes, and/or traditional landscapes.
Solo and group opportunities are available in the Center’s three galleries.
Jolene Hanson is Director and Curator of The G2 Gallery in Venice, California, an award-winning green art space that has exhibited some of the world’s most celebrated photographic luminaries, including Robert Glenn Ketchum, Clyde Butcher and Ansel Adams. Jolene spent 6 years as a professional freelance photographer specializing in weddings, fashion and portraiture, while managing a commercial photo studio. She managed Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center, a nonprofit arts organization and gallery space, before coming to G2. Jolene has managed galleries and worked in the photography field for more than 17 years.
Maren Levinson is the founder Redeye, an artist’s agency that represents photographers, illustrators, art directors, and set designers. Before starting Redeye, Maren was a photo editor at Mother Jones Magazine, the founding photo editor at Dwell Magazine, the photo director for the San Francisco issue of Big, as well as a consultant for startups, Chow and GOOD Magazines.
Maren has always believed an artist benefits from a multi-faceted career, built around their passions instead of around trends. As an agent, she works with creatives, producers and photo editors all over the globe on voice-driven work.
In addition to the Medium Festival Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews, Maren has been a reviewer at Houston Fotofest, Review Santa Fe, PhotoLucida, MOPLA, and Review LA on numerous occasions. She feels that the more work you see the more you know about photography.
Wally Mason was recently appointed the director of the Sheldon Art Museum at the University of Nebraska. Since 2007 he has been the director / Chief Curator of the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He has curated over 90 exhibitions, including The Europeans: Photographs by Tina Barney; The Truth is Not in the Mirror: Photography and a Constructed Reality; Prospect of Light: Plastic and Pinhole Images; and Millions Taken Daily: Photographs from Everyone and Everywhere.
Prior to moving the the museum world he taught at the Phillips Academy, Western Michigan University, University of Vermont, and University of South Florida. Mason holds a Ba from Beloit College and an MFA from Indiana University.
The Sheldon Museum of Art numbers 12,000 objects including 3,100 photographs. The museum hosts photography exhibitions regularly and actively collects the medium. Mr. Mason can provide exhibition and acquisition opportunities.
Kevin Miller is the Director and Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography (SMP), one of the largest exclusively photographic institutions in the US. The museum presents 15 public exhibitions each year including single artist, thematic, vintage, retrospective and genre themes; as well as film programs, workshops, seminars and lectures. Since 1992, SMP has presented more than 350 exhibitions; 300 symposia, lectures, or other programs; and published more than 40 monographs or catalogues. The museum has a regular exhibition slate includes a contemporary and emerging artist’s thematic survey exhibition. SMP maintains a significant permanent collection with strengths in general photographic history, documentary photography and contemporary photography.
Mr. Miller is able to provide critique, insight and perspective on any developed body of work (no commercial illustrative work please) across a wide range of genres for potential inclusion in future museum exhibitions.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO
Jill Dawsey is Associate Curator at MCASD. Previously, Dawsey served as chief curator and curator of modern and contemporary art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and was an assistant curator in painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 2003-2006. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Stanford University and holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Dawsey is currently organizing The Uses of Photography: San Diego and the Reinvention of a Medium which examines the role of photography in the work of San Diego-based conceptual artists of the 1970s, including Eleanor Antin, Helen and Newton Harrison, Allan Kaprow, Fred Lonidier, Martha Rosler, Allan Sekula, and Phel Steinmetz, among others (2016).
Elizabeth Rooklidge is Assistant Curator at MCASD. She earned an M.A. in art history from Williams College and a B.A. from St. Olaf College. Since coming to San Diego in 2013, Rooklidge has organized the exhibitions Eva Struble: Produceand Line Involvements: Selected Prints from the Collection, and co-curated Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City with MCASD Director Hugh Davies. Rooklidge recently organized an exhibition of photographs from MCASD’s permanent collection, which is currently on view at the Museum’s La Jolla location. The exhibition considers the fabricated landscape and its cultural, social, economic, and environmental impact. It includes works by artists such as Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Oliver Boberg, Gabriel Orozco, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, and Melanie Smith.
Dawsey and Rooklidge are interested in seeing work with a strong conceptual basis or framework, and prefer not to review commercial photography.
Chantel Paul is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA). She has curated a number of exhibitions at MOPA including After Ansel Adams (2014), Staking Claim: A California Invitational (2013) and the accompanying exhibition catalog, Kevin Cooley: Elements (2013), Unusual Suspects: The Paintings and Photograph of Holly Roberts (2012)and Eyes of a Nation: A Century of American Photography (2012). She also co-curated the traveling exhibition Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography (2011), along with an accompanying exhibition catalog. She is currently working on upcoming exhibitions including The Time Between: The Sequences of Minor White, to be exhibited in fall 2015.
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.
Ariel Plotek is Associate Curator of Modern Art at The San Diego Museum of Art. Ariel has collaborated with contemporary American artists such as New York sculptor Joel Shapiro and Taos-based artist Larry Bell, and is currently looking at work that can be used for upcoming photography exhibitions, artist programming, and, when possible, acquisitions for the museum’s expanding collection of photography.
In addition to his curatorial work, Dr. Plotek taught the history of Modern art at the University of San Diego, and served as the editor of Tabula Quarterly—an online review of exhibitions and art publications. Prior to his current position at the San Diego Museum of Art he worked at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ariel received his Ph.D from NYU’s Institute of Fine Art.
Jennifer Schwartz is the Founder and Executive Director of Crusade for Art, a non-profit organization focused on cultivating demand for art, specifically fine art photography. Jennifer believes in empowering photographers to be innovative and create audiences for their work.
Jennifer regularly participates in portfolio reviews such as PhotoNOLA, PhotoLucida, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, FotoFest and others. She was invited as a curator to the Lishui Photo Festival in Lishui, China in 2011 and travels around the country giving talks, guest-lecturing at universities, leading workshops and hosting photographic retreats through a program she co-developed, Flash Powder Projects. In the Spring of 2013, she traveled around the country in a 1977 VW bus, engaging audiences with photography.
Jennifer is interested in reviewing developed and innovative collections with cohesive and strong concepts. She is not interested in seeing overly-processed photographs. Aside from offering critiques of the photography itself, she may be able to offer opportunities for artists to be featured in special projects through Crusade for Art.
Aline Smithson is a photographer, educator, editor, curator, and juror who is interested in all aspects of the photographic journey. She is represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and her work has been published and exhibited around the globe. In 2007, Aline founded LENSCRATCH, an online site that features the work of a different photographer each day.
As the editor of LENSCRATCH, I am looking for cohesive bodies of work that are well articulated with a statement of intention. Over the years, Lenscratch has provided a platform for thousands of photographers, sometimes launching a body of work to new heights and garnering international attention for the work. As an educator, I am happy to see work in progress and give feed back on the shaping of the project. As a curator for the Los Angeles Center of Photography (and other venues), I am looking for work that brings something new to the photographic dialogue, work that sparks new ways of thinking about photography. I am not interested in seeing work that is over sharpened, over saturated, or lacks intention.
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).