The Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews take place at the Lafayette Hotel on Oct. 26-27, 2017. We will host an Open Portfolio Walk on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7-10pm, open free to the public.
We have reviewers from across the field and throughout the country participating in 2017. The list of confirmed reviewers and reviewer bios are listed below.
MUSEUMS & CURATORS
Leigh Gleason, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
Anthony Graham, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Mazie Harris, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Kensett, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Kevin Miller, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
Rebecca Morse, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Kathryn Poindexter, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
Kate Ware, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Andrew Burgess, Dark Spring Press, Tucson, AZ
Alyssa Coppelman, Independent Photo Editor, Austin, TX
Laura Sackett, LensCulture
Sabrina Smith, NARA Collective, Los Angeles, CA
Aline Smithson, LENSCRATCH
Jennifer DeCarlo, JDC Fine Art, San Diego, CA
Ellee Bokharachi, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Geoffrey Koslov, Foto Relevance, Houston, TX
Danny Sanchez, Themes + Projects, San Francisco, CA
Hannah Sloan, Sloan Projects, Santa Monica, CA
Kyohei Abe, Detroit Center for Photography, Detroit, MI
Joey Herring, San Diego International Airport, San Diego, CA
Samantha Johnston, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO
John Mannion, Light Work, Syracuse, NY
Chantel Paul, SDSU Downtown Gallery, San Diego, CA
KYOHEI ABE, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography
Kyohei Abe is the Executive Director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (DCCP). Established in 2010, DCCP was the first non-profit center in Detroit dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography. With a mission to foster the appreciation and understanding of photography, DCCP works to promote contemporary lens-based artists who explore the medium in diverse ways: from still and time-based media to the photographic book.
In 2012, after reevaluating how to better serve the artists it strives to support, DCCP shifted its operations to a solely online gallery supplemented by small edition artist book publications.
ELLEE BOKHARACHI, Tilt Gallery
Ellee Bokharachi is Associate Director & Art Critic at Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her interests include abstract and conceptual art, though she is especially interested in photographs with layered and conceptual elements. Print portfolios and books / bodies of work that narrate stories with pictures are strongly encouraged. At the gallery, we always look to broaden the roster of artists we exhibit and represent to include more artists of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Ms. Bokharachi is a board member of the Contemporary Forum at Phoenix Art Museum and Scottsdale Galleries Association to develop artistic and educational programs, so it is helpful to know more artists for these diverse programs. Ms. Bokharachi is also an independent curator, and educator who holds a Masters of Art in Art History from Arizona State University. She has been a Speaker and reviewer at Phoenix Art Museum’s InFocus Portfolio Review, a judge and pre-screener for Critical Mass, has been invited to PhotoPlus Expo in Palm Springs. Ms. Bokharachi has also been a juror in different arts festivals and competitions. Bokharachi has been named as one of the shapers of future by The Huffington Post in March 2017.
ANDREW BURGESS, Dark Spring Press
Dark Spring Press is a small, independent photography book press with the intention of publishing elegant, meaningful, small-run editions of carefully selected work by new, emerging and established photographers. Before moving to the United States in 2009, Mr. Burgess started a small publishing company in the United Kingdom that published prints, cards and gift-wrap. Now, eight years later, he started Dark Spring Press in order to publish fine art photography books, fulfilling a long held dream.
Andrew strives to honor the collaborative process between photographer, designer and printer to create a beautiful end product with high production value and collectability. He is interested in meeting photographers who are skilled at their craft, have a passion for design, and who have a body of work ready to develop further in print media.
Andrew Burgess is also a photographer and art collector. In 2018, he will have a solo exhibition at The Tucson Museum of Art and an artist monograph of his work published by Nazraeli Press. He is an avid collector of contemporary art, classic photography and photography books.
ALYSSA COPPELMAN, Independent Photo Editor
Alyssa Coppelman is a photo editor with 15 years of experience, primarily as Assistant Art Director of Harper’s Magazine. As a freelance editor, she works on every issue of Harper’s, providing art research and recommendations for photographic commissions. She is also Art Researcher for the Oxford American magazine, which won a National Magazine Award in 2015 for General Excellence.
Working one-on-one with photographers, Alyssa consults on photobooks, contributing editing, sequencing, and book design, and in portfolio form, helps them present their strongest work in the most cohesive way. She is happy to review book projects and offer feedback on the content and sequencing of photo portfolios. For photographers wishing to develop relationships with magazines, she can advise how best to approach potential clients.
Alyssa is looking for documentary and fine art photography for publication in Harper’s and Oxford American, either longer term projects or singular image usages. She’s always looking for work about the South or made by Southern photographers, and is in frequent need of work from diverse points of view. For Adobe Create, she is specifically looking for work that is digitally composited or heavily manipulated. In general, Alyssa’s clients don’t publish commercial and fashion photography or classical nudes, though she is open to seeing any work demonstrating a thoughtful and unique approach.
Alyssa is a regular contributor to Adobe’s Create blog, and has written for WIRED Photo, Slate’s Behold blog, Vantage, and Feature Shoot. She has reviewed portfolios at Photolucida, Fotofest Houston, Filter Photo Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and PhotoNOLA in addition to being a juror for Critical Mass and Flash Forward 2015, and the Center for Fine Art Photography. Numerous photographers Alyssa has met at reviews and through contests have then been published online and in Harper’s and the Oxford American.
JENNIFER DECARLO, jdc Fine Art and Schnieder Gallery
Jennifer DeCarlo has a strong connection within the field of photography through her work in commercial galleries and as a writer. She received her MFA from UW-Madison before taking a position as Assistant Director for Schneider Gallery, Chicago in 2007. After three years as Assistant Director with Schneider, DeCarlo moved to Southern California, opening jdc Fine Art in San Diego.
She has written and managed social media for AIPAD (Association of Photography Art Dealers) for 4 years, established, and ran the eponymous gallery jdc Fine Art for 6 years. She recently returned to Chicago and teamed up with Martha Schneider at the Schneider Gallery. Now operating in tandem, they represent a similar roster of artists and make programming choices together. This alliance brings 30 years of experience and the next generation of photographic art dealing together.
Mrs. DeCarlo is able to help artists at all levels and points of their career. Direct and fair, she is happy to assess resolved work and give feedback on work in progress. She enjoys narrative, figurative work and any work that is content-driven is of interest to her. Landscapes and conceptual work are of lesser interest.
LEIGH GLEASON, California Museum of Photography
Leigh Gleason is the Director of Collections for UCR ARTSblock in Riverside, California. At ARTSblock, she oversees the collections of the California Museum of Photography (photographs, cameras, archives, and photo-related books and magazines) and Sweeney Art Gallery (contemporary SoCal art). Leigh holds a BA in cinema & photography from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; a MA in photo history from the University of California, Riverside; a MLIS in archival studies from San Jose State University. She is in the process of completing a PhD in visual history at the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University in Leicester, England.
As a photo-historian and curator, Leigh’s projects have been varied, but she is particularly interested in how history makes meaning today – whether that’s through visual content, narrative, historical process, or the utilization of historical images. The California Museum of Photography has a long history of artists working with its historical image collections, and potentially even its cameras – so if this is of interest to you, let’s talk about how we can work together. More broadly, Leigh is excited by a strong, unique voice making narrative or documentary images, but will be of less use to photographers doing commercial, stock, or news photography.
ANTHONY GRAHAM, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Anthony Graham is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. He is currently working as exhibition and publication coordinator on Memories of Underdevelopment at MCASD as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time L.A./L.A. initiative. As a reviewer Anthony is most interested in work that is conceptually rigorous and that engages with the histories and dialogues in contemporary art more broadly. Subject matter might range from the poetic to the social and political. Commercial portfolios or work emphasizing the technical aspects of photography are of less interest.
At MCASD his recent exhibitions include Dimensions of Black (2016) and Holdings: Selections from MCASD’s Collection (2016). He has also assisted with special exhibitions San Diego Collects (2015) and Ed Ruscha Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s (2015). He received his master’s degree from Columbia University and holds a BA from the University of San Diego.
MAZIE HARRIS, J. Paul Getty Museum
Mazie M. Harris is an Assistant Curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, where she specializes in American photography. She holds a Ph.D. in the history of art from Brown University, and has worked with photography collections at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College; the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.
Mazie’s research interests include portraiture, collaborative practice, the history of technology, legal issues, and socio-political art. While the Getty doesn’t acquire work from portfolio reviews, she uses the experience of review events as a crucial opportunity to engage in conversations about conceptual and compositional choices. She is happy to discuss the collecting priorities and protocols of museums to help you think about strategies to approach institutions that might be a good match for your work, and help make important connections among colleagues in the field.
JOEY HERRING, San Diego International Airport
Joey Herring is the Arts Program Coordinator at the San Diego International Airport. He works with local, regional and national artists and arts organizations to curate exhibitions throughout the airport environment. Mr. Herring has more than 10 years professional experience, curating numerous exhibitions at the Museum of Photographic Arts including: Boundless: A California Invitational (2016), Defying Darkness: Photography at Night (2016), America’s Cathedrals: Photography and the National Parks (2016), The Time Between: The Sequences of Minor White, in addition to other exhibitions Camille Henrot: Grosse Fatigue (2014), Isaac Julian: Vagabondia (2014) and Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain 2008-2013 (2013-14).
Mr. Herring has previously held positions at Tate Modern, The Courtauld Gallery, The San Diego Museum of Art, the University of California San Diego and the Museum of Photographic Arts. He received his M.A. with Merit from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and his B.A. summa cum laude in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego.
SAMANTHA JOHNSTON, Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Samantha joined the Colorado Photographic Arts Center as Executive Director in September of 2015. As a reviewer, Samantha is interested in viewing both finished projects and works in progress. She is interested in all types of portfolios; however, limited feedback can be provided to commercial portfolios, traditional nudes, or travel photography. CPAC is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to fostering the understanding and appreciation of photography in all forms and concepts through exhibition, education, and community outreach. Solo and group opportunities are available in CPAC’s gallery.
Prior to joining CPAC, she taught photography and visual arts for 12 years in Boston and Denver, and is a longtime member of the Society for Photographic Education where she served as Treasurer of the Southwest region from 2013-2016. She has reviewed portfolios at Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, and PhotoPlus New York, and was a juror for Critical Mass and The Fence. She holds a certificate in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver, an MFA from Lesley University College of Art & Design, and a BFA from Alfred University. She was named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Creatives 3.0 by Westword and featured in Lenscratch in April 2016. Her photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally, and she continues to be an active artist in the community.
ANDREW KENSETT, Center for Creative Photography
Andrew Kensett is currently Assistant Curator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ, where he is responsible for organizing exhibitions for the John and Doris Norton Gallery for the Center for Creative Photography at Phoenix Art Museum. Kensett is currently at work on an exhibition of photomechanical prints (photographic images reproduced with the aid of a printing press), drawn from the collections of the Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum. His writing has appeared on Lensculture, and is forthcoming in Don’t Take Pictures.
In April of this year, Kensett opened Longer Ways to Go: Photographs of the American Road in the Norton Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum. Longer Ways to Go presents a selection of photographs made on Historic Route 66 by Japanese photographer Kōzō Miyoshi alongside photographs from the Center’s collection made of and on the road.
He co-organized the exhibition Astronomical: Photographs of Our Solar System and Beyond, along with Joshua Chuang, then the Center’s chief curator, and Stephen Strom, Arizona-based photographer and astronomer. The exhibition brought together loans of photographs from across the globe, tracing photography’s pivotal role in space exploration from the medium’s inception to the present.
Kensett holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, and joined the staffs of both the Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum in 2015.
GEOFFREY C. KOSLOV, Foto Relevance, LLC.
Geoffrey C. Koslov is founder of Foto Relevance LLC, a Houston-based business that works with emerging and mid-career photographers. He is also a collector of photography and writes about photographers he meets that are creating new and challenging work.
He will be looking for work to represent and suggest to collectors and institutional collections, and exhibition. As a portfolio reviewer, he can offer participants advice and coaching on the presentation and discussion of work. He has a forty year business background and involvement with the arts that gives him a very unique perspective. He is most interested in photography that has a new and different artistic perspective, but is not interested in nudes, stock, advertising or commercial photography.
Mr. Koslov is an experienced reviewer having previously participated with The Medium Festival of Photography, PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass and Fotofest. Other organizations in which he participates are Photo Forum (affiliated with the MFAH), and several photography critique groups-Pixels&Silver and the Houston Inner Loop Photography organizations of art photographers.
Mr. Koslov serves on the Photography Acquisitions Committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and has for many years. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Houston Center for Photography (HCP), a nonprofit organization offering exhibitions, workshops, classes and outreach programs. He is a member of its Exhibitions Committee and former co-chair of its Print Auction.
JOHN MANNION, Light Work
John Wesley Mannion is an artist and educator based in Syracuse, NY and throughout his career has worked with artists to make the most of their work in preparation for publication and exhibition. For the past 15 years he has been the Master Printer at Light Work, an artist-run, non-profit organization that provides direct support through residencies, publications, exhibitions, a community-access maker-space, and other related projects to emerging and under-represented artists working in the media of photography and related media. John also teaches in the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University and has exhibited his own work nationally, including the Everson Museum, Griffin Museum, and Munson Williams Proctor Museum.
He would like to see artistically focused projects.
KEVIN MILLER , Southeast Museum of Photography
Kevin Miller is the Associate Curator at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida where he was formerly the Director and Senior Curator from 2001 until 2014. In that time he curated and presented more than 300 exhibitions and produced numerous exhibition catalogues at the museum. As a reviewer Kevin is interested in seeing developed bodies of work ready for publication or exhibition, as well as evolving series that might benefit from interpretation, context and editing.
REBECCA MORSE, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Rebecca Morse is Associate Curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she recently curated Larry Sultan: Here and Home.
Her 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 way that artists have mined the tropes of commercial photography for their own work.
Ms. Morse 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. 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.
CHANTEL PAUL , San Diego State University Downtown Gallery
Chantel Paul is a curator of contemporary art in San Diego, where she leads exhibition programming for San Diego State University’s Downtown Gallery. The Gallery is dedicated to engaging students, faculty, artists, and the public through innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary art and design. Located off-campus in metro San Diego, the Gallery creates an important link between the School and the regional art community. A yearly calendar of exhibitions, lectures, performances, and artist-driven programming fosters new ideas and dialogue about art making as a critical facet of society.
As a reviewer, Chantel is looking for work that explores the possibilities of the medium, ranging from conceptual and experimental to more traditional approaches. She is most interested in work that has specific vision, direction, intention, and originality. Chantel is not interested in commercial or stock photography. She is looking for work that can be included in group shows of multi-disciplinary contemporary art and focused group/ individual photography exhibitions.
Prior to her current position, Mrs. Paul was Assistant Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego from 2010 – 2015. While there she curated numerous exhibitions, including After Ansel Adams (2014), Staking Claim: A California Invitational (2013), which included an accompanying catalog, Kevin Cooley: Elements (2013), and Unusual Suspects: The Paintings and Photographs of Holly Roberts (2012). Chantel has reviewed at review events including Fotofest Houston, Review Santa Fe, Photolucida, and the Medium Festival of Photography.
KATHRYN POINDEXTER, California Museum of Photography
Kathryn Poindexter is the exhibitions manager and assistant curator at California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock in Riverside, CA. She is interested in viewing a range a work, from traditional approaches and subjects to the very experimental and conceptual. Kathryn particularly enjoys work that challenges the definition of photography and its parameters as a medium, whether through process, subject matter, or presentation. She is not interested in viewing work that perpetuates conceived notions of what a photograph is or should be. She can aid in helping to identify strengths and weaknesses in work, both formally and conceptually.
Kathryn began at CMP in 2014 as curatorial assistant and as project manager for UCR ARTSblock’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition, part of the Getty-funded initiative. Previously she was Exhibition Coordinator at Riverside Art Museum where she curated numerous exhibitions. Her Recent exhibitions include Still: Movement + the Body through the Lens, Jennah Ward Bentley: Teviot 10, Myth and Majesty: Photographs Picturing the American Southwest, Penelope Umbrico: Master, Mountain, Range (and Rangers), and Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors.
LAURA SACKETT, LensCulture
Laura Sackett is Creative Director and partner in LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations committed to discovering and promoting contemporary photography. She has lead all aspects of design including brand, website, print, communications, screenings and exhibitions. Besides leading the creative direction for LensCulture, Mrs. Sackett co-curates the online galleries, the LensCulture exhibitions and is a frequent reviewer at photo festival portfolio reviews.
Laura is also a photographer. Her recent photowork includes camera-less digital portraits and experiments with iPhonography. 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.
DANNY SANCHEZ, Themes + Projects Gallery
Danny Sanchez is the associate director at Themes+Projects gallery (formally Modernbook). Since 2006, he has helped to cultivate the fine art careers of the gallery’s emerging talent on topics such as editing and sequencing, strategic analysis of a body of work for the current market place, pricing and editioning, etc.
Themes+Projects gallery specializes in contemporary and innovative fine art photography and publishes photographic monographs under the publishing name Modernbook Editions. To connect with art collectors outside the Bay Area, Themes + Projects participates in numerous domestic and international art fairs. Themes+Projects gallery is located inside San Francisco’s newest art center, Minnesota Street Project, in the historic Dogpatch neighborhood.
As a reviewer, Danny is open to meeting with photographers of all skill levels. Bodies of work that generally interest are ones that are narrative based, although he is happy to review all themes of work. Since photography is a medium that is changing and redefining itself so quickly, he is also interested in seeing work that is created through the use innovative or hybrid techniques.
Outside the gallery, Danny has had the pleasure to review for PhotoAlliance, Review Santa Fe, and serve as a juror for Photolucida’s Critical Mass. Sanchez is a Bay Area native, and earned his Bachelor of Fine Art in photography from San Jose State University.
HANNAH SLOAN, Sloan Projects
Hannah Sloan is the Owner/Director of Sloan Projects, a contemporary art gallery located in Santa Monica. The gallery program features emerging and mid-career multi-disciplinary artists with an emphasis on women artists working within the Los Angeles area. For ten years prior to establishing her own program, Hannah served as a Director at RoseGallery, a premier gallery of photography representing a diverse collection of internationally recognized photographers including Dorothea Lange, William Eggleston, Martin Parr, Todd Hido, John Chiara, Jo Ann Callis and Graciela Iturbide.
As a reviewer, Hannah is looking for projects defined by a strong conceptual underpinning, brave and innovative uses of the medium and a mastery of craft. Narrative, documentary and process-based work is all of interest, while commercial, stock photography and traditional nudes are not. Additionally, Hannah is looking to broaden the roster of artists she exhibits and represents to include more artists of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
SABRINA SMITH, NARA Collective
Sabrina Smith is the co-founder of NARA collective, a Los-Angeles based creative studio that develops cohesive visual identity for socially conscious artists and brands. She previously worked at Interscope Records as Director of Creative Content, and at Probation as the agency’s US director, representing leading photographers and art directors. Sabrina has contributed to a number of publications, and continue to be the features editor for The Ground Magazine.
Ms. Smith believes in the potential of art as a vehicle for social transformation. Her commitment is to identify and foster creators and visionaries, connecting them to compatible partners and helping them develop their voice in service to their message. Curating artists across disciplines, she aims to create unique and memorable experiences, inspiring awe and provoking conscious action.
As a reviewer and photo commissioner, Ms. Smith seeks innovative work that crosses boundaries; art photography that can translate commercially (and vice versa); portraits that tell a story, and abstract work that holds meaning. I am currently particularly interested in meeting cultural activists: artists who use their art as a tool for social and environmental change.
ALINE SMITHSON, Lenscratch
Aline Smithson is a photographic artist, educator, and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography that has provided exposure to thousands of photographers. She also curates and jurors exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and magazines. In addition, she is a reviewer and workshop instructor at many photo festivals across the United States. She has the unique understanding of the fine art market from her experience on both sides of the reviewing table.
In 2012, Aline was recognized with the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2014, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award by CENTER and her work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 Portfolios, Review Santa Fe and the PDN Photo Annual. Her work is represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world.
Aline is interested in meeting photographers both emerging and established, and is open to all genres of photography. She hopes to see work that is cohesive, created with intention, and deeply considered. She can offer critical feedback on projects in progress, suggest arenas for completed series, and offer help with the articulation of the work. She is looking for series to feature on Lenscratch and to consider for future curatorial projects.
KATHERINE WARE, New Mexico Museum of Art
Katherine Ware is Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, where she organized the yearlong Focus on Photography series and the exhibition book, and website Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment.The museum houses the state art collection, so exhibitions and acquisitions often reflect a state or regional focus. Curators are also interested in contextualizing New Mexico art broadly and in exploring a variety of issues that are relevant to the state and its residents (landscape, identity, cultural crossroads, etc.). The museum most frequently exhibits photographs in group or subject-driven exhibitions (of 12 to 35 works of art), as well as in conjunction with work in other mediums.
Ms. Ware is particularly interest in well-crafted, thoughtful work that pushes the boundaries of the medium. She is most engaged by work that, in additional to being well-made and visually compelling, expresses an idea and displays the artist’s personal style. She is less interested in work that emphasizes the medium’s descriptive ability.
Ms. Ware has previously served as Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and has worked with the photography collection at the Oakland Museum of California. She is a frequent juror and reviewer of contemporary photographs and has written essays and books on the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.