Guest Curators

Nadine Barth is a curator, author and editor based in Berlin, Germany. She is the founder of Barthouse Culture Concepts, a creative agency that organizes exhibitions and cultural projects. Barth is also a consulting editor for photography art books at Hatje Cantz, and is the recipient of the Corine International and German Photo book prizes.

Diana Bloomfield is a photographer and curator based in Raleigh, NC. Her work has been exhibited at The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA; and Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA. Bloomfield’s work is included in the permanent collections of the New Mexico History Museum / Palace of the Governors, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, The Norton Museum of Art, and The Rfotofolio Collection. 

David Bram is the editor, founder and curator of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art and contemporary photography. He is also the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects, which hosts invite-only retreats for photographers and works collaboratively with artists to publish limited edition photobooks. In 2010, Bram was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award. 

Jesse Brooks is a photographer and videographer based in Southern California. After graduating from film school, Brooks has worked as a director of photography for feature length film projects.

Richard S. Chow is a photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, and the Neutra Institute Museum & Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. His work is also a part of the permanent collection at the American Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, and has been featured in LACMA’s Jazz 25th Anniversary monograph. Chow is also the author of two self-published photography books, Distant Memories and Urbanscape.

Stewart Cohen is a director, photographer and collector based in Dallas TX. His work has been widely exhibited. Cohen’s commercial photography clients include American Airlines, Honda, and the United Way. He is the author of two photography books, Identity: A Photographic Meditation from Inside Out and Seeing Red.

Chloe Dahl is a film producer, director, writer, and collector based in London, UK. Dahl directed Sticks & Stones in 2013, and produced Father’s Day in 2015. The granddaughter of Roald Dahl, Chloe is passionate about writing and plans to produce her own children’s books. 

Yorgos Efthymiadis is a photographer and curator from Greece currently residing in Boston, MA. In 2015, Efthymiadis created ‘The Curated Fridge’, a project that celebrates fine art photography and connects photographers, after turning his kitchen fridge into a gallery. Efthymiadis was also a Critical Mass finalist in 2018. 

Adam Finkelston is an artist, educator, and publisher based in Prairie Village, Kansas. He received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MA in Photography from the University of Missouri, Kansas City where he studied with Elijah Gowin. Finkelston’s work has been widely exhibited and is included in publications on alternative process photography by notable authors, Jill Enfield and Christina Z. Anderson. He is currently a guest lecturer and instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute. In addition to teaching, Finkelston is the owner and publisher of, The Hand Magazine: A Magazine for Reproduction-based Arts.

Kurt Edward Fishback is a photographer and curator based in Antelope, CA. He learned photography by assisting his father, photographer Glen Fishback, and was mentored by photographers Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Wynn Bullock. Fishback’s work has been exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and the Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake, UT. His work is included in the permanent collections of over one hundred institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the International Center for Photography, New York, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Art, New York.

Agathe Gaillard is a French gallerist who opened the first fine art photography gallery in Paris. Each exhibit Gaillard works on creates a renewed experience for her, and also reflects her approach to image making and her own understanding of life. In 2013, Gaillard’s book, Agathe Gaillard: Memoirs of a Gallery, was published, and detailed her experiences after 40 years of gallery work.

Luther Gerlach is a photographer based in Hampton, CT. After working as Brett Weston’s apprentice in California and Hawaii, Gerlach learned the wet plate process that he still works with today. Since 2001, Gerlach has led lectures and demonstrations at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He has also exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Ventura Museum of Art, the Schacknow Museum of Fine Art, Miami, the Denver Art Museum, and The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. Gerlach’s work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Michael G. Wilson Center for Photography, among others.

Bruce Gilden is a street photographer best known for his up-close, flash portraits of people, taken on the streets of New York City. Gilden has received many awards and grants for his work, including the European Publishers Award for Photography in 1996, joined Magnum Photos in 1998, and became a Guggenheim Fellow in 2013.

Annette Golaz is a Swiss photographer focusing on 19th century processes. Golaz’s work emphasizes the poetry of everyday life and nature through contrast and conflicting layers. She is the author of Cyanotype Toning: Using Botanicals to Tone Blueprints Naturally in the Routledge series on using contemporary practices in alternatively processed photographs.

Anna Gondek-Grodkiewicz is a photographer and lecturer at the Institute of Graphics at the SWPS University and at the Institute of Journalism and Communication Science of the University of Wrocław, Poland. In 2017, Gondek-Grodkiewicz won the Grand Press Photo award in 2017 for her works in photojournalism. Her photographs have been published in major Polish magazines, including, Newsweek, The TIMES Poland, Gazeta Wyborcza, Wysokie Obcasy, Gala, and regularly collaborates with National Geographic, Poland.

Tony Gonzalez is a photographer based in New York City, NY. Gonzalez received his BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and his MFA from Yale University. Gonzalez has taught photography for over 30 years at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, New York University, and is currently a tenured professor at Queens College. Gonzalez is a contributing author for The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James.

Nina Grundemark is the gallery manager of Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, and has been for almost 20 years. The gallery, based in Berlin, focuses exclusively on Swedish contemporary photography. Grundemark also helps organize the Landskrona Photography Festival in Sweden.

Juliet Haas is a fine art landscape and environmental portrait photographer based in Sacramento, CA. She is the current producer and curator for Open Show Sacramento, and founded the critique group, PHOTO Sacto, in 2017. Her work has been exhibited at A Smith Gallery, Black Box Gallery, The Center for Photographic Art, Foley Gallery, and the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Nicola Hackl-Haslinger is a photographer living and working in Gramastetten, Austria. Her work is in the permanent collections of several institutions, including Nordico Museum Linz, Gallery of Modern Art Klosterneuburg, Art Collection of Upper Austria, and the Library of Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz.

Ann Jastrab is a curator, photographer, master darkroom printer, and educator. She currently serves as the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, CA. Until its closure in 2017, she was the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco. While at RayKo, Jastrab created an artist-in-residence program. Jastrab has curated numerous exhibitions across the United States and internationally. 

Jamie Johnson is a photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been exhibited at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; the Irish Cultural Center, London, UK; and the Cooper Design Space, Los Angeles, CA. Her wet plate collodion series, Vices, has been widely published and is housed in several museums and permanent collections. Johnson’s photographs have been featured in The Guardian, The Sun, and LA Weekly. Johnson’s first monograph, Growing Up Travelling, was published in 2020 by Kehrer Verlag. 

Christy Karpinski is a photographer and teacher based in Chicago, IL. She received a Master of Library and Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona. Karpinski is the founder and editor of F-Stop Magazine, an online photography magazine featuring contemporary photography from established and emerging photographers from around the world.

Kaden Kratzer is a contemporary artist practicing holographic processes of the 19th century, resulting in a collection of one-of-a-kind images. He leads a social media group dedicated to Antiquarian Avant-Garde Photographic Art, and has been showcased in a multitude of international exhibitions. Kratzer’s work was exhibited with artist Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer in Alae, in 2018 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Little Rock, AK. Recently, Kratzer was published in Jill Enfield’s book, Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historic and Contemporary Techniques, 2nd Edition, in 2020. 

Calin Kruse is a photographer and publisher based in Leipzig, Germany. Kruse is the founder, editor, curator, and designer of Dienacht Magazine and Publishing, where he has self-published many photography books, including Kammer, Lametta, and TIER. In addition to lecturing, Kruse also teaches workshops around the world. His work has been featured in Leica Photo International, Copy Magazine, and iD Magazine. Kruse was also shortlisted for the Hariban Award in 2019. 

Shane Lavalette is a photographer and Founding Director of Assembly, a global platform supporting an innovative roster of artists. Previously, Lavalette worked as the Director of the non-profit organization Light Work. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His photographs have been widely shown, debuting in exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Aperture Foundation, Montserrat College of Art, The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Musée de l’Elysée.

Magnum Photos is one of the first photographic cooperatives that’s owned and administered entirely by its members. With offices in New York City, Paris, London, and Tokyo, the cooperative has included photojournalists from across the world, many of whom have covered the most historical events of the 20th century. It was founded in Paris in 1947 by Robert Capa, David "Chim" Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others.

Francis Malapris is a French photographer and multimedia artist. In 2017, Malapris was published and exhibited at the European Festival of Nude Photography (FEPN) in Arles, France. In 2022, Malapris was a gold medalist in the Trierenberg Super Circuit photography contest. 

Anna Melnykova is a photographer based in Ukraine. She studied architecture at the Kharkiv National Academy of Municipal Economy in Ukraine and fine art photography at The Royal Academy of Arts, The Netherlands. Her work has been exhibited across Europe and Ukraine and her monograph Largo was presented at the UNSEEN festival in Amsterdam. Currently, Melnykova is the head curator of the Ukrainian Women Photography Organization. 

Amy Miller is an independent art consultant based in Atlanta, GA. In 2007, Amy became Executive Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, a nonprofit that produced the largest annual photography festival in the United States, a position she held for 14 years.

Blue Mitchell is an artist and independent publisher based in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft, where he has also taught studio school classes and workshops.Mitchell implements many photographic techniques including acrylic lifts, alternative processes, burnt transparencies, and other mixed media in his personal work. Mitchell runs a photo-based publishing company, One Twelve, and hosts The Diffusion Tapes, a podcast where he discusses the field of fine art photography with other artists, curators, and writers.

Craig Mohr is a professional photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He studied filmmaking at UCLA and photography at Santa Monica College, where he now teaches full-time. In 1975, Mohr opened his own photography business, Catfish Farms Studio and has since specialized in large format studio photography and stock imagery for advertising and design firms. His clients include Fox Broadcasting, K-Swiss, Vans, and The Walt Disney Company. 

National Geographic Society, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. On a global scale, NGS is committed to exploring, illuminating, and protecting the wonder of our world. Their photography contests feature images created by photographers from around the world to share visions that inspire, inform, and awe.

Scott Nichols is a gallerist and private dealer based in Sonoma, CA. He is considered one of the experts on the Group f/64 and Brett Weston. Nichols opened his eponymous gallery in 1992 and houses one of the largest private collections of Brett Weston photographs, as well as an extensive inventory of photographs by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, and Imogen Cunningham. Nichols is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD). 

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles, CA. She studied art history at Vassar College and is currently the Arts Editor for LA Weekly. She is also a contributing editor to Flaunt, Art and Cake, and Artillery. Dambrot also works as a curator, photographer, and an author of experimental short fiction and essays. In addition to her gallery, school, and cultural institution lectures, Dambrot sits on the Board of Art Share-LA and the Advisory Council of the Building Bridges Art Exchange.

Nancy Ori is a New Jersey-based corporate photographer, curator, teacher, writer, and workshop organizer. Her work is in the permanent collections of Ilford Photo Corp., Paramus, NJ; Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ; Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Novartis Corporate Headquarters, New York City, NY; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY.

​​​​​​Mikhail Palinchak is a street and documentary photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is a member of Ukrainian Photographic Alternative (UPA) and the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers (UAPP). From 2014 to 2019, Palinchak served as the official photographer for the President of Ukraine. He is the founder of Untitled magazine and co-founder of Ukrainian Street Photography collective. Palinchak’s work has been featured in TIME, The New York Times, Esquire, The Atlantic, and The Guardian, among others. 

Oscar Palomares is a photographer and journalist based in Barcelona covering issues related to everyday life through street photography. Palomares’ work has been widely published, including his project, “Mediterranean Spirit” featured in LensCulture. 

Stephen Perloff is the founder and editor of The Photo Review and the editor of The Photograph Collector. Perloff has taught photography and its history at colleges and universities throughout Philadelphia. He has also received numerous awards for his contributions to photography, including the Sold Mednick Award for Photographic Education, the Vanguard Award from the Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image, and the Colin Ford Award for Curatorship from the Royal Photographic Society. Perloff’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the George Eastman Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Michener Art Museum, Lehigh University, Haverford College, and the University of North Dakota.

Osceola Refetoff is a photojournalist based in Los Angeles, CA. Through a wide variety of photographic formats, Refetoff’s work depicts the ordinary through a hyper-realistic and nuanced vision, resulting in surreal, dreamlike photographs. Refetoff is a graduate of New York University’s MFA Film program, and is regularly featured on PBS and in The New York Times and The New Republic. In 2018, Refetoff was awarded Los Angeles Press Club’s “Photojournalist of the Year” award.

Thibault Roland is a fine art photographer and curator based in Portland, OR. He obtained a PhD in Physics in 2009 and came to the US from his native France to conduct research at Cornell and Harvard University. Roland’s work has been exhibited at the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT; Kusch Gallery, Paris, France; and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. His work is in the permanent collections of the Boston Athenaeum and the Yellowstone Museum of Art. His work has been featured in Lenswork and in 2014, he self-published his first book of photographs, Cornell Timescapes

Miranda Salt is a gallerist from Melbourne, Australia and is the owner of Galerie Miranda in Paris, France. Salt produced photography exhibitions for France’s largest creative agency, BETC, after moving to Paris in 1995. Salt uses her gallery to platform women artists specializing in fine art photography.

Jennifer Schlesinger is an artist, curator, gallerist, and educator based in Santa Fe, NM. She received a BA in photography and journalism from the College of Santa Fe. Schlesinger’s work has been exhibited at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts, the New Mexico Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography, and Southeast Museum of Photography. Her work is included in the permanent collections of Center for Creative Photography, Southeast Museum of Photography, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the New Mexico History Museum / Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. Schlesinger currently serves on the Board of Directors for AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) and is the Chair of the Communications Committee.

Jane Seymour is a British-American actress, author, designer, and entrepreneur. After making her screen debut as an extra, Seymour quickly transitioned to leading roles in film and television. In addition to acting, Seymour is the founder of the Open Hearts Foundation, an organization aiming to support and encourage emerging and growing non-profit charities. 

Brooke Shaden is a photographer based in Flagstaff, AZ. After receiving a BA from Temple University, Shaden’s work has been exhibited at the Kunsthal Rotterdam Museum, Netherlands; DK Gallery, Marietta, GA; and Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. Her work has been featured in Rangefinder, the San Francisco Globe, and Capture Magazine. In 2016, she was named Neutral Density’s “Photographer of the Year”. 

George Slade is a photography historian, curator, consultant, and writer. From 1998 to 2008, Slade served as the director of the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers Program. Additionally, Slade also served as the Artistic Director of the Minnesota Center for Photography from 2003 to 2008. Slade has contributed to several curatorial and programmatic roles throughout his career at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, and more. In 2015, Slade founded TC Photo, a non-profit organization driven to foster dialogue around contemporary photography.

Elin Spring is Founder and Editor of What Will You Remember? She is a contributing writer to other online and print magazines and has provided essays for various exhibition catalogs. As an independent curator, Spring juries photography competitions and exhibitions. In 2014, her photography writing was recognized with the Scribe FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography. She is an active member of the Photographic Resource Center, Griffin Museum of Photography, LightWorks, Aperture Foundation, and Marblehead Arts Association.

Alison Stieven-Taylor is an international photography journalist, curator, and award juror. For over a decade, Stieven-Taylor has written about photography and has strived to promote Australian photographers internationally. She has interviewed internationally renowned photographers such as Sebastian Salgado, Don McCullin, Susan Meiselas, Donna Ferrato, Paula Bronstein and Paolo Pellegrin. Her writing has appeared in newspapers including The Guardian, The Australian and Australian Financial Review, and World Press Photo Witness. Stieven-Taylor is also the author of two non-fiction books.

Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. She produces over 60 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its surrounding satellite spaces. Tognarelli is a regular participant in local and national portfolio reviews, a featured speaker at photography events and conferences, and has juried and curated exhibitions internationally. She holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, a B.A. from Regis College, and is a graduate of the New England School of Photography.

Zachary Cole Weston is a photographer based in Carmel Highlands, CA. He was introduced to photography by his father, Kim Weston. Weston’s work has been exhibited at Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA; and Kunsträume Grenzenlos, Eisenstein, Germany. Weston is the executive director of The Weston Collective, a non-profit organization that works to inspire the next generation of photographers through youth programs, mentorships, exhibitions, community workshops and scholarship competitions.

Jonas Yip is a photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. Yip’s work has been exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; the National Museum of Chinese Literature, Beijing China; and the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, and his work has been accepted into each of these institutions' permanent collections. He is a co-producer at Open Show LA and is a member of the Lenscratch team. Yip has also published two books, Somewhere Between and Paris: Dialogues and Meditations, in collaboration with renowned poet and scholar, Wai-lim Yip.