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Portfolio Reviewers – EXPOSURE WEEKEND 2019

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Elizabeth Avedon, Photography Book and Exhibition Designer, New York, NY

Elizabeth Avedon has a rich history in photography, collaborating with museums, publishing houses, galleries and artists. She has received awards and recognition for her photography exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book: “Avedon: 1949-1979? for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; and “Richard Avedon: In the American West” for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago, among many others. Former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe and Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, Elizabeth is a regular contributor to’L’Oeil de la Photographie’ profiling notable leaders in the world of Photography. Elizabeth also teaches ‘Book Design + Branding’ in the Masters in Digital Photography program at The School of Visual Arts, New York.

As well as offering her personal critique, Elizabeth is always searching for new work to promote on her Photo-Journal, now in its 6th year. She is interested in reviewing exceptional photography, cohesive bodies of work with a unique perspective; fine art, portraiture, documentary, photojournalism – most everything except abstract.

Reviewing Saturday and Sunday.

Nicholas Barlow, Curatorial Assistant at the Hammer Museum

Nicholas Barlow is a Curatorial Assistant at the Hammer Museum. Before that he, was Curatorial Assistant for Contemporary Art and the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His curatorial focus is modern and contemporary photography, film, and time-based media, specifically engaging the intersection of fine art, technology, and mass visual culture. Recent LACMA exhibitions he has assisted with include Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, Guillermo Del Toro: At Home with MonstersAlejandro G. Iñárritu: CARNE y ARENA, and 3D: Double Vision.

Reviewing Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

Sherrie Berger, Photography Consultant Sherrie_Berger

Sherrie Berger is a creative collaborator with expertise in entertainment and high-end celebrity portraiture, fine art photography, production, marketing and public relations. She designs and implements strategies for producing photo shoots, creates marketing and publicity campaigns for exhibitions, photography events and special projects. Sherrie offers career coaching and teaches workshops worldwide encouraging photographers to express their authentic vision.

Reviewing Saturday.

Susan Burnstine, Contributor, Black & White Magazine (UK) Susan_Burnstine

Susan Burnstine is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published throughout the globe and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column entitled American Connection for Black & White Photography Magazine (UK). Burnstine regularly teaches workshops, is a frequent reviewer and has been invited to curate and act as juror many exhibitions for galleries and festivals across the country. Damiani Editore will publish her second book, Absence Of Being, this fall.

Reviewing Sunday.

David Carol, Co-Founder, Peanut Press, Los Angeles, CA and NYC

David J. Carol is a photographer, writer, curator, editor, teacher, lecturer and publisher. He attended the School of Visual Arts and The New School for Social Research where he studied under Lisette Model. He was the first assignment photographer for The Image Bank photo agency (now part of Getty Images) at the age of 26. He recently retired after 25 years as the Director of Photography at Outfront Media (formerly CBS Outdoor) to co-found Peanut Press Books, a publisher of fine photography books. David is the author of four monographs, 40 Miles of Bad Road…, All My Lies Are True…, This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! and his latest book, NO PLAN B. He has also completed a trilogy of books, Where’s the Monkey?, Here’s the Deal! and All My Pictures Look the Same with Cafe Royal Books, London.

David’s other work experiences include editing and sequencing photo books, curating photo shows, and judging contests at magazines and universities, including the prestigious PDN Photo Annual since 2003. He has also given lectures/workshops on his own work and photography in general at SVA, ASMP, photo-eye gallery, The Center for Alternative Photography: Penumbra Foundation, Out of Chicago Festival, PhotoPlus Expo, Filter Photo Festival, SlowExposure Festival and The Center for Fine Art Photography. David has also participated as a portfolio reviewer at such venues as The Palm Springs Photo Festival, PhotoPlus Expo in New York, ASMP Fine Art, APA, Flashpoint Boston, Filter Photo Festival in Chicago, Slow Exposures Festival in Georgia and The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. David’s photographs and/or books are in the permanent collections of over 50 libraries and museums.

Reviewing Friday with Ashly Stohl.

Shana Nys Dambrot, Art Critic, Curator, and Author

Shana Nys Dambrot is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Contributing Editor to Art Ltd., and a contributor to KCET’s Artbound, Flaunt, Huffington Post, The Creators Project, Fabrik, VS., Palm Springs Life, Art & Cake, and Porter & Sail. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes loads of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates and/or juries a few exhibitions each year, sometimes publishes short fiction, and speaks in public at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. She is thrilled to have recently joined the Board of Directors at Art Share L.A. a gem of the Artist District that supports and features emerging artists in all genres.

Reviewing Saturday.

Alexa Dilworth, Publishing Director and Senior Editor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University

Alexa Dilworth is publishing Director and Senior Editor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, where she also directs the DocX lab and the awards program, which includes the CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing and Photography and the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize.  In 1995 she was hired by CDS to work on the editorial staff for DoubleTake magazine. She was also hired as editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the publishing efforts for every CDS book—including the recent publications Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897–1922, edited by Margaret Sartor and Alex Harris; Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation: Photographs by Lauren Pond; Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, Second Edition, edited by John Biewen and Alexa Dilworth.

Reviewing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Crista Dix, Founder and Director of Wallspace Creative, Santa Barbara CA

Crista Dix is the Founder and Director of wall space gallery originally opened in Seattle, Washington and now transplanted to Santa Barbara, California. Starting in this creative field as a photographer, collector and lover of the visual image, Crista decided to put down her camera and utilize her years of business management to help promote photographers and photography. With a background in science, business and creative arts, she has created a gallery space that celebrates artists’ vision. Ms. Dix has been a member of numerous panels and discussions, juried creative competitions, including Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins and Photographic Center Northwest, and has participated in major portfolio reviews across the country in Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Santa Fe and New Orleans.

Reviewing Saturday and Sunday.

Shelby Graham, Director/Curator of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Shelby Graham has been the Director/Curator of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) since 1999. A selection of her curatorial works include: Forms of Resistance, 2018; The Gail Project: An Okinawan American Dialogue, 2017. Undercurrents: Digital Arts and New Media; Three Lives in Photography, Robert Dawson, Joel Leivick, David Pace 2014; Lewis Watts: New Orleans Suite, 2012; Hank Willis Thomas: Signifying Blackness, 2006. Graham is currently co-curating an international exhibition on the Parkett Collection to open fall 2019. Graham earned an M.F.A. from San Jose State University and has a 30-year career as an arts educator and experimental photographer, including exhibitions in the US, Tokyo and the Czech Republic. She has taught courses in photography, digital arts and new media, contemporary art and museum practices at the University of California, Santa Cruz; San Jose State University, San Jose, CA; Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA; Hartnell College, Salinas CA; and Seinan Gakuin University in Kyushu, Japan.

Reviewing Saturday and Sunday.

Kris Graves, Photographer and Director of Kris Graves Projects, Brooklyn, NY

Kris Graves (b. 1982 New York, NY) is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon; and Brooklyn Museum, New York; among others. Permanent collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Wedge Collection, Toronto; and Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.

Reviewing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tish Greenwood, Executive Director, California Museum of Art, Thousand Oaks, CA

Tish Greenwood, Executive Director of  California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO), is a museum professional dedicated to creating cultural spaces where ideas are shared and people connect. Her professional experience includes positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum, photo l.a., Art Slant and serving on the NEA Art Works Grant Review council. She has been awarded the City of Thousand Oaks Excellence in Arts Emerging Arts Leadership Award and recently ranked as one of the most influential leaders in the San Fernando Valley. Tish received her BA in Art History from John Cabot University, Rome, Italy and her MA in Museum Studies and Contemporary Art from Georgetown University and Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York.

Reviewing Sunday.

Michael Kirchoff, Editor in Chief, Analog Forever Magazine and Founding Editor, Catalyst Interviews

Michael Kirchoff is a photographic artist, Founding Editor at Catalyst: Interviews, and Editor in Chief at Analog Forever Magazine. Based in Los Angeles, Michael conducts artist interviews, presents features, and curates fine art photography bodies of work from emerging and mid career photographic artists worldwide for both entities. Previously, Michael also served for over four years as Editor at BLUR Magazine from 2014-2018.

In addition, Michael is an independent curator and juror for a number of organizations and galleries around in the U.S., including Photolucida’s Critical Mass. During his ten years on the Board of Directors (2006-2016) at the American Photographic Artists L.A. Chapter (APA/LA), his guidance produced events and artist lectures for commercial and fine art photographers alike. His consulting, training, and overall support of his fellow photographic artist continues with assistance in constructing ones vision, reviewing portfolios, and finding exhibition opportunities.

Reviewing Friday and Sunday.

Caleb Cain Marcus, Roving Acquisitions Editor for Damiani and Director, Luminosity Lab, New York

Caleb Cain Marcus is a Roving Acquisitions Editor for Damiani and runs a small print and design studio, Luminosity Lab in NYC. Damiani has published six books of his own photography and his photographic works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty Museum, among others.

Reviewing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Douglas McCulloh, Senior Curator of Exhibitions, California Museum of Photography, Riverside. CA

McCulloh is best-known for system-driven projects that combine Surrealist-inspired chance operations with high-volume photography. The artist’s major bodies of work are multi-layered and system-driven. His projects share a number of common elements: a basis in chance operations and sampling, high-volume image-making, the embrace of new technology, direct engagement with subjects, and the inclusion of layered information including photographs, text, maps, sound, and other data.

McCulloh has curated fifteen exhibitions, including three for the California Museum of Photography. The most noted of these is Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists, the first major survey of photography by blind artists. His curatorial projects have shown in diverse venues: Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington D.C.; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; Canadian Museum for Human Rights; Flacon Art Center, Moscow; Center for Visual Art, Denver, Colorado; Manuel Álvarez Bravo Center for Photography in Oaxaca; Peterson Automotive Museum, Los Angeles; and Sejong Center, Seoul, South Korea.

McCulloh is a five-time recipient of funding support from the California Council for the Humanities. Projects, exhibitions, and publications have received support from numerous other institutions. They include the Getty Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Albert A. Dorskind Foundation, California Endowment, and California Historical Society.

Reviewing Saturday.

Pamela Schoenberg, Owner/Director of dnj Gallery in Santa Monica, CA

Pamela Schoenberg has been active in the art world for over 25 years. After receiving her BFA in both History and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, she then graduated with her MFA in Studio Art/Photography from Mills College in Oakland, California. She studied with Joe Deal and Catherine Wagner consecutively. Schoenberg pursued and exhibited her photography for more than fifteen years before opening dnj Gallery. After graduate school, she lived in Jerusalem and was commissioned to photograph the immigration and acculturation of the Ethiopian Jews. In 1998, she received the “Artist In The Community” grant from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Schoenberg has also been involved with many Los Angeles institutions including Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery where she worked for the education department and developed numerous elementary school programs. During this time, she published an essay for Museum Education of Southern California (MESC) at the 1996 annual conference. Then at the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, she assisted in organizing exhibitions, educational workshops and grant writing.

Reviewing Friday

Kristine Schomaker, Founder of Shoebox PR and Publisher of Art and Cake, Los Angeles, CA

Kristine Schomaker is an Art Historian, Curator, Publisher, Art Manager and multidisciplinary artist living and working at the Brewery artist complex and Keystone Art Space in Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA in Art History and MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge where she studied under Betty Ann Brown and Samantha Fields. In 2014 Kristine founded Shoebox PR aimed at helping artists gain a presence in the art world.

Kristine started an open critique meet-up that takes place every 2-3 months, runs an alternative art space, Shoebox Projects at the Brewery and is an Art Activator for the organization Artists Thrive. She founded the Facebook groups: Artists Trading Co and Artist Classifieds and created a researched subscription program for calls-for-art for artists.

Kristine is also the publisher of Art and Cake a contemporary L.A. Art magazine reviewing shows, interviewing art influencers and covering art world events that will impact how the Los Angeles art scene will be remembered. Kristine has taught art history at Antelope Valley College and Pasadena City College, formed an artist collective in Los Angeles and has organized and curated numerous art exhibitions throughout Southern California. She is currently on two non-profit boards as the social media manager for the Brewery Artwalk and Communications manager for the California State University Northridge Arts Alumni Association.

Her mission is to create community among artists and the art world in order to help each other thrive. Through social practice and engagement and influenced by artists such as Kim Abeles, Alexandra Grant, and Samantha Fields as well as past influencers: Peggy Guggenheim and Gertrude Stein, Kristine is interested in using art and community, education and expression to cultivate change.

Reviewing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Dan Shepherd, Director, Gallery 1/1, San Jose, California

Dan Shepherd is the Director and Owner of GALLERY 1/1 which specializes in experimental and alternative process photography and is based in San Jose, CA. He is also a Guest Editor for LENSCRATCH and a Contributing Writer for Don’t Take Pictures Magazine. When not championing the art of others, Dan tries to find time to get into the studio to work on his personal projects that center around science and nature.

Reviewing Saturday.

Aline Smithson, Founder/Editor Lenscratch Aline-Smithson

Aline Smithson has given exposure to thousands of photographers over the years, curated and jurored exhibitions, and has been a reviewer at photo festivals across the country. Her own work has been exhibited and published world wide and she has a understanding of the reviewing experience from both sides of the table. Aline is open to all types of fine art photography, but is looking for projects created with intention and deep consideration.

Reviewing Friday.

Claudia Bohn Spector, Independent Curator, co-founder of Micronaut and Thistle + Weed Press, Los Angeles, CA

Claudia Bohn Spector is a scholar, writer, and curator with a doctorate in art history from the University of Munich, Germany. A specialist in 20th century American art and culture, she has worked at numerous art institutions in the U.S., including the International Center for Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA. Claudia has organized many fine art exhibitions, most notably Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961-1976 (with Sam Mellon) at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA, and the critically acclaimed survey of Los Angeles photography This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs (with Jennifer A. Watts) at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, among many other exhibitions.  She is the co-founder of the curatorial design firm MICRONAUT and of THISTLE & WEED Press, a small independent art publisher.

Reviewing Saturday.

Susan Spiritus, Owner, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

Susan Spiritus has been a leader in the field of fine art photography for 42 years, opening the doors to her Southern California gallery in 1976 so that she could share her passion for photography with others.Today, the gallery handles works by such photographic luminaries as Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Eikoh Hosoe, André Kertész, Paul Caponigro and George Tice. Also represented in the gallery’s collection are many of today’s most popular and award-winning contemporary artists.

The gallery works with private collectors, corporations and design professionals providing personalized counsel in order to address each client’s individual needs. Whether a first time buyer or a prolific collector, the gallery has something for everyone. Art ranges in price, style and type including platinum, silver, hand-colored and digital.

Susan is not interested in seeing photos dealing with nudity (figurative in that sense).

Reviewing Friday.

Douglas Stockdale, Founder/Editor The PhotoBook Journal doug-stockdale

Douglas Stockdale is a photographer, book-artist and educator, the Founder/Editor of The PhotoBook Journal and a portfolio submission reviewer for LensCulture. He teaches two popular LACP workshops Introduction to Photo Book Design and Marketing Your Photo Book and is a returning LACP portfolio reviewer. He is published by Punctum Press and has self-published three books, most recently his artist book Bluewater Shore and is in the permanent collection of Museo dArte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO), Reminders Photographic Stronghold (Tokyo) and Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts (Yale U., Boston, MA). Most recently Stockdale was a jurist for Photo Independent’s Photo Book Competition and subsequent exhibition.

Reviewing Saturday and Sunday.

Ashly Stohl, Co-Founder, Peanut Press, Los Angeles, CA

Ashly Stohl is a photographer  based in Los Angeles and New York, and co-founder and Publisher of Peanut Press <> , an independent photobook publisher. She was born and raised in the City of Angels. She earned a BS in chemistry from UCSB, but spent more time with the creative crowd from Brooks Institute of Photography. After college, she returned to L.A. and put her science education to use, creating award-winning educational websites for NASA’s Mars Program Office.

Ashly has lectured at institutions including The Penumbra Foundation, Columbia University, George Washington University, and SPE National.  In 2015, she published her first book, Charth Vader, and it became a viral sensation. Ashly and now lends her experience to other photographers, publishing through Peanut Press.

Reviewing Friday with David Carol.

Kristin Taylor, Curator of Academic Programs and Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago, IL

Kristin Taylor is the Curator of Academic Programs and Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago. She has curated the MoCP exhibitions View Finder: Landscape and Leisure in the Collections (2018) and Chicago Stories: Carlos Javier Ortiz and David Schalliol. She is also a host on Focal Point, a new podcast engages artists in discussion around the themes and processes that define and disrupt the world of contemporary photography.

Reviewing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Paula Tognarelli, Director, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. The Griffin Museum of Photography located in Winchester outside Boston, Massachusetts, is a small nonprofit photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. The museum houses 3 galleries and maintains 4 satellite gallery spaces and several virtual on-line galleries as well.

Ms. Tognarelli is responsible for producing over 60 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its surrounding satellite spaces. She holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, BA from Regis College, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography and is a current candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University.

Reviewing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.