Following is a provisional list of reviewer’s biographies for the Open Portfolio Review at PhotoPlus Expo 2018.
Damien Anger is an art historian and curator. He has worked in several galleries in Paris, France, and also as a curatorial assistant in museums. He completed a M.A. in contemporary art history at Sorbonne University in Paris and received a B.A. from Ecole du Louvre.
Dr. Anthony Bannon is a writer and a consultant in photography. His four books last year will add to his select listing of 41 publications in 5 languages held by nearly 1,000 libraries. Bannon's meetings with PSPF photographers during the past 10 years have resulted in catalogs, artist residencies, exhibitions and collection placements. When he stepped down as director of Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo, the director of the NYState Museum praised him as "among the most enlightened, prolific and important museum directors in the nation." Prior to his appointment at the Burchfield Penney, he served as the longest running Director and now Emeritus Director at George Eastman Museum in Rochester. Reviewer Preference: He is eager to see work with any style, including motion pictures.
Pat Bates is the owner and founder of Pat Bates & Associates: a New York-based artist representative agency with a laser focus on the interiors and lifestyle sectors. The agency is known for its forward thinking, curated roster of internationally-based stylists, photographers and directors whose work is commissioned by retailers, advertisers, brands, and other media outlets in the US and worldwide. The agency as a whole seeks to bring a deep understanding of the differing viewpoints and facets of “how we live,” offering clients a sophisticated and worldly aesthetic delivered with care and attention.
Ron Beinner is a creative photography producer, editor and collaborator. He produced environmental portraits on location for Vanity Fair magazine for over two decades. He has produced special photography and video projects for Netflix and is currently on contract with Apple.
Alex Bortkiewicz is Lead Curator at Alamy, a leading, global stock photography resource. Prior to Alamy, Alex worked for Getty Images as a photo editor and art director. She now curates collections and galleries for Alamy and is an expert on trends in photography. She works with a diverse range of photographers, proactively developing their Alamy collections, as well as sourcing new and emerging talent. Reviewer Preference: Conceptual imagery, fine art, illustration, personal work and contemporary stock photography.
Steven has over 25 years of experience developing projects and working with galleries, museums and arts organizations. A Fine Art Photographer and Arts administrator, Steven serves with the board of directors with the Griffin Museum of Photography. He founded and works as principal and curator of Aspect Initiative, an online gallery showcasing Fine Art Photography. Reviewer Preference:He is interested in viewing thematic series in Photography. Steven welcomes the chance to view still life, documentary, landscape, architectural, interiors, abstract and street works.
Jeff Dunas is a noted photographer and the Director of the Palm Springs Photo Festival. He is the author of seven monographs including State of the Blues, American Pictures and Up Close & Personal.
Christina Force specialises in sharing her 30 years of experience working with ad industry creatives from around the globe. As founder of photo agency The Collective Force she secured countless large-scale global photographic assignments, in particular from South East Asia, during her 15 years at the helm. She now works with photographers and agents worldwide as a consultant and editor, and through her unique online mentoring programs. She is co-chair of Creative Asia Plus, the first portfolio review event in Asia promoting connections between ad agency creatives in the region and photographers from beyond Asia. She is also co-founder of The Series Project, a workshop designed with an ex creative director to help photographers develop their personal project skills. Christina has written and been interviewed for numerous photography publications and been a guest speaker and lecturer at many photography events and institutions, including Image Nation (NZ), CATC design School (Australia) and The New York Academy of Film (USA), and her mission is to help commercial photographers get paid to shoot what they love.
Barbara Griffin is an independent Creative Director, Producer and Photo Editor. She was recently named President Emerita after 8 years of leadership at Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), a non-profit arts organization which produces the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the U.S. Formerly, senior vice president of Image Management for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Barbara was responsible for all photography created globally for Turner's entertainment, animation and news networks. An educator and frequent speaker on professional photography, she’s a member of the International Center of Photography, APA, ASMP and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Angelika Hala has been the New York photo editor and producer for the stern Magazine group for some 20 years, and commissions, researches and licenses photography for a wide range of features from documentary, sports, science and news to portrait and fashion, working with established photographers as well as developing talent. She participated in multiple portfolio reviews across the United States and internationally, and was juror for The Fence/Photoville and ZEKE Awards; and mentor at the Eddie Adams Workshops.
Melissa is no stranger to helping artists curate their work in a way that best communicates their capabilities, aesthetic, and individual point of view. After obtaining her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, she worked in New York City as a commercial photographer for several years before marrying her love of photography and marketing and moving into Artist Management. Now a consultant with Portfolio Review Site, she also freelances with full-service production company Grey House Productions, working with photographers and directors nationwide.
John Kenney has spent his entire career guiding and supporting talented artists: both photographers and directors to successfully translate their work into the commercial world. Many have gone on to receive some of the highest awards in the industry and have worked for clients such as Nike, Apple, Coca Cola, IBM, Verizon, Under Armor, Sony and with agencies such as Wieden & Kennedy, Ogilvy, BBDO, Publicis, Droga5, Deutsch, New York Times, Pentagram and NBC just to name a few. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Sherri was born in Wisconsin and raised in Central Florida. After spending a couple years in Atlanta, she moved to New York City, where she currently works at Parsons School of Design, and as the Director of Special Projects at the Foley Gallery. She has also worked as a Content Creator for Nordstrom and a Curator for the Treat Gallery. Projects curated by Littlefield have been featured in the Huffington Post, artnet, dnainfo new york and the peerspace blog. As an artist, Sherri has exhibited her art internationally, including the Brighton Photo Biennial, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Aperture Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art – Georgia. Since 2018, Sherri serves on the advisory board of the New York Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. She received her MFA from the University of Central Florida, and a BS from Florida State University.
Founder of thephotocloser.com, Frank advises and consulates with photographers from around the globe. His services include estimating and negotiating of behalf of photographers to ad agencies. For 25 years, Frank has represented photographers that include Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalists in securing highly valued commercial assignments. He has worked on hundreds of company photo libraries and campaigns for clients such as American Express, Acura Motor Sports, US Coast Guard Xerox, ESPN, Citi, Nike and others.
Carolyn Potts, creative consultant, works with photographers worldwide refocusing their marketing so that it’s as professional and compelling as their imagery. She provides portfolio edits, marketing strategies, and business systems that help them land the projects they want and need. Her results-focused photography consulting practice, founded in 2004, is based on her 30+ year career as a successful photo rep; a career that was fueled by her education in—and passion for—photography and design. She's created 10,000+ portfolio edits/presentations for photographers. Those portfolio edits and marketing plans have garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of assignments from ad agencies, design firms, corporations, and publishers across the globe. Carolyn also has presented numerous seminars on both photo marketing as well as “Inner Game,” evidence-based, business strategies that support photographers in maintaining their focus on the road to getting the work they want in this "age of distraction." Reviewer Preference: Interested in seeing both Commercial and Fine Art work. Open to seeing motion and multimedia samples in addition to still photography.
Mary Snow Fletcher
Currently a senior photo editor at Refinery29, Mary concepts, commissions, produces and art directs editorial beauty and entertainment features. Mary graduated from Vassar College with a major in Sociology, focusing predominantly on gender representation in pop culture. She made her way into editorial photography through internships at Food Network Magazine and InStyle, then as photo assistant at Lucky Magazine, assistant and associate photo editor at Teen Vogue. Review Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Stacy Swiderski is a Philadelphia-based creative consultant and freelance photo editor with an extensive background in commercial photography, education and consulting. Previously the Senior Photo Editor at Wonderful Machine, and now working with the Found team, she's consulted with hundreds of photographers since working in the industry. On a daily basis, she advises photographers on all aspects of their work and brand, from creative coaching and portfolio development to web site edits, print edits and print portfolio production. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Jacqueline Tobin is currently the editor-in-chief of Rangefinder MagazineReviewer Preference: Emerging and new photographers if possible, and primarily portrait, people work
Allegra Wilde is a Founder of Eyeist, LLC, the online portfolio review service. She is a well known consultant in the photo industry and has been a Picture/Visual Strategist, Creative Director and Consultant to artists, photographers, and other art-based businesses in the advertising, editorial assignment, and fine-art marketplaces. Allegra is a recognized photography industry authority on the agent/artist relationship, marketing for artists, agency and talent branding, picture strategy and image editing. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.
Natalie Yubas is a photo editor at CNN Digital. Reviewer Preference: Interested in photojournalistic work and personal projects.