Reviewer Biographies

Following is a provisional list of reviewer’s biographies for the Open Portfolio Review at PhotoPlus Expo 2018.

 

Damien Anger
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.

Robert Bacall
Robert Bacall represents global media content providers, including some of the worlds top photographers, CGI specialists and video production services for advertising, editorial, web content, client industrials and trade show visuals. They all have a unique style, vision & specialties, including food, still life, digital imaging, kids, seniors, portraiture, fashion, beauty, architectural, location, travel & lifestyle photography. We provide imagery for advertising, internet, editorial, sales promotion, packaging, education, & publishing markets. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.

Alexa Cohen
Alexa is a seasoned New York based Art Director and Creative that brings a unique and non-traditional approach to her work. She has a fresh forward-thinking aesthetic and youthful spirit that compliments her passion for creating beautiful and impactful imagery and art.

Laila Derakhshanian
Laila is currently the Creative Director at OC Family. Before this whe was Senior Features Designer at the Orange County Register. She has also served as Art Director at OC Weekly, Metromix Los Angeles, Design Editor at the Los Angeles Times and Photo Coordinator at OC Post.

Christina Force
Christina Force is the founder of The Collective Force Photographers agency), OPTNZ (production company) and a mentor to photographers and reps. She is based between New Zealand and UK, and focuses on helping photographers reach their potential.

Barbara Griffin
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.

Jillian Harris
Jillian is a multi-faceted hands on Creative Director whose work encompasses art direction for brand identities, ad and social media campaigns, photoshoots, and exhibitions, as well as the UX/UI of websites, apps, user interfaces and games. Her career began as a designer and art director in her native Trinidad and Tobago, producing work for clients including Duracell, Guinness, Smirnoff ICE, Singer Sewing Machines and Oral B. After almost 2 decades of experience, she has worked with more than 50 global and national brands ranging from nonprofit and education to alcohol, music and fashion. Her clients have included: Jimmy Choo, Pernod Ricard / Accept Responsibility, Wild Turkey American Honey and Rare Breed, The Glenlivet, The University of California Santa Cruz, Scholastic, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Home and Garden Television, Good Housekeeping Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, All Clad, KRUPS, Lagostina, Rowenta, Markwins, American Express Publishing, Conde Nast, Financial Times, Medtronic, AGFA, and Xerox. Jillian is a Parsons School of Design alum and is looking to partner with emerging and professional photographers across all categories.Reviewer Preference: Interested in fashion, product, lifestyle and portraiture.

Melissa Hennessy
Melissa consults with artists and entrepreneurs in commercial and editorial photography to help them develop their portfolios and create effective marketing strategies. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.

Jeana Hong
Jeana Hong Oh has cast, location scouted and produced print, interactive and TV advertising campaigns for fashion and luxury brands such as CBS, Coty, The Gap, Kipling, Mercedes-Benz, Nautica, NBC and Samsung in 9 countries. She has acquired almost two decades of hands on experience in art buying and creative services as the client, ad agency and photographer channels. Jeana headed the creative production department for Brooks Brothers. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.

Rebecca Karamehmedovic
Sway is a boutique agency started by Nicole Hyatt and Rebecca Karamehmedovic, two photo directors and creative content producers who have a breadth of work between them that spans a wide range of mediums and styles. The duo has produced content for some of the world’s most recognized names in Magazine & Book Publishing, Luxury Travel, Fashion and Lifestyle. Sway is the culmination of experience, passion and strong relationships with creative talent.

John Kenney
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 Littlefield
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 Foley 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.

Frank Meo
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.

Stacy Swiderski
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
Jacqueline Tobin is currently the editor-in-chief of Rangefinder Magazine, the sister pub of Photo District News. Previously, she worked at PDN for 26 years, her last ten as managing editor. She is the author of two books: Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight From 20 Top Photographers (Amphoto Books, 2009) and The Luminous Portrait (Amphoto Books, 2012), about photographer Elizabeth Messina and her work. Jacqueline currently lives and works in New York City. Reviewer Preference: Emerging and new photographers if possible, and primarily portrait, people work

Christine Walsh
Christine Walsh is a Photo Editor at the New York Times Magazine.

Allegra Wilde
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
Natalie Yubas is a photo editor at CNN Digital. Reviewer Preference: Interested in photojournalistic work and personal projects.