Reviewer Biographies

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Note: Please pay attention to “Reviewer Preferences” listed by some of our reviewers at the end of their bios. This will help in making your reviewer selections.

Following is a provisional list of reviewer’s biographies for PhotoPlus Expo 2018.

Anthony Bannon
Dr. ANTHONY BANNON, Former Executive Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the longest serving Director of George Eastman House Museum. Bannon has served on many influential boards and arts councils and is currently on the selection board of the Hermitage; the Artist’s Colony near Sarasota, Florida. Reviewer Preference: He is eager to see work with any style, including motion pictures.

Glenn Batkin
Nothing too out of the ordinary here. On one of Glenn’s first projects he received the standard thank-you call from the Vatican including an actual blessing from the Pope. Doesn’t every ad man get blessed? From that moment Glenn was hooked on the creative process. He’s worked on staff at New York agencies: J Walter Thompson, Bozell, Grey and CDM. Glenn worked on accounts including: Bank of America, Netflix, Verizon Wireless, IBM, Six Flags, Rolex, Sony, W Hotels, UNICEF, US Armed Forces, Hasbro, Gatorade, Amgen, Pfizer, Musicians On Call and The American Heart Association. Awards for his efforts – Clio’s, Cannes, NY Art Directors Club, NY Festivals, London International, World International Poster Show, Communication Arts: photography/typography/illustration, Archive magazine, Graphis, Manny’s and again, that Pope thing. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.

Elisabeth Biondi
Elisabeth Biondi was the Visuals Editor of The New Yorker for 15 years until she left in 2011 to work as an independent curator, writer, and teacher. She curated Subjective/Objective and Under the Bridge for the New York PhotoFestival 2011, and New Yorker Fiction/Real Photography at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. In the fall of 2011 her exhibition Beyond Words: Photography in the New Yorker was the season’s opening show at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. An expanded version traveled to the Ullens Center in Beijing in 2012. Her exhibition Widely Different: New York City Panoramas was on view at the Seaport Museum, New York in 2012. She curated LIFT Off at the Fridman Gallery in New York and REFUGEE for the Annenberg Center for Photography in Los Angeles. Her exhibition ‘Frances McLaughlin-Gill & Leslie Gill and their Circle' was at Howard Greenberg Gallery this summer.Reviewer Preference: Interested in documentary at the intersection with fine art photography, portraiture, architecture & landscape as well.

David Carol
David Carol, Editor in Chief of Peanut Press Books, was formerly the Director of Photography at Outfront Media (formerly CBS Outdoor) as well as being the Editor-in-Chief at Peanut Press Books a new imprint that publishes high quality photography books. Yet he also loves giving other photographers a platform to share and discuss their work with the photographic community. Reviewer Preference: Interested in book-ready or personal work.

Donna Cohen
Donna Cohen is a photo editor at Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine. Her work at the magazine has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers. Prior to Businessweek, she was a photo editor at Conde Nast Portfolio, People Magazine, Life Magazine and the Associated Press. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.

Jackie Contee
Jackie Contee is a Senior Art Buyer/Print Producer at Uniworld Group. Review Preference: Documentary, Portrait, Photojournalist and Food. No Fashion. Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.

Suzanne Darmory
Suzanne has almost 25 years of international, award-winning experience creating groundbreaking integrated solutions for highly recognizable clients at world-class agencies. She was recently recognized as one of the 29 most powerful women in digital by Refinery29 and featured on the "Where Are the Boss Ladies?" list. Suzanne is currently VP, Executive Creative Director at Zeta where she is responsible for: setting the overall strategy of the creative agency, advising clients on creative best practices, leading business development for the agency, strengthening the creative offering, and managing creative P&L. She has spent most of her career at advertising agencies in New York (Arnold, Deutsch, Grey, JWT, Moxie, mcgarrybowen, Ogilvy, R/GA) and three years working in London (Bates UK, Euro RSCG, Imagination, Ogilvy & Mather). In addition to winning over 100 Advertising Awards, Suzanne's work has been featured in: AdAge, Adweek, Brandweek, CBS, CNN, Communication Arts, engadget, Forbes, Good Morning America, Mashable, MTV, NBC, New York Times, Today Show and PR Newswire. Suzanne is an active Judge, having judged the Addy's (Columbus 2012, Raleigh 2015), American Business Awards (2014-present), Caples Awards (2007-2016) and Echo Awards (2018). She reviews portfolios on a regular basis for FIT Students (2014-present), NYCFotoWorks Portfolio Review (2014-present) and Palm Springs Photo Festival (2017- present). She has been a Panelist for eTail West (2018), DMEXCO (2017), Advertising Week (2016), Email Insider Summit and FIT (2015), Zenith Mobile Day (2014), and SheSays (2013). Additionally, Suzanne is an Adjunct Professor for FIT’s Digital Media Advertising Class (Spring 2014-present).

Christina Force
I am the founder of The Collective Force (Photographers agency), OPTNZ (production company), Creative Asia Plus (Asia folio review programme), and a mentor to photographers and reps. I'm based between New Zealand and UK, and focus on helping photographers reach their potential. (http://christinaforce.net/.)

Barbara Griffin
Barbara Griffin is an independent Creative Director, Producer and Photo Editor. She serves on the board of re:imagine/ATL, a non-profit organization whose in-school and mobile programming serves Atlanta teens from all backgrounds by providing mentorship and resources in film and digital media and has joined the Advisory Council for ATL Photo Night, a creative organization that hosts bi-monthly talks featuring photographers. 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. Among her most recent projects are, photo editor of Gathered by Lucinda Bunnen (available 9/18) and Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink, the award-winning fine art book by photographer Bill Yates. 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. Twitter: @barbaragriffin Instagram: @barbaragriffinrocks

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.

Sarah Leen
Sarah Leen is the Director of Photography for National Geographic magazine. For nearly 20 years prior she worked as a freelance photographer publishing 16 stories in the magazine, joining the magazine staff in 2004. Sarah Leen is the Director of Photography for National Geographic Partners. For nearly 20 years prior she worked as a freelance photographer for the National Geographic magazine until 2004 when she joined the staff as a Senior Photo Editor and later was appointed DOP. Sarah has won numerous awards for both photography and editing from the Pictures of the Year competition and the World Press Photo Awards. She has juried numerous contests including Pictures of the Year International, Lens Culture, The W. Eugene Smith Grants and the Getty Images Editorial Grants and the World Press Joop Swarts Masterclass. Leen has taught photography and editing workshops at the Missouri Photo Workshops, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Maine Photographic Workshops, the Santa Fe Workshops and the Palm Beach Centre for Photography. I am interested in seeing photojournalism, culture, nature, science, global issues, the environment and portraiture. I am also very interested in seeing projects under development that may need additional time to complete.

Leah Levine
Leah Levine is the founder of L2 Agency Inc., an LA based Photographer’s Representation Agency and Production Services company, currently representing photographers in LA, NY, San Francisco, & Minneapolis. The agency has worked with many Advertising and Editorial clients including Apple, Microsoft, American Express, AT&T, Cartier, Martha Stewart, Dwell, T&L, Food Network, Fortune & Wired. Leah finds it tremendously rewarding to cultivate and nurture young and emerging talent. L2 Agency also consults with outside photographers and offers production services to clients on a project to project basis. 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.

Shannon McMillan
Shannon McMillan, a Freelance Art Producer and founding partner of Homestead Creatives, an artist's representative firm. She has a background in photography and advertising. She worked as an Art Producer at GSD&M for 15 years. As an Art Producer she worked with worldwide clients (BMW, Caesars Entertainment, Southwest Airlines, Kohler, and others), photographers and integrated production teams. Given the years of experience and contacts, she understands a true collaboration between Artist and Client. Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.

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. Part of the PhotoCloser offering is brainstorming that motivates and inspires photographer of all levels. 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. His photographers have worked for every major newspaper, magazine and TV station around the globe.

Sean Mosher-Smith
Sean Mosher-Smith is a freelance Creative Director, Designer and Illustrator with his studios Echo Designlab and theConspiracy based in Brooklyn, The studios focus on Art Direction, Brand Identity, Digital Strategy, Package design, Advertising Design, and Photo-Illustration. Before starting theConspiracy, Sean served as Vice President/Creative Director for Virgin and Capitol Records, overseeing all global imaging, packaging and branding. He has worked with such artists as Lenny Kravitz, Christina Aguilera, Iggy Pop, Dave Matthews Band, Courtney Love, Tori Amos and Joss Stone. Sean launched award winning global campaigns for Iceland Spring, Verizon and MTV for The Sloan Group, an entertainment marketing firm where he was the Creative Director. Sean’s work has been featured in Communication Arts illustration, photography and design annuals as well as the Exhibit column. He has also appeared in HOW Magazine’s International Design Annual, Creative Quarterly, Prints Regional Design Annual and PDN Magazine. Sean has been published in iDN Magazine, Hong Kong, and various global books on design and illustration. He was named one of the top 200 illustrators worldwide by Archive Magazine.

Glenn Ruga
Glenn Ruga is the Founder and Director of the Social Documentary Network, Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine, and the former Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. Reviewer Preference: Interested in seeing documentary, editorial, fine art, motion.

Gabriel Sanchez
Gabriel H. Sanchez the Photo Essay Editor at BuzzFeed and BuzzFeed News. He holds an undergraduate degree in photo-communications and a graduate degree in photography from Parsons The New School for Design. In his spare time, he's a contributing writer on photography for Artforum.com, Aperture.com, and Artslant.com, as well as a NYC-based curator of fine art.

Daniel Stark
Daniel Stark’s diverse background in advertising, publishing, apparel and media at companies like GQ, Baron & Baron, Ann Taylor, Harper’s Bazaar, Deutsch and Nielsen is the driving force behind Stark Design. As the company’s Executive Creative Director, Daniel has created well-known campaigns, identity programs, packaging, editorial and product design for a diverse mix of consumer brands, services and companies including CVS Health, L’Oreal, Staples, Alterna and NYU. Stark Design’s new content division, co-led by television veteran showrunner Abbey LeVine, is committed to revealing new stories for brands and telling them through a human lens with integrity and compassion. Stark is also the creator of PaperMade™ — a line of books and products sold worldwide that feature flat character designs, pre-cut and pre-scored, that punch out, fold up and turn into 3D objects. Apart from being an accomplished author, Stark is also an inventor and irrepressible tinkerer. He lives in New York City. Reviewer Preference: Interested in seeing imagery and video of fashion, beauty, lifestyle and architecture.

Miriam Stein Battles
As a photo editor specializing in nature, travel and education, I've worked on magazines, books and websites. Combining my conservation background with my photo professional skills, I've worked for nonprofits such as National Geographic Society, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy. I've freelanced extensively for over a dozen clients including Apple, AARP and National Geographic Books. I photo edit nature, travel, culture and educational projects, both researching photos that best illustrate text and ensuring selected photos create the most visually dynamic product. Exceptionally organized, I provide business management consulting, whether it be selecting the best 100 photos out of a 30,000 photo assignment or creating workflows to manage image requests. With a great eye for pixels and color, I'm also available for photo optimization and retouching. I enjoy contributing my time to a variety of initiatives and my own photography has been published nationally and is held in both museum and private collections. I’m a founding affiliate to the International League of Conservation Photographers and concurrently serve as a board advisor to Sea Save, Deep Hope, Girls Who Click and am a new fellow of the Explorers Club.

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. She holds an MPS in Digital Photography from The School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design.Reviewer Preference: Open to seeing motion samples in addition to still photography.

Beth Taubner
Founder of Mercurylab, NY and London-based Beth Taubner has been a Transformational Brand Strategist and Creative Director working with strategy and creative communications for over 20 years. Beth has developed a proprietary approach to branding, using a combination of psychological, visual and analytic processes. She is well-known for her expertise in creating branding programs and distinctive concepts, visuals and language communications for businesses in the US, UK and worldwide. Beth plays an important role in defining and implementing the brands of esteemed artist representative agencies and works closely on brand identification, language communications, visual development and marketing with some of the world’s top photographers and motion directors. She recently wrote the chapter on Transformational Branding for Rocky Nook’s highly successful book, Imaginarium by Claire Rosen. Reviewer Preference:Interested in helping photographers to speak succinctly about their work from a brand perspective when showing their portfolio.

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. Prior to her opening her independent consulting business and Eyeist, she was the Director of Talent and Agent Branding at The Workbook. 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.