09 Aug MoP 2019 Reviewers
Month of Photography 2019
Whether you’re seeking exposure for a finished portfolio or feedback on a body of work in progress, MoP Portfolio Reviews can help you advance your practice and career. The 2019 reviewers included the following gallery owners, curators, editors, publishers, and other professionals in the local and national photography community. Reviews took place March 23-24, 2019 at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver.
Kyohei Abe is the Executive Director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (DCCP). Established in 2010, DCCP began as the first non-profit center dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography in Detroit. With a mission to foster the appreciation and understanding of photography, DCCP works to promote contemporary lens-based artists who explore the medium in diverse ways: from still and time-based media to the photographic book. In 2012, after reevaluating how to better serve the artists it strives to support, DCCP shifted its operation to a solely online gallery supplemented by small edition artist book publications.
Co-Founder | Editor-in-Chief
David Bram is the Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography. In 2016, David launched a new book imprint, Fraction Editions.
David has reviewed portfolios at over 30 national events including Review Santa Fe, Fotofest, PhotoLucida, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Medium, Critical Mass, and Filter. In September 2010, David was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award.
David is interested in reviewing developed and cohesive portfolios with strong concepts. Aside from offering critiques of the photography itself, he may be able to offer opportunities to artists to show work in Fraction Magazine, sell through the Fraction Shop and to also publish the work through Fraction Editions.
Darren Ching is owner of Klompching Gallery (New York). The gallery specializes in the selling and exhibition of contemporary fine art photography. Representing an international roster of artists, the gallery has placed artwork into numerous private, corporate and public collections. Mr. Ching’s involvement in photography spans nearly two decades. He has participated in numerous panel presentations, juried competitions, served as a portfolio reviewer, and has been a contributor to both online and print publications. Formerly the Creative Director of Photo District News (PDN), Mr. Ching spent 16 years establishing the design direction of the magazine. His experience as a photo educator includes positions at the School of Visual Arts (SVA); Maryland Institute College of Art; Rhode Island School of Design; and Parsons School of Design. Additionally, Mr. Ching works as a freelance designer and consultant offering advice and career strategies to all levels of photographers.
Brian Paul Clamp
Owner | Director
Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of ClampArt, a gallery in Chelsea in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. ClampArt mounts ten to fifteen exhibitions per year featuring the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Mr. Clamp opened the gallery in 2000 after completing a Master of Arts degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University.
For eight years prior to that Mr. Clamp served as the director of a gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side specializing in late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings. Aside from exhibitions at his own gallery space, Clamp has curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios on dozens of panels over the past several years.
Mia Dalglish & Lisa Woodward
Lisa Woodward and Mia Dalglish are Co-Curators at Pictura Gallery, and they serve as portfolio reviewers for international photography conferences and festivals such as Fotofest, Photolucida, and Les Rencontres d’Arles. They also serve as guest critics for university classrooms and judges for photography competitions, and they conduct studio visits at MFA programs.
They are interested to see fresh portfolios that demonstrate a cohesive and carefully edited body of work. However, photographers are also encouraged to bring additional prints from their series (perhaps some excluded from the edit) to potentially further the conversation. What they would like to see: excellent craft, a balance of aesthetic and conceptual concerns, emotionally moving work with well-considered ideas. They do not want to see: poorly printed work, strictly commercial photography, purely conceptual work with no visual or emotional impact, or vice versa. They tend to be less interested in amateur nature photography, digital collage, and forlorn forgotten items, although there are always outliers in any category.
Founder | Artistic Director
Under Eric Robert Dallimore’s leadership, Leon Gallery has enjoyed a period of unprecedented success, initiating pioneering partnerships with artists, collectors, and cultural institutions. Mr. Dallimore received his BFA in Photography from Louisiana State University in 2004 and studied Economics at the University of Wales, Swansea in 2000.
Mr. Dallimore’s work has been shown in galleries and museums including Leon, McNichols Building, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, The Denver Art Museum, The Buell Theater, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, The Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, and The New Orleans Museum of Art, Back to the Picture San Francisco. His public art sculptures have been showcased across Colorado and Louisiana. In 2014, Mr.Dallimore was honored with the Mastermind Award for Visual Arts from Westword. His work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, 5280, Westword, The Denver Post, The Times Picayune, The Advocate, and Time.
Ashlyn Davis is the Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography and the editor of spot, HCP’s bi-annual magazine about photography that includes artist portfolios, exhibition and book reviews, and interviews.
In addition to her work at HCP, she also writes for photography publications such as GUP Magazine and Ain’t Bad, contributes to artists’ monographs, and has co-edited a conceptual book on nineteenth-century American photography, Islands of the Blest, now in its second edition. She earned her BA in Art History from Pratt Institute and her MA in American Studies with a focus on the history of photography from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jennifer DeCarlo is the Director of jdc Fine Art, which operates as a project space in San Diego and private dealer/public projects in Chicago. She has a strong connection within the field of photography through her work in commercial galleries and her training as an artist. Her work as a writer for AIPAD and gallery owner of the eponymous jdc Fine Art offers a unique perspective as a reviewer with connections throughout the field.
Mrs. DeCarlo is able to help artists at all points of their career and give concrete direction on next steps. She is happy to assess resolved work and offer feedback on work in progress. She isn’t looking to give flash-in-the-pan offers for shows or representation, rather prefers to let the review be an introduction, and will follow artists she has interest in and makes a connection with. Mrs. DeCarlo most enjoys contemporary work with social-political concerns, with a preference for narrative figurative work. She enjoys hybridity, specifically when it reinforces image content. She is least interested in conceptual/abstract work.
Executive Director | Curator
Hamidah Glasgow has been the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2009. Hamidah holds a masters degree in humanities with a specialization in visual and gender studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Hamidah’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, national portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Center, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications and online magazines and the co-hosting of regional conferences.
Hamidah – (Pronounced Ha-me-dah) is interested in a wide variety of work both finished projects, work-in-progress, and creative brain storming. Hamidah can assist with editing, sequencing, and project development. She is looking for photo-based artists for exhibition opportunities and web based features. She is not interested in traditional nudes, traditional landscapes, or commercial work.
Photographer | Publisher
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 and Brooklyn Museum, New York; among others.
+KGP collaborates with artists to create limited edition publications and archival prints, focusing on contemporary photography and works on paper. All publications deal with current world issues including, but not limited to race, policy, social awareness, feminism, culture, and wealth. Our goal is to make books and prints affordable to every level of collector.
Christy Havranek is the Photo Director at HuffPost, where she oversees a team of photo editors and photographers. She has 18 years of experience in the photo business, having worked at NBCUniversal, Frommer’s Travel, Polo Ralph Lauren and Bloomsbury Publishing, among others. Most recently, she juried the Lenscratch exhibit “Good Manners”, the 2018 LensCulture Street Photography Awards, and Photolucida’s Critical Mass 2018. HuffPost assigns photographers to cover a variety of national and international topics — from breaking news to long-form enterprise pieces — and licenses existing photo series to feature on our global platform.
Associate Director | Curator
Jessica Johnston is Assistant Director and Curator of Collections at Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) in Rochester, New York.
As a reviewer Johnston can offer participants assistance refining their vision, placing their work in historical context, and connecting them to others in the field. She can offer artist residencies, exhibitions, and recommend portfolios for publication in afterimage. Johnston is interested in seeing work that has a strong conceptual base, has social/political engagement, or work that is experimental and pushes existing boundaries of form or content. She is also interested in work that speaks to the history of the medium, or somehow incorporates historic imagery. Johnston would prefer not to review commercial or fashion photography, or traditional black and white landscape photography. She is not able to offer opportunities for acquisition of photographs but may be interested in acquiring artist’s books for the VSW library collection.
Director | Editor
Kat Kiernan is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography magazine Don’t Take Pictures, as well as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the book, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017). Kat received the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award in 2015 for her contributions to the photographic community. Her photographs have been exhibited across the United States, and Photoboite Agency named her one of 2012’s 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch. Kat divides her time between Brooklyn, New York and Boston. She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design.
Kiernan is most interested in reviewing cohesive fine art and documentary projects, either as works-in-progress or completed bodies of work. She is not interested in traditional nudes or commercial work.
Geoffrey Koslov founded Foto Relevance Gallery, located in the historic Audubon Place District of Montrose in Houston, Texas, for those seeking contemporary photography-based art. He is on the Board of Directors of the Houston Center for Photography (HCP), a nonprofit organization offering exhibitions, workshops, classes and outreach programs. He is a former member of its Exhibitions Committee and former co-chair of the Print Auction. Geoffrey is an experienced reviewer, participating in The Medium Festival of Photography, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, Photolucida’s Portfolio Review, PhotoVisa(Russia) and FotoFest. In addition to serving on the Advisory Council of Photolucida, he is a member of Photo Forum (affiliated with the MFAH), and several photography critique groups: Pixels & Silver, the Houston Inner Loop Photography Organization and formerly the Houston Photographic Society. Geoffrey had also served on the Photography Subcommittee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) for many years. He is also a collector himself of contemporary photography-based works and books.
At Michael Warren Contemporary, located in Denver, we showcase contemporary artwork that speaks to us personally. We present colorful abstract and figurative work alongside contemplative sculpture, installations, works on paper and photography with particular emphasis on materials and process. Warren Campbell & I have owned Michael Warren Contemporary for 5 years. We represent 50 artists from all over the country and have curated over 70 exhibits. When we are not in the gallery, we are going to studio visits, museum exhibitions and other gallery exhibits. Over the past 15 years we have been to over 3,000 exhibits.
At Michael Warren Contemporary, located in Denver, we showcase contemporary artwork that speaks to us personally. We present colorful abstract and figurative work alongside contemplative sculpture, installations, works on paper and photography with particular emphasis on materials and process. Mike McClung & I have owned Michael Warren Contemporary for 5 years. We represent 50 artists from all over the country and have curated over 70 exhibits. When we are not in the gallery, we are going to studio visits, museum exhibitions and other gallery exhibits. Over the past 15 years we have been to over 3,000 exhibits.
Elke McGuire is the curator at the gallery at ArtGym Denver. Exhibitions highlight work by local and nationally celebrated artists, and juried members-only exhibitions. Ms. McGuire is an accomplished professional, highly adept at overseeing all facets of business operations and in supporting senior level executives, with the proven ability to adapt to changing job demands in a fast-paced environment. Her work experience is especially strong in the arts, international business and events management.
Jennifer Murray is the Executive Director of Filter Photo where she directs the Filter Photo Festival and programs at Filter Space gallery. Filter Photo is a non-profit organization supporting emerging and professional artists working with photography. She is an Instructor of Photography at Loyola University Chicago and an independent artists’ consultant and mentor working with artists on project development and exhibition preparation. Murray is a frequent portfolio reviewer and juror at events including FotoFest, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, Society for Photographic Education, and Filter Photo. She holds an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago.
Co-Owner & Curator
Eric Nord has spent the majority of his lifetime being involved with the arts, including the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Sperone Westwater Gallery, and for the past four years as co-owner and curator of Leon Gallery in Denver. In 2018, Leon transitioned to a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to mentoring emerging artists across multiple disciplines. We aim to nurture and promote each artist, assist them in the development of their practice, and connect them with greater and more ambitious career opportunities.
Eric Paddock joined the DAM as the first curator of the Department of Photography in 2008, where he has organized solo exhibitions by Barbara Bosworth, Robert Benjamin, Garry Winogrand, Laura Letinsky, Kenneth Josephson and Chuck Forsman, among others.
From 1982 to 2008 he was Curator of Photography and Film at the Colorado Historical Society, where he curated more than two dozen exhibitions of seminal historical photographs. During his tenure, Paddock more than doubled the size of the photography collection from 300,000 photographs to more than 800,000 and 32,000 motion picture films relating to Colorado and the West. He has contributed essays to a variety of historical and contemporary photography publications, including monographs of works by Colorado photographers Robert Adams, Robert Benjamin and Chuck Forsman.
Director of Galleries and Curator
Denver native Collin Parson currently serves as the Director of Galleries and Curator for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Arvada, Colorado and is a former member at the historic Pirate: Contemporary Art cooperative and recently finished up his artist residency at RedLine Denver. An arts administrator, artist, curator and designer he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design and Technology with emphasis in Lighting and Scene Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master in Arts in Visual Culture and Arts Administration from Regis University in Denver. His creative work involves the control of light and color to create vivid geometric light and space works. He has had the privilege of jurying many arts festivals and exhibitions and has received many awards and recognition for his curatorial projects.
Stacy J. Platt
Stacy J. Platt is the editor for the Society for Photographic Education’s flagship publication, Exposure Magazine. Exposure’s mission is the same as the SPE organization itself: to understand how photography matters in the world. As editor, Stacy is interested in finding stories that will help photographers help other photographers; sometimes this takes the shape of artists in conversation with other artists about what it takes to shape and maintain an artistic practice and career, whereas in others it may take the form of a roundtable discussion of prominent photo editors talking about what photographers should know in order to work with them. Exposure also regularly features in-depth critical writing of emerging and mid-career photography portfolios, book and exhibition reviews, essays on pedagogy and professional development alongside current scholarly discourse in the field. Stacy J. Platt is also a photographer, writer and arts educator living and working in Colorado.
Kimberly Roberts is the Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography at the Denver Art Museum. Prior to the museum, Kimberly worked as an Affiliate Art History Faculty member at Metropolitan State University where she taught courses in the history of photography and 20th/21st Century European and American art. She was a Research Fellow at the Clyfford Still Museum where she researched the photography collection in the museum archives and has given public lectures at the Denver Art Museum, Colorado State University Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum. Kimberly is interested in viewing all types of portfolios but can provide limited feedback on commercial, fashion and travel photography.
Chris Roth is an Associate Curator at NINE dot ARTS, an award winning art curation firm known for creativity, management of large scale multi-phase projects, and forward thinking vision. Chris’ recent projects include supporting the upcoming expansion and redevelopment of the Colorado Convention Center and Dairy Block, a full city block of mixed-use development in downtown Denver. Chris currently sits on the Board of Directors at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, has volunteered with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center’s portfolio reviews for Month of Photography, and served as a juror for the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Chris graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Art History and has extensive experience working with nonprofit arts organizations including Studio in a School, The Glass House, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
themes + projects
Danny Sanchez is the associate director at Themes+Projects gallery (formally Modernbook gallery). Since 2006, he has helped to cultivate the fine art careers of the gallery’s emerging talent on topics such as editing and sequencing, strategic analysis of a body of work for the current market place, pricing and editioning, etc. Outside the gallery, he has had the pleasure to be a reviewer for PhotoAlliance, Review Santa Fe, and Medium: A Festival for Photography; serve as a juror for Photolucida’s Critical Mass; and participate as a panelist for San Francisco Artist Network. Sanchez is a Bay Area native, and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts – Concentration in Photography, from San Jose State University.
As a reviewer, I am open to meeting with photographers of all skill levels. Bodies of work that generally interest me are ones that are narrative based, although I am happy to review all themes of work. Since photography is a medium that is changing and redefining itself so quickly, I am also interested in seeing work that is created through the use alternative or hybrid techniques.
Founder & Organizer
Mark Sink, a private art consultant, represents and curates local and international cutting-edge fine art photography. Mark is a co-founder of The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and founder of the Month of Photography Denver and The Big Picture street art projects. His personal fine art photography is shown and collected world wide. A recent project of note is the Big Picture, a international street art exchange wheat pasting photography in the open air and gallery spaces in over fifty cities world wide.
Aline Smithson is a Los Angeles based artist best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore ideas of childhood, aging, and the humanity that connects us. She received a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Alan Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline returned to Los Angeles and her own artistic practice.
Aline is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography and has been teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001. In the Fall of 2018, her work will be exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Mary Virginia Swanson
Mary Virginia Swanson is an advisor, author and educator who helps artists find the strength in their work, identify appreciative audiences, and present their work in an informed, professional manner. She is a respected mentor who has guided countless photographers through the changes taking place in nearly every aspect of our industry, preparing them for new opportunities in today’s photography-rich culture.
Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014). She continues to stay current on the growing market for photobooks, reflecting both the relative ease of self-publishing and the rise of the collectible photobook market.
At the Portfolio Reviews at MoP, Swanson is happy to meet with photographers working in any genre who would welcome a dialogue about reaching appropriate and appreciative audiences for their work, paths to funding long-term projects, marketing tools and more.
Director of Programs
Tim Vacca is an established arts administration professional who has been working in the Denver area arts industry since 2003. Tim is the Director of Programs at the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) and has previously served at the Denver International Airport’s Art and Culture Program as a curator and coordinator of temporary exhibitions. Tim has worked with MOA for a cumulative 13 years and oversees education, exhibitions and communications programs.
Tim received his BA in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005 where he practiced photography and digital art. He also received a certificate in technology, arts and media from CU the same year. He completed his Master’s of Liberal Studies in Arts Development and Program Management at the University of Denver in 2016.
Bobbi Walker founded Walker Fine Art in 1999, and opened the gallery space in June of 2002. She has been actively involved in the arts community in Denver for the last 15 years. In 2012 Bobbi was appointed to the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs and served two consecutive three-year terms as a commissioner. She is a Young Associates level member of the Denver Art Museum (DAM), and served on the Board of the DAM Contemporaries for three years. She is a member of the DAM Culture Haus, Design Council, and Asian Art Associations. She is a Heart Club member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA) and served on the membership committee for three years. She is a 1944 Society level member of the Clyfford Still Museum, and served on the membership committee for two years. She was President of the Denver Art Dealers Association (DADA) for two years. She has served on the boards of the Golden Triangle Museum District (GTMD) and the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association (GTA). She is a member of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), Arts for Colorado, Visit Denver, Redline, the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Golden Triangle Partnership and the Denver Film Society.
Carol Johnson is co-curator of Eyes on Main Street, a photography exhibition and festival held annually in Wilson, North Carolina. Each spring, Nash Street, the main street of Wilson, is transformed into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs embracing the theme “Main Street: a Crossroad of Cultures.” Main Street is interpreted broadly and could mean a pathway or a riverfront.
For 100 days, 100 photographs are displayed on 100 storefront windows, spanning six city blocks. The exhibit takes visitors across the railroad tracks linking east and west Wilson into one shared community. The goal of the festival is to help revitalize Historic Downtown Wilson while cultivating cross-cultural understanding through powerful photography.
Johnson would like to review portfolios that focus on the theme of “Main Street: a Crossroad of Cultures.” She will be looking for work for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Eyes, as well as photographers interested in the Eyes on Main Street residency program. A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition.
Johnson worked as a curator in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. before retiring and moving to Colorado. She is currently a freelance photography curator and also researches and writes about photography.