2008 Portfolio Reviewers
FRISH BRANDT, Director and Partner, Fraenkel Gallery
Frish Brandt began working at the Fraenkel Gallery in the early 1980s. As Director and Partner of the San Francisco-based gallery, she has experienced directly how technology and photographic-art culture have evolved over the years. As Director of Fraenkel Gallery, she oversees a wide range of exhibitions and publications for which the Gallery is widely acknowledged. The Gallery’s list of artists includes Hiroshi Sugimoto, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Richard Misrach, Katy Grannan, Lee Friedlander, Idris Khan, and others.
Frish is interested in seeing work that raises questions. Please bear in mind– I am here on YOUR business, not on mine.
LINDA CONNOR, Artist & Professor San Francisco Art Institute
Linda Connor has spent more than twenty-five years exploring and investigating exotic and spiritual places. A frequent visitor to India, Mexico, Thailand, Ireland, Peru, Nepal, Egypt, Hawaii and the American Southwest, Connor takes her 8 x 10″ view camera on a pilgrimage into our history. What she reveals is a past filled with presence; a past which informs and molds our world today.
Connor’s photographs have appeared in numerous books, including Spiral Journey, published for her mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1990. She is the recipient of many awards including a 1988 & 1976 NEA and a 1979 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is part of numerous collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. A new book published, by Chronicle Books will be available in 2008.
BINH DANH, Artist
Binh Danh was born in a fishing town in southern Vietnam in 1977, two years after the close of the war. In 1979, he and his family escaped the country on a boat, and were placed in a refugee camp in Malaysia. Eventually, the Danh family emigrated to the U.S. and settled in San Jose, California. Danh was raised in a traditional Vietnamese household, where many of the family’s Buddhist rituals were focused on the worship of ancestors, thus meditating on death and its influence on the living. The themes of mortality, memory, and spirituality became a lifelong inspiration for Danh, and a primary influence on his artistic development. He received his MFA from Stanford University and lives and work in San Jose, CA.
Binh is interested in seeing work that touches on the themes of mortality, memory, and spirituality
JACK FULTON, Artist & Professor San Francisco Art Institute
Jack Fulton is associate professor in the Photography department. As an artist and filmmaker, he has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Paris Audiovisuel, Marin Arts Council, and is the recipient of the Belkin Wilderness Lectureship from the University of California, San Diego. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the San Jose Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the M.H. de Young Museum of San Francisco; Encontros de Fotografia, Portugal; Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London.
TODD HIDO, Artist
Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Metropolis, The Face, I-D, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections.
In 2001 an award winning monograph of his work titled, House Hunting, was published by Nazraeli Press and a companion monograph, Outskirts, was published in 2002. His third book, Roaming, was published in 2004.
His latest book—Between the Two—this one focusing on portraits and nudes—was published in 2007. His MFA is from CCA and he is an adjunct professor at the California College of Art, San Francisco, California
Todd is interested in seeing work that is close to completion and needs some help in it’s final steps.
ANN JASTRAB, Gallery Director, RAYKO Photo Center
Ann M. Jastrab is the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center. Rayko is a community photographic facility with rental darkrooms, digital labs, studio and galleries that has been serving the Bay Area for nearly 20 years. The Main Gallery presents eight to ten exhibitions yearly with many nationally recognized artists; there is also a section of the gallery called The Marketplace which is reserved for Bay Area artists and displays a wide variety of photographic work. While being the full time gallery director and curator, she also leads portfolio classes at RayKo. Jastrab has also been teaching at the Maine Photographic Workshops (now the Maine Media Workshops) in Rockport, Maine, since 1994. She has been conducting portfolio reviews for several years for The Worskhops as well as RayKo. Ms. Jastrab is always looking for new artists for the gallery as well as potential teachers, staff and students for The Workshops. She is most interested in seeing fine art photography, alternative processes and historical process work, and also work made with traditional film cameras as well as plastic and pinhole cameras.
KEN LIGHT, Social Documentary Photography & Professor
Ken Light is a social documentary photographer whose work has appeared in books, magazines and exhibitions. His most recent book Coal Hollow (University of California Press) was published in 2005.
He has exhibited internationally in over 175 one-person and group shows, including one person shows at the International Center for Photography, S.E. Museum of Photography and Smith College. His work is part of numerous collections including the San Francisco MOMA, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the International Center of Photography and the American Museum of Art at the Smithsonian. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Photographers Fellowships, the Dorothea Lange Fellowship and a fellowship from the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation as well as a grant from the Soros Open Society Institute. He is an adjunct Professor and curator of the Center for Photography at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California Berkeley, and has taught workshops at the ICP in New York City, The Missouri Photo Workshop and in the School for Photographic Studies in Prague and Baltimore. He the President and Founder of Fotovision.org.
MELANIE LIGHT, Executive Director, Fotovision & Writer
Melanie Light is founding Executive Director of Fotovision. She is also a writer, co-author of Coal Hollow as well as writings about photographers such as Hansel Mieth, Donna Ferrato and Micha Bar Am.She is currently working on a project about the Great Cental Valley in California.
CHRIS McCALL, Artist & Instructor
Christopher McCall is a San Francisco based photographer who has been teaching in the visual arts program at the Urban School of San Francisco for the past seven years. Christopher has lectured nation wide about visual literacy and its new role in photography curriculum.
Recently Christopher has been consulting for Blurb, Levi’s, and The Center for Public Broadcasting. His photography class was the first to pilot Blurb’s Booksmart software.
Christopher received his MFA in photography from California College of the Arts. His work has been exhibited nationally. Christopher is interested in seeing work in a diverse range of subject matter, preferably in the realm of fine art.
NORMAN MASLOV, Photographer’s Agent
Norman Maslov, a native San Franciscan, is an Artist’s Agent representing photographers Nationally from his hometown by the Bay. He attended San Francisco State University studying Communications and Film, which led to a strange ten-year stint in the Recording Industry. Mr. Maslov is an avid music lover and collector and self-proclaimed Beatleologist having co-authored a travel guide of Beatles sites titled The Beatles’ England.
Maslov, Agent Internationale opened in 1986 and currently represents the intensely talented David Allan Brandt, Michele Clement, Cristiana Ceppas, Deborah Jones, David Maisel, Sue Tallon, Stephen Austin Welch, Justin Lewis and Skeleton Digital Art Studio
Mr. Maslov also created an Illustration division (Maslov-Weinberg) with partner Larry Weinberg who represents another fourteen non-photographic artists.
Norman is interested in seeing work that is inspirational, personal and doesn’t mimic everything else that is already out in the world!!
CHUCK MOBLEY, Curator, SF Camerawork
Chuck Mobley is curator for San Francisco Camerawork and editor of Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts.
Chuck is interested in seeing work that fits with Camerawork’s mission and history; please see: sfcamerawork.org
WILL MOSGROVE, Graduate Director of Photography, Art Academy University
Will Mosgrove has been involved in the photographic community for over thirty years. He is an alumnus of the Academy of Art University as well as a long-time instructor in the School of Photography, and throughout his career he has maintained a strong tie to the school. Mr. Mosgrove has run and maintained his own successful photography business for the past twenty-six years and was won numerous national awards, including recognition from Communication Arts, Print and AIGA. He has also volunteered his time with the Advertising Photographers of America (APA) where he held the office of National President for three terms. He most recently served as Senior Vice-President for APA where he oversaw Operations and Brand for the organization.
TED ORLAND and DAVID BAYLES, Artists & Authors
David Bayles and Ted Orland are co-authors of the classic artist’s survival guide, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. Both David & Ted are seasoned artists and educators in their own right, and have collaborated on a wide range of workshops in artistic development over the past thirty years.
“We’re interested in looking at in-progress work that still has issues needing to be addressed.”
Thom Sempere has been actively involved in the photography community in the Bay Area since 1977. He holds a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Art History from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from SFAI and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. He has taught the history of photography and photography practice at SFAI since 1998 and has been a visiting-faculty member at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and San Jose City College.
He served for over a decade as a curatorial associate and also manager of visual resources at SFMOMA, where he worked closely with the distinguished photography collection and exhibition program. Currently, he is the executive director of PhotoAlliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the understanding, appreciation, and creation of contemporary photography.
ALEC SOTH, Photographer
Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the recipient of several major fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and was awarded the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His work is represented in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Soth’s photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. His first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim. Since then Soth has published NIAGARA (2006), Fashion Magazine (2007), and Dog Days, Bogotá (2007). Soth is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, and is a member of Magnum Photos.
BRIAN TAYLOR, Artist and Professor, San Jose State University
Brian Taylor was born in Tucson, Arizona. He received his B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. from Stanford University, and his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico.
Brian is known for his innovative explorations of alternative photographic processes including historic 19th Century printing techniques, mixed media, and hand made books. He has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Polaroid Corporation. His work has been exhibited nationally and abroad in numerous solo and group shows and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.
Brian is currently a Professor of Art and Design in the photography program at San Jose State University and former Co-Chair of the SPE WEST Region in the 1990s.
Brian is interested in seeing work that is innovative and pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic technique and presentation. If you are doing experimental work, or mixing photography with other media, you have a kindred spirit here!
CARLA WILLIAMS, Writer, Editor, Photographer
Carla Williams is Editor of exposure, the journal of the Society for Photographic Education. She is interested in seeing any type of work.