Dawoud Bey began his career as a photographer in 1975 with a series of photographs, "Harlem, USA," that were later exhibited in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. He has since had numerous exhibitions worldwide, at such institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Barbican Centre in London, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. Bey holds a master of fine arts degree from Yale University School of Art, and is currently Distinguished College Artist and associate professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago, where he has taught since 1998.
Born Juana Ramos, adopted and re-named, Susan E. Evans started her photographic exploration at the age of eight in a small basement darkroom. Since then, Evans' formal education yielded a BFA in both Photography and Holography from Goddard College and a MFA cum laude from Cornell University. Susan E. Evans is an Assistant Professor of Art at Oakland University in Michigan, where she teaches photography and new media. A conceptual artist exploring identity, context, structure, information processing and categorization, Susan E. Evans has work appearing in galleries, museums and collections worldwide and is represented by Hasted Hunt Gallery.
Elizabeth Ferrer is director of contemporary art at the multidisciplinary arts organization BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn. A specialist in Mexican and Latino photography, she has extensive experience as a curator and writer. Ferrer is author of Lola Alvarez Bravo (New York, Aperture Foundation, 2006), a monograph on the pioneering modern Mexican photographer; she also curated the retrospective exhibition on the photographer shown at the Smithsonian Institution, among other institutions. Ferrer has curated major exhibitions on various aspects of Mexican photography and is author of the forthcoming FotoFest publication surveying Latino photography in the United States. She co-edited the Museum of Modern Art's landmark publication Latin American Artists of the 20th Century and has written for Art Nexus, Sculpture, Photography, Nueva Luz, and Art News.
Renée Mussai has been involved with Autograph ABP since 2001, where she currently oversees the establishment of the Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography at Rivington Place, London. In addition to curating the archive collection, recent projects include solo exhibitions of Rotimi Fani-Kayode's work (2009) and Ever Young: James Barnor, Street and Studio Photography from Ghana and the UK (January 28 - May 26, 2010) at Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute's Rudenstine Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and forthcoming retrospective at Rivington Place (Fall 2010). Twice recipient of the Sofie and Emanuel Fohn Fellowship, she holds under- and postgraduate degrees in Photography from the University of the Arts London, and previously studied history of art at the University of Vienna, Austria. She is based in London where she regularly lectures on photographic history and cultural identity.
The last two hundred years have seen the greatest explosion of progress and wealth in the history of mankind. But the oil age is at an end. The depletion of nonrenewable fossil fuels is about to radically change life as we know it, and much sooner than we think. As a result of artificially cheap fossil-fuel energy we have developed global models of industry, commerce, food production, and finance that will collapse. James Kunstler's book, The Long Emergency, tells us just what to expect after we pass the tipping point of global peak oil production and the honeymoon of affordable energy is over, preparing us for economic, political, and social changes of an unimaginable scale.
With his classics of social commentary The Geography of Nowhere and Home from Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler has established himself as one of the great commentators on American space and place. With The Long Emergency, he offers a shocking vision of a post-oil future.
Urban planning advocate, journalist, and well-known author of The Geography of Nowhere, Home from Nowhere and The Long Emergency, James Kunstler has long been recognized as a fierce proponent of New Urbanism and strident critic of sprawl and the excesses of automobile culture. He believes that we must create more sustainable communities and advocates for walkable towns, major investments in public transit and greater support of local agriculture.
Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. After graduating from the State University of New York, Brockport campus, he worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of publications, including Rolling Stone magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books, including fiction, on a full-time basis.
After studying art and photography at Syracuse University (BFA 1961, MA 1968), John Pfahl spent his teaching career at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He took an early retirement in 1985 to devote his time to making photographs. He has published numerous books, catalogs, and portfolios including Altered Landscape (1981), Picture Windows (1987), Arcadia Revisited (1988), A Distanced Land (1990), Waterfall (2000), and Extreme Horticulture (2003).
He received an honorary doctorate from Niagra University in 1991 and has been on the board of trustees at the George Eastman House since 1998.
Pierre-Yves Mahé directs the Maison Nicéphore Niépce project from its beginning in July 1999. Commercial photographer and holder of an executive MBA diploma from HEC, he has also created the school of photography SPEOS in 1985. He is the inventor of the Stop-System photographic method and the co-writer with Richard Zakia and Gordon Brown of the book entitled "Beginning Photography using the Stop-System", published by France Delory editions in 1999.
Steve Dietz is the Artistic Director of the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, CA, the largest festival of art at the intersection of technology in North America, and Executive Director of Northern Lights, a Twin Cities-based arts agency for art in the public sphere. He is the founding Director and Curator of New Media at the Walker Art Center and formerly responsible for book publishing at Aperture Foundation.
Karen Finley is a New York-based artist whose raw and transgressive performances have long provoked controversy and debate. She has appeared and exhibited her visual art, performances and plays internationally. Her performances have been presented at Lincoln Center, New York City, The Guthrie, Minneapolis, American Repertory Theatre, The ICA in London, Harvard, The Steppenwolf in Chicago, and The Bobino in Paris. Her artworks are in numerous collections and museums including the Pompidou in Paris and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Finley attended the San Francisco Art Institute receiving an MFA and honorary PhD. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim, two Obies, two Bessies, MS. Magazine Woman Of The Year, NARAL Person of the Year, NYSCA and NEA Fellowships. Ms. Finley lectures internationally and is interested in freedom of expression issues and the availability and access of culture in relationship to gender, race, class and identity. She is currently an Arts Professor in Art and Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and advisor to artists and arts organizations whose career includes exhibiting, collecting and licensing photography. Her publications, articles, and blog are invaluable resources for photographers that can be found at www.mvswanson.com. She teaches an advanced marketing workshop in Tucson each year (acceptance by portfolio only).
The Griffin Museum's FOCUS Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to her in 2013 and ASMP presented her with the Susan Carr Educator Prize in 2014. Ms. Swanson is SPE's 2015 Honored Educator as well as the recipient of its 2015 Insight Award.
The 2nd Edition of "Publish Your Photography Book: Revised and Updated," coauthored with Darius Himes, was released in 2014 (Princeton Architectural Press). The website for this title is www.publishyourphotographybook.com. Swanson's upcoming self-published title is "FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE: An Introduction to Marketing your Photographs" which is required reading in many photography programs, offering practical information for artists wishing to bring their work to broader audiences.
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Dennis Keeley has worked as an artist, photographer, teacher and writer for more than 25 years. His work has been exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows, and he is published internationally in books and studies concerning urban circumstance and condition. His photographs in the book Looking for a City in America: Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go (Getty Publications) won numerous awards. In addition to being the current chair of the Photography and Imaging Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he is a former Western Regional co-chair of Society for Photographic Education and sits on the boards of the Los Angeles Music Center and the Angels Gate Cultural Center. In 2005 Keeley spoke at the United Nations NGO Conference about utilizing photography as a tool in peace building and nonviolent conflict resolution. This year, Keeley was the recipient of a research grant from the Annenberg Foundation.
Brenton Hamilton is an educator at Maine Media Workshops and Maine Media College in Rockport, Maine. His specialities include traditional darkroom craft, the history of photography and alternative processes. www.brentonhamiltonstudio.net
"Video Boot Camp"
Richard Newman has been in three areas of media production for the last three decades: music, still photography and videography. He started with a career in the music industry and was part of the Emmy-award sound team for work on Hill Street Blues. Richard is currently the director of education for Calumet Photographic. He has co-chaired the "Silver Conference on Black-and-White Photography" and sits on several photographic advisory boards. He is a published author of three photography books and international speaker on photography. His current video projects include Eddie Soloway: Big Sur (2010), Eric Skye: 3 Days on the Sonoma Coast (2011), Santa Cruz Guitar Company's 35th Anniversary Concert and Bobbi Lane's Posing and Directing (2012).
Gene Nocon, FRPS (Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society), helped found the Distinction Panel for Photographic Printers. Ilford Printer of the Year, inventor of the NOCON Photographic Printer,
author of Photographic Printing, television presenter for NOCON on Photography, inventor of the "f/stop method of printing" and "lith printing." Major exhibitions include Personal Points of View and The Photographic Print.
Joining Adobe in 1992, Julieanne Kost has learned her craft through hands-on experience and now serves as the senior digital imaging evangelist. Spanning digital imaging and illustration, her role includes customer education, product development, and market research. She is a frequent contributor to several publications, a speaker at numerous design conferences and tradeshows, and a teacher at distinguished photography workshops and fine art schools around the world. Herself a passionate photographer, she combines her background in psychology in creating artwork, seen in several showings and published in several magazines. She is also the author behind the Comprehensive Photoshop CS3 training DVDs published by Software Cinema and author of Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking published by O'Reilly.