We are very excited to announce the rebirth of Exposure, our peer-reviewed journal.
For over 50 years, Exposure has been devoted to the analysis and understanding of photography through scholarly insight, historical perspectives, critical dialogue, educational issues, and reviews of contemporary photographic publications.
We would like to introduce you to some of the people involved in our upcoming issue that will be published to accompany Homecoming, our 2023 annual conference, in Denver, Colorado.
meet our 2023 editors
Hannah Frieser is a curator, writer, and arts administrator with extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary art practices. Frieser has established herself with a passion for the arts, a collaborative spirit, and an unwavering commitment to diversity and equity. She has curated and organized exhibitions with leading contemporary photographers such as Don Gregorio Antón, Alexander Gronsky, Meryl Meisler, Pipo Nguyenduy, Angelika Rinnhofer, Kanako Sasaki, and Shen Wei, as well as expanded projects with Barry Anderson, Adam Magyar, and Suzanne Opton. She is a frequent lecturer on photography and contemporary photographic practices, whose essays have been featured in publications such as Contact Sheet, exposure, Nueva Luz, and various monographs.
Frieser is the Director of Grants and Programs at CNY Arts, a regional arts council that serves six counties in Central New York with a total population of over 1 million people. Prior to her appointment at CNY Arts, Frieser served in senior administrative positions, including Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock and Director of Light Work. She began her career in the arts working for the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) in a variety of positions, including serving on SPE's national board of directors.
Frieser co-chaired the 2010 SPE National Conference, "Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts," with Miriam Romais, and was the chair of the Northeast and MidAtlantic SPE Regional Conference, "Photographers + Publishing" in 2011.
Charles Guice is an art advisor, curator, mentor, and writer. An accomplished arts professional with extensive experience, and conversant in the diverse role of photography, he has been instrumental in advancing the careers of numerous leading contemporary visual artists, such as Max de Esteban, Erika Diettes, Priya Kambli, Kambui Olujimi, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems. As a gallerist, Guice placed works in prominent private and public collections throughout the United States and abroad, including The Brooklyn Museum; The J. Paul Getty Museum; The High Museum of Art; The International Center of Photography; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; and The William College Museum of Art.
He is the co-founder of Converging Perspectives, an online initiative promoting timely, critical, and in-depth discussion of contemporary photography from an international perspective. A platform for disseminating ideas and advocating critical engagement, the initiative offers an alternative frame of reference, absent the presumption of the primacy of Western culture. Guice has written articles and essays for publications such as B&W, Contact Sheet, and Nueva Luz, among a number of others. In addition, he maintained Art Participant, an independent blog about photography, culture, and art in general.
Drawing from a broad knowledge of modern and contemporary art practices, Guice is currently serving on the Board of Directors for 10X10 Photobooks, has served on the Boards of Trustees for The California College of the Arts (CCA) and The Museum of The African Diaspora (MoAD), and was a founding member of the nominating committee for the Aperture West Book Prize. A former healthcare executive, he has also curated exhibitions varying in scope, and was a principal, managing director, and co-curator for Photo Miami.
The first Black member of The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), joining and exhibiting over a decade ago, Guice has been an invited juror for CENTER, The Center for Fine Art Photography, and PDN, as well as a frequent portfolio reviewer at ASMP, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Click! Portfolio Reviews, En Foco, FotoFest, Medium Review, The New York Times Portfolio Reviews, Photolucida, photoNOLA, and Review Santa Fe. Last year, Guice served on the planning committee for The Center for Photography at Woodstock's virtual symposium, Race, Activism and Photography, for which he developed the core programming. Named as one of Feature Shoot's "101 Photo Industry Professionals You Should Follow on Twitter" in 2014, he is currently writing a contribution for the forthcoming publication, The Routledge Companion to Photography, Representation and Social Justice, to be published in September 2022.
meet our 2023 designer
Ashlae Shepler is a creative artist in Denver, Colorado who works as a freelance photographer and designer for a range of clients in small business, higher education and fine arts. Since moving to Denver, she has also offered creative photography workshops with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center and the Art Students League of Denver and enjoys volunteering and collaborating with zine-makers in the area.
In her studio, she experiments with alternative photographic processes and handmade cameras, seeking poetic landscapes throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Recent works include a collaboration with artist Leah M. Gose using multi-lens cameras to explore scenes found along American road trips.
Ashlae earned a BFA from Miami University of Ohio and an MFA from Texas Woman's University. She attended her first SPE national conference in 2003, then started working at the SPE's national office in 2005 and continued to support registration for national conferences until 2012. She served the South Central Region as Treasurer during 2012–14. When not in her studio or out hiking mountain trails, you can find Ashlae in the swimming pool or cuddling with her cat and a good book.
Content for the new edition will be partially tied to the peer review process of conference proposal submissions. Our esteemed guest editors will work with the Peer Review Committee of the SPE Annual Conference to select projects for publication and will curate additional content as well. Conference attendees will have the option to order a print copy of Exposure during the conference registration process. Copies will be distributed at the 2023 Conference in Denver.
Exposure is now out on Medium! Check out the debut efforts of the newest incarnation of our journal. Interviews, essays, portfolios, teaching highlights, and reviews, accessible to anyone with the ability to scroll or swipe:
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