Jurors for New York Photo Festival Invitational

NYPH’12 is pleased to announce the jurors for the inaugural New York Photo Festival Invitational:

Deb Archambault
Michelle Chant
Craig Cohen
Sean Corcoran
Yolanda Cuomo
Dana Faconti
Claude Grunitzky (NYPH’12 Curator)
Peter Hay Halpert
Whitney Johnson
Adriana Teresa Letorney
Kristen Lubben
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid (NYPH’12 Curator)
Mark Murrmann
Daniel Power
Glenn Ruga (NYPH’12 Curator)
Michael Shulman
Lauren Steel
Amy Smith-Stewart (NYPH’12 Curator)
Corinne Tapia
Catherine Wyatt

There is no limit on the number of submissions across any category: fine art, documentary, advertising, photo books, and multimedia. Winning work will be chosen by the jurors and NYPH curators. Submission in multiple categories increases chances for exposure and recognition; entrants are encouraged to submit early to benefit from chronological placement in juror review tables, and to take advantage of a special bonus opportunity to be announced shortly.


Deb Archambault has worked at BBH, Publicis and Deutsch, and has produced award-winning campaigns for clients including British Airways, Sprite, LG, Vaseline, Axe, UBS, Citibank, Tommy Hilfiger and Revlon. Daily responsibilities include photography production, illustration negotiations, mood board creation, and visual inspiration aggregating for the creative department. During the past ten years, she has worked with photographers ranging from world-renowned to up-and-coming, and actively seeks to ground-break new talent.

Michelle Chant has been an Art Producer for the past seventeen years, over eight of those at Wieden + Kennedy’s New York office. Recent productions include the current campaign for Delta Airlines, featuring black and white photography. Michelle has worked at several other advertising agencies including 180 in Amsterdam, Fallon NY, Deutsch, J. Walter Thompson and Kirshenbaum & Bond.

Craig Cohen is the Executive Publisher at powerHouse Books, and has been with the firm since 1996. He created and manages the company’s POWERHOUSE CUSTOM PUBLISHING program (yes, PCP), and has been responsible for signing, designing, manufacturing, and selling over $4MM in artist’s books and pop culture visual tomes in his two years as Publisher. His newest signing—the largest in the history of pH—is a house-hold creative name whose book will be released in 2013.

Sean Corcoran is the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, where he has been since 2006. He previously served as Assistant Curator of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, and as adjunct faculty of Ryerson University’s Masters Program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management in Toronto. Over the years, he has organized a wide range of photographic and media exhibitions, including: Occupy Wall Street: A Photographic Document; and the exhibitions currently on display, Police Work: Photographs by Leonard Freed, 1972-1979, and Stories the City Tells Itself: The Video and Photography of Neil Goldberg.

Yolanda Cuomo, Principal of Yolanda Cuomo Design, is an experienced Art Director and avid educator. Her work has been honored with several important industry awards – her firm’s direction of Aperture was a recipient of the prestigious 2004 National Magazine Award in the category of General Excellence from The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). Top honors were also received in 1990 and in 2004 from the International Center of Photography’s annual Infinity Awards. Currently, Cuomo teaches within the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has also taught or guest lectured at ICP, LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Parsons School of Design, The University of Delaware, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The Magazine Publishers of America Folio Show.

Dana Faconti is the Editor and Publisher of Blind Spot magazine as well as the Executive Director of Photo-Based Art, the non-profit publisher of the journal. A native of New York and a graduate of Parsons School of Design, she has worked with Blind Spot since 1999. She has presided over the design, production, and publication of several books, including Chronologies and On The Beach by Richard Misrach, Aaron Siskind 100, The Hudson Valley by Stephen Shore, and Yours in Food by John Baldessari. She has worked at the Aperture Foundation and with the Time Life Picture Collection, and has taught photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Claude Grunitzky (NYPH’12 Curator) is the founder of TRACE Magazine, and co-founder/chairman of TRUE, a New York- and Paris-based think tank and transcultural marketing agency in association with TBWA Worldwide. Grunitzky has created media projects all over the world, and has written for leading newspapers The Guardian, Libération, NRC Handelsblad, and Globo, as well as co-producing a documentary for the BBC. An MIT Sloan Fellow and a French American Foundation Young Leader, Grunitzky sits on the board of Humanity in Action, a foundation that works internationally to build global leadership, defend democracy, protect minorities and improve human rights. The recipient of many distinctions, he was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2007.

Peter Hay Halpert is a collector, private art dealer and curator specializing in contemporary young and emerging photographers. He represents and exhibits artists from the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Holland, Argentina, and Japan. Work from his stable of artists can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, ICP, the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Getty, Boston’s MFA, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, SFMOMA, the Tate, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. He has written more than 600 articles as Contributing Editor of American Photo and The Artnewsletter, and writes for publications such as Aperture, Art & Auction, Artnews, Art Press International, and La Lettre De La Photographie. He is the author of the book Motion Picture, on Hiroshi Sugimoto, and has contributed an essay to the retrospective catalogue of Sugimoto’s work. He will publish this year Identities Now: Contemporary Portrait Photography. A former professor at SVA & ICP, he has lectured at universities and museums around the world, including the Whitney, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Royal College of Art in London.

Whitney Johnson is the Director of Photography at the New Yorker, where she oversees the photographic vision for the magazine, the New Yorker iPad edition, and newyorker.com, which have included award-winning portfolios on the United States military and world leaders. She contributes regularly to the magazine’s photography blog, Photo Booth, and is an adjunct professor at New York University. Previously, Johnson worked at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), where she coordinated an international grant competition for documentary photographers and the Moving Walls exhibition.

Adriana Teresa Letorney is co-founder of FotoVisura (2009) and Visura Media (2010), which produces Visura Magazine (where she is Editor and Publisher), and the end-user photo enthusiast site FotoVisura.com (creative director). In 2011, she began the FotoVisura Residency for War Photographers and Photojournalists in Vermont. This year sees the debut of The FotoVisura Grant, which will be the subject of a staged presentation at the New York Photo Festival. Adriana Teresa is a contributing writer to The New York Times Lens blog, La Lettre de la Photographie, and the Huffington Post’s Latino Voices section. In January 2011, she co-founded The Envision Foundation for Photography and Digital Media, an international non-profit organization that empowers young people to become involved in, and contribute to, their communities and the world through photography and digital media.

Kristen Lubben is Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography. A member of the curatorial staff since 1998, she has curated numerous exhibitions focusing on documentary practice and social uses of photography, including Susan Meiselas: In History; Magnum Contacts; Gerda Taro; Francesc Torres: Dark Is the Room Where We Sleep; Amelia Earhart: Image and Icon; El Salvador: Work of Thirty Photographers; and co-curated Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video with Vince Aletti, Carol Squiers, and Christopher Phillips. Ms. Lubben is the author and editor of several publications, including the recent Magnum Contacts (Thames & Hudson) and the catalogue for the exhibition In History, which received the Kraszna Krausz Either/Or Award (UK) for best photography book of 2009 and best historical photography book from Les Rencontres d’Arles. Ms. Lubben received her BA in art history and women’s studies at the University of California, Irvine and graduate degree at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid (NYPH’12 Curator) is a composer, multimedia artist and writer. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum, and Wired, amongst other publications. Miller’s work as a media artist has appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture (2000); the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. In 2011, Miller released a graphic design project exploring the impact of climate change on Antarctica through the prism of digital media and contemporary music compositions, or, “acoustic portraits,” of Antarctica entitled The Book Of Ice, included in the 2011 Gwangju Biennial by Korean architect Seung H-Sang and Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Miller is currently a Contributing Editor to C-Theory and the Arts Editor of Origin Magazine, which focuses on the intersection of art, yoga and new ideas.

Mark Murrmann is the Photo Editor at Mother Jones magazine, and has a background as a working photojournalist, having covered Congress, worked on documentary projects, and extensively photographing the world of punk rock. In addition to his work at Mother Jones, Mark is a regular contributor to the San Francisco-based collective Hamburger Eyes, a contract photographer with ZUMA Press, and holds degrees from Indiana University and UC Berkeley Grad School of Journalism.

Daniel Power (NYPH’12 Director) is a Founder of the New York Photo Festival, established in 2008, and is the CEO of powerHouse Cultural Entertainment, Inc., a fancy name for…book publishing (est. 1995) and related initiatives, including The POWERHOUSE Arena (2006), and powerHouse Packaging & Supply (formally Quirk, 2011). This year powerHouse Digital will debut, and a new top-shelf amenities installation in the Arena will take place.

Glenn Ruga (NYPH’12 Curator) is the Executive Director at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, and founder of SocialDocumentary.net, a website for documentary photographers to create online galleries of their work. Ruga received a BA from the University of Massachusetts in Social Thought and Political Economy and an MFA from Syracuse University in Graphic and Advertising Design. In 1984, he started Visual Communications, a graphic design firm working primarily with non-profit organizations. From 1993-2009, Ruga was the volunteer Executive Director of the Center for Balkan Development. He has produced four traveling documentary photography exhibits, two of which were based on his work in the former Yugoslavia.

Michael Shulman has been Director of Publishing at Magnum Photos since 2002. He has worked as a consultant on many diverse book, CD, and film projects, including Bob Dylan’s Together Through Life CD and video, the new New York in Color book published by Abrams, “Freedom Riders” for WGBH, and “The Architect & the Painter: the Creative Lives of Charles & Ray Eames” for PBS.

Lauren Steel is the Manager of Photography for Reportage by Getty Images, and is responsible for a group of renowned photographers who have won numerous awards and recognitions, including World Press Photo, POYi and OPC. Recently she edited Mario Tama’s book Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent. She started at Getty Images in 2003 as an entertainment assignment editor for the news wire, assigning the daily coverage of entertainment events for the east coast. She has also been a part of the Eddie Adams Workshop faculty for the last 8 years. Steel graduated from Boston University with a bachelor of science in photojournalism and immediately went to work at LIFE magazine as the photo and art assistant, working on various special projects over the years, including the NYT Best Seller One Nation. Lauren also worked for Rolling Stone and ImageDirect.

Amy Smith-Stewart (NYPH’12 Curator) has organized more than fifty exhibitions in museums and galleries. She was Curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/The Museum of Modern Art, New York from January 2002 through December 2005, where she mounted solo exhibitions including Adrian Paci, Ernesto Caivano, Katharina Sieverding, Aleksandra Mir, Mika Rottenberg, Phoebe Washburn, and Christian Holstad, among others. She was also one of six curators of Greater New York 2005. In 2006, Smith-Stewart was a Curatorial Advisor for the Mary Boone Gallery, where she organized three group exhibitions and a solo exhibition of Aleksandra Mir. From 2006-2008, Smith-Stewart was a Guest Curator for the Peter Norton Collection. Presently, she is on faculty at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Fine Arts Department, and the Sotheby’s Institute, New York, MA Contemporary Art program.

Corinne Tapia is the Director at Sous Les Etoiles in New York and has been involved in the photography world as a collector and consultant for the last 20 years. Tapia also collaborates in portfolio reviews with Photolucida (Portland), ICP (New York), and Les Rencontres d’Arles (France). She has initiated artist exchange programs with international photo galleries, and recently shifted focus to contemporary Japanese photography with several thematic exhibitions of Japanese photographers in partnership with Gallery 21 in Tokyo. A member of the TOKYO-GA commissioner’s board in Japan, Ms. Tapia spearheads the selection committee and programming schedule for the 2013 Tokyo Museum of Photography exhibition’s U.S. delegation.

Catherine Wyatt is the Associate Director of ClampArt, a Chelsea gallery specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. Wyatt joined the staff in 2007. Prior to that she worked as a gallery assistant for Jenkins Johnson Gallery, and her first position in New York City was with Laumont, one of the country’s top photographic labs. Additionally, Ms. Wyatt is part of Spring Fever Arts, a curatorial team concentrating on the production of exhibitions in alternative spaces for up-and-coming artists.