Richard McCabe

Curator of Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans

Richard McCabe received an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University in 1998. Also in 1998, he received a Fellowship to New York University to attend the American Photography Institute, National Graduate Seminar. From 1998 – 2005 he lived in New York City where he worked for numerous art galleries and museums including – The International Center for Photography, Robert Miller Gallery and the El Museo del Barrio. He was also an adjunct Photography Professor at Pratt Institute, New York City, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut, and Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey.

In 2005, He relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana and has worked within the curatorial department of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for the past twelve years. In 2010, he became the Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum. He has curated over 25 exhibitions in the past seven years including – Eudora Welty: Photographs from the 1930s and 40s, The Mythology of Florida, Mark Steinmetz: South, Self-Processing: Instant Photography, The Rising, and Seeing Beyond the Ordinary.

In the fall of 2017, Aint – Bad magazine will publish LAND STAR  a monograph of Richard McCabe’s photography. Mr. McCabe is interested in reviewing work that relates to the American South.

Mr. McCabe is interested in reviewing photographs that relate to the American South.

Aline Smithson

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, Los Angeles

Aline Smithson is a photographic artist, educator and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography that has provided exposure to thousands of photographers. She also curates and jurors exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and magazines. In addition, she is a reviewer and workshop instructor at many photo festivals across the United States. She has the unique understanding of the fine art market from her experience on both sides of the reviewing table.

In 2012, Aline was recognized with the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community.  In 2014, Aline received the Excellence in Teaching Award by CENTER and her work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 Portfolios, Review Santa Fe and the PDN Photo Annual. She is represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world.

Aline is interested in meeting photographers both emerging and established, and is open to all genres of photography. She hopes to see work that is cohesive, created with intention, and deeply considered.  She can offer critical feedback on projects in progress and suggest arenas for completed series, also offering help with the articulation of the work. She is looking for series to feature on Lenscratch and to consider for future curatorial projects.

Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching

Founders of Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn

The Klompching Gallery was established in Dumbo, Brooklyn in September 2007. Owned and operated by Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching, the gallery quickly established itself as a gallery with an extraordinary roster of artists from which to purchase some of the best examples of contemporary photography—with exhibition reviews in publications such as The New YorkerArt ReviewModern PaintersNew York magazine and the Wall Street Journal, as well as numerous notable cultural websites.

Since its inception, the gallery has earned a solid reputation for providing informed guidance on the acquisition of contemporary fine art photography. 

Klompching Gallery became a member of AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) in 2012, resigning the membership in 2017. 

Gordon Stettinius

Owner/Director of Candela Books, Candela Gallery, Richmand, VA

Gordon Stettinius founded Candela Books in 2010 to publish a monograph by New York photographer, Gita Lenz, and has since followed that title by publishing monographs and anthology works featuring primarily contemporary artists.  Candela’s seventh book, released fall of 2017, is 100 Views of the Drowning World, by Kahn & Selesnick. 

In 2011, Stettinius founded Candela Gallery in the Downtown Arts District in Richmond, Virginia.  The gallery’s primary emphasis is to feature contemporary work that explores the boundaries of process and convention, elevating the discussion about photography as a fine art medium for our community.  Featured artists, in books and in exhibitions, include Linda Connor, Gita Lenz, Chris McCaw, Sheila Pree Bright, Cristina de Middel, Susan Worsham, Shelby Lee Adams, Andreas Rentsch, Louviere & Vanessa and many others.

Stettinius’ diverse background as a photographer, educator, editor, and publisher allows him an interest in a wide range of work but he would much prefer to see developed projects which would be ready, or near ready, for exhibition and/or to be published.  Strictly commercial work is not really of interest.  Lower interest subjects might be nudes, traditional landscape, but then there are always exceptions to be made for great work

Alexa Dilworth

Publishing Director and Senior Editor, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham


Alexa Dilworth is publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, where she also directs the awards program, which includes the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing and Photography, and the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize. In 1995 she was hired by CDS to work on the editorial staff for DoubleTake magazine. She was also hired as editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the publishing efforts for every CDS book, including the recent and forthcoming publications Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, Second Edition, edited by John Biewen and Alexa Dilworth; Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship by Lisa Yarger; Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and LudmilaPhotographs by Nadia Sablin; Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene: Photographs by Gerard H. GaskinOne Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia; Iraq | Perspectives: Photographs by Benjamin Lowy; and American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow. Dilworth has a B.A. and an M.A., both in English, from the University of Florida, and an M.F.A. in creative writing (poetry) from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Mary Virginia Swanson

Author and Educator, Tucson AZ, NYC

Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and advisor who helps artists find the strength in their work identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner.  During her career she has worked in the fine art, documentary, photojournalism and licensing arenas.

Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014). Swanson is known for staying current in today’s diverse marketplace for photographs. Her current book project is Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs (2017), a major update to her earlier Business of Photography: Principles and Practices (2011.

Swanson 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. 

Maggie Triplette

Maggie Triplette is a collector and patron of the arts. She endowed the photography program for University of North Carolina Greensboro and throught that program, has brought in world renowned artists such as Keith Carter and Emmet Gowen for lectures to serve both students and the entire community. Triplette serves on the acquisitions committee for the Weatherspoon Museum at UNCG.

Blue Mitchell

Publisher One Twelve Publishing / Diffusion Magazine, Portland, OR

Blue Mitchell is an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer. Based in Portland, Oregon, he has been involved with many facets of the photographic arts. After Mitchell received his BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft in 2005 he founded One Twelve Publishing. One Twelve focuses on photography based projects in both print and online gallery formats. In 2009, One Twelve Publishing launched their photographic print annual Diffusion, an independent, contributor and reader-supported annual that highlights and celebrates artfully-crafted avant-garde photography. Diffusion strives to spotlight artists pushing the boundaries of traditional photographic processes as well as introducing new and innovative voices. Described as ‘a wonderful bundle of inspiration,’ Diffusion is supported by an audience of photographers, gallery directors, collectors, educators and art enthusiasts worldwide. One Twelve published their first monograph book Contact by large format photographer Jake Shivery in 2015. One Twelve also runs the online photographic gallery called Plates to Pixels (est. 2007) which focuses on bridging the gap between antiquated and contemporary photographic processes. Aside from his publishing endeavors, Mitchell has also curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries and organizations. He has been a juror for Critical Mass and a reviewer for several photo festivals across the United States. Mitchell teaches workshops as well as presents lectures and panels discussions on hand-crafted photography. Most recently, he was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Northwest Symposium for Alternative Process Photography in Vancouver, BC. Mitchell is interested in reviewing work for his numerous projects focused on artfully crafted photography including mixed media, alternative process, photo as object, and avant-garde fine art concept work in both analog and digital formats. Opportunities include Diffusion annual print publication, Diffusion annual exhibits, Plates to Pixels online gallery and future artist book projects. Mitchell is generally not interested in looking at documentary, editorial or commercial work.

Kat Kiernan

Editor-in-Chief, Don’t Take Pictures, Brooklyn, NY

Director, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA

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.

Kat 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. 

Marshall N. Price, Ph.D.

Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum at Duke University

Durham, NC

Marshall is the Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum at Duke University. He came to the museum from New York, where he had been curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Academy Museum for the previous 11 years.

Tracy Xavia Karner

Editorial Board, Visual Studies Journal
Exhibition Committee, Houston Center for Photography
Visual Sociologist, University of Houston

Tracy Xavia Karner, PhD, is an author, curator, photography enthusiast and visual sociologist. She has a background in photography, painting, and textile arts as well as graduate degrees in sociology. Xavia has authored numerous articles and essays exploring visual and cultural perspectives with regard to photography and art aesthetics in both popular and academic venues. Additionally, Xavia has completed a multiple year research project on the fine art photography review process and has presented her findings in international forums.

As an Editorial Board member of the academic journal Visual Studies, Xavia can propose portfolio essays that showcase the insights--both technical and sociological--of fine art photographers that can inspire and instruct visual scholars.  Visual Studies is published four times a year.  In this capacity, Xavia will be looking for innovative work that enhances our understanding of our social context or human condition.

Over the past years, Xavia has helped a number of artists have their work acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, many of whom she has discovered at previous review sessions.  Furthermore, Xavia is on the Advisory Committee for Houston Center for Photography and sits on the Exhibition Committee which oversees numerous exhibitions per year.

As an essayist and independent curator, Xavia focuses solely on innovative, contemporary approaches to photography. Additionally, she has published numerous articles and essays on art, photography and culture , including the text for photographer Shelley Calton's Hard Knocks (Kehrer Verlag, 2009), Oyvind Hjelmen's Elsewhere (Kehrer Verlag, 2011), Harvey Stein's  Briefly Seen: New York Street Life, (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2015) and Martha Corn's The Ground on Which I Stand: Photographs of Tamina (Texas: A & M Press, 2017).

Xavia is on the Sociology faculty of the University of Houston where she teaches Visual Sociology.  She teaches students to use their cameras to explore the social world and create multimedia presentations of their explorations.  Xavia is most interested in reviewing innovative approaches to photography that push the limits of visuality, though all types of work are welcome. In addition to offering criticism and critique of portfolios, Xavia can offer insight into editorial outlets, new media possibilities, and further academic studies.

Lauren Turner

Assistant Curator for the Collection

Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

"I invested a lot of effort and annoyed a lot of people so that I could bring into our permanent collection an example of an autochrome (one of the first formats of color photography). The trick is, autochromes are notoriously difficult to display safely and impressively, so it was a real thrill for me when our preparators, Nathan and Joel, successfully constructed an apparatus to do so for including it in PhotoVision: Selections from a Decade of Collecting." Lauren's role involves researching, growing, and exhibiting the almost 18,000 objects in the collection.