Mauro Altamura has been a visual artist for over 35 years, since graduating from Ramapo College in 1976. He began exhibiting at that time and has done so consistently in all successive years. He received an MFA from VSW in 1981. He’s taught at various universities and institutions in the NY/NJ region and internationally. He completed his second MFA in 2009 at Rutgers University, Newark, in the Creative Writing Program. Since 1991 he has been teaching at New Jersey City University, where he currently is an Associate Professor of Art and Creative Writing.
He has received three fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, one from the New York State Council on the Arts, and one from the National Endowment for the Arts, all in photography. He’s been an artist in residence in programs funded by both the NJSCA and NYSCA.
His has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented by Laurence Miller Gallery in New York City.
Patti Ambrogi is an Associate Professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at RIT. She holds an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. This fall, the series, The Geography of Desire and Women in History was shown at The Honored Educator Exhibit at Gallery R in Rochester, NY. Recent exhibits include: Everything in Time: Maximalist Works by Media Artists, at the Visual Studies Workshop and at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, and in Syntax, The Boston CyberArtsFestival, at the Photographic Resource Center, in Boston NY.
Patti Ambrogi has lectured about moving media and the still photographer at conferences, including the Society of Photographic Education and at Visual Communications, and the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities. She is the founder of the Media Café at RIT, a curriculum that promotes the production of temporal work crossing disciplines and media. She is also the recipient of RIT’s Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Contribution for Teaching and the Honored Educator Award at the 2012 Regional Society for Photographic Education.
She studied photography at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, N.Y. (1976-1977). Recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship to pursue her photographic project on Mexico City (1994). In 1994 she became a Fellow of Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte, FONCA, Mexico City. She has published three books of her b&w photographs: Los Velos Transparentes, las Transparencias Veladas (1988), Mexican Passion/Pasión Mexicana (2002) and Melodrama barroco (2007), as well as the following books of her color work: Fragmentos, Visiones paralelas and El color del cristal (2008); has also published independently the books ese extraño mundo de las imágenes (2009), Paris, notas de viaje (2010), Diario de Varanasi y Calcuta (2011), Una Mexicana en Paris (2012). Her photographs are in the collections of Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico City), California Museum of Photography (Riverside, CA), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), Southeast Museum of Photography (Daytona Beach, FLA), Southwestern and Mexican Photography (Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos TX), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA) and Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan, among others. yolandaandrade.viewbook.com
Justyna Badach was born in Leningrad and lived in Warsaw before immigrating to the United States. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including, AIPAD New York, The Griffin Museum in Winchester, Emory University in Atlanta, Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Photo Center North West in Seattle, Gallery 339 in Philadelphia, The Australian Center for Photography in Sydney and Art Wonderland Space in Copenhagen, among others. A travelling solo exhibition of the series Bachelor Portraits will be seen at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Moraine Valley College, Chicago and Cotemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas in 2012 -2013. Badach’s images are in the permanent collections of Museet for Fotokunst Brandts, Odense, Denmark, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Cranbrook Museum of Art, MI., and US Embassy Ghana. She has been awarded an artist residency from Light Work, and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation, Griffin Museum, and The Independence Foundation. Badach’s work was the focus of a full-length article by Art Historian Pamela Warner in the August 2011 issue of F-Stop Magazine and featured in Dummy Magazine (Germany) The Photo Review Magazine, PROFIFOTO magazine Germany and several exhibition catalogs including Fotografia Festival di Roma (2006) Different Realities, Germany (2005) and a Photography: Contemporary Prospects (1995).
Eric Baden teaches photography and chairs the art department at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies including a National Endowment for the Arts Survey Grant, a North Carolina Artist in Residence, and a Light Work Artist in Residence. His photographs are represented in public and private collections including the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the International Museum of Photography/George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and the Westlicht Museum for Photography in Vienna, Austria.
Tina Barney was born in 1945 in New York. Since 1975, she has been producing large- scale photographs of family and friends. Her meticulous tableaux chronicle the complexity of interpersonal relationships. These lush color prints have been exhibited and collected by major institutions around the world. Among her exhibitions are a mid- career exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1991 and the Whitney Biennial, 1987. More recently, her work has been shown at the New York State Theatre in New York, in 2011; The Barbican Art Centre, London; Museum Folkwang in Essen, Museum der Art Moderne, Salzburg, and others. In October, her work will be included in a major portraiture exhibition at The National Gallery, London. Barney was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1991, and the 2010 Lucie Award for Achievement in Portraiture. Her monographs include Tina Barney: Theatre of Manners, The Europeans, and her new book from Steidl, Players. She lives in New York and Rhode Island.
Paul Baron received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. His works are in the permanent collections of the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, La Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, The George Eastman House and the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, the Bank of America Photography Collection (formally the LaSalle Bank Photography Collection), Chicago, IL, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, and the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA. His pictures come from things we pass by every day but go unseen. He finds them by the highway – signs, buildings, vegetation, and even the road itself. He celebrates these overlooked spaces and makes them his own by a method of precision-seeing that transforms the familiar into a quiet, concentrated space of balance and order. He currently lives and photographs in Massachusetts.
Paul Berger has been at the University of Washington’s School of Art for 24 years, teaching in the Photography program which he co-founded in 1978. He has been working in the photographic medium since 1965, and in digital electronic media since 1981.. Although trained in a classical photographic tradition, he has been primarily involved in digital manipulation of electronic images for the past seventeen years, and initiated a sequence of digital imaging classes within the photography curriculum beginning in 1985. He has had a book version of his series Seattle Subtext published in 1984, and a catalog to the Seattle Art Museum exhibition "The Machine in the Window" published in 1990. He has received two NEA grants, in 1979 and 1986, and has exhibited his photographic and digital artworks widely, both nationally and in Europe (Cologne 1996,; New York 1999; Copenhagen 2001). He had a retrospective exhibition in 2003, “Paul Berger: 1973-2003” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.
Lynn Bianchi has shown work internationally in over thirty solo exhibitions and in museums worldwide, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan; the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland; Musée Ken Damy, Brescia, Italy; 21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada. Her photographisc art has been featured in over forty publications, including the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture in the U.S., Vogue Italia and Zoom in Italy, Phot’Art International in France, and GEO in Germany. Bianchi’s work resides in numerous private collections world-wide as well as in museum collections including The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Biblioteque Nationale de France, Paris. Lynn Bianchi is represented by Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, CO. In 2012, her work was exhibited in the Armory Show at Salomon Arts Gallery and in a two-person show at One Art Space, both in New York City. Soon, her Heavy in White work will be featured in an upcoming book and exhibition entitled "Sometimes Beautiful" curated by Michael J. Beam. She is also being featured in the revolutionary Art Photo Index, an online platform for artists.
Robert Bianchi’s images are both meditative and poignant. Along with printing his portfolio, Zoom magazine recently wrote, “He identifies with those explorers whose hope springs eternal of discovering something new about the uncharted territory within…he sees a place where extremes reach back around and touch hands”. Bianchi’s work has been published in esteemed journals such as 21St The Journal of Contemporary Photography , Photographie Magazine, Art News, and The New York Times. The Museum of the City of New York purchased twenty-eight images of his West Side Highway series, and his work is also part of the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, the Chrysler Museum, The Museum of Fine arts in Houston and the Museum de l’Eysee, Lausanne Switzerland. Robert Bianchi was the first artist working in photography to be given a one-person exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, highly acclaimed in the New York Times.
Since 1973 Gay Block has interviewed and photographed people in order to uncover the values possible in human behavior. “I needed to know others to figure out who I could become.” Books include Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust and Bertha Alyce: Mother exPosed and a monograph, About Love: Gay Block:Photographs and Films 1973-2011.
Karen Bucher's photographic work has been exhibited nationally and is in numerous collections. In 2004 VSW published her book Sunnydell Farm. She has also published Interior Nature at www.lulu.com and Becoming at blurb.com. Bucher lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
My first course in the field was as a student at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. I went on to major in photography and received my Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts degrees at the Kansas City Art Institute and Indiana University, respectively. My intention was to become a college level instructor. But I found myself following a technical path as a high-end black and white darkroom printer in Chicago and later, overseeing operations from management positions. I am currently an adjunct instructor at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 2006, I had the pleasure of taking a summer workshop at VSW with Nathan Lyons on Series and Sequence. This photograph is from that time. For more information, please go to www.jeffburk-photo.com
Born in Big Sur, CA to artists:
Nancy Chappell - Designer / Painter and Walter Chappell - Photographer. Formative years spent in rural settings in California and New Mexico. Many impressions absorbed from: parents work in studio, time among the vegetable garden, staying with Taos Pueblo friends, among parents dinner parties and social events with myriad of artists, poets, writers, musicians, dancers, film makers and eccentrics. Much time among hot springs, rivers and the sea.
Megan Charland is an artist, blogger, and curator. Megan is a graduate student at Visual Studies Workshop currently working on her thesis project, The Civil Appetites. Megan is also the Web Manager at Visual Studies Workshop. www.megancharland.com
Dennis Church was born in 1949 in North Central Iowa. He has been passionately engaged with photography since the mid 1970’s. His early work was documentary in intent. He conducted documentary projects in Iowa and Wisconsin receiving several public art grants for his projects. Early exhibitions included a one person show at The Madison Art Center, curated by Tom Garver. After operating a couple of successful businesses for many years Dennis has returned to fulltime creative photography with a deep interest in the exploration of color, its aesthetic and cultural uses in the American social landscape. A recent large one person exhibition in Ft Myers, Florida has reaffirmed his interest in exhibiting, publishing, and adding to a large body of work he calls AMERICOLOR. Mr. Church lives in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Kelli Connell’s body of work entitled Double Life has been widely received and included in numerous national solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Microsoft, The Haggerty Museum of Art and The Dallas Museum of Art. Recent publications include MP3: Midwest Photographers’ Publication Project (Aperture and The Museum of Contemporary Photography), Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon) and Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture). Connell’s first full length monograph entitled Kelli Connell: Double Life was released by DECODE Books in August, 2011.
I am an alum of VSW workshops from the mid-1980s.
Francois Deschamps teaches photography and related media at the State University of New York in New Paltz. He is a photographer and book artist whose work involves travel and the relationship between cultures. He has produced artists’ books published by the Visual Studies Workshop, Nexus Press, and the University of Auckland. Photographs and books are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as two individual artist fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2002, he was awarded a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. He was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Mali, Africa, for 2010-11.
Sylvia de Swaan
Sylvia de Swaan is a Romanian born photographer who has lived and worked in Mexico, Europe and the United States. She engages in long term exploratory projects that are informed by themes of transience, loss, individual and collective memory and identity; the state of the world and the neighborhood where she lives.
De Swaan has been awarded grants, residencies and fellowships from Art Matters, The Aaron Siskind Foundation, CEC/ArtsLink Light Work, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art; Austrian Ministry of Culture, Constance Saltonstall Foundation, Anderson Ranch Art Center, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Most recently she won the Art Sensabaugh, Creative Artists Project Grant from the Society for Photographic Education. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally.
Born in the mid-west in the early 1950’s, high school in the mid to late 60’s, some college, then some time in the military, got married, then more college, got divorced, then worked, then some grad school, then married again and a family and more work… all along I made pictures… robertdoylephotography.virb.com
Originally from Philadelphia, PA Carol Drobek studied photography at Moore College of Art obtaining her BFA in 1971. She completed her graduate studies at the Visual Studies Workshop and the following year relocated to San Francisco. In 1976 she was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that enabled her to continue her life long work creating unique photographic art. An extensive body of her work may be seen at printedlighr.net
EAT (aka Dan Varenka and Jazz Robinson)
Jazz Robinson lives in Chicago, Dan Varenka lives in Rochester, NY. One works with food, the other works in the arts. They both enjoy feeding their respective kids. Dan holds an MFA from Visual Studies Workshop. Jazz holds court. They have been publishing EAT together since 2009.
A fine art and commercial photographer, Jill Enfield spent 20 years in photography with a focus on still lives and landscapes but recently turned her attention to portraits. As a protest against the profiling and prejudice that has emerged over the last decade, Enfield has been photographing immigrants with the notion that all people enrich the hosting culture with their own foreign experience. She is working with Mary Panzer, an internationally recognized scholar of photography and its history, on a series of New Immigrants. Mary will interview the subjects of Jill’s photographs for a three month show at Ellis Island in Spring 2013.
Jill has taught handcoloring and non-silver techniques at schools in New York City and throughout the USA and Europe. Her personal work is in collections and has appeared in many magazines throughout the world. Jill’s commercial clients include Fortune Magazine, Kodak, Hasselblad, Nikon, Penguin Putnam, Inc., St. Martin’s Press, LIFE, and many others. Her personal work has appeared in Camera Art’s, Hasselblad’s FORUM Magazine, Nikon World, Camera & Darkroom Techniques, ZOOM and others. Jill’s work was one of 42 images selected from thousands on file with the city through the HERE IS NEW YORK Archive to commemorate the fifth anniversary of 911. Jill has been a “Legend Behind the Lens” for Nikon, a representative for Lowepro and SanDisk and is on the board of Freestyle Photographics. Her book: “Photo Imaging: A Complete Guide to Alternative Processes” won the Golden Light Award for Best Technical Book of 2002.
Jill’s next book: “Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Procesess: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques” is being published by Focal Press and has a June 2013 store date.
Kiera Faber is a visual artist working in the mediums of film, photography, and drawing. She received her MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. Faber's films have been nationally and internationally exhibited, most notably in Greece, Armenia, Brazil, New Zealand, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Nevada, Michigan and New York. Her film and photographic work has been in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography and screened at the George Eastman House Museum of Photography. Faber’s new photographic series, Completely Human, has had solo exhibitions in Texas and Wisconsin and was recently reviewed in Afterimage. Her work has received numerous grants and awards. Currently Faber is working on two films, a hand painted 16 mm film as well as a stop motion animation. Her studio is in St Joseph, MN.
Kurt Edward Fishback
Kurt Edward Fishback, son of photographer Glen Fishback and namesake of photographer Edward Weston, grew up as part of the photographic community in Northern California during the 1940's and 50's. Mentors and friends of the family included Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, and Edward Weston. Despite his immersion in the world of photography, Fishback began his artistic career studying ceramic sculpture at Sacramento City College, the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of California, Davis in the 60's. He first began to experiment with photography in 1962 as a way to document his experiences with other sculptors, but it was not until 1973, when his father invited him to teach at the Glen Fishback School of Photography, that photography became Fishback's primary mode of expression. Kurt continues to teach photography when he is not too busy maintaining his own artistic career. “Art in Residence: West Coast Artists In Their Space” was Kurt’s first book published in 2000. It features portraits of seventy-four influential West Coast artists, including Ansel Adams, Nathan Oliveira, Jock Sturges, Robert Arneson, Judy Chicago, and more. Fishback's style is influenced by his past work as a sculptor; the teaching of his father, photographer Glen Fishback; his close personal relationship with Edward Weston and all of the artists he has photographed. Kurt is currently represented by the Camera Obscura Gallery in Denver, Colorado, and the Appel Gallery in Sacramento, California, where he currently resides with his wife, Cassie.
Deborah Flynn grew up in the New York City area. She studied fine arts and photography at Alfred University, College of Art and Design, Alfred, New York (BFA 1972). In 1973 she moved to Rochester, New York to attend Visual Studies Workshop (MFA 1977). Mentors Joan and Nathan Lyons, Keith Smith, and John Wood inspired her interest in photo printmaking, non-sliver photographic processes, lensless photography and bookmaking. Since 1981 she has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband Steve Post and daughter Carrie, working mainly as a book designer.
David Freund (MFA, Visual Studies Workshop, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York) is represented by the Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, California. He has exhibited at New York City’s Light Gallery, and at the George Eastman House. His work is in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Freund’s grants include the National Endowment for the Arts and New York’s Creative Artists Public Service Program. He has been photography judge for the Fulbright program and served on the Board of Directors of The Society for Photographic Education.
Ingeborg Gerdes has been making photographs for over 40 years. She gained a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and has taught photography at the University of California Santa Cruz. She has shown her prints in numerous one-person and group exhibitions in the US, Germany and Japan. Her photographs can be found in a number of public and private collections, including the Fogg Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Stanford Art Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Ingeborg resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chris George was born in the Bronx (near the zoo:-) and works and works and works in Manhattan (near Bellevue;-)...
Willis E. Hartshorn
Willis E. Hartshorn joined the staff of the International Center of Photography, New York, in 1982. Since that time he has held positions as Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator, Director of Exhibitions and Deputy Director for Programs prior to his appointment as Director, a position he held from 1994 to 2012. He received his MFA at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, and for two years worked as an assistant in the exhibitions department of the George Eastman House, Rochester. His photographs have been shown in individual and group exhibitions since 1973 and he received NEA photography fellowships in 1979 and 1986. Among the major exhibitions he has curated for iCP are Czech Modernism: 1918-1945 (with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1989); Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970-1990 (with The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.); Man Ray/Bazaar Years: A Retrospective (1990); and 11 exhibitions in the "New Directions" series, including Two to Tango: Collaboration in Recent American Photography and Art & Advertising: Commercial Photography by Artists. For more than a decade, he has taught at all levels of ICP's
Timothy Hearsum received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Fine Arts from Ohio University and the Visual Studies Workshop (program in photographic studies), State University of New York respectively. His work is in over 400 private, public and corporate collections including the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester; the Chicago Institute of Design; and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. In 2001, Road Trips, a catalogue of Hearsum’s southwest panoramas was published. His photographs have also been included in a number of other art and photography books. Grants and awards include California Art in Public Places Program (1984); New Mexico Arts, Art in Public Places Program (2003); and the Santa Fe Arts Commission 2005-2006 City of Santa Fe Poster. He is represented by Getty Images, NY; Corbis, Seattle; SMINK, Dallas; Santa Fe Editions and Bill Hester Fine Art, Santa Fe.
Mark Hockman - Graduated RIT then VSW 1975. He has continued to photograph since graduation from VSW and attempting to find the time to make prints from the last 40 years of negatives. He is currently working on a book project.
Current Visual Studies Workshop graduate student. Earned BA in Media Studies 04, SUNY Buffalo.
Stephen Houseknecht is a photographic artist living in Buffalo, NY. He holds an MFA in Photography from SUNY Buffalo. His work is most recently included in the permanent collections of The Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, Athens OH.The Visual Studies Workshop Research Center Collection, Rochester NY and the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo NY. Recent shows include Moxie and Mayhem: Acquisitions for a New Museum at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in 2010, Recent Acquisitions, the Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University. He is currently working on a book titled “Persistence of Vision; Extended Family Album” about his photographer great-grandparents, P. Beecher and Ada L. Houseknecht whose Batavia, NY studio was in existence from 1880-1949.Website: stephenhouseknecht.com
Joseph D. Jachna
I am Chicago-born, went to a catholic parochial elementary school, and Chicago Vocational High School where I majored in radio and electronics. Much of the West Pullman neighborhood we lived in was prairie. There was also a small farm with a pond. Along the Calumet river was forest preserve land, a private golf course and a private woods owned by Acme steel where my dad worked. My earliest memory of true nature was in that woods where I quietly parted some cattail reeds to see ducks on a small pond. I went to these places a lot, on foot and bicycle, and when my hobby, photography, replaced my high school career choice I photographed there a lot. My BS is in Art Education from the Institute of Design (ID) at IIT, though I took photography courses with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind all through, also with Frederick Sommer the year he replaced Siskind on leave. To become a photographer I spent three years doing that WATER project with Siskind as my primary advisor. I taught photography at ID under Aaron Siskind for eight years and for 32 years in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). My photographs are in the collections of, and have been exhibited at, The Art Institute, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art in NYC; George Eastman House / International Museum of Photography in Rochester NY; Center for Creative Photography in Tucson AZ; California Museum of Photography, San Francisco Museum of modern Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California; Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis MN; the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan. An exhibition from the Hallmark Collection toured the US accompanied by a large book/catalogue. Many private collections included David Ruttenberg’s in Chicago.
(See Who’s Who in American Art or The Index to American Photographic Collections.) Joseph D Jachna, Photographer, is represented in Chicago by Stephen Daiter Gallery
311 West Superior St., Chicago 60610,  787-3350
Barbara Jenkins lives and works in Cincinnati conducting worker health surveys and managing archival documents and historic photographs for a federal research institute. She studied at VSW when it was on Elton Street and renewed connections more recently through its summer workshops. She thinks there’s not much more fun than working on photo book projects.
Keith Johnson received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind following a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography after completing an MBA. He supports his fine art making as a sales consultant in the northeast and is on the summer faculty at Penland School of Crafts, VSW, and Maine Media Workshop, and thesis mentor at SVA in NY and AIB in Boston.
Recent solo shows include Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; FotoFest, Houston, TX; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; New England School of Photography and Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA; Nelson Hancock Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Wall Space Gallery in Seattle and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.
Collections include RISD, George Eastman House, and Center for Creative Photography. He is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships and Residencies at Light Work and Visual Studies Workshop, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT. www.keithjohnsonphotographs.com
Bonk Johnston is a graduate of VSW.
Nick Kline, is a photo-based artist residing in New York, NY. Selected solo exhibitions include: The Grounds for Sculpture; The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico; Momenta Art; Open Source Gallery; Prosjektrom Normanns; Sol Mednick Gallery; Uno Art Space; and UNTITLED Art Fair. Selected group exhibitions include: Allentown Art Museum; Minnesota Center for Photography; and Smack Mellon Studios. Reviews include: The New York Times; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Time-Out NY; and others. His book “The Meeting: On the Life and Work of Karl Spork,” was released in January 2013 by Schlebrugge Editors, Vienna, Austria. His artists’ publication “Sorry You’re Here” has recently been nominated in NATT & DAG Magazine, Norway, for a national Book of the Year Award, 2012. He received an MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and BFA, University of the Arts. Kline is an Assistant Professor, Photography, Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark.
Drawing upon aspects of photography, sculpture, assemblage and text, Lewis Koch calls attention to the often unremarked upon elements
of everyday life. Over the past thirty years, his work has been shown in garages, on kiosks and billboards, as well as in museums and galleries, with solo exhibitions in New York, London, Brussels, Seoul, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles. His work is in permanent collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Hamburg), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago). As an artist-in-residence at Copenhagen’s Fotografisk Center, Koch created the web project Touchless Automatic Wonder. Located at www.photography.dk, it provides an overview of his work prior to 2001; and is also the basis for a monograph (Borderland Books, Madison, 2009) by the same title. More recently, When Things Dream, the third installation in the artist’s Garage Trilogy, is shown on the web at www.afsnitp.dk as Garageography 3.0.7.
Emerging from the intersection of sculpture, theater and engineering, Heidi Kumao’s installations, experimental films, and machine art works generate artistic spectacle in order to explore the psychological underpinnings of everyday situations. Each work restages simple behaviors (e.g. gardening, writing, standing upright, reading) within a larger cultural construct (such as a prison, family/home or traditional gender roles) through projection, kinetic elements or electronics. Through these performative tableaus and hybrid art forms, Kumao demonstrates how small gestures, even the most private and poetic, can become acts of defiance. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Canada including solo shows at the Museu da Imagem e do Som (São Paulo), Museu de Arte Moderne (Buenos Aires) and Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. Group exhibitions include SIGGRAPH 2011 (Vancouver), Wing Luke Asian Art Museum (Seattle), and Usina do Gasômetro Cultural Center (Porto Alegre, Brazil). She has been awarded numerous national fellowships, grants, residencies and awards including: a Guggenheim Fellowship, an AAUW Post-doctoral Fellowship, a Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields/Robotics, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Art Matters (NYC). Heidi Kumao is an Associate Professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she teaches a range of classes in media, time-based art forms, and conceptual art practice.
Born in Washington DC
Lived for 14 years in Iowa City IA
Lived for 17 years in Los Angeles CAi
Present residence: Berkeley CA
B.A., University of Iowa, 1966
M.F.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1976
My bio is online at: www.landweber.com/about.htm
Eric Daniel Le Roy
Eric Daniel Le Roy is a 2007 graduate of the Visual Studies Workshop and is currently working for the Rochester City School District. His work is often considered esoteric and puzzling but through closer examination one will discover the “rules” of the game. He is currently working on a series of hex and binary code images based on photographs he captured during a trip to Paris in 2011. He describes his process as one of “looking behind the image while restoring the presence of both the mechanical and the manual source of production”. By reducing these digital images to their basic “code” he is blurring the divide between the real and what we imagine to be real. Eric lives and works in Rochester, NY and remains active in the local, national and international arts community. You can contact Eric and view more of his work at www.eric-daniel.com.
Jenn Libby is an installation artist who works extensively with the wet-plate collodion process and found media. She is the Research Center Coordinator at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. www.jennlibby.com
Currently living in Charlottesville, Va. BFA
MFA Rochester Institute of Technology. Fulbright Teacher
Art Educator in Rochester for 30 years.
Mary Ann Lynch
Mary Ann Lynch, American photographer, writer and educator, has internationally published, exhibited and traveled as visiting artist /lecturer since the 1970s. Recurrent themes in her work are ancestry, historic places, popular culture & the arts, and spirituality. Among her longterm projects, Lynch receives ongoing international attention and press with Forever Marilyn: the Enduring Legacy of Marilyn Monroe--her twenty-year saga photographing Marilyn as a global influence. Lynch’s photographs are in collections including the Brno Art Center, Hawaii State Art Museum, International Center of Photography, Center for Creative Photography (Tucson), Queens Museum of Art, and Visual Studies Research Center. Selected awards include Helena Rubenstein Award, Lucie/Int’l Photography Awards (2006 to 2012), National Science Foundation, NYS Council on the Arts, Sierra Club, and film festivals including the Chicago, Denver, NYU, and San Francisco Women’s Film Festivals. From the start of her career, she has been an independent activist devoted to creating venues for the arts and building the network for photography. Toward this end, she founded Combinations Press in 1977 and the Not for Profit Photography Network in 1999; as well as other non-profit organizations. Education: Cornell University (B.A. English), U.C. Berkeley (M.A. English), and NYU Tisch School of the Arts Grad Film (1987 MFA in filmmaking). For more information, see www.maryannlynch.com
Lyons has made work in a variety of media including, and often combining, silver gelatin prints, archaic photographic processes, pinhole photography, offset lithography, Xerography, photo-quiltmaking, and computer-based work. She has published over 30 editions of her artist’s books. Her work can be found in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, Visual Studies Workshop, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
Nathan Lyons has been an integral part of almost every area of photography as photographer, educator, lecturer, author and curator. From 1957 Lyons worked at the George Eastman House, serving as Associate Director and Curator of Photography, Editor of Publications, and Director of Extension Activities. After leaving the Eastman House, he founded the Visual Studies Workshop in1969. He is currently Director Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at SUNY Brockport. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Center of the Eye in Colorado and the New York Foundation for the Arts in New York City. He was a founder and first chairman of the Society for Photographic Education. He is a recipient of the International Center for Photography's Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Mike Mandel has published nine photo-based books since the early 70’s, including Myself: Timed Exposures, 1971, Seven Never Before Published Portraits of Edward Weston, 1974, the Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards, 1975, and Making Good Time, 1989. In 1977 Larry Sultan and Mandel authored Evidence, a photo narrative comprised only of found images that has been recognized as a seminal artists’ book and a precursor to subsequent postmodern strategies of photographic practice. Evidence was re-published in 2003 by D.A.P. In 1989 Mandel authored Making Good Time, counter pointing photographic efficiency studies made for industry by Frank and Lillian Gilbreth in the early part of the 20th century with his own time/motion photographs.
Mike Mandel has been a recipient of several NEA grants and a Fulbright Fellowship. In 2005 his work was exhibited in the Berlin Biennale and recently in 2009, at PhotoEspaña in Madrid. He currently teaches within the photography program at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Rose Marasco is a versatile and compelling photographer and an inspiring insightful teacher. Marasco has had significant one-person exhibitions at: Houston Center for Photography 2010-11; Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France, 2008; Sarah Morthland Gallery in New York in 2003, 2000 and 1998; The Davis Museum at Wellesley College 1995; The Farnsworth Museum of Art in Rockland, Maine 1992; and at The Portland Museum of Art, 1989. Her work has also been featured in numerous group shows of distinction most notably at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Marlborough Gallery, Photokina, the International Polaroid Exhibition, and the Smith College Museum of Art. Her photographs are included in public collections including: The Fogg Museum at Harvard University; Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection; The Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College; Photography Collection at The New York Public Library;The Portland Museum of Art; and the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Marasco’s work has been highlighted in major publications including, the New Yorker, New York, and, The Chronicle of Higher Education magazines. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, and Art New England among many others. Marasco has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and a M.F.A. from the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York. Marasco has lectured at many institutions including Harvard University, Bates College, Colby College, Massachusetts College of Art, and Parsons School of Design. In 2005 she was awarded the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award from the Santa Fe Center for Photography. She is a Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine.
Kristen Merola traded it all in for sunshine and a swimming pool.
Karen Messerman, artist, professional photographer and art educator, was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BA in Anthropology at the University of Michigan in
1982 and her MFA in Visual Studies at VSW in 1990. She has been living and working in Berkeley, California since 1991.
Scott McCarney has been making books as works of art for over thirty years. His bookworks explore many media, from offset and digital printing to sculptural objects and installation. He lectures, teaches and exhibits internationally and is currently an adjunct faculty member at RIT.
Thomas McGovern is a photographer, write and educator in San Bernardino, California. His photographs have been in 30 solo and over 50 group exhibitions and are in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of the City of New York; Baltimore Museum of Art, and the US Library of Congress among others. He is the author of "Bearing Witness (to AIDS)" (Visual AIDS/A.R.T. Press 1999), "Amazing Grace" (Parker, 2010), "Hard Boys + Bad Girls" (Schiffer, 2010), and the forthcoming "Vital Signs" (Heyday, 2013), a collaboration with poet Juan Delgado. In 2011 he founded the photography publication Dotphotozine, and is a professor of art at California State University, San Bernardino. www.thomasmcgovern.net
My name is Bob McNeely. I took a workshop with Nathan for six weeks at the Center of the Eye in Aspen Colorado in the summer of 1970. It was my only formal photographic education. Since then I have worked as a photojournalist for a broad group of magazines and have worked at the White House for two presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. I was Clinton's official photographer for six years and published a book of B&W images, "The Clinton Years" in 2000. I continue to work in film for my personal work. The photo is from September 11, 2008 at the World Trade Center site.
Laura Minor recently finished her thesis and graduated from Visual Studies Workshop. She lives in Buffalo where she teaches art to young eager minds and makes photographs about the city she loves.
Shea Naer is a Los Angeles photographer. Her background includes projects in drawing, writing, and theatre. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Wichita State University. Naer's photography is represented by Smith Center's Art Advisory in Washington DC. www.sheanaer.com
Brian Oglesbee's work has been widely exhibited in one-person and group shows and is represented in collections such as the George Eastman House (Rochester), the International Center of Photography (New York), the Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn), and the Musée de l’Elysée (Switzerland). He has twice been granted fellowships by the New York Foundation for the Arts. From 1987 to the present, Oglesbee has maintained a studio in Wellsville, New York, where he lives with his wife, Mandy.
Willie Osterman is a Professor and program chair of the Fine Art Photography program in the Photographic Arts Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York where he has been teaching, researching and working as an active artist since 1984. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in photography with a minor in art history from Ohio University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Design and Photography with the award of two teaching fellowships from the University of Oregon. During his sabbatical for the year 2009/10 he received a Fulbright Scholars Award to develop a Masters Degree program and teach at the Academy of the Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia. His work is in numerous collections including: The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; University of New Mexico Museum of Art, Albuquerque; International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; New Orleans Museum of Art; Portland Museum of Art, Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon; Lotus Collection, Salzburg, Austria; Museo della Fotografia Cinisell Balsamo, Milan, Italy; Museo Civico del Risorgimento, Bologna, Italy; Alinari Photographic Archive, Florence, Italy; Muzej Grada Zagreba (City Art Museum of Zagreb), Croatia.
Christian Patterson lives in Brooklyn, New York. His work is collected and exhibited internationally. His first monograph, Sound Affects, was published in 2008. His second monograph, Redheaded Peckerwood, was published by MACK in 2011 to international critical acclaim, nominated for the 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards and won the prestigious 2012 Recontres d’Arles Author Book Award. Patterson is represented by Rose Gallery (Santa Monica) and Robert Morat (Hamburg/Berlin).
Born in Rochester, Antonio Petracca has had solo exhibitions at the Italian American Museum in NYC, the Garibaldi Meucci Museum, Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College, Oxford Gallery and Galerie Bhak in Seoul, Korea. He is represented by Kim Foster Gallery in New York. He has been awarded several grants and special projects including an MTA mural commission. His artwork is in the collections of the Museum of the City of New York, New York Historical Society, George Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. He was the former Director of the Pyramid Art Center (now ROCO) in Rochester.
Ed lives in Denver, CO, where he continues to make pictures, exploring his interests in photography. Former teaching and arts experiences include: VSW, VSW Press, Metro State College of Denver, University of Colorado, Community College of Denver. Education: BA from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 1972 and MFA Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY 1979.
Liese A. Ricketts
Liese A. Ricketts, MFA, SAIC '88, is a photographer and photo educator. Her website is www.deadphoto.com. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Entre Q'alas Y Lonq'os, her recent body of work, will be exhibited in a solo show in March 2013 at the MCA, Arequipa, Peru. A 50 page book/catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Stuart Rome has worked as a photographer since the 1970’s during which he began exhibiting works in color - both landscapes and portraits, entitled, Modern Mythologies. His first solo exhibition was presented at the International Museum of Photography in 1978. His interests in anthropology led to projects photographing antiquities in Latin America and Asia as well as recording remnants of these expressions found in the rituals of trance. This documentary work led to landscape photographs of forests as a manifestation of pantheistic energy. Patterning found in tribal art and textiles became the framework from which ideas about the natural world would emerge in his most recent work, Drawn from Nature. In 1985 Stuart Rome was hired to assist in the creation of a Photography Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he continues to teach. Stuart Rome has exhibited extensively over the years in solo and group exhibitions - in galleries and museums. Amongst his publications are: Maya, Treasures of an Ancient Civilization, Abrams, 1985; Forest, a monograph, Nazraeli Press, 2005; Signs and Wonders, The Southeast Museum of Photography, 2011.
David M. Root
Studied Photography @ Rochester Institute of Technology. BS Photography [1979-1982]. MS Printing Technologies. Photo Exhibition at the BJ Spoke Gallery, Long Island NY. Root has had photos published in a Book on Design Elements of Photography. Currently in the process of developing and publishing a book in conjuntion with a gallery exhibition of recent work with an emphasis / focus on Mannequins in Mankind. Mannequins at multiple stages and vantage points inclusive of bringing the mannequin out into nature. The photographs submitted for the VSW Auction are Standard Digital Photography; Manipulated with Phot Work Shop and Printed on Canvas.
Barbara Rosenthal is a New York artist in photography, video, artist's book and performance. VSW Press has published 4 of her books of photographs and writings. Her most recent solo photography show was "Surreal Photographs: Trapped Figures and Tiny Houses" at the Visual Voice Gallery, Montreal, Nov. 2012. Her most recent solo video show was "Existential Word Play" at Millenium Film Workshop, New York City, Jan. 2013. Her most recent solo performance was "Existential Interact" at Espace Trocadero, Paris, Feb. 2013. www.barbararosenthal.org
Joanne Ross holds a Masters of Art Education from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts from the State University at Buffalo/Visual Studies Workshop. She has received honors as an artist and educator from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago/TICA, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, PBS Art 21 and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Upcoming 2013 events include a one-person exhibition, Framing Main, curated by Ann Harithas at the Nave Museum in Victoria, Texas.
Lars R. Samuelsson
I am a VSW-alumini currently living in St.Paul, MN, where I work as a freelance writer and photographer. This image as taken during a casual walk in northern Minneapolis. I normally don't carry around a camera unless I am photographing for a project I am working on. That might change in the future.
Robert A. Schaefer, Jr.
Robert A. Schaefer, Jr. has been a photographer for over thirty-five years and began learning about the medium while he was studying Architecture at Auburn University in Alabama, his home state, and continuing to do so at the Technische Universitaet of Munich, Germany. He exhibited at the Amerika Hauses in Munich, Hamburg, Hannover and Frankfurt as well as Kulturhaus in Graz, Austria and the City Museum of Munich among others before moving to New York City in 1981 (where he still lives and works). In 1999 – 2000 he had a 25-Year Retrospective at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama. In November 2009, Schaefer traveled to India to photograph Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier as well as to Dhaka, Bangladesh to capture Louis Kahn’s Parliament buildings. At the suggestion of his friend Elizabeth Rogers, he used the images taken in Chandigarh and others of ancient architectural sites in Delhi and Agra to produce cyanotypes for exhibitions at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan in Delhi and the Government Museum and Art Gallery (sponsored by the Goethe Zentrum) in Chandigarh in November 2010. Next year he will participate in Can Serrat a residency program outside Barcelona, Spain to produce a body of cyanotypes of Barcelona and the surrounding area. Schaefer teaches photography at New York University as well as the cyanotype workshop at the Center for Alternative Photography.
David Schulz is an artist, writer, and designer interested in human experience, narrative structures, and books/digital media. His books are exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington and is a member of ABC Artists' Books Cooperative. His projects can be seen at davidschulzworks.com.
skúta, born in Iceland 1953, still living. Got his good education at Visual Studies Workshop in the early 1980s. As an artist he tries to explore different modes and truth-values of diaristic documentation in a variety of media including photography, books, installations and texts. He has had few exhibitions the most noteworthy at V.S.W. in 2010. skuta continuously publishes books.
Carl Sesto was educated at Rochester Institute of Technology (BFA) & the Visual Studies Workshop (MFA). He established Pentacle Press in 1973, specializing in printing quality books including: Real Dreams, Duane Michaels, 1976; Places, Aaron Siskind, 1976; Paper Negative, Danny Lyon, 1980. His photographs, prints, and books are included in numerous private and public collections including: Addison Gallery of American Art; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Fogg Art Museum; Houghton Library; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art. He is a consultant to publishers and authors, Professor Emeritus of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where he taught for 20 years, and is a member of the Society of Printers.
Tate Shaw is the Director of Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, a nonprofit organization supporting artists’ books, photography, and the moving image with a Master of Fine Arts program in association with The College at Brockport, SUNY. Shaw writes essays, makes artists’ books, organizes symposia on books, and is co-publisher of Preacher’s Biscuit Books, Rochester.
Sonia Landy Sheridan
Sonia Landy Sheridan, visual artist and Professor Emerita of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago founded Generative Systems in 1970. The major collections of Sheridan’s work are at the Hood Museum of Art Dartmouth that has accessioned over 630 of her art works. See: http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/exhibitions/2009soniasheridan/ The Daniel Langlois Foundation of Montreal, Canada has archived her media work, correspondence, videos, history of Generative Systems, data and records from the 1940’s through 2000 as well as hundreds of original images. http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/page.php?NumPage=2026 Sheridan’s’ work is also in major museums on three continents. She is a Guggenheim fellow and three times National Endowment for the Arts grantee. In 2002 she was cited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design for her contribution to the arts.
Latest one-person exhibition google: Transmediale2013sonialandysheridan
Leif Skoogfors, a documentary photographer has work represented in the prmanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, George Eastman House, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and other collections. As a journalist he covered international conflicts in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and other areas, primarily for TIME, NEWSWEEK, Paris Match and other publications. He has received grants form the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Dart Society. He is former chair of the Photography Department of Moore College of Art and a former Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts.
Sharon Stewart resides at the convergence of the Great Plains and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Northern New Mexican village of Chacón. This image is drawn from her portfolio, Exit West: A Cultural Confluence, which contemplates the mythic, economic, social, familial, and religious influences that signify the cultural landscape of the surrounding Mora Valley. Her work from another series: El Agua es la Vida (Water is Life) was included in VSW's touring exhibition, Landscape/LandUse
Suzanne E. Szucs
Suzanne E. Szucs is an artist, writer and educator living and working in Rochester, MN. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Illinois Arts Council Individual Fellowship and two Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Grants, Szucs has shown her work widely. Szucs has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She writes critical articles for Afterimage and has recently lectured about her work at the Society for Photographic Education, College Art Association, Arizona State University and Hartwick College.
Alicia Taylor makes images in all sorts of ways and then tries to make sense of it all. More work can be seen at aliciahopetaylor.com.
Ron Testa has been making photographs since 1962 receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. After a brief stint as Assistant Photographer at the Cleveland Museum of Art he joined the U.S. Navy as a Combat Photographer and served three tours of duty in Vietnam stationed aboard an attack aircraft carrier in the Tonkin Gulf. In 1970 he taught Photography at The Center of the Eye summer workshop in Aspen, Colorado and in 1973 he received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He went on to teach at the Baldwin School of New York City from 1973 to 1975 and was Head Photographer at the Field Museum in Chicago from 1975 to 1989. Testa’s work has been shown nationally and internationally exhibits at the 200 American Photographers at the American Arts Centre in Exeter, England; Contemporary Artists at The Centre d’Art Contemporaire, Paris, France. At home group exhibits in Vision and Expression at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Photography as Celebration, at the Neary Gallery, San Francisco; Views of Egypt at the Univ. of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee and DePaul Univ. Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Dubuque Museum of Art Biennial, Dubuque, Iowa; Anchorage Art Museum, Anchorage, Alaska; Open Online Exhibit at the Photomedia Center, Eire, Pennsylvania and many other exhibits.
Elisabeth Tonnard is an artist and poet working in artists’ books, photography and conceptual literature. Since 2003 she has published twenty-eight books, which are included in numerous public and private collections. The bookworks range in scale and method from a book that is completely invisible, to a book containing a short story that swallowed a novel, to a book that is a swimming pool. The work has won several awards and is being exhibited widely. Tonnard lives in The Netherlands. For more info visit www.elisabethtonnard.com.
Daniel Wagner lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Matthew Walker is a photographer and educator in Rochester, NY and is on the faculty at Visual Studies Workshop teaching in the College at Brockport M.F.A. Visual Studies program. Matt is also a history lecturer in the Finger Lakes region leading courses in historical methodology, history of photography, and American perspectives. Matt earned an M.F.A. in Visual Studies at Visual Studies Workshop in 2007, an M.A. in History at the College at Brockport in 1998, and a B.A. in Communications Studies at Alfred University in 1994. His most recent photobook Recollection (2011) is published by Visual Studies Workshop Press and select images from the portfolio have recently been exhibited at Light Work in Syracuse, NY as part of the juried biennial TONY 2012, The Other New York exhibition hosted by the Everson Museum of Art. Matt's work can currently be found in the collections of Alfred University, the College at Brockport, Indie Photobook Library, Light Work, University of Rochester, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Visual Studies Workshop, among other collections. www.mwalkerphoto.com
Crissy Welzen is originally from the Chicago area where her love for painting began. In 1995 she moved to Oakland to pursue painting at the California College of Arts. While there she discovered a passion for photography, specifically landscapes, and ended up with a degree in fine art photography. Welzen moved to Rochester in 2001, and works for 21st Editions, a small publisher of handmade limited edition fine art photography books. Crissy’s creative vision has developed over the years to include both painting and photography. Her current work begins with 5x5" c-prints that she paints on with oils and other mediums to create intimate landscapes with subtle alterations to the 'original.' Her work has been collected throughout the country, has been included in many shows, and was featured locally in the City Newspaper and Lake Affect Magazine.
John Willis received his MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Since that time he has been teaching photography and exhibiting his personal fine art and documentary imagery. John is the Professor of Photography at Marlboro College and co -founder of The In-Sight Photography Project founded in 1992, offering courses to southern Vermont area youth regardless of their ability to pay. Ten years ago he also co-founded the Exposures Cross Cultural Youth Photography Program in, which brings youth together from a wide variety of backgrounds to share photography lessons and life stories. John is a recipient of a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and his work has been included in the Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls 19 Exhibition. He has also been awarded Artist Fellowships from the Vermont Council on the Arts and the Vermont Arts Endowment. His work is included in numerous permanent collections including: the High Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The Bibliotheque Nationale de France, The George Eastman House Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Portland Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, San Francisco MoMA, The Getty, and, The National Museum of Native Americans. His recent publication Views From The Reservation was also published by the Center for American Places and Columbia College in 2010. www.jwillis.net
Suzanne Winterberger earned her BFA in photography at RIT in 1975 and her MFA in photography at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1978. She is Professor of Art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1982. The Aunt Marion and Cousin Mimi series of postcards (1984-87) was a collaboration with Boston photographer Martha Friend. The complete set, numbering 100, chronicles the lives of two eccentric middle-aged women. See more images from this series at www.suzannewinterberger.com, as well as a complete list of titles.
Mike Yates is a Rochester-based artist whose work has been exhibited in Upstate New York and Canada. He currently works at the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and has previously been employed by the George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution. Mike has been a DJ at WITR for nearly five years and is the host of the program Normal Happiness airing on Sunday afternoons.
Chantal Zakari is a Turkish-Levantine artist and a recent U.S. citizen. Zakari was trained as a designer and an artist. She published The Turk & The Jew, in 1998 with Mandel, a book based on the web-narrative by the same title, which was launched in 1996. In 2005, using a pseudonym, she self-published webAffairs, a documentary of a web community. She has had solo shows of her work in the U.S. and in Turkey. She has given book readings in the form of performances in the U.K., Netherlands, Canada and the U.S.
Zakari is a faculty member in the Text and Image Arts Area at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Philip Zimmermann is an artist and teacher. Since 2008 he has been a professor at the School of Art at the University of Arizona. He studied architecture and fine arts at Cornell University where he received a BFA in 1973. He earned his MFA in Photographic Studies at the The Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY Buffalo in Rochester NY in 1980. He taught at the School of Art+Design at State University of New York at Purchase outside NYC for 24 years and is a Professor Emeritus there. Although working in various media, his preferred form is the photo bookwork. He publishes his and other's work under the Spaceheater Editions imprint. He has received a National Endowment of the Arts Individual Fellowship and two New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowships among other awards. His work is in many museum, library and individual collections including The Museum of Modern Art, Yale University, Harvard University, the Biblioteque Nationale, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Getty Museum and many others.