About the speakers
Khalik Allah is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker who practices Camera Ministry with an eye as open as his heart. The resulting work has been described as “street opera” and noted for its beautifully visceral humanity. After a number of short films that reflect relationships formed through portraiture, Allah advanced his artistry with the feature length documentary Field Niggas (2015), shot at nighttime on the corner of Harlem’s 125th St. and Lexington Avenue. This corner also served as the basis for his first photography book Souls Against the Concrete, published by University of Texas Press in 2017. Allah continued with Black Mother (2018), an ecstatic expression of reverence and realities across Jamaica. This award winning film has been seen in festivals, museums and schools around the world; further released in the UK and the US through distributors Dogwoof and Grasshopper Film. Allah’s films are available on the Criterion Channel. Khalik is currently at work on his second photo book from 125th and Lexington. Khalik became a Magnum Nominee member in 2020.
Nancy Kathryn Burns is the primary steward of the Worcester Art Museum's collection of pan-Atlantic prints, drawings, and photographs, representing over half of the Museum's permanent collection. Since her arrival in November 2008, she has served as the curator or co-curator for 16 exhibitions including Leisure, Pleasure, and the Debut of the Modern French Woman (2011), Winogrand's Women are Beautiful (2013), Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period (2016), Rediscovering an American Community of Color: Photographs of William Bullard (2017), Monet's Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process (2019) and Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman (2019). Burns has received various accolades for her work including a first place Award for Excellence for an Outstanding Exhibition from the Association of American Curators (2017). She is also the co-author of Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard, 1897-1917, winner of the 2018 Historic New England Book Prize. Burns received her MA at Brown University with a focus on European art after 1850.
Tom Gitterman founded Gitterman Gallery in New York City in 2003 after he had been working in the field for 13 years working for Pace/MacGill Gallery Zabriskie Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery. Gitterman Gallery is committed to presenting connoisseur-level photographs and photographic based art. In addition to representing artists, estates and private collections, Gitterman maintains an inventory of selective work that spans the history of the medium. It includes examples of work by established artists and artists who have been overlooked by the history of the medium.
Holly Stuart Hughes is an independent editor, writer and grant consultant. The former editor-in-chief of PDN (Photo District News), she has organized panels and lectured on artist’s rights and the business of photography around the U.S., and served as a portfolio reviewer at several photo festivals. A graduate of Yale, she has written on photography and media for Time.com, The Telegraph, Multichannel News, Taschen Books, American Photographic Artists, Carlton Publishing, and Blouin ArtInfo Media.
Karena Liebetrau is a curator based in South Africa, currently working at Goodman Gallery, across their locations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London. In her capacity as a curator at the gallery, she manages the Estate of the photographer David Goldblatt, and works with artists William Kentridge, Nolan Oswald Dennis and Mikhael Subotzky. She has contributed to museum exhibitions around the globe, including David Goldblatt’s major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and most recently William Kentridge’s survey show, More Sweetly Play the Dance, at MUDAM in Luxembourg. Before joining Goodman Gallery, Karena worked as an arts educator for a non-profit exhibition space in London, and later for a private gallery.
Anna-Patricia Kahn is the director of CLAIRbyKahn, a dedicated photography gallery represents some of the most notable photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Philippe Halsman, Jacques Henri Lartigue, David “CHIM” Seymour, Inge Morath, Erich Lessing, and Lee Miller. Ms. Kahn also works closely with prominent contemporary photographers such as Chien-Chi Chang, Tomasz Lazar, and Petr Lovigin. During her time as a war reporter in the 1990s and a Middle East correspondent in the 2000s, she collaborated with iconic photographers such as Erich Hartmann. However, Ms. Kahn noticed that great photographers were often dismissed as documentarians instead of artists, which motivated her to found CLAIRbyKahn in 2008 to advocate for the great works of photography and to foster emerging artistic talent. Since that time, she has curated more than two dozen exhibitions on three different continents and served as an editor for the publication of more than a dozen photography folios.
Larry Rothman is a retired attorney from Washington, DC. He began collecting photographs in the mid-1980's after attending a lecture about John Pfahl’s Altered Landscape project. He now has almost 500 images in his
collection, mainly of color landscape work. Larry’s collection includes work by well established landscape photographers; work by new and emerging artists; color FSA prints; color work by photographers better known for their
silver prints, and lesser known artists who worked in color in the 1960's, 70's and 80's who are now being rediscovered. Work from Larry’s collection has been in a major museum landscape photography show. He belongs to a small
group at the Denver Art Museum that supports photography acquisitions; regularly corresponds with artists, galleries, independent dealers, and museum photo curators; and has lectured on his own collection and about how we look
at and understand photography.
Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has published over twenty-five books including Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), NIAGARA (2006), Broken Manual (2010), Songbook (2015) and I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating (2019). Soth has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center in Minnesota (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Hammons Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, Loock Galerie in Berlin, and is a member of Magnum Photos.
Amber Terranova is an experienced NY-based photo director, educator and visual producer. She is currently a BFA faculty member at The School of Visual Arts and the Education Director, Americas with Magnum Photos Education. Amber has extensive marketing, photo directing, commissioning and consultancy experience for multiple major brands and publications around the world. She has worked as a photo editor at New York, Outside, Photo District News, The New Yorker and People. In 2013 Amber was the interim Director at the Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo, Norway. Amber is committed to photography education and to helping photographers realize their creative and career potential. She has taught photography workshops in the US, Europe, Asia and has been a guest lecturer at several institutions. In addition, she has judged a number of international photo competitions. Amber is an advisory council board member for CENTER, a non-profit that honors, supports, and provides opportunities to gifted and committed photographers.
Samantha McCoy is the director of the Magnum Gallery in Paris. Sam grew up in New York City and has been at Magnum Photos for four years, previously at Magnum, New York, where she worked in artistic direction and editing online. She moved to Paris in August 2019, launching the Square Print Sale’s European distribution before taking over the Paris gallery in March 2020. Before Magnum, Sam was the gallery manager at Jason McCoy Gallery in New York. A member of the ADAA, Jason McCoy Gallery specializes in modern art in both the secondary and primary markets. In New York, she curated exhibitions that were profiled in the New York Times and the Washington Post. A native to the art world, Sam is the daughter of Jason McCoy and the great-niece of artists Jackson Pollock and Charles Pollock