Who We Are
|LAURA MOYA (Executive Director)
Director of Photolucida for six years, Laura previously worked for Photoeye, the Northwest Film Center, and the Sundance Film Festival. She co-directed and produced the film, “Dutch Harbor — Where the Sea Breaks It’s Back”, which was filmed in Alaska’s Aleutian islands. Laura has reviewed portfolios at ACP, SPE, Lens Culture/FotoFest in Paris, and GuatePhoto. She has curated exhibits in Portland, China and Inner Mongolia, and is co-curator of the “The Early Works Project”.
|LAURA VALENTI JELEN (Outreach Director)
Laura Valenti Jelen is a photographer, curator, creative consultant, and arts administrator. For seven years, she served as Program Director of Newspace Center for Photography. She is a former Photolucida board member and has been a Critical Mass juror since 2007. As a teacher and consultant, Laura works with photographers to reach photographic goals. She has reviewed at Review Santa Fe, Houston’s FotoFest, and Photolucida. Laura is a distance running mentor for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. Her degree is from Reed College.
|SHAWN RECORDS (Board President)
Shawn Records holds a BA from Boise State University and an MFA from Syracuse University. His work has been shown at Blue Sky Gallery, Castillo/Corrales, the Portland Art Museum, the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, the Bronx River Arts Center, the Jen Bekman Gallery, and the Rooke Gallery. His work has also been published in Camerawork, DoubleTake, Ripe, Portland Modern, Photography Quarterly, Practice: New Writing and Art, and included in “Around the Corner: a Photo Essay” by Lucy R. Lippard. His work is in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, and the Portland and Boise Visual chronicles.
|EUGÉNIE FRERICHS (Board Treasurer)
Eugénie Frerichs is an art buyer and producer for the advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy. Prior to joining W+K in 2011, she was the art director and photo editor for the sustainable outdoor apparel company, Nau Clothing, where she also developed and managed the $10,000 Grant for Change. A Portland native, she studied Art History at The Colorado College, and spent much of her twenties hiding out in the mountains. Also a photographer, she most recently returned from a month in Valle Chacabuco, Chile, where she completed a series of portraits of the Chileans who are building the future Patagonia National Park.
|JONI KABANA (Board Secretary)
Joni Kabana is most happy when she is deep into a world that is unfamiliar to her and when her images bring good things to the subjects she photographs. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and after years of working in technical program management, decided to pursue commercial work in photography full time. Today she can be found at home and in remote villages across the globe, trying to stretch her beliefs and imagination as far as they will go. Her work has garnered awards and has been shown in galleries across the nation and has been published extensively. She currently teaches for several organizations and organizes her own street and international photography workshops.
Stu Levy is a photographer and has been a workshop instructor for 20 years. He is a photography collector and is President of the Photography Council of the Portland Art Museum. Stu's photographs involve large format black and white landscapes and “Grid-Portraits”. A One Picture Book will be published this year by Nazraeli Press of his portrait of Carl Chiarenza, entitled “Cranial Czar, Eh?”.
Anna Sortun is an attorney with the Portland law firm Tonkon Torp LLP, where her practice focuses on commercial litigation. Anna is a photography enthusiast and ardent supporter of the arts, having previously served on the board of the Northwest Dance Project. She recently spent several months photographing the people and cultures she encountered during her travels throughout Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
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