Jurors

2024 Critical Mass Prescreening Panel:

Arianna Rinaldo, Independent Curator + Photo Editor + Photo Consultant — Barcelona, Spain

Arianna is a freelance professional working with photographers on various projects. From 2012 to 2021, she was the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, an international festival of visual narrative. Since 2016, she has been the photography curator at PhEST, a festival on contemporary photography and arts in Puglia.

Since 2012, Arianna has been based in Barcelona. She is active as a consultant, teacher, curator, and editor. She also speaks at and reviews portfolios at photo events and festivals around the world, and she is regularly invited to jury panels and selection committees for international institutions and organizations.

@arianna_rinaldo_curator


Brittani Taylor, Exhibitions Director, The Light Factory — Charlotte, NC

Brittani is currently the Director of Exhibitions at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC, and a freelance photographer specializing in portraits, events, and products. She continues to be inspired by the world and the people she meets along her artistic journey. She is a visual artist, creative director, and photographer who loves art and the creative process.

brittanitaylorthelightfactory.org | @brittani.taylorr


C. Meier, Exhibitions Director, Blue Sky, Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts – Portland, OR

C. (they/them) is a non-binary artist and curator based in Portland, OR. Their art practice explores materiality, reveling in the hybridization of processes, including drawing and photographic methods. They earned their MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago (2017) and BFA in Studio Art from Pacific Lutheran University (2004).

Meier has exhibited at Hyde Park Art Center, Mana Contemporary (Chicago), Filter Space, Blue Sky, The Neon Heater, among others, and their work is part of the Permanent Collection of Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA). Meier co-curated the 2017 exhibition re:collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (MoCP), and curated the 2023 exhibition Size Matters for Medium Photo, San Diego. Professional roles include Collections Manager/Registrar (2018-2020) at the MoCP, Studio Assistant to Barbara Kasten (2019-2020), and Exhibitions Director (2021 – current), at Blue Sky, Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts.

Blue Sky | cmeier.art


Camilla Marrese, Visual Editor, PhMuseum — Bologna, Italy

Camilla is a photographer and designer based in Italy. Her practice intersects documentary photography, design for publishing and writing, aiming for the expression and visual articulation of complex issues. She is currently working as a Visual Editor at PhMuseum.

Her work is a finalist for the Luigi Ghirri Award 2024 and the recipient of the PhMuseum Criticae Prize 2022. It has also been exhibited in collective exhibitions at Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Espaço Alto, San Paolo, PhMuseum Lab, Bologna, Spazio MAD Magadino, Locarno, and Kranj Foto Fest, Slovenia. She graduated from MA Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven after a BA in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from ISIA Urbino.

www.camillamarrese.it | PhMuseum | @camillamarrese


Conor Moynihan, Associate Curator, RISD Museum — Providence, RI

Conor is the Acting Department Head and Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the RISD Museum. He focuses on the modern and contemporary collection, with a particular research interest in identity-based practices. Moynihan also serves as the chair of the Accessibility SEI Task Force and a co-founding member of the LGBTQIA2S+ Working Group. Moynihan’s recent exhibitions at the RISD Museum include Perception and Presence in Contemporary Drawing (2022), Variance: Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Disability (2022), and The Performative Self-Portrait (2023. He is currently working with Christina Alderman to help the young artists and art enthusiasts of RISD Art Circle to curate a permanent collection exhibition from a teen perspective in Spring 2024.

risdmuseum.org | @cg.moy


Danny Sanchez, Associate Director, Themes+Projects Gallery – San Francisco, CA

Danny is the associate director at Themes+Projects gallery (formally Modernbook). Since 2006, he has helped to cultivate the fine art careers of the gallery’s emerging talent in topics such as editing and sequencing, strategic analysis of a body of work for the current marketplace, pricing and editioning, etc. Outside the gallery, he had the pleasure of being a reviewer for Review Santa Fe, Medium Photo, and PhotoAlliance; he was invited to guest curate for the San Francisco Art Dealer’s Association and participated as a panelist for the San Francisco Artist Network. Sanchez is a Bay Area native and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from San Jose State University.

themes+projects.com | @themesandprojects


Donna Garcia, DirectorEducation & Programs, Griffin Museum — Boston, MA

Donna is a lens-based artist, curator, educator, podcaster, and arts advocate. Best known for her conceptual self-portraiture and uncanny noir style, her work explores the performative potential of the medium of photography as well as the idea of how we exist within liminal space. She is a contributing editor for LENSCRATCH, co-host/co-founder of the Modern Art and Culture Podcast, she has taught workshops and been a portfolio reviewer nationally, and has been an editorial/assignment photographer, creating work for international fashion brands to legacy environmental conservation publications.

She is the former co-owner of the Garcia Wilburn Gallery and the former Executive Director of the Atlanta Photography Group and Gallery. In addition, as Regional Marketing and Creative Director at Ogilvy in NYC, she developed, managed, and executed major art installations/programming around Art Base Miami, Flux Nights Atlanta, Art Nights DC, James Bond’s Skyfall, Coachella, Ultra Miami, World Cup, South Beach Food and Wine Festival, The Latin Grammys, and the Oscars.

donnagarcia.com | Griffin Museum | @donnagarcia23


Draženka Jalšić Ernečić, Senior Curator, Koprivnica Museum — Croatia

Draženka is a Senior Curator at Koprivnica Museum, where she curates the museum’s art collections. She emphasizes graphic design, photography, and printing processes. She writes articles, critics, essays, and reviews on photography, the anthropology of photography, and visual communication. She writes on photography in professional and specialized magazines, portals, and online editions. Exhibition and portfolio reviews, essays, and selections on photography were in specialized websites and magazines in Europe and America. She is a member of the jury and photo curator in the Culture in Focus Annual Competition, the biennial of fine art photography Vizura, and the biennial of applied and commercial photography ProART.

www.muzej-koprivnica.hr | @djalsic


Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator +  Photo Consultant — New York

Elizabeth is an independent curator and photo consultant, often contributing to L’Oeil de la Photographie. Former director of Photo-eye Gallery and Creative Director for the Gere Foundation, Elizabeth has received recognition for her curatorial work, exhibition design, and publishing projects, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Art Institute of Chicago. She’s juried for the Leica Women Foto Project Awards, the Lucie Photo Book Awards and the Prix Carmignac Fondation Photojournalism Award in Paris. In 2017, Elizabeth received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Griffin Museum of Photography.

elizabethavedon.com | @elizabethavedon


Federico Estol, Artistic Director, San José Foto Festival – Uruguay

Federico is a Uruguayan photographer and artist. He works as a visual storyteller producing stories in Latin America; his long-term projects focus on the relationship between cultural identity, inequality, and social justice. In addition, he is the artistic director of the international festival SAN JOSÉ FOTO and editor of photobooks at El Ministerio Ediciones. He is represented by the East Wing Gallery.

Estol holds a bachelor’s degree in photography from UPC-Barcelona Tech University and a degree in popular education from MFAL Franciscan Multiversity. His awards include the Emergentes award at Encontros da Imagem festival (Portugal), IILA-FOTOGRAFIA award (Italy), Critical Mass Top 50 Finalist (USA), FELIFA best International photobook award (Argentina), Jury award at Lenzburg Photofestival (Switzerland), Latin American photobook award from Montevideo Center of Photography (Uruguay) and Expert Award of the Lishui Photography Museum (China).

sanjosefoto.uy | federicoestol.com


Gail Fletcher, Photo Editor, The Guardian – New York

Gail is a Photo Editor at The Guardian, where she develops and produces visual stories. She is on faculty at the International Center of Photography and was previously an Associate Photo Editor at National Geographic. She is originally from South Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in history and government from Cornell University.

The Guardian


George Nobechi, Creative Director, Karuizawa Foto Fest – Japan

George is the Creative Director of Karuizawa Foto Fest (KFF), a new, primarily outdoor photography festival based in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture, Japan, now in its second year. The festival maintains a strong domestic presence of emerging photographers but also welcomes select, accomplished international artists to speak, exhibit, and teach during the festival. 

He is also the Director of Nobechi Creative, which produces workshops, events, and exhibitions throughout Japan and online, among them Evenings with the Masters®, a pandemic-era online talk series featuring international photographic masters. Nobechi is also a two-time Critical Mass Top 50 recipient (2017 and 2021) and has 15 solo exhibitions to his name. In 2024, the Embassy of Canada invited him to Japan to exhibit at the Prince Takamado Gallery in commemoration of 95 years of Canadian-Japanese foreign relations. He will also be exhibiting as part of a group show, “Wonder Mt. Fuji,” at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in the summer of 2024. 

karuizawafotofest.jp | georgenobechi.com


Julian Lucas, Founder, Mirrored Society + Photolucida Board — Los Angeles, CA

Julian Lucas is a fine art photographer/photojournalist and writer in Los Angeles. He is the founder and owner of the Mirrored Society bookstore, which has published several publications for photographers nationally and internationally. He most recently organized the Print Pomona Art Book Fair, which was held at the Benton Museum at Pomona College and primarily supports artists, photographers, and smaller galleries. Julian is currently working on an initiative to provide a professional platform to serve as a resource to culturally underserved communities.

mirroredsociety.com | julian-lucas.com | @mirroredsociety


Lia J. Latty, Founder, Black Is Magazine — Baltimore, MD

Lia is a photographer who strives to connect with others to share their voices as a collective and initiate dialogue about social issues. Her work has been exhibited in Baltimore, New York, and at MICA, where she recently received her BFA. Lia is also the founder of Black Is, a publication that publishes the stories and work of Black photographers worldwide. Black Is is dedicated to creating a platform to showcase Black photographers whose work speaks to the diversity of Black communities and Black people. The magazine acts as a place of discussion and an archival platform, keeping a database of all the Black photographers they interview/share their work.

blackismag.com | @blackismag


Zsolt Batori, Director, PH21 Gallery — Budapest, Hungary

After earning his PhD in Philosophy from Rutgers University, Zsolt has taught and conducted research at universities in Hungary, the USA, Argentina, and Spain. As a photographer, he has exhibited his work internationally. Zsolt’s primary area of research is the philosophy of art and aesthetics, particularly focusing on the philosophy and theory of photography. He is a member of Phrónesis, an Analytic Philosophy Group, and ARESMUR, an Aesthetics and Theory of Art Group at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Murcia. Currently, Zsolt is also a senior visitor at Logos, Research Group in Analytic Philosophy, University of Barcelona.

Zsolt is the founder, director, and curator of PH21 Gallery. For over a decade, PH21 Gallery has been organizing group and solo exhibitions for photographers internationally in Budapest and collaborating with galleries in Barcelona, Jersey City, and Rome.

ph21gallery.com | zsoltbatori.com


*Photolucida’s Program Director, Polly Gaillard, will also be on the prescreening team.


2024 Critical Mass Jurors – More Coming Soon!

Alessandra Capodacqua, Creative Consultant + Lecturer + Mentor + Curator

Alex Harris, Photographer + Writer + Founder, Duke Center for Documentary Studies

Alexa Becker, Photography Coach + Publishing Consultant

Alexa Dilworth, Independent Editor + Writer (former Publishing Director and Senior Editor, Duke Center for Documentary Studies)

Aline Smithson, Founder + Editor, LENSCRATCH

Alison Nordström, Independent Scholar + Curator of Photographs

Allie Haeusslein, Director, Pier 24 Photography

Allison Retina Stewart, Art Director + Photo Editor + Free Juice Founder

Amanda Smith, A Smith Gallery, Gallery Director

Andrea Wise, Visual Strategy Editor, ProPublica

Andrew Fedynak, Publisher + Designer, Zatara Press

Ángel Luis González Fernández, Director, PhotoIreland

Angela Bryant, Director, Rose Gallery

Ângela Ferreira, Artistic Director, Museu de Fotografia – Brazil

Ann Jastrab, Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art

Anna Alexander, Director of Photography, WIRED

Anne Kelly, Gallery Manager, El Zaguan

Anne Massoni, Executive Director, Houston Center for Photography

*Arianna Rinaldo, Independent Curator + Photo Editor + Photo Consultant

Arthur Ollman, Independent Curator, Founding Director, Museum of Photographic Arts

Aurélie Jouan, Independent Visual Curator

Barbara Stauss, Photo Editor + Curator, Berlin

Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art

Blue Mitchell, Publisher, One Twelve Publishing

Bree Lamb, Managing Editor, Fraction Magazine

Brian Holcombe, Curator, Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech

*Brittani Taylor, Exhibitions Director, The Light Factory

Brooks Jensen, Editor, LensWork

*C. Meier, Exhibition Director, Blue Sky, Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Caitlin Clay, Curator of Exhibitions, Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Caleb Cain Marcus, Design Director, Luminosity Lab, New York

* Camilla Marrese, Visual Editor, PhMuseum, Bologna, Italy

Caterina Mestrovich, Independent Curator

Catherine Couturier, Founder + Director, Catherine Couturier Gallery

Catlin Langford, Curator, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

Chloe Coleman, Foreign Photo Editor, The Washington Post

Claire Sykes, Partner + Curator, Circuit Gallery, Toronto

Colin Pantall, Artist + Writer + Educator, UK

*Conor Moynihan, Assistant Curator, RISD Museum

Crista Dix, Executive Director, Griffin Museum of Photography

Daniel George, Submissions Editor, Lenscratch

Daniel Milnor, Artist + Educator + Blurb Evangelist

*Danny Sanchez, Associate Director, Themes+Projects Gallery

Darren Ching, Co-Founder, Klompching Gallery

David Clifton-Strawn, Executive Director, Atlanta Photography Group

Debra Klomp Ching, Co-Founder, Klompching Gallery

Denise Froehlich, Director + Curator, Maine Museum of Photographic Art

Dennis Keeley, Artist + Educator

Dina Mitrani, Founding Director, Dina Mitrani Gallery – Miami

Donna Cosentino, Director, The Photographer’s Eye

* Donna Garcia , DirectorEducation & Programs, Griffin Museum

Douglas McCulloh, Senior Curator + Interim Executive Director, UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

*Drazenka Jalsic Ernecic, Senior Curator, Koprivnica Museum – Croatia

Eirini Alexandrou, Independent Curator, Amsterdam

Eli Yung, Assistant Curator, Fitchburg Art Museum

Elin Spring, Founding Editor, What Will You Remember

*Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator +  Photo Consultant 

Elizabeth Greenberg, Arnold & Augusta Newman Provost, Maine Media

Emi Kawashima, Editor, Shashin Hihyou Magazine

Erin Barnett, Art Historian + Curator + Writer, School of Visual Arts

Erin Hoyt Harris, Executive Director, Filter Photo

*Federico Estol, Artistic Director, San José Foto Festival – Uruguay

Frances Jakubek, Independent Consultant

Frank Meo, Director, Projections

*Gail Fletcher, Photo Editor, The Guardian

*George Nobechi, Creative Director, Karuizawa Foto Fest

Gerald Slota, Artist + Educator

Gordon Stettinius, Director, Candela Books + Gallery

Gregory Eddi Jones, Director, Eddi Jones Projects

Guo Jing, Chief Art Director, Shangtuf Image and Art

Harri Pälviranta, Artist + Curator + Educator, Finland

Harris Fogel, Curator + Artist + Writer + The Photo Review

Heidi Erdmann Rasch, Independent Curator + Art Historian + Founder of the Photographers Gallery ZA in Cape Town, South Africa

Holly Lynton, Artist + Educator

J. Sybylla Smith, Independent Curator, Educator + Consultant

Jackson Siegal, Associate Director, ClampArt

James Barker, Director, PhotoPlace Gallery

Jeff Moorfoot, Editor and publisher of BETA developments in photography

Jen Schmitz, Artist Representative, RedEye Represents

Jennifer DeCarlo, jdc Fine Art

Jens Friis, Photo Art Historian + Publisher, KATALOG – Journal of Photography & Video

Jessica Burko, Creative Director, Photographic Resource Center

Joanne Junga Yang, Director, Korea International Photo Festival

Jon Feinstein, Co-Founder and Co-Curatorial Director, Humble Arts Foundation

Jonathan Blaustein, Founder + Director, Antidote Photo Retreat

Jonathan Hobin, Creative Director, SPAO Centre

John Jenkins, Publisher, Decode Books

Judy Walgren, Founder + Editorial Director, JujuPhoto

*Julian Lucas, Founder, Mirrored Society + Photolucida Board

Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Kari Wehrs, Photography Program Chair, Maine Media

Kristin Taylor, Curator of Academic Programs + Collections. Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College

Kyohei Abe, Director + Chief Curator, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography

Leslie K. Brown, PhD., Independent Curator + Scholar + Educator

*Lia J. Latty, Founder, Black Is Magazine

Lisa Cates, Director, New Orleans Photo Alliance

Lisa Woodward, Curator, Pictura Gallery

Louie Palu, Photographer + Founder,, Archive 192

Luca Desienna, Editor, Gomma Books/Gomma Grant

Maarten Schilt, Founder, Schilt Publishing

Madeline Yale Preston, Photography Specialist + Arts Advisor

Mana Mehrabian and Krista Brand, Founders + Curators, Side x Side Contemporary

Manolis Moresopoulos, Artistic Director, Athens Photo Festival

Manual Sigrist, Head of Programming, Photo Elysée

Maria Kelly, Assistant Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art

Marieke van der Krabben, Executive Director, Saint Petersburg Month of Photography (SPMOP) + Lumen Photo Fest

Mark Alice Durant, Founding Editor, Saint Lucy Books

Mark Sink, Founding Director, Month of Photography, Denver

Mary Anne Redding, Curator, Turchin Center for Visual Arts

Mary Bisbee-Beek, Owner + Director, READ/SEE!

Mary Stanley, Independent Curator

Meghan Jordan, Curator, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Melanie McWhorter, Independent Photography Consultant

Michael Itkoff, Co-founder, Daylight Books

Michael Kirchoff, Editor, Analog Forever Magazine

Michael Pannier, Executive Director, The Southeast Center for Photography

Michelle Dunn Marsh, Founder, Minor Matters Books

Molly Roberts, Independent Visuals Editor + Curator

Nancy Farese, Founder, Catchlight

Paloma Shutes, Photo Editor

Paris Chong, Manager + Curator, Leica Gallery

Pascale Georgiev, Publisher + Editorial Director, Atelier Editions

Paul Kopeikin, Founder, Kopeikin Gallery

Paula Tognarelli, Independent Curator + Collector

Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director, East Wing, Dubai UAE

Peter M. Krask, Creative Director + Photolucida Board

*Polly Gaillard, Program Director, Photolucida

Rachael NusBaum, Photo Editor + Photolucida Board

Regina Anzenberger, Founder, AnzenbergerGallery, Austria

Richard Renaldi, Artist + Educator

Rodrigo Orrantia Gomez, Photography Historian + Curator

Rotem Rozental, Executive Director, Los Angeles Center for Photography

Sage Paisner, Executive Director, Foto Forum Santa Fe

Samantha Johnston, Executive Director + Curator, Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Sandee McGee, Assistant Manager, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

Sarah Kobos, Senior Photo Research Coordinator, The Tonight Show

Sarah Leen, Founder + Editor, Visual Thinking Collective

Shana Lopes, PhD, Assistant Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Sharon Lavier O’Keefe, Director, Camerawork Gallery

Sherri Littlefield, Independent Curator + Director, Treat Gallery

Sophie Barner, Assistant Curator + Gallery Manager, Center for Exploratory & Perceptual Arts

Stephanie Heimann, Photo Director, The New Republic

Stephen Perloff, Founder + Editor, The Photo Review

Steven Benson, Photographer + Educator + Independent Curator

Stu Levy, Portland Art Museum Photo Council, Photolucida Board

Susan Burnstine, Columnist + Contributor, Black and White Photography Magazine, UK

Susie Morrill, Chairperson, Photography at Oregon Gallery Committee

Terry Novak, Executive Director, Photographic Center Northwest

Thomas Werner, Author + Creative Consultant + Educator

Tiffany Jones, Founder, Overlapse Books

Tina Schelhorn, Independent Curator 

Tomasz Trzebiatowski, Editor + Founder, Frames Magazine

Tracey Woods, Director of Photography + Creative Consultant + Producer, The Luupe

Ute Noll, Owner + Curator + Editor, Uno Art Space + Ute Noll Visual Projects

Veronica Nicolardi, Director, Cortona On The Move + Co-Director, Yeast Photo Festival + Co-founder, OTM Gallery

Willie Osterman, Artist + Educator

Yoav Friedlander + Dana Sterling, Founding Editors, Float Magazine

Yuko Yamaji, Curator, Kiyosato Museum of Photography

Zan Zeller, Assistant Director, Koslov Larsen Gallery

* Zsolt Batori, Director, PH21 Gallery – Budapest

*Pre-screening jurors