New Juror Highlights: Second Installment

Following up on our blog post last week, here is a second installment of new Critical Mass juror profiles for your enjoyment. There are many fantastic new faces on the jurying roster this year. We always love taking the time to celebrate these dedicated, passionate photography professionals as we jump into a new season of Critical Mass.
Remember: Critical Mass registration is now open! If you’d like to show your work to these fine jurors (and these 196 other fabulous jurors) now is the time.

Deborah Klochko

Executive Director, Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego) / Becky Moores Center for Visual Learning
Deborah Klochko has over thirty years experience in photography museums as an educator, director, and curator. Ms. Klochko has curated over thirty exhibitions; she was executive editor of “see,” an award-winning journal of visual culture; and she is the founder of Speaking of Light: Oral Histories of American Photographers. She is the co-author of Moment of Seeing: Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts, and Create and Be Recognized: Photography on the Edge. She is the author and curator of Picturing Eden, Nancy Newhall: A Literacy of Images and Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography. Her most recent curatorial efforts include Face to Face: Works from the Bank of America Collection and Ruud Van Empel: Strange Beauty, New Visions: Art and Invention in the 19th Century, Hendrik Kerstens: Model and Muse, and Seeing Is Believing. Formerly the Director of The Friends of Photography, located at the Ansel Adams Center, she has also worked at the California Museum of Photography; the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York; and the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Ms. Klochko received her Master of Arts in Teaching, Museum Education at George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop (SUNY) in Rochester, New York.

Photo by Mike Grippi


Yaelle S. Amir
Curator, Newspace Center for Photography

Yaelle S. Amir is Curator of Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR. She has worked as a curator and researcher for over a decade, focusing primarily on socially-engaged photography, video, and installation with a strong focus on community engagement. Yaelle has held curatorial and research positions at several institutions including the International Center of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has curated exhibitions at Artists Space, CUE Art Foundation, Center for Book Arts, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Franklin Street Works, ISE Cultural Foundation, Marginal Utility, and the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, among others. Yaelle is the recipient of several curatorial fellowships and awards by national organizations from The Luminary and Paul Artspace in St. Louis, to BRIC Media and the Art & Law Program in New York.


Enrico Bossan
Creative Director, Fabrica Editorial & Editorial Director, Colors Magazine

Enrico Bossan has been leading editorial projects for years, discovering young talents and following them as a mentor in their creative research. Having started his career as a photojournalist thirty years ago, Bossan’s own works have been published in important international magazines. He has published ten photobooks as well as organizing and curating exhibitions. In 2011, Bossan directed the New York Festival Hope Between Dream and Reality with Elizabeth Biondi. Since 1998 he has worked as a communication consultant for Medici con l’Africa Cuamm. From 2003 to 2006 he curated the social and cultural communication project of the health agency in Rovigo. He taught photography at the University in Padua and at several Masterclasses. Since 2005, Bossan has been head of the Photography Area at Fabrica Research Centre and in 2006 was appointed Editorial Director of Colors Magazine. Since January 2014, he has been in charge of the Editorial Area. During his time at Fabrica, Bossan conceived the FFF Award, curated the exhibition 6×6 Women and realized the performance of the installation of the Peace Dove by Erik Ravelo in Tripoli on 24 December 2011, when Libya celebrated its Independence Day. At Fabrica, he has also published a series of books: Beautiful Gene, Bail Bond, Miracle Village, and Lipadusa and he has curated the multimedia projects Sciabica and Lok Sabha.

Shelley De Soto

Director, De Soto Gallery

Shelley De Soto opened her first gallery in Los Angeles in 2005, later operating as a private dealer. In 2013, she opened De Soto Gallery in Venice, California. The gallery represents contemporary artists working in photography and video.

Photo by Ken Merfeld

Terry Etherton
President, Etherton Gallery

Terry Etherton is the President of Etherton Gallery in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1981, the gallery specializes in 19th, 20th century, and contemporary photography. Some of the artists represented include Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Danny Lyon, Graciela Iturbide, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winograd, Mark Klett, Kate Breakey and many more. The gallery is a member of The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD). The gallery regularly exhibits at art fairs including The AIPAD Photography Show in New York City, Classic Photographs Los Angeles, Paris Photo Los Angeles, Art Miami and more. Terry Etherton is an Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). He has a BA in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University and a BA from The Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art at San Francisco State University. Terry is married and has a 29 year old son.