Kathryn Parker Almanas was born in 1981 in Binghamton, NY. She earned a BFA in Photography from MassArt in 2003 and a MFA in Photography from Yale University in 2007. While at Yale, she was awarded the Schickle-Collingwood Prize; and upon receiving her MFA, she was awarded the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship to conduct research in Italy. Her work has been published in PDN’s 30 2009, 25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers, The Photo Review, Toronto Life, American Photo, the Waterstone Review, Metropolis, Gastronomica, The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, among others. Her work has been commissioned by Culture+Travel magazine and for a portrait of the artist for the publication, Wangechi Mutu: A Shady Promise. Almanas’ work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia. website.
Alice Austen was introduced to photography when she was 10 years old by her Uncle Oswald, who brought home an early-model dry plate camera from one of his many trips abroad. Alice showed immediate and natural ability. Through experimentation she taught herself how to operate the complex camera mechanism, judge exposure, develop the heavy glass plates, and make prints. By the time she was 18 in 1884, she was not only technically skilled but artistically accomplished as well. Alice was active, social, and well traveled. Everywhere she went, she took her camera equipment, which sometimes weighed as much as fifty pounds and often filled a steamer trunk. As a result of her desire to photograph so much of her life and the world around her, her range of subjects was extensive. In her lifetime, she created images on approximately 8,000 glass plates, of which more than 3,000 survive. Alice Austen’s work is significant because of its high quality, its range, and its level of expression that together form a beautiful visual window on 19th century America. website.
Catherine Opie. website.
Abby Robinson has shown her photographs in the US, Europe and Asia. Much of her work has been done in conjunction with grants from the Asian Cultural Council (1995-1996/Vietnam), the Fulbright Program (1999-2000/Sri Lanka and India), and the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies (2004, 2005). She also received a Siskind Grant and New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in 2006. She’s had fellowships at Yaddo, MacDowell and the Virginia Center for the Creative artist colonies along with artist-in-residencies at Light Works (Syracuse, NY), Altos de Chavon (Dominican Republic) and most recently Three Shadows (Beijing). One-Person Exhibitions Include: FotoFest, Houston; H2O, Barcelona; The Workshop, Hong Kong; and Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR. She has written for Asian Art News and South Asian Popular Culture, is a contributor to the new Trans-Asia Photography Review, and has published a novel, The Dick and Jane based on her experiences working with a private investigator. Her photographs have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Time, Photographers International, Dear Dave, and Shots. Robinson lives and works in New York. She teaches photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in Manhattan in the B.F.A. Photography and the Graphic Design & Advertising Departments. website.
Victoria Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. She is currently following the US/Mexican border photographing the intersection of geology, politics and culture along the volatile international boundary. She has received fellowships from the Center for Land Use Interpretation and the Lannan Foundation. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Lannan Foundation. website.
Penelope Umbrico is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. website.
Jessica Watson received her MFA in photography from Bard College and her BA in studio art from Wellesley College. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine and in New York galleries, including Larissa Goldston Gallery, Art in General, Massimo Audiello Gallery and Sean Kelly Gallery. She was a resident at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program in 2005. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. website.
Joseph Maida has had solo exhibitions of his work at Wallspace Gallery in Manhattan and at the Nikon Salons in Tokyo and Osaka. His photographs and videos have also been included in group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art, Art In General, Artists Space, and PS122, and he has shown internationally at institutions including the Reina Sofia National Museum, the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, the Kunsthalle Wien, and the Pro-Arte Center, Saint Petersburg. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a recent JUSFC/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Maida is a graduate of Columbia (B.A.) and Yale Universities (M.F.A.). website.
Katie Murray has had solo exhibitions of her work at White Columns and Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City. She has also participated in group exhibitions at venues including the International Center of Photography, the Queens Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, Yale Art Gallery, Bellwether Gallery, and Kate Werble Gallery. Murray’s photographs have been featured and reviewed in New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, W Magazine, and PDN, among others. Her newest video girls in 4/4 is currently the subject of a solo exhibition at World Class Boxing in Miami. Murray is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (B.F.A.) and Yale University (M.F.A.). website.