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FotoFest 2016 Biennial

FotoFest 2016 Biennial

Meeting Place Reviewers

Darren Ching

Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Darren Ching is the co-owner of Klompching Gallery, established in Brooklyn, New York with Debra Klomp Ching in September 2007. The gallery quickly established itself with an international roster of extraordinary contemporary photographers, including Max de Esteban, Lisa M. Robinson, Richard Tuschman, Helen Sear, Jim Naughten, and Cara Barer. Its exhibits have attracted critical print reviews from Photograph magazine, The New Yorker, Modern Painters, The Wall Street Journal, Art Review, as well as online reviews from cultural websites. Artworks have been placed by the gallery into numerous private and public collections, including the Eastman Museum, MoCP, and MFAH. Klompching Gallery is a member of AIPAD, the only Brooklyn-based commercial art gallery in its membership. Each July/August the gallery presents it’s much anticipated FRESH Annual Summer Show of emerging photographic talent—curated from an international open call.

Mr. Ching’s involvement with photography includes, panel presentations, jurying of competitions, and contributing to both online and print publications on the subject. Up until 2015, he was Creative Director of Photo District News, responsible for the visual design direction of the magazine since 1999, as well as a perennial judge for the influential PDN’s 30. As an experienced reviewer, he has participated in numerous notable photography review festivals, including FotoFest, Rhubarb-Rhubarb (UK), Review Santa Fe, PhotoNOLA, Photolucida, and Fotografiska (Sweden). Additionally, he is an Adjunct Faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and has given critiques at MICA, RISD, and SCAD.

Mr. Ching is most interested in seeing resolved bodies of work, and works-in-progress that are suitable for exhibition and sale within the fine art photography market. Work should demonstrate an integrity of intent, originality of vision and excellence in craftsmanship. He can also offer general portfolio advice on presentation, overall creative vision, and editing. Ideally, photographers should present a portfolio of actual prints as opposed to books or screen-based presentations, and Mr. Ching is not interested in seeing commercial or fashion photography. Klompching Gallery can offer exhibition and representation opportunities to outstanding photographers that fit into the gallery’s curatorial programming and aesthetic sensibilities—the gallery has exhibited a number of photographers discovered at FotoFest.


Session Two
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