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FotoFest 2016 Biennial

FotoFest 2016 Biennial

Meeting Place Reviewers

Hannah Frieser

Executive Director, The Center for Photography at Woodstock
Co-Founder, Converging Perspectives, Woodstock, NY, USA
Hannah Frieser is Executive Director for the Center for Photography at Woodstock, an arts organization that features exhibitions, workshops and residencies. She has curated exhibitions with leading contemporary photographers such as Pipo Nguyen-duy, Kanako Sasaki, Angelika Rinnhofer, Alexander Gronsky, Shen Wei and Adam Magyar, as well as expanded art projects for Suzanne Opton and Barry Anderson. Her essays have been featured in publications such as Contact Sheet, Exposure, Daylight, Nueva Luz and Chinese Photography Magazine, and in monographs for Susan kae Grant and David Taylor.

Frieser was director of Light Work, a photographic arts organization and artist residency program in Syracuse, New York, for nine years and served in various positions for the Society of Photographic Education (SPE) for more than a decade. She also served as a Visual Arts panel member for the New York State Council on the Arts. Frieser has reviewed portfolios and juried exhibitions worldwide for FotoFest, En Foco, Rhubarb Rhubarb, PhotoVisa, folioPORT and, among others, and is a frequent lecturer on photography and contemporary photographic practices.

Frieser co-chaired the 2010 SPE National Conference, “Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts,” with Miriam Romais, and was the chair of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic SPE Regional Conference, “Photographers + Publishing” in 2011. Together with gallerist Charles Guice, she is developing an initiative that will promote dialogue about contemporary photography, its practitioners and innovative exhibitions from an international perspective. The site will officially launch in Winter 2016.

At the FotoFest Meeting Place, Frieser is especially interested in reviewing work by photographers who understand their intentions as artists. She is actively seeking an international mix of artists, who are at a critical point of their career and would benefit from exposure through exhibitions and essays. While interested in all types of portfolios, only limited feedback can be provided to commercial portfolios, traditional nudes or travel photography. As a reviewer, she offers professional feedback and opportunities within the field. Portfolios may be presented as completed bodies of work or mid-project.

Charles Guice

Director, Charles Guice Contemporary
Co-Founder, Converging Perspectives, Anaheim, CA, USA
Recognized for developing new talent as well as for advancing more established artists, Charles Guice has been instrumental in the careers of a number of today’s leading contemporary visual artists including Max de Esteban, Erika Diettes, Birthe Piontek, Hank Willis Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems. Since establishing his eponymous gallery in 2002, Guice has placed works in prominent private and public collections throughout the United States and abroad, including The Brooklyn Museum, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The High Museum of Art, The International Center of Photography and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

A former healthcare executive, he has served on the Boards of Trustees for the California College of the Arts and The Museum of the African Diaspora, and was a founding member of the nominating committee for the Aperture West Book Prize. Guice has curated a number of exhibitions throughout the U.S., and was a principal, managing director and co-curator for Photo Miami.

He has been an invited juror for CENTER, The Center for Fine Art Photography and PDN, as well as a frequent portfolio reviewer at ASMP, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, En Foco, FotoFest, Photolucida, photoNOLA and Review Santa Fe. As a curator for Discoveries of the Meeting Place at the 2012 FotoFest Biennial, Guice moderated a panel on the underrepresentation of non-Whites and women in the arts at the PDN PhotoPlus Expo. Guice was named as one of Feature Shoot’s “101 Photo Industry Professionals You Should Follow on Twitter” in 2014. His essays on Mahtab Hussain’s work will be featured in the artist’s first major monograph and in Light Work’s Annual later this year.

Guice is interested in a wide variety of work, but is especially interested in reviewing narrative, contemporary, and cohesive bodies of fine art photography and video.


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