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SDN Reviews: Reviewers

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Svetlana Bachevanova
Executive Director of FotoEvidence Foundation

Svetlana BachevanovaSvetlana Bachevanova is a Bulgarian American photojournalist and a co-founder of FotoEvidence, a publishing house dedicated to documentary photography focused on human rights. The books she and her team publish expose injustice, create evidence of violations of human rights, and inspire people to act for social change.

Svetlana has worked with some of the most skilled and dedicated documentary photographers to publish their work and has also curated FotoEvidence exhibits presented around the world to promote justice.

Svetlana conceived the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo and the FotoEvidence W Award to support the work of photographers dedicated to the pursuit of human rights, publishing work that is unlikely to find commercial publication. FotoEvidence occupies a unique space in the world of photojournalism as both a publishing house and activist organization.

Dudley Brooks
Deputy Director of Photography, The Washington Post

Dudley BrooksDudley Brooks is currently the deputy director of photography for The Washington Post and photo editor for The Washington Post Magazine.

Brooks started working for The Washington Post in 1983. He left in 2005 to become the Assistant Managing Editor for Photography at The Baltimore Sun. In 2007, he became the Photo Director for Jet and Ebony. He was the photographer for the first photo shoot with Barack Obama as the newly elected president of the United States. Brooks has won multiple World Press Photo Awards.

He is also the co-creator of Songs of My People African Americans: A Self-Portrait, a historic photo documentary of the world of African Americans. 

Jeff Campagna
Photo Editor, Smithsonian Magazine

Jeff CampagnaJeff Campagna is a photo editor at Smithsonian Magazine and has been with the magazine since 2004. He has collaborated on numerous award-winning photo projects, receiving recognition from American Photography, NPPA, SPD and the World Press Photo Awards. He regularly contributes arts and culture pieces to Smithsonianmag.com. Jeff is an award-winning songwriter and a graduate of Bucknell University. 


Barbara Davidson
Pulitzer Prize Photographer, Emmy Awarded Filmmaker, Guggenheim Fellow, and Photo Editor 

Barbara DavidsonBarbara Davidson is a three-time Pulitzer Prize and Emmy award-winning photographer/ director best known for her work on victims of gang violence in Los Angeles. Davidson is a 2019-2020 Guggenheim Fellow recipient and spent the year traveling the United States making portraits of survivors of gun violence using an 8x10 film camera. 

A staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times until 2017, Barbara spent much of the past decade photographing women and children trapped in a culture of poverty and guns. She also covered the San Bernardino terrorist attack which earned a Staff Pulitzer Prize, in 2016, for Spot News. In 2014, she was awarded Pictures of The Year International’s award for Newspaper Photographer of the Year, for the second time, in part for her project on solitary confinement at Corcoran’s men’s prison in California.

Barbara graduated from Concordia University in her hometown of Montreal, Canada, with a BFA in Photography and Film Studies. 


Sima Diab
Freelance Photographer and Photo Editor

Sima DiabSima Diab is a Syrian-American photographer and independent photo editor based in Cairo, Egypt. Her photographic work focuses on environmental and social conditions in the Arab diaspora and Arab world including refugee and migration, climate change, and water scarcity. She has lived and worked across the Middle East, Damascus, Dubai, Beirut, and Baghdad until setting up base in Cairo in 2007.

Her work has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Le Monde Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, M Magazine Le Monde, The Guardian, LA Times, The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, BuzzfeedNews, Svenska Dagbladet, NRC Handelsblad, The Daily Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy and others. Diab’s non-editorial clients include international aid organizations, Medecins Sans Frontiers, Save the Children, UNDP, UNFPA, Plan International. 

Diab is a guest photo editor for Syria Untold through 2020, producing a limited series of critiques, photo essays, and long form features with Syrian photographers reviewing the landscape of Syrian photography over the last few decades. In her role as a consultant she headed Mada Masr’s dedicated photo blog called Panorama

Diab received the 2016 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting, was a selected winner for American Photography Best of Photography 2015 AP32. She is a 2015 grant recipient of the Arab Documentary Photography Program from AFAC/Prince Claus Fund and the Magnum Foundation.

Diab is an alumnus of The Kalish class of 2019 and awarded The John Ahlhauser and Bob Gilka Memorial Scholarship and was a portfolio reviewer for the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2020.


Catherine Edelman
Cofounder, CASE Art Fund, Catherine Edelman Gallery

Catherine EdelmanDecember 1, 2020 marked the 33-year anniversary of Catherine Edelman Gallery, a venue in Chicago showcasing contemporary fine art photography. Since its founding in 1987, CEG has established itself as one of the leading galleries in the country devoted to the exhibition of prominent living photographers, alongside new & rising talent, attracting both the seasoned collector and first-time buyer.The CEG web site provides a wealth of information, including artist talks, interviews with art world professionals, and extensive educational material. Catherine is an active member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers [AIPAD] and is widely respected as a leader, educator, and specialist in the field of contemporary photography. She is also the co-founder of CASE Art Fund. a nonprofit established to raise awareness about children’s human rights through the support and exhibition of photography.

Catherine is interested in narrative works with a social message, mixed-media photo-based work, and video art. She looks for work that is honest, and values artists who know how to speak about their intent. For the SDN Reviews, she is not interested in nudes, still-life, or landscape photography. 

Anne Farrar
Assistant Managing Editor (Environment), National Geographic

Anne FarrarAnne Farrar, assistant managing editor at National Geographic magazine, oversees visual storytelling for environment and adventure stories. She was previously director of photography for National Geographic Traveler, senior photo editor at The Washington Post and photo editor with The Dallas Morning News among. She has shaped stories, with hundreds of photojournalists, which have been recognized by POYi, NPPA, SND to name a few.

Her current work is guided by the National Geographic mission to explore the planet, protect and preserve our natural and cultural heritage, and tell powerful stories across all platforms that reveal the world around us.

Gail Fletcher
Production Coordinator, National Geographic

Gail FletcherGail Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government with a concentration in Media Studies from Cornell University. Originally from south Florida, she is currently based in Washington, DC, working as the Photo Production Coordinator at National Geographic. Gail was a portfolio reviewer for the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2020. 


Elizabeth Flynn
Deputy Photo Editor, New York Times

Elizabeth FlynnBeth Flynn is the deputy director of photography at The New York Times, where she also works with the investigations team. A graduate of RIT, she formerly worked as an editor at JB Pictures and the Associated Press before going to The New York Times. Beth co-authored the recent book Women of the 116th Congress: Portraits of Power.


Alice Gabriner
Independent Visual Editor

Alice GabrinerAlice Gabriner is a visual editor, instructor and mentor with 30 years of experience at publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, National Geographic, and TIME. For the first two years of the Obama administration, she served as Deputy Director of Photography. Gabriner is currently a faculty member at The International Center of Photography.


Avi Gupta
Director of Photography, U.S. News and World Report

Avi GuptaAvi Gupta is a versatile photo editor, artist, and educator. As director of photography for U.S. News and World Report, he has over 20 years of experience working with photographers to cover current events nationally and abroad. As an artist, his photographic works have been exhibited internationally and held in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Asia Pacific American Center. At George Washington University, Gupta lectures on creative approaches to photojournalism and fine art photography.


Angelika Hala
Photo Editor, stern Magazine Corp.

Angelika HalaAngelika Hala is the New York photo editor and producer for stern, stern VIEW, stern CRIME, and stern fashion supplements. Angelika came to photo editing and photo production with a background in TV and film production and publishing business. As photo editor at the New York office of stern, she commissions, researches and licenses photography for a wide range of features from documentary, science, sports and news to portrait and fashion. She works with established photographers as well as developing talent. Angelika co-produced and curated Open Show New York events and has participated in multiple portfolio reviews across the United States and internationally. She was on the jury for The Fence/Photoville and ZEKE Awards, and has mentored at the Eddie Adams Workshops.


Melissa Harris
Editor-at-Large, Aperture Foundation

Melissa HarrisMelissa Harris is editor-at-large of Aperture, where she has edited over forty books, and was editor-in-chief of Aperture magazine, 2002-2012. She served on New York City’s Community Board 5, and is a trustee of the John Cage Trust. A Wild Life, her biography on photographer Michael Nichols, was published by Aperture in 2017. She is currently curating exhibitions worldwide, including for Fondazione Prada, and writing a biography of Josef Koudelka, commissioned by Magnum Foundation, and to be published by Aperture in 2022.


Michael Itkoff
Cofounder, Daylight

Michael ItkoffMichael Itkoff is the cofounder of Daylight, a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. In addition, he has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Michael’s photographic and video work is in public and private collections in the United States and his work has appeared on the covers of Orion, Katalog, Next City and Philadelphia Weekly. Michael was the recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008). Michael’s monograph Street Portraits was published by Charta Editions in 2009. 

Gabriella Jones-Monserrate
Program Director, The Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art

Gabriella Jones-MonserrateGabriella is the Program Director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at Harvard University. As the first gallery specifically for African & African American Art at a major educational institution, the Cooper Gallery is making groundbreaking headway into providing spaces of reflection and engagement with African & African American Art. Gabriella brings seven years of technical and administrative experience in the arts in an academic setting, along with extensive experience in coordinating and producing events to her current role. 

Alexa Keefe
Assistant Managing Editor (Animals), National Geographic

Alexa KeefeAlexa Keefe is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic, where she curates, edits, and produces visual digital stories. Prior to joining National Geographic in 2011, Alexa spent nearly ten years at U.S. News and World Report, where she began as a photo archivist before becoming a photo editor for the print magazine. Her love of storytelling began at a young age with drawing and creative writing, followed by a degree in French literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her passion has found its truest expression in shaping and discovering real-life stories, particularly those that translate the complex challenges and profound beauty of our relationship with the natural world into impactful visual narratives.


Elizabeth Krist
Independent Visuals Editor, Visual Thinking Collective

Elizabeth KristA National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years, Elizabeth Krist is a founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective. She is on the board of Women Photograph, helps program National Geographic’s Storytellers Summit, and advises the Eddie Adams Workshop. She curated A Mother’s Eye for Photoville, and the Women of Vision exhibition and book. Krist teaches for ICP and La Luz. She has reviewed for The New York Times and PhotoPlus, and has judged for the Lit List, The FENCE, Pictures of the Year International, the Ian Parry Scholarship, and the RFK Journalism Awards. 

Brent Lewis
Photo Editor, New York Times

Brent LewishBrent is former photo editor at The Washington Post. Formerly, he was the Senior Photo Editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, where he drove the visual language of the website that is based around the intersection of sports, race, and culture. Before joining the turning his life over to photo editing, he was a staff photojournalist with stints at The Denver Post, The Rockford Register Star and the Chillicothe Gazette.  Through the years his photos have been used by the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Associated Press, Forbes, and Yahoo! News.


Zoeann Murphy
Visual Journalist, Washington Post

Zoeann MurphyZoeann Murphy is a visual journalist on staff at The Washington Post. She reports largely on humanitarian and environmental crises as well as covering breaking news. In recent years, she’s focused on the global rise of border walls, forced migration, climate change and the aftermath of natural disasters. Her work has been recognized by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, National Press Foundation and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for News & Documentary Emmys among others. In 2019, she received the Ben Bradlee Award for Courage in Journalism from The Washington Post. In addition to her work as a visual journalist, Murphy also facilitates photography workshops that provide the tools and opportunities for underrepresented communities to share their own stories in their own voices. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from SUNY Purchase school of Art + Design and a Masters in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art + Design.


Mark Murrmann
Photo Editor, Mother Jones

Mark MurmanMark Murrmann is Photo Editor at Mother Jones magazine, where he oversees and assigns all photography for the magazine and website. He came to Mother Jones in 2007, having previously been a freelance photojournalist and music writer. Murrmann also teaches documentary photography at the Art Academy University in San Francisco. He remains an active photographer who regularly self-publishes photozines. 


Kurt Mutchler
Assistant Managing Editor (Science), National Geographic Magazine

Kurt MutchlerKurt Mutchler, assistant managing editor for science at National Geographic magazine, was awarded Magazine/Media Visual Editor of the Year in Pictures of the Year International (POYi) as well as Magazine Picture Editor of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) for work in 2018. He was also nominated for Picture Editor of The Year by The Lucie Awards in 2019. His work has also been recognized by the Overseas Press Club of America, The Association of Magazine Media, Society for News Design, and The Society for Publication Designers.

He has worked at National Geographic magazine since 1994 where he has held many positions—photo editor, deputy director of photography, and executive editor of photography. He is a former adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, where he taught photojournalism. Prior to joining the magazine, he was the photo and graphics editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, LA.

Molly Roberts
Independent Visual Storyteller/Photo Editor/Curator/Photography Teacher

Molly RobertsMolly Roberts is an independent visual storyteller, photography editor, curator and photography teacher living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Roberts was recently a Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic magazine. She led the photography department at Smithsonian magazine for 16 years, bringing recognition to the magazine as a National Press Photographers association award winning visuals team for multiple years. She recently spent an academic year at Ohio University as a Knight Fellow in the visual communications program studying, film, video, bias in the media and the history of intentional communities in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.

Committed to the power of visual storytelling to inform and engage communities about important issues in the USA and elsewhere, Roberts created the non-profit HumanEYES USA, which helps to bring American issues into sharper focus through photography, video and art. HumanEyes uses artistic and innovative approaches to inspire informed discussion, encourage civic engagement and create solutions for pressing American issues.

Roberts also continues to lead as an advisor and board member to many photographic organizations; including Social Documentary Network, Women Photojournalists of Washington, Ripple Effect and ArtWorks Project. She has been an invited reviewer, speaker, panelist and judge for various professional organizations and has been involved in educational photo reviews and panels.


Glenn Ruga
Founder & Director, Social Documentary Network. Executive Editor, ZEKE magazine

Glenn RugaGlenn Ruga is the founder of the Social Documentary Network (SDN) and Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine. In addition, he is a photographer, graphic designer, curator, and  has created traveling and online documentary exhibits on the struggle for a multicultural future in Bosnia, the war and aftermath in Kosovo, and on an immigrant community in Holyoke, Mass. 

In 2012, Ruga was one of three curators of the New York Photo Festival where he curated three exhibitions including work by Bruce Davidson, Platon, and Eugene Richards, Reza, and Lori Grinker. 

From 2010-2013, Ruga was the Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) at Boston University. He curated numerous exhibitions while at the PRC including "Global Health in Focus" featuring work by Kristen Ashburn, Dominic Chavez, and David Rochkind. 

From 1993 through 2009, Ruga was the founder and president of the Center for Balkan Development, a non-profit organization established to help stop the genocide in Bosnia and create a just and sustainable future in the former Yugoslavia. 

Ruga is also the owner and creative director of Visual Communications, a graphic design firm located in Concord, Mass.  Glenn has a B.A. in Social Theory from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a MFA in Graphic and Advertising Design from Syracuse University. 

Danielle Scruggs
Global Picture Desk Editor, Getty Images

Danielle is a board member of Authority Collective, a general member of Diversify.Photo, and was a Women Photograph 2018-2019 mentor. All of these groups are committed to creating equity and parity within the visual storytelling field. Danielle helps organizations and publications tell stories about themselves and others by commissioning and providing direction to photographers, videographers, and illustrators; photo research; photo shoot production; and writing about film and visual culture. 


Anette Skuggedal
Cofounder. CASE Art Fund

Anette SkuggedalFor more than 25 years, Anette Skuggedal worked as an art director in film, in advertising, and in broadcasting. In 2003, she left the commercial industry to focus on photography, establishing herself as a consultant for private and corporate collections, and launched PUG OSLO (Pop Up Gallery). In 2017, Skuggedal renamed PUG, opening Lumina Gallery as part of a cultural art house in downtown Oslo that includes venues for music, film, architecture, and fashion. 

In 2018, Catherine Edelman and Anette formed CASE Art Fund, a 501c3 non-profit that gives support and exposure to fine art photographers whose projects focus on humanitarian issues and create a positive impact on social awareness, human rights, and education. CASE's vision is to be at the forefront of presenting photographs about social injustices that inspire, educate, raise awareness and offer dialogue.

Sybylla Smith
Independent Curator/Educator/Consultant, Concept Aware

J. Sybylla SmithJ. Sybylla Smith is an independent curator, educator and consultant who has featured over 110 international artists in 27 solo or group exhibitions in the past decade. Held in various traditional and non-traditional settings which include a Boston-based satellite gallery of the Griffin Museum of Photography and Digital Silver Imaging, Harvard University Ed Portal and Photoville in Brooklyn, NY. Exhibits have traveled to Japan, Columbia and Mexico.

Smith created a concept development curriculum, Concept Aware®, which offers a framework of essential elements of creative practice illustrated with contemporary photography. Pending publication, she teaches in workshop formats nationally and online.

As guest editor, author and book reviewer she has published articles on photography, contemporary art and gender parity in the arts. As an adjunct professor, guest lecturer and thesis advisor she has worked with The School of Visual Arts NYC, Harvard University, Wellesley University, Emerson College, Tufts Museum School of the Fine Arts and Emmanuel College. As a visiting lecturer Smith presents on women photojournalists, gender parity in photography and the creative practice. She consults with individual artists, arts organizations and educational institutions to develop exhibitions, educational programming and dynamic collaborations.

Susan Sterner
Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, Corcoran School
Program Advisor Graduate New Media Photojournalism

Susan SternerSusan is a photographer based in the Washington, DC area and the Program Head of the MA in New Media Photojournalism and an associate professor of photojournalism at the George Washington University Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

Sterner started her career as a photojournalist freelancing with national and international publications while based in New Orleans. She worked for the Associated Press as a staff photographer, based in Mississippi and California. With the AP, she covered domestic issues such as immigration, child labor and families in poverty as well as U.S. border issues and social change in Haiti. A two-year fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs sent Sterner to Brazil to photograph and write about women’s lives and access to resources. After returning to the United States, she worked as a White House photographer, documenting the official and the behind-the-scenes life of the presidency. Since 2006 she has coordinated the undergraduate program in photojournalism, emphasizing a multimedia and multi-disciplinary approach. Her current work focuses on the status of Salvadoran women both in El Salvador and part of the diaspora within the United States. 


Mary Virginia Swanson
Advisor to Emerging and Established Artists,  M. V. Swanson & Associates 

Mary Virginia SwansonMary Virginia Swanson is an advisor, author, and educator who helps artists find the strength in their work, identify appreciative audiences, and present their work in an informed, professional manner. She is a respected mentor who has guided countless photographers through the changes taking place in nearly every aspect of our industry. Swanson has worked in the fine art, documentary, photojournalism and licensing arenas, with vast experience in multiple markets. She is happy to meet with photographers working in any genre who would welcome a dialogue about identifying and reaching appropriate and appreciative audiences for their work. 

Amy Yenkin
Cofounder/Producer, We Women

Amy YenkinAmy Yenkin is an independent producer and editor with 25+ years of experience in social issue documentary photography, arts and social change, philanthropy, non-profit management, and strategic planning. In 2017, she co-founded We, Women, the largest social impact photo-based art project by women and gender nonconforming artists currently underway across the United States. Amy is a former director at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), where she served as the deputy director of scholarships, associate director of the Open Media Research Institute in Prague, associate director of US Programs, director of Moving Walls, and director of the Documentary Photography Project (DPP), a program she founded in 2004.



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