This program is intended to critically evaluate the photographic work of the participants. Its purpose is to highlight both the strengths and shortcomings of participants' portfolios, for emerging and more advanced artists, by analyzing, interpreting and reflecting on them in conversation with the reviewers. Those who register will have five meetings in five consecutive weeks (please see below to learn more about the reviewers). 

The cost of the Penumbra Critique Program is $300.  When you register you will be asked to select your preferred time slot for the meetings. 

Any changes to the program will be announced online.

All meetings are held at Penumbra Foundation.
36 E. 30th St. New York, NY, 10016 (between Madison Ave. & Park Ave. South)
(917) 288-0343 |  


TIM carpenter (October, 10th)

Tim Carpenter (Illinois, 1968) is a photographer and writer who works in Brooklyn and central Illinois. He received an MFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School in 2012, and later that year co-founded TIS books (, an independent photobook publisher. His books include A house and a tree (TIS); The king of the birds (TIS); Local objects (The Ice Plant); township (TIS/Dumbsaint); and Bement grain (TIS/Dumbsaint). |



Gregory Halpern has exhibited internationally and published four books of photographs, including ZZYZX (Mack, 2016), A (J&L Books, 2011), Omaha Sketchbook (J&L Books, 2009) and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Études, 2014), a collaboration with Ahndraya Parlato. He is also the editor, along with Jason Fulford, of The Photographer’s Playbook: Over 250 Assignments and Ideas (Aperture, 2014). He holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. The Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation voted ZZYZX Photobook of the Year in 2016, and in 2014 he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.


ANAIS FEYEUX (OCtober, 24th)

Anais Feyeux joined Sotheby’s Photographs department in 2016. Ms. Feyeux previously served as Director in New York photographs galleries where she curated exhibitions on Contemporary and Modern photography. Drawing upon works in archives and private collections, she was responsible for Gottfried Jäger: Photographer of Photography 1965-2005Brian Griffin: Capitalist Realism and Jill Freedman: Short Stories Long. Prior to working in the United States, Ms. Feyeux was an Assistant Curator in the Photography department at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, where she researched the museum’s extensive Modernist photography collection and inventoried the more than 7,000 photographs in the Christian Bouqueret collection. Ms. Feyeux has lectured for the past decade at a variety of institutions, including at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and she is widely published, having authored more than 40 articles on the history of photography. After completing her thesis on the reconstruction of photography in West Germany between 1945 and the early 1960s, Ms. Feyeux received her PhD in Contemporary Art History from the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. She is a USPAP compliant appraiser.


LUCA ACKERMAN (November, 7th)

Luca Ackerman is a conservator of photographic materials at The Better Image in New York City. In the past he has worked as dedicated photographer, cinematographer, photo-educator and author of several essays on photographic history and alternative processes. Luca brings over 20 years of experience in looking at photographs.


CLAARTJE VAN DIjk (November, 14th)


Claartje van Dijk is Assistant Curator, Collections, at the International Center of Photography, New York where she conducts research on the over 150,000 historical and contemporary photos and objects in the institution’s collection. Most recent Claartje co-curated Winning The White House: From Press Prints to Selfies (2016) and was a curator on the exhibition Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change (2016). In 2015 she coordinated the exhibition Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups Before 1950 with collector W.M. Hunt. Claartje was on the nominating committee for the ICP Infinity Awards (2011) and a juror on the ICP faculty exhibition Stories in the Social Landscape (2013). In addition to her work at ICP she has reviewed portfolios for PowerHouse Books and The New York Times and was a guest curator for the exhibition On Democracy, at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland (Oregon) (2016). Claartje was previously the Management and PR Assistant at Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder in Amsterdam. She studied Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam.





© Victor Sira. "Working Table", 2009

© Victor Sira. "Working Table", 2009


Thursday, February 16th, 2017

MICHAEL ITKOFF is an artist and Cofounder of both Fabl and Daylight Books (a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books). For over a decade, Michael has been deeply involved in the publishing industry in both print and digital media. In addition, he has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. 



Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

LIBBY PRATT is a visual artist, educator, and publisher, originally from Seattle, WA. She is a co-founder of New Draft Collective with Michi Jigarjian. New Draft functions as an art practice, facilitator and publisher. Their publishing entity is Secretary Press. Currently she is the Director at Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York and teaches at City College of New York, CUNY.


Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

MARINA CHAO is Assistant Curator at the International Center of Photography in New York.  Marina was part of the curatorial team (with former curator in residence Charlotte Cotton and ICP Curator Pauline Vermare) of the exhibition:Public, Private, Secret (on view at ICP until January 2017). 

Prior to joining the Exhibitions Department in 2012, Marina was Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art.


Thursday, March 9th, 2017

DAN ESTABROOK has been making contemporary art for over twenty years using a variety of 19th-century photographic techniques, including calotype negatives, salt prints, gum bichromate and carbon. Dan has exhibited widely and has received several awards, including an Artist's Fellowship from the National Education Association in 1994.




Thursday, March 16th, 2017

LUCA ACKERMAN is a conservator of photographic materials at The Better Image in New York City. In the past he has worked as dedicated photographer, cinematographer, photo-educator and author of several essays on photographic history and alternative processes. Luca brings over 20 years of experience in looking at photographs.