LUCA ACKERMAN studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and earned a Bachelors degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Luca joined the staff at The Better Image® after graduating from FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic, with a Masters degree in Photograph Conservation. During his graduate studies he performed an internship at the National Archives of the Czech Republic, as well as having worked on projects for the National Technical Museum, National Film Archive, and several regional historical museums and institutions. Luca is an active black and white fine art printer, platinum printer and an occasional author of essays and articles on the history of photography.
GEOFFREY BERLINER is co-developer and the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation. A native New Yorker who was introduced to photography at an early age, his father was an artist, photographer and a public school teacher in New York City. His grandfather graduated from Cooper Union and went on to work for the New York Times as a photographer and photo retoucher. After leaving Harvard University with a Masters degree in religion, Geoffrey left academia to start his own business. After several years, the call of photography and especially large format and alternative photographic processes urged greater involvement in these practices.
MELITTE BUCHMAN has been a professional photographer for over thirty years. Her work, though spanning numerous techniques over time, has at its core always been about issues of place and objects of power. She is interested in relationships between man-made systems and the natural environment. She wonders about the mystery, beauty and romance that we overlook daily. Her photographs are re-examinations of things and places common to us here and now. She dives deeper taking a closer look at what is present. Beneath the quotidian, she sees latent strangeness that lurks under the common. Her work was originally in film-based photography but has moved backwards in photographic technique to tintype, ambrotype, salt printing and other alternative processes. Over the past decade she has developed these pictorial techniques to discuss the romantic and emotional in our world. Whether a super fund site or modern technology, these items when re-seen become more real.
RACHELLE BUSSIERES (b.1986, Quebec City, Canada) received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2015. She is the recipient of the 2015 Graduate Fellowship Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, California; and the Award for Excellence from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation in 2008 and 2009. Her work has recently been exhibited at Johansson Projects (Oakland, CA), the General French Consulate (San Francisco, CA), the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Robert Koch Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco, CA), R/SF Projects (San Francisco, CA), Galerie l’Inlassable (Paris, FR), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA) and Present Company (New York, NY). In the last two years, she was awarded residencies at the Banff Centre in Alberta, the Vermont Studio Center and Sim in Iceland. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. She is currently a Charter Resident at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco. www.rachellebussieres.com
TOM CARPENTER is an artist and educator who has exhibited and taught internationally. Carpenter is regarded as a leading practitioner of Electrophotography who has contributed his knowledge and work to Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Concepts, Ideas, Materials, and Processes, Fourth Edition. Most recently taught workshops at the Whitney Museum of American Art. tomrcarpenter.com
STEVE COSSMAN is founder and director of Mono No Aware (est. 2007); a non-profit cinema-arts organization whose annual event exhibits the work of contemporary artists who incorporate live film projections and altered light as part of a performance, sculpture or installation. Steve’s first major work on film, TUSSLEMUSCLE, earned him Kodak’s Continued Excellence in Filmmaking award at F.L.E.X. and has screened at many festivals and institutions internationally. In 2013, he completed residencies at MoMA PS1’s Expo 1 and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. He has been a visiting artist at Brown University, Dartmouth, the New York Academy of Art, Yale, SAIC, and UPenn. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a director, curator, visual artist, educator and activist.
HERNEASE DAVIS earned her M.F.A from the International Center of Photography - Bard College. Her current body of work uses photograms, cyanotypes, performance and craft to emphasize self-care through the artistic process. Hernease’s work was included in Photography Now 2016 at the Center of Photography at Woodstock, and will be included in On The Surface of Things at the Houston Center of Photography, an exhibition featuring photographers working with cameraless techniques. Hernease currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. herneasedavis.com
SAM DOLE earned his BFA in photography from School of Visual Arts where he received the Rhodes Award for Outstanding Achievement. Sam has been an intern and workshop assistant at CAP, studied 19th C photography with noted photo historian Matthew Isenburg and has attended workshops conducted by John Coffer at Camp Tintype in Dundee, NY where he was honed his technique with wet plate legends Will Dunniway and Claude Levet. Sam’s work has appeared in Shutterbug Magazine and the SVA Visual Arts Journal and exhibited in the 2012 SVA Mentors Show as well as first prize winner at the 2012 Soho Photo Gallery Alternative Process Show. http://cargocollective.com/samueldolephotography
ANNE EDER holds a masters degree in Photography and Integrated Media, and has studied with Christopher James, author of the Book of Alternative Processes. Her gum bichromate images and studio practice are featured in Gum Printing: A Step-By-Step Manual Highlighting Artists And Their Creative Practiceby Christina Z. Anderson, published by Focal Press/Routledge 2017. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in both public and private collections. anneeder.com
LISA ELMALEH's work is an exploration of rural America. Using a portable darkroom in the back of her truck, Elmaleh photographs using the nineteenth century wet plate collodion process. Elmaleh is a West Virginia based photographer and educator at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been awarded the Aaron Siskind Foundation IPF Grant, PDN’s 30, the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, the Tierney Fellowship, and The Everglades National Park Artist Residency. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently featuring her American Folk work as a solo show at the Appalachian Center, Berea College in Kentucky, and a group show, Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades at the Norton Museum. Elmaleh’s work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, PDN, and Rangefinder, among others. lisaelmaleh.com
ANDREW FRENCH Andrew’s work is inspired by the signature look of his daylight studio in Union Square. He shoots editorial and commercial work for clients including Food & Wine, Esquire, Town & Country, House & Garden and O, The Oprah Magazine. Before he began his career as a photographer, Andrew worked as an assistant to over 70 photographers for nine years. He traveled the world learning from some of the masters of photography including Mary Ellen Mark, Annie Leibovitz, John Dominis, Art Kane and Ruth Orkin, among others. He helped these legendary photographers create their images from building sets to designing light on location and in studios, and along the way he soaked up their approaches to making pictures. Learning from the masters shaped Andrew’s approach to his own photography and is the basis of the knowledge he shares with his students. andrewfrench.com
JENIA FRIDLYAND (Moscow, 1975) is a photographer and educator based in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Her photographs and books have been exhibited in the United States and abroad. The self-published edition of Fridlyand’s book Entrance to Our Valley was shortlisted for the Paris Photo - Aperture First Photobook Award 2017, and a trade edition (TIS Books) is scheduled to come out later this year. Fridlyand is a co-founder of Image Threads Collective, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together artists, educators, and bookmakers in communities around the world for a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences. Image Threads’ efforts include organizing workshops and teaching workshops, collecting donations for libraries, setting up reading rooms, and promoting emerging photobook makers. Fridlyand studied photography at Centre Iris and Université Paris VIII, and holds an MFA from the University of Hartford’s International Limited-Residency program.
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. He balances his interests in photography with forays into sculpture, painting and drawing. Dan has exhibited widely and has received several awards, including an Artist's Fellowship from the NEA in 1994. He is also the subject of a documentary film by Anthropy Arts. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. danestabrook.com
TONY GONZALEZ is an artist currently living in New York City. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and his MFA from Yale University. In addition to working as a fine art photographer, Gonzalez has taught photography for over 25 years including at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and New York University. Since 2002, Gonzalez has been teaching full-time at Queens College, CUNY and is currently a Tenured Professor and Chair of the Art Department. Gonzalez is a contributing author for The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Second Edition and Third Edition by Christopher James and is featured most recently in the news book Gum Printing, A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice by Christina Z. Anderson and Alternate Processes in Photography by Brian Arnold. Gonzalez’s current work is a series of nudes: “Bathers”, “Bedroom”, “NAIADS”, and most recently “Pool” which combines the vintage printing technique of Gum Bichromate and digital technologies. In 2016, “NAIADS” was featured in the Arezzo & Fotografia Biennial for photography in Arezzo, Italy. http://tonygonzalezartist.com/
JOY GOLDKIND currently resides in St. James, NY. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC in 1963. She has exhibited in numerous venues across the country and internationally including a solo exhibition at the Museo Nationale Della Fotographia in Italy, where a permanent collection of her work is now held. Joy’s photographs have graced the covers of international publications and magazines such as Silver Shotz and Eyemazing. Her work has also been featured in B&W Magazine, Photolife, Zoom Magazine, Color and View Camera Magazine. joygoldkind.com
JON GOODMAN may be considered the catalyst in the modern revival of the photogravure process. He is a master printer of photogravure and a photographer. Goodman came to photogravure as a photographer and continues to make his own creative pictures with the camera. His landscape and still life prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally; outside of this country he has had one-person exhibitions in Scotland, France and Switzerland. His work has been collected by many museums, among them the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museé de L’Elysée (Lausanne, Switzerland) and the Bibliothèque National (Paris). In 2005, Goodman published Photography in High Places: The Work of Bradford Washburn. This lavish portfolio printed in an edition of 100 (10 of which are limited Chine-collé) represents Goodman’s foray into the publishing marketplace.
MORGAN POST has been a large format wet plate photographer and educator for the past seven years. Post holds a MFA degree from Utah State University, a BFA degree from the School Of Visual Arts, and an Associates Degree from Maine Media Workshops. He has worked extensively as a fine art and commercial photographer & digital artist in both Los Angeles and New York. He is currently teaching at Long Island University Brooklyn, Center For Alternative Photography and Fairfield University. morganpoststudio.com
BRENTON HAMILTON Brenton Hamilton holds his MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is the Certificate Program Director of photography at Maine Media College and for 18 years has lead summer workshops in Maine. Brenton’s own work is inspired by the 19th century and has become a principle area of research and inspiration both as a historian and a printmaker. Devoted to the cyanotype & gum bichromate, Brenton’s embellished images are exhibited nationally and he is represented by Susan Maasch Fine Art Gallery in Portland, Maine and TILT Gallery in Phoenix, AZ. brentonhamilton.net
JOLENE LUPO is the Manager of Penumbra Tintype Studio. After receiving her BFA in Photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she went on to practice historic photographic processes. Her work can be described as investigative, focusing on points of intersection between life, death, memory and loss. jolenelupo.com
MOLLY RAPP is a Brooklyn based artist primarily working in photography, painting and sculpture. She graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2014 with a BFA in photography. She works as Workshop Coordinator at Penumbra Foundation, teaches alternative photographic processes at School of Visual Arts and is the founder of Sad Girl Studio. mollyrapp.com
MIKE ROBINSON is a artist-practitioner, teacher, conservator, and historian of the daguerreotype. He has researched and written on the studio practice of Southworth and Hawes for the Young America catalogue and for the Daguerreian Society annual. Mike teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in 19th Century Photographic Processes at Ryerson University in Toronto and a Phd candidate with DeMontfort University in Leicester, UK, and his dissertation is titled, The Techniques and Material Aesthetics of the Daguerreotype.
TRICIA ROSENKILDE is a fine art photographer specializing in and working exclusively with alternative processes, in particular platinum/palladium printing. Inspired by old world European scenes, her early work “Panoramic Pinholes” captured images from the chateaux and gardens of various regions of France and Italy. She is currently at work on creating a new series of large format platinum prints portraying horses. A graduate of Rutgers University with a Fine Art degree in Painting and Art History, she incorporated those interests into her passion for working with expressive historic photographic processes. Tricia is a dedicated faculty instructor with twenty years experience of teaching courses and workshops at the International Center of Photography. She has also taught at The Center for Alternative Photography NYC, Seton Hall University, NJ Center for Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design NYC and the Morgan Library NYC.
LIZ SALES is an artist, art-writer, and educator. Her background as a motion picture camera technician endorses her work, which deals primarily with the relationship between technology and perception. She is an editor at Conveyor Magazine and has published writing in Foam Magazine and Arc Magazine. She is a faculty and staff member at the International Center of Photography. Liz lives and works in Brooklyn, in a camera obscura.
ROBERT A. SCHAEFER, JR. has been working in fine art photography for over 40 years. His imagery has been greatly influenced by architecture with an MA Degree from the Technical University in Munich, Germany. Schaefer's gelatin silver and cyanotype prints have been exhibited and are part of major collections in the US and Europe. His expertise in photography is passed on to students at New York University, and in his workshops and lectures for Penumbra. schaeferphoto.com
JONI STERNBACH is a native New Yorker. She holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts and an MA from New York University/International Center of Photography. Sternbach uses both large format film and early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and environmental portraits. Her work centers on our relationship with water, contrasting some of the most desolate deserts in the American West to iconic surf beaches around the world. Her work is included in many public collections, with the most recent acquisition from MOCA, Jacksonville, National Portrait Gallery in London and The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. She is the recipient of several grants and prizes including the Clarence John Laughlin award, NYFA and 2nd prize winner in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize competition 2016. jonisternbach.com
RICHARD TURNBULL is a printmaker, book artist and experimental photographer. He is a professor in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and also a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work is in numerous private collections in the U.S. and abroad.
CARL WEESE was born in 1949 and grew up in New Jersey. From 1972 to the present, Weese has worked as a freelance photo-illustrator for editorial and corporate clients. His personal photographs have been widely exhibited in group and one-person shows and he is represented by galleries in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington and Virginia. He is co-author of the 1998 book The New Platinum Print, an instruction manual on modern approaches to the classic platinum/palladium photographic printing process. carlweese.com
BRYAN WHITNEY is a fine art photographer currently teaching at the International Center for Photography in New York. His current work focuses on site specific installations and multi image pieces using a wide variety of alternative imaging techniques including x-rays, zone plates, stereoscopic imaging and 3d modeling. His passion for historic architecture and interiors has led to work for magazines and museums worldwide. Most recently he has created 3D images of 7th century BC Egyptian temples in north Sudan as part of a project sponsored by the Qatar Museums Authority. bryanwhitney.com
ROBIN ZACHARY is a NYC-based tabletop and prop stylist with a passion for vintage objects and ephemera. She’s the creator of The Prop Styling Experience, a 1:1 workshop teaching the art and business of styling to photographers, chefs and product makers from all over the globe. She’s a faculty member in the Photo Department of The Fashion Institute of Technology and Contributing Home Editor at Bridal Guide Magazine. Her commercial clients span famous home product brands, national magazines, e-commerce, and social media outlets. robinzachary.com