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Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis was born in Akron, Ohio in 1978. She received her BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2002 and is currently pursuing her MFA in photography at Yale University School of Art She is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award and a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant through the Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work has recently been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Photograph Chicago, Aperture Gallery, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Art Institute of Chicago, LaSalle Bank, Library of Congress, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Amy Elkins

Amy Elkins was born in 1979 in Los Angeles, CA. She received a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in May of 2007 where she received many student awards, including the Silahs Rhodes Scholarship. Her work has been published in PDN, American Photo, EyeMazing, and Dear Dave. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions across the world, including the PIP International Photo Festival in Pingyao, China, Gallery Gagopa in Masan, South Korea, Gallery Elsa in Busan, South Korea, and 3rd Ward Gallery in Brooklyn, and the SVA Gallery in New York. Elkins currently works and resides in New York City.

Brian Ulrich

Brian Ulrich was born in 1971 in Northport, New York. His photographs portraying contemporary consumer culture reside in major museum collections, such as, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Ulrich earned his MFA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and a BFA in photography at the University of Akron. An internship at the Akron Art Museum further fueled Brian's research and knowledge of the history of the medium. He later spent considerable time working at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York and then the Cleveland Museum of Art, often staying after hours to sift through the vast libraries, collections and archives of photography. It is this understanding of history that informs much of his work, which today addresses social, political and historical issues.

Ulrich lives and works in Chicago. In addition to teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College, he curates exhibitions and is an active member of a community of young photographers and artists, both local and global, through his website and blog. 


Shen Wei

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Shen Wei is a fine art photographer currently based in New York City. He holds an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York, a BFA in Photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a BA in Decorative Arts and Design from Shanghai Light Industry College. Shen's photographs have been exhibited at the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, and Minnesota Center for Photography and featured in publications such as Photo District News, American Photo, Photographer's Forum, JPG, and CMYK. Shen is a recipient of The Griffin Award 2007 from the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant from the New York City Department of Culture Affairs and Lower Manhattan Culture Council.

Todd Hido

Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Metropolis, The Face, I-D and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. He is represented by: Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Bruce Silverstein, New York, NY; Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO; Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL; Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; and Kaune Sudendorf, Cologne, Germany.

In 2001, Nazraeli Press published an award-winning monograph of his work, titled House Hunting. A companion monograph, Outskirts, was published in 2002. His third book, Roaming, was published in 2004. Between the Two, his fourth book that focuses on portraits and nudes, was published in 2007. His latest book, A Road Divided, will be out in 2010. He is an adjunct professor at the California College of Art, San Francisco, California.

Alec Soth

Alec Soth’s work is rooted in the distinctly American tradition of “on-the-road photography” developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Stephen Shore. From Huckleberry Finn to Easy Rider there seems to be a uniquely American desire to travel and chronicle the adventures that consequently ensue. He has received fellowships from the McKnight, Bush and Jerome Foundations and was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His photographs are represented in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walker Art Center. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial and a career survey at the Jeu de Paume in 2008. Steidl published his first monograph, titled Sleeping by the Mississippi, in 2004 to critical acclaim. Since then, Soth has published NIAGARA (Steidl, 2006), Fashion Magazine (Magnum, 2007) and Dog Days, Bogotá (Steidl, 2007).

Benjamin Donaldson

Benjamin Donaldson, artist and photographer. His photographs are in the collection of the Yale University Libraries, Yale University Art Gallery as well as several private collections. Several solo shows: at Yale University School of Art 2001, "Mouth of the Hudson", Jen Bekman Gallery, 2003, Kimball Union Academy, NH entitled "Terrain", 2004, and the upcoming "Summerland" at Jen Bekman. Numerous national and international group shows. Publications include ArtnewsDetailsHouse and Garden,NewsweekThe New YorkerThe New York TimesNylonThe Manchester Guardian(UK), The Yale University Literary MagazineTime Magazine StyleV Man, and W. He was included in Photo District News 30 emerging photographers of 2003. Recipient of 2006 Hungarian Cultural Center residency on Lake Balaton, Hungary. Commercial clients include Yale University. He is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography, the School of Visual Arts, and Hunter College. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Yale University, Yale University School of Architecture and Yale University School of Art. Benjamin Donaldson is represented by Jen Bekman Gallery. Slides of his work can be viewed at both Art in General and White Columns Galleries, each located in Manhattan. He is also represented by Getty Images. Benjamin Donaldson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


Peter Haakon Thompson

Peter Haakon Thompson is an artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1993, he received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. In addition to his photography, which explores his personal and private relationship to landscape and place, Thompson has created public art and community projects about place, including The A Project, The Art Shanty Projects, and most recently, the Auto-Ethnographic Guide Service. He is a past recipient of a Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, a McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Photographers, a Forecast Public Projects grant, and has been a two time artist-in-residence at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim, Norway. Thompson's work has been published in Photo Metro, Camerawork Journal, and The New Yorker. His work has been exhibited at the Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco, the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, Soo Gallery and the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, The Duluth Art Institute, Trans Art in Trondheim, Norway, and Jen Bekman.