Staff

Executive

Chris Boot became executive director of Aperture Foundation in 2010. Previously he was director of London’s Photo Co-op (since renamed Photofusion), an independent photography education center; director of Magnum Photos, first in London, and then in New York; and editorial director at Phaidon Press. His company Chris Boot Ltd., launched in 2001, published the award-winning photobooks Lodz Ghetto Album (2004) and Things as They Are: Photojournalism in Context Since 1955 (2005). He is the author and editor of Magnum Stories (Phaidon, 2004).

Sarah Anne McNear, deputy director, has thirty years of experience in museums and cultural non-profits, with a specialization in photography. She has organized over forty exhibitions, and has held positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Allentown Art Museum, LaSalle Bank Photography Collection, and Museum of Modern Art, where she was the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Fellow in Photography. Most recently, McNear served as the deputy director of the 92nd Street Y’s School of the Arts, as well as the director of its Art Center. Prior to these roles, she was director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, after which she became director at the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education. She is also the author of several books on photography and has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues.

Books

Lesley A. Martin is creative director and publisher of The PhotoBook Review, a newsprint journal dedicated to the evolving conversation surrounding the photobook. Her writing on photography has been published in Aperture, American Photo, FOAM, and Lay Flat, among other publications, and she has edited over seventy-five books of photography, including Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer; On the Beach by Richard Misrach; Paris • New York • Shanghai by Hans Eijkelboom; Tokyo by Takashi Homma; Paul Strand in Mexico; Illuminance and Ametsuchi by Rinko Kawauchi; and Enclave by Richard Mosse. She has curated several exhibitions of photography, including The Ubiquitous Image, part of the inaugural New York Photo Festival in 2008;  the New York Times Magazine Photographs, cocurated with Kathy Ryan (2011); and in 2012, Aperture Remix, a commission-based exhibition celebrating Aperture’s sixtieth anniversary. In 2015, she was named a visiting critic to the Yale MFA Photography program.

Melissa Harris is editor-in-chief of Aperture Foundation. She was editor-in-chief of Aperture magazine for over ten years, up until 2012; has edited over fifty books; and has curated photography exhibits at venues including Aperture Gallery; Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan, France; Philadelphia Museum of Art; ICA and DiverseWorks, Houston; Villa Pignatelli, Naples; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; and Milano Triennale. A contributing editor of Interview, Harris teaches variously at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Yale University, and New York University’s Tisch Photography and Imaging department. She served on New York City’s Community Board 5, and is currently on the board of LOOK3, and a trustee of the John Cage Trust.

Amelia Lang is the executive managing editor of the book program. She has worked on dozens of Aperture publications as both project manager and editor since joining the organization in 2011. She previously lived in San Francisco, where she worked as a curatorial assistant, archivist, and project manager on exhibitions and publications for numerous photographers and estates.

Denise Wolff is a senior editor at Aperture, specializing in photography books. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press in London. Some recent books she has commissioned include, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip; The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas; the Photography Workshop Series books; and This Equals That, a children’s book by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin.

Katie Clifford is associate editor in Aperture's book program. Since joining Aperture in 2012, she has worked on multiple publications as project editor and assistant to the executive director, Chris Boot. She co-manages the annual Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. Prior to joining Aperture, she worked at Elliott Erwitt’s studio in New York, and HotShoe magazine in London.

Samantha Marlow is the assistant editor of the Aperture book program.

Susan Ciccotti is Aperture’s senior text editor, books. Previously, she was an associate editor for Museums magazine, and a senior editor for the American Association of Museums. She began her career in the arts at the historic Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C.

Sally Knapp, Aperture’s proofreader/copy editor, has worked in an editorial capacity for several book publishers and arts publications. She holds degrees in English and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Taia Kwinter, assistant to the executive managing editor, started at Aperture as a work scholar. Prior to Aperture she has worked in editorial and archival positions with a variety of institutions and photographers. She holds a BA in comparative literature with a minor in art history from Oberlin College.

Magazine

Exhibitions

Annette Booth, director of exhibitions management, has worked at Aperture since 2004. She oversees all aspects of Aperture Gallery, helping to produce, design, and install eight exhibitions per year. In addition, Annette runs the traveling exhibition program, touring twelve exhibitions per year to approximately twenty venues worldwide.

Development

Emily Grillo, deputy director of development, received her BA in art history from Kenyon College and has more than nine years of experience as an arts nonprofit professional.  She began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by the Parrish Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she focused on development, special events, membership, and board governance. Most recently, Grillo was at the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, working on arts-grantee initiatives, directing and producing mission-driven art exhibits and special commissions, and developing operational systems and special events.

Blanche Norman, institutional funding officer, has more than twenty years of non-profit fundraising experience, with a focus on institutional giving. Prior to coming to Aperture she spent several years as a freelancer specializing in grant writing, research, and institutional funding strategy for a wide range of clients, including universities, hospitals, animal shelters, and social service agencies. Before working independently she was the development director for Educational Video Center, and prior to that was director of grants services for LAPA, a non-profit fundraising consultancy. She is delighted to be back in the arts sector where she belongs. She holds an MA in arts administration from Columbia University Teacher’s College and a BA in psychology from Bard College. She is a former board member of Hudson Animal Advocates, and volunteers and fosters for Cavalier Rescue USA.

Jennifer Hennion, development associate, supports the deputy director of development with all facets of individual giving and membership. Prior to joining the Aperture team, Jennifer assisted with cultural events and program development at New York City based non-profit City Lore, and worked extensively in the visitor engagement department of MoMA PS1, cultivating her love of the arts and interests in event planning and not-for-profit fundraising. Jennifer received her B.A. in anthropology and international relations from Montclair State University where she was a recipient of the Bigel Grant for academic research.

Hillary Beson, senior development associate, focusing on institutional funding, research, and fundraising events, joined Aperture's development department in 2013 as a work scholar. Hillary holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ithaca College, with a focus in drawing and printmaking, and a double minor in art history and business administration. In addition to her work at Aperture, Hillary is also an assistant at Piermont Straus Gallery and Bookstore, Piermont, New York; and has held previous intern positions with the Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, New York; Somerset House, London; and Art21 Inc., New York.

Sales and Marketing

Kellie McLaughlin is director of sales and marketing. Prior to joining Aperture she was director of photography and foreign syndication at a leading commercial photographic press agency.

Richard Gregg, sales director, books, comes to Aperture after four years as director of retail operations at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, and, before that, seven years in various roles at Phaidon Press.

Lauren Bouton, sales and operations associate, began her career with Aperture archiving books and magazines at Aperture’s upstate facility in Millerton, New York. She has since moved to NYC to join the Aperture Chelsea team. She has a BA in political science from Auburn University.

Publicity and Events

Elena Tarchi is Aperture’s publicity and events associate. Born and raised in San Francisco, she has a BS in marketing communications from Emerson College, with a minor in publishing.

Finance and Operations

Mary Colman St. John is chief financial and administrative officer. Prior to joining Aperture, she worked for twelve years at The New Press and seven years at Berlitz International, Inc. She has an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in French literature from Reed College.

Parry Yohannan, director of operations, has thirty years of experience in sales and retail operations.

Phillip Pascascio is Aperture’s accounting manager. He has a BS from Hunter College and has worked a number of years in publishing while with The New Press and Demos Medical Publishing.

Sara Wekselblatt is Aperture’s accounts payable associate. She has several years of nonprofit finance and accounting experience in both New York City and Seattle, Washington. She has a Bachelors and Masters from Hunter College. Most recently, she worked in the accounting department of amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research in New York City, and a community outreach program in Seattle.

Trisha Barry is the limited-edition prints preparator at Aperture’s Millerton, NY facility. Past careers include art teacher, publications and communications director, and co-owner/creative director of a full-service advertising agency. Trisha holds a BA in graphic design and recently earned her MALS (with a concentration in photography) from Wesleyan University.

Mirek Goraj, Aperture’s technical and office administrator, is an eight-year veteran of the IT industry, mostly as an independent consultant. He holds a bachelor degree in computer information systems, and enjoys photography, biking, and travel.

The staff also includes:

Nicole Maturo, executive assistant, joined Aperture in 2015 as a work scholar for Aperture magazine. She has previously worked in an editorial and research capacity at Hearst Digital Media, at Association of Photographers in London, and assisting various photographers. Nicole holds a BS in Cinema and Photography from Ithaca College.

Angie Chen is the sales and rights associate at Aperture. Previously, she worked at Macmillan Publishers for four years. She holds a BA in English literature from Fordham University.

Nicole Moulaison is the production director for Aperture’s book program and quarterly magazine.  Prior to joining Aperture she worked at Macmillan for sixteen years; nine of which were spent producing illustrated Children’s books.

Katie Booth is digital manager at Aperture. Previously, she worked as a photo editor and writer for Women in the World in Association with The New York Times, and as digital marketing assistant at Aperture.

Sarah Dansberger is archivist for Aperture’s institutional archive and library. She holds a digital archives specialist certification from the Society of American Archivists, is an MS in Information Systems candidate, and was formerly a fellow in the Photographic History Collection of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.

Ashley Strazzinski is the education and public programs associate at Aperture. She is responsible for coordinating workshops, talks and lectures, the work scholar program, as well as the Portfolio Prize and Summer Open.

Max Mikulecky, digital marketing assistant, holds a BFA in photography from the University of Kansas. Prior to Aperture, he worked as a digital imaging assistant at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas.

Susan Bauchner-Charlas is the registrar for Aperture Foundation and the Paul Strand Archive.

Thomas Bollier, production manager, assists in producing Aperture’s printed material, including books, the magazine, and The PhotoBook Review. He is a graduate of McGill University with a degree in English literature.