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).

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 ApertureAmerican PhotoFOAM, and Lay Flat, among other publications, and she has edited over seventy-five books of photography, including Reflex: A Vik Muniz PrimerOn the Beach by Richard Misrach; Paris • New York • Shanghai by Hans Eijkelboom; Tokyo by Takashi Homma; Paul Strand in MexicoIlluminance 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 TripThe 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.

Samantha Marlow joined Aperture in 2012 and is the associate editor in the book program and coordinating editor of The PhotoBook Review.

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, associate 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.

Charlotte Chudy, editorial assistant in the books department, began at Aperture as a work scholar immediately after graduation from Amherst College, where she earned a BA in English and European studies.

Magazine

Michael Famighetti is editor of Aperture magazine. In 2013, he organized a relaunch and reconceptualization of the magazine, which won a 2018 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He is the recipient, with guest editor Sarah Lewis, of the ICP Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research for “Vision & Justice,” the summer 2016 issue of Aperture. In addition to editing the magazine, Famighetti commissions and edits books for Aperture Foundation, including volumes by William Christenberry, Robert Adams, John Divola, Jonas Bendiksen, Kwame Brathwaite, Joel Meyerowitz, among others. He is currently a visiting critic at Yale University School of Art and a participant in SVA’s Mentors program. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bookforum, Aperture, among other publications. He is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and has been a guest reviewer and speaker at many international festivals and institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The New York Times; Vogue Italia; FOAM, Amsterdam; Art Gallery of Ontario; the Bamako Biennial, Mali; Kyotographie, Kyoto; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; and Fotografiska, Stockholm.

Dana Triwush is the publisher of Aperturand has spent many years on the business side of magazine publishing. Previously, she worked at another niche publisher as Circulation Manager for eight teen-oriented titles. Prior to that, she was the marketing coordinator for a large network of e-commerce and content websites, managing their e-newsletter program in addition to being a key member of their in-house agency team. She holds an MA in psychology from Texas Woman's University and a BA in psychology from Baylor University. She supports and volunteers for Visual AIDS.

Brendan Embser is the managing editor of Aperture magazine. Formerly the director of exhibitions at The Walther Collection, he has contributed essays and interviews to Another AfricaContemporary And, n+1Objektiv, and Aperture’s PhotoBook Review, and is the editor of the photobooks François-Xavier Gbré: The Past is a Foreign Country and Samuel Fosso: The Spectacle of the Body. Embser holds a BA in English from Haverford College and an MA in Africana Studies from New York University. He has served on the jury for the Addis Foto Fest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2016), the Changjiang International Photography and Video Art Biennale in Chongqing, China (2017), and Photo Is:rael, Tel Aviv (2017).

Annika Klein is the editorial assistant of Aperture magazine. Most recently a work scholar in Aperture’s books department, she has also worked at The Walther Collection, in Mary Ellen Mark’s studio, and at New York Magazine. Annika holds an honors degree in Visual Arts from Brown University.

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, director of development, leads Aperture’s fundraising efforts, with oversight of individual giving programs, corporate sponsorship, foundation and government relations, and special events. Ms. Grillo has more than fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit arts sector, governance, and fundraising. 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. Ms. Grillo holds a BA from Kenyon College.

Jean Son, senior manager, individual development, has more than nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Her experience includes special events, institutional giving, and young professionals stewardship. She is thrilled to be a part of Aperture, nourishing a lifelong appreciation of the arts. Most recently, Jean was at Habitat for Humanity New York City, where she managed relationships with institutional donors. She has also worked for organizations including the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and Citymeals on Wheels. She holds BAs in English and philosophy from Vanderbilt University.

Dawn Perry, development coordinator, has over eight years of experience in the nonprofit arts sector in New York, including special events/performances, sales, design, and online advertising. She is excited to be a part of the Aperture Development team, continuing her life’s work and sharing her enthusiasm for the arts. Prior to Aperture, Dawn worked for the Partnership for Inner-City Schools as the Admissions and Development Associate at Sacred Heart School in the South Bronx. She has also worked in marketing for organizations such as Ballet Hispánico, the New Victory Theater, Signature Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Company, Daryl Roth Advertising, and Jersey City Theater Centre. She holds a BA in visual communication and design from the State University of New York at Empire State.

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.

Publicity and Events

Joshua Machat is communications manager at Aperture. Before joining Aperture in 2016, he held positions at Yale University Press, The Broad Art Foundation, Getty Research Institute, Rizzoli International Publications, and Photo-Eye. He received an MA from St. John’s College and a BA from College of the Atlantic.

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.

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.

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:

Cassidy Paul is Aperture’s social media editor. Previously, she worked as publicity and events associate at Aperture, at TIME magazine, and as a work scholar at Aperture. She holds a BFA in Photography from Parsons the New School for Design.

Nelson Chan is production manager for Aperture’s book program and quarterly magazine. He holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from the Hartford Art School. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at places like the Museum of Chinese in America, Manhattan; The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts; 2013 Flash Forward Photography Festival; and Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. He has also been nominated for the Mack Books First Book Award and is a co-founder of TIS books, an independent art book publisher based in Brooklyn, NY.  Prior to joining Aperture, Nelson had been a dedicated educator and was a visiting assistant professor at the Pratt Institute as well as a visiting critic in RISD’s photography MFA department.

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.

Emily Stewart is the associate manager of education and engagement programs at Aperture. She is responsible for coordinating workshops, talks, and lectures, the work scholar program, tours, and Aperture On Sight, as well as the three calls for entry: the Portfolio Prize, Summer Open, and PhotoBook Awards. Previously, Emily worked as a work scholar at Aperture, and as an intern at Blind Spot magazine. She holds a BFA in photography and a BA in culture and media studies from The New School.

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