Staff

Executive

Sarah Meister is executive director. She joined Aperture in May 2021, following more than twenty-five years at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. At MoMA, Sarah curated numerous exhibitions including Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964 (2021); Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures (2020); Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction (cocurator, 2017); One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers (2016); From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola (cocurator, 2015); and Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light (2013). Her most recent publications consider Luigi Ghirri (2020), Frances Benjamin Johnston (2019), Dorothea Lange (2018), and the 1967 MoMA exhibition New Documents (2017); and she is author and coeditor of the three-volume series Photography at MoMA (with Quentin Bajac, et al.). She was lead instructor for the online course Seeing Through Photographs, and codirector of the August Sander Project. Sarah holds a BA in art history from Princeton University, New Jersey.

Nolan Andrea is executive administrator, overseeing administrative functions of the executive office, Aperture magazine, and the organization as a whole. In addition to these duties, he has also stepped in as a project manager, including for the 2020 reissue of Danny Lyon’s The Destruction of Lower Manhattan. Prior to joining Aperture, he worked at an e-commerce company for the music industry. Nolan holds a BA in music business management from Columbia College Chicago.

Books

Susan Ciccotti is senior text editor. Over the past fifteen-plus years, she has copyedited or proofread the text for more than two hundred Aperture titles. Among her other duties, she serves as part of the team that reprints the backlist, and as a project editor on select essay books. Prior to her work at Aperture, she wrote for The Photo Review; and was associate editor at Museums magazine, senior editor at the American Association of Museums (now American Alliance of Museums), and office manager for the historic Octagon Museum in Washington, DC. She holds an MA in arts criticism from City, University of London, and a BA in art history from George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Elena Goukassian is copy editor, providing quality control for the text in every book, online article, newsletter, and postcard put out into the world. Before joining Aperture in 2019, she was copy editor at the Nation. Previously, she worked for several years in editorial at Sculpture magazine in Washington, DC. Her writing on topics at the intersection of the arts and history have appeared in the Calvert Journal, Artsy, Lapham’s Quarterly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Hyperallergic, and Washington Post, among other publications. She holds an MA in German and European studies from Georgetown University, Washington, DC; and a BA in European studies from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Taia Kwinter is publishing manager of the book program. They started at Aperture as editorial work scholar for the magazine in 2014. As publishing manager, they are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the publishing program, schedules, deliverables, and communications between relevant internal departments. Their writing has appeared in Hyperallergic and The Focal Press Companion to the Constructed Image in Contemporary Photography (2018). They hold a BA in comparative literature and art history from Oberlin College, Ohio.

Samantha Marlow is associate editor in the book program and coordinating editor of The PhotoBook Review. She joined Aperture in 2012 as an editorial work scholar. Sam has project-managed and supported dozens of photobooks, including monographs, anthologies, limited-edition artist books, and collections of writing.

Lesley A. Martin, who began her career at Aperture as a work scholar, is creative director, publisher of The PhotoBook Review, and editor of more than one hundred books, including On the Beach by Richard Misrach (2007); Illuminance by Rinko Kawauchi (2011, reissue 2021); LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Notion of Family (2014); Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness (2017); The New Black Vanguard by Antwaun Sargent (2019); and Sara Cwynar: Glass Life (2021). She was commissioning editor of The Chinese Photobook (2015); a contributing editor to Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ’70s (2009) and The Latin American Photobook (2011); and curator of The Ubiquitous Image (2008), The New York Times Magazine Photographs (with Kathy Ryan, 2011), and Mickalene Thomas: Muse (2016). Lesley’s writing has been published in IMA magazine, FOAM, and Aperture. In 2012, she cofounded the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards and, in 2020, she received the Royal Photographic Society Award for outstanding achievement in photographic publishing. Lesley is currently a visiting critic at Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut.

Emily Patten is publishing assistant of the book program, and was previously a book publishing work scholar. She works closely with publishing manager Taia Kwinter, and maintains book metadata, various sales materials, and communication with internal departments and distributors. She holds a BFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.

Lanah Swindle is editorial assistant in the books program. She assists in the management, research, and development of some twelve titles per year, working in close collaboration with Denise Wolff, senior editor. She holds a BA in art history and literary theory from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Denise Wolff is senior editor in the book program. She focuses mainly on commissioning and editing books for a broad audience, including The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip by David Campany (2014) and Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography by Susan Bright (2017), for which she also cocurated the accompanying exhibitions; The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern (2014); Girl Pictures by Justine Kurland (2020); The Colors We Share by Angélica Dass (2021); and Eyes Open: 23 Photography Projects for Curious Kids by Susan Meiselas (2021). In addition, Denise spearheads The Photography Workshop Series, with titles by Dawoud Bey, Larry Fink, Todd Hido, Mary Ellen Mark, Richard Misrach, and Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. Prior to Aperture, she was commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press in London. Her projects have won numerous AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers and D&AD Awards, as well as an Alice Award and the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Exhibition Competition. She is currently adjunct professor at Fordham University, New York.

Magazine

Brendan Embser is senior managing editor of Aperture magazine. He is also editor of Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph (2018), Chloe Dewe Mathews: Caspian: The Elements (2018), Ethan James Green: Young New York (2019), Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph (2020), and Philip Montgomery: American Mirror (2021); and managing editor of Aperture Conversations: 1985 to the Present (2018) and To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes (with Peabody Museum Press, 2020). He has been cocurator of the Aperture Summer Open exhibitions since 2018. Brendan has served on the jury for the Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Changjiang International Photography and Video Art Biennale, Chongqing, China; Sony World Photography Awards; and WMA Masters, Hong Kong. Formerly director of exhibitions at the Walther Collection, New York, he has contributed essays and interviews to Apartamento, Contemporary And, n+1, Objektiv, and The PhotoBook Review. He holds an MA in Africana studies from New York University, and a BA in English from Haverford College, Pennsylvania.

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. Together with guest editor Sarah Lewis, Michael is recipient of an ICP Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research for “Vision & Justice,” the Summer 2016 issue of Aperture. In addition to editing the magazine, Michael works with the digital team to shape online content, and commissions and edits books. He is currently also visiting critic at the University of Hartford’s MFA program, and a participant in the School of Visual Arts’s Mentors program. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bookforum, and 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.

Dana Triwush is chief operating officer, and publisher of Aperture magazine. She oversees the organization’s operations and procedures, in addition to managing the magazine’s circulation, distribution, and advertising. Before joining Aperture in 2004, she was circulation manager at Lifestyle Publications, overseeing audience development for eight special-interest magazines, and marketing coordinator for a network of teen-oriented e-commerce and content websites. She holds an MA in psychology from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, and a BA in psychology from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Exhibitions and Public Programming

Annette Booth is director of exhibitions management. She has worked at Aperture since 2004, beginning as a work scholar in the exhibitions department. She oversees all exhibitions, locally and nationally, including a traveling exhibition program, which tours approximately ten exhibitions per year to venues worldwide. She has worked extensively on projects such as Dawoud Bey’s Class Pictures, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, MUSE: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête, and The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion. She curated Aperture Photographs, an exhibition of works from the limited-edition program. Annette also manages rights and permissions for the Paul Strand Archive, which functions at Aperture Foundation in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, home of the Paul Strand Collection.

Emily Stewart is manager of education and public programs. She is responsible for coordinating talks, lectures, and workshops; the preprofessional internship program; and Aperture On Sight and related school programming; as well as the annual open calls for entry—the Aperture Portfolio Prize, Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, and Aperture Summer Open. Emily also assists with marketing and event strategy for books and the magazine. Previously, she worked as an Aperture work scholar in the education department. She holds a BFA in photography and a BA in culture and media studies from the New School, New York.

Development

Chase Martin, institutional funding officer, manages strategic partnerships with foundations, government agencies, and other funders. Previously, he oversaw fundraising efforts at Institute 193, Lexington, Kentucky; Threewalls, Chicago; CUE Art Foundation, New York; and the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New York.

Nehama Schwartz, development associate since 2018, previously worked at Aperture as institutional funding work scholar in 2017. Prior to Aperture, she held an internship at the Frick Collection, New York. Nehama holds an MA in visual arts administration from New York University and a BA in art history from Macaulay Honors College, Queens.

Sales, Marketing, and Brand Partnerships

Jelane Da Silva is sales assistant for the limited-edition print program. She originally joined Aperture as a work scholar for the exhibitions department in January 2020. Jelane has marketed nineteenth-century photographs, and was involved with the herbarium team at New York Botanical Garden, contributing research to the Biodiversity Heritage Library. She holds an MA in museum studies from New York University and a BA from Hunter College in history of photography.

Anh Do is sales and operations associate of the book program. She supports the sales and finance departments in inventory management, book distribution, accounts receivable, and customer service inquiries. She holds a BA in mathematics from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Richard Gregg is sales director of books, joining Aperture in 2016. He oversees global book sales and distribution, in addition to managing foreign-language editions. He has twenty-plus years of experience in the art and publishing industries, including stints at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and at Phaidon.

Kellie McLaughlin is chief marketing and sales officer. She oversees and supports the sales and marketing staff, and adds strategic input and consultation across all departments, in addition to directing the limited-edition print program—from print selection and production, through to sales strategy, collector cultivation, and external engagement. Before joining Aperture in 2007, she worked for the photographic press agency Rex Features as a photo editor and account executive, and later at Retna Ltd., where she was director of photography and foreign syndication.

Isabelle Friedrich McTwigan is director of brand partnerships. She works across the organization, identifying, cultivating, and bringing to fruition sponsorships, integrated marketing solutions, bespoke partnerships, and artists’ projects. She has worked extensively on projects surrounding Aperture magazine and publications like Ethan James Green: Young New York (2019) and The New Black Vanguard by Antwaun Sargent (2019). Previously, Isabelle was a founding partner at a tech-media start-up in partnership with Gilt Groupe. She first worked at Aperture as magazine circulation work scholar in 2010. Isabelle received her BA in public policy and law with a minor in painting from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

Communications and Digital

Jason Quincy Bailey is director of digital strategy. Following his role as digital media associate at Aperture from 2012 to 2014, Jason went on to lead award-winning, strategy-driven digital initiatives for clients across the nonprofit, publishing, and technology industries. He returned to Aperture in 2020 and focuses on strategic growth initiatives across digital products and marketing. He holds a BA in art studio with a concentration in architecture from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut.

Giada De Agostinis is publicist, liaising with local and international press, and ensuring media coverage for all activities. Her ties to Aperture date back to 2016 when, after ten years in corporate communications, she moved from London to New York to be a work scholar at Aperture, training in three different departments. Before rejoining Aperture in 2020, she was communications manager at Photograph magazine and Picter. She’s currently also editor of Paper Journal, a platform of contemporary photography. Her writing has appeared in Aperture, Paper Journal, Photograph magazine, and Italy Segreta. She holds an MA in publishing from Oxford Brookes University, UK, and a degree in communications from La Sapienza, University of Rome.

Cassidy Paul is digital editor. She is responsible for managing social media and producing editorial content for Aperture’s website. She is also managing editor of Aperture’s Introducing series. Joining Aperture in 2015 as a production work scholar, she would later hold positions as publicity and events associate and as social media editor. She has also worked as photo editor at TIME magazine. Her writing has appeared in Aperture and TIME. She holds a BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design at the New School, New York.

Design and Production

Andrea Chlad is production manager, handling separations, proofing, and production for the book program and the magazine. She has a BFA in photography from Syracuse University, New York, and was previously an Aperture production work scholar.

Minjee Cho is production director of the publishing program, overseeing the printing and production of books, the magazine, limited editions, The PhotoBook Review, artist limited-edition print sets, and ephemera. Minjee has produced numerous artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, retail print products, and scholarly publications in museum publishing capacities. Her projects have been awarded by the AAM Museum Publications Design Competition, AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers, Communication Arts Design Competition, and the Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award.

Finance and Operations

Mirek Goraj is technical and office administrator. He is a longtime veteran of the IT industry, including extensive experience as an independent consultant. He holds a BS in computer information systems from Brooklyn College.

Israel Moreno joined Aperture as a finance and operations work scholar, before becoming accounts payable associate. Prior to Aperture, he worked for the French-American Foundation, City Parks Foundation SummerStage, and City Year New York. He holds a BA in English and accounting from Queens College, City University of New York.

Phillip Pascascio is accounting manager. Prior to joining Aperture in 2015, his extensive publishing experience included roles at the New Press and Demos Medical Publishing. Phillip holds a BS in accounting from Hunter College, New York.

Mary Colman St. John is chief financial and administrative officer, with more than twenty years of experience in the book publishing industry. She directs all financial aspects of the organization, oversees staff and human resources, and coordinates all office and administrative functions. Prior to joining Aperture in 2010, Mary Colman was finance director for the New Press and manager of strategic planning at Berlitz International. She has an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and a BA in French literature from Reed College, Portland, Oregon.