Staff

Executive

Chris Boot became executive director of Aperture Foundation in 2011. 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 associate publisher of Aperture's 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 senior editor at Aperture, specializing in large thematic photography books. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press in London. Among the books she has commissioned and edited include, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip and Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography (for which she cocurated the accompanying exhibitions, 2014 and 2017); Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style (2017); The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas (2014); and Seeing Things (2016), a children’s book by Joel Meyerowitz. Wolff also spearheads Aperture’s Photography Workshop Series, which includes volumes by Mary Ellen Mark, Larry Fink, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, Todd Hido, and forthcoming volumes by Dawoud Bey and Graciela Iturbide.

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.

Elena Goukassian is Aperture’s proofreader and copy editor. She has been a freelance arts and history writer, with bylines in Artsy, the NationLapham’s QuarterlyHyperallergic, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She holds an MA in German and European studies from Georgetown University and a BA in European studies from the University of Washington. Before moving to New York in 2017, she worked for several years in editorial at Sculpture magazine in Washington, DC.

Taia Kwinter is the managing editor of Aperture’s book program. Her writing has appeared on Hyperallergic and in The Focal Press Companion to the Constructed Image in Contemporary Photography (2018). She holds a BA in comparative literature with a minor in art history from Oberlin College.

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. He is the editor of the Aperture books Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph (2018), Chloe Dewe Mathews: Caspian: The Elements (2018), and Ethan James Green: Young New York (2019), and the managing editor of Aperture Conversations: 1985 to the Present (2018). Embser has served on the jury for the Addis Foto Fest, the Changjiang International Photography and Video Art Biennale, Photo Is:rael, and the Sony World Photography Awards. Formerly the director of exhibitions at The Walther Collection, Embser holds a BA in English from Haverford College and an MA in Africana Studies from New York University, and he has contributed essays and interviews to Another AfricaContemporary Andn+1Objektiv, Aperture Online, and Aperture’s PhotoBook Review.

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.

Christopher Chiu is Aperture Foundation’s institutional funding officer. He has over fourteen years of experience successfully acquiring and managing grants from corporate, foundation, and government funders, having worked for such organizations as CMMB, HealthCare Chaplaincy, the Educational Alliance, and New York Cares. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and St. John’s University School of Law.

Kodie-Ann Walcott, individual giving and events officer, was previously the development associate at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she worked closely on the museum’s capital campaign, a transformational expansion that helped place the Norton on the map as a leading arts and cultural institution in South Florida. Prior to this Walcott was at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, where she helped work on fundraising initiatives to keep arts in education in the local school system. Walcott holds a BA in communication and a minor in philosophy from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Nehama Schwartz, development associate, is excited to be at Aperture following her role as institutional funding work scholar in the development department. Schwartz has always been interested in a career at a not-for-profit arts organization. Prior to Aperture, she held an internship at the Frick Collection. Schwartz holds an MA in visual arts administration from New York University and a BA in art history from Macaulay Honors College, Queens.

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

Hannah Gottlieb-Graham is publicity and events associate at Aperture. Before joining in August, 2018, she worked at Sutton PR, Nadine Johnson and Third Eye, where she managed robust arts and culture campaigns and worked closely with international institutions, galleries, biennials and triennials. She has also held positions at galleries (Luhring Augustine and Howard Greenberg), publications (Surface Magazine) and photo agencies (BFA). She studied at the University of Oxford and Sarah Lawrence College.

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.

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:

Nolan Andrea is executive administrator. Prior to joining Aperture, he worked for three years at an e-commerce company for the music industry. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.

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.

True Sims is senior production manager, overseeing the planning and manufacturing of the book program, magazine, PhotoBook Review, catalogues, and an assortment of ephemera. Previously she worked at Abrams Books, Black Dog & Leventhal, and Callaway Editions, where she was able to hone the skill of making books, along with an assortment of other products. True has a BA from the University of Oregon.

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 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.

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