SDN Reviews

As of 3.11.22


Donny Bajohr
Associate Photo Editor, Smithsonian Magazine

Donny Bajohr

Donny Bajohr is the associate photography editor at Smithsonian magazine.  His work has been recognized by NPPA, American Photography and the Society of Publication Designers. He’d like to review documentary, photojournalism and portraiture work.



David Barreda
Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic

David BarredaDavid M. Barreda is a visual editor, multimedia producer, curator, and journalist based in Oakland, California. He is currently a senior photo editor at National Geographic. He is also a proud member of Diversify Photo and president of the SF Bay Area Chapter of NAHJ.

Previously, David was a photo editor at Earthjustice, a founding editor at Topic, and a founding editor for ChinaFile where he launched the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography in collaboration with the Magnum Foundation.

He has more than 20 years of visual journalism experience and, prior to editing, he worked as a staff photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News, the Valley News (NH), the Tallahassee Democrat, and the Herald of Randolph (VT). He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he received his master’s degree, and of Middlebury College, where he majored in Geography and Environmental Studies.


Cathaleen Curtiss
Director of Photography, Buffalo News

Cathaleen CurtisCathaleen is an award-winning photojournalist, editor, and the current Director of Photography at The Buffalo News. She has broad experience in online media as well as traditional print publications. Cathaleen is an active member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and a board member for the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF).

For over ten years she has been recording an iPhone photo a day, the inspiration for the very popular #EveryDayAPhoto feature for The Buffalo News. She has had solo photography exhibits in NYC and Buffalo as well as juried work at the Corcoran Art Gallery, Library of Congress, the Building Museum, and National Geographic.

As the director of photography at The Buffalo News she advocated for and created their first-ever drone photography team. As a photojournalist she has documented events from Super Bowls to superpower summits and covered three presidential administrations. In 1990, she was named, Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association. As Vice President of Global Photography at AOL, she built and managed a staff of visual content editors based in Virginia, New York, and Bangalore. 


Cheryl Diaz Meyer
Acting Deputy Director of Photography, Star Tribune

Cheryl Diaz MeyerCheryl Diaz Meyer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. Currently, she is acting Deputy Director of Photography for the Minneapolis Star Tribune where she focuses on projects, Sunday stories, and coaching a talented staff of 15 photographers. In her own photography, she specializes in conflict and post-conflict coverage, documenting displaced people, as well as gender and human rights. Cheryl won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography with David Leeson for their images depicting the war in Iraq.

In 2019, Cheryl was the recipient of the Yunghi Kim, the Pulitzer, and the White House News Photographers grants for her project on the last living World War II “comfort women” of the Philippines and the generational effects of sexual trauma.

Her work, published worldwide, has also received accolades from Best of Photojournalism, Photographer of the Year, Visa Pour L’Image and the Overseas Press Club, among others.


Catherine Edelman
Cofounder, CASE Art Fund, Catherine Edelman Gallery

Catherine EdelmanDecember 1, 2021 marked the 34-year anniversary of Catherine Edelman Gallery, a venue in Chicago showcasing contemporary fine art photography. Since its founding in 1987, CEG has established itself as one of the leading galleries in the country devoted to the exhibition of prominent living photographers, alongside new & rising talent, attracting both the seasoned collector and first-time buyer.The CEG web site provides a wealth of information, including artist talks, interviews with art world professionals, and extensive educational material. Catherine is an active member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers [AIPAD] and is widely respected as a leader, educator, and specialist in the field of contemporary photography. She is also the co-founder of CASE Art Fund. a nonprofit established to raise awareness about children’s human rights through the support and exhibition of photography.

Catherine is interested in narrative works with a social message, mixed-media photo-based work, and video art. She looks for work that is honest, and values artists who know how to speak about their intent. For the SDN Reviews, she is not interested in nudes, still-life, or landscape photography. 


Melissa Bunni Elian
Photography Resident, National Geographic

Melissa Bunni ElianMelissa Bunni Elian is a multimedia journalist based in Yonkers, New York. Elian's work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, NYT Magazine and NPR. In 2017 Google commissioned her for the Lynching in America Project which was exhibited in The Brooklyn Museum. Bunni's work weaves narrative nonfiction, photo, and video to analyze culture and interrogate the foundations of structural inequality and other social problems. Her aim is to broaden the perspectives people rely on to make sense of the world. Bunni is a 2020 graduate of Columbia Journalism School and is currently a photography resident at National Geographic


James Estrin
Staff Photographer and Writer, New York Times

James EstrinJames Estrin is a New York Times staff photographer and writer. He was  a founder and co-editor of Lens, The New York Times photography blog. Estrin was part of a team that won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for “How Race Is Lived In America."He is also the co-executive producer of the documentary film "Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro" which appeared on HBO in November 2016.  He is an adjunct professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. 

Anne Farrar
Assistant Managing Editor (Environment), National Geographic

Anne FarrarAnne Farrar, assistant managing editor at National Geographic magazine, oversees visual storytelling for environment and adventure stories. She was previously director of photography for National Geographic Traveler, senior photo editor at The Washington Post and photo editor with The Dallas Morning News among. She has shaped stories, with hundreds of photojournalists, which have been recognized by POYi, NPPA, SND to name a few.

Her current work is guided by the National Geographic mission to explore the planet, protect and preserve our natural and cultural heritage, and tell powerful stories across all platforms that reveal the world around us.

Gail Fletcher
Photo Editor, The Guardian

Gail FletcherGail Fletcher is a Photo Editor at The Guardian where she develops and produces visual stories. Several of the projects she produced alongside editors and photographers received recognition from organizations including Pictures of the Year, ASME, and World Press Photo. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from Cornell University and is originally from South Florida.


Jill Foley
Independent Photo Editor

Jill FoleyJill Foley is a photo editor currently working on projects for National Geographic books and newsstand special issues. She has edited pictures for AARP, Discovery Communications, Smithsonian Magazine, and Education Week. She is a graduate of Boston University's Masters in Photojournalism program, an alum of the Kalish Visual Editing Workshop, and is a member of Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW).


Maura Friedman
Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic

Maura FriedmanMaura Friedman is a senior photo editor at National Geographic. On the travel desk, Maura works with photographers on stories at the intersection of history, environment, and place. Before moving into photo editing, Maura produced photo and video stories across the Southeast United States. She also serves on the leadership team for Women Photojournalists of Washington.


Angelika Hala
Photo Editor, stern Magazine Corp.

Angelika HalaAngelika Hala is the New York photo editor and producer for stern, stern VIEW, stern CRIME, and stern fashion supplements. Angelika came to photo editing and photo production with a background in TV and film production and publishing business. As photo editor at the New York office of stern, she commissions, researches and licenses photography for a wide range of features from documentary, science, sports and news to portrait and fashion. She works with established photographers as well as developing talent. Angelika co-produced and curated Open Show New York events and has participated in multiple portfolio reviews across the United States and internationally. She was on the jury for The Fence/Photoville and ZEKE Awards, and has mentored at the Eddie Adams Workshops.


Michael Itkoff
Cofounder, Daylight Books

Michael ItkoffMichael Itkoff is a publisher, creative consultant and former Chief Content Officer at Britelite Immersive. Michael Cofounded the internationally-celebrated art book publishing house, Daylight as well as content experience platform, Fabl. For nearly twenty years, Michael has been a leader in publishing both digital and print media. Along the way, Michael has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Michael’s photographic and video work is in public and private collections in the United States and his work has appeared on the covers of Orion, Katalog, Next City and Philadelphia Weekly. Michael was the recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008). Michael’s monograph Street Portraits was published by Charta Editions in 2009.


Frances Jakubek
Director, Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Frances JakubkFrances Jakubek is an image-maker, independent curator, and advocate for photography. She is the director of the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City, co-founder of A Yellow Rose Project, and past associate curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts. 

Her recent curatorial appointments include Open Walls for the British Journal of Photography & Les Rencontres d’Arles, The RefridgeCurator, Photo District News’s The Curator Awards, and Save Art Space. She has been a guest writer for Don’t Take Pictures, Diffusion Magazine, and for artist publications including Serrah Russell’s recent monograph Tears Tears.   

Jakubek has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography fellowships, speaker for SPE National, Washington & Lee University, and the School of Visual Arts’ Masters of Photography i3 Lecture Series. Personal works have been exhibited at The Southern Contemporary Art Gallery in Charleston, SC; Filter Space, Chicago; Camera Commons in Dover, NH; and The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College, MA.


Lou Jones
Independent Photographer

Lou JonesLou Jones maintains a studio in Boston, MA, where has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies, national and international companies. He has completed assignments for magazines and publishers such as Time/Life, National Geographic, Fortune and Paris Match and covered thirteen Olympic Games. Currently Lou Jones has been documenting the entire continent of Africa with his ambitious panAFRICA project. Jones has received awards from organizations such as Communication Arts Magazine, Art Directors Club of Boston, Travel Photographer of the Year, and International Photographic Council (United Nations). Nikon recognizes Jones as a "Legend Behind the Lens" and Lowepro has honored him as a "Champion". He has lectured and taught workshops all over the world including at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, and Estúdio Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The first book Jones published, Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, earned him the Ehrmann Award from Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty.


Nick Kirkpatrick
Visual Reporter, The Washington Post

Nick KirkpatrickNick Kirkpatrick is a visual reporter at The Washington Post focusing on integrated storytelling. Nick collaborates across the newsroom on visually driven projects that blend text with photos, videos, graphics and illustrations. Nick joined The Post in 2013 as a photo editor. They have overseen photographic coverage on several desks including Foreign and Investigative and have launched many innovative projects and initiatives. In 2018, they were a part of a small interdisciplinary team working in close collaboration with Google to develop a visual storytelling format tailored to mobile audiences. Nick’s work has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club of America, the National Press Foundation, Society for News Design, National Press Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year International. 


Whitney Matewe
Photo Editor, Time Magazine

Whitney MateweWhitney Matewe is photo editor at TIME Magazine working primarily on conceptual photography, portraiture and features as well as larger packages such as Time 100, Next Generation Leaders and Kid of the Year. Prior to joining the photo department at TIME, Whitney was a photo editor at National Geographic, The New Yorker, The Intercept and Condé Nast brands like Teen Vogue and GQ. While she’s based in New York, she collaborates with photographers around the globe and strives to amplify the stories and perspectives of underrepresented voices. 


Mary Beth Meehan
Photographer, Public Artist, Educator

Mary Beth MeehanMeehan, the granddaughter of immigrants to Massachusetts, has spent the past twenty-five years embedding herself in communities across the United States, combining writing, photography, and large-scale photographic installations to challenge dominant narratives and jolt people into reconsidering one another. Her large-scale portraiture installation in Newnan, Georgia, was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times on Martin Luther King weekend in 2020, and included an in-depth article on how the project helped to shift perceptions in that small town. Meehan has held residencies at Stanford, Brown, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, has received commissions from the RISD Museum and the City of Providence, and has published and exhibited her work widely. Her first book, "Seeing Silicon Valley: Life inside a Fraying America" was published in 2021 by the University of Chicago Press.


Kathy Moran
Former Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic

Kathy MoranKathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s former deputy director of photography. As the magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects, Moran has produced projects about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems for the magazine since 1990. She was the project manager for the National Geographic Society/Wildlife Conservation Society’s partnership documenting photographer Nick Nichols and Dr. Michael Fay’s trek across Central Africa. The resulting stories were the impetus for the creation of Gabon’s national park system. More recently she produced two single-topic, conservation-focused issues of the magazine on Oceans (May ’21) and the Serengeti (December ’21).

Moran has edited several books for the Society, including Women Photographers at the National Geographic, The Africa Diaries An Illustrated Life in the Bush, Cat Shots, and most recently, Tigers Forever. She was the photo editor for two anthems of wildlife photography, 100 Best Wildlife Pictures and Wildlife, The Best Photos.  She recently curated an exhibition for the Society’s museum 50 Best Wildlife Photographs.  She produced numerous books with ILCP photographers in collaboration with the University of Chicago Press.  She was named Picture Editor of the Year for her winning portfolios in the 2017 and 2006 POYi competition and the 2011 Best of Photo competition. 

Moran is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and currently serves on the board.  She continues to edit books and projects, mentor photographers, serve on photo juries, and work with the xPosure Festival in Sharjah, UAE. 


Mark Murrmann
Photo Editor, Mother Jones

Mark MurmanMark Murrmann is Photo Editor at Mother Jones magazine, where he oversees and assigns all photography for the magazine and website. He came to Mother Jones in 2007, having previously been a freelance photojournalist and music writer. Murrmann also teaches documentary photography at the Art Academy University in San Francisco. He remains an active photographer who regularly self-publishes photozines. 


Kurt Mutchler
Assistant Managing Editor (Science), National Geographic Magazine

Kurt MutchlerKurt Mutchler, assistant managing editor for science at National Geographic magazine, was awarded Magazine/Media Visual Editor of the Year in Pictures of the Year International (POYi) as well as Magazine Picture Editor of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) for work in 2018. He was also nominated for Picture Editor of The Year by The Lucie Awards in 2019. His work has also been recognized by the Overseas Press Club of America, The Association of Magazine Media, Society for News Design, and The Society for Publication Designers.

He has worked at National Geographic magazine since 1994 where he has held many positions—photo editor, deputy director of photography, and executive editor of photography. He is a former adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, where he taught photojournalism. Prior to joining the magazine, he was the photo and graphics editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, LA.


Deb Pastner
Harvard Nieman Fellow; Director of Photo and Video, Star Tribune

Deb PastnerDeb Pastner is currently a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Previously, she was director of photo and video at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. During her tenure as director, the photo and video team’s work has been recognized by POYi, Best of Photojournalism, SDN, the Edward R. Murrow Awards, ONA, the World Press Awards, and the Midwest Emmys. Pastner has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, POYi and SDN judge.


Pia Peterson-Haggarty
Photo Editor, BuzzFeed News

Pia Peterson-Haggarty

Pia Peterson-Haggarty is a photo editor at BuzzFeed News, and based in Brooklyn. She works on a small team that covers national news, culture, science and politics stories, assigning over 100 photographers a year. In addition, she's looking for personal work and longform projects to highlight and promote on the popular BuzzFeed News JPG platform. BuzzFeed News has 50 million views per month. Photo by Kathy Ryan.


Molly Roberts
Independent Visual Storyteller/Photo Editor/Curator/Photography Teacher

Molly RobertsMolly Roberts is an independent photography editor, visual storyteller, curator and photography teacher living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Roberts was recently a Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic magazine. She led the photography department at Smithsonian magazine for 16 years, bringing recognition to the magazine as a National Press Photographers Association award winning visuals team for multiple years. Roberts was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Ohio University in 2019-2020 in the visual communications program to study film, video, and bias in the media. Committed to the power of visual storytelling to inform and engage communities about important issues in the USA, Roberts created the non-profit HumanEYES USA, to bring American issues into sharper focus through photography, video and art. She is currently Co-Director and member of the Board of Directors for Women Photojournalists of Washington.


Glenn Ruga
Founder & Director, Social Documentary Network. Executive Editor, ZEKE magazine

Glenn RugaGlenn Ruga is the founder of the Social Documentary Network (SDN) and Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine. In addition, he is a photographer, graphic designer, curator, and  has created traveling and online documentary exhibits on the struggle for a multicultural future in Bosnia, the war and aftermath in Kosovo, and on an immigrant community in Holyoke, Mass. 

In 2012, Ruga was one of three curators of the New York Photo Festival where he curated three exhibitions including work by Bruce Davidson, Platon, and Eugene Richards, Reza, and Lori Grinker. 

From 2010-2013, Ruga was the Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) at Boston University. He curated numerous exhibitions while at the PRC including "Global Health in Focus" featuring work by Kristen Ashburn, Dominic Chavez, and David Rochkind. 

From 1993 through 2009, Ruga was the founder and president of the Center for Balkan Development, a non-profit organization established to help stop the genocide in Bosnia and create a just and sustainable future in the former Yugoslavia. 

Ruga is also the owner and creative director of Visual Communications, a graphic design firm located in Concord, Mass.  Glenn has a B.A. in Social Theory from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a MFA in Graphic and Advertising Design from Syracuse University. 


Jamel Shabazz
Independent Photographer

Jamel ShabazzJamel Shabazz is best known for his iconic photographs of New York City during the 1980s. He has authored ten monographs, and contributed to over three dozen other photography-related books. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and his work is housed within the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Fashion Institute of Technology, The Gordon Parks Foundation, and the Getty Museum. Over the years, Shabazz has instructed young students at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Expanding the Walls project, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Teen Curators program, and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. He is also the 2018 recipient of the Gordon Parks award for his commitment to documentary photography. Shabazz is a member of the photo collective Kamoinge. As an artist, his goal is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture.


Anette Skuggedal
Cofounder. CASE Art Fund

Anette SkuggedalFor more than 25 years, Anette Skuggedal worked as an art director in film, in advertising, and in broadcasting. In 2003, she left the commercial industry to focus on photography, establishing herself as a consultant for private and corporate collections, and launched PUG OSLO (Pop Up Gallery). In 2017, Skuggedal renamed PUG, opening Lumina Gallery as part of a cultural art house in downtown Oslo that includes venues for music, film, architecture, and fashion. 

In 2018, Catherine Edelman and Anette formed CASE Art Fund, a 501c3 non-profit that gives support and exposure to fine art photographers whose projects focus on humanitarian issues and create a positive impact on social awareness, human rights, and education. CASE's vision is to be at the forefront of presenting photographs about social injustices that inspire, educate, raise awareness and offer dialogue.

Sybylla Smith
Independent Curator/Educator/Consultant, Concept Aware

J. Sybylla SmithJ. Sybylla Smith is an independent curator, educator and consultant who has featured over 110 international artists in 27 solo or group exhibitions in the past decade. Held in various traditional and non-traditional settings which include a Boston-based satellite gallery of the Griffin Museum of Photography and Digital Silver Imaging, Harvard University Ed Portal and Photoville in Brooklyn, NY. Exhibits have traveled to Japan, Columbia and Mexico.

Smith created a concept development curriculum, Concept Aware®, which offers a framework of essential elements of creative practice illustrated with contemporary photography. Pending publication, she teaches in workshop formats nationally and online.

As guest editor, author and book reviewer she has published articles on photography, contemporary art and gender parity in the arts. As an adjunct professor, guest lecturer and thesis advisor she has worked with The School of Visual Arts NYC, Harvard University, Wellesley University, Emerson College, Tufts Museum School of the Fine Arts and Emmanuel College. As a visiting lecturer Smith presents on women photojournalists, gender parity in photography and the creative practice. She consults with individual artists, arts organizations and educational institutions to develop exhibitions, educational programming and dynamic collaborations.


Maggie Soladay
Senior Photography Editor, Open Society Foundations

Maggie SoladayMaggie Soladay is Senior Photography Editor at the Open Society Foundations in New York. Her work with OSF involves addressing racial, economic, and political justice issues around the world through photography. Soladay is always looking to work with photographers who explore human rights issues. She has been working in the photography industry for over 25 years.


Harvey Stein
Photographer, educator, author

Harvey SteinHarvey Stein is a professional photographer, educator, author and curator based in New York City. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography and the Los Angeles Center of Photography. He is the former Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, in the East Village of Manhattan. He has also been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Bridgeport. A recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist in residency grants, Stein’s ninth and latest book Then and There: Mardi Gras 1979 was published by Zatara Press in October of 2020. Other books of Stein’s photographs include Parallels: A Look at Twins; Artists Observed; Coney Island; Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life; Coney Island 40 Years; Harlem Street Portraits; and Briefly Seen New York Street Life. Among the publications Stein’s photographs have been published in include The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Glamour, GQ Magazine (Mexico), Forbes, Psychology Today, Playboy, Harpers and all the major photo magazines, including Camera Arts, Black & White Magazine, Shutterbug, Popular Photography, ZEKE, and others. Stein’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe including 89 one-person shows. He has curated 67 exhibits since 2007. His photographs are in 59 permanent collections, including the George Eastman Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, Museum of Art, and the Museum of the City of New York. Stein’s work is represented by Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York City.


Julie Winokur
Executive Director, Talking Eyes Media

Julie WinokurJulie Winokur is executive director of Talking Eyes Media, a nonprofit company producing visual media that advocates for positive social change. Her most recent documentary film, The Sacrifice Zone, emerged from a multimedia storytelling project called Newest Americans that has been examining immigration and identity in Newark, NJ for the past six years. Winokur’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Time, National Geographic, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She is a National Geographic Explorer and formerly served on the faculties of the International Center of Photography and Rutgers University-Newark.


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