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photo of Paula TognarelliPaula Tognarelli is executive director and curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography, located outside Boston, whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. Tognarelli is responsible for producing more than 60 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its satellite spaces, and is a panelist and featured speaker at numerous photography events. She holds an MS in arts administration from Boston University and is a graduate and advisory board member of the New England School of Photography.

photo of Sasha WolfSasha Wolf opened the Sasha Wolf Gallery in the summer of 2007. Specializing in contemporary photography, the gallery represents emerging and mid-career artists such as Elinor Carucci, Paul McDonough, Andrew Borowiec and Katherine Wolkoff, among others. Wolf is also a filmmaker, and her last film, Joe, was nominated for the Palme d'Or in the short films category at the Cannes Film Festival and has been screened all over the world. She is a founding member of the gallery collective Project 5, and a co-owner of The Exhibition Lab, a study center for fine-art photography.

photo of Charles GuiceCharles Guice is the director of Charles Guice Contemporary. Recognized for developing new talent as well as for advancing more established artists, he has been instrumental in the careers of a number of today's leading contemporary artists. Since establishing his eponymous gallery in 2002, Guice has placed works in prominent collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the High Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography and the Williams College Museum of Art. He has served on the boards of trustees for the California College of the Arts and the Museum of the African Diaspora, and was a founding member of the nominating committee for the Aperture West Book Prize. Guice has curated exhibitions throughout the U.S. and was a principal, managing director and co-curator for Photo Miami. He has been a guest juror for Center, The Center for Fine Art Photography and PDN, as well as a frequent portfolio reviewer.

photo of Jean DykstraJean Dykstra is editorat- large of Photograph magazine and a freelance photo critic who contributes to such publications as Art in America and Art & Antiques.

photo of Jean DykstraDaniel Cooney opened Daniel Cooney Fine Art in 2003, committed to showing the absolute best in emerging art and underrecognized work by established artists. Cooney has over 15 years of experience as an instructor, gallerist, curator and auction specialist; he was director of online photographs at Sothebys.com, and is on the board of advisors of the Center for Photography at Woodstock. He taught photography at the University of Illinois, from which he earned his MFA, and has lectured widely on contemporary and historical photography. Currently Cooney is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate studies department of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

photo of Claire C. CarterClaire C. Carter is the assistant curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. She received her BA in political theory, gender studies and art history from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her MA in the history of contemporary and modern art from the University of Glasgow. In addition to her curating practice, Carter has published art criticism in international art magazines and journals.