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Visura highlights 10 Creative Directors, Producers and Curators
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May 25, 2017
Visura highlights 10 Creative Directors, Producers, Curators and Collectors. Each were found using Visura's Advanced Search Engine, a tool that gives access to Visura's database to search for talent and connect. You can search by members or projects as well as browse tags related to focus, skills, current location, nationality, territories, themes and others.

1. Damian Prado (American)

Senior Creative Producer

Damian Prado is the Senior Creative Producer at CNN Digital Labs. Formerly, he was the Senior Photo Editor at the Wall Street Journal.

2. James Smith (South African)

Writer, Designer, Creative Director

James Smith is an award winning Creative Director. Since 2015—he has worked at Anomaly, a company that sets store by developing its own intellectual property, which it can license to clients in return for share in revenues.

3. Michael Foley (American)

Gallery Owner, Curator and Educator

Michael Foley opened Foley Gallery in the fall of 2004 after several years of working with notable photography galleries including Fraenkel GalleryHoward Greenberg Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery. He is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts where he teaches and lectures on issues in contemporary photography.

4. Monical Allende (Spanish)

Independent Photo Editor, Curator, Educator and Cultural Producer

Monica Allende is currently, the Director (Maternity cover) at FORMAT International Photography Festival and also Artistic Director of Getxo Photo, Bilbao for 2016-2019.

She is producing with artist Anton Kusters a project about revisiting the memory of the Holocaust, 'Blue Skies'. Monica collaborates with the team of and is the co-founder of Offspring Photo Meetin London.

5. Myles Little (Irish)

Independent Curator + Photo editor

Myles Little (b. 1984, Ireland) is an award-winning photo editor at TIME Magazine based in New York City. The Huffington Post called him "a rising leader and visionary in the industry”. He studied photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has gone on to produce award-winning covers and features with many of the best photographers in the world. Outside of work, Myles has lectured on photography internationally and is curating a world-traveling photo exhibit and book about wealth inequality.

6. Rocío Aranda-Alvarado (Chilean)


Rocío Aranda-Alvarado is Curator at El Museo del Barrio where she has been organizing exhibitions since 2010. She is working on an exhibition about the persistence of Mesoamerican imagery in contemporary art. Her curatorial work and research focuses on contemporary art and modern and contemporary art of the Americas. Ms. Aranda-Alvarado is also on the adjunct faculty in the Art History Department at the City College of New York.

She has been invited to speak at different institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum. Her writing has appeared in various publications including catalogue essays for the Museum of Modern Artand El Museo del Barrio, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African ArtArt Nexus, amongst others.

7. Sam Barzilay (Greek)

Creative Director, Curator and Cultural Producer

Sam Barzilay serves as the Creative Director of United Photo Industries, a gallery focusing on contemporary photography that revolves around social documentary, and conceptual themes. He is also the co­founder of PHOTOVILLE, a modular venue built from re­purposed shipping containers, on the waterfront of New York City.

8. Miss Rosen (American)

Writer, Curator and Brand Strategist

Miss Rosen is a journalist, curator, and brand strategist specializing in art, photography, and contemporary culture. She has contributed essays to books by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Arlene Gottfried, as well as features for Vogue OnlineDazed DigitalThe UndefeatedFeature ShootL'Uomo Vogue, and Whitewall, among other publications.

9. W.M. Hunt (American)

Independent Photography Collector, Curator and Consultant

W.M. Hunt lives and works in New York. Founding partner of the photography gallery Hasted Hunt and former director of photography at Ricco/Maresca gallery, Hunt has been collecting photography for over 35 years. He is a professor at the School of Visual Arts. His book "The Unseen Eye" (Aperture, Thames & Hudson, Actes Sud) focuses on his largest collection of photographs.

W.M. Hunt is on the Board of Directors of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fundand The Center for Photography at Woodstock where he was the recipient of their Vision Award in 2009. He also served on the Board of Directors of AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) and was the past Chairman of Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS.

10. Yukiko Yamagata (Japanese)

Curator & Director

Yukiko Yamagata is acting interim director for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, which explores the intersection of photography and social change through grantmaking, exhibitions, public programs, and workshops. Yamagata also serves as curator for the Open Society's Moving Walls exhibition series.

Prior to joining Open Society in 2005, she worked at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, conducting research for the In Motion: The African American-Migration Experience exhibition, book, website, and digital archive. She began her career at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Department of Photography providing curatorial support for a range of exhibitions including large- and small-scale solo exhibitions of work by Roni Horn, Ryan McGinley, Susan Meiselas, Vik Muniz, Michael Rovner, and Lorna Simpson.


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