Abby Bussel - Executive Editor, Architecture
magazine, New York
Journalist and editor Abby
Bussel has covered the design world for 15 years. Currently
the executive editor of Architecture magazine, she
has written articles for journals in the U.S. and Europe,
including I.D. magazine, Blueprint, and
Interior Design. Bussel is the author of Evolutions:
Recent Work of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Birkhauser,
2000) and the consulting editor for Beyond the Edge: New
York's New Waterfront by Raymond W. Gastil (Princeton
Architectural Press, 2002)
Bussel is a cofounder and principal
of Engine Books, a New York City-based, book-production and
editorial services company. The firm specializes in the development
of architecture, design, arts, and general nonfiction publications
for a range of publishers, institutions, corporations and
Her advisory positions and professional
affiliations include editorial committee, "New York New
Visions: A Coalition for the Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan";
exhibition advisory committee, "Renewing, Rebuilding,
Remembering," at the Van Alen Institute; board member,
Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility,
New York City; and lecturer, Architectural Youth Program,
also in New York City.
Michael DePirro, Senior Vice President, Group Creative
Inc, New York
When Mike DePirro joined
Deutsch in 1999, he brought with him a creative philosophy
that has helped the brands he's managed emerge as leaders
in their categories. Simply put, Mike believes in doing what
is radically appropriate for the brand. His style of turning
business problems into out-of-the box creative solutions has
created unique brand identities that stand out in an ever-congested
From developing a major product launch
for Almay to creating award-winning campaigns for Novartis'
Zelnorm and Lamisil, Mike has consistently delivered great
work rooted in solid strategy. He has created and launched
new identities for brands like Zoloft, Tylenol and St. Joesph's.
Furthermore, he has made it a point to create work that crosses
over from general advertising to interactive, direct and other
new media, giving clients a fully integrated marketing message
and brand character.
Prior to working at Deutsch, Mike
worked at BBDO, FCB and Leo Burnett on a diverse group of
clients including Northrop Grumman, 7Up, Starbucks, Fila and
Kellogg's. Mike has always been able to do equally dynamic
work for package goods and image brands. Supporting this,
his work has received nearly every industry award, including
Cannes, One Show, Clio and EFFIE.
Valerie May - Senior Editor of New Media, National
Valerie May, Senior Editor,
National Geographic, started her journalism career in the
ninth grade, when she launched her school newspaper. In subsequent
years she published articles and photographs in various publications
such as the Provincetown Advocate, Cape Cod Times,
and Cape Codder. After graduating from Duke University,
she lived in Peru for some years where she worked at the English
weekly, Lima Times.
Upon returning to the United States,
she worked for the Organization of American States and the
Scripps Howard News Service before joining National Geographic.
In 1996, May was assigned by National
Geographic to join a special team to launch National Geographic
Society’s first website as Managing Editor. She stayed
with the society website and launched its news division, ngnews.com,
in 1999. She then returned to National Geographic and launched
the magazine’s website in September 2000. The website
has garnered top industry awards, including the Award for
General Excellence Online from the American Society of Magazine
Editors, Best of Festival from the International Web Pages
Awards, and the Folio Award for Best Online Magazine.
She is a member of the Duke University
Editorial Board and the National Press Club.
Banks - Supermodel, TV/Film Producer, Bankable Productions.
Los Angeles, CA
groundbreaking, international fashion icon, Tyra Banks is
known for knocking down barriers. Over the course of her distinguished
career, Tyra became the first African-American model to grace
the covers of both GQ and two simultaneous covers of Sports
Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, as well as the cover of the
famed Victoria's Secret catalog. She also held a long term
contract with the cosmetics conglomerate, Cover Girl.
Tyra most recently added another "first"
by creating and executive producing the hugely successful
reality television series "America's Next Top Model,"
which recently returned to television for a fourth cycle.
In addition, Tyra is poised to debut her new talk show "The
Tyra Banks Show" in the fall of this year. The five-day-a-week
program is designed and specifically targeted to entertain
and offer the "every-woman" insight into the issues
facing young women today. The talk show is produced by Tyra
Banks/Bankable Prods. and Handprint Ent. in association with
Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Television.
After writing Tyra's Beauty Inside
& Out (HarperCollins), Tyra realized that the trials
she overcame as a teen could be used to connect with girls
who struggle with self-esteem issues. In July 2000 she founded
her charitable foundation and personally sponsored the first
year of TZONE, an annual summer camp experience for teenage
girls designed to enhance independence and self-esteem.
Tyra's mother, Carolyn London, has
a 15 year professional history as a biological and freelance
fashion photographer. Over the years, Carolyn encouraged Tyra
to focus on her love of photography by honing her photographic
skills. Tyra has since become a talented and proficient photographer
with a genuine love of the craft and will collaborate with
Carolyn on choosing the winning photo entry images.
Suzanne Donaldson - Photography Director, Glamour
magazine, New York
A photography and art consultant,
Suzanne Donaldson's clients include Nike, Timberland, The
Oprah Magazine, Esquire, Real Simple,
Lucky, and W (www.suzannedonaldson.com).
For Banana Republic, she advises them on photography, casting
and other talent for their advertising campaigns. She generates
concepts and inspires ideas at the pre-conception stage of
a campaign, as well as assembles the creative teams to connect
and deliver the worlds's greatest visual artists and photographers
to art, editorial and advertising clients. At her fingertips
is a host of creative directors, copy writers, designers,
photographers, illustrators, models, ad agencies, magazines
and various freelance geniuses.
Suzanne began her career at
the Image Bank and Vanity Fair. She has since been
studio manager at Robert Mapplethorpe Studio, director of
Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York, Art Buyer for the Arnell
Group, Art & Photography Editor at Interview
magazine and Director of Photography at Self magazine.
Suzanne is known for her eye for the
big picture, a passion for details and a deep understanding
of a photographers' individual sensibility. She approaches
her work with a sense of humor and a commitment to collaborate
with vision and pizzazz.
2002, Donaldson has been the Photography Director at Glamour
magazine, which was recently awarded the National Magazine
Award for General Excellence by the American Society of Magazine
Anne Telford - Editor-at-Large, Communication
Arts, Menlo Park, CA
After fourteen years
as the founding managing editor of Communication Arts,
Anne Telford moved to the position of editor-at-large and
relocated to her childhood home in La Jolla, California. An
avid traveler, she expanded CA’s international coverage
and developed the magazine’s Fresh section.
Anne received a bachelor's degree
in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin where
she indulged her taste for Tex-Mex food, independent film
and the blues. Her first job in journalism was as an assistant
editor at Texas Monthly. Anne was a founding board member
of the Illustration Conference and is a current board member
of both Watershed Media, an organization that produces action-oriented,
visually dynamic communication projects to influence the transition
to a green society and of the San Diego chapter of the American
Institute of Graphic Artists.
Anne is also a published photographer
with credits ranging from Communication Arts, Émigré,
Blur and Step Inside Design magazines, to the
San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News,
Allworth Press and Chronicle Books, among others. She collects
vintage cameras and fine art photography and can’t wait
to build an addition to her home so she has more wall space.
Charlie Holland - Director of Photography, Getty
Images, Los Angeles, CA
Charlie Holland has been
in the commercial photography industry for 25 years. She started
in magazines as a researcher and editor for magazines such
as Forbes, Newsweek, US, Parade, etc. and was subsequently
Director of Photography for Premiere and Live
magazines. She moved to Los Angeles to work as a Director
of Marketing at Universal Studios, working on the photography
for the promotion of feature films. She has been with Getty
Images since 1997 as the Director of Photogaphy for Creative
Stills in Los Angeles, primarily generating imagery for sale
to the advertising and corporate market.
Her work has won awards in Communication
Arts, the Society of Publication Designers and American
Photography. She has worked on various books including
the Day in the Life of Hollywood project and been
a judge for the National Foundation for the Advancement of
the Arts in the Photography category.
Charlie is the daughter-in-law of Yale Joel, one of the staff
photographers for Life magazine from 1948-1972. She Lives
in Los Angeles.
Carol McCusker, PhD - Curator of Photography, Museum
of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego, CA
Carol McCusker is the Curator
of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.
She received her Ph.D in art history, with an emphasis on
the history of photography and film history, at the University
of New Mexico (UNM), Albuquerque. She has curated numerous
exhibitions at MoPA, and the University Art Museum at UNM.
The power of photojournalism to educate and change public
perception has been one of her greatest interests. “Photography
helps us to ponder history, see other cultures, or find refuge
in beauty,” notes Dr. McCusker. “It is always
working, aiding art and science, confirming facts, identifying
people and places, or encouraging our moral imaginations.
Its directness as well as its rich nuances expand our knowledge
of the world both past and present. Instead of a little more
understanding and care escaping from the world, at its best,
photography stems the flow of ignorance, of lost consciences,
or forgotten beauty.”
In 2006 she will be curating an exhibition
titled “Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism”
and “Shooting in 35: The First 35mm Photographs.”
Her dissertation, Shooting Stars: War Photographers in Hollywood,
will be published soon; it examines the technological, aesthetic,
and political exchanges between photojournalists and filmmakers
during the Great Depression, WWII, and the McCarthy Era.
MoPA is devoted to exhibiting, collecting,
and conserving the entire spectrum of the photographic medium.
It addresses cultural, historical, and social issues through
its exhibitions and public programming. Located in Balboa
Park in the heart of San Diego, it has received numerous awards
and consistently brings excellent exhibitions, guest speakers,
educational programs, and national and international film
series to the greater southern California community.
Clare Freestone - Assistant Curator of Photographs, National
Portrait Gallery, London
Clare Freestone was born
in London and studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art,
graduating in 1999. She was appointed Assistant Curator of
Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in July 2000.
Projects have included cataloguing
various aspects of the collection, in particular the archive
of over 700 prints and 10,000 negatives taken by Ida Kar (1908-1974)
covering the art scene in London and Paris in the 1950s. She
has contributed towards the text and captions for a large
number of temporary gallery displays including: Fergus
Greer: Directors and Sixties Style: Photographs by
Ward, Wharton and Seymour, both 2001.
She Bop: Women in Pop and Blow Up: Sixties Photography
Exposed, 2002. Lichfield : The Early Years, British
Blondes and Terry O’Neill: Celebrity,
2003. James Hunkin: Faces of Science and Bill
Brandt: Portraits, 2004.
Clare also curated the displays DJs
by Chris Lopez (2002) and Seizing the Moment: Photographs
by Roger Mayne (2004).
Alfonso Gutierrez - Editor/Managing Director, AGE
From his days as a photographer
and editor for a publishing company to opening his own stock
photography agency 32 years ago, which today has representation
in over 95 countries, Alfonso has over 40 years experience
in the world of photography.
He is actively involved in many activities
at age fotostock. These include designing new software programs
to better serve the clients for development by our IT Dept.,
personally editing photographer submissions and giving them
feedback, traveling to different countries to assist photographers
on photo sessions, writing a newsletter for photographers
to keep them informed on the latest trends and technology,
attending annual international industry conferences, etc...
But don´t think his activities
stop here. In his spare time he loves to ride motorcycles,
fly planes, and of course, shoot photographs.
He has taken his company to levels
he never imagined when he started the business in the kitchen
of his apartment. At this point in his life, his commitment
to photography is based on passion and a love for the art,
and that can easily be seen in everything he does.