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Photography Portfolio Reviewer List

Friday February 2nd, 2018

12:00 - 3:00 PM

Drexel URBN Center: 71 URBN Center, 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Lubna Abu-Osba

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Lubna began her career at the infamous Kirshenbaum, Bond & Partners, in the early 90’s where she honed her keen eye and strategic dexterity on world-class brands. She spent the next two decades at NYC’s leading agencies. Lubna has created campaigns for everything from pantyhose to water pumps.

In 2008 Lubna founded InfluenceBureau.com, a brand consultancy that positions businesses to help people look good, feel good and do good. Her award-winning branding campaigns have been featured in The New York Times, Graphis, Creativity, Archive, Ad Age, Adweek, Print and ADC Global.

David Walker 

EXECUTIVE EDITOR / PDN

David Walker is executive editor of PDN, the leading publication for professional photographers; and founder and executive producer of Berks Story Project, a collaborative multimedia non-profit in Berks County, PA. He resides in Wyomissing, PA.

Joyce Lenhardt 

PRINCIPAL / LENHARDT RODGERS Architecture + Interiors

Joyce provides programming and design leadership for many of the firm’s projects with a particular interest and strength in master planning.  She values mission-based organizations and has contributed her time and expertise to a wide variety of non-profit organizations in the wider Philadelphia region.  Her expertise working with diverse groups to find consensus is an asset to any project.  Joyce’s extensive knowledge of Zoning and Planning issues, along with her past and present board memberships, provide her with an understanding of the issues facing organizations from the perspectives of the client.

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PHOTOGRAPHY CONSULTANT / CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Neil Binkley is a portfolio consultant and designer for both emerging and established photographers, guiding them towards bigger clients and more fulfilling work. Neil works with editorial, advertising, corporate, and fine art photographers of all specialties. Prior to this, he co-founded the photography agency Wonderful Machine and raised its membership from one to over 500 photographers across the world. Neil has personally shared photographers’ print portfolios with top ad agencies and magazines, including: BBDO New York; Goodby, Silverstein and Partners; and WIRED magazine.

RJ Cassi 

ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR / LEVLANE

RJ believes advertising is personal, and that the best messages are rooted in deep human emotion that makes audiences feel a connection right in their chests. Need proof? Simply take a stroll through Philadelphia. Because his campaigns tend to stop people in their tracks. We’re talking about vibrant bus shelters for Restaurant Week, dramatic banners flanking City Hall to get out the message for Support Center for Child Advocates, and an ice rink in Dilworth Park that puts two LevLane clients on the same team: Rothman Institute and Center City District. Working on consumer clients ranging from Jack Williams Tire to Provident Bank, RJ puts thought and understanding into everything he does—examining his audience, questioning the competition, and uncovering the best way to make your brand sing. And all that before he even opens Photoshop. And when he does…sparks fly (and tears flow).

Stacy Swiderski 

CREATIVE  CONSULTANT / PHOTO EDITOR

Stacy Swiderski is a Philadelphia based Creative Consultant and freelance Photo Editor with an extensive background in commercial photography, education and consulting. Previously the Senior Photo Editor at Wonderful Machine, and now working with the Found team, she's consulted with hundreds of photographers since working in the industry. On a daily basis, she advises photographers on all aspects of their work and brand, from creative coaching and portfolio development to web site edits, print edits and print portfolio production. She holds an MPS in Digital Photography from The School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design.

Chara Smith

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Chara Smith is a copywriter, creative director, and occasional photographer. She has worked with all kinds of clients: retail brands, fashion brands, fitness brands, food brands, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, museums, architectural firms, schools, and nonprofits. Chara loves writing the way people actually talk, and she loves working with artists, designers, animators, and photographers to turn great ideas into beautiful work.

Jon Naso

FREELANCE EDITORIAL EDITOR

Jon Naso is the former Deputy Director of Photography for The New York Daily News and has managed award-winning photojournalists on assignment in a variety of challenging situations here and abroad. From 2008-2017 he served as Director of Photography for The Record (Bergen Co NJ), and breaking news website, NorthJersey.com.

As a photojournalist, Naso covered famine in Somalia, the election of Nelson Mandela, U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Florida vote recount, civil unrest in Northern Ireland, and many gritty New York City stories. He has been awarded by The National Press Photographers Association for Pictures of the Year, The Deadline Club, The Associated Press, MSNBC’s Top Ten Photos, and by the Silurian’s for his news pictures. Naso and his newsroom colleagues shared in two staff Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news, one while a photojournalist and a second as picture editor.

Tim Baldwin

PRINCIPAL B&G DESIGN STUDIOS

A native of London, Tim attended Parsons School of Design in NYC. After art directing various publications in Manhattan, Tim relocated to Philadelphia, PA for an amazing five years of award-winning work Art Directing Philadelphia magazine. In 2004, Tim and his business partner, created B&G Design Studios. Now in the 15th year of business, B&G Design Studios continues to grow and gain national recognition.

John Goryl

PRINCIPAL B&G DESIGN STUDIOS

John holds degrees in both illustration and graphic design from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. He has art directed magazines and illustrated for publications nationwide. John’s work at Philadelphia magazine was consistently recognized by the Society of Publication Designers, and during his tenure, John was named Designer of the Year by the City & Regional Magazine Association. John and his business partner began B&G Design Studios in 2004.

Ryan Strand Greenberg

INDEPENDENT CREATIVE

Ryan Strand Greenberg is a creative professional living and working in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In his career, Ryan has had the privilege of working within the public art, advertising, branding, editorial, journalism and fine art industries. His work is grounded in the tradition of visual storytelling. Ryan frequently curates and exhibits in galleries and public spaces.

Frank Meo

THEPHOTOCLOSER.COM

Frank advises and consulates with photographers from around the globe. His services include estimating and negotiating of behalf of photographers to ad agencies. Part of the photo closer offering is brainstorming that motivates and inspires photographer of all levels. He is also a curator.
For 25 years, has represented fine art, commercial photographers as well as Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalists in securing highly valued commercial assignments. He has worked on hundreds of company photo libraries and campaigns for clients such as American Express, Acura Motor Sports, US Coast Guard Xerox, ESPN, Citi, Nike and others. His photographers have work for every major newspaper, magazine and TV station around the globe.

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Title: Photography Editor

Company: Haverford College

Patrick Montero has been a Photography Editor for 14 years. He made his start at the New York Daily News where he helped lead the web photo department before moving to Emmaus, Pennsylvania where he joined Rodale’s Organic Gardening Magazine as their Photography Editor. Currently, Patrick manages the photography and video departments at Haverford College.

Would like to see: Portraiture, Lifestlye, Action/Sports

Erika Blatt

Title: Marketing Consultant

Company: Wonderful Machine

 Erika is a marketing and creative consultant. She works closely with photographers to help find their photographic voice, perfect their branding, and strategically market to their preferred client network. Erika’s helped connect photographers to clients such as Droga5, The New York Times and Weight Watchers. She’s presented at various photo conferences with PhaseOne and ASMP explaining how photographers can develop brand recognition and ultimately expand their client network. With a background in communications, Erika meticulously conveys client trends to photographers to assist in targeting their work to their client bases. Erika leads the creative team at Wonderful Machine, a production company in suburban Philadelphia, by providing reference and inspirational materials to photographers, photo editors and graphic designers. She then strategizes and executes marketing campaigns for commercial photographers and visual artists.

Jim Gallucci

Title: Photo Editor

Company: Wonderful Machine

I guess you could say it all started when I saw my first print appear in the developer. Then I was hooked and  eventually went on to study commercial photography and design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

 Now as a Photo Editor with Wonderful Machine, I am called upon to develop a photographer’s identity and to curate their work to be presented in the best way possible. I also work on creative coaching service, which is designed to help photographers advance in their careers. Most recently I was as the Photo Editor for Rodale Books and the Managing Photo Editor for Rodale’s Direct Marketing department. I feel uniquely qualified when it comes to editing a photographer’s portfolio as it taps into the many skills I gained when I produced and directed photo shoots.

 Like I often say, since I was the client, I know what they are looking for.

Mike Mielcarz

Title: Art Director

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Title: Executive Photo Editor

Company: Philadelphia Daily News

Michael Mercanti has been at the Philadelphia Daily News since 1982. He started as a staff photographer and was made Executive Photo Editor in 1993. In 2006 he was named Director of Photography for the Inquirer and Daily News. Michael was the photo editor for three books, “Champions! The Phillies’ Triumphant 2008 Season, “God Bless the Spectrum, America’s Showplace in Philadelphia” in 2009 and “Pope Francis in America” in 2014. He attended Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia where he has been an advisory board member of the Imaging Department for the past 20 years. As a photojournalist he won numerous local, state and national awards including a National Headliners Award and regional Photographer of the Year. He lives in Haddonfield, NJ with his wife Mary and their four children.

 

Would like to see: Lifestyle and portraiture.

Lee Tamaccio

Title: Design Director

Company: Buckl Architects

Registered architect with over 30 years of experience in various project types including healthcare, corporate, retail, hospitality, and residential design. Proven background in renovation, interior architecture and design with commitment to a service oriented client approach.