Stand Out Photographic Forum


Bella Kotak

Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion and portrait photographer based in Oxford and London, England. An art lover from a young age she always knew that she would work within the creative industry. Photography changed her life when she picked up a camera and began a 365 project on Flickr. From that moment she was hooked by this medium that translates thoughts and imagination into tangible form.

Inspired by fairytales, nature and strong feminine characters Bella’s pictures lift the veil of the overlooked and reminds us that there’s magic in the most ordinary of spaces.

Presentation: Toronto

Burk Uzzle

Burk Uzzle’s career, like his pictures, is a nuanced composition blending American culture, individual psyches of particular places or people, and an atypical way of seeing ourselves, our values, and our community. Always respectful yet locating the poignant or quirky, the history of his narrative belongs to all of us.

Initially grounded in documentary photography when he was the youngest photographer ever hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, his work then grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure as a member of the prestigious international Magnum cooperative founded by one of his mentors Henri Cartier-Bresson. For fifteen years, Uzzle was an active contributor to the evolution of the organization and served as its President in 1979 and 1980. During the sixteen years he was associated with Magnum, he produced some of the most recognizable images we have of Woodstock (album cover and worldwide reproduction of its iconic couple hugging at dawn) to the assassination and funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. to our comprehension for the experience of Cambodian war refugees.

His archive spans almost six decades. His current work rests deep in photographic appreciation of the quiet, strong, and eloquent beauty he discovers in America’s small towns and its people. Uzzle’s current body of work is the production of artful and constructed reflections of his subjects, many of whom are African-American residents proximal to his studio in North Carolina. Their layers of experience are conjoined with Uzzle’s fundamental appreciation for unseen characteristics, which he ably captures in a collaborative, interpretive context along with his eye and his heart. interpretation, of art, of independently produced projects.

Presentation: Toronto

David Benoliel

David Benoliel is a talented beauty and fashion Photographer originally from Paris and now based in the United States between New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

David is best known for creating powerful images through his dramatic use of lighting techniques and his advanced editing skills.

The result of David Benoliel’s work is a collection of nearly perfect images, which have garnered David publications in most fashion magazines, as well as an entire host of accolades.

Presentation: Miami

David Gallagher

Dave Gallagher is the owner of Capture Integration, one of the most respected photographic sales organizations in the marketplace. Founded in 2004 – Capture Integration is an international award winning company that is recognized as the world leader in medium format digital photographic sales.

Presentation: Atlanta & Miami

Gregory Allen

Gregory Allen is a fashion and advertising photographer based between Mexico City and New York.

Originally from Seattle, Gregory studied Visual Arts and Psychology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He began his career working with Oliviero Toscani and the Benetton team in Italy, going on to win the National Geographic prize in 2004, while in 2010 he was named as one of the ‘Top Pros’ by Popular Photography magazine.

Gregory has been featured as the only photographer on the list of the most important figures in the fashion industry by Elle Latin America, and appears frequently on television as part of Mexico’s ‘Next Top Model’ and ‘Behind the Scenes’ on E!.

He has spent the last 15 years working all around the world for brands such as L’Oreal, Maybelline New York, PradaMexico, Coppel, El Palacio de Hierro, Gerber, Nestlé, and magazines such as Glamour, InStyle, Travel+Leisure and Harper’s Bazaar.

Harold Ross

After graduating from MICA in 1978, Harold produced photographic fine art and taught photography at the college level for several years. He opened a studio in 1987, and for almost 30 years, light painting has been the only method of lighting that he’s used. (He refers to his process as "Sculpting with Light")

During that time, Harold has been creating distinctive work in the studio, as well as in the night landscape. He also teaches workshops in light painting and regularly gives lectures on his process and vision.

In 2011, Harold was invited to participate in an exhibition of landscape photography in Inner Mongolia, China along with 10 other American and 20 Chinese photographers. He was also chosen as one of four photographers to exhibit in the inaugural FRESH exhibition at Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

His large scale color work has been exhibited, collected, and published in the U.S. and internationally in The Royal Photographic Society (The Journal), Photo China Magazine, Progresso Fotografico, Ukraine Photographer, as well as several other European magazines. In the U.S., his work was featured in LensWork #93, LensWork #121, Professional Photographer Magazine, and Digital Photographer, among others. Digital publications include The New York Times LENS, Boing Boing, aCurator, LENSCRATCH, Colossal, Photigy, Luminous Landscape, and more.

Gallery representation: Susan Spiritus Gallery, CA., and High Noon Gallery, Beijing. Harold lives in Lancaster County, PA, where he produces work and teaches workshops in his process.

Presentation: Washington, D.C.

Josef Blazer

Josef Blazar

Josef Blazar is the owner of Blazing Editions, one of the leaders in the Fine Art Printmaking Industry. His company is based in New England, and is dedicated to providing the finest reproductions work on a variety of substrates. Working with array of art professionals throughout North America, Josef has a broad knowledge of the art market. With a vast amount of machinery and expertise, his company has the ability to handle custom/unique jobs. Currently, Blazing has developed into the largest sublimation onto aluminum distributor to the fine art industry. The main focus of the company is based on quality & service.

Presentation: Atlanta, Miami & Washington, D.C.

Joseph Cartright

Joseph Cartright is a New York City based beauty and fashion photographer Joseph Cartright is as diverse and creative as the city he grew up in. With an Engineering and Avionics background and a career in Music Production he’s coalesced the precision of engineering and the fluidity of Music Production into a unique visual art form. His technical and artistic background has made him a much sought after teacher at Parsons School of Design and has taught seminars for Apple Computers, Phase One, Microsoft, Xrite and HP.

Presentation: Washington, D.C.

Pratik Naik

Pratik Naik is a high end retoucher specializing in commercial and editorial work, represented by One Mega Management. His proficiency with retouching and Photoshop stems from 10 years of experience in the field. His work can be seen in magazines all over the world, ranging from Marie Claire, Elle, Zink and many more. Pratik is also a retouching mentor and instructor, teaching photographers and other retouchers across the world on a regular basis.

Presentation: Toronto

Richard Sexton

Richard Sexton is a fine art and media photographer whose work has been published and exhibited worldwide. His work has been published in magazines such as AbitareArchetypeHarper’sLouisiana Cultural VistasPhotographer’s Forum, and View Camera. His most recent book, Creole World, published in 2014 by The Historic New Orleans Collection, is the 13th book he has authored, co-authored, or photographed and is now in its 2nd printing. Previously published titles include a monograph Terra Incognita: Photographs of America’s Third Coast, published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco, in 2007. Chronicle Books also published the best selling New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence in 1993 and Vestiges of Grandeur: The Plantations of Louisiana’s River Road in 1999. New Roads and Old Rivers: Louisiana’s Historic Pointe Coupee Parish was published by LSU Press in 2012.

In 1997 Sexton curated the exhibit Sidney Bechet: A World of Jazz 1897-1997, which commemorated the hundredth anniversary of the influential jazz musician’s birth. Sexton has had two major exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. The first exhibit in 2005 featured work from his self-published, handmade art book, The Highway of Temptation and Redemption: A Gothic Travelogue in Two Dimensions. The second exhibit in 2007 featured work from Terra Incognita. This exhibit has subsequently traveled to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, the Pensacola Museum of Art in Pensacola, Florida, and the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida. Creole World, his first exhibit for The Historic New Orleans Collection, was on view at the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art from April 15, through December 7, 2014. The exhibit is now traveling to other venues. The first travel venue was Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami and in 2016 it traveled to Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA, and then to the Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, LA. Sexton’s photographs are included in the holdings of The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, LSU Museum of Art, Polk Museum of Art, Frost Art Museum, Pensacola Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography, and numerous private collections. In 2014 Richard Sexton received the Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Also in 2014, Richard Sexton was included in the American Illustrator-American Photographer Latin American Fotografia 3 Awards Annual.

Rita Leistner

Award-winning photographer Rita Leistner’s photography practice is based on first-hand engagement in the world, in particular on documenting communities in extreme conditions. Her career has taken her from academia to war and back again, intersecting the genres of art, photojournalism, and literary criticism. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography in New York (2000) and has a Master of Arts degree in comparative literature from the University of Toronto (1990), where from 2010-2016 she taught the history of photojournalism and documentary photography. Her first monograph, Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan, also a touring exhibition translated into French and Spanish, was a finalist for the 2015 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology. She is co-author of several other books including Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq, and The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story. Her photographs have been exhibited and published internationally, and her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and books including Julian Stallabrass’s Memories of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images and the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture. She was a 2017 finalist for the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography at Harvard. The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa has recently acquired fifteen years of her work from Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Afghanistan—one of the largest additions to the collection by a single photographer and the largest by a female photographer. Leistner’s latest project is an in-depth look at tree planting and logging in Canada. Her heroic, large-scale colour portraits of tree planters at work had their debut in October 2017 at the prestigious Stephen Bulger Gallery, which has represented Leistner’s work since 2015.

Presentation: Toronto

Rodney Lough Jr.

Rodney is an award-winning Master Wilderness Photographer…

blah blah blah…bottom line is he does what he loves to do and in the end it shows.  Join him for a fun filled and interactive conversation about what got him going and what keeps him going.  You never know you might just come to love this guy, or not.

blah blah blah continues here…who has been traveling to the ends of the earth and weathered all types of climate, in a quest to find nature’s most exquisite terrains to photograph. Equipped with years of back country experience – Rodney is determined to obtain that perfect image of Mother Nature at her best. From the sweltering dry deserts of the American Southwest, to the rainforests in the Pacific Northwest, from waist-deep snow fields of the great Alaska wilderness, to the heat in Death Valley, Rodney has survived everything the earth has thrown at him. He’s even survived a fall off a 30 foot cliff!

Renowned for the vibrant colors and rich textures of his wilderness landscape photography, Rodney is a purist who captures what nature creates, using no color filters or darkroom deception. The world today is a remarkable place full of beauty and splendor,” Rodney exclaims. “To witness the simple grandeur of creation, the miracle of nature, is perhaps all that we need. The peace received while viewing a leaf turned color at the height of fall is immense and divine.”

– Myriam Letchner [editor in chief | Popular Photography] “Rodney captures the stillness and quiet in the midst of a world of motion.  His photography renders a brief slice of time – when the light and the weather and the smallest details of the scene all align – timeless and magisterial.”

Presentation: Atlanta

Sasha Wolf

Sasha Wolf Projects represents emerging and mid-career fine art photographers. Sasha works to place her artists in important private and public collections, edit and support various publications and curate and support exhibitions. SWP is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD).

Sasha reviews or judges work for leading art institutions and fairs numerous times a year (Photo NOLA, ICP, SVA, The New York Times, Women in Photography, Daylight, Look 3, NY Photo Festival) and conducts artist’s workshops around the country on working with art galleries (Columbia University MFA, School of Visual Arts MFA, Photo NOLA, Look3, Aperture Foundation, Filter Chicago).

Additionally, Sasha is always available for individual consultations with photographers in person or via Skype. Consultations can be as straight forward as in-depth critique of work -with or without specific editing guidance- or can expand to include information regarding the navigation of the art world in general. Additionally Sasha is available to consult on book projects, including editing and sequencing.

Prior to her work in the fine art photography world, Sasha was a writer, director and producer in the film and television industries and an award winning short filmmaker. Her last film, Joe, was nominated for the Palme d’Or du court métrage at Cannes and has screened all over the world.

Presentation: Toronto

Steve Richard

Steve Richard is an acclaimed artist known for his powerful fine art nudes and beautiful illusions. With over 40 years in the world of photography Steve’s work has been published internationally in books and magazines, and he has been featured in numerous journals, blogs, websites and galleries around the world. Steve has a strong personal style and a unique creative vision. His methods for creating beautiful world-class images in camera (without any post-production manipulation) are the results of years of experimentation and hard work.

Presentation: Miami

Steven Friedman

Steven Friedman is an international award winning landscape photographer based in British Columbia, Canada and specializes in capturing intimate panoramic landscapes. To capture the images, Steven travels to remote locations around the world, sometimes spending weeks in one location working with incredible patience to capture his images.

Steven exhibits his large-scale work in fine art galleries in North America and Europe. An early adopter of digital fine art pigment printers, Steven has been printing his work since the inception of digital printers. Steven personally prints images to create a true sense of awe with his viewers. His latest collection of panoramic tree images is mounted on aluminum and measuring over ten feet in width.

Lecturing at workshops, Steven relays his passion to landscape photographers, encouraging them to seek the untouched and unique natural world through thoughtful composition and the magic of beautiful light.

Presentation: Washington, D.C.

Zack Arias

Zack states that he’s been actively pursuing photography as a career for twenty years and it’s been a hell of a trip thus far. He’s risen and fallen a number of times and truly feels that he’s finally reached base camp. On a clear day he can see his goal. On the not so clear days he is still climbing and still pushing. Zack highlights that he is still pushing himself, his subjects and his craft.

These days, Zack thinks of himself more as a director than a photographer. He tends to work with subjects who aren’t that comfortable in front of the camera and direct them from start to finish.

He’s traveled through 49 of the 50 states and five of the seven continents. From a boardroom in New York, to a film set in Los Angeles, to a farm in Texas, to the streets of Hong Kong, to the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco, he pursues photography with everything I have.

Presentation: Atlanta