Sunday, December 13, 2015 -
3:30pm to 5:00pm

Tickets & Registration

Free Admission

The CAC and The Stacks, in collaboration with PhotoNOLA, present a special photobook focused panel and book signing.

Authors of recent photography publications will discuss how book making fits into their photographic practice, and share insights into their varied publication processes, from concept to print. Stella Kramer will moderate the discussion. The artists will be available to sign books immediately following the presentation.

Moderated by Stella Kramer

Panelists include Susan Barnett, Eliot Dudik, Jared Ragland, Mia Fineman, Robbie McClaran, Tammy Mercure, Lindsay Morris, Nathan Pearce, and Aline Smithson


Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor and creative consultant Stella Kramer has worked with such top publications as The New York Times, Newsweek, People, and Entertainment Weekly. Based in New York City, Stella works nationally and internationally as a private consultant, to help photographers strengthen their creative eye, put together the strongest portfolios and websites that reflect their work, and set a course to reach their professional goals. Stella has worked on many of the major news events in recent history. As photo editor for The New York Times series Portraits of Grief, Kramer memorialized those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. She was awarded, along with Times editors and writers, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as well as the 2002 Infinity Award of Special Recognition from the International Center of Photography. She also won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography with others at The New York Times.


Susan Barnett: When George Harrison arrived in New York for the Beatles’ historic visit he was carrying a Pentax Spotmatic as he descended the airplane’s steps. Barnett, then 15 years old, soon bought the same Pentax and began to photograph her everyday life such as it appeared to her. With a formal education in Art History and Studio Art, she landed a job at Perls Galleries on Madison Avenue, where she worked for twelve years as Associate Director. She handled Picasso, Braque, and Matisse as well as preparing exhibitions and catalogues for Alexander Calder. Next door to Perls Galleries was Light Gallery, where Susan experienced firsthand the work of Steven Shore and Lee Friedlandler. In 1990, she went back to school to study graphic design and computer based photography at the School of Visual Arts. Susan currently lives in Manhattan, where she maintains a working studio in Tribeca and sails in Hampton Bays.

Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, memory, landscape, history, and politics. In 2012, Dudik was named one of Photo District News' 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art. He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio. Dudik taught photography at the University of South Carolina from 2011 to 2014 before founding the photography program within the Department of Art and Art History at the College of William & Mary, where he currently teaches and directs the Andrews Gallery.

Jared Ragland’s photographic and found-image work is rooted in his lifelong exposure to the landscapes, people, aesthetics, and storytelling traditions of the South. A former White House photo editor under the Bush and Obama administrations, Ragland currently teaches and coordinates exhibitions and community programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His work has been exhibited internationally and recently featured by The Oxford American, The New York Times, and TIME. Ragland is a graduate of LaGrange College and holds an MFA from Tulane University.

Mia Fineman is Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since joining the Museum in 1997, she has organized numerous exhibitions, including Other Pictures: Vernacular Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection (2000), On Photography: A Tribute to Susan Sontag (2006) and Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop (2012), and has written on art and culture for The New York Times, Slate, and other publications.

Robbie McClaran is an editorial, advertising, documentary, and fine art photographer based in Portland, Oregon. His work has been widely published and exhibited. His editorial work has appeared in diverse publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, and Forbes. Robbie’s personal work has been featured in Plazm, Life Magazine – Our Century in Pictures, The and ID Design and has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Graphis and Communication Arts. His work is held in several collections, including the Portland Museum of Art, Special Collections Library and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. In 2014 Robbie received a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation.

Tammy Mercure was named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. She has been featured on CNN Photos, VICE, Daily Mail, NPR Big Picture Show, and more. She was published in the Guardian UK (Big Picture), Darwin magazine, and in the book “Place, Art, and Self” by Yi-Fu Tuan. She has a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from East Tennessee State University. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Born and raised in suburban Detroit, Lindsay Morris began her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art. Since 2006 she has been a freelance photographer and photo editor for Edible East End magazine, where she documents the food culture on Long Island. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Clamp Art, Hamburg Triennial w/ Photoville Brooklyn, and Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, NY. Lindsay’s work has been featured on BBC World News and published in TIME Magazine, Marie Claire, Elle, Internazionale and Haaretz Israel, and has been featured on photography blogs VICE, L’Oeil de la Photographie, WPO, Slate/Behold and abcNews.com. She was a 2013 Critical Mass finalist and nominee for the 2013 Julia Margaret Cameron Award.

Nathan Pearce was born in 1986 and is a photographer based in Southern Illinois. He also works in an auto body repair shop.

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. An artist now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. Aline has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris. In addition, her work is held in a number of museum collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including PDN, Eyemazing, Visura, Square and Silvershotz magazines. Aline’s honors include the Rising Star Award (2012) through the Griffin Museum of Photography and the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. She lives in Los Angeles and is currently teaching and curating for the Los Angeles Center of Photography.

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