Paris Photo is a global image feast representing work by hundreds of emerging, current and iconic photographers from 24 countries. It welcomed over 55,000 attendees, 136 galleries, 28 book sellers, multiple lectures and platforms over four days.
Join our panel as they show work and discuss their participation in Paris Photo from their vantage points as a gallery owner, an image maker and curator.
J. Sybylla Smith – Curator
Robert Klein – Owner Robert Klein Gallery
Arno Rafael Minkkinen – Photographer
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Location: The Griffin Museum of Photography, Main Gallery
Time: 7 – 8:30pm
Cost:$ 10 (Griffin Museum Members) $15 (Non-Members)
J. Sybylla Smith
Curator and adjunct professor, J. Sybylla Smith holds degrees from Providence College, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. Studying in Switzerland and Paris she pursued her passion for visual culture with a concentration in fashion history and photography.
Smith curated 17 shows exhibiting 67 international photographers for the Griffin Museum of Photography at Digital Silver Imaging Gallery. With fifteen years experience in the world of advertising and editorial photography, Smith’s work has been published in venues as diverse as W, Rolling Stone, Architectural Digest and People. She has been Creative Director and Art Director for clients including The Mandarin Oriental and LL Bean.
A former adjunct professor at Hofstra University and Emmanuel College, Smith guest lectures at Harvard University and Wellesley College. She is a thesis advisor for The School of Visual Arts MPS in Digital Photography and teaches concept development. She is a portfolio reviewer at SPE, New England Portfolio Reviews and RISD.
A specialist in the field of fine art photography, Robert Klein has more than 30 years of experience in the exhibition, purchase, sale and appraisal of collectable photographs across the history of the medium. Located in the first block of prestigious Newbury Street, the Robert Klein Gallery is Boston’s foremost dealer of historic and contemporary photographs.
Robert Klein served as the President of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) for seven consecutive elected terms, from 1995 until 2009, and engineered the expansion of The AIPAD Photography Show New York to the Park Avenue Armory in 2006. The move to the Park Avenue Armory firmly established AIPAD as the organization leading the evolution of the photography art market.
Robert Klein Gallery was among the first in the country to exhibit work by Irving Penn, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts and Annie Leibovitz. In 1989, Klein was one of the original photography dealers to be welcomed to exhibit at the renowned contemporary art fair, Art Basel, Switzerland. Since then the Gallery has exhibited annually at Paris Photo, held at the Carousel du Louvre, as well as other prestigious art fairs.
As both an advisor and appraiser, Klein has earned the confidence of many museums and private collectors, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Harvard’s Fogg Museum, The Polaroid Collection, the William H. Lane Foundation and the British Museum at Yale among others. The gallery conducts business with collectors and institutions across the globe.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen
Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish-American photographer. He was born in Helsinki in 1945 and emigrated to the United States in 1951. A graduate of Wagner College with a BA in English Literature, he began taking self-portraits in 1971 while working as an advertising copywriter on Madison Avenue in New York. Studying later with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at Rhode Island School of Design, he earned his MFA degree in photography in 1974. Over the past four decades, Minkkinen has been primarily engaged as a teacher, curator, and writer while continuing to devote his photographic research and energies to the self-portrait: unmanipulated images of the naked human figure in the natural and urban landscape.
Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Minkkinen also serves as Docent at Aalto University of Art & Design Helsinki. Earlier in his teaching career he served as Assistant Professor at MIT, Visiting Artist at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), and the École d’Arts Appliqués in Vevey, Switzerland. He has conducted workshops in Maine, Tuscany, Colorado, New Mexico, China, Finland, France, Italy, Lithuania and Norway. Spirit Level Workshops have been offered periodically to UMass Lowell students together with Finnish, French, Italian, and Swiss students in Russia, Eastern Europe, Italy and Mexico.
Published and exhibited worldwide, Minkkinen’s work can be found in the collections of the Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Center for Creative Photography in Arizona, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the High Museum in Atlanta, and the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, among many others.
Serving a four-year term as national board member of the Society of Photographic Education, Minkkinen was conferred the First Class Order of the Lion Medal by the Finnish government in 1992 and awarded the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography in 2006. This past fall at Carnegie Hall, Minkkinen was awarded the 2013 Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art.