Staff

Executive

Chris Boot became executive director of Aperture Foundation in 2010. Previously he was director of London’s Photo Co-op (since renamed Photofusion), an independent photography education center; director of Magnum Photos, first in London, and then in New York; and editorial director at Phaidon Press. His company Chris Boot Ltd., launched in 2001, published the award-winning photobooks Lodz Ghetto Album (2004) and Things as They Are: Photojournalism in Context Since 1955 (2005). He is the author and editor of Magnum Stories (Phaidon, 2004).

Sarah Anne McNear, deputy director, has thirty years of experience in museums and cultural non-profits, with a specialization in photography. She has organized over forty exhibitions, and has held positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Allentown Art Museum, LaSalle Bank Photography Collection, and Museum of Modern Art, where she was the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Fellow in Photography. Most recently, McNear served as the deputy director of the 92nd Street Y’s School of the Arts, as well as the director of its Art Center. Prior to these roles, she was director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, after which she became director at the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education. She is also the author of several books on photography and has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues.

Katie Clifford is Aperture’s project editor and executive assistant. Prior to working at Aperture, she worked for photographer Elliott Erwitt in New York, and at HotShoe magazine in London.

Books

Lesley A. Martin is creative director and publisher of The PhotoBook Review, a newsprint journal dedicated to the evolving conversation surrounding the photobook. Her writing on photography has been published in Aperture, American Photo, FOAM, and Lay Flat, among other publications, and she has edited over seventy-five books of photography, including Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer; On the Beach by Richard Misrach; Paris • New York • Shanghai by Hans Eijkelboom; Tokyo by Takashi Homma; Paul Strand in Mexico; Illuminance and Ametsuchi by Rinko Kawauchi; and Enclave by Richard Mosse. She has curated several exhibitions of photography, including The Ubiquitous Image, part of the inaugural New York Photo Festival in 2008;  the New York Times Magazine Photographs, cocurated with Kathy Ryan (2011); and in 2012, Aperture Remix, a commission-based exhibition celebrating Aperture’s sixtieth anniversary. In 2015, she was named a visiting critic to the Yale MFA Photography program.

Melissa Harris is editor-in-chief of Aperture Foundation. She was editor-in-chief of Aperture magazine for over ten years, up until 2012; has edited over fifty books; and has curated photography exhibits at venues including Aperture Gallery; Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan, France; Philadelphia Museum of Art; ICA and DiverseWorks, Houston; Villa Pignatelli, Naples; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; and Milano Triennale. A contributing editor of Interview, Harris teaches variously at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Yale University, and New York University’s Tisch Photography and Imaging department. She served on New York City’s Community Board 5, and is currently on the board of LOOK3, and a trustee of the John Cage Trust.

Denise Wolff is a photobook editor at Aperture, and is known for her work with both contemporary and historic photography. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books, including monographs with such established photographers as Roger Ballen, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore, as well as first books, retrospectives, and large survey anthologies on a variety of subjects—from portraiture to photographic albums.

Samantha Marlow is the assistant editor of the Aperture book program.

Susan Ciccotti is Aperture’s senior text editor, books. Previously, she was an associate editor for Museums magazine, and a senior editor for the American Association of Museums. She began her career in the arts at the historic Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C.

Madeline Coleman is Aperture's copy editor/proofreader and the coordinating editor of The PhotoBook Review.

Magazine

Dana Triwush, publisher, Aperture magazine, joined Aperture Foundation in 2004. Previously, she was circulation manager at Lifestyle Media, Inc.

Michael Famighetti is editor of Aperture magazine. He has edited numerous photography books, including volumes by William Christenberry, Robert Adams, John Divola, Jonas Bendiksen, and a series based on the website Tiny Vices. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bookforum, Aperture, and OjodePez, among other publications. Famighetti has degrees from Bard College and Columbia University, where he has also taught. He has served as a judge for the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Awards and has been a guest reviewer and speaker at many international photography festivals and institutions, including the Bamako Biennial, Mali; Krakow PhotoMonth, Poland; GuatePhoto, Guatemala; Rhubarb Rhubarb, Birmingham, U.K.; Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; and Fotografiska, Stockholm.

Paula Kupfer, managing editor of Aperture magazine, grew up in Panama and Germany before moving to New York in 2005. She has a BA in journalism and Latin American studies from New York University. Prior to Aperture, she worked at the International Herald Tribune and New York magazine.

Exhibitions

Annette Booth, exhibitions manager, has worked at Aperture since 2004. She oversees all aspects of Aperture Gallery, helping to produce, design, and install eight exhibitions per year. In addition, Annette runs the traveling exhibition program, touring twelve exhibitions per year to approximately twenty venues worldwide.

Development

Emily Grillo, development officer, membership, individual giving, and special events, received her BA in art history from Kenyon College and has more than nine years of experience as an arts nonprofit professional.  She began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by the Parrish Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she focused on development, special events, membership, and board governance. Most recently, Grillo was at the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, working on arts-grantee initiatives, directing and producing mission-driven art exhibits and special commissions, and developing operational systems and special events.

Blanche Norman, institutional funding officer, has more than twenty years of non-profit fundraising experience, with a focus on institutional giving. Prior to coming to Aperture she spent several years as a freelancer specializing in grant writing, research, and institutional funding strategy for a wide range of clients, including universities, hospitals, animal shelters, and social service agencies. Before working independently she was the development director for Educational Video Center, and prior to that was director of grants services for LAPA, a non-profit fundraising consultancy. She is delighted to be back in the arts sector where she belongs. She holds an MA in arts administration from Columbia University Teacher’s College and a BA in psychology from Bard College. She is a former board member of Hudson Animal Advocates, and volunteers and fosters for Cavalier Rescue USA.

Hillary Beson, development associate, focusing on institutional funding, research, and fundraising events, joined Aperture's development department in 2013 as a work scholar. Hillary holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ithaca College, with a focus in drawing and printmaking, and a double minor in art history and business administration. In addition to her work at Aperture, Hillary is also an assistant at Piermont Straus Gallery and Bookstore, Piermont, New York; and has held previous intern positions with the Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, New York; Somerset House, London; and Art21 Inc., New York.

Joshua Herren, development associate, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a BA in art history and history. His honors thesis, “Furious Acts: AIDS and the Art(s) of Activism,” won the Rose Prize for Outstanding Senior Thesis, given university-wide. Prior to moving to New York City from Philadelphia and joining the Aperture development team, he was an associate grant writer at WHYY and the development manager at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. Josh serves as the secretary on the board of directors of Spiral Q Puppet Theater.

Sales and Marketing

Kellie McLaughlin is director of sales and marketing. Prior to joining Aperture she was director of photography and foreign syndication at a leading commercial photographic press agency.

Lauren Bouton, sales and operations associate, began her career with Aperture archiving books and magazines at Aperture’s upstate facility in Millerton, New York. She has since moved to NYC to join the Aperture Chelsea team. She has a BA in political science from Auburn University.

Publicity and Events

Alexandra Israel is the publicity and events manager. She holds an Honors B.A. in art history from Bates College, and has previously worked in public relations at Penguin-Random House and several different communication agencies.

Elena Tarchi is Aperture’s publicity and events assistant. Born and raised in San Francisco, she has a BS in marketing communications from Emerson College, with a minor in publishing.

Finance and Operations

Mary Colman St. John is chief financial and administrative officer. Prior to joining Aperture, she worked for twelve years at The New Press and seven years at Berlitz International, Inc. She has an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in French literature from Reed College.

Parry Yohannan, director of operations, has thirty years of experience in sales and retail operations.

Phillip Pascascio is Aperture’s accounting manager. He has a BS from Hunter College and has worked a number of years in publishing while with The New Press and Demos Medical Publishing.

Mirek Goraj, Aperture’s technical and office administrator, is an eight-year veteran of the IT industry, mostly as an independent consultant. He holds a bachelor degree in computer information systems, and enjoys photography, biking, and travel.

The staff also includes:

Nicholas Law is Aperture’s designer. Prior to this role, he worked in two small studio environments focused on branding.

Mark O’Neil is Aperture’s web manager. He has a BA from the University of Bedfordshire and over fifteen years experience in managing successful online projects, for companies ranging from national broadcast media to major arts and not-for-profit organizations.

Alexandra Pechman is Aperture’s online editor. She graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in journalism and English with honors. She previously worked at Artnews magazine. Her writing has appeared in the International New York Times and W magazine, among other publications, as well as on the websites for the Poetry Foundation, New York magazine, and Artforum.

Ashley Strazzinski is the education and public programs assistant at Aperture. She studied photography, sculpture, and art history at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Ashley coordinates Aperture’s weekend workshops, and the Stevan A. Baron work scholar program, as well as the Portfolio Prize and Summer Open.

Max Mikulecky, digital marketing assistant, began at Aperture as a work scholar. He is a practicing photographer and holds a BFA in photography from the University of Kansas. Prior to Aperture, he worked as a digital imaging assistant at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas.

Susan Bauchner-Charlas is the registrar for Aperture Foundation and the Paul Strand Archive.

Trisha Barry is the limited-edition prints preparator at Aperture’s Millerton, NY facility. Past careers include art teacher, publications and communications director, and co-owner/creative director of a full-service advertising agency. Trisha holds a BA in graphic design and recently earned her MALS (with a concentration in photography) from Wesleyan University.

Matthew Harvey is production manager for Aperture’s books and quarterly magazine. He especially enjoys home gardening and likes to think of himself as an avid hobbyist.

Thomas Bollier, production coordinator, assists in producing Aperture’s printed material, including books, the magazine, and The PhotoBook Review. He is a graduate of McGill University with a degree in English literature.