2016 Mentoring Program Jurors

Aline Smithson

Aline Smithson is a photographic artist, educator, and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch. She curates and jurors exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. In addition, she is a reviewer and workshop instructor at many photo festivals across the United States. In 2014, Aline received the Excellence in Teaching Award by CENTER and her work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 Portfolios, Review Santa Fe and the PDN Photo Annual. In 2012, Aline was recognized with the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community.

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor, Aline is now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world. She has exhibited widely including numerous solo and group exhibitions and her work is held in a number of public collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including PDN, The New Yorker, Communication Arts, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Diffusion, Rangefinder, Lenswork, Shots and Silvershotz magazines. In 2015, she released a retrospective monograph, Self and Others, published by the Magenta Foundation. Aline lives and works in Los Angeles.

Bruce Katz is an architectural, portrait and fine art photographer based in New York City. Working regularly for a diverse clientele over a 32-year career, his work has appeared in Architectural Digest, New York Magazine, Landscape Architecture, and The Washington Post as well as for top hospitality and design firms throughout the country. He brings a finely-honed sense of composition, a natural-lighting style, and a wonderful sense of humor and ease to all his photographic assignments.

Bruce is a strong advocate for business education for photographers and teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York. He is an active member of ASMP and has served on their National and NY Chapter board of directors.

Documentary photographer and director Doug Menuez once stood at the North Pole, crossed the Sahara, had tea with Stalin’s daughter and held a chunk of Einstein’s brain. Quitting his blues band in 1981, he began his career freelancing for Time, LIFE, Newsweek, Fortune, USA Today, the New York Times Magazine and many other publications. He covered the AIDS crisis, homelessness in America, politics, five Super Bowls and the Olympics. His portrait assignments included Presidents Bush, Sr. and Clinton, Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz, Mother Teresa, Jane Goodall and Hugh Jackman.

His award-winning advertising campaigns and corporate projects for global brands include Chevrolet, FedEx, Nikon, GE, Chevron, HP, Coca Cola, Emirates Airlines, Charles Schwab and Microsoft. His work has been honored by many organizations, including the Kelly Awards, The AOP London, The Cannes Festival, The One Show, The Art Director’s Club of NY, Photo District News, The Epson Creativity Award, American Photography, Graphis, and Communication Arts.

His extensive archive of over one million images was acquired by Stanford University Libraries in 2004. His fifth and most recent book “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000” was published by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, has gained worldwide viral press coverage and is now traveling as a fine art exhibition of rare images of Silicon Valley’s greatest innovators, including Steve Jobs, as they changed our world. Doug divides his time between the Hudson Valley and NYC.

Stacy Swiderski is the Senior Photo Editor at Wonderful Machine, a production company based in suburban Philadelphia with a curated roster of over 700 commercial photographers from around the world. On a daily basis she consults with and advises photographers on all aspects of their work and brand, from creative coaching and portfolio development to web site edits and print portfolio production. Prior to joining Wonderful Machine, she worked in Higher Education as a Photography Professor and as a fine art photographer. She holds an MPS in Digital Photography from The School of Visual Arts and a BFA from Parsons School of Design.

Spencer Jones has been a commercial still life photographer and active stock photographer for over fifteen years. Since striking out on his own in the late 1990s, he has shot for various corporations, including L’oreal, FedEx, American Express, and Tag Heuer. He has shot for magazines, including Marie Claire, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Field and Stream, and New York Times Magazine. Spencer has shot several covers for Time Magazine including their prestigious “Person of the Year” issue and the “The Real Meaning of Patriotism” issue.

He has also exhibited his photography at the Nikon House, The Kodak Gallery, The Tisch Gallery, and was highlighted in the book “The Best of Photography”, American Photographic Artists and featured in ASMP’s 2016 Photo Annual. Currently, Spencer divides his time between his commercial photography career and managing Glasshouse Images.

David Walker has written about photography for more than 20 years. He is Executive Editor at Photo District News, as well as a contributor to various books and magazines, and a multimedia producer. He lives in Reading, Pennsylvania.