Alyssa Coppelman

Alyssa Coppelman is an Oakland, California-based independent photo editor who works regularly as Art Researcher for Harper’s Magazine and the Oxford American magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2016. She has juried photography contests and exhibitions for Center for Fine Art Photography, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and A Smith Gallery, and has reviewed portfolios at Photolucida, Fotofest Houston, PhotoNOLA, Medium Photo Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Filter Photo Festival. She is a regular contributor to Adobe Create and has written for Slate's Behold blog, Feature Shoot, and WIRED Photo. As a visiting lecturer, Alyssa speaks to graduate and undergraduate photography students about their practices and developing a career in the publishing industry. Most recently, she taught a photo editing workshop at PhotoNOLA, and was a panelist in Mary Virginia Swanson’s Social Media Strategies for Artists seminar. Working directly with photographers, she provides oversight in editing, sequencing, design, and editorial aspects of websites, portfolios, and photobook projects. When she’s not hard at work, Alyssa tries to convince everyone to go dancing.

Alyssa Coppelman is an Oakland, California-based independent photo editor who works regularly as Art Researcher for Harper’s Magazine and the Oxford American magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2016. She has juried photography contests and exhibitions for Center for Fine Art Photography, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and A Smith Gallery, and has reviewed portfolios at Photolucida, Fotofest Houston, PhotoNOLA, Medium Photo Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Filter Photo Festival. She is a regular contributor to Adobe Create and has written for Slate's Behold blog, Feature Shoot, and WIRED Photo. As a visiting lecturer, Alyssa speaks to graduate and undergraduate photography students about their practices and developing a career in the publishing industry. Most recently, she taught a photo editing workshop at PhotoNOLA, and was a panelist in Mary Virginia Swanson’s Social Media Strategies for Artists seminar. Working directly with photographers, she provides oversight in editing, sequencing, design, and editorial aspects of websites, portfolios, and photobook projects. When she’s not hard at work, Alyssa tries to convince everyone to go dancing.

Wardell Milan’s Lush Mixed Media

"Two warriors looking for euphoria," 2018 © Wardell Milan

“Two warriors looking for euphoria,” 2018 © Wardell Milan

When I first came across Wardell Milan’s work a few years ago, it was on my computer, or perhaps on my phone. I was digging through various galleries’ sites and art-laden Instagram feeds, on which someone vigilant posted Milan’s name along with the image, so I was ultimately directed straight to the artist himself. Seeing his work on-screen, especially a screen so tiny, is world’s apart from the experience of standing before them, sinking into the depths and dimensions of color and shape—and over the past several years, his work has only grown stronger.

While his first West Coast exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery closed a couple weeks ago, In Rainbows remains on view at the gallery through March 16. From the press release: “Incorporating drawing, painting, photography and collage, Milan’s Parisian Landscapes: Blue in Green introduces the artist’s figurative works in a variety of media. In scenes of freedom and desire, conflict and violence, Milan situates fractured bodies in ambiguous spaces.”

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New Southern Photography at the Ogden Museum

"Giving Tree" © RaMell Ross

“Giving Tree” © RaMell Ross

As a freelance photo editor/art researcher, I work with multiple clients. One of them is Art Researcher for the Oxford American, a magazine of “writing and art from or about the South.” In the years I’ve worked for the OA, I’ve concentrated heavily on fulfilling the promise of getting artwork by Southerners, or artwork made in or about the South, into the pages of each issue.
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Zanele Muholi’s Visual Activism

"Ntozakhe II, Parktown, Johannesburg," 2016 © Zanele Muholi

“Ntozakhe II, Parktown, Johannesburg,” 2016 © Zanele Muholi

Photographer Zanele Muholi is responsible for crafting some of the most electric self-portraiture, not just in recent memory, but in the entirety of the history of image making. A self-described visual or cultural activist, Muholi has done a great deal to make strides forward for the LGBTQIA+ community in both the art world and the world at large. With seemingly endless layers of meaning to their work, they have managed to both connect threads of history and culture that aren’t always communicated together so effectively, while also boldly confronting those elements.  

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Bettina von Zwehl’s Haunting Tribute to the Parkland School Shooting Victims

Meditations in an Emergency #5 (2018) © Bettina von Zwehl

Meditations in an Emergency #5 (2018) © Bettina von Zwehl

When London-based photographer Bettina von Zwehl began her artist’s residency at the New-York Historical Society last year, it had already been part of her practice to photograph people in profile for 18 years. Coming across profile drawings by Benjamin Tappan in the museum’s collection sparked this beautiful yet eerie new series of 17 portraits called “Meditations in an Emergency,” which recall the 17 students and staff members who were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, last Valentine’s Day. Today marks one year since this horrific event.

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