STAFF

Libby Pratt
Director

Libby Pratt is an artist, educator, and publisher. In addition to her role as the Director at Baxter St at CCNY, she teaches photography at City College of New York, CUNY. She is a co-founder of Secretary Press and New Draft Collective and received her MFA from ICP-Bard College in Advanced Photographic Studies. She is a recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency and has exhibited her work in New York, LA, and abroad. Her work was recently included in The Plates of the Present, So Far at Praz Delavallade, Paris and in Portrait of a Landscape at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, NY. Her website is libbypratt.com. She can be reached at libby@cameraclubny.org.

 

BOARD

Michi Jigarjian
President

Michi Jigarjian is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in New York City. As part of her socially engaged practice, Michi is a co-founder of Secretary Press and New Draft Collective. Her site-specific installation work has been commission by the Maritime Foundation. Her books include Writing as Practice, How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood and the three volume series Mold. Jigarjian’s work has been exhibited internationally and she is a 2013 recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency. She is the President of BAXTER ST at The Camera Club of New York, an artist run non-profit organization, which operates to create platforms of community engagement and progress for emerging lens based artists.  She is currently on faculty at ICP-Bard MFA Program. Her website is michij.com

Daniel Handal
Vice President

Daniel Handal earned a BS in Applied Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1994. His photographic work explores subcultures, unique communities, and those living on the fringes of society. He has had a solo at the Brooklyn Public Library (Flatbush Branch) and has been shown in group exhibitions at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston and The powerHouse Arena in New York among others. He has been exhibited internationally at the Australian Centre for Photography and MKII in London. Handal has been awarded with residencies at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. His website is danielhandal.com

Lorraine Gracey
Secretary

Board Secretary Lorraine Gracey is employed by Tiffany & Co. as a media relations and speech writer. As a consultant she has worked with such clients as Chanel, Estee Lauder, Architectural Digest, among others. She has been a contributing writer to photography magazines, covering various aspects of the field, from fashion to stock photography and photojournalism. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she has been a member of the Camera Club for 18 years and has studied at ICP and the 92nd Street Y. Her website is lorrainegracey.com

Cynthia Bittenfield
Board Member at Large

Cynthia Bittenfield pursues projects that shed light on the human cost of war whether dealing with the issue of post-traumatic stress, documenting battlefields and sites of atrocity, or considering life on the home front. The discovery of her father’s wartime scrapbook after he died was the spark that ignited this new direction in her work. Bittenfield has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has been awarded with residencies with The Wassaic Project and Picture Berlin. Bittenfield is a grant recipient from the School of Visual Arts, New York, where she received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media. She holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from the University of Illinois and has worked developing multi-media and instructor-led training at Arthur Andersen & Co. and Microsoft Corporation. She lives and works in New York City and is currently on the board of Baxter St/Camera Club of New York. Her website is www.bittenfield.com.

Zoë Buckman
Board Member at Large

Zoe Buckman (b. 1985 Hackney, East London) is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, and photography, exploring themes of Feminism, mortality, and equality. Buckman’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions including Every Curve at Papillion Art, Los Angeles and Present Life at Garis and Hahn Gallery, New York. Notable group exhibitions include: Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum, Harlem; Off The Wall, Monique Meloche, Chicago; Making and Unmaking, Camden Arts Centre, London; Truth To Power, the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, Framing Beauty, Grunwald University, Indiana; For Freedoms, Jack Shainman Gallery New York; Game On! The Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York; To Be Young Gifted and Black, Goodman Gallery, South Africa; New Abstraction, Leila Heller Gallery, New York. Buckman was a featured artist at Pulse Projects New York 2014, and Miami 2016, and was included in the curated Soundscape Park at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. Buckman completed an artist residency at Mana Contemporary. Public works include a mural at Live Arts, Chelsea, New York in collaboration with Natalie Frank which will be installed Dec 2016. Buckman studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and lives and works in New York. Her website is zoebuckman.com.

Insiya Dhatt
Board Member at Large

Insiya Dhatt is a New York and San Francisco-based photographer and paper artist. Insiya draws inspiration from both her birthplace in the desert of Rajasthan and the intensity of her hometown Mumbai. After receiving her Masters in Banking and Economy, she spent 15 years shaping the face of eCommerce. During the following years, she left her position in the dot-com world to devote herself entirely to photography. She then began studies in programs in San Francisco and New York, including time at New York University’s ITP program and the International Center for Photography. Insiya works across multiple medium, including medium-format film, digital, and sculptural paper, exploring the private/public self in the urban environment. Her website is insiya.com.

Allen Frame
Board Member at Large

Allen Frame is represented by Gitterman Gallery in New York where he has had solo exhibitions in 2005, 2009, and 2013.  His 2013 exhibition Dialogue with Bolaño was presented at the Museum of the Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico, in 2014.  Detour, a compilation of his photographs over a decade, was published by Kehrer Verlag  Heidelberg in 2001.  He co-founded the contemporary art center Delta Axis in Memphis in 1992, and in 1990, he co-created  Electric Blanket, an epic slide show about AIDS, which toured throughout the U.S. and to Norway, the U.K., Germany, Hungary, Japan, and Russia.  He has been the curator of exhibitions at Art in General, including Darrel Ellis in 1996 and In This Place in 2004; at PS122 Gallery, including Bearings: the Female Figure in 2006; and at the Camera Club of New York, including Linda Salerno: A Selection of Experimental Photographs from the Black Mirror Series and Anatomy, Persona, and the Moment: 70’s Experimental Photographs of Luigi Di Sarro.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Camera Club of New York, and he is an Executive Producer of Joshua Sanchez’s feature film Four, released in 2013. He has been the recipient of grants from the Penny McCall Foundation, the Peter Reed Foundation, Creative Time, Art Matters, CECArtslink and others.  He teaches photography at Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts, and the International Center of Photography. He graduated from Harvard University in 1974. His website is allenframe.net

LaVon Kellner
Board Member at Large

LaVon Kellner has a rich background in marketing, sales and entrepreneurship that led her from a top position at Hallmark Cards to Random House and Starbucks. In 1995, she became founding President of Ethis Communications, Inc., a medical communications company. In 2016, Kellner sold her stake in the companies she co-founded in order to pursue her great passion for the arts. She holds frequent salons in her home where artists, museum scholars, gallerists and collectors mingle together to talk about common interests and discuss fine art.  Kellner’s memberships, committees, and Board positions include: Independent Curators International: Board Member; The National Arts Club: Art, Technology, Photography and Roundtable Committees; Friends Seminary: Contemporary Art Committee Co-Chair; Children’s Art Guild, Board Member; Aperture, Paul Strand Circle, Royal Academy America, Frick Museum, National Historic Preservation Society, Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA.

Shari Loeffler
Board Member at Large

Shari Loeffler has had a diverse career spanning two decades in Marketing, Operations, Business Development, Sales, Product Development and Management in the Pharmaceutical, Telecom, Publishing & Non-Profit sectors.  She has led many projects such as: architecting the first loyalty program for physicians worldwide, implementing SAP across Operations, Marketing & Sales as well as, launching multi-million dollar marketing campaigns on behalf of Pharmaceutical companies, directly to physicians.  After becoming a mother to 3 girls, she switched gears and entered the non-profit world, having served as Chairman of the Board for Groove With Me until 2013, incorporating the Siadat Family Foundation in 2014 as well as taking on speaking engagements on behalf of organizations and institutions for fundraising and awareness.  Her most recent collaborations include developing a farming apprenticeship program for children on the east end of LI, construction/interior design, writing her 1st children’s book and as an activist for embracing one’s own unique beauty @myfiercebrow.  Shari received her B.S. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and graduated with a double major in Information Systems & Marketing. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. 

Caren Rosenblatt
Board Member at Large

Caren Rosenblatt has over 25 years of experience in magazine publishing as an Art Director. She has won numerous awards including the Gold Medal for Editorial Illustration at The Society of Illustrators. She has worked the spectrum from book publishing to corporate clients and back again. A current fascination with beauty queens from the 50’s and 60’s is among her personal projects. She is also President of the Board Emeritus of the Camera Club of New York, after serving as Board President for 4 years, during which period she oversaw the move from Union Square to W. 37th St. She has a BFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts.

Lisa Walsh
Board Member at Large

Lisa Walsh is a New York-based photographer. Born in Chicago and after completing bachelor degrees in Economics and Germanic Studies at Boston College, Lisa spent 30 years living and working in London and in France. She relocated to New York in 2013. Lisa worked in corporate finance at Chase Manhattan Bank, London, for 6 years before leaving to study photography at the School of Black and White Photography and Central St. Martin’s College of Art, also in London. Lisa’s photography is film-based and embodies a strong sense of shape and physical form. Lisa is an active member/supporter of Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York and the International Center of Photography. She is also Communications Director of the New York chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC). Lisa has two adult children, speaks German and French and spends her down time on the water or hiking in the mountains. Her website is lisawalshphotography.com