frequently asked questions


June - December, 2005


Abby Bussel - Executive Editor, Architecture magazine, New York
    Journalist and editor Abby Bussel has covered the design world for 15 years. Currently the executive editor of Architecture magazine, she has written articles for journals in the U.S. and Europe, including I.D. magazine, Blueprint, and Interior Design. Bussel is the author of Evolutions: Recent Work of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Birkhauser, 2000) and the consulting editor for Beyond the Edge: New York's New Waterfront by Raymond W. Gastil (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002)
    Bussel is a cofounder and principal of Engine Books, a New York City-based, book-production and editorial services company. The firm specializes in the development of architecture, design, arts, and general nonfiction publications for a range of publishers, institutions, corporations and private clients.
     Her advisory positions and professional affiliations include editorial committee, "New York New Visions: A Coalition for the Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan"; exhibition advisory committee, "Renewing, Rebuilding, Remembering," at the Van Alen Institute; board member, Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility, New York City; and lecturer, Architectural Youth Program, also in New York City.

Michael DePirro, Senior Vice President, Group Creative Director, Deutsch Inc, New York
    When Mike DePirro joined Deutsch in 1999, he brought with him a creative philosophy that has helped the brands he's managed emerge as leaders in their categories. Simply put, Mike believes in doing what is radically appropriate for the brand. His style of turning business problems into out-of-the box creative solutions has created unique brand identities that stand out in an ever-congested marketplace.
    From developing a major product launch for Almay to creating award-winning campaigns for Novartis' Zelnorm and Lamisil, Mike has consistently delivered great work rooted in solid strategy. He has created and launched new identities for brands like Zoloft, Tylenol and St. Joesph's. Furthermore, he has made it a point to create work that crosses over from general advertising to interactive, direct and other new media, giving clients a fully integrated marketing message and brand character.
    Prior to working at Deutsch, Mike worked at BBDO, FCB and Leo Burnett on a diverse group of clients including Northrop Grumman, 7Up, Starbucks, Fila and Kellogg's. Mike has always been able to do equally dynamic work for package goods and image brands. Supporting this, his work has received nearly every industry award, including Cannes, One Show, Clio and EFFIE.

Valerie May - Senior Editor of New Media, National Geographic magazine, Washington DC
    Valerie May, Senior Editor, National Geographic, started her journalism career in the ninth grade, when she launched her school newspaper. In subsequent years she published articles and photographs in various publications such as the Provincetown Advocate, Cape Cod Times, and Cape Codder. After graduating from Duke University, she lived in Peru for some years where she worked at the English weekly, Lima Times.
    Upon returning to the United States, she worked for the Organization of American States and the Scripps Howard News Service before joining National Geographic.
    In 1996, May was assigned by National Geographic to join a special team to launch National Geographic Society’s first website as Managing Editor. She stayed with the society website and launched its news division,, in 1999. She then returned to National Geographic and launched the magazine’s website in September 2000. The website has garnered top industry awards, including the Award for General Excellence Online from the American Society of Magazine Editors, Best of Festival from the International Web Pages Awards, and the Folio Award for Best Online Magazine.
    She is a member of the Duke University Editorial Board and the National Press Club.

Tyra Banks - Supermodel, TV/Film Producer, Bankable Productions. Founder, TZONE Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
    A groundbreaking, international fashion icon, Tyra Banks is known for knocking down barriers. Over the course of her distinguished career, Tyra became the first African-American model to grace the covers of both GQ and two simultaneous covers of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, as well as the cover of the famed Victoria's Secret catalog. She also held a long term contract with the cosmetics conglomerate, Cover Girl.
    Tyra most recently added another "first" by creating and executive producing the hugely successful reality television series "America's Next Top Model," which recently returned to television for a fourth cycle. In addition, Tyra is poised to debut her new talk show "The Tyra Banks Show" in the fall of this year. The five-day-a-week program is designed and specifically targeted to entertain and offer the "every-woman" insight into the issues facing young women today. The talk show is produced by Tyra Banks/Bankable Prods. and Handprint Ent. in association with Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Television.
    After writing Tyra's Beauty Inside & Out (HarperCollins), Tyra realized that the trials she overcame as a teen could be used to connect with girls who struggle with self-esteem issues. In July 2000 she founded her charitable foundation and personally sponsored the first year of TZONE, an annual summer camp experience for teenage girls designed to enhance independence and self-esteem.
    Tyra's mother, Carolyn London, has a 15 year professional history as a biological and freelance fashion photographer. Over the years, Carolyn encouraged Tyra to focus on her love of photography by honing her photographic skills. Tyra has since become a talented and proficient photographer with a genuine love of the craft and will collaborate with Carolyn on choosing the winning photo entry images.

Suzanne Donaldson - Photography Director, Glamour magazine, New York
   A photography and art consultant, Suzanne Donaldson's clients include Nike, Timberland, The Oprah Magazine, Esquire, Real Simple, Lucky, and W ( For Banana Republic, she advises them on photography, casting and other talent for their advertising campaigns. She generates concepts and inspires ideas at the pre-conception stage of a campaign, as well as assembles the creative teams to connect and deliver the worlds's greatest visual artists and photographers to art, editorial and advertising clients. At her fingertips is a host of creative directors, copy writers, designers, photographers, illustrators, models, ad agencies, magazines and various freelance geniuses.
     Suzanne began her career at the Image Bank and Vanity Fair. She has since been studio manager at Robert Mapplethorpe Studio, director of Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York, Art Buyer for the Arnell Group, Art & Photography Editor at Interview magazine and Director of Photography at Self magazine.
    Suzanne is known for her eye for the big picture, a passion for details and a deep understanding of a photographers' individual sensibility. She approaches her work with a sense of humor and a commitment to collaborate with vision and pizzazz.
ince 2002, Donaldson has been the Photography Director at Glamour magazine, which was recently awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME).

Anne Telford - Editor-at-Large, Communication Arts, Menlo Park, CA
    After fourteen years as the founding managing editor of Communication Arts, Anne Telford moved to the position of editor-at-large and relocated to her childhood home in La Jolla, California. An avid traveler, she expanded CA’s international coverage and developed the magazine’s Fresh section.
    Anne received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin where she indulged her taste for Tex-Mex food, independent film and the blues. Her first job in journalism was as an assistant editor at Texas Monthly. Anne was a founding board member of the Illustration Conference and is a current board member of both Watershed Media, an organization that produces action-oriented, visually dynamic communication projects to influence the transition to a green society and of the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists.
     Anne is also a published photographer with credits ranging from Communication Arts, Émigré, Blur and Step Inside Design magazines, to the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Allworth Press and Chronicle Books, among others. She collects vintage cameras and fine art photography and can’t wait to build an addition to her home so she has more wall space.

Charlie Holland - Director of Photography, Getty Images, Los Angeles, CA
    Charlie Holland has been in the commercial photography industry for 25 years. She started in magazines as a researcher and editor for magazines such as Forbes, Newsweek, US, Parade, etc. and was subsequently Director of Photography for Premiere and Live magazines. She moved to Los Angeles to work as a Director of Marketing at Universal Studios, working on the photography for the promotion of feature films. She has been with Getty Images since 1997 as the Director of Photogaphy for Creative Stills in Los Angeles, primarily generating imagery for sale to the advertising and corporate market.
     Her work has won awards in Communication Arts, the Society of Publication Designers and American Photography. She has worked on various books including the Day in the Life of Hollywood project and been a judge for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in the Photography category.
     Charlie is the daughter-in-law of Yale Joel, one of the staff photographers for Life magazine from 1948-1972. She Lives in Los Angeles.

Carol McCusker, PhD - Curator of Photography, Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego, CA
    Carol McCusker is the Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. She received her Ph.D in art history, with an emphasis on the history of photography and film history, at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Albuquerque. She has curated numerous exhibitions at MoPA, and the University Art Museum at UNM. The power of photojournalism to educate and change public perception has been one of her greatest interests. “Photography helps us to ponder history, see other cultures, or find refuge in beauty,” notes Dr. McCusker. “It is always working, aiding art and science, confirming facts, identifying people and places, or encouraging our moral imaginations. Its directness as well as its rich nuances expand our knowledge of the world both past and present. Instead of a little more understanding and care escaping from the world, at its best, photography stems the flow of ignorance, of lost consciences, or forgotten beauty.”
    In 2006 she will be curating an exhibition titled “Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism” and “Shooting in 35: The First 35mm Photographs.” Her dissertation, Shooting Stars: War Photographers in Hollywood, will be published soon; it examines the technological, aesthetic, and political exchanges between photojournalists and filmmakers during the Great Depression, WWII, and the McCarthy Era.
    MoPA is devoted to exhibiting, collecting, and conserving the entire spectrum of the photographic medium. It addresses cultural, historical, and social issues through its exhibitions and public programming. Located in Balboa Park in the heart of San Diego, it has received numerous awards and consistently brings excellent exhibitions, guest speakers, educational programs, and national and international film series to the greater southern California community.

Clare Freestone - Assistant Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery, London
    Clare Freestone was born in London and studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art, graduating in 1999. She was appointed Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in July 2000.
    Projects have included cataloguing various aspects of the collection, in particular the archive of over 700 prints and 10,000 negatives taken by Ida Kar (1908-1974) covering the art scene in London and Paris in the 1950s. She has contributed towards the text and captions for a large number of temporary gallery displays including: Fergus Greer: Directors and Sixties Style: Photographs by Ward, Wharton and Seymour, both 2001.
She Bop: Women in Pop and Blow Up: Sixties Photography Exposed, 2002. Lichfield : The Early Years, British Blondes and Terry O’Neill: Celebrity, 2003. James Hunkin: Faces of Science and Bill Brandt: Portraits, 2004.
    Clare also curated the displays DJs by Chris Lopez (2002) and Seizing the Moment: Photographs by Roger Mayne (2004).

Alfonso Gutierrez - Editor/Managing Director, AGE Fotostock, Barcelona
    From his days as a photographer and editor for a publishing company to opening his own stock photography agency 32 years ago, which today has representation in over 95 countries, Alfonso has over 40 years experience in the world of photography.
    He is actively involved in many activities at age fotostock. These include designing new software programs to better serve the clients for development by our IT Dept., personally editing photographer submissions and giving them feedback, traveling to different countries to assist photographers on photo sessions, writing a newsletter for photographers to keep them informed on the latest trends and technology, attending annual international industry conferences, etc...
    But don´t think his activities stop here. In his spare time he loves to ride motorcycles, fly planes, and of course, shoot photographs.
    He has taken his company to levels he never imagined when he started the business in the kitchen of his apartment. At this point in his life, his commitment to photography is based on passion and a love for the art, and that can easily be seen in everything he does.

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