Magazine photography to be discussed in forum
Elisabeth Biondi and Siobhán Bohnacker, who are noted art directors, curators, and teachers, will speak at Yale on Monday, Nov. 27, as Poynter Fellows in Journalism.
The Yale Forum on Magazine Photography, which is co-sponsored by “ART835: How to Do Everything,” will feature Biondi and Bohnacker in conversation with Yale School of Art alumnus Matthew Leifheist and Yale College senior Clara Mokri. Their talk will take place 4–6 p.m. in Rm. G-10 of Green Hall at the School of Art, 1156 Chapel Street.
Biondi is based in New York, where she works as an independent curator, writer, and teacher. Until 2011, she worked as visuals editor at the New Yorker, where she built the magazine’s reputation for its use of photography. Born and educated in Germany, Biondi headed the photography department at Stern, one of Germany’s largest news weeklies.
Biondi currently teaches in the School of Visual Arts’ Department of Photography, Video, and Related Media, and she curates exhibitions around the country. She also advises up-and-coming photographers and edits their work.
Bohnacker is a senior photo editor at The New Yorker. In this role, she commissions original photography for the magazine, art directs the magazine’s short fiction sections, and curates the magazine’s photography. Before joining The New Yorker, Bohnacker was a photo editor at the New York Times Magazine from 2009 to 2012.
Bohnacker has worked with NGOs and non-profits (Human Rights Watch and the United Nations Foundation, among others) as well as advertising clients (including Nike and Vitamin Water). She has served as an on-set producer for over 200 photo shoots, most notably for David Remnick’s profile of Barack Obama. Bohnacker also lectures and serves on the jury for several international photo contests.
The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Sharon Louden, Lindy West, and Neil Barsky.