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Hire Ed 2017 Speaker and Reviewers

We are thrilled to have the following Keynote Speaker and Reviewers for our 3rd annual Hire Ed event in partnership with AIGA New Mexico: 


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: David Bram, Founder, Fraction Magazine



David Bram David Bram is the editor, founder and curator of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography. Fraction Magazine was founded in 2008 and has shown portfolios from more than 350 photographers. David is also the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects, which hosts invite-only retreats for photographers and works collaboratively with artists to publish truly beautiful photobooks in small, exclusive editions.  In 2017 David founded Fraction Editions, a new book publishing company.

David Bram has reviewed portfolios at over 30 national events including Review Santa Fe, Fotofest, PhotoLucida, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Medium, Filter and Colorado Photographic Arts Center. He was a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a frequent juror for Critical Mass.  He was a reviewer at Fotofest Moscow in August 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011. In September 2010, David was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award. In 2015, David curated Fraction of a Second, a group exhibition of 45 Fraction photographers for the University of New Mexico Art Museum and 516 Arts.



Kevin Black
Kevin Black has been a photographer for over 40 years in advertising. His work ranges from video to still food shots to the wet plate.
Now having fun in Corrales, NM after raising family in Philadelphia.









Robert Browman
Robert Browman is an Emmy Award-winning multimedia journalist. He is currently Digital Editor at the Albuquerque Journal.

multimedia journalist. He is currently Digital Editor at the Albuquerque Journal.

Prior to his role at the Journal, Browman was a freelance visual journalist based in Miami, Fla., where he pursued photography and video assignments for online, print and broadcast outlets.

Browman has more than 20 years experience working with photography and multimedia to tell stories.

He served as Senior Producer at the award-winning New York-based multimedia production company MediaStorm, producing photography-driven multimedia stories. And he was Senior Editor for News at the picture agency Corbis in New York City, picture editing and winning assignments for a world-class team of photographers during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.




Matthew Chase-Daniel is a fine art photographer and the co-founder, co-owner, and co-curator of Axle Contemporary, a mobile gallery of art, founded in 2010 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Axle Contemporary exhibits contemporary art by New Mexico based artists, and creates collaborative interactive community engagement artworks. Axle mounts 15 exhibits each year and has exhibited the work of over 300 artists, established and emerging. Operating from a 60 square foot space, Axle has become a leader in the state, connecting artists with opportunities and new audiences with unusual art experiences. Chase-Daniel serves on the City of Santa Fe Art in Public Places Committee and the Santa Fe Railyard Art Committee.



Kirk Gittings


Kirk Gittings refusees to be put in a box with regard to my art and I encourage other photographers to pursue their passion because if you’re not having fun and loving what you do, what’s the point?  Pursuing your passion will always lead you to where you’re supposed to be.









Kathleen Messmer


Kathleen Messmer picked up her first camera at the age of 8 - my Mom's Rolleiflex.  Photography has always been like magic to me and I’ve never wavered in my desire to be out in the world, shooting whatever strikes my fancy.  I grew up in Washington state, moved to the Bay Area at the age of 18, stayed for 30+ years, then landed in the southwest.  I’ve been here for a decade and I’m still not sure if it’s permanent, but only time will tell.







Irene Owsley


Irene Owsley specializes in outdoors and travel, favoring wilderness locations above all. She has been profiled in Rangefinder, Photographer’s Forum, and Nikon World and has been accepted to participate in 4 artist residencies in Alaska’s wilderness.  She serves on the national board of ASMP promoting best business practices for photographers.    








Laura Pressley
Laura Pressley is the Executive Director of CENTER. CENTER is known for the long-standing programs including Project Grants, The Review Santa Fe Photo Festival and other offerings that have launched dozens of photographer’s careers. Pressley has served on several judging panels as well as a frequent nominator for recognitions like the PDN 30, the Look3 Festival, the Godowsky Color Awards, among others.
In addition to high impact, outcome driven portfolio reviews and professional development programs, CENTER fosters an esteemed network of leading professionals that includes book publishers, curators, editors, gallerists, and many of today’s tastemakers. Currently, CENTER is looking for artists for their an expanded exhibition program.  
Roberto Rosales 
Roberto Rosales is a staff photographer at the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico's largest newspaper where he concentrates on issues including immigration and breaking news. Additionally, Rosales teaches at UNM's Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media (IFDM) department. Rosales holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Art and a Masters in Art Education.
Paige Taylor
Paige Taylor is a photography instructor at the University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus where she leads classes in traditional darkroom photography and digital photographic techniques. She is also the Programs & Education Coordinator at 516 ARTS, the non-profit arts organization in downtown Albuquerque.
Paige earned an MFA in Art with a concentration in photography and film/video at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and a BFA in Photography at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.