I am an art & photography historian, writer, editor, occasional curator, and educator based in New York City area. My research and writing focus on global issues in postwar photography and image sharing in today's social media such as Instagram. Besides, I have written extensively about history of art and photography in Latvia as well as selected topics in Soviet and Eastern European art history.
I am the author of Photography as Art in Latvia, 1960-1969 (2011) and the author or editor of several other books about photography, as well as three fiction books. My articles have appeared in journals such as CAA.Reviews, PhotoResearcher, Networking Knowledge, ARTMargins, Russian Art & Culture, Scriptus Manet, Art History & Theory, Studija, and others. In 2005, I established photography magazine Foto Kvartals and served as its editor-in-chief until 2011.
As an independent curator, I have curated several exhibitions featuring contemporary art, photography, and video such as Private. Contemporary Photography from Latvia (Moscow, Russia, 2008) and North by North East, the pavilion of Latvia at the 55th Venice Art Biennale (Venice, Italy, 2013).
Since 2013, I am a research assistant to Dr. Lev Manovich, professor of Computer Science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab (called Software Studies Initiative before 2017). While working in the lab, I have co-authored research projects on social media photography such as Selfiecity (2014), Selfiecity London (2015), and The Exceptional and the Everyday: 144 Hours in Kyiv (2014). See my publications discussing the findings of these projects in the articles section.
Currently I am a PhD candidate in art history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. My doctoral dissertation, The “Olympiad of Photography”: The International Federation of Photographic Art, 1950–1965, deals with the "international style" of photography of the 1950s.
Classes that I have taught include undergraduate intro to art history at York College (2012-2013) and Bronx Community College (2013) in New York City, graduate level media theory and history of photography classes at the University of Liepaja, Latvia (2010-2011), and undergraduate history of photography and photography exhibition management classes at the Latvian Culture College in Riga, Latvia (2010-2011).
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Contact me for a full CV or other inquiries: atifentale at gradcenter dot cuny dot edu.
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