I am an art & photography historian, writer, editor, and independent curator, based in New York City area. My research deals with global issues in postwar history of photography, today's social media photography, and contemporary art. Besides, I have written extensively about history of photography in Latvia. 

Read more about my current work in news: announcements about upcoming talks, new articles and book chapters, research notes, and observations about contemporary art.

With the 2017 issue of the yearbook Latvian Photography which features my latest research article "Into the Photographers’ Universe: What Separates Photographers from Artists?" Photo: Hon Sun Lam.

With the 2017 issue of the yearbook Latvian Photography which features my latest research article "Into the Photographers’ Universe: What Separates Photographers from Artists?" Photo: Hon Sun Lam.

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 most recent journal articles, book chapters, catalog essays, and research papers are available in the articles section. Since 2000, 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. 

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 that emerged in the photography biennials and yearbooks of the International Federation of Photographic Art. 

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).  

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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