Bio, Education, Work & Teaching Experience

Alise Tifentale is 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 published in Latvian and German.

Her scholarly 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, she established photography magazine Foto Kvartals and served as its editor-in-chief until 2011. 

From August 2013 to December 2018, Alise Tifentale worked as a research fellow at the Cultural Analytics Lab, led by Dr. Lev Manovich, the world's leading media theorist and professor of Computer Science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. While working in the lab, Tifentale has 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 her publications discussing the findings of these projects in the articles section.

As an independent curator, Tifentale has 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, co-curated with Anne Barlow and Courtenay Finn).  

Classes that Tifentale has 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).

Currently Alise Tifentale is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her doctoral dissertation, The “Olympiad of Photography”: The International Federation of Photographic Art, 1950–1965, deals with the shifting social and cultural status of photographers in the 1950s on a global level. 

Tifentale has M.Phil. (Master of Philosophy) in Art History from The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2015), M.A. in Art History from the Art Academy of Latvia (2010), and B.A. in Information and Communication Studies from the University of Latvia (1998).

Contact me for a full CV or other inquiries: atifentale at gradcenter dot cuny dot edu.