Nicholas Muellner is an artist who operates at the intersection of photography and writing. Through books, exhibitions and slide lectures, his projects investigate the limits of photography as a documentary pursuit and as an interface to literary, political and personal narratives. His textual and visual books include The Photograph Commands Indifference (A-Jump Books, 2009), and The Amnesia Pavilions (A-Jump Books, 2011), which was selected as a top photo book of 2011 by Time Magazine. He has given readings at numerous venues in the United States and Europe, including MoMA P.S.1, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. In addition to solo exhibitions in the U.S., the U.K. and Russia, Muellner’s writings on photography have been published by MACK, Aperture, Afterimage, Triple Canopy and Routledge, and he edits the Self Publish, Be Happy Pamphlet Series. His work has been supported by MacDowell and Yaddo Colony Fellowships, as well as grants from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and CEC Artslink. He is an Associate Professor of photography and critical studies at the Park School of Communications, Ithaca College.
Catherine Taylor is a writer and editor who works on a wide range of nonfiction forms–from documentary and literary journalism to lyric essays, hybrid-genre writing, critical theory, and poetics. She is the author of Apart (Ugly Duckling Presse), a mixed-genre memoir and political history that combines prose, poetry, cultural theory, and found texts from South African archives. Her first book, Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam), won the Lamaze International Birth Advocate Award. Her essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared inActionYes!, Seneca Review, The Colorado Review, Witness, Hotel Amerika, and elsewhere. Taylor was a co-founder and producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival and she has received residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, and the Djerassi Foundation. She is a founding editor of Essay Press, an independent press dedicated to publishing innovative essays in book form. Taylor received her Ph.D. from Duke University and is an associate professor in the writing department at Ithaca College.