Directors

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 five published books include The Photograph Commands Indifference (A-Jump Books, 2009), The Amnesia Pavilions (A-Jump Books, 2011) and In Most Tides, An Island (SPBH Editions, 2017), which has been shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Photobook of the Year Award. In addition to solo exhibitions in the U.S., the U.K. and Russia, his writings on photography have been published by MACK, Aperture, Afterimage, Triple Canopy, Art Journal and Routledge. Muellner has performed slide lectures at numerous venues in the U.S. and Europe, including MoMA P.S.1, the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Photographers Gallery (London), the National Center for Contemporary Art (Saint Petersburg) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago). Muellner’s work has been supported by the John Gutmann Fellowship, residencies at the MacDowell and Yaddo Colonies, the Russian National Center of Contemporary Art, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, as well as grants from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and CEC Artslink. He received a BA in comparative literature from Yale University and an MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Muellner is Associate Professor of Photography and Co-Director of the Image Text MFA and Press at Ithaca College.

Catherine Taylor is a writer and editor who works in 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 You, Me, and the Violence (21st-Century Essays / OSU Press) a long essay on drones, puppets, and power; Apart, a hybrid-genre book of memoir and political history about South Africa (Ugly Duckling Presse); and of Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam) winner of the Lamaze International Birth Advocate Award.

Professor Taylor worked as a producer, writer, and researcher on a number of documentary film projects in New York City including The Exiles, which won an Emmy award for historical programming, and she was a Co-founder and Producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Taylor is also a Founding Editor of Essay Press, an independent press dedicated to publishing innovative essays in book form. She studied ancient Greek literature and history at Somerville College, Oxford; Classics and Literature at Cornell University; and American Literature, Critical Theory, and Emerging Media at Duke University.

Taylor’s essays, poetry, reviews and video essays have appeared in many literary journals including Verse, Seneca ReviewThe Colorado ReviewJacket2, ActionYes, The Laurel ReviewXantippePostmodern CultureHotel Amerika, and Witness. Her work has been supported by fellowships and residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Millay Colony, and The Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She is Associate Professor of Writing and Co-Director of the Image Text MFA and Press at Ithaca College.