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 recent 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 and Union Docs in New York.  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 Rutgers University Press, 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 teaches photography and critical studies at the Park School of Communications, Ithaca College.

Catherine Taylor 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 in ActionYes!, the Seneca Review, The Colorado Review, Witness, Hotel Amerika, Postmodern Culture, and elsewhere. Taylor was a co-founder and producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival and she has received residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Millay Colony. 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.