A compliment. A constructive critique. Encouragement. Insight. These are the gifts of a mentor; a teacher extraordinaire who is generous with their time and knowledge, and is considerate of who you are and what you’re trying to say or accomplish. The photo history presentation Magnificent Mentors will showcase a handful of the more extraordinary photographers in the U.S. who fostered the careers of some of the most recognized photographers today, historic to contemporary. In the course of this beautifully illustrated lecture, certified photography appraiser & photo historian Jennifer Stoots will examine the philosophy and practice of several photo luminaries and the programs they orchestrated, as well as explore the paths of student success.
Magnificent Mentors will focus on the instructors and curriculum at the Clarence H. White School of Photography, Alexey Brodovitch’s “Design Laboratory,” The New York Photo League, and The New Bauhaus, along with brief overviews of the photo programs CalArts & CCA, the San Francisco Institute of Fine Arts, UCLA, UNM and Yale University. Noteworthy alum will include: Diane Arbus, Eve Arnold, Richard Avedon, Uta Barth, Dawoud Bey, Margaret Bourke-White, Anton Bruehl, Lois Conner, Robert Frank, Hiro, An-My Lê, Lisette Model, Patrick Nagatani, Catherine Opie, Irving Penn, Ruth Orkin, Wendy Red Star, Doris Ulmann, Carrie Mae Weems, Hank Willis Thomas, Will Wilson, and Max Yavno, among many many others.
Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA, has been working in the museum and gallery industry for 26 years, in the photography marketplace for 22 years, and has been appraising documentary & fine art photographs, photographic archives, and contemporary art for 18 years. In addition to her art appraisal work, she lectures on the economic history of fine art & the photography market and participates in public presentations centered around legacy and estate planning strategies for artists & photographers. She has also written articles about the process and methodologies of appraisal valuations, as relates to photographs and photographic archives, and is currently engaged in research related to arts patronage and the (extraordinary) benefits of integrated arts education. She is also a photo historian and has an ongoing series dedicated to photography history on social media. (Instagram call sign: stoots.jennifer)
Stoots received her Master’s degree in the History of Art & Design from Pratt Institute (2013) and her Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Oregon (1994). From 1998 – 2004, she managed the S K Josefsberg Studio, a fine art photography gallery in Portland, Oregon, and, in recent years, has been working select international art fairs with the East Wing Gallery (Doha, Qatar). Stoots acquired her appraising credentials in 2002 from NYU’s Appraisal Studies Program for Fine and Decorative Arts and she is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA).