The desk of Alison Zavos, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Alison Zavos is the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Feature Shoot and a photography curator. Feature Shoot showcases all genres of work from both up-and-coming and established photographers. Since launching in 2008, the site has accumulated an archive of over 3,000+ international photographers and won LIFE.com’s 2011 Photo Blog Awards as “The Web’s 20 most compelling, most consistently insightful and surprising photography blogs.”
Over the past few years, Zavos has curated numerous shows. In the summer of 2010, she curated Sea Change, a group show as part of the Wassaic Summer Festival. As part of Photoville NYC 2012, Zavos co-curated a group exhibition entitled Underage, which featured work by six young photographers. Come Together, a Beatles-themed exhibit, was at FotoWeekDC in November of 2012, and Anew: Seeing Beauty in Everyday Objects was shown at the United Photo Industries gallery in Brooklyn, NY in December, 2012. As part of Photoville NYC 2013, she curated Fruitland, a collection of strange still life photographs of fruit by 20 international photographers.
She is also an active member of the photography community, reviewing portfolios for numerous organizations and speaking on various panels discussing topics such as the impact of new media, marketing, press and photography blogs.
Prior to running Feature Shoot full time, Zavos worked as a photo editor for magazines in New York. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Zolton and baby daughter Avalon.
The desk of Amanda Gorence, Managing Editor
Amanda Gorence is the Managing Editor of Feature Shoot as well as an independent curator, writer, and editor based in Brooklyn. An active member of the arts and photography community, Amanda worked in the gallery business for over three years. She was formerly the Director of Austin’s B. Hollyman Gallery, where she developed and curated photography exhibitions and projects.
She currently works with photographers to develop and edit portfolio and brand content. She was a co-editor of aether, a semi-annual e-magazine that aims to engage collectors, artists, and galleries in conversation about the visual arts. She co-curated two group photography exhibitions in 2012, Underage at Photoville NYC and Come Together at FotoWeekDC. As part of Art Night Austin 2013, she curated Alchemy, a group exhibition exploring the power, possibility, and aesthetic of ‘alchemical’ or personal transformation. Most recently she teamed up with United Photo Industries’ Sam Barzilay to curate Seven Seas, a multimedia presentation featuring more than 35 photographers exploring humanity’s relationship to water.
The desk of Jenna Garrett, Editorial Assistant
Jenna Garrett is Feature Shoot’s Editorial Assistant as well as a visual artist and photographer. After graduating from the London College of Communication with an MA in Fine Art Photography, she has shown in exhibitions in the United States and across Europe. Her current work The Public Profile Project is an ongoing exploration of Internet subcultures and phenomena. Aside from writing for Feature Shoot, she is the curator of the photography blog Particulr.co. Jenna can also ride a unicycle, but is only successful at this when traveling in a straight line.
The desk of Andi Vollmer, Digital Imaging Specialist
Andi Vollmer is a digital imaging specialist with Feature Shoot and a recent photography graduate of The Art Institute. She works as a freelance photographer and retoucher and as an assistant wedding photographer for Max Photography. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her fiancé and two lovable pit bulls.
The New Yorker (Photo Booth blog): Underage in Photoville, June 21, 2012
PDN: Favorite Sources for New Photography, Photo Annual 2012
Lenscratch: Underage, Young Photographers, June 16, 2012
Lost At E Minor: Underage: a group show of young photographers, June 15, 2012
I Love Texas Photo, Interview with Alison Zavos, May 29, 2012