Artist and Curator Bios
Phil Solomon (United States, b. 1954) is an internationally recognized experimental filmmaker. His works are in many prestigious collections and have been screened in solo programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in addition to many other venues and film festivals worldwide. Solomon has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1993), Creative Capital Foundation grants (2000, 2001), the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Award (2007) and a Knight Fellowship by United States Artists (2012), among other honours. He is a professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Paul Roth is Director of the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Previously, he served as Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and as Executive Director of The Richard Avedon Foundation in New York. Roth has organized numerous exhibitions and film series, including Scotiabank Photography Award: Mark Ruwedel (2015); Edward Burtynsky: Oil (2009), Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power (2008), Sally Mann: What Remains (2004), and I…Dreaming: The Visionary Cinema of Stan Brakhage (National Gallery of Art, 2002). Among his writings are: Gordon Parks, from the series Photo Poche (Actes Sud, 2013); Gordon Parks: Collected Works (Steidl, 2012); “Unholy Trinity” in Richard Avedon: Murals and Portraits (Gagosian, 2012); and Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power (Steidl/Corcoran, 2008). In addition, Roth has helped organize the archives of photographers as Robert Frank, Richard Avedon, and Garry Winogrand.
A public installation of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival