Frank Rocco

Kevin Michael Reed

Managing Editor:
Angela P. Schapiro

Photo Editor / Art Director:
Xiang-Yun Chen

Copy Editors:
Leigh Beckett
Herb Schur
Michelle Kawka
Margaret Rowland

Section Editors:
Business: Michelle Kawka
Fine Art: Susan May Tell
Technology: Kevin Michael Reed

Advertising & Sponsorship Coordinator:
Salem Krieger

Logo Design:
Katarina Kojic Kaplan

Founders: Frank Rocco, Liam Alexander, Alex Geana, Kevin Michael Reed, Ken Jones, Kat Kaplan.

Sharpen is a Publication of
American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter


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Congratulations to Susan May Tell for receiving a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for the summer of 2015! Tell is an artist whose fine art photographs have been widely exhibited, collected and featured in solo museum and gallery exhibitions. Before choosing to only photograph personal projects, she was a successful editorial and news photographer who spent four years based in Cairo and four in Paris working for the New York Times, LIFE and TIME Magazines, followed by 10 years as a staff photographer and photo editor at the New York Post. A highly sought after speaker, portfolio reviewer and juror of fine art photography competitions and exhibitions, Tell is the Fine Art Chair of ASMP NY since 2008 and produces its acclaimed annual Portfolio Review. She is the Fine Art columnist for SHARPEN.

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Jason Gardner tells stories, using the framework of Visual Anthropology. He recently published A Flower in the Mouth, a book of photography and writing about the culture, music and rituals of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil. Lincoln Center hosted an exhibition of his work as part of the Out of Doors Festival in July 2013. He is a board member, NY Chapter, of The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and co-founder of creative networking community Toasted Almonds.

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Margaret Rowland is an award winning and internationally published photographer who has worked across a spectrum of genres. She learned the art of capturing light on her father's manual Pentax film camera, and now works primarily with Canon DSLRs. Her work has taken her around the world: from presidential election coverage in New Hampshire for Dartmouth (her alma mater), to documentary and travel/adventure work in Paris, New Zealand, & Kuwait, to wedding photography in California. She currently resides in New York City where she focuses on shooting fashion and beauty, both in her Manhattan studio and on location.

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Michael Weschler is on the Board of Directors for the ASMP and is an active New York chapter member known for his portraits and lifestyle imagery. For further information about his photography, or to learn more about how his team delivers visual solutions, engagement and brand awareness, visit:

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF SHARPEN. Kevin Michael Reed is an award winning fashion & beauty photographer and director based in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles. In 2011, he was named one of 100 Best in Photography by Graphis. He serves on the Board of Directors of ASMP New York and is a Founding Member of the New York Fashion Photography Collective. Currently, he is working on a feature film.

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