Samulski’s career path has taken many unexpected and exciting turns…and also included many overlapping projects. Most recently he was VP Creative/Marketing for the East River Ferry and NY Waterway. He was the US Project Manager for Karsan, the Turkish auto manufacturer whose submission made it into the finals of Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Taxi of Tomorrow competition and was also a partner & innovator in the HUB Project, during his time as Creative Director of Uberangst, a Brooklyn-based innovation & technology company. Samulski also served as Creative Director/Interactive at Mirrorball, a NYC advertising/promotions agency that focused on alternative, nightlife and video game development. and was a Senior Producer with Action Sports Adventure Productions, a sports film & video company that represented both the men’s and women’s World Cup soccer teams, the US Soccer Federation, the Women’s Sports Foundation, the American Basketball League, the Women’s Professional Fastpitch Softball League, and the US Volleyball Association. While at ASAP he produced and/or directed numerous commercials for such clients as Nike, Reebok, UPS, Budweiser, Noxzema, the USTA, Wilson Sporting Goods, Time Warner Communications, and The Goodwill Games.
Teresa Gonzalez has a broad background in public relations, management and arts administration in New York City. Her career includes public affairs, programming and partnership work at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Museum for Contemporary Crafts in Portland, Oregon. During her time in city government, she was Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Communications Director and Chief of Staff at the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit. She has worked as a publicist for Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Old Stone House, Weeksville Heritage Center, the World Science Festival, United Photo Industries and Brooklyn Historical Society, where she also consults on public programming. She also helped secure capital funding for National Sawdust, formerly Original Music Workshop in Williamsburg. In 1997, she received a bachelor’s degree in English/Professional Writing from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano – The New School in 2008. She resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she was born and raised.
Viktor Koen is an award winning artist and educator. He holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem, Israel and an MFA with honors from the School of Visual Arts. Mr. Koen serves on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in the Graduate and Undergraduate levels. His images are regularly published in The NYTimes, Wall Street Journal and Nature magazine. His client list includes Penguin, Random House, Doubleday, Harper Collins, Rizzoli, Houghton Miflin, Tor, Time, Newsweek, Esquire, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Wired, ESPN, Man’s Journal, Bloomberg, Fortune, Money, Forbes, Nation, BusinessWeek. His prints are exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Elodie Mailliet Storm is currently a JSK Fellow in Media Innovation at Stanford University working on the viability of news business models with a particular focus on visual storytelling. Formerly she was Senior Director of Partnerships at Getty Images. She is at the origin of impactful crowdsourcing programs such as the launch of the Getty Images Instagram grant. Elodie also launched Getty Images’ high-end portraiture and fashion division, Contour, which she headed until 2014. She has been on the board of award-winning documentary production company MediaStorm since the company’s inception in 2005 and was nominated for an Emmy as the co-producer of the interactive documentary Bloodline. She was named one of the top 100 people in photography by American Photo. She is author of the book one2one, published by TeNeues. A native of Paris, France, she came to the United States to pursue a Master’s in Journalism at Northwestern University.
Kit von Dalwig received a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Hawai’i School of Architecture and a Masters of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. She has practiced in Honolulu, Seattle and New York with a range of firms that focused on multiple typologies from institutional work and private residential with Olson Sundberg in Seattle and Anna K. Thorsdottir in New York to hospitality with Architects Hawaii and Media Five. Founding Manifold Architecture Studio / vonDALWIG with her partner Philipp in 2009, she has focused on the versatility and simple clarity of space, typology and program as applied to multiple scales and projects types.
Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on Photography & Imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation; contemporary women photographers and beauty. She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and an Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. Fellow. She has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture.
Currently serving as Creative Director of United Photo Industries, Sam Barzilay is also the co-founder of Photoville, a photographic gathering that has rapidly become among the largest and best-attended photography events in North America. Sam is also one of the founding producers of the T3 Photography Festival, in Tokyo, Japan.
Sam holds a Master in PhotoJournalism from the University of Westminster (UK) where his studies focused on curatorial and photo-editing practices. Over the past decade, he has worked alongside some of the best and brightest minds in the global photographic community in pursuit of developing new audiences for photography and devising methods of presentation that further amplify the power of photographic story-telling in support of increased public awareness and social change.
He currently serves as nominator for the prestigious Prix Pictet award in photography and sustainability and has served as juror, nominator, and reviewer for Les Rencontres d’Arles, Houston FotoFest, the New York Times Portfolio Reviews, and numerous others. He regularly lectures worldwide on current trends in contemporary photography.
Dave Shelley, hailing from Detroit, Michigan, is the Creative Producer for United Photo Industries. He is also the co-creator of Photoville along with his partners, Sam, Laura and Gilbert! Dave works also in all areas of the arts & entertainment industry as a Producer, Production and Theater Manager. Events include Stadium shows with The Rolling Stones, Films with Matthew Barney, Events at the Super Bowl, Tribeca Film Festival, and as tour manager for Professor Stephen Hawking. Dave is also a long time associate member of The Wooster Group Theater Company; additionally he has also produced numerous short films and multimedia projects.
Originally hailing from Sydney, Australia — where she graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts— Laura Roumanos worked as a Producer and Arts Administrator before making the big move to NYC, to join the Manhattan Theatre Club. She then headed over to St. Ann’s Warehouse where she was the General Manager for several years, producing and presenting large scale international theatre, music and art events. Laura is currently the executive producer and co-founder of United Photo Industries and Photoville where she has produced over 300 photo exhibitions and public projects throughout the world including Hamburg, Tokyo, Lodz, Sydney and Shanghai, and has brokered partnerships with over 100 entities including National Geographic, Instagram, TIME Magazine, The Pulitzer Center, NYC Parks and NYC Department of Transport to name a few. UPI recently has been working with the United Nations and produced and curated 17 large scale exhibitions at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul and is working on a longterm global project on Migration to be completed in 2019. While spearheading UPI, Laura also recently served as the Senior Producer for the Future of StoryTelling Festival in New York City and has in the last 6 years worked at various wonderful non-profit institutions such as Creative Time as their Senior Producer and has been Moonlighting as the Line Producer and Director of Operations for the World Science Festival on a freelance basis. Laura also continues to consult, manage, and produce numerous theatrical shows and events throughout New York City, including highlights such as producing Karen O’s new Psycho Opera for The Creators Project and VICE Media in 2011 at St. Ann’s Warehouse, and a subsequent tour to the Sydney Opera House. Laura also recently produced the Opening Ceremony Spring Fashion Show play written by Spike Jonze & Jonah Hill and Directed by Jonze at The Metropolitan Opera and Bryce Dessner’s & the Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ Black Mountain Songs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and toured internationally. Laura Roumanos has built a reputation in the New York Arts scene as someone to go to for consultation and advice regarding public art and multi-disciplinary projects across all mediums.