The AP36 and AI39 Juries are in formation and will be announced in January 2020.

American Photography 36 Jury

Aeriel Brown, Photo Director, Bloomberg Businessweek

Aeriel Brown began her career as an agent and producer, working on large scale projects including multiple posters for various movie projects. From there, she transitioned into the editorial world, working at Entertainment Weekly and Harper's Bazaar. In 2015 she joined Bloomberg Businessweek where she is currently the Photo Director. An avid surfer, Aeriel also co-founded a magazine called WAX in 2011. The publication focused on the intersection of fine art and surfing and collaborated with multiple internationally known brands, including Levis, Ezekiel and The Gap. 

Laura Geiser, Freelance Photo Producer and Editor

Laura is a native Brooklynite and an alum of the School of Visual Arts. She began her career as a photojournalist for the Brooklyn Borough President's office. After a few years of press photography, she made the switch to an editor role in the photo department at Elle Magazine and felt right at home. She moved to Los Angeles in 2010, and has since been a photo producer for TheWrap, and a senior photo editor for BuzzFeed News, where she produced award-winning entertainment and national news editorial photography. In 2019, she began consulting on her own as a photo producer and editor for clients such as Starz, Amazon Studios, Refinery29, Bustle, Money, Best Life and Los Angeles Magazine.

Tara Guertin, Director of Photography AFAR 

Tara is the director of photography at AFAR Media and has been with the magazine since its inception. Before moving to San Francisco and joining AFAR, she worked as a photo editor in New York City at publications including BlackBook, Talk, Seventeen, InStyle, and Lucky. Tara finds inspiration in her travels, which have taken her to some forty-five countries. When not collaborating with photographers or researching new talent, she can often be found among the redwoods or roped to large pieces of granite in Northern California. She received an ASME nomination for photography in 2016 and 2019 and was awarded SPD prizes in 2014 and 2015 and 2019.

Brian Madigan, Photo Editor, Apple Media Products, Apple Inc.

Brian Madigan is an award-winning photo & video director currently with Apple Media Products and formerly with Food 52, Real Simple Magazine and BuzzFeed among others. With a love of everything from food to fashion, celebs to conceptual work, he has applied his creativity to print and digital publications.


Molly Roberts, Independent Photography Editor, Visual Storyteller and Curator. Currently the 2019-20 Knight Fellow in the Ohio University School of Visual Communication

Molly Roberts is an independent photography editor, curator and visual storyteller. Currently she is the 2019-20 Knight Fellow at Ohio University in the school of Visual Communication. Previously she has shaped stories in National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine and USA Weekend. Roberts has been recognized multiple times for Best Use of Photography in a Magazine by National Press Photographers Association. She is involved in the mentorship of emerging photographers through her work with Women Photojournalists of Washington, Women Photograph, Ripple Effect, Art Works Projects and HumanEyes USA.

Jolie Ruben, Culture Photo Editor, The New York Times

Jolie Ruben has been a photo editor at The New York Times since 2014. She works on the Culture desk covering features and enterprise. She oversaw visuals on the most recent iteration of Surfacing, a visual series on the intersection of art and life.


David Sleight, Design Director, ProPublica

David Sleight became ProPublica’s first design director in May 2014, and leads a design practice that supports and extends their award-winning investigative journalism. David has been a Pulitzer finalist and the recipient of a Communication Award from the National Academies, as well as directed projects recognized by the Online News Association, the Society for News Design, PDN, American Photography, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators. Previously, he was a deputy creative director at BusinessWeek before forming his own independent consultancy. 

Top Row: Aeriel Brown, Laura Geiser, Tara Guertin, and Brian Madigan
Bottom Row: Molly Roberts, Jolie Ruben, and David Sleight

AI-AP Committee 

Kathy Ryan, The New York Times Magazine, Chair Emeritus
Fred Woodward, Chair Emeritus
Mark Heflin, Director

AI-AP Founding Committee 1982

Edward Booth Clibborn
, Booth-Clibborn Editions

Julian Allen, Artist/Illustrator (1942–1998)
Marshall Arisman, Artist/Illustrator, SVA MFA Program
Sue Coe, Artist/Illustrator
Mark Crawford, Time Capsul
Steven Heller, The New York Times Book Review
Nigel Holmes, Time
Linda Johnson, Tonight
Robert Priest, Esquire
Mary Shanahan, Rolling Stone