I have just returned from my 3rd year as a reviewer at the Palm Springs Photo Festival. It was hard to imagine in year #1 that it could get any better, but it has. The festival is really indescribable. I take my role as a portfolio reviewer seriously and I know that I am providing encouragement, revelation, ideas and motivation to those with whom I meet. It is simultaneously inspirational for me and there are so many great friendships and relationships made and formed.
A quick acknowledgement to Jeff Dunas for his incredible vision. To Elena Kalis, Ian Ruhter, Stanley Greene, and Gregory Heisler for their fantastic evening presentations at the Annenberg Theater Monday and Tuesday. To amazing photographers Marjorie Salvaterra and Art Streiber, book publisher extraordinaire Chris Pichler and gallery owner David Fahey, all of whom have become friends through PSPF and of course a nod to my PSPF posse; Suzee Barrabee, Ken Zane, Lisa Oropallo, Karen Meenaghan, Susan Baraz, Leah Levine, Allegra Wilde and Randy Harris and a shout out to newbies Claudia Coffman, Diane Eames, Patrick Casey, Cheryl Newman, John Kenney, Krissie Hicks and Cynthia Held. Lastly, to Norman Maslov and Shannon McMillan—ships passing in the night—until next year.