Monday, April 21, 2014

CCNY 2014 Darkroom Resident Artist Talks

I will be giving a short talk on Friday, April 25 along with the three other CCNY Darkroom Resident artists - Ido Abramsohn, Patricia Voulgaris, and Ji Yeo.  The talks starts at 7pm with refreshments before and after at the CCNY Studio at 336 West 37th Street, Suite #206.  Those planning to attend should RSVP John Stanley at

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Parking Lot
Paterson, NJ
April 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Market Street
Paterson, NJ
April 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Steve and Brandi

Steve and Brandi
Parking Lot
Paterson, NJ
February 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

M. Cole

M. Cole
Market Street
Paterson, NJ
March 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Straight Street
Paterson, NJ
September 2013

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Main Street
Paterson, NJ
December 2011

Monday, March 17, 2014

On the Road with Victoria Sambunaris

Last winter, I was invited by American Photo On Campus to interview a mentor for a piece in which our images would appear side-by-side. Victoria Sambunaris and I met in fall 2009 during a meet-up organized by Women in Photography at the Half King in Chelsea. Our shared wanderlust and fascination with American realities led to an exchange of e-mails and conversations over the last five years about the desires and many challenges that surround making our work. My interview with Vicky was recently published on American Photo's website, On the Road with Victoria Sambunaris: Photographer Tema Stauffer interviews her mentor

Vicky will be presenting a talk on Thursday, March 20th at 7pm at the School of Visual Arts Amphitheater through the Camera Club of New York's lecture series. I'm honored to have this opportunity to introduce her to the audience with two of my classes in attendance.

Transgressor Magazine recently published Borderline: On the Road with Vicky Sambunaris, a selection of new images made in South Texas near the border of Mexico accompanied by some of her insights. The most exciting news is the upcoming publication of her first monograph, Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape by Radius Books scheduled for release in April 2014. A huge and heartfelt congratulations to Vicky on this momentous accomplishment from a devoted friend and admirer.

Above: Victoria Sambunaris's Untitled (Santa Elena Canyon), Big Bend National Park, 2010

Thursday, March 13, 2014

PDNedu Project X: Help-Portrait

PDNedu's Spring 2014 digital edition is live this week, including a short Project X piece I wrote about Anthony Aquino, a high school photo teacher in upstate New York who organized Help-Portrait events at a local soup kitchen where his students set up a make-shoft studio and gave portraits to the community. Founded by Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers and other volunteers who provide portraits to people in need in communities around the world.

Help Portrait: High School Photo Students Inspired to Give, Rather than Take, Portraits 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ON THE WALL: Mother Reload

I've recently started featuring national photo exhibitions for American Photo Magazine's six yearly print issues.  The March/April Focus ON THE WALL highlights Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity curated by Susan Bright at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Hannah Whitaker at M+B Gallery, Made for Magazines at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Marc Yankus: The Space Between at ClampArt Gallery,  Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison: Gautier's Dream at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Bill Cunningham: Facades at the New York Historical Society, 31 Years: Gifts from Martin Weinstein at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Capa in Color at the International Center of Photography, and A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio at the Museum of Modern Art.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Photo Review 2012 Competition Issue

Jorge and Cathy (Third Prize) published in The Photo Review, Volume 30, Number 4 with work by the winners of the 2012 Photo Review Competition juried by Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Steiglitz Center at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Monday, January 20, 2014


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Paterson, NJ 
April 2013

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 CCNY Darkroom Residency

Thank you to CCNY board and staff John Stanley, Allen Frame, and Saul Robbins and jurors Daniel Handal, Cara Phillips, and Anna Shteynshleyger for selecting me to participate in the 2014 CCNY Darkroom Residency Program. Congratulations to the other three photographers chosen for the residency this year: Ido Abramsohn, Patricia Voulgaris, and Ji Yeo. I look forward to starting my residency this month and working towards the completion of the Paterson documentary portrait series.

Entering its 8th year, the CCNY Darkroom Residency Program provides participating artists with three (3) months of free access to CCNY’s darkrooms, digital work stations, and shooting studio. The CCNY Darkroom Residency Program is made possible by generous support from Fujifilm; Kodak; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; and The Jerome Foundation.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Photography Sampler at Ramapo College

Photography Sampler, a group exhibition of work by four photographers, opens tonight at the Pascal Gallery in the Berrie Center from Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College. Participating photographers are Eva Fazarri, Jose Hernandez, Dina Kantor and Tema Stauffer.  The exhibition is on view through October 18th.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

An installation shot courtesy of Andy Adams of portrait exhibitions MAKING PICTURES OF PEOPLE and ABOUT FACE at The Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Face to Face Portrait of an Artist Series

As part of a continuing series of interviews with the forty-eight artists whose work was selected for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Portrait of an Artist: Tema Stauffer was recently published on the National Portrait Gallery's Face to Face blog.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


MAKING PICTURES OF PEOPLE: Recent Perspectives on Photographic Portraiture presented by Flakphoto association with the Nelsen-Atkins Museum of Art went live this past week. Along with work by and interviews with 26 other photographers, my Paterson series and interview can be found at: TEMA STAUFFER

Thursday, July 4, 2013

MAKING PICTURES OF PEOPLE - Recent Perspectives on Photographic Portraiture

Contributing photographers were announced yesterday for the upcoming digital exhibition, MAKING PICTURES OF PEOPLE, curated by Andy Adams for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in conjunction with About Face, a traditional exhibition of current portraiture opening in August 2013.

I'm honored that selections from my Paterson series will be included in this digital show along with work by a group of remarkable photographers: Keliy Anderson-Staley, Yolanda del Amo, Christopher Churchill, Paul D'Amato, Jess T. Dugan, Doug DuBois, Matt Eich, Jason Florio, Jessica Todd Harper, Dave Jordano, Dina Kantor, Stacy Kranitz, Molly Landreth, Graham Miller, Jim Mortram, Lydia Panas, Laura Pannack, Deborah Parkin, Cara Phillips, Richard Renaldi, Simon Roberts, Marjorie Salvaterra, Betsy Schneider, Shen Wie, Carrie Will, and Susan Worsham.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Straight Street
Paterson, NJ
May 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Somene I Know

Tawny in Mary's studio, March 2013 
Someone I Know for SOMEONE I KNOW curated by Stuart Pilkington bringing together portraits by photographers from around the world. A few of my favorites by Alison Malone, Benjamin McMahon, Daniel TraubDave Jordano, Irina Rozovsky, Juliana Beasley, Justin James Reed, Olivier Despicht, Susan Worsham, and Susana Raab.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sasha Wolf at AIPAD

Two of my Paterson portraits, Akeem and Nikia, are on display in Sasha Wolf's booth at AIPAD this week along with work by Peter Kayafas, Paul McDonough, Elinor Carucci, Christine Osinski, Katherine Wolkoff, and David Nadel.

Booth #437
April 4 - 7
Park Avenue Armory
Thursday - Saturday, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, 11am - 6pm

Monday, March 11, 2013

Showing Truth with a Camera

My Project X article for PDNedu's Spring 2013 issue covers Truth with a Camera Workshops connecting photo students with NGOs and nonprofits.  Please see: Showing Truth with a Camera 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

ten at Jen Bekman

Gas Station, Tampa, Florida, 2007 is included in the current group exhibition, ten, at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York celebrating the tenth anniversary of the gallery and the artists who were influential its story. The exhibition features work by Mara Bodis Wollner, Peter Haakon Thompson, Dana Miller, Alec Soth, Amy Stein, and many others.  American Stills was exhibited in a solo show with Jen Bekman Gallery in 2004, and this is my eighth group show with the gallery since it opened a decade ago.  There is a reception on Friday, March 15 from 6-8pm. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Exhibition and Artist Talk in Montreal

Four images from American Stills are included in an upcoming group show at Galerie Lilian Rodriguez in Montreal opening Saturday, March 2nd.  Curated by Marisa Portolese, The Body and the Landscape is a contemporary photographic exhibition that brings together the work of an eclectic group of women artists that explore different permutations of the figure in the landscape and whose practices revolve around the genre of portraiture, the romanticized landscape and gendered space.  Exhibiting artists are Jessica Auer (Canada), Jasmine Bakalarz (Argentine), Margaret Haines (Canada/USA), Jinyoung Kim (Canada/Korea), Celia Perrin Sidarous (Canada), and Tema Stauffer (USA).

In conjunction with the exhibition, I will present an artist talk at Concordia University on Thursday, February 28th at 1:30pm.  Many thanks to Fine Arts faculty members Marisa Portolese and Genevieve Cadieux for making this possible.

The Body and the Landscape
Galerie Lilian Rodriguez
372, St. Catherine Street West
The Belgo Building, 4th Floor
March 2nd - April 3rd
Opening reception on Saturday, March 2nd from 2-5pm

Tema Stauffer / Artist Talk
Concordia University Fine Arts
1515 St. Catherine W.  
EV. 3-655
Thursday, February 28th, 1:30pm

Saturday, February 16, 2013

PAUSE at Foley Gallery

Eva Fazarri from All That Remains 

Foley Gallery presents a week-long group exhibition of photographs by six artists who graduated from Pratt: Eva Fazzari, Peter Riesett, Rachel Longosch, Austin Nelson, I-Hsuen Chen, and Liang-pin Tsao. According to Allen Frame, these six photographers "stalk the space of nowhere, anywhere, and somewhere and arrive 'here' in the eerie calm of Pause, their exhibition of photographs depicting lives and landscapes on hold, barren, bleak, forgotten, anonymous, abandoned, and random.  Their views of the world are rooted in memory and marked by transience.  They are travelers poking into voids, looking at emptiness, examining the anxiety of unresolved questions.  The artists are melancholic progeny, gazing at the family tree after it's been chopped down, and unfolding maps to forgotten places."

The exhibition includes selections from I-Hsuen Chen's Nowhere in Taiwan series that was featured in Culturehall's New Artists Feature, Winter 2012.

Foley Galley
97 Allen Street, New York, NY
February 26 - March 3rd
Reception on Wednesday, February 27th, 6-8pm

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Laumont News

Thank you to Laumont Photographics for mentioning some news about my work on their blog: Laumont News.  I've had the pleasure of working with an outstanding printer, Keith Thomas, on all of my exhibition digital c-prints since 2008.  I'm happy to recommend his work and Laumont's services to photographers who are interested in more information.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Happy new year to all!  Please find my photographs, essays about my work, press and interviews, curation and writing, and news at:

Friday, December 7, 2012

White Horse at Sasha Wolf

I'm just getting home from a trip to Sasha Wolf Gallery where White Horse is currently on view in a group exhibition of gallery artists and friends celebrating the opening of Sasha's gorgeous new space. Please stop by the gallery at 70 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side to see work by Elinor Carucci, Peter Kayafas, Tribble & Macenido, Paul McDonough, Greg Miller, David Nadel, Matthew Pillsbury, Katherine Wolkoff, and myself through January 13th, 2013.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Photographer Discloses: Tema and The Silk City

Photographer Abigail Smithson and I recently met at Atlas Cafe in Brooklyn to discuss my Paterson project.  The interview is included in a series of interviews with photographers on her blog, The Photographer Discloses.  Please see: Tema Stauffer and The Silk City 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Looking at the Land on NPR's The Picture Show

NPR's photo blog (the picture show) highlights Looking at the Land, a Web exhibit curated by Andy Adams for the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design featuring work by contemporary photographers depicting the American landscape.  Looking at the Land has also been reviewed on PHOTO/arts Magazine, American Photo Magazine, New Landscape Photography, n j w v, Time Magazine's Lightbox, and Fototazo, among other sites.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Visionarios Magazine

Selections from American Stills are featured in Visionarios Magazine Issue I - a digital arts, culture, and fashion magazine edited by Jacopo Manfren from Milan celebrating analog photography.

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Photo Review: Best of Show

A large print of my portrait of Cathy in Paterson is exhibited for the first time in an exhibition opening this week at the University of the Arts Gallery 1401 in Philadelphia and on view through December 7th.

According to the gallery's site: "Best in Show" is the annual collaborative effort between the Photography department at the University of the Arts and The Photo Review, an independent journal of photography founded it 1976.  This annual exhibition gives the public the opportunity to view the juried work featured in The Photo Review's 2012 competition issue.

This year's show features a diverse collection of prize-winning work by 16 photographers, including Lesley Krane (First Prize), Soohyun Kim (Second Prize), Tema Stauffer (Third Prize), Willard Pate (Fourth Prize), Andrew Frost (Fifth Prize), Justin Fiset (Sixth Prize) Andrew Zimmermann (Seventh Prize), Catherine Hennessy (Eighth Prize), Yoko Ikeda (Ninth Prize), Horacio Devoto (Tenth Prize), Richard K. Kent (Honorable Mention), Rylan Steele (Honorable Mention) and Adam Wiseman (Honorable Mention).

The 2012 competition was juried by Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and curator of recent exhibitions on Zoe Strauss and Mark Cohen.