Monday, March 23, 2015

On the Wall: Self-Dramatization

On the Wall for March and April 2015 highlights Portraiture Now: Staging the Self at National Portrait Gallery; Modern Alchemy at The Heckscher Museum of Art; Lands in Limbo at Madison Museum of Art; Helen Levitt: In the Street at High Museum of Art; Jill Greenberg: Paintings at ClampArt Gallery; Alec Soth: Songbook at Fraenkel Gallery; Mark Steinmetz: South at Ogden Museum of Art; Teenie Harris: Civil Rights Perspectives at Carnegie Museum of Art; and For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979 at Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Alexis Desgagnés' presentation to photo students at Concordia University

Thank you to Montreal-based photographer and write Alexis Desgagnés for a thoughtful and generous presentation today to Concordia students in Photographic Visions: Theory and Practice II. Alexis discussed his past experiences as artistic director of VU Photo in Quebec City and his current work as assistant editor of the stunning Canadian photography magazine Ciel Variable, as well as topics such as producing photo books, writing about photography, developing artist communities, and taking intiative to find creative and authentic ways to survive in the arts.  Best quote: "You are artists. You're not bureaucrats. You're not in the army." 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Visiting Artist Talk at Concordia University / Victoria Sambunaris / March 18th

American photographer Victoria Sambunaris will be giving a talk on Wednesday, March 18th at Concordia University in EV 3.655 at 6:30pm. The lecture is presented by the Photography program and the MFA program of the Department of Studio Arts and is free and open to the general public. For more information: Artist Talk / Victoria Sambunaris 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Conversations in Contemporary Art Lecture Series at Concordia University

Thank you to Concordia University's Studio Arts MFA Program for inviting me to present an artist talk on Thursday, March 5th for the Conversations in Contemporary Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series.  For more information, please see: Conversations in Contemporary Art.

Conversations in Contemporary Art: Tema Stauffer
Thursday, March 5th at 6pm
VA Building 114, Concordia University
René Levésque Blvd. West, Montréal

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

On the Wall: Sultan of Scene

On the Wall for January and February 2015 features Larry Sultan: Here and Home at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; What Remains at Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The Plot Thickens at Fraenkel Gallery; City Under One Roof: Photographs by Jen Kinney at Center for Documentary Studies; Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich at Catherine Edelman Gallery; Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick: Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex at Ogden Museum of Southern Art; Private Eye: The Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography Collection at North Carolina Museum of Art, and The Photographer's Playspace at Aperture Gallery.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Kahwa Café, Mont-Royal
Montreal, Qc
September 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On the Wall: Avant-Modern

On the Wall for November and December 2014 highlights Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection at Museum of Modern Art; Mario Testino: Alta Moda at Dallas Contemporary; The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago and L.A., 1960 - 1980 at Art Institute of Chicago; Gordon Parks: The Segregation Story at High Museum of Art, Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals at Carnegie Museum of Art; Robert Adams: A Road Through Shore Pine at Fraenkel Gallery; Liz Deschenes at Walker Art Center; Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness at George Eastman House; and Subtle Beauty: Platinum Prints at National Gallery of Art.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lecture on Paterson, New Jersey at Ramapo College

Photographs by Tema Stauffer, George Tice, and Martha Cooper 

I’ll be giving a presentation on Friday, November 7th to an art history class at Ramapo College on photographic representations of Paterson, New Jersey over the course of several decades.  The lecture combines selections from my portrait series in Paterson with images from George Tice’s Paterson I and Paterson II, as well as documentary photographs by Martha Cooper, Susan Levitas, and others shot for the Working in Paterson Project in the archives of the Library of Congress.  This collection of around 4,000 photographs shot in Paterson in 1994 studies ways in which community life and values are shaped by work and how the theme of work intersects with themes of family, ethnicity, gender, neighborhood, and change over time.  Thank you to Professor Meredith Davis for the invitation to speak to her class and to George Tice for contributing additional Paterson images from his publication, Seldom Seen, for this occasion.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Telephone Show

White Horse is included in The Telephone Show, an exhibition of work by seventeen photographers organized by Matt Rahner for The Craft Studio Gallery at the University of Missouri.  The show is on view from October 27th - November 7th and is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Travis Shaffer.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Skype conversation with Stuart Pilkington at Concordia University

Stuart Pilkington, photos by Devon Levine

Thank you to photographer and curator Stuart Pilkington for sharing his experiences and insights in a Skype interview this afternoon with seventeen students in Photographic Visions: Theory and Practice II in the Department of Studio Art at Concordia University.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Parc La Fontaine
Montreal, QC
August 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

On the Wall: Still Pristine

American Photo's Focus On the Wall for September & October 2014 features Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis  at ICP, Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection at the J. Paul Getty Center, From Here To There: Alec Soth's America at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Michael Schmelling: Your Blues at the MoCP in Chicago, Self-Processing - Instant Photography at the Ogden Museum, Robert Voit: New Trees and The Alphabet of New Plants at ClampArt Gallery, Garry Winogrand at the MET, Shai Kramer: World Trade Center: Concrete Abstract at Julie Saul Gallery, and Janelle Lynch: Presence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Concordia University

Photograph by Alexis Hamel of Concordia University's Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Complex 
Hello from Montreal!  I've recently relocated from New York City and have started a new teaching position as LTA Assistant Professor of Photography in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University. I'm thrilled to be working with Marisa Portolese, Genevieve Cadieux, Raymonde April, Evergon, and other Fine Arts faculty.  I will continue to post photo news from time-to-time. Best wishes to everyone for an inspiring year!

Friday, August 8, 2014

SVA i3 Lecture on Video

A video of my July 10th talk in SVA's i3 lecture series can be found on Vimeo and YouTube.  Thank you again to photographer and lecture series curator Jaime Permuth for the invitation and introduction.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Artist Talk in SVA's i3 Lecture Series

I will be giving a talk this Thursday, July 10th at 7pm in SVA's i3 Lecture Series at 136 West 21st Street, Room 418.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Thank you to curator Jaime Permuth for the invitation to share my work.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Straight Street
Paterson, NJ
May 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

On the Wall: Like, Awesome

On the Wall for July & August highlights American Cool at the National Portrait Gallery, Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit at The Getty Center, Invisible Migrations at the Alice Austen House, Urban Mutantes: Latin American Photography at the International Center of Photography, New Pictures 9: Rinko Kawauchi at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Lewis Hine at the George Eastman House, Phantoms in the Dirt at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Hard Art at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies, and Image Search: Photography from the Collection at the Perez Art Museum.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Paterson on Dodho Magazine

A selection of Paterson portraits are featured on Barcelona's Dodho Magazine: PATERSONThank you to editor Maximo Panes.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Swap with Kerstin Honeit

Kerstin Honeit, New York City, March 2014 by Tema Stauffer 
Portraits by Berlin-based artist Kerstin Honeit and I shot in March 2014 on her trip to New York City were published on The Swap today, a web series curated by Stuart Pilkington inspiring two photographers to portray one another.  Some thoughts on our work and our relationship by both Stuart and myself can be found at: Kerstin Honeit and Tema Stauffer 

Tema Stauffer, New York City, March 2014 by Kerstin Honeit

Friday, April 25, 2014


Paterson, NJ
April 2014

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 2014 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.