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Background & Experience

SHARI KESSLER
Highlights of a Career in Photography


Director, HEAD SHOTS, LLC
Fine Art Photography & Portraits
Santa Fe, NM
2010-current

Associate Professor
The New School, NYC
Media Studies & Film, Masters Program
Teaching on-line:
Visual Storytelling 1
Visual Storytelling 2
Global Lens-Trans-Cultural Photograph
2006-current
Nominated: Distinguished University Teaching Award

Contributing Photographer
Museum of International Folk Art Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM.
Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia
2016-2017

Selected Artist: Juried Competition
Juror: Curator of Prints, Whitney Museum
Long Beach Island Foundation (LBIF)
Love Ladies, NJ
July 2016

Adjunct Faculty
CEPT University (Center For Environment, Planning and Technology)
Ahmedabad, India
Winter School 2014, Invitation to teach 2015

Winner: Photo-Fresco Triptych
Art in Public Places, NM.
2016

Photographer
Free-lance, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Real estate, advertising, portraits, private photo instructor 2006-current

Consultant
Santa Fe Art Institute, NM
“Art Matters Project: Photography” at the NM Girls Ranch
Develop & Teach photography workshops. 2006

Teaching Assistant
New School University, NYC
Masters in Media Studies program, various course. 2003-2005

Director, Corporate Communications & Staff Photographer
Planning and Development Collaborative (PADCO, now AECOM), Washington, D.C.
Develop and implement corporate communications strategy/Design and produce corporate marketing materials/ Design and coordinate all activities for firm’s 35thAnniversary Program. Produce and direct multimedia productions/Develop and collaborate on Urban Development Timeline website and new initiatives/ Design, develop, maintain Development Image Database; Coordinate marketing strategies and outreach goals with communication products. 2000–2003

Photographer
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Produce multi-media slide shows, Latin America; Create Image Database Asia, 1979-2003

Photographer
Academy for Educational Development (AED), Washington, D.C.
Develop and Shoot Photo Database for projects in Asia. 2003

Photographer
The World Bank- Photography for publication covers, posters, editorial. 1998-2003

Senior Communications Consultant
Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF), Washington, D.C.
Developed corporate communications strategy. 1999

Photographer
Christian Science Monitor, Photography for feature stories on India. 1998

Photographer
The London Times, Photography, feature stories, India. 1997

Photographer/Writer
CITIBANK- Photography, photo-oriented “Investment Guides” to Asia
Author & Photographer photo book, Postcards From Hanoi– 500 copies purchased by CITIBANK as corporate gift on opening offices in Hanoi, Saigon, Vietnam. 1995

Photographer, Consultant
American Embassy School (AES), New Delhi, India
Created and taught ‘Senior Slide Show’ Project
Spring terms. 1995-96

Photographer
Federation Thai Industries, Bangkok, Thailand
Photography for calendar “Industrial Waste Water Solutions.” 1993

Photographer/Writer
Photo Asia Magazine, Bangkok, Thailand
Photographer/Writer for several photo illustrated features, 1993-4

Photographer/Writer
BBC- Scriptwriter, On-Location Reporter, culture film spot:
“Magical Tattooing in Thailand”. 1992

Photographer/Writer
Thailand Tatler Magazine, Bangkok, Thailand
Develop, Shoot, Write monthly photo-illustrated features on
culture and development. 1991-93

Photographer
Operation Smile- volunteer Medical Team photographer
7 missions: Russia, Vietnam, Thailand. 1991-99

Photographer/Writer
Thai Airways
Created monthly double-page culture capsules spread
“Things Thai”, SAWASDEE, in-flight magazine. 1990-93

Photographer
Population Council, New Delhi, India
Photography of projects in Asia and Asia-Pacific region. 1990

Senior Technical Editor, Staff
McGraw Hill Publishers,
National Radio Institute (NRI-subsidiary company)
Washington, D.C.
Director of the NRI School of Photography
Responsible for 40-book distance learning program photography/video. 1983-85

Photographer
National Geographic Society- Photography for NGS’s educational media division and WORLD Magazine. 1975; 1985-86

Photographer
Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Created and presented six multi-media weekend “culture capsules” workshops on art and culture of Latin America. 1977-79

Author/Photographer
National Textbook Company
Spanish language culture reader
Panorama del Mundo Latinoamericano: The Andean Region-Columbia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru--3 editions 1977, 1978, and 1982



Multi-Media Productions
Planning & Development Collaborative (PADCO now AECOM). Washington D.C., 2000
American Embassy School. New Delhi, India, 1997-98
US Embassy, Bangkok. Thailand, 1993
ACCION International. Boston, Mass., USA 1984
Centros Estudios Brasilieros. Quito, Ecuador 1982
Panama Canal College. Panama City, Panama, 1981
US Agency for International Development (USAID). Washington, DC, USA 1979-84
Smithsonian Institution. Washington D.C. 1977-78
Museum of Natural History. NYC, New York, 1977
The World Bank. Washington D.C. 1975

Individual & Group Photography Exhibitions
Long Beach Island Foundation Juried Exhibition. New Jersey. 2016.
Jean Cocteau Cinema Gallery, Tattoos & Talismans, gallery talk. May-June 2014
Gallery Coupe de Foudre, Santa Fe, NM, USA. 2006
Vietnamese Association of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam. 1993 & 1994
2nd Women In Photography International Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand. 1992
Women In Photography, International Competition, Washington DC, USA. 1986
Galeria Etcetera, Panama City, Panama. 1986
Galeria Habitante, Panama City, Panama. 1980
Galeria Artes 80, Panama City, Panama. 1980
Galeria Universidad Vicente Rocafuerte, Guayaquil, Ecuador. 1984
Centro Estudios Brasilieros, Quito, Ecuador, 1984
Galeria Artes, Quito, Ecuador. 1972
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.1970

EDUCATION
MASTERS of Arts in Media Studies
New School University, NYC, New York, USA
2006

BACHELOR of SCIENCE, Visual Design/Photography
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
1971