#PresentHistory: Art for Women's Futures

Online sale of photo prints going on until Jan 31, 2018. Please send your best bid to info@kota-alliance.org. The latest bid will be posted. 

 Nicola Bailey          
 Glenna Gordon                                                                                   
Meeri Koutaniemi         

Shoog McDaniel                                                                                                            


Across her portfolio of travel, lifestyle, current events and portrait photography, Nicola’s work speaks volumes about her love for people, connectedness and community. In addition to dividing her time between her bases of New York City and Sydney, she travels frequently and has wracked up trips to some 60+ countries worldwide, doing work for editorial, not for profit and commercial clients. When she’s not shooting, she works as the Photo Editor for the travel site www.adventure.com and is also an avid teacher of her craft, running workshops for kids and adults, as well as photography tours locally and internationally. Nicola has also been involved in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Australia,

Europe and the US. Her work has also been published in a variety of mainstream and alternative media, including among others, The Guardian, Refinery 29, and regularly for the New York Times. Her work telling the stories of non profits (through photo and video) has allowed her to contribute to raising awareness and funds for a variety of valuable causes supporting human rights and social justice. Nicola is the recipient of awards from The Walkley Foundation for Journalism, the Head On Photo festival, as runner up emerging Photographer of the Year from Capture magazine and most recently, an award for outstanding achievement from the Sydney Institute of Photography. 

The Synagogue, Brooklyn

This photo forms part of a commission that I did on the changing face of Brooklyn. Fewer places in the world can compete in terms of diversity with each neighborhood offering up its own distinct flavor. However the borough has and is changing, raising questions and issues about what this means for long-term residents and the people moving in. This image was part of a collection which looked at just some of the many faces of Brooklyn, and, offered an insight into some of the communities impacted by these changes. Specifically it is of a Hasidic Jewish man in Williamsburg, walking past one of the Synagogues there. The ultra Orthodox community is known to be well established in Brooklyn.

Photograph on posterboard, mounted on a frame
30 x 40 inches
Value: $1200
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Glenna Gordon is a documentary photographer and photojournalist. She’s worked regularly in Africa and elsewhere since 2006. She spent the past few years focusing on projects from Nigeria, including “Diagram of the Heart,” which she made into a book and exhibit that was first show at Open Society’s “Moving Walls,” as well as a Photoville, MoCADA, and elsehwere. Select awards include World Press, POYi, PDN, and American Photo. She’s been a finalist for the Eugene Smith Award, and received grants from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, The New School Faculty Development Fund, and others.

She is also a lecturer at the New School and an editor at the photo book collective Red Hook Editions. She is currently at work on a new project in America.  

From her website: 'Time's Lightbox described Glenna’s photographs as "powerful images of significance, humanity and loss," and Teju Cole said her approach was “unusually lyrical” in the New Yorker.'


Nigeria Voyages

Story in The New York Times
“Ever since the railway line connecting Lagos, in Nigeria’s south, with Kano, in the north, reopened in December 2012, I’ve wanted to make this journey. The north and the south are essentially two different entities — Lagos is a hub of growth; Kano is an ancient trading city just south of the Sahara that struggles with incursions from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. This is among the longest train lines in Nigeria, covering roughly 700 miles from lush wetlands to sweeping desert and brush. Nigeria can be a hard place to take photographs; it’s not a country with press freedom, and people usually greet strangers with suspicion. But on this trip, I became a familiar face. I was surprised how easily I could move around.”


Print on photo paper, unframed
11 x 17 inches
Value: $600
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From her website: "Meeri Koutaniemi, 28, is a Finnish photographer and a journalist. Koutaniemi's work extends to over 50 countries where she has photographed and otherwise documented people with powerful stories of struggle and resilience. Her work stems from the question and definition of identity. She is fascinated by the complexity and possibilities of humanity, and finds purpose in the similarity of people's hopes and fears. At the core of her work lies a universal ability for empowerment and persistence. In 2012 and 2013 Koutaniemi was selected as the Photographer of the Year in Finland and won the category of Foreign Reportage with her photo series Taken of female circumcision. In 2012 Koutaniemi received the Memorial Award of Tim Hetherington in United

States and the Memorial Award of Carina Appel in Finland 2013. Koutaniemi has exhibited her photos in over 40 exhibitions around the world and her first book Oasis was published in Finland in 2013. In 2014 Koutaniemi won the Visa D'or Daily Press Award in Perpignan and FreeLens Award in Lumix Photofestival in Hannover. Koutaniemi was selected to participate to Joop Swart and VII Masterclass in 2014.

Koutaniemi is a founder member of an Italian Photo Agency Echo and Finnish Collective 11."


Recustomized; De-colonized

Kaiuaa Muraugi, 60 years Herero woman, Windhoek, Namibia ”I have dressed like this since I was 18. Woman should wear this dress after she has given birth.”


Photograph, 3/30, unframed
17 x 11 inches
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Mentioned by Teen Vogue as an artist to watch this past August, Shoog McDaniel is a southern, queer, non-binary, fat photographer and artist living in Gainesville, Florida. From their website: "With little exceptions, I have a connection with the humans in my photos and I intend to show that through the intimacy of my portraits.

"I strive to connect the viewer of each photo to beauty within themselves, through understanding the brilliancy of diversity, by showing them that there are many ways to be beautiful."


Venus Fly Trap

April creates different looks every Mardi Gras that showcase her talents in costuming. This year she allowed me to photograph her wearing her Venus Fly Trap crown, in her backyard in New Orleans.

Matias Underwater

When I connect with a model, it's a magical thing. When we both are on the same wavelength with complementing visions, it is seamless and powerful and the experience leaves us both tingling. Thanks again for working with me, Matias, you're a true visionary and a gem. #bodieslikeoceans #transfats


Color Archival Print, unframed
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Color Archival Print, unframed
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Starting Bid: $600
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For ten years I have lived in a small town on the coast of Mexico attempting to figure out my own place in the world and identity in a country that isn't inherently mine. Past commissions and features include The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Hyatt Hotels, Frommer's Travel Guide, Afar, The Toronto Star,

The Guardian, PDN, Rangefinder, Latin American Fotografia 3, 4, & 5, and American Photography 31, and Photoville, Brooklyn.

Gloria, San Andrés Cohamiata 2017



35mm film photography cross-processed slide film, unframed
12 x 18 inches
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Medium format film photography, unframed
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Susan Schiffer is a Brooklyn native who, since she was 19, made her home in Greenwich Village. She studied at the New School, at Hunter College and, more recently, at the International Center for Photography. She has done numerous photography workshops in South America, Asia and Europe led by her mentor Harvey Stein.

assignment to document musicians at work in a recording session.  It resonated so strongly with me that I decided to pursue photography professionally.

Everything fell into place: my fascination with people in the many aspects of their lives, photographing the landscape of emotions reflected on people's faces, and a desire to understand their stories and cultures.

Photographing people is a huge challenge, but I never cease to be excited by what I encounter– the joy of the unexpected, the beauty of the ordinary, and the play of light.  Connecting with strangers, getting to know them, and capturing the common threads of their humanity are all part of the fun. 

Discovering India has been a life-changing experience for me, as it has for so many others. It is a magical place, even in its imperfections and contradictions. The people are, for me, the main attraction. Their vibrancy and friendliness, their amazing spirit, the infinite beauty in their faces, the warmth of the close-knit families who invite me into their homes – they have stolen my heart. They will bring me back to India again and again. Most recently, a visit to Vietnam evoked similar feelings."


A long career in the classical music world took her from artist management at ICM Artists (now Opus 3) to the recording industry.  Since leaving her position as Vice President of Media Relations at Sony Masterworks, Susan has consulted on a variety of projects, including the publicity for the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series.

In the beginning of her photography career, Susan photographed album covers, publicity photographs, and various events, but the focus of her work in recent years has been a long-term project of photographing and interviewing immigrants, and she has concentrated on environmental portraiture and street photography.   Her work has been exhibited several times at the Umbrella Arts Gallery in the East Village.  Susan carries her Leica camera wherever she goes and in NYC especially where:  "I don't have to go very far to find subjects to photograph:  ethnic parades, political event, graffiti, architectural wonders, both old and new, and a potpourri of interesting people.

"Since my teenage years I have been enthralled with taking pictures.  Though my passion for classical music led me on a very different career path, I traveled all my life to far-off lands and always loved photographing people.  Only after leaving my work in music was I able to give a purpose to these instincts. It began with a simple

Sense of Self, Kolkata

Malik Ghat is one of the largest wholesale flower markets in Asia and I was lucky enough to find a path out of the crazy, hectic chaos. At the end of the road leading out was a young girl in front of her house playing with her friends. When she saw me she immediately clutched at her bicycle as if she was showing off her possession or she was protecting it. There's no way of knowing, but I was attracted to her self-assured demeanor.


Color photo archival print, unframed
10.3 x 16 inches
Value: $600
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