Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
After 23 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he served as Senior Curator and and Head of the Department of Photographs, Malcolm Daniel joined The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 2013. Although his scholarly work has concentrated on the first 75 years of the medium, Daniel oversees the museum’s acquisitions and exhibitions spanning the full history of photography from its birth to the present day. His recent exhibitions and installations at the MFAH have included monographic presentations of Vera Lutter, Helen Levitt, Dawoud Bey, and Fazal Sheikh, as well as an ongoing series, A History of Photography, selected from the museum’s permanent collection.
At FotoFest, he is most interested in reviewing the work of experienced photographers with several bodies of work under their belt and is more interested in photographs as creative expression than as documentation, no matter how worthy the cause (acknowledging, of course, that expressive and documentary photography are not mutually exclusive). He is not particularly interested in nudes. Although the Museum occasionally (but rarely) acquires work seen at reviews, we are not looking for exhibition ideas or material at the reviews. However, with more than 25 years as a photography curator and a broad knowledge of the history, Daniel is able to help artists edit or sequence their work and can point to directions he feels most promising for future development.