Rebecca Senf, Ph.D.
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ, USA
Norton Family Curator
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Rebecca Senf, Ph.D. is Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) in Tucson, Arizona, and Norton Family Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum, in Phoenix, Arizona, both in the United States. She has been at CCP, a research center focused on the history of photography founded in 1975, since 2007. She curates exhibitions drawn from the Center for Creative Photography’s holdings that go on view in galleries in both Tucson and Phoenix. Some of her past exhibitions include Richard Avedon: Photographer of Influence; Human Nature: the Photographs of Barbara Bosworth; Odyssey: the Photographs of Linda Connor; Charting the Canyon: Photographs by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe; and Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture. Her publications include essays in many artist monographs, as well as To Be Thirteen, works of Betsy Schneider (2017); Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe (2012); and Ansel Adams from the Lane Collection (2005, reprinted in 2013).
Senf is open to reviewing any type of work, although she is most likely to be able to comment on photography that is created as personal expression (i.e. yes to landscapes, figure studies, still lives, portraits, auto-biographical work, abstracts, etc. in color, black-and-white, alternative processes, digital or film based – not as helpful with commercial work or photojournalism). Special interests are work related to Mexico and US/Mexico borderlands, and artists working with large volumes of images. She can comment on every step of the art making process, from idea to object making, from editing to exhibition presentation, and from sequencing to publication. Senf’s primary role as a reviewer is to provide constructive criticism and feedback from the museum curatorial perspective, but acquisitions and exhibitions might be possible. Senf also juries various exhibitions and prizes; can act as a reference on grants; and can write essays for publication.