On Saturday, June 28, 2014, Fovea held a panel discussion with photojournalists, as well as veterans and therapists to open up a conversation regarding the aftermath of war. The dialogue highlighted important topics as well as provided resources for returning military from Iraq and Afghanistan. 

This public program was presented as a part of our current exhibit, "War & Memory". The exhibit is a moving group show that illuminates key issues faced by our military communities and is in association with "The Homecoming Project".


Panelists include:

Dr. Lori Arella is the Project Director and founder of Veterans Families Support Alliance, or VETFAMSA, a growing, grassroots coalition that raises community awareness about the needs of returning troops and military families and improves local access to needed services and support. She is also a clinical psychologist in private practice where she specializes in family and trauma. Lori is an experienced facilitator of the Veteran Civilian Dialogues and is also co-creator of the annual Veteran Arts Showcase at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park.

Cynthia Bittenfield is a photojournalist who pursues projects that shed light on the human cost of war whether dealing with the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder, documenting the sites of battlefields and atrocity, or considering life on the home front. Recently, her work has been exhibited at the School of Visual Arts Gallery, and Broadway Gallery, both in New York City, The Print Center in Philadelphia and in the show Photography NOW 2010: Either/And, Part 2: The New Docugraphics at The Center for Photography at Woodstock and The Art of Photography Show in San Diego, CA. 

Alan Chin is a photojournalist who was born and raised in New York City. Since 1996, he has covered conflicts in Iraq, the ex-Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Alan contributes regularly to the New York Times, Newsweek, and Time magazines, exhibits at Sasha Wolf Gallery and the Asian-American Arts Center, and is in the collection of the Museum Of Modern Art. The New York Times nominated his Kosovo coverage for the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 1999 and 2000. 

Katelyn Sheehan is an Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Air Force veteran. Katelyn was previously a Military Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate and continued to work with sexual assault cases and prevention for a few years after getting out of the service. She has worked in Kashmir, Mumbai, Thailand and Nepal in undercover brothel investigations and sex trafficking victims services. Katelyn now works as a facilitator for veteran peer support groups, known as Vet 2 Vet for the Mental Health Association in Orange County, NY. 

Larry Winters is a Vietnam Combat Veteran and founder of Veteran Civilian Dialogues. Born and raised in New Paltz, NY, Larry Winters entered the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam during the years of 1969 and 1970. Twenty-five years later, by then a licensed mental health counselor in Katonah, NY, he returned to Vietnam with other health care professionals to study Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Vietnamese people. Larry is a widely published poet, men’s group leader and group psychotherapist. He has published a book titled, “The Making and Un-making of a Marine”.  




A discussion on the various facets contributing to American gun violence featuring Monte Frank from the Newtown Action Alliance, Andy Pelosi from the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, and the director of ‘A Son Down, After Sun Down’ Christopher Zino Sarmiento. Moderated by Dr. Nadine Revheim.

Presented Saturday August 10th in conjunction with THE GUN SHOW on exhibit at Fovea. Watch the 22 minute film HERE.


Panelist BIOS
Christopher Sarmiento, also known as "Zino” is a 23-year-old filmmaker from Poughkeepsie, New York. Sarmiento, a director, editor, and cinematographer, has been making films for the past two years under the alias Exhibition Z.  He shoots, directs, and edits all his own work.
He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Communications in Media. Film is one his passions, as is music. When not shooting, he in the lab creating different genres of music, from experimental, to hip-hop, to film scores. “A Son Down After Sun Down” is his first film.
Monte Frank lives in Sandy Hook Connecticut and practices law with the law firm of Cohen & Wolf.  He is a board member of the Newtown Action Alliance, an all-volunteer grassroots organization formed after the shooting in Newtown to advocate for common sense gun safety legislation.  Monte also led the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington in March 2013, with a team of 26 cyclists who rode 400 miles from Newton, Connecticut to the U.S. Capitol in support of a common-sense solution to prevent gun violence. He is the founder of Team26 who completed this ride-- a mix of professional, top amateur, and masters cyclists from the Northeast. He has met with mayors and civic leaders in the inner cities, including Hartford and Baltimore, to support their efforts to curb the gun violence epidemic in our cities.  

Andy Pelosi is a resident of Croton Falls and is the President and Founder of GunFreeKids.org and the director of The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus – a national project with over 360 colleges and universities in 41 states that have signed a resolution to oppose legislation that would mandate that colleges and universities allow students to carry concealed handguns on campus. GunFreeKids.org provides tools for people to take action on pending legislation and educates about candidates who favor sound gun violence prevention policies.  Over 16 years of grassroots advocacy experience as a gun violence prevention advocate, Andy has also served as the first executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) and its affiliate the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund whose mission is reduce gun violence through education and community engagement.
Dr. Nadine Revheim, Moderator: A resident of Beacon, she is also a Research Scientist and Licensed Psychologist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.


FOODOPOLY: author Wenonah Hauter with Glynwood's Kathleen Frith discussion July 23rd 2013

Watch the Executive Director of Food and Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, along with Glynwood President Kathleen Frith in an intimate discussion about Ms. Hauter's new book Foodopoly- The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.

Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food & Water Watch, a D.C.-based watchdog organization focused on corporate and government accountability relating to food, water, and fishing. She has worked and written extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues at the national, state, and local levels. She owns a working farm in The Plains, Virginia.

 Kathleen Frith is President of Glynwood, one of the nation’s leading sustainable agriculture and food organizations, located in Cold Spring, New York.  Glynwoods’s mission is to help communities in the Northeast save farming through working at the intersection of communities and the opportunities available to farmers and landowners. Glynwood farms its own 225-acre land using environmentally sustainable farming, and is part of a network of leading thinkers on sustainable agriculture that spans the nation and includes partners around the globe.



January 12th 2013

A panel discussion exploring sustainable education from a national to local level, as well as local alternate food supply, presented in conjunction with Douglas Gayton's exhibit ‘The Lexicon of Sustainablity’


Helanna Bratman, Manager of Cornell co-op extension’s Green Teens program

Margrethe Horlyck-Romanovsky, MPH, Adjunct Lecturer, Brooklyn College and Doctoral Student, Public Health, CUNY School of Public Health

Matt Hutchins, Executive Chef and owner of the Hop, Beacon.

Stephanie Heimann, moderator: Photo Editor of Environmental Science for A Changing World published by Scientific American and W.H. Freeman & Photo Editor of Our Choice, Al Gore's sequel to Inconvenient Truth






THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE VISION - a discussion. July 14th 2012 from fovea exhibitions on Vimeo.

Watch the discussion with Benjamin Spatz, photojournalists David Burnett, Alan Chin and Time’s Patrick Witty in the third part of a discussion that started in Brooklyn and London, and continues at Fovea.

Participating are:

David Burnett, photojournalist and co-founder of Contact Press Images, and member of the Facing Change collective. 

Alan Chin, photojournalist and member of Facing Change collective.

Benjamin J Spatz: Alaska Quarterly Review’s Guest Editor and curatorof LIBERTY & JUSTICE (FOR ALL).
Patrick Witty, Time Magazine's International Photo Editor.

DAVID BURNETT has been photographing the world for more than 35 years. He began working as a freelancer for Time and then Life, first in Washington, D.C. and Miami, and later in South Vietnam. In 1976 he co-founded Contact Press Images in New York. Since then, he has traveled extensively, working for most of the major photographic and general-interest magazines in the United States and Europe. He is part of the reporting collective "Facing Change - Documenting America" which is a non-profit comprised of acclaimed photographers producing under-reported aspects of America’s issues to recreate a modern version of the FSA. American Photo has named him one of the "100 Most Important People in Photography."

ALAN CHIN was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Central Asia. Domestically, Alan followed the historic trail of the civil rights movement, documented the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and covered the 2008 presidential campaign. He is a contributing photographer to Newsweek and The New York Times, editor and photographer at BagNews, and his work is in the collection of the Museum Of Modern Art. He is also a member of the collective "Facing Change - Documenting America", a non-profit reporting model that aims to create a modern version of the FSA.

BENJAMIN J. SPATZ is an expert on conflict, governance and development, particularly in West Africa. He is a Truman National Security Fellow, a Contributing Editor of the Alaska Quarterly Review and a leading political risk advisor on Liberia. Mr. Spatz has recently been asked to work on the United Nations Panel of Experts on Liberia. His previous experience includes serving as Special Advisor to the Liberian Minister of Internal Affairs, Special Assistant to the Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, with a relief organization in Darfur, Sudan, with the United Nations Mission in Liberia and as an international election monitor. As a photographer, his work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographer’s Association. He holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and two B.A.s from the University of Washington. With Alaska Quarterly Review, he was Guest Editor of "Liberty and Justice (for All): A Global Photo Mosaic" and organized this traveling exhibit.

PATRICK WITTY is the international picture editor of TIME. Before joining the magazine in 2010, he led the New York Times’ photographic coverage of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Gaza war, the Sichuan earthquake, the Russia-Georgia war and Africa. Patrick was a member of the foreign staff awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for the Times’ coverage of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

This program is presented with the support of an anonymous underwriter. Video by J.P. Pacquing. 


A discussion on how the military's ban on homosexuality affected lives of service members: a panel discussion.

Presented January 14th 2012 at Fovea Exhibitions, four servicemen share their first-hand experiences as those who have served in our armed forces under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The panel explores the issues--both on a personal and at a national level--raised in the current exhibit Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me at Fovea by Vincent Cianni.

Panelists include:
Lieutenant Colonel Victor Fehrenbach, U.S. Air Force, 1991-2011 of Washington, D.C. He retired on September 6th, 2011, two weeks before the repeal of DADT, having successfully fought his discharge after coming out on the Rachel Maddow show in 2009. He is a former F-15E fighter pilot who has flown 88 combat missions with 400 combat hours.

Captain Chuck Maxwell, U.S. Air Force,1980-1991. A graduate of The Citadel, as a commissioned officer he was dismissed for conduct unbecoming an officer/participating in homosexual acts. He will be traveling from Decatur, Georgia.

Lieutenant Don Bramer, U.S. Navy, 2002-present. Lt. Bramer is an active duty officer who has top secret security clearance and has served multiple deployments to the Middle East, and received numerous medals and commendations from his combat operations. He provided anonymous testimony during the hearings to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

Private Nathanael Bodon (U.S. Army Reserves 2007-2009), of Marlboro, NY,
was discharged honorably under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell after being outed while serving in Iraq by a fellow soldier. Mr. Bodon’s story was the impetus for Mr. Cianni’s project.

Joining the discussion will is Mary Barber, M.D. She is the clinical director at Rockland Psychiatric Center, and co-editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. Her expertise includes the effects of the ban on the mental health and lives of service members.

support for this program has graciously been provided by

Mary Cianni and Joan Morgenstern.

filmed by J.P. Pacquing





For the past eight years, the Iraqi people have been forced to flee their homes and their country, creating one of the largest exoduses of refugees in the history of the Middle East. Hear about the personal experiences from:

Ali Rawaf, a 20 year old Iraqi refugee and currently a student at the University of Texas at Austin, who left Iraq at age 15 after being threatened due to his writings as a blogger within Iraq. *

Dr. Les Roberts is an epidemiologist who has led over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring mortality in times of war. He is the author of the  2004 report estimating Iraqi civilians casualties at 100,000 Iraqi that drew ire from the Bush administration, who insisted it was much lower.

Lori Grinker is the author of the exhibit currently on display at Fovea "Nothing Like My Home". A 15-year documentary project on veterans of war from thirty countries entitled  "AFTERWAR: Veterans From A World In Conflict" by Ms. Grinker was both an successful traveling exhibit and hardcover book.

Moderated by Sabine Meyer, co-Director, and Dr. Ron Aubert, Trustee.



BRIAN PALMER, MODERATOR is an independent journalist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY, USA. Full Disclosure, for which Palmer received grants from the Ford Foundation and the Applied Research Center, is his first film. From 2000 to 2002 Palmer was a correspondent at CNN. He was a staff writer at Fortune from 1998 to 2000 and Beijing Bureau Chief for US News & World Report for the two years prior to that. His photojournalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and other publications. He is a lecturer at The School of Visual Arts’ MFA Photography, Video, & Related Media Program in New York City.
KAEL ALFORD Orignally from Middletown, NYC, Kael was one of the few independent photographers in Baghdad during the US bombing and documented the impact of the war and its aftermath. In the fall of 2003 she rented a room in Ramadi, Iraq, to photograph the resistance as it it was first taking place in the months after the US-led invasion. She also crossed the front lines in Najef and Sadr City to photogrpah the Mehdi Militia battles with US forces.
RONNIE FARLEY is the author/photographer of Women of the Native Struggle: Portraits and Testimony of Native American Women (Crown 1993), Cowgirls: Contemporary Portraits of the American West (Crown 1995, reprinted by Thunder’s Mouth Press in 1998), and Diary of a Pedestrian: A New York Memoir, which was published on her own imprint Third Eye Press in 2004. Farley is an award-winning photographer and a former photo-editor at the Associated Press. Her work has been shown nationally and has been critically acclaimed by the New York Times and the Washington Post among other publications. Her work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, USA Today, Sierra Magazine, and the Sunday Times of London.        Farley’s “Cowgirls” work is currently on a four-year exhibition tour throughout the United States sponsored by Exhibits USA, The Mid America Arts Alliance, and The National Endowment for the Humanities. She is currently working on three book projects and divides her time between Beacon, New York City, and the road.

DENISE DEVORE After receiving a B.A. in psychology and art history from Ohio State University, Denise moved to New York City. She worked in the financial field for a number of years, but it was clear her passion was not stock prices, but f-stops.  She studied for one year at the School of Visual Arts in NYC before deciding the best way to learn about taking pictures was to get out and take them.  Now living in Beacon, New York, Denise received a summer internship with The Poughkeepsie Journal.   She focuses on local stories that impact the community in which she lives. Whether it is home healthcare workers, farmers in the Hudson Valley or former prison inmates, all of these people and places have left an indelible mark on her, and the result is an image or two that have attempted to relate that story. 
JESSICA DIMMOCK is a graduate of The International Center of Photography’s Program in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. Her work has appeared in Aperture, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Time, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Wired, and Fader.  For her work on heroin addicts in New York she was awarded several awards including the F Award for Concerned Photography from Forma and Fabrica, the Inge Morath Award from Magnum, the Marty Forsher Fellowship for Documentary Photography from PDN and the Juror’s Choice Award for the Project Competition from the Santa Fe Center for Photography.  In the fall of 2007 Jessica’s first book, The Ninth Floor, was published by Contrasto and was listed by Photo District News as one of best books of 2007.  Jessica had her first international solo exhibition at Forma, The International Center  

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    The transcript of the discussion will soon be available here
  • ROBERT STEVENS, MODERATOR is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts where he teaches History of Photography as well as at the International Center of Photography both in New York City. He is a board member and the secretary of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for Humanistic Photography, a prestigious grant of $35,000 made to support documentary photographers. He is the former international photo editor of Time Magazine for 20 years. Mr. Stevens studied photography and art history at the Rochester Visual Studies Workshop.

    DANIELLE JACKSON is the Exhibitions and Cultural Projects Coordinator at Magnum Photos, New York, where she develops a diverse range shows for the agency's photographers in museums, galleries, and photo festivals throughout North and South America. Recent projects include Rene Burri’s, retrospective, Un Mundo, Elliott Erwitt’s retrospective, Personal Best, and Jonas Bendiksen’s Satellites. Prior to joining Magnum, Ms. Jackson has worked as a consultant and photographer. Magnum Photos is a photographic co-operative of great distinction and are acclaimed for their powerful individual vision. Through its four editorial offices in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo, Magnum Photos provides photographs to the press, publishers, advertising, television, galleries and museums across the world
    ARIEL SHANBERG is the Executive Director at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, a not-for-profit, artist-centered organization. Since joining CPW in 1999, Shanberg has curated numerous exhibitions and currently serves as editor of CPW’s quarterly-publication, PQ. In addition to his work at CPW, Shanberg curated the exhibition “Food for Thought” at the Light Factory (March 2008) in Charlotte, NC, and has contributed essays to several publications. He has served on various panels and nominating committees and has been an invited juror and portfolio reviewer to Fotofest, SPE Conferences, Photo Lucida, Rhubarb Rhubarb, and Critical Mass, as well as an invited speaker at Bucknell College, Syracuse and Rutgers Universities. He was the 2007 SPE Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regional Conference Chair, which was held in November in Woodstock, NY. Additionally he serves on the Advisory Board of En Foco.

    STEPHANIE HEIMANN is a founding member of FOVEA, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to education through photojournalism. She is also the Photography Director for Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, an international travel magazine. Previously, she was a freelance photo editor for various publications in New York, including Newsweek, New York Magazine, Scientific American Magazine, and in Hong Kong for Time Asia, Discovery Magazine, and Next magazines. She spent 8 years living as an expatriate in Moscow, Paris and Hong Kong where she worked both as a photojournalist and as a photo editor covering post-Soviet culture, the first war in Chechnya, and the Bosnian war.


    Alison Morley is the Chair of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography  in New York City. She is the original curator of “The Children of Darfur” which premiered at the United Nations in autumn of 2005. As a photo editor, she has been the photography director of The New York Times Sophisticated Traveler, Audubon, Life, Civilization, Esquire, Mirabella, Elle, and The Los Angeles Times Magazine. She has edited several major monographs and has curated touring exhibitions for Blood and Honey: A Yugoslavian War Journal and The Road to Kabul, both by Ron Haviv. She is on the nominating committee for Visa Pour L’Image photojournalism festival in France, and the World Press Photo organization in the Netherlands. She writes on photography for magazines and books, lectures and leads workshops in the United States as well as in Bosnia, China, France, Hungary, the Philippines and Uganda. FOVEA is honored to include Ms. Morley on our professional Advisory Committee.

    RON HAVIV has produced some of the most important images of conflict and other humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War. Haviv is a co-founder of VII, the elite photography agency, and his work is published by top magazines worldwide. He has also published two critically acclaimed collections of his photography and has contributed his wide-ranging body of work to several other books. Haviv has been the central character in three films. His photographs have earned Haviv some of the highest accolades in photography, including awards from World Press Photo, Picture of the Year and the Overseas Press Club, as well as the Leica Medal of Excellence. Mr. Haviv has just returned from six weeks in Sri Lanka following the plight of the children affected by the civil war for UNICEF

    with Todd Heisler (2006 Pulitzer Prize winner), photojournalist Chris Hondros (just returned from 10th trip to Baghdad), photographer Suzanne Opton, Captain Thomas Sowers of West Point Military Academy, and International Photo Editor Jamie Wellford of Newsweek Magazine 

Captain T.S. Sowers is an instructor of American Politics in West Point’s Department of Social Sciences. A Special Forces officer, he has served two tours in Iraq, most recently returning in August 2006.  His first Iraq deployment, in 2004-2005, was as an Operational Detachment Commander, leading a team of green berets and Iraqi special forces in counterinsurgent operations.  His second, in 2006, was as a senior advisor to the Iraqi Special Operation Forces and later to the Commander, Multi-National Brigade-Baghdad.  Commissioned through ROTC, he holds a AB in Public Policy from Duke University and an MSc in Public Policy from the London School of Economics where he is currently working to complete his PhD.   He has interned at the United Nations, Congress and for The People an opposition newspaper in Nairobi, Kenya.  He is a Rotary Scholar.

Jamie Wellford. Jamie has been the International Photo Editor at Newsweek Magazine since 2000. Previously he worked at Time, New York Daily News and with Gamma-Liason, Black Star, and  Sipa Press, in between jaunts around the globe pursuing twin passions of photography and travel. He studied Urdu in Pakistan in 1985-86 through the University of California at Berkley. He is a  a founding member of Fovea.

Todd Heisler is a staff photographer for the New York Times. He won the 2006 Pulitzer for Feature Photography for his “Final Salute” series displayed in this exhibit. As a staff photographer for the Rocky Mountain News, Heisler and journalist Jim Sheeler were granted permission to document the return of five fallen Marines to their families. (A Freedom of Information lawsuit in 2005 changed the Pentagon policy banning press coverage of military caskets being returned from the war.) Says Heisler: “People are bombarded with so many images. But if I can make somebody stop for just a short time and to notice things that are happening in the world, then I've done my job.”

Chris Hondros has photographed in most of the world's major conflict zones since the late 1990s and his work has appeared in many international magazines. He won the highest honor in war photography, the Robert Capa Award, for his work from Iraq, including the “Orphans of Tal Afar,” also shown in this exhibit.
Hondros lives in New York City, where he is a staff photographer for Getty Images.

Susanne Opton’s work has earned her international acclaim. Her photographs are in the collections of museums such as the Bibliothque Nationale de France in Paris and the Muse de Elyse in Lausanne, Switzerland. For several years she worked out of her photographic studio in Beacon.“SOLDIERS” is a series of photographic portraits Opton made of young men and women who had recently returned from serving in the military in Iraq.Her photographs have been published in the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Fortune and other publications. She teaches at the International Center of Photography and the Cooper Union, both in New York City.

    Panel discussion with photographer Lori Grinker, Iraq War veteran Chris J McGurk, Vietnam War veteran Eugene O’ Brian, Hudson Valley V.A psychologist Dr. Barbara Smith, and moderated by Dr. James Galvin Smith.
    Panelists discussed  the many ways in which the world’s most intractable conflicts have continued to haunt the lives of former soldiers years and even decades after they have formally ended, and  how it is affecting returning soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan today.  The transcript of the discussion will soon be available here.