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The Center for Creative Photography appoints Joshua Chuang as Chief Curator

Press release

17 January 2014


The Center for Creative Photography appoints Joshua Chuang as Chief Curator


The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) is proud to announce the appointment of Joshua Chuang to the position of Chief Curator. Mr. Chuang, who has been the Richard Benson Associate Curator of Photography and Digital Media at the Yale University Art Gallery, will assume his new post in April 2014.

At the CCP, one of the world’s premier university art museums and study centers for the history of photography, Mr. Chuang will lead the Center’s curatorial program, organizing exhibitions and publications as well as overseeing acquisitions.

“Joshua brings a rare blend of imagination and rigor to his exhibitions, lectures, and publications, and has a gift for sharing his knowledge in a highly engaging way, said Katharine Martinez, Director of the CCP. “He will play a major role in shaping the Center’s future as we acquire and promote photographic collections of extraordinary quality to stimulate imagination, advance scholarship, and encourage creativity.”

Although his interests are wide-ranging, Mr. Chuang’s research has thus far focused on modern and contemporary American photography. He began his curatorial career a decade ago at the Yale University Art Gallery, and was named the museum’s first dedicated curator of photography in 2007. He was the lead curator for the acclaimed retrospective exhibition Robert Adams: The Place We Live that toured North America from 2010-12 and that is currently travelling in Europe through the summer of 2014. Mr. Chuang directed that exhibition’s attendant three-volume publication, a second edition of which has just been released by Steidl. For Yale, he also organized the exhibitions First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography, and Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century (co-organized with Jock Reynolds and Susan Matheson) along with their accompanying catalogues. In addition to his distinguished work as a curator, he has lectured and written extensively on modern and contemporary photography, and made key contributions to more than a dozen artist’s monographs, including those on the work of Lee Friedlander, Judith Joy Ross, and Mark Ruwedel.

“I am delighted to join the Center’s staff and work with its unrivalled collection,” Mr. Chuang said. “I look forward to mining the rich traditions of the medium embodied by the CCP while exploring photography’s present and posing questions about its future.”



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Mr. Chuang received his undergraduate degree in studio art from Dartmouth College, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. While pursuing his own photography, he held positions at Howard Greenberg Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery, where he worked with William Christenberry, Robert Frank, Emmet Gowin, and Judith Joy Ross, among others. He began working at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2004 and was named Assistant Curator of Photographs in 2007. He was promoted to Associate Curator of Photography and Digital Media at the Gallery in 2012.



The Center for Creative Photography was established in 1975 by then-University of Arizona President John Schaefer and photographer Ansel Adams. Beginning with the archives of five living masters—Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer—the Center’s collection now features more five million archival objects in 239 archival collections, including those of Lola Alvarez Bravo, Robert Heinecken, W. Eugene Smith, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand. The combined art, archival, and research collections at the Center offer an unparalleled resource for research, exhibitions, and loans.

The Center for Creative Photography is located at 1030 North Olive Road, P.O. Box 210103, Tucson, AZ 85721-0103.