Alison Nordström is an independent scholar, specializing in photographs of all kinds. She is known for her writing, speaking, and curating and for the administration of photographic projects both in the US and internationally. Recent publications include "On Becoming an Archive" in Reading Magnum; Disappearance of Darkness: Photographs by Robert Burley; New Topographics; and Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art. She currently serves as Consulting Curator for International Programs at the Griffin Museum of Photography, and as Artistic Director of the Lodz (Poland) Fotofestiwal. In the fall of 2015 she will be Scholar-in-Residence in the Graduate Department of Photography, Lesley University.
From 2004-2013, Nordström was Senior Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, the oldest and largest museum of photography in the United States. From 1991 to 2002, she was the Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has curated over 100 exhibitions of photography including the popular biennial series Fresh Work, and major surveys of landscape, portraiture, travel photographs and journalism. At George Eastman House, she curated Paris: Photographs by Eugene Atget and Christopher Rauschenberg; Why Look at Animals?; Know War; Found: Photographs by Gerald Slota; Truth/Beauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art 1845-1945; and Lewis Hine, shown at Eastman House, ICP and five major European museums. Nordström holds a BA in English Literature, an MLS with museum emphasis, and a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.