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About the Surveillance series curators

Anna Van Lenten is a curator, editor, and literary fiction writer whose projects involve both the world of images and the world of text. As curator of the bi-monthly Half King Photography Series in New York City, she exhibits some of the best documentary photographers working today. Over the past five years, she has put on more than thirty shows, adding context via writings, audio, and each show’s opening night discussion with the photographer in public. The far-ranging scope of her exhibits include Becoming Chinese, by Carolyn Drake; Water of My Land, by Samuel James; Chasing Lawrence in Arabia, by Lowell Thomas; Sami: The People Who Walk With Reindeer, by Erika Larsen; Sandhogs, by Gina LeVay; and The Dry Land, by Matt Black.

This past fall, 2014, she curated and managed RISC training's photo auction benefit.

As an editor and researcher, Anna works on both the fiction and non-fiction sides of writing and publishing. She researched the photography for Scott Anderson’s New York Times best-selling Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. And among the critically acclaimed fiction manuscripts she’s worked on are Kim Purcell’s Trafficked; Tiger, Tiger and By the Shore, both by Galaxy Craze; and More Bread, or I’ll Appear, by Emer Martin.

Liza Faktor is a visual documentary producer and curator, and co-founder
of Screen. She was the founding director of the Objective Reality Foundation in Russia, and a co-founder and director of Liza has produced short films, multi-channel installations and curated over twenty exhibitions, including Streaming Nation (IDFA DocLab, 2014), the 4th & 5th Photoquai Biennale in Paris (2013, 2015), Stories of Life: the best of multimedia journalism (2013), Projections of Reality (2010), Affects Me. Affects Everyone, an art project on HIV/AIDS (2006), Together, Apart, InterFoto’s 10th anniversary festival (2004), Rivers of Northern Asia (2003), Kavkaz. Photographs from Chechnya 1868-2002 (2002), and City of Warmth, an exhibition project in Siberian urban environments (2001).
She is a recipient of the Howard Chapnick award in picture editing and has served on juries worldwide including the World Press Photo multimedia jury (2014).

An overview of her curatorial projects can be found here.