Madeline Yale Preston is a photography specialist, independent curator, writer and arts advisor with over 16 years’ experience. She has curated over 35 exhibitions on photography and related media in the US, UK and UAE and has authored numerous monographic and catalogue essays on artists and photographers. She contributes to publications on photography and art including Spot, Contemporary Practices, Canvas, Tribe and Revista Carbono.
Madeline has lectured on photography for Sotheby’s Institute of Art London, Rice University, the Menil Collection, University of Houston, Houston Center for Photography, FotoFest and Norwich Univ. of the Arts, among others. She has conducted portfolio reviews and/or juried for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Aurora Photos, Critical Mass, FotoFest, Minneapolis Photo Center, Photolucida, Society for Photographic Education, American University in Sharjah, University of Houston and Norwich Univ. of the Arts. As a consultant, Madeline has advised auction houses, museums, private collections, art fairs and galleries including Bonhams, the V&A, Art Dubai and the Sharjah Art Museum on photography, curatorial projects, collections and archives. She regularly serves as consultant to emerging, mid-career and established artists and photographers, helping them to build and structure their portfolios, marketing and promotion. She has developed educational and public programming with numerous institutions including the Magnum Foundation, Reporters Without Borders, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Asia Society. Between 2006-10 she was Executive Director and later Adjunct Curator for Houston Center for Photography (HCP). She currently serves on HCP’s Advisory Board.
Madeline holds a BA (hons) from Skidmore (1998), a certificate in art history (hons) from Sotheby’s Institute of Art London (2004), an MA in Photographic Studies (distinction) Norwich University of the Arts (2005), and is currently a PhD candidate at Chelsea College of Art & Design (anticipated completion 2020) where she is a member of TrAIN (TRansnational Art, Identity and Nation). Her research focus is the developing transnational market for contemporary photography in the Middle East within curatorial and commercial realms.
Madeline lives in London with her husband and twin children.