Madeline Yale Preston is a photography specialist, independent curator, writer and arts advisor with over 16 years’ experience in the field.
Madeline began her career in the photography field as gallery director and archivist for the Evans Gallery/Photographic Estate of Todd Webb, now the Todd Webb Archive. From 2006-10 she served as Houston Center for Photography's (HCP) Executive Director and Curator and later as its Adjunct Curator and Guest Curator. She has also served as Managing Editor for HCP's publication Spot for several issues. Madeline actively sits on HCP's Advisory Board.
Since 2019 Madeline has been part of the leadership team of Hundred+ Heroines, a critically important organisation with a mission to achieve universal acknowledgement of photographic heroines past, present and future. Initiated by Del Barrett in 2018 at the Royal Photographic Society to mark the centenary of women's right to vote in the UK, in 2020 Hundred+ Heroines achieved its charitable status in the UK. Madeline is a Trustee and is the board liaison to its Criteria of Merit Panel.
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. She has lectured and led workshops on photography for Houston Center for Photography, FotoFest, Photofusion, the Menil Collection, Sotheby’s Institute of Art London, Coventry University, Norwich Univ. of the Arts, Rice University and University of Houston, among others. She has conducted portfolio reviews and/or juried for Photolucida and Photolucida Critical Mass (annually since 2009), Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Aurora Photos, FotoFest, Minneapolis Photo Center, 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 (as photography specialist), the V&A, Art Dubai the Sharjah Art Museum and the Noor Ali Rashid Archive 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.
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 UAL's Chelsea College of Art & Design (anticipated completion 2021) where she is a member of the research collective TrAIN (Transnational Art, Identity and Nation). Her research focus is the developing transnational discourse on contemporary fine art photography from the 'Middle East' within curatorial contexts.
Madeline lives in London with her husband and twin children.