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 began her career in the photography field as gallery director and archivist for the Evans Gallery/Photographic Estate of Todd Webb, now known as the Todd Webb Archive. 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. Between 2006-10 she was Executive Director and later Adjunct Curator for Houston Center for Photography (HCP) and actively serves on its Advisory Board. Since 2019 she has been part of the Hundred+ Heroines leadership team which is currently focused on launching the organisation's new chapter in 2020 and expanding its global reach.
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 the research collective 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.