Society Founders
Meet The Team

Bruce AllanBRUCE ALLAN  Creator of the Society

Bruce’s passion for photography started while working and living in India, Nepal, Thailand, and Hong Kong. For several years, he had the honor of being the personal photographer of the renowned opera singer Shirley Verrett. In addition, he was among a small group of photographers privileged to shoot the Opera Guild’s retirement party for Luciano Pavarotti. He was the in-house photographer for the Literary and Theatre Arts Committees at the National Arts Club. Bruce, along with Founder Linda Selman, composes photo-essays for CEO Traveler, a luxury online travel magazine.

 

ILANA HS 2 IMG_0131ILANA KOZAK 

Ilana’s passionate sentiment for all who journey inspired her to found the New York City luxury sightseeing company High Quality Tours. As a young Lifestyle Management Travel Advisor, her focus is on customized group and individual itineraries, which meet and exceed its members’ needs and expectations. She specializes in high-end hotel accommodations, VIP experiences and access to exclusive sites. Ilana works closely with the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges, who regard High Quality Tours as one of the region’s premiere tour operations.


Linda
LINDA SELMAN 

Linda has had an exciting theatrical career starring on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in Regional Theater and Film. She has also directed and written plays for Off-Broadway and Television as well as penned a non-fiction adventure mystery entitled The Inadvertent Researcher: A New York Story. She is a member of Actors’ Equity and The Dramatists Guild. Linda organized fashion/art exhibitions for FIT in New York and Los Angeles, the BATA Museum in Toronto, Canada, the Blue Parrot Gallery and Graham Gallery in New York City, and with the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a member of the National Arts Club serving as Co-Chair of the Theatre Arts Committee.

Charter Members

DR. STANLEY B. BURNS, MD, FACS

Dr. Burns, a New York City ophthalmologist, is an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, archivist, and TV consultant. His collection of over one million historic photographs is recognized as the most important private comprehensive collection of early photography, and it was rated “One of America’s Top 100 Collections.” The emphasis is on unique photographs not available anywhere else. In 1977, he founded The Burns Archive to share his discoveries. He has authored 46 books, over 1100 articles, and curated over 100 exhibitions. He is the Medical, Historical & Technical Advisor to HBO/Cinemax’s THE KNICK and PBS’ MERCY STREET.


ENID FARBER

Enid has been documenting musicians since 1979, pursuing “the definitive moment of the musician’s onstage performance, and rare moments of their backstage relaxation.” Farber is considered one of the world’s top Jazz Photographers. President Bill Clinton dubbed her a “National Treasure.” Her work was featured in JazzTimes Magazine’s “Classic Jazz Photography” issue, as one of the masters of Jazz Photography. A staff photographer of JAZZIZ since 1987, her work has also appeared in DOWNBEAT, the Village Voice, the New York Times, Time, Italy’s MUSICA Jazz, Japan’s Swing Journal, Germany’s Rolling Stone, and in the US Information Agency’s Worldwide Traveling Exhibit on Jazz Performers.


CHASE GUTTMAN

Chase is an award-winning travel photographer and drone photography expert whose adventures span more than fifty countries and every U.S. state. Guttman won Young Travel Photographer of the Year, three times, an international competition judged by museum curators and magazine editors. He was also named a Top Travel Photographer by the New York Institute of Photography, a three time Best Travel Photography Blogger by USA Today, and a Rising Star by Instagram. He is Chief of Photography for Skyworks Project, a cutting-edge drone research and innovation lab. His pioneering book, The Handbook of Drone Photography will be released in February 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing.


HARVEY KOPEL

Harvey, a Central Park expert and nature photographer, acquired a passion for photography when he joined the Camera Club in high school and started taking pictures for the school newspaper and annual. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University with a major in Photography and a minor in Art History, where he studied under the influential Pictorialist Clarence White, Jr. He was Co-Chair of the New York Sierra Photo Club, staff photographer for Army News Features, and The Army Information Digest. Harvey has exhibited with the New York Sierra Club Photo Committee, the Calumet Studio, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and the Greenwich Audubon Center. 


MICHAEL NORTH

Michael is a National Geographic wildlife photographer who has traveled to more than seventeen countries, lived in five African countries, and has owned and lived in a safari camp in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Presently, he resides in Nairobi. His personalized photography workshops and safaris offer the very best in wildlife, nature, and cultural photography. For his contribution to RISE UP FOR ELEPHANTS, he donates all proceeds derived from the purchasing of Michael North Imagery to the Kenya Children’s home, which enables an orphan elephant to be adopted in your name for an orphan residing there, or for someone special of your liking.


ANASTASIA TOMPKINS & HARVEY AUGENBRAUN

Anastasia and Harvey, an accomplished dynamic husband and wife team, actually met at a camera club 20 years ago. Today they are a constant presence in the New York photography scene where their winning images have graced the covers of books, appeared on wine labels, have been published in magazines, and hang in corporate and private collections both here and abroad. Their varied experience and knowledge of wildlife, travel, portraiture, and landscape photography allows them to serve as camera club presenters, judges, curators, and teachers. Awards include The Harry Hoffman Award for Photographic Excellence, The Tony Gizerjian Award for Digital Photography, 2 Gold Medals at NECCC 2012 & 2013, plus a featured article on Anastasia in Art Network News.


EVI ARYATI ARBAY

Evi Aryati Arbay is a Tour Operator in Indonesia and Africa specializing in cultural Tribal Tours. She has a passion for photography and has published three books on the region. “Dani The Highlander,” her book on the Dani Tribe who live in Jayawijaya, Indonesia received the Best Book Award from Eska Awards in the Netherlands, as well as being honored by the Moscow International Foto Awards, and the Tokyo International Foto Awards.