Philip Gefter

Philip Gefter is an American author and photography critic. He was on staff at The New York Times for over fifteen years, notably as the Page One Picture Editor and as a Senior Picture Editor for Culture. He began writing about photography for the paper in 2003 and continues to write about the subject for The Daily Beast. His essays are collected in the book, Photography After Frank (Aperture, 2009). In 2011, he and Richard Press (who were married in 2008) released their feature-length documentary entitled Bill Cunningham New York, about The New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. In 2011, Gefter received a Museum Scholar residency at the Getty Research Institute, The Getty Center, in Los Angeles, to work on a biography of Sam Wagstaff, the curator, collector, and patron of Robert Mapplethorpe, for the publisher W. W. Norton, a project he began in 2009. In 2002, he and Richard Press commissioned the architect, Michael Bell, to build a house for them in New York State's Hudson Valley.


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