Meet the Judges for InstantDC’s Second Annual Mobile Photography Exhibit

Matthew Kleinrock

Born in the Washington D.C. Metro Area, Photographer Matthew Kleinrock is proud to be a judge in this years InstantDC photo exhibit. Since beginning his career in photography, Matthew has been honored to collaborate with some of the country’s finest dancers and musicians.  In the past Matthew worked in fine art conservation and restoration and has also acted as art director and designer to agencies and firms in multiple industries. Matthew’s current focus is in fashion photography, which he feels allows him to experiment more freely and bring what he learns back into the art he produces for all of his clients.

Matthew is a member of the DC Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).


Larissa Leclair

Larissa Leclair is an independent photography curator, writer, and the founder of the Indie Photobook Library (iPL). The iPL is an archive of self-published and indie published photobooks that preserves, promotes, and showcases them through pop-up and feature-length exhibitions (Toronto, DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Santa Fe, NY, and Lishui, China among others), written articles (GUP Magazine, VOP Magazine), conferences (New York Art Book Fair) and as a non-circulating public library. Leclair co-curated the exhibition “100 Portraits – 100 Photographers” with Flak Photo’s Andy Adams which is touring globally during 2011 – most recently shown at the Australian Centre of Photography. She is a regular contributor to photo-eye’s Best Books of the Year Annual Survey, was a judge for Blurb’s Photography Book Now 2011 competition, and is a regular reviewer for Critical Mass.


Louise Mendoza-Salas

True story. A WWII vet turned B movie star, in his fifth attempt at nuptials, weds an entrepreneurial rodeo dwarf. They gave birth to a feisty curly-haired little girl, who luckily, didn’t inherit her mother’s vertical challenge. Growing up in St. Louis under the roof of such interesting people, well, let’s just say her roots are more colorful than most.

Since leaving her home town of St. Louis, MO. in pursuit of a Bachlor of Fine Arts from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, she has called Minot, North Dakota, Bitburg, Germany, Denver, Colorado, Little Rock, Arkansas, Honolulu, Hawaii and now Washington DC, home.

While spending the last 20 years in the advertising industry, she’s has earned regional, national and even international awards for her creative work for clients like Meineke Car Care Center, Deltic Timber, E.C. Barton’s, Surplus Warehouse, and the Nature Conservancy. While in the Hawaiian market, her efforts were focused on launching brands like Mobi PCS, Sunetric and GreenCar Hawaii, as well as re-branding The Watermark Waikiki, Kauai Visitors Bureau, and LaPietra School for Girls. Currently, her focus is primarily on Jonah’s Treehouse, Urban Igloo, and Family Program’s Hawaii among others.

Although starting as a traditional advertising creative, her work has included everything from print to television, to digtial content and design, to retail space design and environmental experiences and even some bumper stickers. After working her way through the ranks to become a senior creative, she set her sights on creating a start-up agency, playing the role of Creative Partner. From there, she set-out to establish herself as a freelance creative / branding consultant and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for DC Ad Club.

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Matthew Rakola

Matthew Rakola has been shooting professionally for 10 years in Boston and Washington, DC. His work has appeared in magazines from Austria to Argentina and his clients include major universities, financial institutions, and non-profit organizations. He currently lives in Woodley Park with his wife.

He is a member of the DC Ad Club, American Photographic Artists (DC chapter board member), the American Society of Picture Professionals, and the University Photographers Association of America.

He is represented by Wonderful Machine.


Details about InstantDC 2011 show on November 9th and tickets: