Rhonda loved photographs and the people who made and worked with them. She built a community within the field that brought us together and moved us forward; I learned a lot from her intelligence, passion and vision. Rhonda’s particular commitment to photographers at the beginning of their careers was both inspirational and of great practical use to curators like me. This award fittingly continues her advocacy of young artists and I am honored to be part of it.
— Alison Nordstrom

Alison Nordström is an independent curator and historian of photographs based in Cambridge, Massachusetts whose work considers all kinds of photographs and the ways they are used and understood. In addition to ongoing publication and exhibition projects, she is a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate Department of Photography, Lesley University and a curator for the Hamburg Triennial of Photography (2018).

In 2015 and 2016, she was Artistic Director of the Lodz (Poland) Fotofestiwal, and from 2004 to 2013, Senior Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House. 

She has curated over 100 exhibitions of photography, in nine countries, including extensive surveys of landscape, portraiture, journalism and contemporary art as well as important exhibitions and publications on Lewis Hine, Robert Rauschenberg, Pictorialism, and the photographies of colonialism.  She holds a BA in English Literature, an MLS with museum emphasis, and a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.