Salma Khalil, Co-Founder
Born in Alexandria, Egypt and raised all over the Middle East, Salma left Dubai for the US and earned her BA from GWU in print journalism, with a minor in fine arts. After graduating from GW, she went on to receive an MFA in photography from Pratt Institute, discovering her own photography to be a replica of Linn’s. Previously, she was an adjunct professor in digital photography at CUNY; worked at Art+Commerce; Urban Studio; and Box Studios, where she had the privilege to work under Pascal Dangin on Patrick Demarchelier’s retrospective, Images and Fashion at Le Petit Palais in Paris as well Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s book, 1000 Polaroids.
Salma currently lives in Brooklyn with her dog Wendy, is an avid reader, and carries around a Pentax K1000 or Mamiya 7 to capture New York City’s quiet moments and idiosyncrasies.
FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: She comes from a family of doctors and child geniuses, but notably her grandfather gave her her first disposable camera when she was 4 years old (no memory of this, but has been told this story hundreds of times, as grandfathers do). In early middle school her father brought home a floppy disk of the program CorelDRAW, a bitmap image editor, and there is where she started to digitally paint. And in high school, she opted out of Physics to create an Independent Study that would explore early Photoshop and it’s brand new capabilities: Layers and Layer Effects.
GUILTY PLEASURES WHILE RETOUCHING: All cop shows. All legal shows. All medical dramas.
Linn Edwards, Co-Founder
Born and raised outside Philadelphia, PA, Linn has a BA from American University’s School of Communication in Film & Media Arts. She worked as a still life commercial photographer in Seattle and the Bay Area and went on to get her MFA in photography from Pratt Institute, where she and Salma met and became friends after many conversations in the dark room. After grad school, she worked at Dot Editions on archival print limited editions for various artists including Mark Seliger, Gregory Heisler and Contact Press Images.
Linn currently lives in Brooklyn, is a mother and wife, and loves guiding her young daughter to be empathetic, fulfill her curiosities and feel empowered.
FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Linn was working as a still life photographer in Seattle in the mid-90’s, where she worked with one of the first commercial digital camera backs by Leaf, nicknamed “The Brick,” a two pound digital back used on a Hasselblad, which worked in conjunction with a motorized filter wheel mounted in front of the lens that took separate exposures through red, green, and blue filters, digitally assembling them into a single full-color, 4 megapixel image. Clearly this could only be used for still life images, and shots had to be frequently retaken if a truck drove by the studio or if someone walked by the tripod during the exposure.
GUILTY PLEASURES WHILE RETOUCHING: Binge-listening to podcasts including Fresh Air, One Bad Mother, Armchair Expert, Savage Love and What’s the Tee.
Molly Gobel, Senior Retoucher
Samantha Thomas, Producer
Alexandra Rafael Martínez, Retoucher
Images © Heather Hazzan
Erika Karl, Senior Retoucher
Vanessa Vargas, Production Assistant
JJ Garfinkel, Retoucher
Travis LeRoy Southworth, Senior Retoucher
Sala Moore, Retoucher
Wendy Khalil, Greeter and Security Expert