The Board and The Executive
A Brief Video About The People at
The Luminous Endowment
The Board of The Luminous Endowment for Photographers comprises long-time professional associates of Michael Reichmann as well as a select group of senior individuals from the area of business, academia and law. This group is charged with governance of The Endowment. Our executive team consists of individuals with extensive administrative and legal experience.
Michael H Reichmann – (deceased 2016)
Michael Reichmann enjoyed a career in photography lasting more than 50 years. He was an author, publisher, educator, speaker and private mentor to photographers worldwide, as well as a passionate photographer whose work has been exhibited, published and collected widely.
Michael Reichmann, is the founder and the force behind the widely known and respected Luminous Landscape web site. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country in the world visit LuLa. Michael also taught photographic workshops and seminars in more than 30 countries on seven continents.
Board of Directors
Nick Devlin, BA (Hons), LL.B., LL.M. – Chairman
A native of western Canada, Nick spent his high school and college years locked in the darkroom. Narrowly avoiding a career as a photojournalist, he graduated as the gold medalist in Law from the University of Calgary and clerked for the Supreme Court of Canada before becoming a federal prosecutor. He is currently head of criminal appeals for the Federal Crown in Ontario, and specializes in serious drug, organized crime and terrorism cases. He has served on the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary, and is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Osgoode Hall law school. His passion for photography continues, focusing on landscape and portraiture.
David Vaskevitch, 62, is CEO of Mylo Development LLC, a startup focused on a consumer application for people who take a lot of pictures. In addition, Mr. Vaskevitch has been an independent consultant since September 2009.
Previously, Mr. Vaskevitch served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Microsoft Corporation from August 2001 through August 2009, and as Senior Vice President of Business Applications of Microsoft Corporation from March 2000 to August 2001.
Mr. Vaskevitch joined Microsoft in 1986 as the company's first Director of Marketing, and served in a variety of senior leadership positions during his 23-year tenure, including Senior Vice President of Developer, Vice President of Distributed Applications Platform and General Manager of Enterprise Computing.
Mr. Vaskevitch holds B.S. degrees in Math, Computer Science and Philosophy, and a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
Brooks Jensen is a fine-art photographer, publisher, workshop teacher, and writer. In his personal work, he specializes in small prints as well as hand-made artists' books. He and his wife (Maureen Gallagher) are the owners, co-founders, editors, and publishers of the award winning LensWork, one of today's most respected and important periodicals in fine art photography.
With subscribers in 73 countries, Brooks' impact on fine art photography is truly world-wide. His long-running podcasts on art and photography are heard over the Internet by thousands every day. All 800+ podcasts are available at LensWork Online, the LensWork membership website. LensWork Publishing is also at the leading edge in multimedia and digital media publishing with LensWork Extended - a PDF based, media-rich expanded version of the magazine.
Brooks is the author of six best-selling books about photography and creativity: Letting Go of the Camera(2004), The Creative Life in Photography (2013), Single Exposures (4 books in a series, random observations on art, photography and creativity) as well as a photography monograph of his work, Made of Steel (2012). His most recent book was released in April 2014 – Looking at Images.
Dr. Arye Carmon – Director
Dr. Arye Carmon is one of Israel's foremost experts on political reform. In 1991, he founded the Israel Democracy Institute to strengthen the structural and normative foundations of Israeli democracy. Under his leadership, IDI has become a leading think tank with a reputation among policy makers for non-partisanship, professionalism, and actionable policy recommendations.
A charismatic leader, Dr. Carmon has promoted democracy and political education in the classroom and as a member of the board of numerous national institutions and government committees. He has published and lectured extensively on education, Israeli-Diaspora relations and the Holocaust.
Dr. Carmon earned his B.A. and M.A. (with distinction) from the Hebrew University, and his Ph.D. in European History and Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2009, the State of Israel recognized Dr. Carmon's greatest contribution to Israeli state and society, awarding IDI the prestigious Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
For many decades Arye has been involved, as an amateur photographer, in the art of photography and particularly in cultural and nature landscape photography. His interest resulted in two exhibitions: "Connecting Disparate Worlds", presented at Duke University (February 2009) and at a gallery in Chelsea, NYC (April 2010), and "Women, God, Textile" presented in a leading gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel. Both exhibitions bore the fruits of his travels in different corners of the globe.
Kevin Raber – Treasurer and Director
Kevin's career in the photographic industry spans forty years. He had his own successful commercial studio catering to top corporations during the 70's and 80's. He also founded Studio Information Systems and wrote the first Studio Management Software on the Macintosh platform for professional studios.
Kevin was subsequently Business Development Manager for the Burrell Colour chain of labs. During the mid-nineties, as the digital revolution began, Kevin spearheaded the digital transition for Burrell Colour Labs. Burrell was the first color lab to implement a Hybrid Digital workflow. Kevin co-authored a process patent covering this workflow called SmartPath.
In 1999 Kevin joined digital camera maker Phase One, and for the next thirteen years held a number of senior management positions at that company.
Beginning in 2014 Kevin became the Publisher and CEO of The Luminous Landscape Inc. He believes in sharing his passion for and knowledge of photography allowing people to better enjoy their shared passion.
Chris Sanderson – Vice President & Director
Chris graduated from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS in 1970. His career has been in the Film Production and Advertising businesses.
Chris served on the board of Canada's National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS) for ten years - and as Chair and Vice-Chair for the final four years.
Since its founding in 1999, Chris has been a partner in The Luminous Landscape web site.
Nicholas Kitto – Director
Nicholas Kitto, a long-time resident of Hong Kong, who after 35 years as a professional accountant is now enjoying full-time commitment to his life-long passion for photography.
He has generously funded the The Greater China Grant.