Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Philip Brookman is a curator, photographer, filmmaker, and writer. He is Chief Curator and Head of Research at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Brookman’s books, essays, and documentaries are about issues of modern photography, media, culture, family, and visual arts. Brookman has organized major exhibitions with many photographers including Robert Frank, Jim Goldberg, Sally Mann, and Gordon Parks. He is the author of Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change. Brookman is also a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and editor. His book, Redlands, a work of fiction with photographs, was published by Steidl in 2015. He holds degrees in 20th Century Art History and Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Brookman was the first director of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery established in 1971 and he is currently the Consulting Curator for the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.