Yolanda Cuomo is the curatorial voice behind some of the 20th century’s greatest photographic books. This year, alongside Melissa Harris, Cuomo is co-curating this year’s LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Va. Read about her life and career here on LightBox.
“Many art directors have big egos and really want to impose their hand, their vision of a thing. But some art directors, like Yo, want to look at the world and are really not trying to interject themselves too much. Very often, a book is like a baby, you just have to try not to choke it. So Yolanda is wonderful to work with because she goes with you. She went with me and just let the book, the baby, breathe. And this is really what I appreciate about Yolanda: her great kindness and this great gentleness in approaching the process. She is putting the work, which is the book, ahead of her own ego.” —Gilles Peress