Since 2016, Foto Relevance co-founders Geoffrey Koslov and Bryn Larsen have focused on the exhibition and acquisition of museum quality contemporary fine art photography and photography-based work. Opening with an inaugural show as part of FotoFest 2018 Biennial’s Participating Spaces, Foto Relevance quickly established itself as one of the leading galleries in the region devoted to the art of contemporary photography.
Foto Relevance is dedicated to providing a platform for an innovative selection of American and international photographic artists pushing the boundaries of photography. The gallery is committed to expanding beyond our borders, representing international artists such as Torrie Groening and Lou Peralta, based in Vancouver and Mexico City, respectively.
The gallery has mounted monographic exhibitions as well as group shows to investigate current trends and themes in contemporary art, showcasing an unusual range of both darkroom and digital photographic techniques. Work shown includes Robert Langham III’s “Magic & Logic” silver gelatin prints, Paul-André Larocque’s paint-embellished, photomontage “POP” series, Laurie Lambrecht’s traditional nature photography, and Margeaux Walter’s consumerism-focused performance art and video. In addition to promoting the work of our stable of artists, the strength of Foto Relevance is in guiding and educating individual collectors and corporations in the acquisition and sale of art.
Foto Relevance is a proud member of the Houston Art Gallery Association (HAGA). The gallery is located in the historic Museum District in Houston, Texas in close proximity to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Menil, and the Houston Center for Photography.
Geoffrey founded Foto Relevance with the intention of bringing his business acumen to those seeking curated photography-based art for their collections. He uses his longstanding network to help match artists with collectors, and is a collector himself, writing extensively about photographers he meets who he finds are creating new and challenging work.
Geoffrey served for many years on the Photography Acquisitions Subcommittee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), and is currently on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Houston Center for Photography (HCP). He was formerly a member of HCP’s Exhibitions Committee and a former co-chair of its Print Auction. In addition to these commitments, Geoffrey is an experienced reviewer, having previously participated with Fotofest, the Center for Fine Art Photography (CFAP), the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC), The Medium Festival of Photography, PhotoLucida, Critical Mass, PhotoVisa, and ASmith Gallery. Other organizations in which he participates in are Photo Forum (afﬁliated with the MFAH), and several photography critique groups, including Pixels&Silver, the Houston Inner Loop Photography organizations of art photographers and, formerly, the Houston Photographic Society, where he has also done portfolio reviews and critiques.
Born in Chicago and raised in London and then Houston, Bryn Larsen graduated from St. John’s School, and earned her A.B. in Public Policy Studies from The University of Chicago followed by a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law. Following a corporate career as an attorney and human resources executive, Bryn became involved philanthropically with numerous arts organizations in Houston and currently serves as a Trustee of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston and is on the Board of Directors for FotoFest and the Houston Center for Photography. Bryn was formerly a member of the Photography Subcommittee at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and she continues to be actively engaged as a patron of many art institutions in both Houston and New York.
Now a gallerist and art advisor, Bryn relishes the opportunity to work with collectors and corporate clients to integrate beautiful art into their spaces. Bryn collaborates with consultants, interior designers and architects to make unusual and distinctive art selections, and her work is featured in national magazines and publications such as Southern Home, Elle Décor, The Houston Chronicle, Art Houston, and Modern Luxury Houston, among many others. Bryn’s former and current Houston residences showcasing collaborations with Sarah Eilers of Lucas/Eilers Design are featured in the book Expressive Interiors. Designing an Inviting Home to be released by Rizzoli Press in September, 2020.
Erica Cheung is currently responsible for social media coordination, inventory and sales management, and exhibition administration at Foto Relevance. She is also involved in archiving the work of photographers and FotoFest founders Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss for the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. She received a BA in English and Visual & Dramatic Arts with a concentration in Film/Photography from Rice University.
Erica is an artist, poet, and environmentalist whose practice explores Asian American identities and the tensions that arise through these identities’ various intersections with popular culture and media, traditional immigrant family values, the environment, and race relations in America. Her work manifests itself in a range of media, including photography, text, collage, and experimental sound and video.
Suzanne is a recent graduate of Rice University, where she obtained a BA in Art History and Visual & Dramatic Arts (Film/Photography). While at Rice, Suzanne served as the Director of Inferno Gallery (formerly Matchbox), Rice’s student-run art gallery. Under her directorship, the gallery exhibited shows from local Houston and Texas-based artists as well as from students in Rice’s arts department. Suzanne is a photo-based artist and is interested in experimental printing media. She is one of the inaugural recipients of the Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Emerging Photographer Scholarship at the Houston Center for Photography.