Gordon Stettinius is a photographer, educator, editor and publisher living and working in Richmond, Virginia. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally for nearly thirty years and his photography can be found in numerous private and public collections. He is represented by Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Virginia and Robin Rice Gallery in New York. He is also an emeritus member of 1708 Gallery.

Back in 1991, Stettinius bought a Holga camera from a guy in a parking lot in Tucson, Arizona. It wasn't supposed to be a big deal, really it was just for a few laughs. But things escalated pretty quickly from there.  Later, there was a guy named Victor, who traveled throughout the southwest buying old neon and selling it to buyers from Japan. Victor was also a camera picker and so became a hookup for Diana cameras and other experimental off-brand or bakelite contraptions. Through the years, plastic cameras have been essential to two of Stettinius' ongoing projects, Miss Americana and Gord Is Dead.

Jump cut to recent years, in 2010 Stettinius founded an independent publishing imprint, Candela Books, and soon after opened Candela Gallery, in Richmond, dedicated to exhibiting photography. Candela Books has published eight titles to date and is currently working on its ninth and tenth titles, due out late 2020. Candela Gallery is in its ninth year now with a mission of bringing notable photography to Richmond and elevating the discourse around contemporary photography, through its exhibition programs, film screenings and collaborations with other community partners.

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Past Festival exhibitions have been juried by Isa Leshko, Meg Birnbaum, Lee Kilpatrick, Aline Smithson, Christopher James, Michael Kirchoff, and Jennifer Shaw.