Siobhán Bohnacker is an independent photography editor and researcher. Previously, she held the position of Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker, where, from 2013 to 2019, she conceived of and commissioned award-winning photography. Prior to joining The New Yorker, Siobhán worked as a Photo Editor at The New York Times Magazine.
Siobhán's work as an editor seeks to chronicle the creation, function and implications of the political, social - as well as aesthetic and intellectual practices - that are central to our contemporary culture. Collaborations include projects with artists Kwame Brathwaite, Malick Sidibé, Collier Schorr, Catherine Opie and LaToya Ruby Frazier.
During her tenure at The New Yorker, Siobhán produced a prismatic range of stories, from those examining critical issues such as racial inequity and gender politics - through to arts pieces covering the role of museum conservation and debates concerning the replication of art. She has worked on more than 200 profile features that include sittings with former U.S. President Barack Obama, key figures of the U.S Civil Rights Movement, political activist Gloria Steinem, writers Tom Wolfe and Karl Ove Knausgaard - as well as surveys of the works of artists Chris Ofili, Michael Heizer, Deana Lawson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mark Bradford and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Beyond her work as a commissioning editor, Siobhán has curated visual projects from archival research; through private archives and foundations, and conducted in collaboration with institutions such as the Smithsonian and the Beinecke Library. She has consulted on projects for the International Center of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art among others - and has been a guest critic and speaker at a number of universities including the Yale School of Art and Pratt Institute.
Siobhán is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford.