Monica Suder, CPCC Coach to Professionals in the Arts

Monica Suder

1.415. 839. 5360

About Monica Suder

Monica Suder works with the international photographic community as a creative and career coach, consultant, lecturer and panelist.

She brings to her multi-cultural coaching practice over 30 years of professional experience in New York City and San Francisco. She has been an award-winning photo editor, a director of photography and visual consultant.

Monica, daughter of a Bohemian actress, studied languages in Lausanne, Switzerland and London, England. She began her photography career in New York City.

She has been actively engaged in the creative process throughout her life and has explored photography, film & video, the arts and theater. Monica has worked in a number of countries and is fluent in German, French and English.

She has been a photography professional since the late 60s, when she joined Magnum Photos in New York City. During her years at Time-Life Books, Monica conceptualized, coordinated and directed extensive location and studio photography in Europe and New York for the ground-breaking Foods of the World book-series.

As director of photography at Holiday Magazine in New York City (which was the prototype for Conde-Nast's Travel and Leisure), Monica had the opportunity to work with the world's top photographers. She quickly established herself in the dynamic and rapidly expanding photography world as a respected editor and a devoted supporter of the photographic community.

After traveling extensively in Europe, Central America, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and India, she relocated to San Francisco and became photo-editor at Rolling Stone and Outside magazine. She also photo-edited two large-scale photo-books for Rolling Stone Press and Random House: The History of Rock and Roll and The Sixties - A Decade in Pictures, which was selected "Best of the Year" by the American Institute of Graphic Arts for its outstanding photographs.

Suder eventually started her own business, providing consulting services to publishers, electronic media producers, photographers and design firms. She has photo-edited more than 50 books, publications and annual reports.

As Suder continued to work with highly accomplished photographers and writers, she came to realize the importance of nurturing all aspects of the creative spirit.

Monica has been helping image-makers, artists and other creative professionals achieve their goals since she launched her coaching business over 15 years ago. She soon established herself as the leading coach to the photographic community. She graduated from the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California as a Certified Co-active Coach (CPCC). She also studied creativity at the Creative Problem Solving Institute at the University of Buffalo (CPSI). Monica is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Suder has been reviewing portfolios for many years: At APA (American Photographic Artists), ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and PSPF (Palm Springs Photo Festival), as well as at the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles. (Europe's biggest photo festival in France).

Monica has given workshops and talks on creativity, taught graduate students in photography in San Francisco and has been a popular guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has also been a juror for Sony's World Photography Awards in London and others. She divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Berlin and works with her clients all over the world.

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