DCP Speaker Series: Missy Finger and Jeanine Michna-Bales

Missy Finger, co-owner of PDNB Gallery, will join photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales for a conversation about seeking and maintaining gallery representation.

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Marketing Your Photographic Work to Galleries with Missy Finger and Jeanine Michna-Bales

Missy Finger, co-owner of Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (PDNB) in Dallas, Texas, will join Jeanine Michna-Bales, a Dallas based photographer represented by PDNB, for an exciting evening of conversation about seeking and maintaining gallery representation.  

Jeanine will speak about her latest photographic project, Through Darkness to Light, which was recently published as a monograph under the same title. She will discuss how she prepared this project for approaching venues and also share methods for successfully marketing one’s work today. 

Missy will identify what she finds most desirable in an artist and his/her work, address how she reviews prospective candidates for gallery representation and ultimately what it takes to ensure healthy artist-gallerist relationships. 

Look for the Gray Barn Out Back. Joshua Eliason Jr. barnyards and farmhouse, with a tunnel leading underneath the road to another station, Centerville, Indiana, 2013


Jeanine Michna-Bales is a visual activist working in the medium of photography. Her work explores the relationships between past and present within a social context. She meticulously researches each topic — considering different viewpoints, causes and effects, and political climates — and often incorporates found or archival text and audio into her projects.   

A comprehensive publication of the Underground Railroad series, Through Darkness to Light, was released in April 2017 by Princeton Architectural Press and includes a forward by Andrew Young. An accompanying traveling exhibition through ExhibitsUSA is currently touring the country through 2022. Images from this series have appeared in solo and group exhibitions around the United States, including Moving Walls 23: Journeys at Open Society Foundations in New York City and Washington DC, Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape at MOCA | Jacksonville, and upcoming Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South 

Her work has been featured in numerous publications and online blogs, including New York Times Lens Blog, UK Daily Mail,In Sight by The Washington PostSmithsonian.comVirginia Quarterly ReviewTransition from Harvard University, Geo Historie, Lenscratch, and Wired Raw File. Michna-Bales was named to the Critical Mass Top 50 in 2014 and most recently in 2017. 

Among other honors, her work was selected for the 2016 Documentarian of The American South Collection Award from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. She was awarded the top Portfolio Review Prize at PhotoNOLA 2015, resulting in a solo show at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2016.  

Cypress Swamp. Middle Mississippi, 2014 | Cover: Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, Princeton Architectural Press, 2017. | Bird’s Eye View. Erastus Farnham House, south of Fremont, Indiana, 2014

Whether exploring the darkened stations along the Underground Railroad, long-forgotten nuclear fallout shelters, or the invisible epicenters of environmental turmoil, her work seeks out places that are hidden in plain sight. She conceives and presents her projects in a way that spark curiosity about a given subject and encourage discourse among audiences of all backgrounds. 

Michna-Bales currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her family and a German Shepherd named Kandie-Sue who also serves as her photography assistant. 


PDNB Gallery (Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery) is an art gallery specializing in photography and photo-based works from the 20th Century to present. It opened in Dallas in 1995.

Before opening the gallery Missy and her husband, Burt Finger, were private dealers in antiques, including fine watches, collectibles, and fine art. Collecting photography became a passion of both Burt and Missy, which resulted in the opening of PDNB gallery.

Missy has organized many group and solo exhibitions as well as a traveling exhibition. She served as Programming Chair for the Dallas Museum of Art’s Friends of Photography in the mid-1990’s. The gallery has been a long-time member of AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) since 1997. Missy recently ended her tenure on the Board of AIPAD. She has also participated in the FotoFest Biennial’s Meeting Place since the early 1990’s as a reviewer.

Missy graduated 1982 from the University of Texas, Austin with a BBA in Marketing. She studied art history afterwards at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

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The Texas Photographic Society is a non-profit organization that celebrates the photographic arts, inspires the creative development of its members, and provides opportunities to engage with diverse audiences.

TPS is delighted to be celebrating over thirty years of providing programs and services for photographers and their audiences across the country. While “Texas” is in the name, TPS sustains an active international membership representing ten countries and forty four states.