Paula Gillen has a background in fine art, photography and journalism. She worked for twenty years for top cultural publications in NYC before moving to Boulder in 2008. Since then she has worked as a photo editor/researcher for companies both local and national. Paula has worked with individual clients to edit and sequence bodies of work (photographs) for gallery exhibit, books, web, and portfolio presentation.  

Education & Training

M.F.A, Photography: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
B.F.A, Fine  

Art and Photography: Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD 


Professional Summary 

Digital photomontage artist with a background in art, photography, journalism and photo editing 

Conceptual, creative, and analytical thinker with strong communication and interpersonal skills 

Supervise and manage visual projects by working cooperatively with others to accomplish goals 

Keen understanding of editorial content and how visuals are used to describe this content 

Organize and present materials clearly; maintain accurate records of pictures 

Write captions and credit information; confirm and fact-check information 

Manage visuals with metadata, color correction, retouching, resizing 



Adobe Creative Suite - Photoshop: Lightroom, Bridge, Indesign, Dropbox, Wordpress, Google Docs


Photo Editing/Research/Permissions 

Locate and obtain copyright clearance for photos, illustrations, and paintings. 

Experienced working with stock agencies, photographers, PR/marketing departments, libraries, etc 

Hire photographers, arrange photo shoots, and edit and sequence bodies of work for publication 

Clear publishing permission for song, poems, and text 



Photographer both studio, portrait and documentary 

Experienced photo retoucher, photo composite, color and level correction for print and web content 



Editorial Consultant 2020 - Rupert Jenkins: History of Photography Colorado


Photographer 2008 - 2020 

Event photography for NoBo Art District, Open Studios, and Boulder Creative Collective 

Photographer of fine jewelry, original artwork including fabric, painting, and mosaics 


Photo Research 2008 - 2020 

Film: The Ballot or the Bomb: Hunter S. Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff. DJ Watkins Producer 

Interpretive exhibition designers: ECOS Communications, Studio Tectonic, Cortina Productions 

Magazine: Headwaters, ForbesLife Mountain Time  

Advertorial: Chico’ (in conjunction with Travel and Leisure magazine) 

Online education: Center for Civic Education 

Book publishers: Meat Possum Press, Penguin Random House, Oxmoor House/Time Inc. Books 

Custom publishing: Linkwell Health


Photo Research 1987 - 2007 

Magazines: The New Yorker, Businessweek,Time, People, Vanity Fair 

Books: Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School, Sterling Publishing, Reader’s Digest Books 

Custom Publishing: Time Inc. Custom Publishing, The Publishing Agency