Alise Tifentale is an art and photography historian based in New York City and Riga, Latvia. She holds a PhD in Art History from the City University of New York. Her fields of expertise include sociology of culture, cultural analytics, photography in social media, global history of photography, transnational history of cultural networks such as photo clubs, and the art and photography of Latvia. Tifentale is the author of The Photograph as Art in Latvia, 1960–1969 (Neputns, 2011) and the author or editor of several other books about photography. Her articles are published in journals such as ARTMargins, caa.reviews, Networking Knowledge, PhotoResearcher, Russian Art & Culture Journal, and Scriptus Manet, and she has contributed chapters to volumes including The Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture (2018), Exploring the Selfie: Historical, Theoretical, and Analytical Approaches to Digital Self-Photography (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), The History of European Photography, 1970–2000 (Bratislava Central European House of Photography, 2016), and Postdigital Aesthetics: Art, Computation, and Design (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She co-curated (together with Anne Barlow and Courtenay Finn) North by Northeast, the Pavilion of Latvia at the 55th International Art Exhibition—La Biennale di Venezia (2013).
In the 1960s, Zenta Dzividzinska was one of the few women photographers in Riga whose work was highly regarded in the local and international photo club culture. Her collection of images capturing the daily life of three generations of women living in a small house in the country, have remained largely unknown until recently.