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Sometimes you hear about someone getting a new job, and all you can do is scratch your head in wonder. Not in the case of Charlotte Cotton, who has been named as head of the photography department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Cotton takes over the job from interim photography head Tim Wride, who will concentrate full time on his role as executive director of the No Strings Foundation, a non-profit organization that funnels money directly to photographic artists. Wride had filled in at LACMA following the death of the musuem’s longtime photography curator, Robert Sobieszeck, in 2004.

Cotton is a brilliant curator with a wide-ranging background in photography. Her appointment could well help LACMA boost its profile into the upper echelon of institutions featuring photography.