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Announcing LensCulture's
Emerging Talents 2014!

You should know about these 50 photographers! We’ve discovered some great, new, emerging talents from around the world. Photographers from 94 countries submitted their best work for our review. An international jury of photography experts had to select 50 from the thousands of entries. Here they are, from age 18 to 69, amazing new artists, journalists and visual storytellers. Enjoy!


5 Grant Winners

Each of the five jury members selected one photographer from the Top 50 Emerging Talents to be awarded special distinction with a cash grant. Here are the jurors’ special selections, with a brief quote from each juror explaining what they especially appreciate about these photographers and their work.


The 50 photographers selected here represent 21 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa — covering a wonderful range of topics, and utilizing a variety of photographic techniques, from antiquated processes to smartphone cameras, from the creative re-use of anonymous found photos, to elaborately staged narrative fictions, from hard-hitting documentary to heart-lifting poetic reveries. Each has a wonderful story to tell. Congratulations to all who participated.


Emerging Talents 2014 International Jury

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Corey Keller
Curator of Photography
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA, USA
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Corey Keller is the curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). She joined the museum in 1999 and held a number of positions before she was promoted to her current role in 2012. At SFMOMA, Keller organized the critically acclaimed exhibition Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900 (2008), which explored the use of photography in 19th-century science, considering in particular the representation of phenomena invisible to the naked eye. Accompanied by an award-winning catalogue, the show traveled to the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria. With SFMOMA curators Janet Bishop and Sarah Roberts, Keller co-organized the large-scale exhibition celebrating the museum’s 75th anniversary in 2010 as well as its accompanying major catalogue. She was instrumental in organizing the much discussed symposium "Is Photography Over?" (2010) and also participated as a panelist. Other exhibitions that Keller has curated include Henry Wessel (2006) and 1906 Earthquake: A Disaster in Pictures (2006). She also coordinated the San Francisco presentations of William Eggleston: Los Alamos (2005); Looking In: Robert Frank and "The Americans" (2009); and Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century (2010), among others. She oversees Picturing Modernity, SFMOMA’s ongoing presentation of its world-class photography collection.
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Olivier Laurent
Editor
TIME LightBox
London / New York
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more about Olivier

Olivier Laurent is Editor of LightBox, TIME's photography website, which provides a window into the process of how great photographs are made, and draws attention to inspiring projects and groundbreaking work by established masters and new pioneers.

Previously, he was the Associate Editor for British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography magazine established in 1854, and the Editor of FLTR, the world’s first weekly magazine on smartphone photography.

He has sat on the juries of the Visa pour l'Image Web Documentary Award, the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Prize, the FotoEvidence First Photobook Award, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial, the Visa d’Or News and Features, Photoreporter Festival, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards and World Press Photo's Joop Swart Masterclass.

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Sujong Song
Curator and Committee Member,
Daegu Photo Biennale
Seoul, Korea
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more about Sujong
Sujong Song is active in a broad spectrum of photography-related projects: publishing, exhibition curating, criticism, and teaching. She is especially interested in expanding the contact points between photography and the public, using photography’s wide ranging forms. Song has participated in several photography festivals, including the Angkor Photography Festival where she was on the executive committee. She is currently a committee member of the Daegu Photo Biennale, in South Korea. She was honored to be a judge at World Press Photo, Photo Lucida, POYi and other photographic awards. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including “Memento Vita” at the Seoul Metropolitan Museum, “Paradise Lost” at the Goeun Photography Museum, and “Mario Giacomelli” at Seoul Photography Festival.
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Clare Grafik
Head of Exhibitions
The Photographers’ Gallery
London, UK
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Clare Grafik is Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She earned a BA Joint Honors in Philosophy/Art History at Leeds University, and MA in Image and Communications (Photography) at Goldsmiths College. She has worked in a number of public institutions in London including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Hayward Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. She has been at The Photographers’ Gallery since 2003 working in public programming and curating exhibitions. She has worked on exhibitions and projects with artists and photographers including Lise Sarfati, Isa Genzken, Larry Sultan, Mike Mandel, Taryn Simon, Katy Grannan, Antoine D’Agata, Cuny Janssen, Zineb Sedira and Keith Arnatt. Group exhibitions include The Photographic Object (2009) and Photography & Collage (2012). She has been a Sessional Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London, has lectured at institutions including University of the Arts, University of South Wales, Sothebys Institute of Art, and written for magazines including IANN and Art Monthly. Forthcoming projects include solo exhibitions with Viviane Sassen and Charlotte Dumas and a group exhibition ‘Double Take: Drawing & Photography’ with the Drawing Room, London.
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Jim Casper
Editor & Publisher
LensCulture
Paris, France
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Jim Casper is the founding editor and publisher of LensCulture, one of the leading destinations for contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography portfolio reviews in Paris, curates arts exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and portfolio reviewer, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations. He serves on the board of directors at SPE, the Society for Photographic Education, the world’s largest association of photography educators.

This is just the beginning of worldwide exposure!

Announcing these 50 Emerging Talents is just the beginning of worldwide exposure for these photographers. LensCulture will feature these winners on our web platform and social media networks — reaching an audience of over 600,000. Plus, we will exhibit all of the winners at a gala exhibition in Barcelona, and all will be printed in our museum-quality annual: LensCulture Emerging Talents 2014. The printed book will be distributed to each of our LensCulture Insiders — a global group of many of the most influential people in the world of contemporary photography.

All winners will be part of a traveling show that will be projected at festival screenings around the world — first stops: Buenos Aires and Tokyo!
Congratulations to EVERYONE who participated.