We are grateful for the time and dedication of each of the following international photography experts who served on the jury of the 2012 LensCulture Exposure Awards. You can view all of the 2012 winners on our dedicated webpage.
Senior Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House
New York, USA
Alison Nordström is the Senior Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House, in Rochester, New York, the oldest and largest museum of photography in the world. She has curated over 200 exhibitions and published numerous books, monographs, chapters and scholarly articles.
Most recently she published A Moving Eye, in Between Destinations: Photographs by Candace Plummer Gaudiani, Heidelberg, 2012; Lewis Hine, Madrid, 2011; “After New” in New Topographics, Gottingen, 2009; “Slippery Histories: Notions of the Land and its Photographs” in Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art, Amsterdam, 2008;TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art,1845-1945, Vancouver, 2008; and Paris Changing: Revisiting Eugene Atget’s Paris, New York, 2007.
She is the US Director of the MA program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, and holds the PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies.
Head Curator at C/O Berlin
Felix Hoffmann, art historian and cultural theorist, is head curator at C/O Berlin. He is the initiator of C/O Berlin’s Talents program for young photographers and art critics, and has curated numerous international exhibitions including Nan Goldin, Robert Frank, Gregory Crewdson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Lindbergh, and group shows like The Uncanny Familiar — Images of Terror. He is the author of numerous books and has written a number of essays on historic and contemporary photography.
C/O Berlin, established in 2000, is respected worldwide as a forum for international visual dialogues, with special emphasis on photography — international, diverse, contemporary.
Co-editor of the photography blog of the New York Times
New York, US
James Estrin is a Senior Staff Photographer for the New York Times and a co-editor of the Times' photography blog, Lens. He launched Lens in 2009 along with co-editors David Dunlap and Josh Haner.
Mr. Estrin started at the Times in 1987 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001. In addition to photographing, editing and blogging, he also writes for the Times and produces audio and video for nytimes.com.
Internationally, he has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict extensively, chronicled the journey of immigrants between Mexico and the United States and photographed in Haiti after the earthquake. In his career Mr. Estrin has often focused on religion and spiritual experience, as well as dying and assisted suicide.
Mr. Estrin is a founder of the Envision Foundation for Photography and Digital Media, an international non-profit organization that empowers young people to become involved in, and contribute to, their communities and the world through photography and digital media. Envision is currently working in the United States, China and Haiti.
He is also an adjunct professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.
Worldwide Internet Manager at Leica Camera AG
Jean-Jacques Viau is the internet manager for all official Leica Camera sites and social media since 2005. As such, he works with some of the most respected photographers in the world today, and is actively seeking to discover the newest talents in photography as well. He began at Leica in 2002 as marketing product manager for the Leica M and R ranges.
Starting in early 2004, Jim Casper has edited and published LensCulture, a popular online platform for international contemporary photography, attracting more than three million visitors per year from 50+ countries worldwide. Over the years, Lens Culture has expanded to become a prominent international organization dedicated to the promotion of contemporary photography, multimedia, and critical thinking about lens-based art and related cultural issues. Lens Culture aims to bring important photography and multimedia from around the world to broad distribution and global exposure — both online, and through international and local events, lectures, conferences, workshops and other programs.
In 2009, Casper launched the LensCulture Exposure Awards. In 2010, he co-founded the first large-scale international portfolio review sessions in Paris, France: LensCulture FotoFest Paris. Casper also produces a series of audio and video interviews, titled Lens Culture Conversations with Photographers. He serves on juries of several international photo competitions, curates shows, lectures, conducts workshops, and writes about photography.
Joanne Junga Yang
Curator at Seoul Photo Festival and Director at Y&G Art
Seoul, South Korea
Joanne Junga Yang is a director of Y&G Art Global contemporary project, an agency specializing in the exchange of fine art photography, as well as the finding and introducing of contemporary artists around the world to the Asian public. Y&G Art is an international project based on the concept of Korea’s first art photography agency collaborating with galleries, museums, festivals, and magazines.
Joanne is also the editor of ARTVAS/THE PHOTO art and photography magazine. She has also been guest editor and collaborator of many other magazines/newspapers includingPhotojournal (Korea) and Monthly Photography, the most authoritative and influential monthly photography magazine in Korea. She worked with POINT Asian contemporary art magazine as a chief editor in 2010 and 2011.
Joanne has contributed many articles to diverse magazines, interviewed international artists, and introduced their work to the Korean media. She was the curator of Seoul Photo Festival in 2011, which is Korea's leading annual international contemporary festival of photography in Seoul. In 2011, Joanne received The Art and Culture Award (Curating) of the Seoul Photo Festival from the Seoul Metropolitan City Government. She has organized and curated many exhibitions on contemporary art and photography.
Owner, Lux Photo Gallery
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lars Boering is an art dealer specializing in photography, and owner of Lux Photo Gallery in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He also works as the Managing Director of the Dutch Fotografen Federatie, safeguarding the copyright of photographers and helping them to improve their entrepreneurial skills. Boering is a curator, and serves as an advisor to several artists and photographers about acquiring appropriate funding for projects. He is co-founder and co-host of a live monthly talk show about photography called De Donkere Kamer (The Darkroom). Boering is also co-founder and a teacher at the Noorderlicht Master class for photography in The Netherlands.