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International Jury 2013

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Lens Blog Co-Editor
The New York Times
New York, New York, USA
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A founder of Lens, The New York Times’s photography blog, James Estrin has been its co-editor since it went online in May 2009. He writes several pieces a week for Lens. He is a Senior Staff Photographer for The New York Times, and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001. In addition to photographing, editing and blogging, he is a writer for the Times and produces audio and video for
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Regina Maria Anzenberger
Anzenberger Gallery & Anzenberger Agency
Vienna, Austria
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Regina Anzenberger is founder and director of Anzenberger Agency (representing photographers worldwide) and AnzenbergerGallery (in Vienna, Austria). Regina Anzenberger curates exhibitions, writes and publishes books, and is director of the Vienna PhotoBook Festival. She is a member of the Nominating Committee of the Joop Swart Masterclass and the Prix Pictet.
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Dimitri Beck
Editor-in Chief
Polka Magazine and Gallery
Paris, France
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Dimitri Beck is the editor-in-chief of the Paris based photography magazine, Polka. Dimitri has been part of the executive management of Polka since 2008, contributing to the development of the magazine, gallery and website, including the magazine’s new feature-rich iPad version. Dimitri lectures on photojournalism at conferences and educational institutes. Prior to working at Polka, he was the Director of the Aina Photo Agency based in the Afghan capital Kabul.
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Jim Casper
Founder and Editor, LensCulture
Co-Founder and Director, LensCulture FotoFest Paris
Paris, France
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Since 2004, Jim Casper has edited and published Lens Culture, the popular online platform for international contemporary photography, attracting daily visitors from 50+ countries worldwide. He is co-founder and director of the yearly international portfolio reviews, LensCulture FotoFest Paris. He is member of the nominating academy for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, serves on juries of international photo competitions, curates shows, conducts masterclass workshops, lectures, and writes about photography.
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Els Barents
Director of Huis Marseille Museum for Photography
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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Els Barents is a curator, writer and collector. She has worked as a curator of photography for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Deputy Head of exhibitions at Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst in Den Haag, and an advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is currently the Director of the Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam’s first photography museum, which offers a varied exhibition program in which photography’s rich history and diverse uses are given consideration. The museum also shows work from its own collection of contemporary photography. In September 2013, Huis Marseille doubled its exhibition size after purchasing and renovating the canal house next to the original museum — all dedicated to photography.
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Michael Famighetti
Editor, Aperture Magazine
New York, New York
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Michael Famighetti is editor of Aperture Magazine. He has edited numerous photography books, including volumes by William Christenberry, Robert Adams, John Divola, Jonas Bendiksen, and a series based on the website Tiny Vices. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bookforum, Aperture, andOjodePez, among other publications. Famighetti has degrees from Bard College and Columbia University, where he has also taught. He has served as a judge for the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Awards. He speaks and reviews portfolios at leading photography events around the world.
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Alan Taylor
Senior Editor
The Atlantic Magazine
“In Focus” photography blog
Natick, Massachusetts
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Alan Taylor is a senior editor with The Atlantic Magazine, producing and editing the large-sized news photo blog "In Focus". Formerly a web developer, Taylor combined his love of storytelling and photography with the web skills he'd developed for 14 years to create a new platform for visual storytelling online. In 2008, Taylor was working for the Boston Globe as a developer, when he proposed, then launched a news photo blog called "The Big Picture", which quickly became very popular. In his life before the Internet, he worked as a tour guide in Alaska after earning a BA in English Literature from Western Washington University. He now lives and works in Natick, Massachusetts.
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Christophe Laloi
Artistic Director and Director of Programming
Festival Voies Off
Arles, France
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Christophe Laloi graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de photographie d’Arles, France in 1996, with a masters in History of Art. He found his direction in the discovery of emerging photography and in the support of young artists. In 1996 he founded the Voies Off Festival at the Rencontres d’Arles, where he continues to act as artistic director and director of programming. In this role, he selects more than 60 artists each year from five continents. In 2007 he opened the Galerie Voies Off. This exhibition space presents emerging and established photographers throughout the year.
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Andy Adams
Founder and Editor
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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Andy Adams is an independent producer + editor whose projects explore contemporary ideas in photography. Recent works include The Future of Photobooks, 100 Portraits — 100 Photographers, Looking at the Land — 21st Century American Views, and Making Pictures of People: Recent Perspectives on Photographic Portraiture. In his spare time he publishes, a website that promotes the discovery of artists, bookmakers and photo organizations from around the world.

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