Ada Takahashi is a principal with the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco. She joined the gallery in 1986. Takahashi focuses on the gallery’s curatorial efforts, liaising with artists, and on the gallery’s presence at international art fairs. The Koch Gallery program emphasizes contemporary photography as well as experimental work from the 1920s and 1930s. In recent years, the gallery’s exhibitions have included work by Edward Burtynsky, Michael Wolf, Robert Heinecken, Kenneth Josephson, Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, Tamas Dezso, and Mimi Plumb. The contemporary program is shaped by a desire to expand the dialogue around significant aesthetic and social issues of our time, an aim that is shared by many of the gallery’s artists.
Muluneh began her career working as a photojournalist at the Washington Post; her work can be found in several international publications. As an exhibiting artist, her photos have been shown in over a dozen countries around the world and her work can be found in the permanent collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, the Hood Museum and the Museum of Biblical Art. As one of the leading experts on photography from Africa, she has been a jury member on several photography competitions, most notably the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 and the World Press Photo Contest 2017. Muluneh is the founder and director of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first international photography festival in East Africa, which has been hosted in the city of Addis Ababa since 2010. She continues to educate, curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) and For Africa Creative Consulting PLC (DFA).
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.
Dr. Alasdair Foster is a writer, researcher and award-winning curator initiating intercultural photography and visual art projects around the world, especially in Asia and the Pacific Rim. He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Art of RMIT University, Melbourne and a member of the university’s Centre for Art, Society and Transformation. Dr. Foster has 20 years of experience heading national arts institutions and over 35 years of working in the public cultural sector. He was the founding director of Fotofeis Festival, one of Europe’s largest photo events during the 90s (1991–1997) and director of the Australian Centre for Photography (1998–2011).
Alec Soth’s work is rooted in the distinctly American tradition of “on-the-road photography” developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Stephen Shore. From Huckleberry Finn to Easy Rider there seems to be a uniquely American desire to travel and chronicle the adventures that consequently ensue. Soth has received fellowships from the McKnight, Bush, and Jerome Foundations and was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His photographs are represented in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walker Art Center. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial and a career survey at the Jeu de Paume in 2008.
Alessia Glaviano is the senior photo editor for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. She curated a series of interviews with the masters of photography for the website version of Vogue Italia, which have acquired enormous popularity in the photography community and which are also broadcast on the Italian Sky Arte channel. Glaviano is also responsible for Photo Vogue, an innovative platform on which users can share their own photographs knowing they can rely on the curatorial supervision of professional photo editors.
Under Alessia Glaviano’s direction, Photo Vogue has reached over 120,000 users/photographers hailing from all over the world and launched a collaboration with the prestigious international agency Art & Commerce, which represents some of the most esteemed names in fashion photography, including Steven Meisel, Sølve Sundsbø, Paolo Roversi and Patrick Demarchelier. At Condé Nast, Alessia is responsible for the artistic direction of events and exhibitions for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. Besides her editorial activity, Alessia teaches the IED’s Master courses in Milan and holds lectures and conferences on a regular basis. Some of the institutes and universities she was invited as guest lecturer include: IED, Bocconi University and the Milan Polytechnic.
Alessia Glaviano was invited to participate as a jury member in numerous internationally acclaimed photography contests including the World Press Photo and has participated in several portfolio review sessions, including the New York Times Portfolio Reviews.
Alex Webb has published 16 photography books, including The Suffering of Light, a survey book of 30 years of his color photographs. He’s exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y., the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A Magnum Photos member since 1979, his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications. He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His most recent books are La Calle: Photographs from Mexico and the collaboration Slant Rhymes with Rebecca Norris Webb.
Alexa Becker is the Acquisitions Editor for photography and art books for Kehrer Verlag Book Publisher. Having obtained her Master's in Art History from the University of Heidelberg, she started her career at Kehrer in 2003, where she is responsible for selecting and acquiring new photography-related projects.
Founded in 1995, Kehrer Verlag in Heidelberg Germany specializes in books in the fields of photography, fine arts, and culture, working together closely with international artists, authors, museums and cultural institutions.
Alona Pardo is a Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. She is currently working on two solo retrospective—one on Dorothea Lange, the other on Vanessa Winship—that will open at Barbican Art Gallery in June 2018.
Alona has curated and edited a number of exhibitions and publications, including: Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (2018); Richard Mosse: Incoming, 2017; Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers (2016) with Martin Parr, and Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age (2014) with Elias Redstone. She has also widely contributed to art magazines and books, including Vitamin P3 (Phaidon, 2016) and Modern Forms: A Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture by the contemporary photographer Nicolas Grospierre (Prestel, 2016). Alona lectures regularly across Europe, and was a judge for the 2018 British Journal of Photography International Photography Award.
Amy Pereira is the Director of Photography at MSNBC, where in 2013 she launched the photography department and visual direction of the new MSNBC.com. Her primary focus is documentary photography and visual storytelling with an emphasis on issues surrounding social justice.
Prior to her current position, she was the senior photo editor at Newsweek International for 10 years and the editor of multiple books of photography. In the summer of 2015, she produced photographer Matt Black’s “Geography of Poverty,” a three-month, long-form feature on income inequality in America. She is currently producing, in partnership with Magnum Photos, an ambitious multi-part special feature on the global migrant and refugee crisis.
Amy Silverman is currently a Photo Editor and Producer on the Airbnb creative team. Previously she was a Senior Photo Editor at Wired and before that, Photo Editor at Outside Magazine. Amy has been commissioning photography and producing shoots for over 10 years and loves working directly with photographers to create stories. Before working in publishing, she was an Assistant Cameraperson in the world of film and television. These days she lives in Oakland and likes to ride bikes on the trails in the nearby hills.
Andreas Müller-Pohle is a Berlin-based media artist and the founder and publisher of European Photography, an independent art magazine for international contemporary photography that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. He has published the major works by media philosopher Vilém Flusser, available in the ten-volume Edition Flusser, including the seminal Philosophy of Photography, and has been a visiting professor and lecturer at institutions in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Andreas has worked with photography and media projects since the late 1970s, the most current being Hong Kong Waters and Studies on Traffic. His works have been widely published and exhibited and are included in numerous private and museum collections worldwide. In 2001, he was awarded the European Photography Prize from the Reind M. De Vries Foundation, a one-time distinction for his achievements in photography.
Andreas has a long history with photography. Starting his career as a photo trainee, he went on to work as a freelance photojournalist for German daily newspapers and magazines including Bunte and Bild am Sonntag. In 1996, Andreas started working at Stern Magazine. He was first assigned Deputy of the Picture Desk before becoming the Director of Photography for nine years. Since February 2019, he has been Senior Picture Editor for the magazine.
Andrew Wingert is an Associate Director of Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. Founded in 1995, the gallery specializes in contemporary photography and represents a number of influential and critically recognized photographers and artists. Andrew has participated in numerous domestic and international art fairs over the years including Paris Photo, The AIPAD Photography Show, Photo London, Art Brussels, UNTITLED Miami and The Armory Show.
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 FlakPhoto.com, a website that promotes the discovery of artists, bookmakers and photo organizations from around the world.
Ángel Luis is Founder and Director of PhotoIreland, a leading photography festival in Dublin and an organization that encourages critical conversation and engagement in photography. Luis won the David Manley Entrepreneur Award in 2011 for PhotoIreland, the same year he launched a publicly accessible collection of publications about photography called The Library Project, which travels to festivals and exhibitions around the world. Ángel has been a portfolio reviewer at such festivals as Les Rencontres d’Arles, FORMAT Derby, and Encontros Da Imagem. He published ‘Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade’ in 2011, ‘New Irish Works’ in 2013, and the latest series of ‘New Irish Works’ in 2016.
Anna Dannemann is Senior Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize (2016-19) and has organized several solo exhibitions, among them Simon Fujiwara’s Joanne (2016), Charlotte Dumas’ Anima & The Widest Prairies (2015), Viviane Sassen's Analemma (2014), and William Burroughs. Anna regularly contributes to catalogues and other publications, and received an MA in Art and Visual History from the Humboldt-University of Berlin.
Anna Dickson is the Director of Photography for the Huffington Post. Her career spans 10 years working in the industry for both print publications as well as online. Anna started her photo editing career at Netscape in 2004, moving a year later to New York City to pursue a career in print. She worked at publications such as Guitar World, Revolver, Future Music, Rolling Stone and Popular Photography prior to heading back to the digital world for iHeartRadio where she oversaw 850 websites and large scale events including the iHeartRadio Music festival. In 2012, Anna helped launch Huffington, the iPad Magazine before moving to Photography Director for the organization.
Anna Alexander is Director of Photography at WIRED in San Francisco. She’s been producing photo shoots and commissioning WIRED photographers for approximately twenty years. She took a hiatus from WIRED as the Photo Director at Dwell from 2011-2013. Anna has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Arizona. Anna resides in the Marin County city of Novato with her husband and two children.
Anna Walker Skillman has been a loyal and active participant in the arts community for the last 17 years. Graduated in Art History from the University of Georgia in 1991, she began her career working at the Haines Gallery, a leading contemporary art gallery in San Francisco. In 1993, Anna moved to Atlanta to manage the studio of famed Atlanta artist Todd Murphy. After working with Mr. Murphy to help establish his career, Anna turned to photography and joined Jackson Fine Art in 1998. In March of 2003, she purchased Jackson Fine Art from Jane Jackson who became curator of the prestigious and renowned collection of Sir Elton John. Ms. Walker Skillman is honored to have the opportunity to continue a reputation of excellence in exhibiting photography by both emerging and established artists. With a focus on a blend of 20th century and contemporary work, she promises to continue her commitment to Atlanta as an active and loyal participant of the arts community. Anna resides in Decatur with her husband, Ben, and two children.
Anne Bourgeois-Vignon’s interests lie at the intersection of visual culture, technology and journalism. She leads editorial and creative teams to conceive, commission, and produce award-winning content including magazines, digital platforms, curatorial projects, stills and films. Currently the Executive Creative Director of Culture Trip, Anne was previously Global Digital Director at Magnum Photos, Creative Content Director at Nowness and Photography Director at Forward Publishing. She writes and talks about photography and has participated in numerous juries and reviews.
Anne Farrar, Director of Photography for National Geographic Traveler, believes visual storytelling can be a powerful call to action and catalyst for change within the travel and tourism industry. Anne has held several senior photography positions at many of the best photojournalism newspapers in the US including The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and the Daily Southtown. As a photo editor at the The Dallas Morning News, Anne was part of a team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working as a photo editor, reviewer, curator and teacher. She is the Director of OjodePez, the documentary photography quarterly published by LaFabrica, Madrid. She is also the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, an annual international photo festival, taking place in the beautiful region of Tuscany, Italy. In 2014, she was the guest artistic director of DOCfield14, a city-wide celebration of documentary photography in Barcelona, involving more than 40 institutions and organized by Photographic Social Vision.
Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2007 and based in Lagos, Nigeria that is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists. Nwagbogu also founded the National Art Competition in 2008, an annual arts competition in Nigeria; the Lagos Photo Festival, an annual international photography festival; and Art Base Africa, a new virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art and diaspora. He owns a diverse collection of modern contemporary art and has curated private collections in Africa for the past 20 years.
He was a juror for the Dutch Doc and the POPCAP Photography Awards, World Press Photo, Prisma Photography Award (2015) and Greenpeace Photo Award (2016). He was nominated as curator for the Prix Découverte Rencontres d’Arles (2014) as well as Photoquai (2015) and Photolux Festival (2015). He curated “Dey Your Lane! Lagos Variations” for the Bozar Museum in Brussels and “Tear My Bra” for Les Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Azu Nwagbogu lives and works in Lagos.
Barbara Tannenbaum has organized more than 100 exhibitions during her three-decade career as a curator and academic. From 1985 through 2011, she was chief curator at the Akron Art Museum, where she grew the photography collection from 500 to 2,500 works. She has authored numerous publications including books on TR Ericsson, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and print-on-demand photobooks, and lectured throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Brazil, and China. As Curator of Photography at The Cleveland Museum of Art, Barbara’s shows in progress include Ilse Bing: Queen of the Leica; Signal Noise: Aaron Rothman; and Bruce Davidson.
Benoît Baume founded Fisheye Magazine in 2013, imposing a new style of photo printing. He was named by Le Journal des Arts as one of the 10 most influential people in photography as a result. Beyond the printed medium, Benoît is also actively working on new media, including virtual reality and immersive experiences. He created the VR Arles Festival within the Rencontres d’Arles and advises, with his teams from Fisheye, the biggest brands in matters of photography, images and immersive creations. Before Fisheye, Benoît was the editor of Images magazine for seven years.
As CNN Digital’s director of photography, Bernadette Tuazon oversees photo coverage of breaking news and features while managing a team of photo editors across Atlanta, New York and London. Spanning a career of several decades, Tuazon’s work as a photo editor has been recognized by major awards including the Edward R. Murrow Award for Video News Documentary and the Webby Awards. She has also served as a juror for Visa Pour L’Image, a reviewer for the New York Portfolio Review and is currently a mentor for Women Photograph.
Brent Lewis is a photo editor at The New York Times working on the Business Desk, where he assigns visual coverage of technology, the economy, and auto industry. He is also co-founder of Diversify Photo, a platform and resource for art buyers, creative directors and photo editors to discover photographers of color available for assignments and commissions.
He was previously a photo editor at The Washington Post and was the senior photo editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, where he drove the visual language of the website based around the intersection of sports, race, and culture. Before turning his life over to photo editing, he was a staff photojournalist with stints at The Denver Post, The Rockford Register Star and the Chillicothe Gazette. Through the years his photos have been used by the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Associated Press, Forbes, and Yahoo! News.
Bronwen Latimer is the deputy director of photography at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, she worked as a book editor at National Geographic and at US News & World Report. She also served as an associate photo editor at TIME magazine where she received the 1998 POY editing award for story about Steve Jobs. In 1994, she worked as an editor for the book, A Passage to Vietnam. From 1989-1992 she was an assistant photo editor at Sports Illustrated concentrating on the Olympics. Ms. Latimer earned an MS degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 1989.
Bruno Ceschel is a writer, curator and publisher whose works primarily explore contemporary photography. His research focuses on issues relating to identity, with an emphasis on gender, sexuality and racial formation. Ceschel is also the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, an organisation that collects and studies contemporary artists’ books and has an ever-travelling mobile library.
Ceschel regularly writes for various international publications, such as FOAM and Aperture, and has co-edited the journal Photography and Culture. Ceschel has also published and edited numerous photography books, and participated in events at many UK and international museums and galleries, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Whitechapel Gallery (both London), Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and PS1 (both New York).
Caroline Hunter is a picture editor for The Guardian Weekend magazine. Caroline has 20 years experience of commissioning photography (from concept to celebrity, portraiture, still-life, beauty, fashion and documentary photography) and reviewing photo-essays and proposals. Caroline is regularly invited to review portfolios at international photo festivals and has also acted as a judge for a number of photography competitions. In 2017, she was a nominator for the Deutsche Börse prize.
Caroline Wall is the Director of the Robert Mann Gallery. She graduated from McGill University with a degree in Art History and began her career in the art world at the O’Hara Gallery before joining the team at Robert Mann Gallery in 2006. Robert Mann Gallery features several emerging artists along with an impressive roster of international superstars.
With the gallery, Caroline has participated in many national and international art fairs and works with numerous contemporary photographers and estates organizing both solo and curated group exhibitions. Caroline is a member of the Board of Directors of AIPAD.
December 1, 2017 marked the 30-year anniversary of the Catherine Edelman Gallery, a venerated venue for contemporary fine art photography in Chicago. Since its founding in 1987, it has established itself as one of the leading galleries in the Midwest devoted to the exhibition of prominent living photographers, alongside new and young talent. Showcasing a broad range of subject matter, the gallery attracts both seasoned collectors and first-time buyers. Recently, the CEG expanded its program to include mixed-media photo-based art in an effort to expand the vocabulary of photography. The gallery hosts six exhibitions a year, and participates in art fairs throughout the country. Catherine is an active member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and is widely respected as a leader, educator, and specialist in the field of contemporary photography.
Catherine and André Hug founded their gallery in Paris in 2000. Located in the heart of the artistic and historic Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood, the Catherine and André Hug Gallery offers a photographic program that compares historical series to the most contemporary expressions. They have presented the work Susan Meiselas, Raymond Depardon, Philippe Chancel, Kourtney Roy, Joni Sternbach, Reine Paradis, Mona Kuhn, and many more. Catherine has a degree in communications and works as a sales director for 15 years prior to opening the gallery with her husband.
Celia devises the strategic and artistic direction of Photoworks and the Brighton Photo Biennial.
Recent projects have included the inaugural Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015, Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 & 2014. Forthcoming projects include a co-commission with Focus Festival Mumbai as part of Re:Imagine India funded by the Arts Council England and HOUSE 2016.
Celia was previously Head of Exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion, 2002-2009. Other projects include The British Library by Yinka Shonibare (2013) and Brighton Palermo Remix by David Batchelor for Brighton Festival (2012), This Storm is What We Call Progress by Ori Gersht (2012), Imperial War Museum, London and curated projects include Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographs of the American South including Walker Evans, William Eggleston, William Christenberry, Carrie Mae Weems, Susan Lipper and Alec Soth (2010), Beuys Is Here co-curated with Anthony d’ Offay (2009), Kenneth and Mary Martin, Constructed Works (2008) and Jeremy Deller (2006). Commissions include Mumuration Rinko Kawauchi and Brighton Picture Hunt Alec Soth (2010).
She is co-editor of Photoworks Annual, visual art advisor for HOUSE festival and Chair of Blast Theory.
Charlotte Cotton is an independent curator and writer. She is currently curator in residence at the International Center of Photography, NY and the Metabolic Studio, LA. She has held positions including: curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery, London, and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the author of “The Photograph as Contemporary Art.” Her most recent exhibition was “Public, Private, Secret,” which opened the ICP’s new 250 Bowery exhibition and event space in June 2016. Her most recent book, “Photography is Magic” (2015) surveys the practices of eighty-five contemporary artists that are reshaping the idea of photography.
Chiara Marinai is a Senior Visuals Editor at Vanity Fair where she produces photo and video content for print and online. She leads VF.com’s creative concepts for awards season portrait booths, including the annual Oscar party, and overall visuals for the site.
Chris Jordan’s work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives. Edge-walking the lines between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, his images depict viscerally the enormity and power of humanity’s collective will. Jordan’s works are exhibited and published worldwide.
Chris Littlewood is the Photography Director at Flowers Gallery in London. Most recognized for its engagement with socio-cultural, architectural, political and environmental themes, the photography program has been curated by Chris for ten years. Running parallel to the main gallery, Chris has also staged exhibitions by invited artists and curators across a range of experimental photographic practices. Under his curatorship, the gallery now regularly exhibits at international photo fairs including Paris Photo, Unseen Photo Fair and Photo London.
Essays by Chris have been published in magazines including Hotshoe, 1000 Words and Aesthetica. He has lectured and tutored at UK and international institutions including University of the Arts London, Architectural Association London, Magnum Photos London, National Museum Cardiff and Fotografiska Museum Stockholm.
Chris Pichler founded Nazraeli Press in Munich, Germany in 1989. In 1997, the press moved to the United States and in 2002 opened a subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Nazraeli Press has published over 500 books on the fine and applied arts with an emphasis on contemporary photography. The books are distributed throughout the world. Pichler edits and designs most of the books published by Nazraeli. He is known for his unorthodox use of common materials—such as papers, wood, plastic, metals—and for introducing elements of handiwork into otherwise mass-produced objects. The press’s award-winning books have themselves been the subject of exhibitions and books about books.
Christophe Laloi graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la photographie d’Arles, France, in 1996 with a master’s degree in the history of art. After graduation, he founded the Voies Off Festival at the Rencontres d’Arles. He continues to act as artistic director and director of programming at the festival, where he selects more than 60 artists each year from five continents. He organizes portfolio reviews, as well as a variety of exhibitions, and he has been a lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles for ten years. He has also been a reviewer for many festivals in France, Denmark, Turkey, Spain, and England. In 2007, Mr. Laloi opened the Galerie Voies Off, an exhibition space that presents emerging and established photographers throughout the year.
Christopher McCall is the director of Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, one of the largest exhibition spaces devoted to photography. In 2002, McCall received his MFA in Photography from California College of the Arts, studying under Jim Goldberg and Larry Sultan. After teaching for seven years, he joined Pier 24 Photography in 2009 as the inaugural director, assisting in the conceptualization of the organization’s mission and operating principles. Since opening the doors of Pier 24, McCall has overseen the presentation of five exhibitions and spearheaded the creation of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program, a program in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and California College of the Arts.
Christopher Rauschenberg is co-curator and board chairman of Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Blue Sky was established in 1975 by Mr. Rauschenberg and 4 other photographers. Since then, Mr. Rauschenberg has co-curated 799 solo exhibitions by 679 different artists. Mr. Rauschenberg has been a photographer since 1973 and has had 113 solo shows of his own work in eight countries.
Blue Sky Gallery is a non-profit artists' space which produces 25 solo exhibitions per year as well as an occasional group show every couple of years. It produces an annual yearbook that features 6 images from each show. The Gallery's focus and passion is on promoting emerging artists. Since 2004, the gallery has included solo shows by 98 photographers from FotoFest, plus 56 more from Photolucida, Arles, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Bratislava, Brasilia, Santa Fe, Mannheim, Montreal, Photo Alliance and Photo Nola. Blue Sky has done solo shows by artists from 42 countries.
Christy Havranek is the Photo Director at HuffPost, where she oversees a team of photo editors and photographers. She has 17 years of experience in the photo business, having worked at NBCUniversal, Frommer’s Travel, Polo Ralph Lauren and Bloomsbury Publishing, among others. Recently, Christy was the juror for “Photography as Response” at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, and in 2017 served as a juror for the prestigious Review Santa Fe Project Launch. During Review Santa Fe, she co-presented a two-day workshop for photographers who are looking to reach the next level in the editorial space.
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.
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, particularly focusing on 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 a 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.
Allen is a photo editor on the International Desk at The New York Times. He assigns and edits photography and video for the daily report and larger news and enterprise projects, both on the web and in print.
Cristina de Middel is a Spanish photographer whose work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction. De Middel achieved critical acclaim for her series The Afronauts (2012), which explored the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the 1960s through staged reenactments of obscure narratives. With more than 12 books published, she has exhibited extensively internationally and has received numerous awards and nominations, including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, the Deutsche Börse Prize, the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York. Cristina de Middel is a Magnum nominee since 2017 and lives and works between Mexico and Brazil.
Dagmar Seeland worked as an editor and photo editor for a variety of lifestyle magazines before joining German weekly magazine STERN as a photo editor in 1999. At STERN Dagmar worked with and commission some of the biggest names in photography, and was able to discover and nurture a host of new talent. As a writer herself she is particularly passionate about photography’s role in storytelling, and understands the process and collaboration that is required to make visual ideas work.
Daphné Anglès is a Franco-American picture editor for The New York Times in Paris. She was secretary to the World Press Photo’s annual contest jury from 2009 to 2013 and a master at the Joop SwartWPP Masterclass in 2000. She is a voting member of various photography juries (Prix Carmignac, PX3, Yves Rocher Foundation Photo Award, Belarus Press Photo Award, Canon Award for Female Photojournalists, Humanitarian Visa d’Or ICRC, AFD Photo Contest, International Sportsfolio Award.)
She is a portfolio reviewer (Les Rencontres d’Arles, Hamburg Triennale, Visa pour l’Image, LensCulture FotoFest, Braga). She has curated photography exhibitions at Central-Dupon (Paris) and taught an Editing and Visual Storytelling masterclass (PhotoLux Festival, Lucca). In 2015 she will be on the first jury of the Young Curators PhotoLux contest. She is a nominator for Prix Pictet.
Daphne Palmer is a Director at Fraenkel Gallery. Fraenkel Gallery is the primary representative for several key photographers from the medium’s history, including Diane Arbus, Robert Adams, Lee Friedlander, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Garry Winogrand. The gallery works closely with the Estates of Peter Hujar and Bernd & Hilla Becher, and represents a number of important contemporary artists including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nan Goldin, Richard Misrach, Christian Marclay, Sophie Calle, Katy Grannan and Adam Fuss.
Darius Himes is the first International Head of Photographs for Christie's, joining in November 2014. Prior to that, he was Director of Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco (2011-2014). In his curatorial career, he has collaborated with a wide range of photographers, from Lee Friedlander to Alec Soth and Katy Grannan. He has also worked with some of the top institutions across the United States: The Art Institute of Chicago, David Zwirner Gallery and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Himes has contributed writing to Aperture, American Photo, Blind Spot, Bookforum, BOMB, PDN, and Lay Flat. He also co-authored the title, "Publish Your Photography Book," a popular guide (now in its second edition) to the illustrated book publishing industry.
David Chickey is the publisher of Radius Books, where he serves as the acquisitions editor and designer of all projects. His work has received national recognition, including multiple awards from the AIGA (50 books/ 50 covers competition), the American Association of Museums Publishing competition, and the Publishers Association of the West. His books have also been selected by The New Yorker, TIME, and PDN Photo Annual as best of the year, for “Most Outstanding Design” and “Best Photobook” from Independent Publisher, and received an Infinity award for “Best Photographic Book of the Year.”
Chickey is also owner of Skolkin+Chickey, a graphic design firm that provides a full range of design services to artists, museums, and publishers. Clients have included Aperture, Abrams, Harvard University, Magnum Photography, The Lannan Foundation, The Peabody Museum, Steidl, David Zwirner, University of Texas Press and University of California Press, among others.
He is a graduate of Sussex University, England, and UNC, Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
David Kogan is the Executive Director of Magnum Photos with global responsibility for the 69 year old agency. A role he has held since 2014.
After graduating in 1979 he worked in newspapers and radio as a correspondent until he joined the BBC in 1982. There he held senior editorial positions in BBC radio on ‘Today’ and New York and in BBC Television on ‘Newsnight and ‘BBC Breakfast Time’.
In 1982 he co authored ‘The Battle for the Labour Party’.
From 1988 -1996 he was Managing Editor and then global Managing Director of Reuters Television responsible for both global news coverage and commercial management.
In 1998 he co-founded Reel Enterprises Ltd a company specialising in sports and broadcasting negotiations responsible for £21 billion of deal flow in the UK and international markets. In 2011 this was sold to Wasserman Media Group.
He has held a variety of Non Executive Directorships and Chairmanships and holds an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Television Society and Honorary Doctorate in the Arts from the University of Bedfordshire. In 2014 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire under the Diplomatic List.
Rolling Stone’s deputy photo editor Deborah Dragon has collaborated with a long list of award-winning photographers to conceptualize, supervise and execute hundreds of memorable photo shoots since she arrived at the prestigious publication in 2002. She has also worked as a photo editor and helped dictate the visual presentation of such top national publications as FHM, Entertainment Weekly and Details. Deborah continues her fine-art work taking photographs using handmade pinhole cameras, exhibiting her work in numerous shows.
She has a BFA in photography and lives in New York City.
Deborah Klochko has over twenty-five years experience in photography museums as an educator, director, and curator. She has curated over thirty exhibitions, was executive editor of an award-winning journal of visual culture called see, and is the founder of Speaking of Light: Oral Histories of American Photographers. Formerly the director of The Friends of Photography, located at the Ansel Adams Center, Deborah has also worked at the California Museum of Photography; the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York; and the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Debra Klomp Ching is the co-owner of the Klompching Gallery in New York. Since its founding in 2007, it has become well known for its dynamic roster of artists and exhibitions. Debra brings more than two decades of curatorial experience, and ten years as an art dealer and gallerist, to the jurying process.
Additionally, she is a freelance writer specializing in photography, and a photo editor for At Length magazine. As a freelance consultant, she works with emerging and mid-career fine art photographers, advising on creative and professional development. Since 2014, she has served as adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
Denise Wolff is a senior editor at Aperture, specializing in photography books. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press in London. Some recent books she has commissioned include, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip; The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas; the Photography Workshop Series books; and This Equals That, a children’s book by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin.
Dewi Lewis was the founding Director of Cornerhouse, Manchester, a major UK centre for contemporary visual arts and film, where he established Cornerhouse Publications, a winner of the Sunday Times Small Publisher Award. He founded his own publishing company in 1994 and has published many leading international photographers such as Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Paolo Pellegrin and Bruce Gilden as well as emerging photographers. Many of the imprint’s titles have won or been shortlisted for various international prizes. In 2014, Dewi Lewis Publishing received the PHotoEspana award for “Outstanding Publishing House of the Year.”
A regular lecturer and portfolio reviewer and an occasional curator, Dewi was also a founding member of The European Publishers’ Award for Photography, which ran for over twenty years. In 2004 he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and in 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Royal Photographic Society Award for “Outstanding Services to Photography.” In 2012, he was awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Publishing” at the World Photography Awards.
Dilys Ng is Senior Photo Editor at TIME. She commissions, produces and edits photography across platforms for high impact features and projects like TIME100, Person of the Year, Guns in America and Next Generation Leaders. She was previously at the Singapore International Photography Festival and has served as juror on multiple awards and reviews.
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.
Dina Mitrani opened her gallery in 2008, focusing exclusively on fine art photography and photo-based art. The gallery exhibits work by emerging and mid-career international artists with a mission to engage the community in artistic dialogues and cultural enrichment. Besides exhibitions and artist lectures, Dina organizes emerging-artist workshops, gives gallery talks to educational groups, and has collaborated with independent curators to produce important photography exhibitions in the Miami area. She is currently working towards opening a new Center for Photography, Film and Video in the Little River neighborhood of Miami, quickly becoming a new art area of the city.
Eder Chiodetto is a curator, writer, editor and teacher. He has been the curator of photography of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM-SP) since 2006. In his career as a curator he has held important exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, including major shows in Tokyo and Paris. Chiodetto is the author of the book The Writer's Place and has also worked as an editorial curator on many different photography-related volumes. As a teacher, he is currently guiding the work of over 60 contemporary photographers.
Elena Boille is deputy editor-in-chief and photo editor of the magazine Internazionale. Boille graduated with a degree in history of art and she co-founded, in 1993, the Italian news magazine Internazionale. She has judged many photo competitions and participated in portfolio reviews; Boille also teaches photo editing workshops and taught a photo editing class at Luiss Business School in Rome.
Internazionale is a weekly magazine that selects and translates the best journalistic stories from around the world and brings them to an Italian-speaking audience. Every issue features a photographic portfolio, which focuses mainly on long-term projects. Along with photojournalistic and documentary stories, it publishes personal works, conceptual series and more.
Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Israel, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. Her work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, London among others. Group shows include The Museum of Modern Art New York, MoCP Chicago and The Photographers' Gallery, London.
Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.
She was awarded the ICP Infinity Award in 2001, The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and NYFA in 2010. Carucci has published three monographs to date, Closer, Chronicle Books 2002 and Diary of a dancer, SteidlMack 2005 and MOTHER, Prestel 2013.
Carucci currently teaches at the graduate program of photography at School of Visual Arts and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery.
Her recent solo exhibition, The Effect of Motherhood, showing images from both personal work and editorial stories, was the launching show at the new Condé Nast gallery in New York.
Elisa Medde edits, curates and writes about photography. With a background in Art History, Iconology and Photographic Studies, her research reflects on the relationship between image, communication and power structures. She has been nominator for the Prix Elysée, The Leica Oskar Barnack Award and MAST Foundation for Photography Grant, amongst others. Elisa has chaired numerous juries and written for Foam Magazine, Something We Africans Got, Vogue Italia / L'Uomo Vogue, YET Magazine and other publications. Elisa is Editor-in-Chief of Foam Magazine, Amsterdam.
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.
Emilia van Lynden is Artistic Director of Unseen, the leading festival for contemporary photography. Exclusively focusing on what’s new in the photography world, Unseen provides a channel for up-and-coming talent to showcase their work; the festival also presents previously “unseen” work by established artists. Unseen is a year-round platform with physical events throughout the year alongside the main event, Unseen Amsterdam. Additionally, Emilia serves as Editor-in-Chief for the annual publication, Unseen Magazine, which was founded in 2014.
Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine. Joining in 2009, she was integral to the small creative team who reworked the visual language of the magazine ready for the 2010 re-launch.
Furthermore, she is a visiting university lecturer, and regularly participates at international portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards, including Unseen, Foam Paul Huf, and the Kraszner-Krausz Foundation Book Award. Emma has been a Master at both Foam and Fabrica Masterclasses and is part of Magnum Photos Professional Practice, which supports young and emerging photographers. In 2015, she co-curated a Financial Times special supplement and day of events as part of Photo London. She recently won the inaugural Firecracker Contributors Award, which recognises women who have had a substantial impact on the photography industry and is voted for by professional photographers.
The magazine won Supplement of the Year 2014 in the UK Press Awards.
Emma has a Masters degree in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths University in London.
Photographer Enrico Bossan has been leading editorial projects for years, discovering young talents, teaching and serving as a mentor. Since 2005, Bossan has been head of Photography at Fabrica Research Centre, and in 2006 was appointed Editorial Director of Colors Magazine. Since January 2014, he has been in charge of Editorial at Fabrica, as well. Bossan curates exhibitions, installations and performances, and oversees the FFF Award. As Editorial Director at Fabrica, he has also published a series of books and multimedia projects. Having started his career as a photojournalist 30 years ago, Bossan's works have been published in important international magazines, and he has published 10 photobooks of his own work. He also serves as curator for various festivals around the world.
Enrico Stefanelli is the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival, the biennial of photography in Lucca, Italy. He has curated several exhibitions including: Tim Hetherington, Jan Saudek, Horst P. Horst, VII Agency, Nobuyoshy Araki, Boris Mikhailov and David Douglas Duncan. From 2010 to 2017, he was the Italian curator of the European Photo Exhibition Award. Enrico is a photographer and journalist and teaches photography in workshops. He has written articles and contributions on photography for several catalogs, books and magazines. He participates in portfolio reviews around the world, serves on international photography juries, and is a member of the nominating committee for the Joop Swart Masterclass at World Press Photo. He is also the nominator for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Prix Pictet.
Evan Pricco is the current Editor-in-Chief of Juxtapoz Magazine, a leading international art and culture magazine founded in 1994. He has worked with the magazine for over 9 years, curating groundbreaking special issues and projects on public art, political art, contemporary African art, as well as Juxtapoz' book series. When he was younger, Evan wanted to be a baseball player. Then a writer. Then a therapist. Then a baseball player again. He has since settled on art editor and appreciator of Frank Stella, Takashi Murakami, and Steve Powers.
Eve Schillo curates exhibitions that span photographic history and appear in galleries dedicated to American, Latin American, Modern, Contemporary, and Japanese Art, as well as those devoted to photography. She has worked on a range of exhibitions during her tenure at LACMA, including Cuban photography after the revolution, an ongoing self-portraiture series, multi-media work by author/artist William S. Burroughs, Pictorialist displays, and the still and moving imagery of Katy Grannan and Charlie White. Recent projects include an exhibition celebrating Mexican photographer Mariana Yampolsky; This Is Not a Selfie; Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld; Larry Sultan: Here and Home; and Road Trip: Photography and the American West.
Fiona Rogers is the Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos International. Fiona is also the founder of Firecracker, a platform supporting female photographers. In 2012, Firecracker launched an annual grant, offered to photographers to complete a long-term documentary photography project. Fiona has a strong interest in emerging photographers and has participated in international platforms such as Recontres D’Arles, Format Festival and the Singapore International Photography Festival. She has participated as a judge for several notable competitions including the Mack First Book Award and the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography.
Shields has over twenty years’ picture-editing experience across a range of newspaper titles and has served as picture editor of The Guardian for the last nine. She recently took up the role of Head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time: 9/11, conflicts around the world, the Arab Spring and much more. Besides her work at the newspaper, she’s delivered talks at photo festivals and to students of photojournalism. She has judged the Sony World Photography Awards, the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards, and the Renaissance Photography Prize among others. Most recently she served as a nominator for the Prix Pictet and joined the jury of the highly regarded Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.
Francesca Morosini is a photo editor and a journalist born in Pesaro in 1969. She currently lives in Milan, Italy. In 1991, Morosini moved to NYC and studied at the International Center of Photography; she initially worked as a photographer before transitioning to photo editing upon her return to Italy.
Morosini worked for several print and digital publications before finally landing at the Italian edition of WIRED. As part of her work at WIRED, Morosini selects and works with some of the most prestigious contemporary photographers as well as new discoveries. In September 2015, Morosini also became the photo editor for GQ Italia.
Since 2015 Francesca Marani has been part of Vogue Italia’s photography department. She is a contributor to Vogue.it, photo editor for the PhotoVogue platform and co-curator of the Photo Vogue Festival. Francesca also manages the production of Vogue Italia’s photographic exhibitions and creates digital contents for Vogue Italia’s Instagram account. In 2018 she curated a talk series about contemporary photography at the Affordable Art Fair (Milan), she co-curated the exhibition “Italian Panorama” at the Armani/Silos and was a juror of the Ooshot Award (Paris). Over the past few years Francesca has been a portfolio lecturer for the Blink Portfolio Review (New York) and a juror of the Photolucida’s Critical Mass. In 2019 Francesca took part in “Scouting for India”(Mumbai), the Vogue Talents’ project in collaboration with FAD International Academy. In 2020 she was a member of the jury of Fresh Eyes (GUP magazine), PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant and Photoville FENCE. Francesca regularly collaborates with several photography festivals and schools as portfolio reviewer and lecturer.
Francis Hodgson is Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton, in the UK. Formerly photography critic for the Financial Times, and Head of Photographs at Sotheby’s, London. A specialist in photography of many years standing, Hodgson is unusual in having worked at a senior level both in the cultural and in the commercial aspects of photography.
Hodgson was for some years the manager of the print room at The Photographers Gallery in London. He later founded and directed Zwemmer Fine Photographs, a gallery specialising in photography, and has worked with several other galleries.
Hodgson was also director of photography at Photonica, a major stock image library, where he was responsible for opening up the stock photography market to more artistic photography than had been considered possible. He was also at one time director of content at Eyestorm, the online art dealership. He has acted as representative and agent to photographers, and has been a writer and broadcaster on photography for many years. He is co-founder of the Prix Pictet, the prize devoted to photography of the environment and of sustainable development and has served on many other prize juries as well as that one.
In another life, Hodgson authored Only the Goalkeeper to Beat (Macmillan, 1998) a highly praised study of the role of the goalkeeper in football.
Fred Ritchin is Dean of the School at ICP (the International Center of Photography), serving more than 5,000 students each year in graduate, one-year certificate, continuing education, and youth photography programs. Prior to joining ICP as Dean in 2014, Fred Ritchin was professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Director of the PixelPress, and co-director of the NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights educational program. Previously the picture editor of the New York Times Magazine (1978–82), executive editor of Camera Arts magazine (1982–83), and founding director of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography (1983–86), Ritchin has curated numerous exhibitions, and written and lectured internationally about the challenges and possibilities implicit in the digital revolution. His books include In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (Aperture, 1990), After Photography (W. W. Norton, 2008), and Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (Aperture, 2013).
Genevieve Fussell is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker where she commissions and produces a range of photography for the magazine as well as contributing weekly to Photo Booth, The New Yorker’s daily photography blog. Before joining The New Yorker, she worked as the archivist for VII Photo, the international collective of photojournalists based in New York and Paris. She holds a degree in journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as well as having studied photography at California College of the Arts.
Giulia Ticozzi is a photographer and a photo-editor living and working in Milan and Rome. She exhibited her photographic work in several locations including the MUFOCO, Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Cultural Heritage Institute of Emilia-Romagna, Careof and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin. She worked as assistant to Francesco Jodice and as editor for the newspaper Il Post and La Stampa. Currently she teaches history of photography at the CFP Bauer School, collaborates in the research projects Borderlands and The Third Island, and works as photo-editor at La Repubblica.
Born in Germany in 1967, Gunther Dietrich studied philosophy and comparative literature at the University of Stuttgart before turning to art with a focus on photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg (HfBK) and Berlin (HDK). He has many years of self-employment in the fields of film, content management, publication, media design, and all aspects of the art market, and has been Director of Photo Edition Gallery, an international art gallery for contemporary photography in Berlin, since 2008.
After 6 years of experience in the museum industry, Gwen Lee co-founded Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), a biennale international photography platform in 2008. Since then, she has curated & organised numerous photography exhibitions both in Singapore and overseas. In 2014, she curated Flux: Contemporary Photography from China at Art Science Museum. In 2016, she curated a special photobook exhibition with Steidl publishing at DECK, and a solo exhibition of Daido Moriyama at DECK. On regular basis, she gives talks on professional development for photographers, and participates as a juror and portfolio reviewer in Asia and Europe.
Hannah Watson is director of TJ Boulting Gallery and publishing house Trolley Books, and is also on the elite British Journal of Photography International Photography Award judging panel. She has worked with some of the best photographers in the world, including Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Alex Majoli and Philip Jones Griffiths, and has a reputation for publishing exceptional stories in photography, photojournalism and contemporary art.
At TJ Boulting, Watson represents emerging talent and artists who have not shown their work in London before, and also exhibits the work of more international and established artists. Additionally, Trolley Books is known for their predominantly reportage photography titles and unique stories in photojournalism, but also contemporary art and popular culture. Since 2001, Trolley has published numerous highly respected photographers and artists, and has received a special commendation from the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for its outstanding contribution to photography book publishing.
Ian Shive is CEO & founder of the Los Angeles-based Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc., one of the world’s leading collections of licensable photographs and motion clips of the outdoors; a noted photographer; recipient of the prestigious Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography; author of 5 books on photography and the environment; an instructor in the photojournalism program at the University of Southern California (UCLA); and Executive Producer of a program on sharks for the Discovery Channel, among other noted achievements.
Iatã Cannabrava was born in Brazil in 1962. He has worked as a photographer for decades, developing a series of social and documentary projects over his career. He worked at newspapers like Folha de São Paulo, Jornal da Tarde and magazines like Veja (among others). He also worked with numerous Brazilian publishers and was a photographer at the São Paulo Cultural Center. His work has been included in over 40 exhibitions and he was named the winner of the prestigious P/B photography award at the São Paulo photography quadrennial. He has published 10 books and his works are held in numerous galleries and private collections.
Besides his own work, Cannabrava has been active in the photographic community at large. He served as the President of São Paulo's photographer's union. He has organized over 30 exhibitions and personally overseen over 15 workshops. In addition, he created and directed the Photography Clinic, the site of over 80 workshops.
Ihiro Hayami (b. 1982, Osaka, Japan) is the founder / director of T3 PHOTO FESTIVAL (Tokyo International Photography Festival). He’s the former chief editor of the Japanese photography magazine PHaT PHOTO and was the gallery director of RINGCUBE (Ginza). His selected curatorial exhibitions include Alejandro Chaskielberg’s Otsuchi Future Memories (2016), Alex Prager’s WEEK-END (2010), and more. Over the past few years, he has served as juror, lecturer, and reviewer at various international photo festivals and photography universities.
Jacob Aue Sobol is a member of Magnum Photos. He was born in Denmark and studied at the European Film College and the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography.
He has completed several award-winning projects and authored critically acclaimed photobooks. His book Sabine, a personal perspective on life in Greenland, was published in 2004, and the work was nominated for the 2005 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. A project from Guatemala won First Prize Award, Daily Life Stories, World Press Photo 2006. His book I, Tokyo was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award in 2008 and was published in seven countries. A new book B (about Bangkok) was launched at Paris Photo in 2015. Jacob is currently working on the ongoing project “Arrivals and Departures”—a journey by land from his childhood home in Brøndby to the east coasts of Russia and China.
With more than 40 solo exhibitions over the past 10 years, Jacob’s work has been shown extensively around the world. Exhibitions include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai), Milwaukee Art Museum, Michigan Museum of Modern Art, Three Shadow Gallery (Beijing), Les Rencontres d’Arles, Polka Galerie (Paris), Yossi Milo Gallery (New York), and Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark.
Jacqueline Bates is Photography Director of Pop-Up Magazine and The California Sunday Magazine, winner of the National Magazine Award for excellence in photography in 2016 and 2017. Previously, she was senior photo editor of W Magazine and worked in the photo departments of ELLE, Interview, and Wired. Bates holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and her work has been exhibited internationally.
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 nytimes.com.
Jason Landry received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Landry is the owner and director of Panopticon Gallery, which represents established and emerging photographers from all over the world with a primary focus on developing and expanding their careers. He brings over 20 years of business management and fine art photography experience to the gallery. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Jean-Jacques Viau is manager of digital marketing for Leica Camera, the internationally famous maker of cameras and lenses. He has initiated and nurtured vibrant social media communities for Leica Camera, which now operate worldwide in many languages. Jean-Jacques has been curating the Leica blog since its launch. In an earlier position with Leica, among many other duties, he managed Leica’s relationships with photography students and younger professional photographers worldwide.
Jennifer Blessing joined the curatorial staff of the Guggenheim in 2002, after previously working at the museum from 1989–97. She recently co-organized "Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/ Performance," which opened in March 2010 before traveling to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In addition to organizing photo-based exhibitions, she is responsible for developing the museum's photography collection.
During her tenure with the museum she has curated numerous touring exhibitions as well as contributed to many other museum's exhibitions and catalogues. Her most recent exhibition, "Photo-Poetics: An Anthology," will open in New York this fall. It will be preceded by a presentation at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin this summer.
Jennifer Murray is an artist, educator, and curator based in Chicago. She is the Executive Director of Filter Photo, a nonprofit festival, exhibition, and educational space. Her visual work utilizes both original images and photographic archives as she examines the cultural relationships and histories of objects. Murray is a frequent curator, portfolio reviewer, and juror at photography events across the US including Aint-Bad Magazine, FotoFest, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, Society for Photographic Education, and Filter Photo.
Jennifer Pastore is the photography director of WSJ. The Wall Street Journal Magazine. Previously, she has worked as a photo editor for various magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and The New York Times Magazine. Jennifer teaches in the BFA photography program of The School of Visual Arts and her work has been recognized by American Photography, ASME, SPD, Graphis, PDN and the Society of Newspaper Design. Jennifer holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Florida.
Jerome Huffer (born 1981 in Paris) joined Paris Match as a trainee in 2001, while he was still in art school. He has remained at the magazine since then, and is now head of the picture desk. Across his time at Paris Match, Jerome has built strong visual narratives and produced tailored editorial content in a fast-paced challenging environment. Jerome has served on the several juries including World Press Photo, Visa d’or Awards, and the Bayeux Festival or Lagardere Foundation.
Jessica Dimson is the deputy director of photography at The New York Times Magazine where she assigns, produces, and edits photography for covers, special issues, photo essays and features. Prior to that, she worked as a photo editor on the national and metro desks at the New York Times and was the photo editor for the 2016 presidential campaign. Previously, Jessica was a photo editor at Vanity Fair and Departures magazine. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers, American Photography, The Art Directors Club, and Pictures of the Year International.
Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography events, travels around the world to meet with photographers and review their portfolios, curates art exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and nominator for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations.
Joanna Milter is the director of photography for The New Yorker, overseeing all photography for the print and digital versions of the magazine, in addition to Photo Booth, the magazine’s photo blog. Since she joined The New Yorker, in 2015, the magazine’s photography has been recognized by World Press Photo, the Society of Publication Designers, and American Photography, and has received a National Magazine Award for Feature Photography.
Previously, Joanna spent eleven years as a photo editor at The New York Times Magazine; for the last four of those years, she was the deputy photo editor.
Joel Meyerowitz (born in New York, 1938) is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. Celebrated as a pioneer of color photography, he is a two-time Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities awards, and a recipient of The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal. He has published 30 books.
As a photojournalist for the Sygma Photo Agency in Paris, Jones documented conflict all over the world, most notably in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, his work being widely published by Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, and Stern. He has collaborated on numerous books and media projects and his work has been widely exhibited. He has worked as a cameraman and editor, producing magazine features, documentaries and news programmes for the BBC. He was the curator of the Sunday Times 50th Anniversary exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, and is also the editor of a major retrospective book of the Bosnian War, which was published in 2013. He is a regular photographic judge and lecturer and has taught the Joop Swart Master-class for the World Press, and the Visa D’Or workshops. His numerous international photographic awards include two World Press Photo Awards.
Karen McQuaid is Senior Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She has curated exhibitions including Jim Goldberg, Open See (2009); Fiona Tan, Vox Populi, London (2012); Andy Warhol, Photographs: 1976 – 1987 (2014); Lorenzo Vitturi, Dalston Anatomy (2014) and Rosângela Rennó, Río-Montevideo (2016). She has co-curated Geraldo De Barros, What Remains (2013) with Isobel Whitelegg and Made You Look, Dandyism and Black Masculinity (2016) with Ekow Eshun. She has co-edited and produced The New Colonists (2018) by Monica Alcazar-Duarte, published with Bemojake. Karen has curated external exhibitions at The Moscow House of Photography and The National Gallery of Kosovo. She regularly edits artists books and guest lectures across the UK.
Karin Bareman (b. 1982, the Netherlands) studied Anthropology and Visual Anthropology in Amsterdam and Manchester, focusing on the relationship between audiovisual culture and memories especially in relation to the former USSR. She has worked as Assistant Curator at Foam since 2010, and she regularly writes about photography. Her articles have appeared amongst others in Foam Magazine, Unseen Magazine, Off the Afternoon, on American Suburb X and on her online platform karinbareman.blogspot.nl. She lives and works in Amsterdam.
Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects. A 33-year veteran of the Society, Moran has been producing projects about natural ecosystems for the magazine since 1990. Moran has edited several books for the Society, including “Women Photographers National Geographic.” She was named “Picture Editor of the Year” for her winning portfolio in the 2006 Pictures of the Year competition and the 2011 Best of Photo competition. She is a founding member of the International League of Conservation photographers and edited numerous books for ILCP photographers.
Kaycee Olsen is a gallery director and appraiser based in Los Angeles, California. Currently she is the director of Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles. Olsen has more than a decade of experience in the art business, having served as the owner of Kaycee Olsen Gallery, as well as working at Christie’s, and as a modern and contemporary art dealer. Olsen’s academic training includes a BA in Art History from the University of Southern California and a BA in Liberal Arts, Art History study abroad at the London Metropolitan University as well as MA studies in Art History. Her affiliations include Art Table, and the Photographic Arts Council, with past affiliations at LACMA, the Modern and Contemporary Art Council, and Words Without Pictures.
Kim Knoppers is art historian and curator at FOAM in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where she has worked on significant solo exhibitions and group shows. She initiated a series on photographic archives of historical photography studios from Turkey, Albania, United States and Iran, and is a lecturer at the MA Photography at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland where she initiated and developed the course Do Not Disturb – Curating in Progress. Kim is the founder of Artists’ Recipes, which explores the intersection of art and food, and contributes regularly to Foam Magazine.
Kristen Gresh is the Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). She is an experienced curator, researcher, and lecturer in the field of photography and digital media. Gresh is the author of the award-winning book She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World and Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico. Prior to working at the MFA, she was curator of 20th century photography collections in both Paris and Cairo, where she also taught history of photography. She has received multiple grants and awards for her research and publications including a Magnum Foundation Legacy Grant, Terra Foundation Grant, Rockefeller Grant, Fulbright Award and the IndieFab Foreword’s Book of the Year awards “Nonfiction Editor’s Choice Prize 2013.”
Lars Boering is the Managing Director of World Press Photo, the world's leading international contest in visual journalism. He has been actively involved with photography for many years. He has (co)produced exhibitions with photographers, Festivals, museums and art foundations.
In 2008, he founded Lux Photo gallery: showcasing photography that demonstrated creative integrity and intent, originality, narrative and aesthetic quality and a high level of craftsmanship. At the end of 2014, he stopped working for the gallery.
He also worked as the director of the Federation of Dutch Professional photographers, improving the working position of photographers helping them to safeguard their copyright. In 2014 he merged all member associations into one strong professional organization called Dutch Photographers (DuPho).
In 2010, he co-founded the successful master class 'Advanced Storytelling' at www.noorderlicht.com, where he still teaches.
Laura Moya is the Director of Photolucida, which is based in Portland, Oregon. She organizes the Photolucida’s biennial Portfolio Reviews event, Portland Photo Month, and project manages Photolucida’s Critical Mass book award publications. She has juried for Critical Mass, Blue Sky Gallery’s Northwest Drawers, Newspace Center for Photography, Photo District News, United Photo Industries, and PhotoPlace Gallery.
Laura has participated in events including PhotoAlliance, LensCulture and SPE, and she has participated in panels at international festivals such as Pinyao International Photo Festival and GuatePhoto Festival. Laura co-curated The Early Works Project, which was shown at Newspace Center for Photography, Rayko Photo Center, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Photographic Resource Center, as well as The Elevated Selfie: Beyond the Bathroom Mirror, which exhibited at LightBox Photographic Gallery and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Most recently, she curated photography + science for the Yixian International Photography Festival, and Hypermedia in Critical Mass for the Lishui International Photography Festival in China.
Laura Pressley has been at the helm of CENTER in Santa Fe for over 12 years, a non-profit organisation known for the long-standing programs, including the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, CENTER Project Grants, Santa Fe Prize and other offerings that have launched dozens of photographers' careers. In addition to CENTER, Pressley has co-curated and produced many photographic exhibitions and most recently was a selected co-curator for the 2019 Korea International Photo Festival in Seoul.
Lauren joined Dazed & Confused in 2011 as Photo Producer. In 2013 she was promoted to Photographic Editor, and 2015 to Photographic Director. She currently works with some of the world’s leading photographers, as well as new, emerging photographic talent from all over the world, commissioning and producing shoots for Dazed & Confused Magazine, Dazed Digital and Dazed Media Studio. Lauren has worked on judging panels for Stockholm Photography week and London Connections (Le Book).
Lekgetho Makola has been involved in the arts for more than 17 years, first as an artist and filmmaker and more recently in advisory and curatorial roles for organizations such as CatchLight and Bamako Encounters. Since becoming Director of Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa, Makola has been a jury member for leading photography awards including W. Eugene Smith International Photography Award, the Contemporary African Photography (CAP) Prize, World Press Photo Global Talent Programme and this year’s World Press Photo Awards Jury.
Lesley A. Martin is creative director at the Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review. She has edited numerous photobooks, including Takashi Homma’s Tokyo (2008), Rinko Kawauchi’s Illuminance (2011), LaToya Ruby Frazier’s The Notion of Family (2013), and recent books by Richard Misrach and Gregory Crewdson. In addition to her work on The Chinese Photobook, she was a contributing editor to Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ’70s and The Latin American Photobook; in 2012, she cofounded the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.
She has curated exhibitions that have traveled both nationally and internationally, including The Ubiquitous Image (2008); Aperture Remix (2012), a commission-based exhibition celebrating Aperture’s sixtieth anniversary; and Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs (2016). Her writing on photography has been published in Aperture, FOAM, Ojo de Pez, and Lay Flat among other publications. She currently teaches a graduate course on the photobook at the Yale University School of Art. Martin lives and works in New York City.
Louise Clements is Artistic Director of QUAD, a centre for contemporary art and film, and Co-Founder and Artistic Director/Curator of FORMAT International Photography Festival, one of the UK’s leading contemporary photography and media festivals. As a curator, she has initiated and curated many commissions, publications, mass participation art, film and photography programmes and exhibitions around the world. Louise regularly writes about photography for catalogues and magazines in both print and online media including:Next Level, South Korean Photography, co-editor of Hijacked III UK/AUS, PHOTOCINEMA, and she is Editor at Large for www.1000wordsmag.com. She is an international photography juror and nominator, and a regular portfolio reviewer at festivals and galleries throughout Europe, America and Asia.
A chance encounter brought Lucy to work as an assistant photo editor for a newly minted Italian newsweekly called Liberal. After two formative years as junior assistant photo editor, Lucy went to New York to pursue a career as photo editor, critic and lecturer. She has worked for Business Week, The New York Times, l’Espresso, The New York Times magazine, Courrier International, The International Herald Tribune as well as photography agencies such as Sipa Press, Magnum Photos and briefly, the AFP. In 2011 Lucy joined M, the weekend magazine of Le Monde, as the Director of Photography where she remains today.
Magdalena Herrera is a French citizen born in Havana, Cuba. She is presently Director of Photography at GEO magazine, France. Previous to GEO, Magdalena worked as Art Director and Head of Photography at National Geographic France, since the launch of the French edition in 1999. Based in Paris, Magdalena has an academic background in art history and aesthetics, earning an honors degree at the Sorbonne before starting her career as a photographer and graphic designer. Teacher in photojournalism at Sciences Po / École de journalisme, Paris. Tutor and supervisor, photographic seminars organized by World Press Photo Foundation worldwide. Tutor, photojournalism workshops at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India. Master at Northen Lights Masterclass in Groningen, The Netherlands.
Magdalene Keaney is Senior Curator, Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, where she is responsible for the care and development of one of the world’s largest and most significant collections. Her work encompasses acquisitions, commissions, displays and exhibition development. At the NPG Keaney has curated the 2019 and 2020 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibitions, Ethan James Green: Couples and Inspiring People: Collecting for the future. She has written widely for exhibition catalogues, books and magazines notably around fashion photography and contemporary practice. Recent publications include: 100 Fashion Icons (National Portrait Gallery, London, 2019) and contributions to publications including Cindy Sherman (National Portrait Gallery, London, 2019), Know my Name (National Gallery of Australia, 2020), and A World History of Women Photographers (Editions Textuel, 2020). She is currently working on a major representation of the NPG’s historic collection for the Inspiring People redevelopment project. Previously holding curatorial roles at the Australian National Portrait Gallery, London College of Fashion and the Australian War Memorial her expertise spans nineteenth century to contemporary and she is particularly interested in women’s practice.
Manila Camarini is the chief photo editor for D La Repubblica, a magazine attached to the newspaper la Repubblica. Born in Milan in 1973, Manila Camarini started her career as a photographic agent working for major Italian newspapers. She has held the role of photo editor for Panorama Travel Mondadori and Condè Nast Traveller. In 2003, she worked as a professional journalist and photo editor for D La Repubblica and in November 2014 she became chief photo editor for D Lui.
Since 2010, Manolis Moresopoulos has been the artistic director of the Athens Photo Festival, a leading international festival of photography and visual culture. In and beyond this role, Manolis has been responsible for numerous exhibitions and photography-related activities, including book projects, learning activities, artist exchange programs, and talent development initiatives. Over the past few years he has served as nominator, juror and reviewer for many international festivals and organisations, and regularly lectures on the theory and practice of photography. Manolis is always looking for new or emerging artists working with photography for possible future collaborations.
Marcel Feil (1968) is deputy director, artistic affairs at Foam in Amsterdam, and one of the editors of Foam Magazine, the international photography magazine published by Foam. Since 2002 he worked as curator at Foam and organized a wide range of historical and contemporary photography exhibitions, varying from solo exhibitions, group shows and theme exhibitions. Prior to his current position, Feil worked at the Dutch Foundation for Visual Arts, Design, and Architecture; and The Amsterdam Center for Photography, curating small exhibitions with work of young emerging photographers, organizing lectures and the educational program.
María García Yelo is the Director of PHotoEspaña, an international festival of photography and visual arts. With a degree in Art History from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, García Yelo was the Director of the Post-War and Contemporary Art department at the British auction house Christie’s, in Spain, from 2008 until 2013. She was previously the General Deputy Director of Conservation and Research at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (2005-2008) and Assistant Director of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia (2002-2004). She has also served as an independent curator and as an art critic for ABC Cultural. She is the author of various publications.
Marina Paulenka is the Artistic Director of Unseen Platform, one of the leading platforms for contemporary photography, and former Artistic Director of Organ Vida, an International Photography Festival based in Zagreb. She is an international juror and nominator, educator, and curator at many organisations, schools, festivals and museums, curates photography exhibitions, and takes part in many discourses on current trends in contemporary photography in numerous countries. Marina features as expert in numerous portfolio reviews all over Europe, and is an external associate lecturer at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb.
Marion Hislen is curator and director of the Circulation(s) Festival, the largest annual Parisian photography event for young photographers. Now in its 6th year, the festival takes place at the newly renovated CentQuatre (104) center for the arts in Paris.
Marion is also the founder and president of the non-profit organization Fetart. Fetart organizes the Circulation(s) Festival, which is dedicated to promotingemerging photographers by giving them early opportunities to exhibit their work to a large public audience.
Previously, Marion was Director of Photos and Books at the retail giant Fnac within the department of Cultural Action, where she managed Photo Galleries Fnac — 20 spaces of exhibition throughout France.
She has curated numerous other exhibitions, as well, such as “Paris-Beijing,”the first retrospective in France of Chinese contemporary art at the Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris.
Martin Parr is a British photojournalist, photobook collector, and documentary photographer. He is best known for his photographic projects which offer a critical examination of various elements of modern life, especially in suburban and provincial life in England.
In 1994, Parr became a full member of Magnum Photos. He has published nearly 50 books and has been featured in over 80 exhibitions around the world, including the Barbican Arts Center in London. Parr’s retrospective exhibit was chosen to be an important monthly display in 2007 for Photography Asia. He also received the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal in 2008 for his significant contributions to photography and an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society that same year. In 2008, Parr became Manchester Metropolitan University’s Honorary Doctor of Arts in acknowledgement of his contributions to the university’s school of art and also for his photography.
Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and advisor who helps photographers find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner. A trusted mentor and consultant, she presents seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities that have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. Swanson will be presenting lectures and serving as a Portfolio Reviewer at PHotoEspaña in June and PhotoNOLA in December 2015.
Mary Virginia co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed “Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated” (2014). Swanson is the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography and the 2014 Susan Carr Award for Education from the American Society for Media Photographers (ASMP). This year, The Society for Photographic Education has named her “Honored Educator.” Her latest publication, “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs” will be released this summer.
Established in 2004, The Magenta Foundation is Canada’s pioneering charitable arts-publishing house. Magenta was created to advocate for and showcase the work of artists in an international context, through circulated exhibitions and publications. Magenta has continued to evolve by finding new and innovative ways to connect artists to the global arts world and is always expanding its publishing departments, to bring the most notable artists forward.
MaryAnn Camielleri is the founder and co-producer of The Magenta Foundation and Flash Forward Festival. Known and respected for her commitment to providing a platform for emerging talent, and to increasing the profile of under- documented established artists, Camilleri is sought out to provide advice and guidance to individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations. She is always looking for engaging projects that can translate well into an exhibition or a publication.
MaryAnne Golon is director of photography at the Washington Post. As a member of the senior management team, she supervises all aspects of photography for the daily newspaper and its digital forms: on the web, mobile and tablet. Golon received an IFA Lucie award as Picture Editor of the Year in 2013. Golon was previously Time magazine’s director of photography and co-managed the international newsweekly’s photography department for more than 15 years. Golon led the photo team that produced the Hurricane Katrina and the September 11, 2001 special Time editions that each won coveted ASME National Magazine Awards. MaryAnne Golon received a B.S. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida and is a distinguished alumna. She completed a fellowship in Public Policy and Media Studies at Duke University.
In 2009, Matt Shonfeld and Frank Evers founded INSTITUTE, an artist management company serving media, editorial, advertising, entertainment, fine art, book publishing, online/mobile media and corporate clients.
Matt has been involved in photography for 15 years, initially as an agency photographer and latterly as an agent/artist manager.
He is an extremely keen cyclist and even holds a level 2 coaching award. He was awarded the Freedom Of The City of London in 1998 and lives in Bath with his wife and two children.
Matt Stuart is a British street photographer, a member of the In-Public street photography collective and one of the newest nominee members of Magnum Photos. As well as making his personal work, he works as an advertising photographer and leads street photography workshops.
Stuart's book of street photography, All That Life Can Afford (2016) includes photographs made in London from 2002 to 2015. He was also featured in the 2010 book and travelling show, Street Photography Now. His work has been published in a number of survey publications on street photography, and exhibited in solo exhibitions in Britain and the US; as well as included in group exhibitions in Britain (including at the Museum of London, which acquired his work for its permanent collection, and which travelled to the Museum of the City of New York), France, Bangkok and Stockholm.
Matthew Tucker is the picture editor at BuzzFeed UK. Working with the growing London-based team since 2013, Matthew covers news, entertainment, lifestyle and photo essays, along with original photography and commissions. Before BuzzFeed, Matthew trained as a journalist and worked on the Huffington Post UK picture desk and created online content for BSkyB entertainment shows.
Maya Robinson has been working for New York Magazine since 2011. As Senior Photo Editor she assigns and produces photography for the magazine’s features and culture section. Previously she was the Art Director of Photography and Visuals for Vulture.com, New York’s culture site, where she developed its visual identity and still leads photography for the site. Maya works with a range of photographers from photojournalists to portrait and fine-art photographers. Before joining New York Magazine, she worked at Harper’s Bazaar.
Mazie Harris, Ph.D., is an assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where she conducts research and manages the acquisition, loan, and display of photographs at the Museum from the past and present. Her scholarship has been supported by the Terra Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Art, and the Library of Congress. She has worked with photography collections at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Harvard Art Museums.
Mee-Lai Stone is a Picture Editor, Culture for The Guardian. She is part of the international team that selects and produces daily online photography galleries, essays, features and single images to be shared with The Guardian’s global audience of readers.
Melissa Ryan is Director of Photography for Nature Conservancy magazine, the award-winning magazine of The Nature Conservancy. Ryan oversees & implements the photographic vision for the print, online and mobile editions. She works in close partnership with freelance photographers to publish dynamic environmental conservation stories. Ryan has over 20 years of photo editing experience working on magazines, books, newspapers, and online projects.
Michael Famighetti is the Editor of Aperture magazine. In 2013, he organized a relaunch and reconceptualization of the publication, which won a 2018 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He is the recipient, with guest editor Sarah Lewis, of the ICP Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research for “Vision & Justice,” the summer 2016 issue of Aperture.
In addition to editing the magazine, Famighetti commissions and edits books for the Aperture Foundation, including volumes by William Christenberry, Robert Adams, John Divola, Jonas Bendiksen, Kwame Brathwaite and Joel Meyerowitz, among others. He is currently a visiting critic at the Yale University School of Art and a participant in SVA’s Mentors program.
His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bookforum and Aperture, among other publications. He is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and has been a guest reviewer and speaker at many international festivals and institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The New York Times; Vogue Italia; FOAM, Amsterdam; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Bamako Biennial, Mali; Kyotographie, Kyoto; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; and Fotografiska, Stockholm.
Michael Mack is a publisher of art, photography and critical text books. He has written, designed, edited and produced nearly 500 titles, including some of the defining art books of the past 20 years. As the former managing director of Steidl, he founded the SteidlMACK imprint before establishing his eponymous independent publishing house in 2010. Mack works closely with established and emerging artists, writers and curators, as well as world-leading cultural organizations, who are invested in the book as an art form.
In 2011, Mack was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Plymouth for his contribution to art publishing. In 2012, he co-founded the First Book Award with the Wilson Centre for Photography and Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, as a platform to support young and emerging photographers. In 2017 he was awarded the Photographic Publishing Award from the Royal Photographic Society.
Mirjam Cavegn is the founder of Bildhalle, one of the most respected galleries for photography in Switzerland. Interested in both established and emerging innovative contemporary photographers, Mirjam shapes an ambitious gallery program through solo and group exhibitions as well as participation in international art fairs. Previously, she developed photo books for international publishing houses and was photo editor for various media companies.
Molly Roberts is a photography editor, curator and photographer; she recently joined National Geographic Magazine as a Senior Photography Editor after 15 years as Chief Photography Editor at Smithsonian magazine. Previously she led the Washington Post Magazine and USA Weekend photography teams.
With 25 years of experience in the magazine publishing world, she is responsible for the content and appearance of magazines, books, websites and apps. Roberts is an advocate for powerful visual storytelling and human rights and recently created the non-profit HumanEyes USA to present documentary photography projects in public spaces and to use imagery to help illuminate complex issues facing America. She is also committed to developing diverse voices in the media: she is currently the acting director and board member of the DC-based organization Women Photojournalists of Washington.
Born in Jerusalem in 1981, Muheisen joined the Associated Press in 2001. As the former chief photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan, he covered major events across the region, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq and the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. He has also worked in China, Egypt, South Africa and across Europe. Most recently his work has focused on the refugee crisis and specifically the issue of stranded unaccompanied refugee minors for the National Geographic Magazine. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning phootjournalist and he’s the founder of the Everyday Refugees Foundation. He was also named TIME’s Wire Photographer of the Year in 2013.
Among other exhibitions, a collection from a decade of his work about life in war was shown at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France. His work about refugees was exhibited at Festival des Libertés in Brussels, Belgium, and work about the displaced people was shown at THE FENCE in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston and Houston in the USA. He has served as a jury member in the 2016 Picture of the Year International, the 2015 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and the 2013 Visa D’Or for Visa pour L’image.
Mutsuko Ota is Editorial Director of IMA magazine. Born in Tokyo, 1968, she started her career as an editor at Marie Claire and worked at several men’s magazines such as Esquire, GQ and others as a feature editor. Besides collaborating with several magazines as a freelance editor, she became involved in various fields including art projects, book and catalogue editing, and film promotion. She became the editorial director of IMA magazine in January 2012. In 2004, she helped produce a physical space called IMA CONCEPT STORE in Tokyo, with the goal of popularizing art photography in Japan.
Nadav Kander is a London-based photographer, artist and director, known for his portraiture and landscapes. His work is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and other galleries and museums. Kander’s work has been published on the cover of The New York Times Magazine, TIME and many other publications. In 2009, he was honored to publish the largest portfolio of work by the same photographer The New York Times Magazine has ever showcased in one single issue.
Kander published his first monograph, Beauty’s Nothing (Arena Editions) in 2001. He followed up the book with numerous catalogues of his work that accompanied exhibitions at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York; Shine Gallery, London; and Flowers Gallery, London. In October 2009 Kander was announced as the winner of the prestigious Prix Pictet Earth, 2009 for his “Yangtze—The Long River” series. He was chosen from a shortlist of 12 nominees that included Ed Kashi, Andreas Gursky and Naoya Hatakeyama. The award was presented by Kofi Annan, Honorary President of the Prix Pictet.
Natalie Matutschovsky joined TIME in 2010 as associate photo editor. In addition to contributing to weekly features and special packages like the TIME 100 and an annual roundup of great-performances portraits, she edits for the Culture section. Natalie was formerly at the New Yorker, where she curated images for the fiction section.
Natasha Egan is the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago where she has also organized numerous exhibitions such as Alienation and Assimilation: Contemporary Images and Installations from the Republic of Korea; Manufactured Selfabout how we identify ourselves through what we consume; Loaded Landscapes looking historical and contemporary sites of trauma and conflict; The Edge of Intent examining the utopian aspirations of urban planners and how their visions adapt to changing environments; Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture; and The Road to Nowhere? for the FotoFest 2010 Biennale. Egan has contributed essays to such publications as Shimon Attie: The History of Another; Photography Plugged and Unplugged in Contemporary Magazine; Brain Ulrich: Copia; Beate Gütschow LS / S; Michael Wolf: The Transparent City; Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment; and Black Maps: American Landscapes and the Apocalyptic Sublime Photographs by David Maisel. In addition, she has taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago and juries local and national exhibitions. She holds an MA in museum studies, an MFA in fine art photography, and a BA in Asian studies.
Newsha Tavakolian was born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran. A self-taught photographer, Newsha began working professionally in the Iranian press at the age of 16, at a women’s daily newspaper “Zan”. At the age of 18, she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising, which was a turning point for the country’s blossoming reformist movement and for Newsha personally as a photojournalist; a year later she joined the New York-based agency Polaris Images.
In 2002, she began working internationally, covering the war in Iraq. She has since covered regional conflicts, natural disasters and made social documentary stories. Her work has been published in international magazines and newspapers such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad, The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic.
In 2009, Newsha covered the Presidential elections in Iran, which ended up in chaos and forced her to temporarily halt her photojournalistic work. Instead, she started working on projects that experts describe as a mix of social documentary photography and art.
Her work has been displayed in dozens of international art exhibitions and has been on show in museums such as the Victoria & Albert, LACMA in and the British Museum, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. In 2014, Newsha was chosen as the fifth laureate of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. She published her first book, Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album in 2015, the same year she joined Magnum Photos, where she will be a nominee for two years. Recently, she was chosen as the principle laureate of the Prince Claus Award.
Nicolas Jimenez is chief editor, director of photography of the French daily newspaper Le Monde. He studied management in Sciences Po and European studies, in Sorbonne University. From 1999 to 2004 he worked, with Jean-Francois Leroy for the international festival of photojournalism Visa pour l’Image. In 2005, when Le Monde decided to become a major actor of the photojournalism industry, Jimenez became national photo editor. He went on to become the head of the photo department, then chief editor in 2018. Le Monde is now one of the three biggest photojournalism producer in French speaking press.
Before being named Artistic Director at La Fabrica in 2014, Oliva Maria Rubio was Director of Exhibitions and General Curator of PHotoEspaña (PHE), Madrid´s international photography and visual arts festival, where she programmed approximately 60 exhibitions. A thought-leader in the industry, Oliva has been a juror on several major international photography awards and her essays appear in catalogues, magazines and newspapers. She is the author of La mirada interior. El surrealismo y la pintura (Madrid, Tecnos, 1994) and holds a doctorate in History and Theory of Art from Madrid’s Autonomous University.
Olivier Laurent is a photo editor at The Washington Post. Previously, he was editor of TIME LightBox and before that, the associate editor for British Journal of Photography and the editor of FLTR, an independent weekly magazine about smartphone photography and its impact on today’s society.
Born in France in 1980, he graduated from the American University of Paris in 2005 and immediately moved to London to pursue a career in journalism, starting in the financial sector on publications such as Dealing With Technology and Post Magazine, before joining British Journal of Photography in 2008.
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, and LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards.
Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. The Griffin Museum of Photography located in Winchester outside Boston, Massachusetts, is a small nonprofit photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. The museum houses 3 galleries and maintains 4 satellite gallery spaces and several virtual on-line galleries as well. Ms. Tognarelli is responsible for producing over 60 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its surrounding satellite spaces.
She holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, BA from Regis College, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography and is a current candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University. She has juried and curated exhibitions internationally including American Photo's Image of the Year, Photoville's Fence, Flash Forward Festival, Deland Arts Festival, Center for Fine Art Photography, PDN's Photo Annual, PDN's Curator Awards, the Kontinent Awards, the Filter Festival in Chicago, San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, Your Daily Photograph for Duncan Miller Gallery, the Lishui International Photography Festival in Lishui, China. She is a regular participant in national and local portfolio reviews, has been a panelist and featured speaker at photography events and conferences including MacWorld. She has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Photography Fellowships and is a nominator for the Prix Pictet in Geneva, Switzerland, a nominator for the Heinz Prize in Pennsylvania, the Robert Gardner Fellowship at Harvard University, the St. Botolph Prize and the Rappaport Prize in Massachusetts. She is a past member of the Xerox Technical Advisory Board. She is on the advisory board of the New England School of Photography and the Flash Forward Festival Boston.
Paul Moakley is an Editor at Large for Special Projects at TIME. He served as Deputy Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise of TIME from 2010 to 2018. Paul Moakley produces special projects such as the recent "Opioid Diaries" and TIME's Person of the Year. He was part of the Emmy award winning team for TIME’s interactive documentary Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience. Previously he was senior photo editor at Newsweek and photo editor of PDN (Photo District News).
Paul Schiek’s work as an artist has been collected and shown throughout the United States and internationally and is included in many private and public collections. In 2012 his practice made a significant shift towards photo book publishing. After self-publishing his first book, he formally founded TBW Books and today the company has published books by some of the world’s leading photographers working in the field including Jim Goldberg, Gregory Halpern, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Richard Misrach, Wolfgang Tillmans, Susan Meiselas, Jim Goldberg, Katy Grannan, Curran Hatleberg, and Kristine Potter. Schiek is a regular contributor to Apartamento Magazine as well as a frequent lecturer on the topics of photography and bookmaking.
Phillip Prodger, Ph.D. (Cantab.) is Head of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, where he oversees acquisitions, research, loan and display of photographs from the 19th century to the present. Prodger has held several curatorial posts including at the Saint Louis Art Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Peabody Essex Museum, where he was founding Curator of Photography. The curator of numerous exhibitions worldwide and the author and editor of fourteen books and catalogues, his writings on art and photography have been translated into nine languages. He is the curator, most recently, of “William Eggleston Portraits”, which made numerous ‘best of’ lists.
Rebecca McClelland is Executive Producer & head of department for Art Production within Saatchi & Saatchi, managing a team of creative producers & image searchers. Rebecca is responsible for leading & crafting visual outputs of several of the world’s leading creative companies like Airbnb, Sunday Times magazine, BBH, Wallpaper*. As an award-winning visual story teller, with 17 years experience in advertising, luxury & long-form current affairs, Rebecca is renowned for helping clients develop a dynamic visual language.
Rebecca Morse is Curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she recently organized the exhibitions Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld and Larry Sultan: Here and Home. Previous exhibitions include Amanda Ross Ho: Teeny Tiny Woman, Cai Guo-Qiang: Ladder to the Sky, Rodarte: States of Matter, The Artist’s Museum, and Florian Maier-Aichen organized for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) where she was Associate Curator through 2013. She has written about the evolving relationship between photography and sculpture, contemporary photography in Los Angeles, and photography’s changing role in contemporary art beginning in the 1980s.
Originally a poet, Rebecca Norris Webb often interweaves her text and photographs in her six books, most notably with her monograph, My Dakota—an elegy for her brother who died unexpectedly—with a solo exhibition of the work at The Cleveland Museum of Art (2015), among other venues. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, N.Y. Rebecca is an NEA grant recipient, and her seventh book, Brooklyn: The City Within (with Alex Webb), will be published by Aperture in fall 2019.
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.
Richard Renaldi (b. 1968) is an renowned American portrait photographer. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, and he is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York and Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin. Five monographs of Richard’s work have been published and he was the recipient of a 2015 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Roger Tooth trained as a newspaper photographer on the Hackney Gazette in East London, worked as a staff photographer for IPC magazines, and freelanced for the Guardian newspaper, other papers and magazines in the 70s and 80s. In 1988, he joined the Guardian as Assistant Picture Editor, advanced to Deputy Picture Editor, and helped launch the Guardian Unlimited website. In early 2001, he became Head of Photography at the Guardian, the Observer and theguardian.com. In 2009 he was awarded the Fenton Medal by the Royal Photographic Society for his outstanding contribution to the field.
As Creative Director, Roman has established plainpicture as a very popular alternative source for photography. With a credible and unconventional portfolio, plainpicture steers away from the current photography mainstream and focuses on targeted editing to develop its ambitious and challenging collection. It is an inspirational source for all creatives from the advertising, design and publishing fields, including a special collection, «Rauschen», dedicated to book jacket designers. plainpicture has offices in Hamburg, Paris, London and New York. Topics of interest: «We look for photographers who want to provide us a part of their photographic work for exclusive and worldwide sale: both for commercial use and for editorial use, as well as for bookcovers.»
Ron Haviv is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII. He is dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. He has published three critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv's photographs are in the collections of The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the George Eastman Museum, among others, as well as numerous private collections.
In 1995, art collector Roy Kahmann founded Het Hoofbureau, a combination design studio and advertising consultancy agency. From this company emerged the very first online photography gallery in Europe: Vintagephoto.nl. Three years later, Kahmann opened an actual art gallery called HUP Gallery. In 2009 it would change its name to Kahmann Gallery, which now represents 35 vintage and contemporary photographers. Kahmann’s love for both design and photography also came together in GUP Magazine, the international photography magazine founded in 2005. It has been around for 13 years and is available in 30 countries.
Kahmann’s latest initiative is Haute Photographie, a new photography fair with a concept unlike any other. The fair is centered around a group exhibition and features works by the grand masters from the history of photography as well as the youngest and most exciting young talents working with the medium today. Haute Photographie is a boutique photography fair with the allure of a museum.
Russ O’Connell is the Picture Editor of the prestigious Sunday Times Magazine in London. He has worked for some of the biggest consumer publications in the UK market as a Photographic Editor and Director. Collaborating with the biggest photographers in the world, both in the UK and abroad, he regularly commissions assignments ranging from high-end celebrity portraiture, to in-depth reportage and long-form documentary photography. Russ has judged numerous high profile photographic competitions for the likes of: The Sony World Photography Awards, Royal Photographic Society awards, BJP, Amnesty International, and is on the judging panel of the Ian Parry Scholarship.
Sacha Lecca is a photographer and a Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone Magazine. He has had a 20-year-long career in print journalism with stints at Newsweek, CMP Media, and his current photo editing position at Rolling Stone.
Samantha Cooper is the senior photo editor at WIRED. Previously, she was a photo and video curator at Instagram and a creative producer and photo editor at Airbnb. Samantha has developed a Webby Award-winning film for Airbnb and produced photography that was selected as an American Photography 35 winner for WIRED. She has exhibited work and curated photography exhibitions throughout San Francisco, and she has taught photography at the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco, California. Samantha holds a BA in Film and Video from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She currently serves on the City College of San Francisco Industry Advisory Board for photography.
Currently serving as the Creative Director of United Photo Industries, Sam Barzilay is also the co-founder of Photoville, a photographic gathering that has rapidly become one of the largest and best-attended photography events in North America. Sam is also one of the founding producers of the T3 Photo Festival in Tokyo, Japan.
Sam holds a Master in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster (UK), where his studies focused on curatorial and photo-editing practices. Over the past decade, he has worked alongside some of the best and brightest minds in the global photographic community in pursuit of developing new audiences for photography. He is interested in devising methods of presentation that further amplify the power of photographic storytelling to help increase public awareness and bring about social change.
Sarah Leen is the Director of Photography for the National Geographic Magazine and Partners. For nearly 20 years she worked as a freelance photographer for National Geographic until she joined the staff as a senior photo editor in 2004. Leen supervises all visual content creation and photography staff for the magazine as well as NG Traveler, the natgeo.com website and the @natgeo photography social media sites.
Leen graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1974 from the University of Missouri, Columbia and continued with graduate studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. Leen was the College Photographer of the Year in 1979 and worked as a staff photographer for both the Topeka Capital Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1988. She published 16 stories and had five covers in National Geographic as a photographer. In 2010, Leen curated the National Geographic’s exhibit Water is Life at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles and in 2013 curated The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years at the Annenberg Space.
Leen has won numerous awards for her photography in both the Pictures of the Year (POYi) and the World Press Photo competitions. In 2007 and 2008 she won first place Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio from POYi and second place in 2011. Her team of photo editors has twice won the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award from POYi.
Sean O’Hagan writes about photography for The Guardian and The Observer and is also a general feature writer. He was named interviewer of the year in the Press Awards in 2003 for his profiles of footballer Roy Keane and musician Brian Wilson, among others. He is the winner of the 2011 J Dudley Johnston Medal from the Royal Photographic Society “for major achievement in the field of photographic criticism” for his writing.
Shahidul Alam (born 1955) is a Dhaka-based photographer and writer. He is the founder of the Drik Picture Library (1989), the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute (1998), and Chobi Mela International Photography Festival (2000). He has published Nature’s Fury(2007), Portraits of Commitment (2009), My Journey as Witness (2011), and Best Years of My Life (2016). He has received many awards, amongst them the Shilpakala Padak from the President of Bangladesh (2014), the Humanitarian Award from the Lucie Awards (2018), and the Infinity Award (2019). He was imprisoned by the government of Bangladesh for 107 days in 2018. He is one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year 2018. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a Visiting Professor of Sunderland University. His book “My journey as a witness” has been described by John Morris as “The most important book written by a photographer.”
Shoair Mavlian is the director of Photoworks and is responsible for curating the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial. From 2011-2018 she was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated several major exhibitions: ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018); 'The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection' (2016); 'Conflict, Time, Photography' (2014); 'Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions' (2014); and 'Harry Callahan' (2013). While at Tate Modern she also researched acquisitions and curated displays from the permanent collection including ‘Dayanita Singh’ (2017), 'Lynn Cohen and Taryn Simon' (2017), and many more. Some of Mavlian’s recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition 'Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge' (Les Rencontres d’Arles, 2016) and 'In flux' (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015 and Getxo Photo 2017).
Mavlian has a strong interest in photography relating to conflict and memory, Central and Latin American photography and emerging contemporary practice. Recent publications include ‘Ursula Schulz-Dornburg: The Land in Between’ (Mack 2018) and ‘Catherine Wagner: Place, History and the Archive’ (Damiani 2018).
Simon Bainbridge has spent much of his 25 years in arts journalism as editor of British Journal of Photography, taking over in 2003 and transforming the weekly trade journal into an award-winning monthly magazine. He has curated five exhibitions: Paper, Rock, Scissors: The Constructed Image in New British Photography at Flash Forward Festival 2010 in Boston (with colleague Diane Smyth); Time & Motion studies: New documentary photography beyond the decisive moment at Hereford Photography Festival 2011; Portrait of Britain (nationwide, 2016-18); and Ones To Watch at Peckham 24. He is working on two books; the first one based on the acclaimed public art project, Portrait of Britain, with Hoxton Mini Press, the other a book on portraits of artists. In additional, he has served as a judge or nominator on more than 100 photography contests, including the Deutsche Börse, Prix Pictet, Amnesty International Media Awards, ING Unseen Talent, CAP Prize and Organ Vida, and has been an expert at dozens of portfolio reviews across Europe.
Siobhán Bohnacker is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker, where she commissions original photography for the magazine, and curates on photography for newyorker.com. Prior to joining The New Yorker, she worked as a Photo Editor at The New York Times Magazine and from 2009-2012, worked with NGOs and non-profits, as well as advertising clients, on the production of high-profile portfolios and campaigns. She has served as on-set producer on over 200 photo shoots, most notably, at The White House, for “Going The Distance”, David Remnick’s profile of President Barack Obama (2014), and “Portraits Of Power”, an ASME-winning portfolio of 56 heads of state, photographed at the United Nations and published in The New Yorker in 2009. A Fellow of The Royal Society of The Arts, Siobhán has been a guest lecturer at such institutions as Yale, The Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, and has served on the jury for numerous international photo contests.
Stacey Baker is a photo editor at The New York Times Magazine. She assigns and produces photography for the weekly publication on topics as varied as sports, politics, religion and pop culture. She works with an array of photographers from all over the world, including photojournalists and portrait, fine-art and conceptual photographers. These include Alec Soth, Damon Winter, Ruddy Roye, Stephanie Sinclair, Nadav Kander and Katy Grannan. She is a former director of photography at More Magazine.
Stephen Mayes is Executive Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust and an active board member of Catchlight.io. Across twenty-five years, he has managed the work and careers of top-level photographers and artists in the diverse areas of art, fashion, photojournalism and commercial photography. As Creative Director and CEO, Mayes has written successful business plans and reshaped operations for American, Asian and European imaging companies. Positions have included an 8 year assignment as Secretary to the World Press Photo Competition, CEO of Network Photographers (London) and VII Photo Agency (New York), SVP Content for Getty Images, Director of the Image Archive at Art + Commerce and Global Creative Director for eyestorm, the innovative art retailer. Often described as a “futurist” Mayes has broadcast, taught and written extensively about the ethics and practice of photography.
Steven Evans is an artist, writer, curator and executive director of the award-winning arts organization FotoFest International, which created the first and longest running international Biennial of Photography and New Media Art in the U.S. Appointed in 2014, Evans is responsible for exhibitions, art programs, administration and FotoFest Biennial organization.
Evans co-curated the FotoFest 2018 Biennial central exhibition INDIA: Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art and the 2016 Biennial central exhibition Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet. He represents FotoFest at photography events around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain, India, Latvia, Mexico, and the Netherlands, and South Korea. Prior to FotoFest, Evans worked with a wide range of artists and collaborators as managing director of the Dia:Beacon Museum in New York State and as director of the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, Texas. His curatorial work incorporates a range of approaches with a focus on photography, moving image, and new media art.
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.
Susan Meiselas was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1948. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in visual education from Harvard University.
Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since. She is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Meiselas has had one-woman exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, and her work is included in collections around the world. She has received the Robert Capa Gold Medal for her work in Nicaragua (1979); the Leica Award for Excellence (1982); the Engelhard Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art (1985); the Hasselblad Foundation Photography prize (1994); the Cornell Capa Infinity Award (2005) and most recently was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal (2011). In 1992, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.
Susan White has been the photography director of Vanity Fair magazine for more than 20 years. Throughout her tenure, she has worked with many of the industry’s leading photographers, covering a wide array of subject matter. During this time, Vanity Fair received numerous nominations and awards in the photography category from the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Publication Designers. In 2005, Susan was named “Photo Editor of the Year” at the Lucie Awards.
Born in Osaka, 1968. After working at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tetsuro Ishida serves as the curator of Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, involved with art museum education and exhibition projects and organization. He has curated exhibitions of Nobuyoshi Araki in 1999, Rinko Kawauchi in 2012, Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 12 in 2013 and more.
Todd Hido (born in Kent, Ohio, 1968) wanders endlessly, taking lengthy road trips in search of imagery that connects with his own memories. Through his unique landscape process and signature color palette, Hido alludes to the quiet and mysterious side of suburban America—where uniform communities provide for a stable façade—implying the instability that often lies behind the walls. His photographs are in many private and public collections, including the Getty, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art; MoMA: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Notably, Pier 24 Photography holds the archive of all his published works. He has published more than a dozen books, including the award-winning monographs by Nazraeli Press, House Hunting (2001) and Excerpts from Silver Meadows (2013), as well as the innovative B-Sides Box Set that function as a companion piece. His Aperture titles include Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude (2014), part of The Photography Workshop series, and the mid-career survey Intimate Distance: Twenty-Five Years of Photographs, A Chronological Album (2016). His latest book, Bright Black World, was released by Nazraeli in the Fall of 2018. Hido is also a collector, and over the last twenty-five years has created one of the most notable photobook collections, which was featured in Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books (2019).
Virginia Heckert has been a curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum since 2005, where she also served as department head from 2014 to 2018. In addition to organizing monographic exhibitions on Sigmar Polke, August Sander, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Irving Penn, and Ed Ruscha from the permanent collection, she has collaborated on presentations of the photographs of Lyonel Feininger and the Bauhaus and Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design. The exhibitions Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography (2015) and Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography (2018) addressed the materiality of contemporary approaches to the medium of photography. She is currently working on the exhibitions Mario Giacomelli: Figure/Ground and The Expanded Landscape, both drawn from the Getty’s permanent collection. Prior to joining the Getty Museum, Virginia was the inaugural Curator of Photography at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL (2001-2005), and held fellowships at the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum, New York, and the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin. She received her PhD from Columbia University, New York, with a dissertation on the German modernist photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch.
Whitney Johnson is the Vice President of Visuals and Immersive Experiences at National Geographic. Prior to that she worked at the Open Society Foundations. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the International Center of Photography.
Since March 2000, Xavier Canonne has been the director of the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium. Before coming to the Musée, he was the director of the collection of the Province of the Hainaut (modern and contemporary art) from 1987 to 2000. He has curated many exhibitions and has edited and written various books and studies. He had curated several exhibitions, among them Intimate Man Ray (2003); Scenes of Atget (2004); Lee Miller a Life (2005); and Surrealism in Belgium in the Fine Arts Museum in Mons-BAM (March—April, 2007). Canonne is the publisher of the review "Marées de la Nuit". He is the author of the several books, including Looking at the U.S. – 1957—1986, published in 2009; Requiem pour un homme seul, Le Samouraï de Jean-Pierre Melville, 2010; and René Magritte, The revealing images, published in 2017. Xavier Canonne received his Doctorate in Art History and Archaeology from the Sorbonne University in Paris, with a doctoral thesis dedicated to Surrealism in Belgium.
Xavier Soule is the CEO of Abvent Group and president and director of Agence VU’, one of the most renowned agencies and galleries for photographers in France and Europe. The aim of Galerie VU’ is to affirm, on the walls, the diversity of contemporary stylistic photographic approaches, and to compare and contrast current viewpoints, so they can dialogue with their differences. Galerie VU’ works like any other commercial gallery: it is simultaneously a space for exhibiting and selling collectors’ editions, offering monograph approaches as well as hosting authors’ dialogues, group and thematic approaches. As a collector himself, Xavier is interested in a wide array of photography. From art pieces to documentary reports, he is particularly interested in cutting-edge photojournalism and contemporary photography that offer innovative approaches to expand our visual understanding of the world, people and light.
Dr Yasufumi Nakamori is the Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) where he leads the development of Tate’s collection of photography and the programme of photography exhibitions and displays. Prior to that, Nakamori headed the department of photography and new media at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, developing new displays of photography and time-based media within the context of a global encyclopaedic art museum. He was also responsible for numerous key acquisitions which transformed and diversified the museum’s photography collection. He previously served as curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2008 to 2016, creating ground-breaking exhibitions such as Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, and many others. He is a 2016 fellow of the Getty Leadership Institute, holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin, an MA in Contemporary Art from Hunter College, the City University of New York, and a PhD in the History of Art and Visual Studies from Cornell University.
Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.
She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, and humanitarian organizations as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for international photographic organizations, festivals and events.
She is now based in Tokyo and is also a co-founder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold, which is a curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities.
Yuting Duan has been dedicating herself to promoting Chinese contemporary photography for many years. In 2005, she co-founded the Lianzhou International Photo Festival, one of the biggest and most influential photo festivals in China, which she continues to direct today. Ms. Duan has also been involved with the following festivals around the world: FotoFest, FOTOBILD, Paris Photo Biennale, Rhubarb-Rhubarb festival, Thessaloniki Photo Biennale, Festival de la Luz and Moscow Photo Biennale. She has also been a nominator for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize and the Hasselblad Award. She is the author of Ten Years of Contemporary Photography in China 2005-2014. Most recently, she co-founded the Lianzhou Museum of Photography (LMP), the first public museum dedicated to contemporary photography in China, which opened in 2017. She is now the co-director of the museum.