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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.
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.
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.
Oliver has been working for the SPIEGEL ONLINE Picture Desk since 2004. He became a picture editor after finishing his studies of "Media and Information" in 2007 and was deputy head of the department between 2009 and 2016. During that period his main focus was on international and domestic news and politics. He is now responsible for sports photography and "Pictures of the Week" at spiegel.de.
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.
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.
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.»
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.
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- Aaron ElkaimCanada
- Alex VasylievRussian Federation
- Ana VallejoColombia
- Antonio PulgarinUnited States
- Diego MorenoMexico
- Heloisa LodderBrazil
- Juul KraijerNetherlands
- Marinka MasséusNetherlands
- Mathieu WillcocksUnited Kingdom
- Nadir BucanTurkey
- Rahima GamboNigeria
- Sheng Wen LoTaiwan
- Tadas KazakevičiusLithuania
- Vikesh KapoorUnited States
- Walter PlotnikUnited States