From 1985 through 1996 he was director of the Photography Dept. at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, where organized the photo-festival FOCO (1985 to 1989). He has been curator and co-founder of PHotoEspaña, Madrid (1998 to 2000). In 2003 he curated MAPAS ABIERTOS. Fotografía Latinoamericana 1991-2002. He has served as guest curator for the X Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2006; Getxophoto, Bilbao (2007 through 2009), the Latin American section of Biennale Photoquai (Museum Quai de
Branly) 2007-2009, Paris; Seoul Photo Fair 2010, Korea and the Singapore International Photography Festival 2012. He was director of the Daegu Photo Biennale 2014, Korea; guest curator of the ChangJiang International Photography & Video Biennale, Chongqing, and the Image Triennial of Guangzhou 2017, China. From 2014 through 2016 he has been director of the Latin American Master of Photography and Visual Arts at the Centro de la Imagen of Lima, Peru.
As a curator, Alessandra has developed exhibitions of photography and has participated to the creation of festivals of photography in Italy and abroad, such as the International Triennial Festival of Photography Backlight in Tampere and SI-Fest in Savignano sul Rubicone.
She is regularly invited for portfolio reviews, and acts as juror for International Photo Awards and Prizes. She is a regular contributor to the Lens Culture website.
Her photographs are shown nationally and internationally. Her works are in private and public collections, including the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the MUSINF in Senigallia, and the Museo di Montelupone.
Alexa Becker is the Acquisitions Editor for photography and art books for Kehrer Verlag, founded in 1995. 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.
Mrs. Becker provides artistic and marketing advice for photographers concerning the content and style of their work at several international portfolio reviews. She enjoys helping photographers and others appreciate the special qualities present in their work – in particular discovering novel, genuine visions of the world.
Graduated from the History Department of St. Petersburg State University with an MA Degree in History of Art, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
Her experience includes an internship at an auction house and at the Garage Centre of Contemporary Art in London.
She has organized and conducted a number of educational programs for children at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg and at the moment I work as a curator in the exhibition department of ROSPHOTO museum of photography in St. Petersburg.
Amelie López Aranguren
Since September 2016 she has been the artistic director of the Max Estrella Gallery. Before she was the Director of Activities at the Federico García Lorca Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the poet’s legacy and she promoted the start-up of the Federico García Lorca Centre in Granada.
She´s part of the Campo Adentro collective, whose aim is to bring contemporary art closer to the rural context, and the other way around. Aranguren would like to see projects that speak about the subject of territory, sustainability, new ecologies, agriculture, livestock and traditional crafts… everything connected with the countryside.
Amelie Schüle recently joined Unseen Amsterdam as their Exhibition Manager. She co-curates and realises the annual speakers programme, exhibitions and on-site projects, as well as events throughout the year. Unseen is the leading platform for contemporary photography.
Prior to her role at Unseen, Amelie was the associate director of Christophe Guye Galerie, where she worked with artists like Roger Ballen, Stephen Gill and Rinko Kawauchi, among others.
Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, PhD, works as a Professor in Exhibition Studies and Spatiality at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. Rastenberger is also an artistic co-director and co-founder of ‘The Festival of Political Photography’ (http://pvf.fi/en), which seeks to examine what the word ”political” means in contemporary extended photographic practices.
Rastenberger is art historian specialising in contemporary art and photographic art. She has extensive experience in exhibition projects, curating practices and the international exhibition scene of the contemporary arts. Her career among photography has included curating contemporary photo-based exhibitions (for example for the Hamburg Triennial of Photography and the Moscow Biennale) and writing for publications.
Anni Venäläinen (b. 1977, MA, Aalto University) is chief curator at the Pori Art Museum since 2015. She has worked as museum educator 2009-2013 and 2014-2015 at the Pori Art Museum and and at City of Tampere in 2013-2014. She also has worked as visiting lecturer in the Aalto University and Turku University. She also works as freelance curator.
Arnis Balcus is a photographer, teacher and the chief editor of FK Magazine (fkmagazine.lv) that covers Latvian and international photography. He is also the director of Riga Photomonth festival that runs annually since 2014. He has BA in Communication Studies from University of Latvia and MA in Photographic Studies from University of Westminster.
Born 1964 in Austria, photo-based artist, lives and works in Paris. Studied literature and contemporary history at the University of Innsbruck and photography at the École nationale supérieure de la photographie in Arles. Teaches practical and theoretical methodology at the Department of Photography at the University Paris 8 (UFR Arts, philosophie, esthétique). His work deals with history, memory, language in the field of visual arts. He published numerous catalogs and books.
Barbara Karpf is an editor and Head of Marketing & PR for Kehrer Verlag – a publisher of high profile mainly art photography books, though the list also contains some documentary and reportage photo books. Having obtained her MA in Art History from the University of Heidelberg, she has contributed articles and essays on art and photography to popular and academic venues before starting her career at Kehrer Verlag.
Belen Herrera Ottino
Graduate in Humanities from Carlos III University (Madrid) and with several postgraduate and specialization courses in Art at Oxford University. She has obtained the Leonardo da Vinci Scholarship that led her to work in the Sopritendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Piemonte and the Museum of Antichità – Department of Education and Communication (Turin, 2001).
After her work in the archive of El País (2002), she began her career in Marlborough Gallery in 2003, where she is currently co-director and is responsible for the exhibition´s management at Madrid and she´s advisor for large private and public collections. Her commitment to photography has let her to link the Gallery with the great names of photography exhibited at the place.
Currently working a Director at Fotografiska, The Swedish Museum of Photography, for Stockholm, London and New York and he is Former Chair of Finnish Fund for Art Exchange FRAME, Arts Council of Finland and Taidehalli Helsinki.
She is is an art historian and an expert in cultural strategy, communication and territorial policies. She conceived a large number of monographic and thematic exhibitions, both in the field of contemporary art and in the field of photography. After having cofounded and directed the gallery Les filles du calvaire, in Paris and Brussels from 1996 to 2016,
Clément’s expertise embraces all aspects of creative management, from seeking out business opportunities, to overseeing the communication and dissemination of creative projects. Since Sept 2015, Clement is NOOR Managing Director and is currently based in Amsterdam
Elina Heikka is Museum Director at The Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki since 2007. The Museum, founded in 1969, is the national special museum for photography and puts on exhibitions of Finnish and foreign contemporary photography, and presents the diverse history of photography (www.valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi)
Elina Heikka holds MA in art history. She was editor and editor-in-chief in Valokuva – Finnish Photography magazine from 1994 to1998. After that she worked as a researcher at the Finnish Museum of Photography and as a special researcher at the National Gallery / Central Art Archives from 2001 to 2007.
Fiona Shields has over twenty years’ picture editing experience across a range of newspaper titles and has been picture editor of the Guardian for the last nine, having recently taken up the role of Head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group.
In addition she had the wonderful opportunity of delivering talks at photo festivals and to students of photojournalism and have enjoyed judging the Sony World Photography Awards, the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards, the Renaissance Photography Prize to name a few. Last year she was a nominator for the Prix Pictet and joined the jury of The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and this year she has just completed the judging process for Lensculture’s Exposure Awards.
She is the Director of Zona, an association who develops projects to boost social awareness in collaboration with NGOs, international organizations, public and private institutions, universities, and foundations. It supports the creation, development and production of long-term projects dedicated to a deeper understanding of present-day issues. It helps and supports professionals who interpret the realities that surround us. It involves the general public in themes relating to current events through exhibitions, publications, conferences, Internet and new media.
At the core of Pälviranta’s artistic curiosity are issues relating to violence and masculinity, and often in his works he bridges these two themes. His artistic approach varies depending on the project: the final result can be post-photography or classical documentary, moving or still image. Theoretically much of his work falls into practice that can be categorized as documentary, yet his work aims at activating critical practices within documentary discourse. Along this line of thought, in Pälviranta’s use documentary relates to concepts such as constructed verisimilitude and dramatized, narrated real.
The author of a photo of books, including editions of a digital limited samizdat. Mukhin’s works are in the collections: State Tretyakov gallery, Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow), The Museum of Modern Art(New York), The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), Fonds National d’Art Contemporian (Paris, France), Wien Museum (Vienna), Biblioteca Panizzi di Reggio Emilia (Italia) and others.
The teacher at the Moscow school of the photo and multimedia of A. Rodchenko.
She was a trained photographer at Nordens fotoskola in Stockholm 1983-87, a school with a documentary approach. My interest in photography started with the narrative image, which has a strong tradition in Sweden with photographers as Sune Jonsson and Christer Strömholm. She has also an education in cultural studies from the University of Lund, and have been working both as a photographer and as head of collection department at Malmö Museum, Sweden.
Irene de Mendoza is artistic director of the Foto Colectania Foundation in Barcelona. Graduated in Humanities by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in 2006 she obtained the Diploma of Advanced Studies and the Research Sufficiency in Aesthetics and Art Theory by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
Born in 1964 in Marseille, Jean-Christophe Béchet lives and works in Paris since 1990. He studied economics (Aix-en-Provence, 1982-1985), and after that photography (Arles, 1985-1988) before travelling for two years in West Africa (1988-1990).
The individual’s place in the contemporary scenery, urban and natural, are at the center of his preoccupations. At the moment, he continues to work in the big cities of Europe, Asia and America and he also, develops a lot of series in the territories of the Haute Montagne. He has shown his work in many exhibitions and in more than twenty books. He is represented by Gallery « Les Douches la Galerie » (Paris, 10ème).
Co-founder of the underbau studio in 2008, he holds a degree in Advertising and PR from the Faculty of Information Sciences at the University of Seville and is the first graduate of the Master’s in Editorial Design from IED.
He has been art director at Limón Publicidad (Granada) from 2002 to 2005, Prasad (Barcelona) during 2006 and Keydea (Madrid) from 2006 to 2008.
Lewis Bush is a photographer, writer, curator and educator. After studying history and working in international development he began working with photography in 2012. His work explores the workings of contemporary power, from the aggressive redevelopment of London, to the systemic inequalities of the art world. He has recently completed Shadows of the State, which has maps the covert radio stations used by intelligence agencies. Bush has written extensively on photography, and between 2011 and 2016 he ran the Disphotic blog. He has curated numerous exhibitions and is lecturer in documentary photography at London College of Communication.
Malcolm Dickson is a curator, writer and organiser. He is the Director of Street Level Photoworks, a leading photography arts organisation in Scotland that provides artists and the public with a range of opportunities to make and engage with photography. He co-ordinates a programme which embraces different genres of photography and is extended through a network of local and community venues, regional art galleries, and through national and international partners. These include VU Photography Centre in Quebec City, Centre Photographique Marseille, Lithuanian Photographers Association, AFF Galerie Berlin and Ostkreuz Agency. Street Level is a lead partner in Scotland’s Season of Photography which links the diverse exhibitions and events around photography across the country which this year runs from September to November: http://photographyscotland.org/
Since 2011, he has been part of the Culture section, where, among other topics, he deals with photography information, through exhibitions, books, meetings, interviews and reports.
Marina Paulenka is a photographer, a founder and artistic director of the Croatian festival Organ Vida—International Photography Festival, Zagreb and the Organ Vida Photography Organisation, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia. Organ Vida Festival promotes the work of international contemporary artists, both emerging and well-known ones and reflects upon the medium of photography in a wider social context.
Throughout his career, he has received numerous international recognitions, including a World Press Photo on two occasions, the FotoPres Grant and the Descubrimientos PHE Award. Noteworthy exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Panamá.
His work as a documentary photographer shows an interest for issues concerning territory, identity, and memory. He relays stories of people and communities that are confronted with unexpected changes and what occurs in the face of new vital situations.
Born in Paris in 1972, Matthieu Charon began his career being Agnes B. Image Director for six years. After that he collaborated with the photographers of Metis Agency, then joined the company Janvier as development director. Meanwhile he created a collection of photographic books for the Publisher Léo Scheer, including Works of Denis Darzacq, Jean-Christian Bourcart, Edouard Levé or Claude Lévêque.
As part of the Month of Photography in Paris, he put on the exhibitions Traffic on the work of Jean-Christian Bourcart (2004), and Amérique on the work of Edouard Levé (2007).
He was also in charge of La FNAC photo galleries, and a member of the executive committee of the festival Photomed. In 2011 he created with Remi Faucheux RVB BOOKS an independant publishing house and graphic design studio specialized in the conception and edition of high end printed materials and special books. Together they have published more then 60 books and collaborated with many artists among with Ruth van Beek, Penelope Umbrico, Thomas Mailaender or Tiane Doan na Champassak.
Michael Sargeant is a curator and creative producer living and working in the UK. He currently holds the position of Online Education Manager at Magnum Photos, is an Associate Curator for FORMAT International Photography Festival, the UK’s leading biennale in contemporary photography and related media, and regularly curates and produces projects independently. He as previously the Assistant Curator at QUAD, Derby’s centre for contemporary visual art, digital practice and independent cinema.
Since 2010, he runs the The Curator Ship, an online resource for visual artists. Recent curatorial work includes projects for the Daegu Biennial (Korea), Photobook Week Aarhus (DK), and The Birmingham Library (UK). Most recently, others like the exhibition Photobook Phenomenon at CCCB Barcelona, and The Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture, to be published by Taylor & Francis New York in 2018.
Nadine Wietlisbach devises exhibitions, publications and other discursive formats in the fields of contemporary photography and art. She is Director of Fotomuseum Winterthur since January 2018. From 2015 till 2017 she was the Director of Photoforum Pasquart Biel/Bienne, following her post as a curator at the Nidwaldner Museum in Stans, where she was responsible for all contemporary art exhibitions and publications, as well as presentations of the museum’s collection from 2012 till 2015.
He is involved with the visual arts sector in diverse ways, as a visual artist, independent curator, instructor and cultural mediator. He collaborates with museums such as the Museu Coleção Berardo or Universidade Lusofona Humanidades Técnologias where he is an invited assistant professor to the photography programme. Through his work, he explores video, still and moving images, installation and drawing. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions since 1999
Pascal Hufschmid is Head of External Affairs at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. He believes a museum is a point of view that can be expressed far beyond its walls via a multiplicity of projects with wide-ranging public and private partners. He develops an outside-in strategy and raises his institution’s national and international profile through travelling exhibitions, institutional partnerships and fundraising. In 2014, he launched a photography prize, the Prix Elysée. Prior to his current position, he worked at Galerie Jan Krugier & Cie and the United Nations in Geneva. He holds an MA in art history and is a regular speaker on the subject of innovation in the museum field.
After several years making her work as a gallery owner compatible with teaching, after 1997 is dedicated exclusively to the arts. Her gallery Pilar Serra is one of the most prestigious galleries in Spain.
She attends fairs, such as ARCO, in which he has participated since the beginning, ParisPhoto, Photolondon, PhotoMiami, Art lisbon, Printing, ForoSur Cáceres, Arte Santander, Art Beijing, CIGE, DFoto, Clstambul, Art Lima, among others.
Rui Prata (Portugal, 1955) began his professional career as a history professor (1980-1998) and has been the director of Braga Image Museum (1998-2015). He was founder and director of Encontros da Imagem Photo Festival (Braga, Portugal).
Since 1990 he has lectured on contemporary photography throughout Europe and in Brazil, and acted as a curator for both national and international exhibitions. He is a portfolio reviewer for several international festivals.
Sade Kahra (1974, Stockholm) is an artist, photographer, teacher and arts manager. She graduated as Master of Arts from the Aalto University in 2000 and has since exhibited and published works, worked as a freelance photographer and lectured in media. She was the driving force of the Fiskars Village Artist in Residence 2006-2012 and she co-curated the Fiskars summer exhibitions in 2006-2008. She is currently the director of the Photographic Centre Peri in Turku. Peri’s white cube gallery focuses on contemporary lens based media, including multi-artistic, experimental and artistic approaches to photography.
Assistant Curator, Tate Modern, UK. Sarah Allen is a photography specialist. She is Assistant Curator at Tate Modern where she curates displays and exhibitions as well as researching acquisitions for the international collection. She has recently curated Martin Parr (2018), Mark Ruwedel (2018), Daido Moriyama (2017), Kaveh Golestan (2017) and Gyorgy Kepes (2017) as well as the thematic displays 1968 Protest and the Photobook (2018), Iranian photobooks (2017) and integrated displays featuring Stephen Shore (2017) and Shunk-Kender (2016). She has a specialist focus on photobooks and is curator of the Martin Parr photobook collection. She is currently working on the major exhibition Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art.
Before taking up her role at Tate she worked in several museums and galleries including The Photographers’ Gallery, London, The Hugh Lane, Dublin and The Solomon R.Guggenheim, New York.
In addition to galleries, she has worked with temporary site-specific public works in collaboration with artists like Annica Karlsson Rixon, Julia Peirone, Ulf Lundin and Björn Larsson. Susanne is Publisher at VERK tidskrift , and together with Linda Bergman, Editor in Chief, founder of Verk tidskrift. As a writer, she has published articles in, among other things, Bulletin, Fotografisk tidskrift, Cora and Verk tidskrift.
Sylvie Hugues is a photography consultant. In 2016, she was co-artistic director of the Festival du Regard in Saint-Germain en Laye (exhibiting Georges Rousse, Sarah Moon, Gilbert Garcin, Stéphane Couturier, etc.). She carries out portfolio reviews at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, workshops in Rencontres d’ Arles… , conferences in different projects such Salon de la Photo, Festival Circulations among others and she writes for magazines like Camera, De l’ Air, Le Monde de la Photo or Télérama hors série.
Born 1963 in Vienna (Austria). Working as an Art Manager since 1991, he is organizing the Month of Photography Vienna since its first edition in 2004. Since 2008 Managing Director of Eyes On – Month of Photography Vienna, he is currently also Secretary General of the European Month of Photography (EMOP), an international network including festivals in Athens, Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Paris, and Vienna.
Thomas Seelig (*1964 Cologne) studied Visual Communication at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld, followed by a curatorial study program at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht/NL. He joined the Fotomuseum Winterthur team in 2003 as curator/collection curator and was co-directing the Fotomuseum from 2013-17. He realized group- and thematic exhibitions like “The Ecstasy of Things” (2004), “Research and Invention” (2007), “Karaoke” (2009) ,”Concrete – Architecture and Photography” (2013) as well as “The Hobbyist (2017).
Verena Kaspar-Eisert, born 1981, studied art history in Vienna, Austria. Since 2014 curator at KUNST HAUS WIEN www.kunsthauswien.com
Between 2011 and 2014 she was the artistic and managing director of WestLicht and Schauplatz für Fotografie and for OstLicht. Galerie für Fotografie.
She curated various solo shows and group exhibitions like Elina Brotherus (2018), Visions of Nature (2017), Martin Parr (2016), Seen on Earth (2016), Anita Witek (2016), Peter Piller (2016), Joel Meyerowitz (2015), Rinko Kawauchi (2015)
Art historian at l’Université Libre of Brussels. Doctorate in Art History and Archaeology of the Sorbonne (Paris I) with a thesis on Surrealism in Belgium (1950-1993).
Since 2000 he is the director of Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi. He has curated numbers of exhibitions and since 1982 is lecturer in art history at the Ecole supérieure des Arts plastiques et visuels de Mons and in Communication at the University of Mons UCL.