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.
Alexandra Athanasiadou is a researcher in image theory and art professional with an interdisciplinary approach to photography. Her theoretical background includes communication and mass media, history of conceptual art, and philosophy.
She has currently founded a Philosophy Photography Lab, a platform which will bring together philosophers and photographers in order to explore the intertwining of philosophy of perception, aesthetics and photographic practice.
She has had more than ten years’ experience in the photography world by working at the Museum of Photography in Thessaloniki, Greece, in Candlestar, London, and most recently in Central Asia, by setting up and curating a photography award, upon commission from IOM CA. She has written articles and curatorial texts on photography, collaborated with galleries, institutions and festivals and has been a jury member in international awards.
She holds a Phd in Aesthetics, and is a graduate of Oxford University (St.Hilda’s College) and of Courtauld Art Institute, London.
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.
Ana Morales is the Director of Production and Programs of La Fábrica (www.lafabrica.com) and also is after seven years the Responsible of Professional Programs in PHotoEspaña, International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts. With a Degree in Media Studies and Master in Management and Production of Visual Projects, she is manager of cultural programs related to photography, visual arts and literature in Spain, Europe, Asia and mostly in South America as the Coordinator of Trasatlantica Project (www.phe.es).
She also collaborated as freelance with different independent initiatives and she has been participate as reviewer in Arles, Manila or Sâo Paulo. She´s constantly in touch with photographers and she does workshops focus in professional approaches. Previously she has been involved as coordinator in different cultural projects such Ingrafica ( graphic arts festival) or La Nuit Blanche, Madrid.
She can be helpful, for her experience and contact with photographers, in editing, finding a personal achieves and find professional possibilities.
Anna Fox is Professor of Photography at University for the Creative Arts where she currently holds a Leverhulme International Networks Grant. Fox’s solo shows have been seen at Photographer’s Gallery, London, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago amongst others and her work has been included in international group shows including Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant Garde at Tate Liverpool and How We Are: Photographing Britain at Tate Britain. She was shortlisted for the 2010 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize.
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.
Independent curator, Co-founder of the Red Eye platform.
She has been working independently since 2017, and centres her activity around setting up photographic projects, managing archives for photographers and collaborations with galleries and institutions. She founded and directs with François Cheval a a platform which supports international projects devoted to photography, The Red Eye.
She co-curated significant exhibition like “Dancing in the Street. Peter Knapp et la Mode. 1960-1970” in Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris or “La Antropología de los Sentimientos” in Tabacalera, Madrid.
Following her studies in communication and curatorial studies, Audrey Hoareau began her carrier working in the collection department of the musée Nicéphore Niépce at Chalon-sur-Saône from 2003 to 2016. She conducted several studies on the archive before focusing on exhibitions (André Steiner in 2011 and Henri Dauman in 2013). Since 2016, she has contributed to the launch of the Lianzhou Museum of Photography in China and has become Assistant Director.
Aura Seikkula is curator and researcher based in Helsinki. Seikkula is currently acting as a curator for the Espacio Continuo in Bogota as well as VR Sci Fest in Stockholm. Using epistemological analysis as her tool, Seikkula’s recent PhD research in philosophy discusses the potential of Intellectual Sustainability. Seikkula has worked in curatorial and advisory positions and curated exhibitions and events in 19 countries, and on six continents. Most recent positions include the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and Artipelag Konsthall, Stockholm as well as Künstlerhaus Bethaninen, Berlin and the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. Additionally, she has acted as guest curator and curatorial advisor in various organizations including UNTITLED. Miami Beach, Komplot Brussels, CCA Lagos, Santralistanbul, the European Economic and Social Committee and European Peace Museum. She is the co-founder of the Curatorial Program for Research and SKY Finnish Society for Curators and contributes to various international art publications.
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
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.
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).
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.
Charlotte Langhorst, PhD, is Assistant Director of the African Artists’ Foundation in Lagos/Nigeria, a non-profit organisation that promotes contemporary artists in Africa and also serves as an academic hub within the region. She is one of the curators at large of LagosPhoto Festival 2018. Whilst being based in West Africa for more than six years, she held the position of a research assistant at the University of Ghana, worked as a visiting lecturer at the Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development in Cairo, Egypt and as an affiliated researcher at the University of Lagos, Nigeria
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
Dimitris Tsoumplekas is a visual artist, since 1988 he is working as an editorial photographer. He’s teaching photography in Athens School of Fine Arts and is a member and co-curator of the collective Depression Era.
He is creative consultant for the travel and corporate publications of the newspaper Kathimerini.
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.
Elina Suoyrjö is an independent curator and a PhD candidate at Middlesex University, London. Her curatorial practice evolves around working collaboratively and site-specifically with artists. Her recent exhibition projects include _Only the Lonely_ (La Galerie, Paris) and _Good Vibrations_ (SIC, Helsinki). She holds an MA in curating from Stockholm University and MAs in both history of art and gender studies from the University of Helsinki. Her PhD research is on feminist strategies in curating contemporary art, with focus on working with affect, emotion and energies. At the moment she is working as the director of Titanik art space in Turku, Finland.
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.
“I am fascinated and intrigued by intimate and thoughtful long-term projects that reveal something universal about all of us. I believe that the most universal is the most personal. I am interested in seeing documentary photography with an artistic approach from both emerging and established photographers. I am a big believer in the nonexistent line between art and documentary. The most poignant works that I’ve seen, have met in the middle. I appreciate analogue photography and the combined use of different mediums to tell a story. I am not keen to see photojournalism.”
Hannamari Shakya is the founder and publisher of the award-winning photography magazine Raw View. Established in 2007(-2017) as Photo Raw, the international magazine focused on documentary photography with an artistic approach.
From 2017 to 2018, Hannamari started and worked on Raw View Editions that focuses on documentary photography books. She also teaches, conducts long-term photography workshops and does mentoring work. She draws on more than 20 years of hands-on experience in the field of documentary photography, filmmaking and books.
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.
Since 2009 I am the director of the National Museum of Photography in Norway, Preus Museum. For more than twenty years she has been involved in developing and strengthening the role of photography at the museum through the collection and exhibition projects. She has also been teaching photography, analogue photography and darkroom work, reportage, the history of photography, etc.
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.
Ioannis Karlopoulos designs mostly books, magazines, fonts, cultural events’ programs and websites. Contributing to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Department of Visual Identity. Design Director of Lambrakis Press (DOL) from 2005 to 2013 (publishers of one of the most prominent newspapers in Greece) and LiFO (Athens’ most popular free press magazine and website). Member of Greek Digital Type Library (fonts.gr) in which he participates since 1996, founder partner and creative director of the Greek photo agency FOS (fosphotos.com), member of the Board (2015–2017) of the Archaeological Receipts Fund (administrative for Monuments and Museums of Greece).
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.
Ivana Tomanovic is an associate professor at the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad and the Academy of Arts in Belgrade, where she teaches photography. Regularly lectures on the visual aesthetics of photography and participated in numerous panel discussions in festivals, workshops, and conferences dedicated to photography and the visual arts.
During the span of fourteen years, she was an editor of the magazine for the culture of photography – ReFoto (Belgrade) where she has published over three hundred articles and still regularly writes articles for exhibition catalogues, books, newspapers… Ivana Tomanovic was a selector and organizer of numerous photographic exhibitions, editor of the photo-monograph of a famous Serbian photographer and collaborator on several books on photography. She has judged numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, as well organized photographic workshops and lectures. She was the board member of the Photography Fair in Artget Gallery of Belgrade Cultural Centre, and member of the national committee of the festival Rovinj Photodays in Croatia.
During 2016, she has worked as Art director Artget Gallery of Culture Centre of Belgrade. In 2018, she collaborated with Donald Weber and Royal Academy of Hague (Netherlands) on their student Fieldtrip maintained at Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.
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).
Jelena Pašić is a curator, writer and cultural worker based in Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated with a degree in Art History and Cultural Anthropology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb and since has worked on a number of projects in the area of art and photography. She regularly publishes art and film reviews and essays on various topics in the field of contemporary art practices, as well as cinematic and photographic arts. She works at the Office for Photography, an organisation dedicated to research, critical reflection and promotion of contemporary photography.
Independent curator, photo historian and publisher/editor. Jens Friis has a MA in History of Art and specialized in photography. He has previously been an active member of Gallery Image in Aarhus, Denmark and for a number of years he worked in a commercial gallery, Hamiltons, in London selling photographic art. From 2003-2016, he was curator in charge of the photographic collection at Museet for Fotokunst in Odense, Denmark as well as the artistic co-director of the Danish photo festival FotoTriennale.dk initiated by same museum. In the same period he was also the editor-in-chief of the magazine KATALOG – Journal of Photography & Video supported and published by the museum. Now in its 28th successful year, KATALOG is published by Jens Friis independently since 2015. KATALOG is part of Nordic Photo Festival Network and the European collaboration Parallel.
As an author, he has written numerous articles for the magazine. He has also contributed to the book Dansk Fotografihistorie [Danish Photographic History] published in 2004 and the chapter on Danish photography in the third volume of The History of European Photography 1970-2000 published in 2016. He is serving on several international nominating committees for awards as well as the advisory committee of the Spanish magazine EXIT.
Jens Friis is interested in all shapes of photography and visual media arts – prints, books, videos, installations, etc. He will discuss your work and might give you advice on how to develop as an artist. He may also facilitate publication in the magazine KATALOG and participation in group-exhibitions and festivals.
Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of LensCulture (www.lensculture.com), one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the international photography community, Casper 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.
LensCulture is a global photography network and online magazine celebrating current trends of contemporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce and popular cultures worldwide. LensCulture sponsors 4-to-6 international photography awards per year, and currently reaches an audience of more than 3 million every month.
Jim is interested in reviewing all kinds of photography — except commercial, advertising and wedding photography.
Joy Mardini is an Art Advisor to a few private Lebanese and Swiss collections.
She was the founder of Art Factum Gallery a fresh space devoted to presenting all forms of contemporary art. Founded in 2011, it was located in the Quarantine District, an industrial sector in the outskirts of Beirut, and existed as the renovated product of an old steel factory.
As an establishment that focuses on bringing in international artists to the artistic/cultural scene of Beirut, As for its portfolio, Art Factum Gallery represented and supported Artists and hotographers in the Middle Eastern and North Africa Region (Leila Alaoui, Mustapha Azeroual, Caroline Tabet, Tanya Traboulsi…)
She is also the owner and director of Joy Mardini Design Gallery, one of the most important regional commercial platforms for Lebanese design.
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.
Loes van Harrevelt
Loes van Harrevelt (1970) works as a curator collections at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. After a study at Utrecht University in art history and the history of architecture she worked at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (Het Nieuwe Instituut) and since 1998 at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, first as a coordinator collections, later as curator and interim head collections. In the Nederlands Fotomuseum she is at this moment as a curator collections partly responsible for the conservation and digitisation of the 168 photo archives, besides managing projects as the restoration of the color slides of Ed van der Elsken and a crowd sourcing project with the archive of Cas Oorthuys. She was involved in collection presentations as The Dark Room about the history of Dutch photography from the collection (2011-2015) and curated the exhibition Hunt with the camera (2016) about nature photography in the Netherlands after half a year of research in de collection of the museum.
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 of El País, where, among other topics, he deals with photography information, through exhibitions, books, meetings, interviews and reports.
Born in Madrid in 1971, he holds a degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree from the School of Journalism in EL PAÍS. He has been working in this medium since 1998, where he has developed most of his career in digital publishing.
Active as photography consultant, curator, and teacher. In that capacity I edit books, create exhibitions, teach and organize workshops and masterclasses, lecture and write on photography, and – on an individual basis – advise photographers on how to develop their work and how to market it .I am currently curator at Noorderlicht Photography in Groningen, the Netherlands.
For Noorderlicht I develop a photographic documentation project on Northern Ghana. It includes a extensive education program, developed in cooperation with World Press Photo, and will lead to a publication and exhibition in 2018. I am the chiairman of the jury of the annual Canon Zilveren Camera competition.
Besides several smaller projects, I was the Artistic Director of the Photoreporter Festival in Saint Brieuc, France, from 2014 to 2016, one of three curators for the FotoGrafia festival in Rome for the period 2010 – 2012, and the creative director of the only photo festival in Nigeria, LagosPhoto in 2010 and 2011. Before I worked for the World Press Photo Foundation and Agence VU’
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.
Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Milan. Since 2004 he has been collaborating with the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Cinisello Balsamo, for which he has curated numerous projects, each of them characterized by an intense dialogue with the community and by the work of young artists and
He is the coordinator of the artistic program for 2018 in the Museum’s historic building in Cinisello Balsamo, which develops around the 3 keywords: Collections, Young Artists (and Curators), Community. He is currently taking care of the ABITARE project, a public commission promoted by Italian Ministry of Culture involving 7 young artists, which will be exhibited at Triennale di Milano in June 2018.
At FORMA MERAVIGLI he has curated between 2011 and 2016 photographic exhibitions and participated projects on the transformation of the city of Milan. Individually and together with Stefano Laffi he has created since 2008 several public art projects and community-shared narrations in different Italian and non-Italian locations. Since 2010 he has been teaching at the NABA Master in Photography and Visual Design in
He is a member of ARTINRETI, a working group about public-art, based at Cittadellarte in Biella and coordinated by Fondazione Pistoletto. He is a founding member of the non-profit organization for contemporary art CAREOF, in Milan.
Balduzzi (Milano, 1969) studied as an Architect and he is a curator in the field of public art and photography, intended mainly as a way of establishing relationships between people, landscape, collective memory.
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 was 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.
Nathalie Herschdorfer is a curator and art historian specializing in the history of photography. She is Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland. She has also been working as a curator with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP) for several years. In 2010 she was named director of the photography festival Alt. +1000 in Switzerland for which she curated two years of programming. Previously, she was a curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, where she worked for twelve years on major exhibitions, including Face: the Death of the Portrait, and retrospectives of Edward Steichen, Leonard Freed, Ray K. Metzker and Valérie Belin. She is the author of several books, among them The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography (2015), New Swiss Architecture (2015), Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast (2012), Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past (2011). She is currently working on a survey show dedicated to Alex Prager and a book on contemporary photography entitled The Body Now (2018).
Co-founder and artistic Director of the Tbilisi Photo Festival – first international annual photo festival in Georgia created in 2010. Nestan Nijaradze has curated numerous international exhibitions in Georgia and abroad promoting photographers from the Caucasus area. She has also co-founded the first Georgian institution entirely dedicated to the photography – The Museum of Photography and Multimedia that will be inaugurated in 2018 in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia.
Nissan N. Perez
Dr. Nissan N. Perez is currently an independent photography historian, consultant and curator Dr. Perez is the director of the Moi Ver archive and co-founder of the KIPA photography award. In his previous positions worked for over 37 years as Senior Curator of Photography at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, where he conceived and created the photography department and its extensive collection. After his retirement served as Vice-President of the Shpilman Institute for Photography in Tel Aviv.
During his curatorial career he conceived and curated over 190 exhibitions in Israel and Worldwide and published numerous books, catalogs and articles.
In addition, he taught graduate courses and seminars at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, The Hebrew University, The Ben Gourion University of the Negev, and currently teaches at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.
He studied psychology, philosophy and art history at the Hebrew University and obtained a PhD from the University of Brighton, UK. He was trained in curatorial studies in Paris and London followed by a one-year internship at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.
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.
Patricia Azevedo born in Recife, 1964, is graduated in Philosophy at Université Paris VIII, France (1997), has a Master’s degree in Philosophy (Art and Action in Leon Battista Alberti) and PhD in Visual Arts (Games of Distance and
Proximity with CAPES Award for research at The Warburg Institute Archive and LADA-Live Art Development Agency, London and Leeds Beckett University, UK) both at UFMG, where she is Professor in the Visual Arts Course. As an artist, she develops collaborative projects in different media, investigating language, territory and power, and working in the public space through relationships established between people and the communicative act. She is included in several collective exhibitions and residences in Brazil and abroad.
She composes the curatorship team of FIF BH – International Photography Festival of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Paul di Felice
Paul di Felice (1953-) He lives and works in Luxembourg.
Doctor of Visual Arts, Paul di Felice is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Art Pedagogy and Deputy Head of the Institute of Romance Studies, Media and Arts at the University of Luxembourg. His field of research is representation and deconstruction in contemporaryphotography.
He also works as an art critic and as an independent curator of international contemporary photography exhibitions. He is an active member of AICA andc o-organizes the European Month of Photography in Luxembourg. Since 1984 he is coeditor
and co-publisher of Café-Crème edition, an international art and photographymagazi ne and edition.
He has been frequently invited as a curator to international photography meetings and as a jury member for exhibitions and contemporary artbiennials.
Since 2016 he is Vice-President of the Administration Board of Mudam (Musée d’art moderne Grand Duc Jean, Luxembourg).
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.
Sandra Vitaljić is an artist, educator and artistic advisor. She is employed as professor at the Cinematography Department of the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and she is also, artistic advisor at the Organ Vida Photography Association and Festival.
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.
Art Director of Photoworks and responsible for curating the Brighton Photo Biennial 2018. From 2011-2018, Shoair Mavlian was assistant curator of photography at Tate Modern, London where she curated the major exhibition ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’ (Tate Modern, 2016), and co-curated ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (Tate Modern 2018), ‘Conflict, Time, Photography’ (Tate Modern, 2014), ‘Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions’ (Tate Modern and TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica, 2014).
Recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition ‘Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge’ for Les Rencontres d’Arles, 2016 and ‘In Flux’ exhibited at Getxo Photo 2017 and Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015.
Sophie Bernard is a Journalist, Teacher and Independent Curator.
She is a freelance journalist (La Gazette de Drouot), a curator, and a teacher. She has published Rencontres avec Guillaume Herbaut (Filigranes Editions) and prepares another book with Stéphane Duroy.
Sophie Bernard began her career at Photographies Magazine. In 2003, she founds Images Magazine. She will be the chief editor of this journal until it desapears in 2015.
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.
Associate Professor at the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology and the coordinator of its Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab. Theopisti is a member of the advising committee of the peer-reviewed journals “photographies”, a member of the board of directors of the “International Association of Photography and Theory”, and has received several international fellowships and awards. She is the author of The Political Museum (Routledge, 2016) and the editor of Museums and Photography: Displaying Death (Routledge, 2017), Museums and Visitor Photography (MuseumsEtc, 2016), Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place, Identity (I. B. Tauris, 2014) and Re-envisioning Cyprus (University of Nicosia Press, 2010). Finally, she has exhibited her work in a number of art exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad.
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).
Tiina Rauhala (b.1980) works as Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki). The museum is one of the leading and oldest photography museum’s in Europe. Through exhibitions, collection management and research, the museum strives to promote and foster photographic art and culture in Finland. Rauhala has a long career at the museum, starting as a curator in 2008. Along with the museum’s main exhibitions Rauhala has been responsible for the museum gallery’s program for the emerging photographers. More about the museum: valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/en
Rauhala is also co-founder of The Festival of Political Photography, which examines ways of influencing with photographs and seeks to define what the word ‘political’ means in contemporary photographic practices. The Festival had its first exhibition in 2015. More about the festival. www.pvf.fi/en
Curator, cultural engineer in photography/new media, private collection consultant.
Vangelis Ioakimidis is TransEurope’s Project Coordinator _ SEE Europe strand. He has curated more than 300 exhibitions and publications, and he has been collaborating with more than 100 organizations in 20 countries. He has also taken part in events, as: member of jury for books, contests and Biennale committees; nominator for the Prix Pictet; portfolio reviewer; speaker in conferences and seminars. He has extensive expertise in implementing European projects.
He had been the Director of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (2005-2015), as well as the Director of PhotoBiennale, while before that he had been the Artistic Director of the Skopelos Photographic Centre (2000-2005). He had also, been the Curator for the program on Photography at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004, while he had also been commissioned various projects by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Over a span of twelve years he has worked as production and coordination manager in “Contrejour” publishing house and “Camera Ιnternational”, and director of publications at “Photographies Magazine” in Paris.
He has studies on photography, cinematography and the audiovisual field (Université Paris VIII); on cultural technology and communication (University of the Aegean Sea, Greece); and on cultural economy (University Leonardo de Vinci, France).
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)
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.
Since 1986 he is the publisher of Les Marées de la Nuit, specialized in surrealism and avant-gardes. Author of various texts and essays in the field of art history, he is Member of the expertise committee of René Magritte-Fondation René Magritte’s work. He commissioned in 2004 at the Sao Paulo Biennale (Brazil) where the photographers Christine Felten and Véronique Massinger were presented. His last exhibitions as curator were Surrealism in Belgium the discreet charm of bourgeoisie Naples-Florida in 2015 and René Magritte The revealing images and author of the eponymous work (Ludion Publishers, 2017). (Melbourne-Hong Kong).
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).