Claude-André Moser (Switzerland) is the founder of la Nuit de la photo (Night of Photography) that he organises with 6 colleagues from 2012 in la Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. This city, elevated 1000 m., the birth place of Le Corbusier and cradle of watchmaking, today is a part of l’UNESCO world heritage.
The event of Nuit de la photo is made up of a number of projections that loop during one night in different venues of culture and museums. Every venue presents
short cycles of 15 minutes, featuring work of 3 to 4 photographers enabling curiosity-driven mobility of event guests: What’s next?… The event also invites a famous photographer and a number or rising stars of photography from Switzerland and abroad. A catalog presenting all featured photographers is published. The night of 2015 will be held on February 14.
Shane Lavalette (USA) is an American photographer, the founding Publisher/Editor of Lavalette, and the Director of Light Work. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lavalette’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Aperture Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Musée de l’Elysée, in addition to being held in private and public collections. His editorial work has been published in various magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vice Magazine, The Wire, Pig Magazine,CODE, and SLASH. Lavalette is currently based in Upstate New York.
Ángel Luis González Fernández (Ireland) is the founder and Director of PhotoIreland, an Irish organisation dedicated to promote critical thinking around Photography, and a deeper engagement with the Visual Arts, to enhance a wider visual literacy. The organisation celebrates a festival every year in July, highlighting through a proposed theme the works of national and international artists. The event involves individuals and organisations in a celebration of Photography, with many participative events for general audiences. Ángel Luis initiated in 2011 ‘The Library Project’, a collection of publications around Photography, the core of a public resource library already holding over 1000 key items from 180 publishers worldwide. The Library Project also offers now a specialised bookshop and a gallery at its current premises in 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland. Nominated for the David Manley Entrepreneur Award in 2011, Ángel Luis won the Arts category for his work in PhotoIreland. He has reviewed in other festivals like KAUNAS Photo, FORMAT13 and FORMAT14, Athens Photo Festival 2013, and Riga Photomonth 2014. Ángel Luis published the book ‘Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade’ in 2011, and ‘New Irish Works’ in 2013. www.photoireland.org
Hannah Frieser (USA) is a curator, writer and artist. She has curated and organized exhibitions with leading contemporary photographers such as Pipo Nguyen-duy, Kanako Sasaki, Don Gregorio Anton, Angelika Rinnhofer, Alexander Gronsky, Shen Wei and Adam Magyar, as well as traveling exhibitions and art projects for Suzanne Opton and Barry Anderson. Her essays have been featured in publications such as Contact Sheet and Nueva Luz, and in monographs by Susan kae Grant and David Taylor. Hannah was director of Light Work, a photographic arts organization and artist residency program in Syracuse, New York, for nine years. Prior to this, she worked for the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) for over a decade, including serving on SPE’s national board of directors. A former review panel member for the New York State Council on the Arts, she has reviewed portfolios and juried exhibitions worldwide for Photolucida, Critical Mass, FotoFest, En Foco, Rhubarb Rhubarb and FotoTriennale.dk, among others, and is a frequent lecturer on photography and contemporary photographic practices. Hannah is currently traveling internationally to pursue curatorial research and writing projects. Together with gallerist Charles Guice, she is developing an initiative that will promote dialogue about contemporary photography, its practitioners and innovative exhibitions from an international perspective.
Alasdair Foster (Australia) has 20 years’ experience heading national arts institutions in Europe and Australia and over 35 years of working in the public cultural sector. He was the founding director of Fotofeis, the award-winning international biennale of photo-based art in Scotland (1991–1997) and, more recently, director of the Australian Centre for Photography (1998–2011). He has held many previous positions including President of the Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia, editor of Photofile magazine and Chair of the Conference for European Photographers. He currently runs an international consultancy that initiates intercultural photography and visual art projects, especially in the Pacific Region.Alasdair is a doctoral researcher in the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Monash University, Melbourne; an associate member of the Centre for Visual Anthropology in the Australian National University, Canberra and Ambassador to the Asia-Pacific Photo-Forum – a group of festivals in the wider region. He has organised several hundred exhibitions, many for national intuitions worldwide, and has written for numerous publishers including Phaidon (London), Aperture (New York) and Xinhua (Beijing). In 2013 he won the inaugural international award for curatorial excellence at China’s largest and longest-running festival of photography, PIP in Pingyao, Shanxi. He lives in Sydney, Australia and works globally.
Ann Jastrab (USA) is currently the Gallery Director at RayKo Photo Center. The RayKo Gallery offers over 1600 square feet of exhibition space and presents eight to ten shows annually featuring many nationally recognized artists. Ann has curated numerous exhibitions for RayKo as well as juried exhibitions for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Artspan, SFAI, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios at the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, Review Santa Fe, Review LA, PhotoAlliance (Our World), SPE, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, Lishui International Photography Festival in China, and Click646 as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. She has also been teaching courses at the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the Maine Photographic Workshops) in Rockport, Maine since 1994.
Tuula Alajoki, (Finland, b. 1975) is a curator and director of Backlight Photo Festival, in Tampere, Finland. She is culture field worker, now mainly concentrating on photography, curating and art management. She has been involved in Tampere based Photographic Centre Nykyaikas´ actions since her graduation as visual artist (fine and media art) in 2001. Backlight Photo Festival has employed her in various positions since 2008. In 2011 she completed her Master’s degree in Art – Visual culture in Taik/Aalto University. The following year she was assigned to be the project manager and curator for Backlight Photo Festival. She has curated both Finnish and international exhibitions and she works actively to develop art and artists exchanges internationally. She works intentionally between genders and different art institutions, artists groups and individual artists.
Antonio Vela de la Torre (Spain) is director of the Centro de Fotografía Isla de Tenerife (TEA), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. In 1989, Antonio Vela began a program for the recovery, conservation, and diffusion of the photographic patrimony of the Tenerife Government. He has curated and organized several exhibitions with Canary Island and International artists. In 1993, Vela began directing the International Festival of Photography in Tenerife.
Since 1996, he has been the Director and curator of the Centro de Fotografia del Cabildo de Tenerife (Center for Photography of Tenerife), founded in 1989. It has organized more than 550 photo exhibitions in its own building. It counts with a conservation department, and a research library. It is located in the new Tenerife Espacio de Arte (Tenerife’s Space of Arts)
Since 1991, the Center sponsors every two years the international photo festival, FOTONOVIEMBRE. The festival organizes several photo exhibitions with local and foreign artists, in collaboration with several institutions.
Vela prefers to look at innovative projects by emerging photographers. He is interested in a broad range of work, from urban and natural landscape, to daily life, and conceptual work. Antonio Vela can offer his professional advice, and in some cases the opportunity of an exhibition in Spain, and in the Canary Islands.
Elda Harrington (Argentina) was born and raised in Buenos Aires. She graduated as a lawyer and was a professor at Buenos Aires University. She has been involved in the world of photography since 1984. She is a photographer, curator, teacher and she has been taking care of the photography cultural management for more than 20 years. Elda Harrington is the Founder and Director of Encuentros Abiertos-Festival de la Luz since 1989. The Photo Biennal that takes place in 45 Cities of Argentina in August and September of the even years. Mrs. Harrington is the director of the “Escuela Argentina de Fotografia” since the last 27 years and the President of Luz Austral Foundation, which was created in 1999 to promote photography by organizing the Encuentros Abiertos, editing books and catalogs and organizing exhibitions in Argentina and abroad. Mrs. Harrington is an international curator. She is invited to many festivals to review portfolios and to present lectures on “Argentine Photography”.
Jeff Moorfoot (Australia) is a practicing photographic artist and former advertising photographer and educator. He has a BA in photography from RMIT, and is a Fellow, Honorary Life member and Master Photographer V of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography [AIPP]. He is the founder and the current Creative Director of the Ballarat International Foto biennale, as well as the photographic group the ‘free radical’, and is co organiser of the Galeria Bezdomna/Homeless Gallery in Australia. He has spent many years on the committee of the AIPP Victorian Division, and five years on the AIPP National education sub committee. For ten years he convened the Victorian Photography Student of the Year Awards. He is a seasoned portfolio reviewer, having participated as a reviewer at Foto Freo Fremantle, Head On Photo Festival Sydney, PhotoNOLA New Orleans, Paris Photo, FotoFest Houston, Pingyao International Photo festival China, and the two previous editions of the Kaunas folioPort, as well as reviews at his own festival.
Silvia Mangialardi (Argentina) was founder and director of Ediciones Fotográficas Argentina, and from 1984 to 2012, she was the director of Fotomundo, Argentine Photography magazine founded in 1966. Since 1980 she is dedicated to photography.
She has edited books and curated numerous national and international exhibitions. As a journalist he has interviewed many of the most important figures in contemporary photography: Jack Delano, Joel Peter Witkin, Ralph Gibson, George Rousse, Larry Fink, Chema Madoz, Rafael Navarro, Martin Parr, Agnes de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, Willy Ronis, Marcos López, Ataulfo Pérez Aznar, Eduardo Medici, Sara Facio to name just a few. These reports have been published in Argentina and abroad. She has been part of the jury of important provincial, national and international competitions and was a member of the editor in the three auctions held at the MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)
She has coordinated various cultural events. She is one of the founders of the Encuentros Abiertos and since 2010 is in charge of the artistic direction of the festival. Since 1999 she is member of the Fundación Luz Austral.
She is regularly invited to review portfolios in numerous meetings and festivals of Photography. She has lectured on contemporary photography in the Argentina and abroad. in places such as Houston Center for Photography (Houston, Texas), Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History (Corpus Christi, Texas), The Americas Society of New York (New York, New York), etc.
Louise Clements (UK) is currently Artistic Director/Curator and Co-founder (since 2004) of FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby UK. FORMAT is one of the UKs leading photography festivals, with a biennial programme in March, seeking to celebrate the wealth of practice in international photography. FORMAT is the place to see an incredible range of new work alongside the best-known practitioners in the world. Focused on opportunities to see, debate, develop and engage in the best of what contemporary international photography is and can be alongside commissioning, education and professional practice programmes. QUAD contains galleries, an independent cinema, artist studios, digital/physical production spaces and a British Film Institute Mediatheque. As a curator, since 1998 Clements has initiated and curated many commissions and exhibitions of international and emerging contemporary art; from Jane & Louise Wilson to emerging photography from China and Eastern Europe; survey shows including PHOTOCINEMA and RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW; Exposures from the Public Realm, artists residencies, conferences, debates, and produced many publications and film works. She has managed large-scale Mass Participation commissions involving over 30,000 people since 2006. QUAD programme organizes several exhibitions per year, many of which tour internationally.
Yumi Goto (Japan) is independent photography curator, editor, researcher, publisher and consultant 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, humanitarian organizations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organizations, festivals and events. She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-funder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold.
Arianna Rinaldo (Spain/Italy) is a freelance Photo Editor and Curator, based in Barcelona, Spain and working with photography at a wide range. She is currently the Director of Ojodepez, the documentary photography quarterly by LaFabrica, Madrid, as well as artistic director of “Cortona On The Move” international photography festival, in Tuscany (Italy).
Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 in New York, when she became Archive Director at Magnum Photos. Back in Italy in 2001, she worked as picture editor for Colors, the magazine supported by Benetton, where she commissioned a variety of international photographers to produce documentary and research projects according to the editorial guidelines of the magazine. She was photo consultant for D, the weekend supplement of Italy’s main newspaper, La Repubblica.
Arianna works as a freelance curator for exhibits and book projects, as well as photo consultant. She collaborates with major publishing houses for special projects, offering editorial consulting and research. She has been on several portfolio review panels worldwide and was part of the World Press Photo jury in 2009.
Manik Katyal (India) is the founder, curator and editor-in-chief of Emaho Magazine. Emaho was started as a magazine to introduce the work of emerging photographers and to provide them with a global platform to showcase their talent.
Manik has also been nominated for the ‘Creative Entrepreneur of 2012’ award by the British Council, Emaho was invited to judge the FORMAT International Photography Festival, United Kingdom, The Reminders Stronghold Project Grant, Japan. He served on the panel for the LUCEO Student awards 2013 and was on the jury for International Photography Awards.
Manik has also served as a portfolio reviewer in various international festivals including FORMAT International Photography Festival, United Kingdom, Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival, Thailand, Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia, Encontros da Imagem, Portugal, Voies-Off Arles,France and Lens Culture Foto-Fest, France. Manik was also invited to do portfolio reviews at The New York Times Portfolio Reviews, USA in April and Photo Ireland, Dublin in July 2014.
Manik was on the jury for Daylight Book Award 2014, Kassel Fotobook Award and First Chinese Grand Prix IPA International Photography Award 2014.
Howard Bossen (USA) is professor of photography and visual communication in the School of Journalism and adjunct curator of photography at the Michigan State University Museum (MSU Museum). His current curatorial project is Seeing China: Photographic Views and Viewpoints. Past curatorial projects for the MSU Museum include An Extraordinary Document of Our World with photographs by Gilles Perrin and Detroit Resurgent with photographs by Perrin and interviews by Nicole Ewenczyk as well as Marketa Luskacova’s On Death and Horses and Other People and Magnus Westerborn’s The Radiation Mask Series. He was the curator for Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMA), Pittsburgh, PA and the Kresge Art Museum. He is currently working on Molten Light: The Intertwined History of Steel and Photography, a book and an exhibition being developed with the Musée de la Photographie del la Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, Charleroi, Belgium and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA. He is the author of many articles and the books Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer and Henry Holmes Smith: Man of Light. His latest book, Detroit Resurgent was co-edited with John P. Beck and features photographs by Perrin and interviews by Ewenczyk. He was a Fulbright scholar in Mexico and a distinguished visiting professor in the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been an invited juror and portfolio reviewer to FotoFest, Photolucida and Critical Mass.
Dr. Zoltán Somhegyi (UAE, born 1981 in Hungary) he is active as an independent art historian, art critic, writer, curator and teacher. As a researcher of art history and aesthetics, he is specialized in 18-19 century art and art theory, having written his PhD-dissertation on German Romantic landscape painting. Apart from being an art historian of classical arts, his other fields of interest are contemporary fine arts and art market trends. He curates exhibitions, and participates in international art projects. Since its foundation he has been working for Art Market Budapest – International contemporary art fair. In the last years, with the help of different scholarships, he conducted research in Venice, Bologna and Berlin, and he is regularly lecturing in international conferences. He is the author of books, catalogues, and more than two hundred articles, critiques, essays and art fair reviews. After teaching at different universities in Hungary and Turkey, currently he is Assistant Professor at the College of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates.
Zsolt Szamódy (Hungary) is a freelance photographer who currently acts as chairman of the Hungarian Association of Photographers. He is mostly interested in classic and documentary photography as well as the use of archaic techniques for creating pictures. Currently he pays much attention to experimental approaches in photography as well as attempts renewing the visual language of photography.
He is also interested in art that cross-merges with photography as a medium.
He was member of the curatorial board of the second Hungarian Photo Week in 1998 and of the following Month of Photography in 1999. Since 2002 he has been acting as chairman of the Association. It was under his leadership that the Month of Photography 2006 event joined to the Poland based international Photo Festival Union which elevated the project into the international domain. From 2012 the Hungarian Month of Photography festival became the member of the EMOP (European Month of Photography), the organisation is coordinating ‘photo month-festivals’ all over the world.
Manolis Morespoulos (Greece), Hellenic Centre for Photography
Zsazsi Chaillet (Switzerland), independent curator
Cheryl Newman (UK) is a picture editor at the Telegraph Magazine, a magazine renowned for featuring great photography. With a circulation of around 900,000, the magazine sits at the very top of the weekend newspaper supplements.
Antoan Bozhinov (Bulgaria) graduated from High School in Lom and went on to study at the Higher Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, now known as the Technical University of Sofia, where he quite soon finds the path to the photography club, then among the elite student clubs in the country. He was awarded the title photographer-artist by the Committee for Art and Culture in 1994. In 1999, together with colleagues and supporters he starts the Phodar Foundation, which has started an international photo Biennial, in which latest edition in 2013 37 countries across the world were represented. Antoan Bozhinov moved to Sofia and in 2005 he began teaching photography and polygraphy at the New Bulgarian University. In 2006 he also lectured at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication of the Sofia University St Kliment Ohridsky. Since 2009 he has been a regular lecturer there. In the period 2003 – 2008 he had his own column and was the chief editor of Print-Pack Magazine for polygraphy and photography, he also published in Vagabond – media in 2008-2010; Altomphoto, Denmark; Photography – GDR; Phot, Reponzes Photo, Urgensez – France; BTE-Drobak – Norway and he has taken part in Bulgarian and international plein airs. Antoan Bozhinov has been part of more than 20 Juries at Bulgarian and international contests.
Karin Bareman (b. 1982, The Netherlands) works as assistant curator photography at Foam, the photography museum in Amsterdam. Karin writes regularly about photography on her online platform. Her articles have also appeared in Foam Magazine, Unseen Magazine, Of the Afternoon Magazine and on the Foam blog, Potaatoo and American Suburb X. She obtained an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and a subsequent MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. She is primarily interested in ‘iconic’ imagery and visual repetition, the interchange between film and photography, the relationship between audiovisual culture and memories, the connection between popular culture and globalization, and between tourism and pilgrimage, especially in relation to the former USSR.
In her role as assistant curator, she has co-produced many exhibitions at Foam as well as in external locations. This includes amongst many others Still//Life – Contemporary Dutch Photography at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing as part of the Amsterdam city council trade delegation; and four exhibitions as part of the Netherlands – Russia Year 2013:Still//Life – Contemporary Dutch Photography at the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, the Perm State Art Gallery and the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum; and Foam presents Me & My Models by Jan Hoek at Summer at New Holland Festival St. Petersburg.
Inez Baturo (Poland) is an artist photographer, translator, publisher, editor, co-founder and Vice-President of the Foundation Centre of Photography, one of organizers of FotoArtFestival and its program director. She is co-owner of the Baturo Publishing House and co-founder and co-curator the Gallery of Photography B&B in Bielsko-Biała. Holding a Master’s degree in English Philology (Silesian University), she is also Member of the Union of Polish Artists Photographers, Vice-president of the Mountain Division of the Union of Polish Artists Photographers (2004-2008), member of the Forum Agency, Member of IRIS (at Loughborough University School of Art and Design in GB), an organization promoting world photography by women. Her photographs have been published (among others) in: “Playboy”, “Voyage”, “National Geographic”, “Podróże”, “FOTO”. She is author of books: “The Beskidy Mountains”, “The Beskids”, “Cieszyn”. Images published in books: “Polish Mountains”, “Bielsko-Biała”. She has translated into Polish “World History of Photography” by Naomi Rosenblum.
Regina Maria Anzenberger (Austria) born and lives in Vienna. Artist, curator, founder and director of the photographers’ representation AnzenbergerAgency, Vienna (since 1989) and owner of the AnzenbergerGallery (since 2002) and bookshop (since 2011). She is director of the ViennaPhotoBookFestival and Member of the Nominating Committee of the Joop Swart Masterclass and the Prix Pictet, curator of many international exhibitions and editor of photography books. She likes to see photobooks, gallery fine art work and documentary conceptual storytelling photography.
Maira Dudareva (Latvia), the head of the Latvian Museum of Photography has a long running experience in photography. She worked as the manager of photo archive of the daily newspaper “Diena” (1999. – 2008.), the manager of photo department of the daily newspaper “Diena” (1998. – 1999.), the photo reporter of the newspapers “Zemgales zinas” and “Zemgales avize” (1992. – 1998.). She did her MA – research “Digital photography indexation” at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia, where she is still enrolled in doctoral program (from 2006). She is a curator, lecturer in Latvia Culture College and portfolio reviewer.
Federica Chiocchetti is a curator, writer and founder of the photo-literary platform the Photocaptionist. With an MA in comparative literature from the University College of London, Chiocchetti is currently working on a PhD in photography and fictions at the University of Westminster, London. Her recent projects include Amore e Piombo [Love and Lead]: The Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy, exhibition and book co-curated and co-edited with Roger Hargreaves, for the Archive of Modern Conflict and the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014; H. said he loved us by Tommaso Tanini, exhibition curated in collaboration with Discipula at the Kunsthalle Budapest for the Hungarian Month of Photography 2014; and the forthcoming online feature Amateur Unconcern: A Photo-Literary Fantasia for FORMAT15. She has written for Photoworks, Objektiv, 1000 Words, The Photographers’ Gallery Blog, The BJP, Café-Crème and Hotshoe. In 2015 she joined the Victoria & Albert Museum as assistant curator of photographs for a year, working on the V&A display Facing History, about contemporary portraiture, and on an exhibition of Peter Henry Emerson at Nottingham Castle. She is also curating for the Photocaptionist the endframe column of The British Journal of Photography. www.photocaptionist.com
Hélène Joye-Cagnard (Switzerland) has been directing the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography since 2007.The Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography is the only annual thematic photo festival in Switzerland and focuses on emerging photography. It is held in ten museums and galleries scattered around the city of Biel/Bienne near Bern. The festival involves some twenty exhibitions featuring about thirty Swiss and international photographers and also proposes expert meetings. With the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography Hélène Joye-Cagnard has proposed several exhibitions of photography and projections: F-Stop (Leipzig, D), Biennale dell’Immagine (Chiasso, CH), Atlanta Celebrates Photography (USA), Photo14 (Zurich, CH), Nofound Photo Fair (Paris, F). She was a portfolio reviewer for Rencontres and Voies Off (Arles, F), Boutographies (Montpellier, F), Atlanta Celebrates Photography (USA), Lensculture (Paris, F), Oblick (Strasbourg, F), Gezira Art Center (Cairo, EG). She was a nominator for Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH. She was nominated for the Swiss Exhibition Award and the Swiss Art Award. The Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography is member of Festival of Light.
Jean-Marc Lacabe (France, b. 1952) established the ARPA (Action et Recherche Photographique en Aquitaine) in 1978. He organized numerous exhibitions and was an art director of two festivals; he also contributed to the movement of gratitude (recognition) of the photography as art, in France. Since 2001, he manages Le Chateau d’Eau (The Water tower) in Toulouse, France where his programming, turned to the formation of the public, articulates exhibitions of big names and openings to the emerging artists.
Alexander Öberg (Sweden) from Galleri Tryffelgrisen is a gallerist and independent curator from Stockholm, Sweden. Alexander specializes in contemporary avant-garde and conceptual photographic art. Among the artists represented by Galleri Tryffelgrisen are Ren Hang, Synchrodogs, Bence Bakonyi, Petros Koublis and Lukasz Wierzbowski.
Julia Durkin (New Zealand) is the Public Participation Director, Auckland Festival of Photography in New Zealand. In 2004 she founded the annual Auckland Festival of Photography, and started a 24 hour people’s competition Auckland Photo Day. In 2010 she was instrumental in the Auckland Festival of Photography joining as a founding member of the Asia Pacific Photoforum, a regional grouping of international photography festivals in NZ, Australia, Asia and Pacific Rim that seeks to further the presence of photography across the Asia Pacific. View the website at www.asiapacificphotoforum.org
In 2013 – judge on 34th Nikon Photo Contest in Tokyo, Japan – the world’s longest running photography competition. Later in 2013 invited as a Portfolio Reviewer for Kaunas Photo in Lithuania and Pingyao International Photography Festival, China.
In 2014 a invited judge in Beijing, China for CHIPP, an international press photography competition run by China Photojournalists Society & a Portfolio Reviewer at Kaunas Photo, Lithuania, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China & Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia.
Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (Lithuania) is founder and artistic director of KAUNAS PHOTO festival (since 2004), now the longest running art photography festival in the Baltic states. The festival exhibits a variety of artists, making both personal exhibitions and thematic group shows. He has curated a number of exhibitions in photographic festivals, galleries, museums: FotoGrafia (Rome), Festival of Maritime photography in Vannes (France), Backlight triennial in Tampere (Finland), Pingyao and Lishui festivals (China), Les Photaumnales (France), Hungarian Month of Photography. He has been reviewing portfolios in numerous festivals and institutions: Fotofest-Houston, PhotoLucida-Portland, Foto Espana-Madrid, Hamburg, Odense, Bratislava, Vienna, FotoFreo, Backlight-Tampere, also in Kaunas Photo, with its portfolio review competition KAUNAS PHOTO STAR. He is a frequent portfolio reviewer, conference speaker, member of jury panels, in competitions, festivals of photography in Europe, USA, China, Australia. He is nominator for prestigious photo competitions, such as Prix Pictet. He is author of numerous articles about photographers, photographic festivals, history of photography, published in books, catalogs, scientific publications and art magazines and a number of introductory texts to books and presentations of artists.
Paul di Felice (Luxemburg) is Doctor of Visual Arts, Senior Lecturer in Art History and Art Pedagogy and in charge of the Visual Arts Laboratory at the University of Luxembourg. His field of research is representation and deconstruction in contemporary photography. He has been a workshop leader of the annual Art Workshop organized by Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain in collaboration with University of Luxembourg, since 1998. He also works as an art critic and as an independent curator of international contemporary photography exhibitions. He is an active member of AICA and co-organizes the European Month of Photography in Luxembourg. Since 1984 he is co-editor and co-publisher of Café-Crème edition, an international art and photography magazine and edition. He has been frequently invited as a curator to international photography meetings and as a jury member for exhibitions and contemporary art biennials.
Jianguo Qiao (China) is a secretariat of Foreign Affairs of PIPVice-secretary-general of IPFFCommittee of Shanxi Enterprises Photographers. Association Artistic Director of International Buddhist Culture Expo, Mount Wutai China.
Salvatore Ligios (Italy) works in the fields of visual arts and publishing. Besides that, he was the founder of the photographic center SuPalatu (founded in Sardinia in 2000) and is the organiser of the international photographic festival Menotrentuno (since 2006), focusing on most prominent European photographers under 31 years old. Menotrentuno is among the festivals that pay most important cash awards to young photographers.
Salvatore Ligios teaches photography at the Academy of Fine Arts of Sassari. His publishing activity is visible though a number of photography books signed by Soter Editrice publishing house (Sardinia, Italy).
Vilija Ulinskytė-Balzienė (b. 1971, Šiauliai, Lithuania) is directing the one and only Museum of Photography in Lithuania – the department of republican Šiauliai „Aušra“ museum.
Mrs. Ulinskytė-Balzienė has been curator of tens of contemporary and historical photography exhibitions at the museum and mobile exhibitions. She was co-author and former of several photographic and historic publications; was organising and managing various international and local projects concerned with education, exhibitions, publishing and other museum activities. As the head of The Department of Photography Mrs. Ulinskytė- Balzienė is directing collections forming, such as historical and contemporary photography, photographic technique, printing and documentary. The Šiauliai Photography museum‘s has just been re-opened after years of renovation. The updated capacities, facilities and hi-tech applications make the museum a cutting-edge centre of contemporary photography.
Irina Chmyreva (Russia) is writer on photography, curator of exhibitions and researcher. She is the art-director of International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa; Senior Researcher, Russian Academy of Arts, National Institute of Theory and History of Art, Moscow, Russia; senior curator of the Project In Support for Photography in Russia running by IRIS Foundation. In 2012 she was one of three Russian curators (two others are Evgeny Berezner, Natalia Tarasova) of the main program Contemporary Russian Photography at Biennial FotoFest in Houston, USA. She is a member of international editorial board of «European Photography» magazine. She was guest editor of «OjoDePez» magazine, the Russian issue (#11). She was a guest curator and organizer of Russian exhibition within Seoul Photo Fair in 2013; guest curator of Australian Center for Photography. She is reviewing portfolios at many international photo festivals and making workshops and lectures in Photo Schools and University degree programs around the world. She was co-founder and art-director of 1st edition of PANDUS contemporary art festival in Moscow (2007), co-founder and since that time the art-director of International festival of photography PhotoVisa in Krasnodar, Russia.
Enrico Stefanelli (Italy) is a photographer and journalist. He teaches photography in workshops. He was the founder and, for 7 years, the artistic director of the international festival of photography and video art “Luca Photo Fest” which was established in2005 and currently the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival, the new biennial of photography in Lucca. He has conceived “Faces Portraits in the 20th Century” exhibition and curated several exhibitions such as: Boris Mikhailov, Nobuyoshy Araki, Tim Heterington, Jan Saudek, Horst.P.Horst, Kenro Izu, VII Agency, Michel Comte, Li Wei, Wang Qinsong, Weng Fen. Since 2010 is the Italian curator of Epea, European Photo Exhibition Award.
Photolux is the new biennial international Photography Festival in Lucca (Tuscany, Italy). As a symbol of the project, we have chosen Light, the essence of Photography. In today’s world, where we are constantly bombarded by a plethora of images, PHOTOLUX, like a camera obscura of old, aims to display a clear and well-defined selection of work from the international photographic scene.
Malcolm Dickson (UK) is the head of StreetLevelPhotoWorks in Glasgow, Scotland.
Gabriella Uhl (Hungary) – Hungarian Month of Photography, curator
François Huet (Belgium) – Art Collector
François Cheval (France) was born in 1954 and has a background in history and ethnology. He has served as a museum curator since 1982, initially in the Jura and the Réunion before being named director of the muse Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône in 1996. Cheval strives to rid photography of its old presumptions and to resent photographic originality through new forms of museology and revitalized discourse. Most significantly, he has both curated noteworthy retrospectives of photographers such as Denis Roche, John Batho, Gérard Collin-Thiébaut, Peter Knapp, Mac Adams, and Raoul Coutard, and has been a resolute champion of emerging photographers such as Elina Brotherus, JH Engström, Claire Chevrier, Antoine d’Agata, Charles Fréger, and Raphaël Dallaporta.
Agnès de Gouvion Saint Cyr (France) – Independent photography curator, consultant
Tina Schelhorn (Germany) – Kolga Tbilisi festival (Georgia), artistic director
Juliette Deschodt (France) – lOeildelaphotographie.com, writer
David Drake (UK) is the Director of Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales. Since its foundation in 1978, Ffotogallery has been the major force for contemporary photography in Wales, with a focus for new developments in British and international photographic art. Ffotogallery operates internationally through gallery presentations and touring exhibitions, collaborations with other organisations and galleries, publishing, artist commissions and residencies. Ffotogallery is the lead agency for a new pan-European project called European Prospects. David is also the Founder Director of the biennial event Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography.
Andrius Pukis (Lithuania) – “Post” gallery (Kaunas), owner & curator
Arvydas Žalpys (Lithuania) – Meno parkas gallery and Kaunas in art festival, artistic director
Ieva Meilutė Svinkūnienė (Lithuania) – Kaunas Photography Gallery, curator
Gintaras Česonis (Lithuania) is photographer, curator, chief of Lithuanian Photographers’ Association Kaunas Department that is running Kaunas Photography Gallery, residency program an publishing house. Associated professor in Vilnius Art academy Kaunas faculty since 2005.
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