Five fascinating photographers working right now


We asked our judge for our ‘Open Call’ Katherine Oktober Matthews – photographer, writer and Chief Editor for GUP Magazine – to share with us her thoughts on the five most fascinating photographers working in photography right now. Here are her thoughts…


With so many camera-holding people in the world, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work produced. As someone who looks at photography every single day, I find inspiration in the force of the amalgam, and try to create order from the deluge. With that in mind, please allow me to (re-)introduce to you five of my favorite working artists. They’re all living artists that are currently producing work, often dealing with the ‘big issues’ of life like eros and thanatos, and I’ve deliberately chosen artists that are still somewhat emerging but who have produced multiple bodies of thoughtful, provocative work. So, while it may be one series that originally caught my attention, I’m more interested in following them as they continue on their journey as a conduit for commenting on, and shaping reality.

With no more ado, and in no particular order…

Pierre Liebaert (1990, Belgium)