I was born in Poland in 1980 and graduated from the University of Silesia with a Masters in Fine Arts in 2005.
My main passion is painting and drawing but I have never lost my interest in the medium of photography, which in some sense, is an essential accomplishment of my artistic language.
I use my camera to transfer and materialise the emotions which develop in my mind, the excitement caused by encountered reality. Sometimes the photos can abstract from reality, showing different aspects of colours and forms, whereas other times they can simply reflect certain situations taking place in front of my camera.
Aleksei Kazantsev (1975), photographer of Belarusian origin based in Antwerp since 1999. Graduated from Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics in 1997. Graduated from SCVO Nijverheidsschool Fotografie, Antwerpen in 2011.
Matt MacPake is a documentary photographer, living in London, whose work is focused on people and the environment. Born in the North West of England, Matt graduated in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Photography at Blackpool & The Fylde College.
In 2015 Matt was shortlisted for the Bar Tur Photobook award at The Photographers Gallery for his project ‘To & from the North Circular’. The Portrait of security guard John came fourth in 2015 The Portrait Salon and was featured in the Guardian, BBC & was part of the Portrait Salon exhibition in London & Tokyo, Japan.
In 2016 Matt’s portrait of Wilhelemna, was one of 100 images selected in the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain, to celebrate the country’s unique heritage and diversity. The exhibition was shown across JCDecaux’s digital network of screens in railway stations, shopping centres, high streets and bus stops around the UK. Matt has shown work in Berlin, San Francisco, Des Moines I, Johannesburg, Krakow, London & Brighton. Matt recently completed a MA in photography & is a Senior Photography lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.
Justine Tjallinks is an Amsterdam-based Dutch Artistic Photographer. She started her career as a magazine Designer and Art-Director and worked for leading fashion titles. After several years of working with photography she wanted to create imagery as she envisioned and took the leap towards a new career in 2014.
Justine aims to capture the uniqueness of individuals and the diversity of human beauty, often backed by a story of social importance. Inspired by the master painters from the Dutch Golden Age, her artworks feature muted colours and balanced compositions. Fashion design is used as an additional means of expression.
Even though a sense of nostalgia speaks through her art, the aim is to always
remain in line with the contemporary zeitgeist.
I was born in Madrid in 1992. Since I was nine years old I have lived in several places in Spain and abroad. In 2014 I came to Valencia to study at the school Espai d'art fotogràfic. I have done collective exhibitions in the gallery CERO (Spain, 2014) and at Officine Fotografiche (Rome, 2016). I was a finalist at the Royal Photographic Society (London, 2016), Can Basté (Spain, 2016) or Art Photo Bcn (Spain, 2017) and won several competitions such as the Nikon Photo Contest (Japan, 2015) and the one of Photo Festival Benidorm PORTRAIT (Spain, 2017). Finally, I published my first photo book "Portrait" and I was invited as an artist in the work "A parallel world" (Spain, 2017) curated by Joan Fontcuberta. Currently, I'm studying for a Masters of Photography: Creation and Production.
Brice, born in 1978 is a Parisien photographer. Self taught, he started his career as a photographer's assistant, and he now works regularly on studio fashion series. Quickly, he also became interested in conceptual and contemporary photography. It was with his project 'The Ordinary Life of Robert the Alien' that he first got noticed, when a portrait of Robert was selected as the image for an official photo festival poster. Brice likes photography as a whole and doesn't like to be boxed into a specific field. He does portraits, fashion, street, still life... His curiosity transpires through his pictures. He likes to mix styles and techniques and he works in both digital and analog. His work has been published in numerous media such as Konbini, Musee Magazine, Fubiz, Wad Magazine, Yet Magazine, Electric Magazine and the Humble Arts Foundation.
Silvia Montevecchi is an Italian photographer born in 1994. She's currently studying photography at LABA (Libera Accademia di Belle Arti) in Florence.
She focuses most of all on personal projects in which she expresses concepts connected to the inwardness through self-portraits and staged photography.
Alessandro Cirillo, Bari, Italia
Independent photographer his research moves on the themes of the mutations of the territory with reference to the people who live there and on the concept of identity and relationship. Collaborate with agencies, private and public institutions. He regularly holds photography courses, workshops and master classes in public and private schools, in Italy and abroad. He has exhibited in many important Italian cities, including Milan, Rome, Venice, Genoa, Bari, Lecce and also abroad, in Switzerland, France, and Russia. His photographs are part of prestigious collections including those of the Giacomo Costa Foundation in Genoa and the Palazzo Vendemini (Savignano sul Rubicone) in Italy and those of the Musée de l'Elysèe in Lausanne in Switzerland and the Manege Central Exhibition Hall in Saint Petersburg. Russia. In 1999 he won the Portfolio in Piazza in Savignano sul Rubicone under the direction of Mario Cresci and, in 2013, the Confini prize for contemporary photography in Italy.
His short movie "Una storia di Piero" won in 2016 the Next Generation Film Festival in Triggiano (Ba) and in 2017 the Best Cinematographic Opera Award at the Festival Luccica in Bari. He is present as an author in several volumes including "Territori del Cinema "by Gangemi publishing house. He has been working as a photo editor and book designer for several years and has published numerous publications.
Gender equality is a main theme running through Marinka’s work. She feels strongly about the importance of raising this subject and she just returned from Iran where she worked on two projects concerning the position of women.
Marinka's photography revolves around people and is a constant reflection of her passion for human nature. Especially topics concerning injustice and inequality are a driving force behind her work.
Marinka's acclaim includes recipient Lucie Award - IPA Photographer of the Year 2016, LensCulture Portrait Awards 2017 and Kuala Lumpur Portrait Awards 2017, MIFA Gold, Px3 Gold and more. Her work is shown in galleries and musea around the world.
Zelko Nedic’s current photographic art works, created using the time consuming, process heavy technique of wet plate collodion photography, pays tribute to his energetic career and deep passion for image making. This new work, Dot.com, signifies all Nedic’s previous works be the foundation of what is to follow and positions his current work right at the point of arrival – utilising the places he has travelled in his personal (and public) story. The presence of a contradiction between control and risk taking is apparent in most of Nedic’s works. A teenage witness to the horrors of the Bosnian War during the early 90s, Nedic knows what it is to experience a local hell and to escape into imagined havens. Through his collodion images and his earlier works, many reminiscent in texture (but not as extreme in content) of Joel Peter Witkin’s macabre tableaux, Nedic takes us to the edge and out into a world of restrictive possibilities. In his earlier series, Things Around Me, amongst the benign images of a lone chair or lamp, are the more intimate images of a cut hand or a cracked and stained hard-boiled egg. From there he offers up a flamboyant side of life with portraits of a topless woman in a gas mask, a prima donna on her veranda, and a man dressed in a naked woman’s body suit. In his series, Cleansing, hauntingly reminiscent of the 1993 Rolf de Heer film Bad Boy Bubby, Nedic wraps his subject’s body in cling wrap, but unlike in the film where death results, Nedic gives his audience a glimpse of a new life, new breath through ‘cleansing’ via a constrained and potentially deadly process. In his wet plate collodion works, along with the usefulness of ambiguous narrative learned on set as a professional hair and makeup artist/photographer on high-end fashion shoots, Nedic provides his audience landscapes buoyant with symbolism and references to social norms obscured by absurdity. These exquisite, hand coloured photographs reference numerous art styles and movements including the iconic religious works of the middle ages, indigenous Australian dot paintings and early nineteenth-century photographic tableaux. In addition, the images are steeped in a sense of pop culture with a Warhol overtone, through the reproduction of something familiar.
"Whenever I find myself standing with a piece of concrete reality in my hand, I like to observe it and disassemble it to reveal new imaginary scenarios". Emanuele Camerini (b. 1987) is a freelance photographer. He devotes himself full time to visual storytelling, focusing his attention to social and cultural issues. He currently lives and works in Italy.
Educated in Italy where she lives and works as a photographer.
Her approach to photography and its development was almost entirely self-taught.
She has lived her childhood in an artistic environment.
Her father was a composer, music and art have always been a very important part of her life. She has chosen the camera as my main artistic expression since 2012.
Photographing has become an imperative language.
MERETHE WESSEL-BERG is a photographer based in Oslo, Norway.
She does personal narratives, fine art and urban photography; often hybrids. In photography she is often attracted to elements of movement, of drive; concrete and content-wise. As in the cities, in the people in it. The discrete passages and crossroads in our daily lives. And to the questions a picture can hold, more than the conclusions.
"Curiosity is my main tool in photography and in life. To grab a moment and look at it in a subjective way. To add a different mood or chord, using the different visual languages of black and white. When the scene is shot, it is something that once existed, but more visible than ever. I want my photographs to be like questions; like scenes from a movie. I try to capture the immediate, the unguarded moments - the beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. The perfectness of what’s imperfect. For me it's all about the in-between moments".
Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in".
-SHOTS Magazine (Issues # 136 and # 137)
-Black and White Magazine, U.S (Issues #107, #121, #125, #127 and #131).
-Black + White Photography Magazine, UK (Issue 228).
-Art Ascent Art & Literature Journal, 6 pages.
-Light - A Journal of Photography and Poetry (New York) (Issues #05 and #08).
-8 pages interview/ pictures Fotografi Magazine.
-21 pages pictures and presentation Dodho Magazine (E-magazine).
-15 pages interview/ pictures Adore Noir Fine Art Photography Magazine, now Mono Chroma Magazine (E-Magazine): Issue # 44.
-Photographize Magazine E-Magazine (New York) (Issue # 38)
-DNG Photo Magazine (Spain)
-Light - A Journal of Photography and Poetry (New York)
-Don't Take Pictures Magazine
-Feature Shoot Magazine
-The Independent Photographer
-Adore Noir Black and White Fine Art Photography Magazine (FB).
-Life Framer Collection
-Lens Culture Portfolio
-The Edge of Humanity Magazine, E-Magazine.
-Lenscratch ("Summer" and "Snow" Exhibition)
(Solo, Group, Print, Projections)
-Italian Street Photo Festival, Officine Fotografiche, Rome, Italy.
-ROOT Studios NYC Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
-The 5th Biennal of Fine Art and Documentary Photography. The Space Nau Bastik, Barcelona, Spain.
-CLB Berlin Gallery - Collaboratorium im Aufbau Haus Am Moritzplatz. Space for Contemporary Art, Cultural Studies and Urbanism. Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany.
-ICA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
-Crypt at St. George the Martyr Church, London Photo Festival, UK.
-The Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), ROW DTLA, Arts District, LA, U.S. "Reflections Of A Dream" Exhibition.
-Trieste Airport: "Flowing City" collective project (Exhibit Around/ dotART Art Association, Italy).
-CDOC Chengdu Photography Center, Chengdu, China.
-Splashlight Studios, New York, U.S.
-Event Centre of SM City Pampanga, Philippines.
-The Novorossiysk Historical Museum, International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa, Russia.
-Berlin Foto Biennale, and The 4th Biennal of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Germany.
-Harvey Milk Photo Center, StreetFoto San Francisco Festival, U.S.
-Studio 314 Art Gallery, Xamza, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
-House of Lucie, Bangkok, Thailand.
-The Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP), Colorado, U.S.
-5th Edition of the International Festival of Urban Photography, Trieste Photo Days, Italy.
-4th Edition of the International Festival of Urban Photography, Trieste Photo Days, Italy. SOLO, "Paris/ Hide".
-The Brussels Street Photography Festival Preview, Belgium.
-Trieste Airport, Trieste, Italy.
-PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.
-Photo Center Gogolevsky, Moscow, Russia.
-Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
-Black Box Gallery, Oregon, U.S.
-Artel Gallery, Minsk, Belarus.
-Profeta Galeria, Budapest, Hungary.
-SDA Amphitheater, 12F School of Design and Arts, Manila, Philippines.
-Gallery of the Franco Crimean Republican Scientific Library, Simferopol, Crimea.
-Galeria Valid Foto BCN, Barcelona, Spain.
-Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.
-A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, U.S.
-The Darkroom Gallery, Essex, U.S.
-PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, U.S.
-Carter House Gallery, California, U.S.
Restaurants/ cafees, bars: 400 Bar and Kisüzem (both Budapest, Hungary), Restoran Polet and Meduza (both Belgrade, Serbia), Pierwszy Lokal (Krakow, Poland).
-House of Photography/ Fotografiens Hus, Oslo, Norway. SOLO, "Movement".
-Galleri R5, The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Oslo, Norway. SOLO.
-Galleri Rød. Halden’s Historical Collections/ Haldens Historiske Samlinger, Halden Museum. Rød Herregård, Norway. SOLO.
-The Norwegian Railway Museum/ Norsk Jernbanemuseum, Hamar, Norway.
-Haldens Historiske Samlinger, co-operation with Det Norske Blåseemsemble, Halden, Norway. SOLO.
-Day of Photography, Karl Johansvern, Norway’s National Museum of Photography/ Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway.
-Kokopelli House, Haugesund, Norway. SOLO.
-StreetFoto San Francisco Festival, The International Street Phot. Awards (Finalist).
-The Italian Street Photo Festival (Finalist).
-Nikonians Photography Awards (Finalist).
-Lens Culture Street Photography Awards (Top 100).
-Urban Photo Awards (3xFinalist).
-ASPA Alghero Street Photography Awards (Honorable Mention, Street Photography).
-Project-/ Exhibition Grant (2 times), The Norwegian Professional Photographer’s Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond.
-Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris (2xSilver + 2xHonorable Mention).
-The 9th and the 10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award (2xCategory Winner + 2xFinalist).
-IPA International Photography Awards (Best of Show + 1st Prize + 6xHonorable Mention).
-TIFA - Tokyo International Foto Awards (Hon. Mention)
-MIFA - Moscow International Foto Awards (3rd Prize).
-The 9th Pollux Awards, and the 10th Pollux Awards (3xFinalist + 1xHonorable Mention).
-The 2nd Charles Dodgson Black & White Award (3xFinalist + 2xHonorable Mention).
-The Independent Photographer (2nd Prize + Editor's Pick).
-Art Ascent Art and Literature Journal (Silver Prize).
-Gullsnitt, the Norwegian Annual Awards of Advertising Photography, Norway (Gold Prize + Silver Prize + 3xDiploma).
-Black + White Photography Magazine (UK) Contest (1st prize).
-Black and White Magazine (U.S) Contests (Selectedx5).
-The Print Swap Collection Exhibition, Feature Shoot Magazine (Selected).
-Life Framer (Selected).
-Life Framer Collection, and Lens Culture portfolio.
-Darkroom Gallery Master (U.S).
-NVAL International Juried Photography Show (Overall Winner/ Gold).
-Project-/ Travel Grant, Jan Baashuus Jessens Scolarship (Norway).
-Project-/ Equipment Scholarship, Libresse jentefond (Norway).
-Photographer of the Year 2002/ 2003 (Black & White Paper Print) and 2001/ 2002 and 2002/ 2003 (Color Paper Print), Oslo Camera Club OKK (Norway).
PHOTO BOOKS/ CATALOGUES:
-"Short Street Stories" - Pictures with a humorous and satirical look at contemporary society,
Selected street photographers.
Published by Exhibit Around/ dotART Art Association, Italy.
Selected photographers and Italian writer/ journalist Roberto Srelz.
Published by Exhibit Around/ dotART Art Association, Italy.
-"URBAN unveils the City and its secrets Vol. 03 Photobook”.
Selected photographers of urban photography. Published by dotART Art Association, Italy.
-"The Independent Photographer Talents of the Year Photobook" (Berlin-based).
Verl Adams is a photographer, a registered architect in the United States, and an associate professor working in Tokyo, where he teaches spatial design and experimental photography.
Norwegian photographer - live and work on the west coast of Norway
Abstract and Landscape photographer originally from Venezuela living in Los Angeles.
Central themes in Jeroen De Wandel’s (°1980, Ronse, Belgium) work are time, family, alienation & astonishment, looked upon from different angles. Composition and interaction between the images is central. The spectator gets sucked into the images and is thrown back into the exhibition space and his own mind. De Wandel is mostly starting out of personal experiences and interests, using appropriated and original images, always playing with reality and irreality. It is unconscious work and too defined borders can disrupt the open mind that he tries to use to look at the world. He was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 (conceptual category), had several online publications (Semi Zine (UK), D!ng (BE), PH Museum (UK),...) and showed his work at FoMu (photo museum, Antwerp, Be), Designmuseum (Tumult, Gent, Be), Somerset Gallery (UK), Cloud Gallery (NL),...
Alexander Newman was born in Oshawa, Canada to Jamaican parents and spent his childhood moving between locations in the Northeastern United States, China, and the Midwest. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a BFA in Photography in 2017, and has since relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he currently lives and works. His work is heavily influenced by the power of the geographic site. Diasporic identities, the uncanny nature of modernized landscapes, and the presence of ancestral power in physical space are all elements which inform his practice. As a visual artist who works primarily with film photography, he sees this medium as a tool to create a complete and infinite observation of space, a process which allows one to pass through a deeply layered present, informed by both memory and spiritual power. He is a part of an artistic collective, In Rapture, where he is the principal photographer, and his sister, Dr. Rachel Grace Newman, is the creative director. His artwork has been featured in internationally circulated publications, as well as in exhibitions in Europe and North America.
JP Terlizzi is a visual storyteller who uses photography to explore themes of memory, relationship, and identity. Drawing inspiration from his personal experiences he captures moments that convey narratives—whether the story is a framed moment that reveals something about family and home, or a poetic interpretation of a fading reality, the feeling of loss and detachment are recurring themes in his work.
Born and raised in the farmlands of Central New Jersey, JP currently lives in Manhattan. His career spans thirty plus years as creative director for a boutique agency specializing in retail design. He earned a BFA in Communication Design at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and has studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and Maine Media College. His work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad including shows at The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York, NY, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY, The Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Project Basho Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Municipal Heritage Museum, Malaga, Spain, and The Berlin Foto Biennale, Berlin, Germany, among others. He was named a Photolucida 2016 Critical Mass Finalist for his series Mother and was a 2015 Critical Mass Finalist for his series Hunter’s Calling which was also selected for the C4FAP Portfolio ShowCase Vol. 9 and ONWARD Compé '16. His work has been featured in PDN, Lenscratch, L'oeil de la Photographie, The Photo Review, F-Stop and Abridged Magazine.
He also finds writing in the third person a little strange.
Henriette Sabroe Ebbesen, born April 5th 1994, is currently residing in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she works as a fine art photographer alongside studying medicine at University of Copenhagen. Ebbesen has always been interested in the painting media, but her passion for fine art photography started recently in 2015, when she came to Georgia Southern University, GA, USA on a Rotary Scholarship to study art from 2015-2016. Ebbesen is interested in reflections and uses reflective surfaces to decompose space and objects within the picture frame in order to create surreal effects in her photographs.
Ebbesen’s photographs have been exhibited both in the USA and Europe, and she has been featured and published by magazines like Blink Magazine, Kaltblut Magazine, Musée Magazine, and Vogue Italy. Ebbesen has also won several awards and honorable mentions in different photography competitions, including two of Life Framer's monthly competitions. Ebbesen's portfolio is currently featured on Photo Vogue Italia with whom she recently exhibited in Milan, November 2017 during "Photo Vogue Festival", a photo festival organized by Vogue Italy.
Gemkow’s photographs have been exhibited in several galleries and museums including the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, the Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, FotoFilmic PULP Gallery Bowen Island, B.C., the Los Angeles Center of Photography, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Kaunas Photo Festival in Kaunas, Lithuania, PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary, Rogue Space Chelsea in New York City, the Masur Museum of Art in Louisiana, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, Missouri, the Kevin Milligan Gallery in the Bay Area of California, the Black Box Gallery in Oregon, the PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont, the Midwest Center for Photography in Kansas, the Tubac Center for the Arts in Arizona, several galleries around the Midwest and Gallery MM in Yokohama, Japan.
Tania Franco Klein (b. 1990) is a Mexican photographer. Her photographic career started while studying her BA Architecture in Mexico which took her to pursue her Masters in Photography at the University of the Arts London. Her work is highly influenced by her fascination with social behavior and contemporary practices such as leisure, consumption, media overstimulation, eternal youth, and the American dream in the Western world.
Jaap van den Beukel grew up with 4 sisters and a father who was a vicar. He decides after secondary school to go to college in The Hague to study Photography and Photonics. The internships he had to do here were complete opposites. From black and white reportages at a newspaper to creating still life photography. These opposite ends of photography have contributed to his own style today. This resulted in assignments from a variety of companies and advertising- and design agencies nationally and internationally.
After a very busy working period, he decided to move with his family to Barcelona at the beginning of 2008. This Catalonian period was a sabbatical and the start of a quest to find a different style of photography. A lot of time was spent out on the streets shooting autonomous pursuits. “The fact that there are so many different people living their own lives fascinates me, so I can spend hours just walking around on the streets.” Bit by bit a signature style started to emerge, that resulted in a series of new projects that can be best described as staged reportage.
A great example of his in Barcelona developed style is his current project ‘Our Grid’. The composition of the image is partly staged, but at the same time dissolves into a documentary whole. Background and people have the same importance and join together seamlessly. The image editing has no influence on the composition but is mainly used as a tool to brighten the image to make reality more surrealistic. The interest in social subjects and the longing for reportage gets a place in his photography as well as in his films.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." ~ Marcel Proust.
Intrigued by the concept of photography as a perceptual experience, not as a snapshot of a particular moment in time, each photograph is a capture of an intensely personal emotion, a life-long meditation, a dream brought to reality, a story untold before. Always in search for the light, the color, the reflection, the refraction, the optical illusion, the symmetry in the asymmetry, Silvia enjoys manipulating the physics when engineering each photograph. All effects are in-camera captures.
My name is Konstans Zafeiri and I would primarily define myself as an artist rather than as a photographer.
I experience photography as a means of expression, an invaluable artistic outlet.
My main need and intention is to explore my inner existence, interpret reality and life, and offer an aesthetic and conceptual alternative to the restrictions we are defined by.
Our perception, the way we experience the world around us, is severely limited by both our bodies as well as by the societal norms that shape our sense of reality; we are born into boundaries.
Through my art I aim to fight more and more towards my personal freedom, to defeat my own prejudices, overcome my daemons and share with others this effort of trying to offer an alternative way of thinking.
Giovanna Petrocchi is an Italian visual artist who lives and works in London. Graduating in 2015 with a BA in Photography from the London College of Communication, she was subsequently awarded the Flowers Gallery mentorship award and her work was featured in the British Journal of Photography. Her latest work has been exhibited in the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China, and in the group show "Psyche Valuations" at the White Conduit Projects, London. Most recently, she has been selected as a winner for Flash Forward Magenta Foundation 2016 and her project "Zone of Proximity" has been shown in a solo exhibition at MMX Gallery in London.
In my work, I create „soulscapes“. My approach is more symbolic. Trying to visualize a story, that is happening internally.
Born in Basel, Switzerland. Currently based in Berlin. Jessica Wolfelsperger studied photography in Berlin and had her graduation of Bachelor of Arts at the "BTK – University of Art & Design". Beside that, she currently takes weekend seminars at the "Ostkreuzschule for Photography" in Berlin and made a cerificate in 'Curating' at the "UdK Berlin". She assisted several artists/photograhers in New York, Copenhagen and Berlin. 2015 she won the 1st Prize for emerging talents in Photography Switzerland. 2017 she was the winner of the Swiss Photo Award in the category Fine Art.
Sham Hinchey Anglo-Italian photographer & DP and Marzia Messina Italian creative meet in 2002 in Rome where they begin a full-time collaboration. They create the “Marshamstreet” agency under which they shoot fashion and advertising campaigns. In 2013 they move to NYC to pursue their professional and artistic careers.
Peyton Fulford (b. 1994) is a photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a BFA with Honors in Photography at Columbus State University in 2017. With an emphasis on narrative portraiture, her work focuses on youth subcultures in the southern region of the United States.
Kumi Oguro is born in Japan in 1972.
Her study of photography started in London in 1996, followed by further development at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp until 2003.
Next to photography, she also experimented with video and installation in a postgraduate program, Transmedia in Brussels.
Her research theme in the program was the relation between still and moving image.
This subject is also treated later on in her thesis for the master course, Film studies and Image Culture at the University Antwerp in 2006.
Oguro has participated in exhibitions in Europe, USA, Canada and Japan.
In 2016 and 2017, she takes part in the travelling exhibition FotoFilmic '16 – Los Angeles / Vancouver / Melbourne.
She won the 4th place in this juried exhibition.
Her first book NOISE was published from Le caillou bleu (Brussels) in 2008.
She lives and works in Antwerp since 1999.
Frederik Buyckx was born in 1984 in Antwerp, Belgium. He received a Master’s Degree in Advertising Design at St-Lucas Antwerp and studied photography until 2013 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium. Frederik became a freelance photographer in 2010. Since then, he started working for national and international media. Besides assignments he mainly focuses on personal projects. For his series “Jesus, Make-Up and Football” he documented the daily life in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro. The work won several awards, including a World Press Photo Award in 2013, and was published in a book by Lannoo (Belgium). In 2017 Frederik was named 'Photographer of the Year' at the Sony World Photography Awards.
Luca Baioni (b. 1984) was born and grew up in Milan.
Servaas Van Belle (°Belgium, 1978) prefers to photograph things that do not talk to him. He prefers to search for interesting objects / shapes in the landscape, sculptures with a story. After 9 years of Art school Servaas left for Africa for a few years where he developed an elementary school. On his return, his camera was one of his few possessions. A precious commodity that became his only breadwinner. For several years his work has been published regularly in Belgium and The Netherlands.
As an Amsterdam based Art Director/Graphic Designer I'm always looking for the most perfect graphic composition, but at the same time, my photo's tell a story.
Photography is my attempt to set up mirrors in places where not enough reflection is taking place.
Louisa Stickelbruck, born 1993, is a Berlin-based photographer. Her visual exploration sits in the midst of portrait, documentary and fine art photography, always perpetuating poetic expression. Louisa has exhibited her work in London, New York City, Prague and Berlin.
Hannah Laycock (1982) was born and grew up in the North-east coast of Scotland. Between 2005–2015 she lived in Brighton and London during which time she cultivated her skills in fine-art and commercial photography.
Hannah specialises in portrait photography, currently inspired by her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013. Her subtle, contemplative and sensuous work on MS contributes to contemporary photography, particularly art and portrait photography, and to illness narratives that come in various forms in contemporary culture: from memoirs to performance art. In two of her latest bodies of work, Awakenings and Perceiving Identity she explores her feelings of uncertainty, fear, loss and liberation, intuitively delving into and questioning the notion of neurological ‘lack’.
This is not the first time Laycock explores illness as Railing at the Enthrallment to the Failing of the Light (Parts I–II, 2009) had documented the emotional terrain of her family’s life following her father’s diagnosis with motor neuron disease.
Laycock’s two MS related projects correlate to her earlier art and portrait photography; Fragility and Primacy Subject, which deal with fragility, image and desire, and power relations between subject and observer.
Laycock uses photography as tool to reach out “to help the general population, patients and health professionals to tell and listen to the complex and unique stories of illness” through the use of visual language. “To re-imagine health and wellbeing care based on trust and trustworthiness, humility, and mutual recognition” in order to better understand such conditions as motor neuron disease or multiple sclerosis.
Aristotle Roufanis (b. 1983 Athens, Greece) is a London-based visual artist whose work focuses on patterns, textures and human interactions defined by the condition of urban life and architecture.
An active photographer since his early 20’s, Aristotle Roufanis is a self-taught artist, who has mastered his medium through a series of rigorous photographic projects. Fascinated by how humans build the environments they live in, he has travelled the world extensively, creating images that combine meticulous digital editing with a very personal artistic vision.
In 2016 he has participated in Scope Art Fair Miami Beach and in Fotofever Paris with a solo show; in the same year, his summer exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts sold out before opening to the public. In 2017, he showed new work at ZsONAMACO FOTO in Mexico City. Aristotle Roufanis’s work is part of the Patrons of the Royal Academy’s collections, as well as other private collections in London, Paris, Miami, New York and Mexico City.
In September 2017, a photo from his “Alone Together” series has been shortlisted by MoMA assistant curator Katerina Stathopoulou for Life Framer’s Photography Award (Edition IV - OPEN CALL). In the same month, the “Alone Together” series has been selected by Behance curators for the Best of Behance online gallery. Aristotle Roufanis’s work has been featured on international art and culture websites, as well as printed publications around the world.
As a California based Visual Artist / Photographer I'm always keeping my eyes peeled for keen places to capture, while staying focused on harmonized lines, and vivid dream-like lighting. Have been featured on many online publications (Of the Afternoon (UK), Rueville Design & Publications (UK), Float Magazine (US), Paradise Magazine (US), Peach Estate (US),..
I was born in Italy (1977), currently based in Milan.
I explore social and gender related issue in our society.
My artistic research investigates the "self", exploring its relationship with the world, with the social and natural space that surrounds the human being.
Body, identity, and emotions are my key words.
I got a degree in Natural Science for which I carried out a research project about lions in Tanzania and for five years I had been a geological and naturalistic guide in Iceland and Morocco.
I visited Sarajevo several times after the war for humanitarian purposes where I shot a documentary.
I am now working using photography, video, installations and mixed media.
I am a Leica Camera Ambassador.
If I could live a different life, I would only swap with an extreme mountain climber: one who pushes his mental and physical limits and makes discoveries.
Gabrielle Hall-Lomax is a photographer based in Melbourne. She photographs abstractions of moments in a landscape, exploring perspective and our relationship to the natural environment. Hall-Lomax is interested in the unique ability of the camera to capture reality separate from the human eye, and how through the camera she is able to interpret the world in an infinite number of ways.
Fanta Kaba was born in 1987 in Paris, where she lives and works. She began her career in Finance before transitioning into photography after obtaining a MA in European Photography.
Her experimental and poetic work invites to contemplation. The textures, the natural elements, the body and the mouvement are at the heart of her photographic work. Focusing on fragments of the human body and of sculptures, she transforms her subjects into intriguing and abstract compositions of lines and texture, of shadow and light. With subtle shades of gray and delicate landscapes, the artists develops a singular and meditative photographic work that allows us to be immersed in a universe of sensations. Her black and white photographs often confuse the line between illusion and reality, a border she often plays with.
Conceived as a visual poetry which evokes rather than explains, her body of work asks questions about humanity, about our perception of reality and about traces of time. She also develops an experimental work with polaroids and around the exploration of the photographic means through a consistent confrontation between analog and digital.
Micaela Mau (born in 1986) is a German-Italian artist. She has studied visual communication at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome and at the School of Visual Arts in New York as well as Foreign Languages and Literature at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre.
While studying and working abroad in Tokyo, Frankfurt and London she developed an interest in photography, fascinated by the ambiguous relationship between photographic image and reality.
She currently lives and works in Florence, Italy.
Is a photographer who in lives Basel and received the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize 2016. And PHOTOVOGUE in PORTRAITS His work explores the relationship between spaces and humans, the subject within the space and the space as the subject itself.
Rasano is, no doubt, an accomplished photographer with a genuine and identifiable style that crosses documentary and fine art practices. I would describe Rasano as a collector, or, a hoarder of images with the determined vision of the experienced collector. Rasano collects and catalogues people from similar backgrounds, circumstances and experiences - environmental portraits and landscapes depicting a quiet anthropological commentary. From Same place to Skin of Africa the gaze and distance speak volumes. His photography is mature, thoughtful and professional. The portraits themselves are taken in a consistent manner. In each portrait it is clear that the photographer is pre-visualizing the composition. and there is a strong relationship between the environmental portraits and landscape images. I sense the photographer is seeing both with the same eyes.
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2017 Finalist, LensCulture Portrait Awards .2017 PHOTOVOGUE/PORTRAITS at Leica Galerie, Milano
2017 Exhibition HIER UND JETZT Portraits of patients and employees of the Palliativzentrum Hildegard in Basel Exhibited in Predigerkirche Basel, till April 30th. 2016 / 2017 Taylor Wessing photographic Portrait Prize 2016 National Portrait Gallery | London | First prize 2015 Escassez| Desperdício Syngenta Photography Awards 2015 Syngenta Photography Awards CCSP Centro Cultural São Paulo. 2015 Aff Galerie FOG Magazins 2015 Portrait Salon Embassy Tea Gallery London 2015 Galerie BOHAI FOG: Excerpts 2015 aff Galerie Magazinpräsentation FOG Magazin 2015 Centro Cultural de São Paulo Syngenta Photography Award ‘Scarcity-Waste 2015 Museum of African Design Johannesburg Curate Life Collection competition 2015 Syngenta Photography Award Exhibition Scarcity-Waste 2015 Exposure Awards 2014 Lensculture 2014 at Photolondon Solo Exhibition oslo8 contemporary photography 2014 Photobastei, Oslo8 contemporary photography, Basel, Zürich Cheltenham Art Gallery 2014 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh 2013 The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. National Portrait Gallery London 2013 Going Places. Reise ins anderswo. iaab Basement, Basel 2012 Hasselblad Masters Finalist. 2011 The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. National Portrait Gallery London 2011 Fotolabor Pascale Brügger, Kunstfreilager Dreispitz Basel 2011 Hasselblad Masters Finalist 10 Best Portrait photographers Ausstellung 2011 Photobook Days, Deichtorhallen Hamburg 2010 Gallery 1839 Soho, London 2010 Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington 2009 Portfoliowalk Deichtorhallen, Hamburg 2009 Obscura Gallery St Kilda, Melbourne 2008 Photoforum Pasquart, Biel 2008 frontstore, Basel 2008 PHotoEspaña, Madrid 2008 LPA: London Photographic Association, London 2007 11. vfg Nachwuchsförderpreis, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, 2007 ECAL Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne und Stiftung Binz 39, Zürich 2007 Passages by iaab choices, M54 Basel 2007 Ernte 06, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz 2006 Regionale7, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal 2006 Regionale7, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mulhouse
2017 Finalist, LensCulture Portrait Awards .2017 PHOTOVOGUE/PORTRAITS 2016 Taylor Wessing photographic Portrait Prize 2016 National Portrait Gallery | London First prize
2015 Leica Oskar Barnack Preis Finalist 2015 Photography Masters Cup Nominee in Portrait 2015 Syngenta Photography Award Exhibition ‚Scarcity-Waste 2015 Exposure Awards 2014 at PhotoLondon 2014 Photography Masters Cup Nominee in Portrait JOHANNESBURG, 2013 The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. National Portrait Gallery London 2013 Photography Masters Cup / Nominee Architecture 2013 Photography Masters Cup / Nominee Portrait 2011 The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize National Portrait Gallery London 2011 Hasselblad Masters Finalist, 10 Best Portrait Photographers 2010 Photography Masters Cup: nominated for Do we need passport 2010 Honorable Mentions 2009-2010 Exhibit A photography, Skin Of Africa 2010 Honorable Mentions 2009-2010 Exhibit A photography, Trust 2010 International Photography Awards IPA, honorable mention 2010 European Publishers Award for Photography shortlisted 2010 Head On Abanotubani, Bath 2010 Photographer's Forum Magazine, Best of Photography 2010 2009 American Photo Images of the Year, Portraiture, Category Runner-Up 2009 PX3 2008 Honorable Mention, Abanotubani, Bath 2009 Head On 2009 Shortlist 2009 Photographer's Forum Magazine, Best of Photography 2009 2009 Photography Masters Cup, the Color Award 2008 American Photo Images of the Year 2008 The 2008 International Aperture Awards 2008 Photo España 2008: Descubrimientos PHE08, Finalist 2008 LPA: London Photographic Association, Bronze Series 2008 PX3 2008 Honorable Mention for Skin of Africa 2008 International Photography awards IPA, honorable mention
2018 : "Directors choices series" at photo18, Zurich, Switzerland
2018 : Solo show at the Centre Culturel Bellegarde, Toulouse, France, janruary-february
2017 : Songzhuang international photo biennale with "Le Damas des autres" at Contemporary Museum of Songzuhang, Beijing (Pékin), China,
2017 : Athens Photo Festival with "Le Damas des autres" at the Benaki Museum of Athens, Greece
2017 :La Nuit de l'ICART, Exils, projection de "La promesse du devenir-autre ou jouir en Dieu", juin
2017 : Life Framer Award for "Le Damas des autres
2017 : "OuvretesyeuxIntime", contemporary art exhibition for private tour ART PARIS ART FAIR ouvretesyeux.fr, Paris 1, march-april
2017 : Centre Photographique de Fontfreyde, Clermont-Ferrand, festival Circulation(s) with "Le Damas des autres", march-june
2017 : CENTQUATRE, festival Circulation(s) with "Le Damas des autres", Paris, january-march
2015 : "Mémoires de famille" in The Eyes, PARISPHOTO, Le Grand Palais, november
2015 : "Cross over", galerie Obrose, Paris, june
2015 : JABAL ART FAIR, Beirut, may
2014 : JABAL ART FAIR, Beirut, may
2014 : "The eyes collection" at galerie Intervalle, Paris, april
2014 : "Et la tendresse, bordel !", galerie Obrose, Paris, february
2013 : "Jeunes artistes originaires du proche orient, Galerie Sophie Lanoë, Paris
2013 : "Mémoires de famille" au salon de la photo, Paris, The eyes, november
2013 : presentation of "Mémoires de famille", à La Maison Rouge, Paris, The Eyes
2013 : "Coutures de guerre" at galerie de La Fonderie, october, Paris
2013-2106 : drawer activity for Le Monde
2011-2014 : graduated from l’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués de Paris, mention Très Bien, First of class, Major
2007-2011 : Master 1 of philosophy mention aesthetic phenomenology (peut-on avoir une jouissance esthétique du dégout ? Kolnaï and JP Sartre) at l’université de Nantes (L1, L2), l’université du Québèc à Montréal (L3) and la universidad de Barcelona (M1)
I am currently working on a series of colors that will be grouped under the title "Sitons" and will include 6 series relating to a color (black, yellow, green, blue, pink and a mysterious color). A color inspired by the encounter of a model, which I don't necessarily know, but which I imagine and dream, trying to reveal it while metamorphosing it by color.
Rene Maurin (*1971) is a Slovene author born in ex-Yugoslavia, rightfully accused of roaming several mediums. He acquired his formal education in United States, Croatia and Slovenia. After graduation in theatre directing he filmed a series of documentaries for the Slovenian National Television and won the attention of audiences and critics with films such as "I saw Elvis!" (1999) and "Life, as from inside" (2000).
He dedicates the next decade to the theatre and takes over Ptuj City Theatre. In this time he directs several performances that reap acclaim and selected awards in Slovenia and abroad. In 2012 he enrolled the master course in film directing at the AGRFT and directed his first fiction film “Bright Black” (2014). Among others, the film received the award for the best academic achievement of University in Ljubljana and toured several prestigious international film festivals.
His photographic work serves as an expression contrasting the narrative treatment of cinematic storytelling and nests in photographic contraction of time and the capacity of uncompromised manifestation of intimate testimonies and visual langue. In 2013 he co-founded the photo-literary zine REBUS. He often writes — a common habit of directors and lectures at the Institute of Media Communication at the University of Maribor.
He chiefly lives and works in Maribor, Slovenia.
Japanese photographer based in London.
Benedict Scheuer (b. 1992, MN)
Formerly, Leo Serpens
Currently Located in Columbus, Ohio
Benedict is an artist interested in identity and self portraiture as they relate to the photographic image both materially and conceptually. He examines wildness and queerness as threads of self which are embodied through and within the human body.
Over the last three years of my BFA in photography, my creative process has oscillated between photographic self-portraiture, video and installation practice, with a strong focus on the exploration of the 'gaze'.
My earlier self-portrait photographs explored tropes of traditional gender roles in the age of social media, and the parallels between the domestic family photo album, Instagram and selfie culture. However, my recent interest has focused more on female experiences from the perspective of the female-gaze, examining the interaction and connection between the female body and natural landscape.
Caterina Gradi is a young Italian artist born in Florence. She studied photography and visual art in Milan.
After finishing her studies she moved north, choosing Amsterdam as her destination, where she’s been living for more than one year.
Caterina uses photography to represent stories of surreal dark poetry, such as life, death, dreams and subconscious feelings.She doesn’t like what is usually perceived as beautiful, she prefers to look for the aesthetic features that make the dark and the macabre attractive.
Freischaffende Fotografin und Organisatorin / Kuratorin der Zwischennutzung DISMantle aus München.
Paul Thompson (b 1977 UK), graduated with a H.N.D. in photography from the Newcastle Art & Design College in 1999 and opened his London studio in 2005 after assisting leading advertising photographers.
Since opening his studio, Thompson has been recognised and honoured by leading institutions. Thompson has received both a Gold and Silver award from the Association of Photographers, two Silver and one Bronze award from Creative Circle, a yellow pencil at D&AD. He was also shortlisted in the Terry O’Neill Photography Award.
Thompson has exhibited three times at the National Portrait Gallery – London. In addition, he has shown work at The Strand Art Gallery, Design Week’s Awards exhibition, as well as at Creative Review’s Photography Annual. Thompson has appeared twice in the D&AD book, and he’s had work featured in national and international print and online publications.
While continuing to build an extensive commercial portfolio, Thompson has devoted recent years to a collection of ongoing, interconnected bodies of fine art work. His minimal, abstract photographs are often (but not always) made on the coast, usually late into the night, using a large-format film camera. Instead of adding artificial elements, Thompson subtracts them, stripping his compositions down to their most essential features.
In Thompson’s world, art is about sacrifice and dedication, and it shows in the work. In engaging with a rich and layered history of photography and visual art in general, his work also raises questions about the future of our world– the land and the sea– and mankind’s ever-shifting place within it.
Jake Mein, born in Ngaio, Wellington, 1988, is a photographer based in New Zealand. He holds a BDes (Hons) in Photography from Massey University. His work explores the sense of belonging, home, and the deterioration of familiar places. His recent work has looked into his hometown, Christchurch, following the 2011 earthquake which destroyed the city. Jake’s work has been exhibited locally as well as in shows in London and Australia. His project Six for Gold was published by the independent publisher Bad News Books.
With a background in fashion design, Argentina-born artist, Karen Navarro, works with a highly stylized aesthetic on a diverse array of mediums that includes photography, collage, and sculpture. Her constructed portraits, as she describes it herself, are known for the use of color theory, surreal scenes and minimalist details. Navarro’s work expresses self-referential questions that connect in a much larger scale to ideas of construction of identity, societal expectations and the understanding of the being; prompting a discourse about the subconscious will to comply with the contemporary societies' canons when these are in fact misleading. Similarly, Navarro explores in her work femininity as a cultural construct.
Navarro lives in Houston since 2014 where she completed the certificate program in photography at Houston Center for Photography. In 2018. Navarro has been awarded a scholarship at Glassell School of Art| The Museum of Fine Art Houston where she studied analog photography. Most recently Navarro has received the Artadia fellowship 2019. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad.
I was born in Madrid in 1992. Since I was nine years old I have lived in several places in Spain and abroad. In 2014 I came to Valencia to study at the school Espai d'art fotogràfic and finalized in 2017 with the Master in Photography: Creation and Production. At the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, I was residing in Madrid (Spain) to take the course "Creativity and strategies in contemporary photography" at the EFTI school, taught by Javier Vallhonrat. I currently reside in London.
I have done collective exhibitions in the Gallery Cero (Spain, 2014) or in the gallery Officine Fotografiche (Rome, 2016). I won several competitions such as the Nikon Photo Contest (Japan, 2015) or the one of Photo Festival Benidorm Portrait (Spain, 2017). Finally, I published my first photo book "Portrait", won the EFTI's grant at the ArtPhotoBcn festival (Spain, 2017), I was invited as an artist in the work "A parallel world" (Spain, 2017) curated by Joan Fontcuberta and I have participated in several fairs such as Emerging Art # 3 + 1 or Photobook Festival (Spain, 2017).
In my work I speak from my experiences and the trauma, being this intimate and suggested where the image goes beyond, leaving it to the free interpretation of the spectator. I pretend to show a reality that is hidden in our inner self, is a form of reflection and contained catharsis. The introspection is a source of inspiration for my work.
Matthias Forster is a swiss-based photographer. He attended a self-taught photographer class and graduated in photography at the Swiss school of journalism. He is primarily working on long-term projects. His field of work are mainly subjects of public and urban space. In the last 15 years he traveled Asia extensively and spent a lot of time exploring major cities. Furthermore he is working on projects focusing on the balancing act between photography and painting.
Rob grew up in sunny Dorset, United Kingdom where days at the beach and long walks in the countryside fuelled his love of natural landscapes. Rob wasn’t born with a camera round his neck, much to his mother’s relief, but started his photographic career in a foundation course at Bournemouth Arts University. Another degree and a lot of practice later, Rob started assisting in London. He was lucky enough to work and learn alongside some of the industry’s big hitters.
Rob turns the ordinary into extraordinary. He takes everyday scenes, landscapes or objects and creates a unique atmosphere around them using light, colour and composition. This ‘atmosphere’ is hard to pinpoint. It has been described as ethereal and unearthly with an otherworldly feel about it. The atmosphere can of course change depending on the feelings that the picture is trying to evoke. Rob likes to think it’s something that people might easily overlook but once captured in a photograph has a permanence, palpability and quiet beauty for all to see.
photographer currently living and working in Iceland. She has majored in Art History at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw as well as Film and TV Production at the Academy of Film and Television in Warsaw.
Vogue (Italia), Fubiz (France), C-Heads Magazine ( Austria), DRECK Magazine, C41 Magazine (Italy) Phroom Magazine (Italy), Vice (Poland), i-D (Poland), K MAG (Poland)
1st Prize Winner of The Independent Photographer´s Portrait Photography Award 2018
1st Prize Winner of Chromatic Awards in Fine Art
Represented by Syndikat Artists Hamburg
I was born in France in 1992. I’m graduated from a two year degree in digital graphic design (Paris-2014) and a two year higher degree in fashion image, media and editorial (Paris-2016). I currently live and work in Montreal.
My work is the development of a magical universe where the visible and the invisible encounter. I want to offer my own perspective - phantasmagoria. To depict a supernatural universe gives me the chance to step away from reality and speak about it from a different point of view.
Katarzyna Heeringa (b. 1969) is a photographer of Polish descent. Upon completing her studies she moved to the Netherlands. At the age of forty-five, after a long career in a different branch, it was time for a change. She decided to enrol at the Amsterdam Academy of Photography (Fotoacademie Amsterdam). This rigorous three-year programme allowed her to fully develop herself as a photographer, to choose the right path and to be where she is now.
She lives in Woerden.
Nina Röder was born in 1983 in Germany and graduated with a Master of fine Arts from Bauhaus University Weimar with the focus on staged photography. Next to her artistic activities she is a PhD candidate with the research topic about performative strategies in contemporary photography.
Nina's photographic work is exposing hidden structures of biographical stories in which she is combining aspects of the theatre, performance and stage with the timebased image space of photography. Her photographs have been shown in international exhibitions and photofestivals such as Voies Off Festival in Arles, the European Month of Photography in Berlin or the Goa Photo Festival in India.
Nina lives and works in Berlin.
Merle Büttner, born in 1995, grew up in Bremen, Germany. After finishing school in 2014 she moved to Hamburg to study photography.
I see things in a strange way. Daily-life-stuff-kind-of-things. Like a place you walk past every day without noticing there is a beautiful shape, pattern or atmosphere around because you simply walk past it every day. I capture my very own view on places, abstract impressions of day-to-day-life using a camera.
Fascinated by weird habits of people, strange cultural trends and unique atmospheres, Merle Büttner strolls through life. She is able to let you discover completely new sides of topics, places and objects you have known before, but you have not seen them the same way she has. Her curiosity, deep-seated visual abstraction plus the ability of sensing cultural and social vibes, merge into a unique symbioses you can find in her pictures.
Matthew Thorne is a young Australian film director, and photographer whose work is focused around the relationships between time and community, land, mortality and spirituality.
His recent work includes intertextual film and photographic project, "The Sand That Ate The Sea" a narrative short film shot in opal mining country in South Australia about fatherhood and grief. "Gaib" a docu-narrative film shot on 16mm in a remote fishing village in West Java about death, spirituality, and community. A documentary series "Positive Movements" shot in Baltimore and Philadelphia following an Australian artist as he worked with two community groups in two of the most underprivileged communities in America - and their positive messages. Reportage photography series shot in Iran, South America, and Russia. And a photography book, "For My Father", of photos taken in Japan with his father the week before he died, and published via Palm* (UK).
Other work includes additional second unit direction and photography for Alien: Covenant, and photography on Justin Kurzel’s feature film True History Of The Kelly Gang.
Matthew’s film work has screened at festivals including the Cannes Lions Festival, Young Director Award (Cannes Lions Festival), LA Music Video Festival. And his photography has been exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney and Berlin.
Nathalie Dekker (1976, The Hague) is a Dutch photographer, she lives and works in Overveen, near Haarlem and Amsterdam.
She has a fascination for translating words into images, in the purest simplest way. She jot down words that fascinate her. The words themselves trigger her imagination and she knows how to capture their essence in a contemporary way. The unique way she looks at them is both unexpected and accessible. Just with a little bit of difference and playfulness, she knows how to amaze you with her work.
Nathalie graduated with honours from the Amsterdam Photo Academy in May 2018. She was selected as New Dutch Photography Talent 2019 by GUP and one of the 100 greatest emerging photographers of Europe, Fresh Eyes 2019 by GUP. The series Wallflower has been selected by Editors' pick of the open call of 2018 by Life Framer and she won 2nd place (Silver Star Award) ND Awards 2018.
I was born the Northern Caucasus region of Russia in 1979. From the first meeting with the world of photography, I felt that the reality and the image in the photograph are very similar and at the same time different. Photography immediately fascinated me, with its process and result. It was interesting to look through the viewfinder, the world seemed like mine. Since 2000 year I live in Israel and while studying in Jerusalem at the academy of art and design Bezalel I made sure of that photography has long been more than just 'catching the moment' and requires intense intervention from the photographer. One of the interesting things I learned in academy is the understanding that, with time, photography changes, that the view towards photography as a media and as a document changes, as well as its value.
Staged photography allows me more control to make the occurrence sharper, to create a reality, where you can feel every detail. For me, to make photography is to look for an existence, a story in everything, to transform moments that I see, think, feel and dream into a visual representation. Maybe photography in my life it’s kind of a way to cope with the world and tool to research it; an attempt to create a dialog with it, to organize and explain the world. And what do we have - just a rectangle in which we keep reassembling the world. It’s a fantastic tool: an objective picture in subjective viewfinder.
After 18 years as an optician, I was completely done with this profession. I decided to explore my fascination with the still image. In December 2015 I graduated cum laude from the FotoAcademie Amstedam.
I like to have complete control over everything I do and this also applies to my photography. It is therefore logical that I photograph in a studio. The images I create are based on my memories, experiences and fantasies. The topics and themes come from my heart.
I live in a small town outside of Cape Town, South Africa.
After many years of advertising, then establishing a wet and dry
printing service for photographers, I have found some time
to re-look at the work I have made over the years.
Currently I find the idea of pairing images very attractive,
as it is open to chance and serendipity, as is photography itself.
LESIA MARUSCHAK creates mobile memory spaces. Born in 1961 in Saskatchewan she spent her childhood on the Canadian prairies, land settled by her ancestors in 1874.
Maruschak’s work - a complex exploration of memory and sensual expression - informs and expands what it means to create. According to Monica Allende, “Maruschak's work reflects on the visual memory of history, and the role of the artist in the decolonization of narratives which are critical issues in photography debate.”
Working across the still and moving image, sculpture and painting, Maruschak creates objects which encapsulate narratives emerging from fragments often multiplied thousands of times. Her commitment to making drives her to push what her camera captures until she arrives at an abstract sensual representation - almost otherworldly.
In just three years of practice Maruschak’s works have been collected by museums, exhibited in many solo and group photographic exhibitions in nine countries. She is also a maker of fine books. Her most recent publication MARIA received the International Arsenal Book Festival’s Grand Prix (2019, Kyiv). Her Limited-Edition Art Book, TRANSFIGURATION, has been acquired by numerous private and public collections including Duke University, Stanford University, Athenaeum, Columbia University, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, and the Library of Congress. Maruschak collaborates with recognized international memory museums, lectures at international conferences such as FORMAT 19 University of Derby (2019). She makes special guest appearances at photo festivals including PhotoVenezia (2018) and Palm Springs Photo Festival (2017). In 2014, The Governor General of Canada presented Maruschak with the Caring Canadian and Silver Medal Award for her work.
Maruschak holds a MA in Ethnography and an MBA in International Management.
She spends her time between Alvena and Ottawa, Canada.
Attracted by creative process of art and the poetic and not literal language of photography.
The space to multiple interpretations. The self expression through a non unique denotation or through the abstract way that the photographic medium has.
Have attended a lot of photographic seminars, workshops and lectures. Have read lot of books about aesthetic, history, interpretation etc.
Like to search and through observation and experimentation to end up to my personal unobserved worlds.
I was born in Cagliari, Italy in 1987.
I studied political science in Rome for two years, then chose to change path. I graduated in Philosophy in Trent in 2010.
I started working on photography in 2008, taking part in many workshops in Italy. These experiences led me then to look for a more professionalizing path.
I was admitted to the National School of Photography in Arles, France, (École Nationale Supérieure de la photographie) in 2012, where I graduated with honors in June 2015.
For me, art is a unique access to the world, a threshold that mirrors the relationship between my inner being and what surrounds me.
The perceptive and sensorial experience of reality can open our mind and our creativity to unattended and unknown places.
In those places -both real and unreal- I try to find my place, in the attempt to translate in images the connection with the people and the landscapes I meet.
Photography often goes hand in hand with other media, like sound and video, or with the complementary voices that create a junction among subjectivity, otherness, identities, territories and landscapes.
I first started making night photographs while living in the USA. As an outsider, my eye was drawn to the quirky industrial and urban landscapes that surround San Francisco and I set myself a goal to photograph these unseen and overlooked areas. I developed my technique by taking roadtrips to neglected towns and photographing through the night while teaching myself the technicalities of traditional architecture photography. This was a lonely time for me and my intention was to capture this feeling in the photographs.
Upon moving back to the UK in 2014 I continued taking photographs at night, focussing on the once-great industrial towns of the midlands, developing my style further, and working on a consistent theme to tie the photos together.
Fine art and documentary photographer based in Paris, France.
Working on the imaginary part of the reality
Interested in social systems and how they affect urbanism, habitat, bodies and lives.
Sarah Maslankiewicz (°1974, Manchester, United Kingdom) is an artist who works with photography. Sarah chooses to photograph because she cannot draw. She believes photography is the medium for frustrated painters. The periods of Sarah’s life where she has been most creative are when she’s allowed to daydream. Sarah has found it increasingly difficult to do this with a demanding family environment – a husband and 2 young children. It’s easier for her knowing that they are content, and then she can allow her mind to wander.
With a conceptual approach, Sarah will challenge that we all can harness the power of the imagination. The conscious mind blocks this power but if we let it, it can reveal the hidden aspect of ourselves. Sarah feels there is something more to our existence. Dreams are a form of subconscious thought. A lot can be said about the things we dream. They are a reflection of our waking life. We can learn about ourselves and it can help answer the questions our thoughts ask.
Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment and she uses her everyday experiences as a starting point. She finds joy in fantasy and the imagination. It is a reflection of Sarah and her upbringing and also a way for her to escape reality. Sarah has always been a daydreamer and a tomboy who spent hours, day after day, creating games with friends. She also spent a lot of time alone; being an only child, her bedroom was full of stuffed animals that came alive. As Sarah progressed into adulthood, she found herself keeping a dream journal and would often spend time analysing her own dreams and those of friends. Animal symbolism, auras, colour therapy and dream interpretation are all part of Sarah’s inspiration.
In this age of haste and technical advancement, Sarah likes to create the vulnerable and intensive dimensions of human feelings and emotions. Often her work will combine the past with the present, while she talks to you in a language without words where these whimsical worlds exist only in dreams. Supernatural, erotic and even violent have been keywords for her works. They have been described as old stories - escaped from a world of eternal dreams, eternal emotions and eternal feelings that have existed for hundreds of years - sometimes restless ones but they can also be like whispers of thoughtless experiences, floating through time.
Sarah Maslankiewicz currently lives in Mansfield, Victoria, Australia.
Stained with the copper ore and minerals that lie substrata, the tributaries that weave from North Wales and on to the Irish Sea provide the immediate landscape with its distinct colouration. This coupled with soil toxicity leaves little vegetation, and a texture that speaks of the alien, the unfamiliar. This unfamiliarity is borne out of life’s absence from this landscape, not necessarily that it is a difficult topology to conceive of, or one that we perhaps have not encountered in a similar form previously, rather that the aspect and meaning generated by its rock formations, and deeply gouged earth are the antithesis of what can be considered habitable. However, it is the concept of habitation that lies at the core of this series of new photographs by Richard Lloyd Lewis. Lewis invites us to consider a landscape that at once seems instantly recognisable yet simultaneously demands distance and caution, we must remain at a safe proximity, and with the eye of an explorer, observe. Home is partially constituted by natural geography, the built environment, networks of individuals, their concomitant values, economy, a favourite pillow, shared language, the location of a record collection. The common thread, if there is one, is the absence of threat, a sense of custom and convention, and familiarity. Such representations are absent in Lewis’s images, and the concept of familiarity we are being asked to consider is expanded to the planetary. The landscape Lewis invites us to observe, both in micro and macrocosm, through the mountain and its particulars, is an earth, perhaps the one we currently inhabit, perhaps not. We are asked to consider home in the vastness of geologic temporality rather than through the all too brief window of an individual existence.
Lewis has exhibited nationally alongside artists such as Tracey Emin, Steve Pyke, Hannah Starkey, Gavin Turk, Nadav Kander, Martin Parr, Paul M Smith, Bridget Riley and John Swannell and his photographic prints are now held in several notable private collections
Lewis has a Masters Degree in Photography from The University Of The Arts London - LCC, and a BA (Hons) Degree from Exeter School Of Art & Design - University of Plymouth.
‘code name burlington’ is held in the permanent collection at the Imperial War Museum London.
Dead Tree's Event 1 to Event 6 was purchased by the Contemporary Art Society Of Wales in 2016 and is now on permanent display at Monmouthshire County Hall, as the winner of The Purchase Price at The National Eisteddfod Of Wales
Vicky Martin (UK) is an award winning fine art photographer. Studying art and photography in the 1990s it was not until 2008 after being awarded a prestigious bursary that she was able to pursue photography professionally. Since then Vicky has had her work published and exhibited nationally and internationally, from Europe to the USA in solo and group shows. Her work continues to garner many awards and nominations including Winner of the Professional Beauty and Fashion Category at the Chromatic Awards 2018, Winner of the All About Photo Magazine Colors issue 2018, Winner of the Single Image in the Professional Fine Art Category at the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2018 and Winner of the Professional Fine Art Series at 2016 Fine Art Photography Awards.
Throughout Vicky's practice she explores her fascination with identity and the emotions that are created by considered scenarios that are based in both fantasy and reality. Her work explores identity through staging and creating realities for characters who often display conflicting emotions with situations. Vicky seeks to encourage the viewer to ask questions of her work to which ultimately the answers depend on the viewer’s own personal identity and perceptions.
My name is Naiwen Zhang, born and raised in China, I recently graduated from International Center of Photography - Bard MFA program and currently live in New York. My practice includes photography and videos. I am interested in time and memory. My works are focusing on telling non-liner stories of my inner world in response to the outside reality
MIIA AUTIO IS A VISUAL ARTIST WHO IS INTERESTED IN PRESENTING SOCIETAL ISSUES IN A WAY THAT KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING IS BORN THROUGH THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE VIEWER AND THE WORK. IN HER WORKS SHE DEALS THE THEMES OF IDENTITY, FOREIGNNESS AND VIEWERSHIP.
When looking at myself and reviewing my own work I overall see that through my photography I alsways visually try to identify the people that I photograph. And in addition to that I'm very interesseted in how their life and culture blends into their self being. I aspire to tell that story, especially for those who don't have a voice to express their own story.