San Sebastián, 1976.
It wouldn’t be fair to say that I’m a self-taught photographer. My father was my teacher. By the age of 6 I was already taking photos. I grew up between his slices. At about the age of 21 I quit photography, very unmotivated. But 12 years later, in 2009, I bought a new camera and started again. It’s a big gap, but I don’t regret it. It’s just the way it was. My parents made me love travelling. I took Tourism Studies at the University. I enjoy travelling as much as taking photographs.
What motivates me to keep on taking photos is very simple: I love to frame the world. Capture the life and show it the way I see it. It’s the best way I know to express myself.
2013: Life Framer Winner. Theme: A World of Culture
2013: Life Framer Finalist. Theme: A Human Touch
2015: Life Framer Finalist. Theme: Six Continents
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.
Hakim Boulouiz is a Professional Photographer and an Expert in Urban aesthetics with a multidisciplinary training. After receiving a diploma in Architecture, a diploma in Filmmaking, a Master's degree in Territory Planning, he completed a PhD at the University of Geneva analyzing the mutual inspiration between urban modernity and the art of short film. Hakim considers street photography as a visual recycling. Like a sculptor manufacturing several forms from scrap metal or a designer working to give waste new life in a new use. Hakim has won several international photography awards. He currently lives and works in Switzerland.
In 2011, when his interest in photography began, concludes the Introduction to Photography Course in APAF (Portuguese Association of Photographic Art). In 2012 finished the Degree in Management in ISEG (Superior Institute of Economics and Management). From 2012 to 2014 attends the Photography Course in Ar.Co (Center of Art & Visual Communication).
Since then his work focused on the attempt to document the world that surrounds him with a strong emphasis on personal memories and experiences.
A confessed film lover his work has been published and exhibited both national and abroad.
Currently lives and works between Braga and Lisbon, Portugal.
Antonio Privitera was born in Siracusa, Italy, in 1984.
He graduated in cinema and philosophy with BFA from the University of Trieste in 2009. In the same year he obtained a master’s degree in documentary and photography at IED of Venice and received his MFA. Privitera has been the recipient of international grants and awards. His work is widely exhibited in Europe and overseas as well. His photographs have been featured in several publications worldwide.
Currently he lives and works in Rome as a freelance artist, photographer and creative director.
Michael Martin is an artist and teacher who specializes in photography. After serving as Associate Professor and Academic Dean for two decades at Cogswell College in San Jose, California, he was recently appointed as Adjunct Lecturer at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. He lives and works in San Jose, California.
Michael’s community service work includes Board President of WORKS/San Jose Gallery, the City of Santa Clara Cultural Advisory Commission, and most recently Chair of the San Jose Arts Commission, where he was also member of the nationally recognized Public Art Committee and the San Jose Mineta Airport Art Program Oversight Committee.
My pictures are mostly from streets around the world. Where ever I am I walk the streets, or waiting in a corner looking for interesting colors, shadows and people. Trying to find moments of everyday life, something weird, colorful, friendship or loneliness.
Trying to get the time for me and my camera when not working as a copywriter. I'm living in Kungsbacka, a small town on the Swedish West coast, just outside Gothenburg, with my wife and for another year or two (I guess) my daughter and my son just a block away.
A dedicated collector of photography, photo books and dreaming about making my own.
Nicola Muirhead [b. 1986]
I am a British-Bermudian contemporary documentary photographer and visual storyteller. My personal projects and documentary work focus on rural and urban communities, as well as personal and cultural identities, and how these realities are influenced by political, environmental and economic factors.
Hendrik Braet is a Belgian documentary-based photographer whose work focuses on his own culture. His motive is: 'It all happens close to you!'
Hendrik attended the University of Ghent and the Academy of Fine Arts of Ghent. He received a Bachelor's degree in Political Sciences and a degree in Photography. At the moment he 's finishing his second year specialization Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts.
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.
Hon Hoang is a Vietnamese-American street, portrait, and event photographer currently based in South Korea. He was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, but grew up in Los Angeles, California. He began studying Photography shortly after graduating from UCLA where he studied Psychology. He sees Photography as a medium that answers questions, satisfies curiosity, and showcases the things that are often left unseen.
He is currently working as a freelancer and on various photography projects such as www.enflight.design
I started taking pictures in 2016, right after I got my first digital camera.
I am mainly interested in minimal photography.
I currently live and work in Paris.
Eléonore Simon is a French photographer currently working in Valparaíso, Chile. She studied at the Université Lumière Lyon II in France and at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a MA in Art History. After several years working in New York working as a studio manager and serving as teaching assistant at The International Center of Photography, Eléonore is developing long term personal and documentary projects in Chile.
Maarten Vromans (1975, Netherlands) roams through cities and landscapes. With his photography he explores the impact that people, nature and weather have on urban development. Currently he investigates if it is possible to produce strong images by just leaving everything to chance.
His photos were published in New Dutch Photography Talent 2016, an annual platform publication featuring the work of hundred upcoming Dutch photographers. He has exhibited his work in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Budapest. Maarten is represented by Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Born in Arezzo in 1976, Marco is a visual artist and independent photographer. His education is characterized by a strong attraction toward visual arts but with a keen interest also in various disciplines.
This curiosity led him to study in several Italian and foreign institutions, including the University of Siena where he studied History, Art History and Aesthetics; the London College of Communication where he had access to a stimulating debate on photographic techniques and contemporary photography; and Goldsmiths College where he achieved a Master of Arts in Photography and Urban Cultures in the Department of Sociology, during which he was able to investigate not only the most recent social and photography theory but also widen his knowledge on urbanism, politics, bio-politics, economics, philosophy, cultural and human geography, media theory, theory of the body and affects, among other disciplines and many personal interests.
Since 2003 he has practiced photography as a creative medium useful for the development of a mature social consciousness as well as effective means of personal growth. In recent years he has exhibited and published his works in England, Italy, France and Canada. Some of his works have been purchased by public and private collections in England and Taiwan.
His travels through Europe, the Middle East, but especially long stays in Southeast Asia and England, allowed him to investigate the various aspects of urbanism and the morphogenesis of contemporary cities.
In his images he represents the urban traces of contemporary political, economical and social trends, making evident the close relationship between capital, power and space, which is deeply influencing globally the shape of cities and their suburbs and facilitating the emergence of phenomena such as the exponential growth in the size and number of cities, megacities and large urban conglomerates in Southeast Asia and, at the same time, contributing to the emergence of deep economic, social and spatial inequalities within the urban fabric, but also to impose pre-established ways in which people and the human and social body interact, socialize, develops and unfolds.
The interdependence and complementarity of "urban activities" and "industrial activities" leads the artist to turn to the relationship between power, sustainable development and industrial technologies. His images visually define the aesthetic relationship between the industry and the surrounding landscape and how the idea of the sublime - that traditionally is referred to as the natural landscape - has in the last century fully extended to the categories of the technical and technological "landscape," thus establishing the categories of the “industrial” and “technological sublime.”
Within reportage photography he shows interest in human and animals rights; environment and sustainable development; politics of formation of economic and social inequalities; unequal distribution of capital and formation of poverty; migration flows of temporary workers and refugees; government surveillance and political protests; new cultures and urban rituals (entheogenic, tribal, raves); spirituality; genders; sexuality, etc.
He conducted a detailed study on the relationship between reality, perception, intuitive and visual processes, moving from phenomenology as a philosophy of perception and combining ancient and modern monistic views of reality (ex. spirituality, Eastern rituals and religions, quantum theory, etc.) with visual theory.
Both thrilling and frightening, massive growth of cities is one of the global features of our time. Having worked as an architectural photographer since 2000 I’ve been lucky to have travelled extensively abroad and within the UK. In this time have seen the development of many cities and have become engrossed by urbanism - its structures, narratives and transformations.
I'm a visual designer and photographer based in Milan, Italy. After attending Fine Art School and taking courses in illustration at the European Design Institute of Milan, I began my profession as a graphic designer, first in the field of printing and publishing and subsequently in web and interaction design. A devourer of music I worked for a decade writing reviews for the influential rock magazine Jam. I recently began my approach to photography obtaining important awards. I have exhibited in both solo and group shows in Milan, Naples, Paris and New York. A tireless metropolitan traveler, my work is focused on finding unusual and urban wastelands: the quest of human footprint in the anthropocene era captured through the lens of my sleek yet detached gaze.
Kari Bjorn is an Icelandic photographer, based in New York City.
Filippo Poli (Milan, 1978) studied architecture at Milan, Seville and Barcelona. Since 2008 he specialized in architectural photography and collaborates with architecture firms and institutions. International magazines and publishers regularly publish his reportages.
In 2017, he was selected to exhibit at PhotoEspaña in Madrid, Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt and Palau Solterra the Fundació Vila Casas Museum of Contemporary Photography in Torroella de Montgrí. In the same year, he won the prize organized by Fundación Enaire (ex Aena) and was selected for the European Architectural Photography Prize Architekturbild. In 2016, he got a mention at Lensculture award, in 2015 at Monochrome, in 2014 he got the third prize at PX3 Paris with a work on the social housing “Walden 7” by R. Bofill. He got mentions at IPA prize, Photography Master Cup, Philadelphia Basho award and in 2012 he won the ArchTriumph International Architectural Photography Award.
In 2015, he was one of the ten Italian architectural photographers invited to take part to the exhibition “Architettura Sintattica” on Milanese modern architecture at Expo Architecture Pavilion.
He participated to collective exhibitions in Italy and U.S.A and in 2014 he was invited to present a personal work on Asnago Vender architectures at Venice Biennale. He is now involved in a long-term project on colonial architecture in Sao Tomé and Principe.
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.
Edoardo Cozzani is an Italian photographer born in Rome.
In July 2016 Edoardo graduates from LUISS Guido Carli gaining a Law degree and moves to New York to study conceptual photography at the International Center of Photography.
During the first semester Edoardo produces Anamorphosis, a series that deals with loss of identity of the modern man.
In December 2016 “Anamorphosis” is exhibited in Rome in a solo show curated by Cultrise, a roman art organization.
In 2017 Edoardo starts working on the series “Babel”, which in June becomes part of a group exhibition called “Hidden Narratives” in New York at the International Center of Photography. One of the images from “Babel” is selected as signature image of the show.
Consequently, Babel is selected as one of the winning projects of the photography competition Life Framer, addressing the theme of civilization.
After having seen the Hidden Narratives exhibition Musée Magazine publishes an interview on Babel and Anamorphosis.
I am a filmmaker, animation director and photographer originally from São Paulo, Brazil living in Brooklyn, NY for the last decade. I have a degree in Architecture & Urban Planning and started my career as an illustrator. I am interested in the relationship between people and the built environment around them.
Derek Man is a photographer based in London. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he has lived in the UK since 2005 and became a naturalised citizen in 2016. His work explores cultural identity and what we call home – how we form a sense of place, and what makes us feel like we belong.
Peruvian documentary and fine art photographer based in Paris.
Ibai Rigby was trained as an architect in Spain and in Switzerland. He has worked as an architect in the realm of heritage preservation and tourism development in different locations in Europe and in the Middle East, having lectured in universities around the world. His early interest in photography making and landscape representation has led him to believe that architecture goes beyond the construction of buildings, engaging also in the construction of imaginaries. Ibai’s visual works include a large amount of architecture photography in the developing world as well as other specific documentary projects.
Anna Siggelkow deciphers the urban space and puts it in a new context. She shows a world flattened between figuration and abstraction.
Even if certain elements of the scene are pragmatic and just functional by nature, they develop a curious, particular energy in the pictures.
The banal objects in the settings seem to play a role in a somehow important, and on the other hand absurd spectacle. Anna is making fun of the human effort, giving everything a clearly defined function. It is a manic answer to a capitalist designed world, playing a visual game of a goal-oriented lifestyle.
Between a magical vision and a postmodern conglomerate of equivalent elements, with no meta meaning, a 2D vision, with no link to a third dimension, the pictures might even be post-historical, not telling a story anymore.
Thus natural elements find a place in the settings, more like cultivated plants, than being a natural counterpart. Typography dissolves in symbols.
The human body seems to be erased, since his mortality cannot fit in this alternative creation of a world of objects. And so patina is not been found, and if, it seems to be added on purpose, rather than being part of a disaggregation.
Anna Siggelkow‘s work relates to the contentual engagement with the terms of art and technology and its word stem ‚techné‘. As to be found in Heideggers philosophy, Anna does not differentiate between its technical and creative characteristics, but in a manner of how one perceives the world.
Artist and commercial photographer based in Cologne I Germany
2001 – 2007 Academic studies at „ecosign/ Akademie für Gestaltung“, Cologne (Germany)
Subjects: Design/ photo design
Diploma in design/ photo design („sollbruchstelle“)
Assistance to Adrian T Kubica, Robin Preston, lindemannFotodesign, Marcus Pietrek, Tania Walck,
Tomas Rodriguez, susanne troll fotografie, Jörg Hejkal, Marcus Pietrek and others
2007-2009 Photographic journeys
2007 Participation at Cologne Kunstverein (art association)
2007 Internship at „fotografie tomas rodriguez“ (lifestyle photographer)
2004 Internship at „Fotografie Jörg Hejkal“ (photographer)
2017 „Mut zu Toleranz, Freiheit und Liebe“ – 8. Mühlheimer Nacht – Kunstwerk e.V. – exhibition of several artworks – Cologne (Germany)
2016 „Wir wollen mal nicht übertreiben“ – PIK – class of Mischa Kuball – „Lotus Power“ – installation – Cologne (Germany)
2015 „Krambambuli – Erzähl mir eine Geschichte“ – group exhibition – Marie Wolfgang – „Ferner hier“ – Essen (Germany)
2013 „Mensch und Topografie. Weit, weit von hier, hier vor meiner Tür“ – Emscherkunst. 2013 –
Blowin’ Free – Das Containerdorf der KunstVereineRuhr – group exhibition – „ferner hier“ – Oberhausen (Germany)
2013 Exhibition of several artworks – Goldkante - Bochum (Germany)
2012 „Fotoweihnachtsmarkt“ – Projektraum-Fotografie – exhibition of several artworks – Dortmund (Germany)
2011 „le bloc - Mode und Design“ – exhibition of several artworks – Cologne (Germany)
2010 „SuperMarkt – Cologne Music Week - Passagen“ – exhibition of several artworks – Cologne (Germany)
2009 „Hug me, Heimlich“ – 10 Jahre Lange Nacht der Kölner Museen – exhibition of several artworks – Cologne (Germany)
2008 „Sense of place“ – exhibition of the artwork „sollbruchstelle“ / „geradeausdranvorbei“ – Cologne (Germany)
2007 „sollbruchstelle“ – exhibition of the artwork „sollbruchstelle“ im „off Broadway“ – Cologne (Germany)
2007 „sollbruchstelle“ – diploma exhibition in the ecosign/Akademie für Gestaltung – Cologne (Germany)
2005 „passagen 2005“ – exhibition of the artwork „geradeausdranvorbei“ – Cologne (Germany)
Thibaut Derien is a french photographer. He was a singer for 10 years but he has now exchanged the words against the image and the music against the silence. His series "I live in a ghost town" contains 55 photographs, all gathered in a book published in 2016. This work was exhibited during Paris Photo and in several galleries in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Japan.
He's preparing a book on his new series for the end of 2017.
Melika Dez is a photographer who captures dancers executing some of the most graceful moves in the world's biggest cities. As a former professional dancer, she knows just when to snap the perfect moment. Somewhere between precision and the beauty of spontaneity, she immortalizes these dancers in beautiful locations that will become the dancers' urban stage.
Federico Borella is a photojournalist working for QN (Quotidiano Nazionale ), national newspaper in Bologna, Italy. Since 2009 to date—he has also contributed to La Repubblica and L'Espresso Group.
Internationally published , Federico has more than nine years of experience as a news photographer and reportage working for both national and foreign magazines, agencies and publications, including Time Magazine, National Geographic USA and National Geographic Italia, Alpha magazine, Magazinet Norway, Dagens Nyether, Corriere della Sera, Quotidiano Nazionale, Panorama, L'Espresso Group, Parallelozero).
In September 2017 he screened at Visa pour l'image two different projects: “The enduring life of a quad amputee veteran” and “Sheroes” and he was also a member of the jury of the Visa d'Or news section.
Well versed in video making with advanced knowledge of storytelling, composition, lighting and post production—Federico is an educator in photography and photojournalism.
Federico completed a degree in Classical Literature & MesoAmerican Arqueology at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna in 2008. He then completed a Master in Photography Journalism at the Jhon Kaverdash Academy of Milan. From 2009-2015, he is a commissioned photographer for John Hopkins University in Bologna. He is also a contributing photographer for the International photojournalism agency Parallelozero.
Winner of the Lensculture emerging talent award 2017
Shortlisted at the Lumix photo festival 2018 in Hannover
Brutalist architecture and minimalism in monochrome. London, UK.
Jeremy Stebens is suburban California ex-pat, who now lives and works in New York. His photographic work, has primarily centered on where his every-day life and travels have encountered the uncanny and spans a wide array of locations and subjects. He began photographing in high school as a filmmaker without means to make a film, and soon grew to love the medium for its ability to show others what he has seen - moments and real life backdrops to an unmade movie that lie just beyond our contemporary world. He developed his eye as he studied film at New York University with an emphasis on directing and production design, and since his graduation from Tisch in 2016 has made the push to bring his work to a larger audience.
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.
I'm a self-taught award-winning photographer from London who loves travel and street photography.
Photography and film give me an opportunity to fulfill my curiosity for the mysteries of everyday encounters. I am always interested in people’s vitality and fate, how we shape the world around us, and vice versa.
On an emotional and narrative level, I am interested in looking at human bonds and at people’s being, both physical and mental: love relationships, family, friendship, childhood, aging, physical fragility, sensuality, courage, desire and hope. I recognize that these are very broad themes. But it’s this universality that creates a bond, touches us as we recognize common existential questions and feelings. The stories I tell through my photographs or films don’t provide answers to these questions. Hopefully, they act as moments of contemplation and recognition. This open humanist focus is the common strand between my personal projects and my commissioned work. Whether I am photographing and filming on assignment or for personal work, my drive is to tell stories that touch and inspire people.
On a technical level I like my images to have a sense of peace and quietness. Even if I capture a busy scene I find it important that the image is clear. A combination of real life stolen moments and carefully arranged framing, light and color composition. Whether it’s an assignment with a large crew behind me, or a documentary portrait just by myself I have the same approach.
Joel Jimenez (b. 1993) is a photographer based in San José, Costa Rica, currently pursuing a B.A. in Photography while working on personal and collaborative projects.
His work is influenced by the theoretical and conceptual analysis of space and its possibilities to convey human conditions, emotional and psychological states, and how it correlates in a broad sense with social issues in our contemporary society.
Throughout his images, he reflects on the dynamics of identity and memory between people and the environment they inhabit and reveals landscape itself is a practice that constructs, rather than records, the world.
Rens Dekker (1977) is a Dutch designer and photographer who has provided many domestic and international companies, brands and artists with a visual identity.
Photography helps him to express himself and therefore most projects are non-commisioned. Often the subjects in his photographs can be linked to important people and events in his life.
I'm a young fine art photographer, specializing in B&W pictures of streets. I have a landscape background but had to adapt when I came to live in New York three years ago, to pursue a BFA in Photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Not having access to the same kind of landscape as when I lived in Switzerland, I began shifting towards street photography. The style I adopted also changed, as my mindset changed. I began observing the world with another eye. I'm now showcasing the concrete jungles as I see them, instead of showing nature, as I used to do.
This work also serves as a self-exploration. After creating pictures, there is a journey to understand how, and why I created them. I've always seen art as a form of self-understanding for the artist, and always find new items about me after reviewing my pictures.