FOUNDER / EDITOR IN CHIEF, FEATURE SHOOT
Alison Zavos is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Feature Shoot and a photography curator. She is also an active member of the photography community, reviewing portfolios for numerous organizations, judging contests, and speaking on various panels discussing topics such as the impact of new media, marketing, press and photography blogs. Prior to running Feature Shoot full time, Zavos worked as a photo editor. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter and Affenpinscher.
EDITOR, FEATURE SHOOT
Ellyn Kail graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2013 after interning at the Photo Department at The New Yorker during her junior year. She started work at Feature Shoot in early 2014 and has been there ever since. In addition to her role at Feature Shoot, Ellyn is a contributor to VICE.com and has written for The Huffington Post and various other outlets. She lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband Tim and rescue dog Brenda.
JORRIT R DIJKSTRA
SENIOR EDITOR, SILVERSHOTZ
Jorrit R Dijkstra writes about photography for international (online) media and is the senior editor of the 'contemporary photography magazine' Silvershotz. As a freelance journalist he works for magazines SHUTR.photo in the Netherlands and The Big Issue in Australia, amongst others.
Specialised in photography from the African continent, he writes features for website Africanah.org and created a series about African photographers for This is Africa. Being an avid photography book collector it's hard for his to keep his collection under one roof, traveling extensively and having lived in the Netherlands, France, Germany, South Africa, Brazil and now Australia.
EDITOR, APF MAGAZINE
Rohit Vohra is a street/ travel photographer, educator and Co-founder/ Editor in Chief of APF Magazine. In a search for methods to read the city, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He is a Leica Brand Ambassador and Mentor.
He received his BFA from College of Arts, Delhi in the year 1997 and has been photographing for over 12 years. His works have appeared in numerous Newspapers/ Magazines all over the world. He currently lives and works from India.
CURATOR, ART DIRECTOR, FOUNDER OF URBANAUTICA INSTITUTE
Steve Bisson is an italo-belgian writer, curator, art director and the founder of Urbanautica. Bisson has curated exhibitions and festivals and regularly contributes to books, magazine, journals, blogs, juries, and portfolio reviews. Currently faculty member at Paris College of Art and European Cultural Academy in Venice.
PHOTOGRAPHERS AGENT, DB AGENCY
Born in Milan, after graduating in Fashion Marketing from St Martins School in London, I started working for Contrasto Photo Agency in Milano.In 2004 I moved to Grazia Neri’s Photo Agency, where I represented several international agencies and photographers and I selected new photographers for the Agency. In 2008 I went to New York to work as the agent of documentary photographer Donna Ferrato and representing Grazia Neri’s photographers all through the US, while collaborating with the major publications.
On returning to Milano, I started my own Agency: DB where I represent a few selected documentary and fashion photographers, film directors, video makers and illustrators for advertising, fashion and corporate work. I am a producer and photo consultant for advertising campaigns in Italy and Worldwide.
DIRECTOR, MATÈRIA GALLERY
Niccolò Fano is an Italian photographer, writer and curator. He holds a BA in Photography at the UCA in Farnham and received his Masters degree from Central Saint Martins in 2010. Niccolò currently lives and works in Rome where he is the founder and director of Matèria.
Based in the neighborhood of San Lorenzo in Rome, Matèria specialises in showcasing contemporary photography. The gallery programme focuses on exhibitions by emerging and established practitioners, both Italian and international. A particular focus is dedicated to the development of research and photographic projects relating to the Italian capital. Matèria is also a small bookshop, workshop and project space.
FOUNDER, JOHN KENNEY AND ARTIST MANAGEMENT AGENCY
John Kenney is the founder and partner at John Kenney AND Artist Management Agency in NYC. Over the past 25 years, John Kenney has successfully represented award winning photographers and directors, nationally and internationally, from New York to Tokyo.
He has shared his experience and knowledge of the photography industry as a guest panelist and lecturer before the APA, ASMP and SPAR. He is a reviewer for the Palm Springs Photo Festival, New York Photo Festival and New York Fotoworks. John has consulted with numerous advertising and design agencies, as well as for emerging artists. He’s worked with clients such as Nike, Coca Cola, Adidas, Apple, Ford, BMW, ESPN, AT&T, Reebok, Sony, Verizon, American Express, with all the major agencies and design firms.
EDITOR, LANDSCAPE STORIES MAGAZINE
Architect and photographer, he develops research projects on social and documentary themes and environmental issues. The interest in architectural representation has oriented his attention towards architectural photography, urban landscape, the use of photography as a survey of the anthropized territory and towards relations of multiple identities that belongs and characterizes places and people.
Since 2010 he is editor of a magazine on international contemporary photography called: “Landscape Stories” with which he coordinates photographic campaigns in the territory, workshops (Massimo Siragusa, Bruno Ceschel-SP, BH, Raimond Wouda, Valerio Spada, Francesco Jodice, Simon Roberts, Vincenzo Castella, Tre Terzi), editorial (Adolescence book, Gianluca Perrone “Balere”, Joël Tettamanti “Works 2001-2019” for BENTELI Verlag!) and exhibition projects (Photissima Festival Torino, 2012, Sifest 2014, 21er Haus, Vienna, 2014). Since 2013 he is the curator of the project “CALAMITA / À”, a platform of investigations and researches on the territories in Vajont.
PHOTO CONSULTANT, FOUNDER OF COLLECTIVE FORCE & OPTNZ
Founder of The Collective Force and Our Production Team, Christina Force is a New Zealand based photo-consultant who works with photographers and agents worldwide. Her workshops and seminars are run in major cities across Australasia, as well as online, and help photographers rediscover their passion and promote their best work to targeted clients.
Christina is also the founder and chairperson of the NZ Agents and Producers Association, an AIPA member and speaker, a columnist for The Photographers Mail, a guest speaker, lecturer and judge for many awards, including the IPA Lucies since 2011.Having successfully launched many photographic careers in the Asian market, she is also co-chair of Creative Asia Plus, the first portfolio review event in Asia promoting connections between photographers and ad agency creatives.
Christina’s mission is to help commercial photographers get paid to shoot what they love, and she specialises in sharing her 30 years of experience working with ad industry creatives around the globe.
JURRIAAN VAN KRANENDONK
DIRECTOR, JURRIAAN VAN KRANENDONK GALLERY
Since 1983 Gallery Van Kranendonk, specialised in contemporary photography.
Robyn Lange joined Shutterstock as an in-house Curator, highlighting the best of the 70 million images in the collection. She developed an extensive knowledge of image libraries through 20 years spent as a photo editor. Working for publications such as Time, Vogue, and, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, she has worked closely with some of the most talented photographers in the industry and produced elaborate photo shoots across the world.
EDITOR IN CHIEF, IMAGE IN PROGRESS MAGAZINE
Emanuele Cucuzza is founder, publisher, Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief of Image in Progress, a new international publication that wants to tell the story of the players of the image industry in its ongoing developments. Photography here is seen as a creative and artistic expression, as a publishing and advertising medium that is not just a mere representation but dares to interpret.
BARRY W HUGHES
DIRECTOR, SUPER MASSIVE BLACK HOLE MAGAZINE
Barry W Hughes is a photographer, writer and founding director of SuperMassiveBlackHole online photography magazine. His photography has been published and exhibited internationally including solo shows in Ireland, Germany and China. He has written for several publications including the British Journal of Photography, and regularly authors features for Hotshoe magazine.
Hughes has also lectured at several universities and galleries in Ireland and the UK, and has reviewed portfolios for the likes of The Photographers' Gallery, Format Festival, Look Photo Festival and PhotoIreland Festival.
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, BLANK PAPER SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Born Spain, 1976, lives in Madrid. Licensed in Art History and Higher Technical Artistic Photography. Photographer and member of collective since its creation in 2003.
Founder, director and teacher of Blank Paper school of photography since 2006, which allows him to develop projects of cultural management and diffusion, working together with national and international emerging creators and institutions focused on photography.
Publishes in June 2014, the photobook XY XX by spanish editorial Dalpine. Issues such as prostitution or pornography only become problematic when the system, or a society at the service of that system, deem them to be so. Nor would they exist in the absence of a legal framework that lays down the limits of what can and cannot be seen in public. In the photobook the overpowering noise is our own subconscious, the mental sphere were sex operates as a catalyst for our instinct, our desire and our contradictions.
Awarded the Fotopress´05 grant for his project Extremaunción, about the decadence of the Spanish Catholic church. His following series, Grandes éxitos, about a vintage party saloon that saw better days during 70's, was also awarded Fotopres´09 grant..
Finalist of Descubrimentos PhotoEspaña 2010, and winner of ARCO'07 prize for Documentary photography. His work has been shown in collectively exhibited such as Fotografía 2.0, curated by Joan Fontcuberta for PhotoEspaña14, and Porno Miseria, alongside Oscar Monzón in 1+1=12 Contemporary Photographic Encounters, Instituto Francés, Madrid.
FOUNDER, BLINK MAGAZINE
BLINK is a independent and non-profit, distinctive photography magazine that features the latest exhibitions and artists in the international contemporary photography spotlight by a straightforward layout, high quality offset printing, no advertising, in-depth interviews with artists in English.
The magazine is edited, designed and published by its founder, ARam Kim. Kim freelances, doing a myriad of jobs including portfolio reviewer, lecturer, contest jury member, photo editors, art directors, curators and magazine/book contributor etc.
HEAD OF SALE, PHOTOGRAPHS, PHILLIPS
Sarah’s role has continued to grow since joining Phillips in August 2007. She has been instrumental in the cataloguing for private collections, as well as researching and estimating property for auction. She is also one of Phillip’s auctioneers.
Most recently, Sarah managed the selling exhibition, Steven Meisel: Role-Play, which toured Paris, London, and New York, and was the first comprehensive selling exhibition for the photographer. Prior to Phillips, Sarah worked with the art collection at Deutsche Bank. She holds a Master’s degree from New York University and graduated Magna cum Laude from Valparaiso University, where she worked at the Brauer Museum of Art.
FOUNDER, EDITOR & CURATOR, FRACTION MAGAZINE
David Bram is the editor, founder and curator of Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography. Fraction Magazine was founded in 2008, is published on a monthly basis, and has shown portfolios from more than 350 photographers. David is also the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects, which hosts invite-only retreats for photographers and works collaboratively with artists to publish truly beautiful photobooks in small, exclusive editions.
David Bram has reviewed portfolios at over 25 national events including Review Santa Fe, Fotofest, PhotoLucida, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Medium, and Filter. He was a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a frequent juror for Critical Mass. He was a reviewer at Fotofest Moscow in August 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011. In September 2010, David was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award. In 2015, David curated Fraction of a Second, a group exhibition of 45 Fraction photographers for the University of New Mexico Art Museum and 516 Arts.
DR MICHAEL PRITCHARD FRPS
DIRECTOR GENERAL, THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS is the Director of The Royal Photographic Society, the world’s oldest photographic organisation, and a photo-historian. He has been interested in photography and taking pictures since he was 11 years. He has worked for a photographic studio using medium and large format equipment in a studio and on location and he has spent many thousands of hours making prints in a darkroom. Today, he uses a DSLR and smartphone, as well alternative processes, to make photographs. For over twenty years he organised international auctions of historic and collectible cameras and photographs for Christie’s in London. In 2010 he completed a PhD in photographic history and he joined The Royal Photographic Society in 2011 where he has helped modernise the organisation and its activities, and helped to continue to make it relevant to photographers.
Michael has lectured and broadcast widely on photography in Europe, North America and Asia and he has written several books on different aspects of photography including Photographers (Reel Art Press, 2012) and A history of photography in 50 Cameras (Bloomsbury, 2014). He has been on the jury for many international photography competitions including the Terry O’Neill Award, IPA, Spider and Kontinent awards, and, most recently, Travel Photographer of the Year. He says: “Seeing many different subjects and styles of images, from photographers across the world, is what continues to keeps me excited about photography. For me, the best images are those which tell me a bigger story – it’s hard to do, but when it’s done well then those are the images which remain memorable and win awards”.
CURATOR, PHOTOGRAPHER, CO-FOUNDER OF HUMBLE ARTS FOUNDATION
Jon Feinstein is a Seattle and New York City based curator, photographer, the co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation, and Strategic Partnerships Manager at Shutterstock. Jon has curated numerous exhibitions, including Radical Color at Newspace Center for Photography, in Portland, Oregon; Another New York for Art-Bridge at The Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY; the internet-acclaimed New Cats in Art Photography; Aneta Bartos' Boys at the Carlton Arms Hotel in NYC, and 31 Women in Art Photography at Hasted Kraetleur in NYC. His various curatorial and personal projects have received high praise by The New York Times, The New Republic, BBC, VICE, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, American Photo, Art Info, and FoxNews; and his writing has appeared in TIME, Slate, Daylight, GOOD, and Whitewall Magazines. Find him shamelessly on Instagram and Twitter @jonfeinstein
FOUNDER, PUBLISHER, MERRELL PUBLISHERS LIMITED
Hugh Merrell founded Merrell Publishers in 1993. Headquartered in London, it is an independent, award-winning publisher of illustrated books and exhibition catalogues of outstanding quality on all the subjects closest to Hugh's heart: photography, art, architecture and design. He acquired a medium-format camera (Mamiya RZ67) a number of years ago and is still trying to do it justice.