JULIA GELEZOVA & ANGEL LUIS GONZALEZ
Over the last decade, PhotoIreland has become a key constituent of the Visual Arts in Ireland, offering from Dublin an annual festival dedicated to Photography, running a cultural hub in buzzing Temple Bar, and developing constructive channels with a strong network of organisations worldwide.
Through these networks, PhotoIreland creates cultural exchanges internationally, promoting relentlessly the works of Irish artists around the world, actively seeking to be present in key festivals, fairs, and becoming the main voice for Contemporary Photography from Ireland. Indeed, it is not per chance PhotoIreland is the only Irish organisation invited as founding member to Parallel Platform and Futures Photography – already a member of 3 EU co-funded projects. Alongside this work, The Library Project, a space that started as a photobook library, has now become a busy Art bookshop focused on visual culture and critical thinking, stocking publications brought to Ireland from all over the world, presented alongside exhibitions and events in its productive gallery space.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / MANAGING PARTNER, ADLIPS PRODUCTIONS
Tim Magduschewski, born of the 80’s, is a Dortmund and Cape Town based film, photo and virtual-reality content producer. His upbringing gave him early exposure to the sports and street-fashion industries, which would serve to inspire him, at the budding age of eighteen years old, to embark on a journey of opening his own Sales Agency, specialising in sports brands.
With time and experience, Tim saw opportunity for growth within his offering to his clients, and so began the photo production arm of his business, which suitably also gave him the creative outlet he wanted. What was initially Tim’s side gig, over the years also expand into film and virtual-reality. Seventeen years down the line, Tim now co-owns three businesses which are production, design and sales focused, namely ADLIPS Productions, ADLIPS DESIGN BUREAU and ADLIPS Sales. Tim has worked for brands and agencies such as VOLVO, EXPEDIA, ADIDAS, LEVI’S, GREY, SCHOLZ&FRIENDS and HEIMAT.
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER, PAST WINNER
Robin Hinsch studied Photography in Hamburg at the HAW Hamburg in the Class of Prof. Vincent Kohlbecher. Were he earned his MA in Photography. In his work he mainly focusses on social issues and of self-experienced subjective,intuitive storytelling and combines his photography practices with film collages and installation techniques. His work has been awarded with the International Photography Award, the European Photo Exhibition Award, the Canon Profifoto Förderpreis, the Art Award of the Hamburger Börse, has been shortlisted at the Leica Oskar Barnack Prize and the Lucie Awards and was nominated fort he Prix Pictet and the Henry Nannen Prize, to name a few.
Since 2016 he is an elected member of the German Photographic Academy (DFA). Besides his own photographic practice he is teaching and holding lectures at various occasions and since 2018 he is a curator and organizer of several exhibitions and events at the Gallery of Künstlerhaus Wendenstrasse. Robin Hinsch lives and works in Hamburg. His work has seen him travel to Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Georgia, China, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Malaysia, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Singapur, Marocco, Australia, the USA and a lot of other countries.
GENERAL DIRECTOR, ADRENALIN PHOTOGRAPHIC
Founder and owner of Adrenalin Photographic agency. Adrenalin Photographic is a photographic, style and motion agency and we produce shoots for advertising, editorial and ecom brands.
FOUNDER, 46 PICTURES
Jay graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1985 & arrived in Los Angeles where he started his 30+ year photography career as a camera assistant and ultimately becoming a studio manager/producer/agent. From 2008 to 2012, Jay worked at Prettybird Pictures as Head of Print & Post Production Supervisor; serving in a key leadership role with direct oversight of strategy, planning, logistics, and operations for a photographer’s roster. He also was the Post Production Supervisor; working with both directors and clients on scheduling, estimating, editing, coloring, and all other post-production elements. In 2012, Jay reinvented his company 46 Pictures to represent professional photographers & filmmakers. Jay's vast experience in the photography business is an invaluable asset to both photographers and clients.
46 Pictures was founded by Jay Foster in 1997 originally to provide the best photo-production support and highest quality rental equipment. Since 2012, 46 Pictures represents professional photographers who shoot in both hi-def mediums, stills or motion.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DETROIT CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY
Kyohei Abe is a Japanese artist and curator based in Maryland.
He is an Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of photography at Towson University, Towson, MD. After receiving an M.F.A from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Abe established the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (DCCP) as the first non-profit center dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography in Detroit. He has been serving as the Executive Director since 2010 and has overseen the production of publications which highlight the work of emerging practitioners at the forefront of the field. Additionally, Abe has organized numerous contemporary photography exhibitions and regularly reviews portfolios at nation wide events.
MARIA TORRES & SEBASTIAN PFISTER
FOUNDER & CURATOR, 35 ANALOG
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Maria is a young graphic designer working as a freelancer who spends her free time exploring Lisbon through lenses. Since she discovered her parents' old cameras, she has been developing a growing interest in analog photography, where the magic of waiting for the developing process to bring the final results to light keeps fascinating her.
Sebastian is an analog photographer based in Frankfurt. He discovered his dad's old Canon A-1 during a move and got stuck with film photography since then.
With 35analog, Maria and Sebastian want to put amateur photographers in the spotlight and allow them to reach a broader audience.
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER, PAST WINNER
Fabian Muir is an Australian photographer based in Sydney. With his original background in law, history and writing, the principal motivation behind his projects and practice is visual storytelling with an emphasis on humanist issues.
His particular focus is on societies living outside the western political spectrum and norms, and his work has taken him repeatedly to Iran, China and all countries of the former Soviet Union while examining the legacy of the USSR, including the contested breakaway territories of Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh and Transnistria.
His work in the DPRK (North Korea) has attracted widespread attention for its portrayal of street level North Koreans in an attempt to survey this complex country over and above stereotypical narratives. His work has been exhibited worldwide and featured by the Guardian, the Atlantic, BBC, SPIEGEL, PHmuseum, Aesthetica Magazine, VICE, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, British Journal of Photography, London Times, Musée Magazine, LensCulture and World Photography Organisation, amongst others. Honours include recognition by the Magnum Photography Awards, FotoEvidence Book Award, ZEISS Photography Award, Felix Schoeller Award, Critical Mass, PhotogrVphy Grant and Reminders Photography Stronghold Grant in Tokyo. He is an Eddie Adams Workshop alumnus (USA) and represented by Michael Reid Gallery in Berlin and Sydney.
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.
CURATOR, ART DIRECTOR, FOUNDER OF URBANAUTICA INSTITUTE
Steve Bisson (Treviso, 1976) faculty member at Paris College of Art at MA / MFA in Photography and Image-making. In Paris, he is co-founder of the international program 'Blurring the Lines,' which supports intra-academic dialogue and rewards graduates' work on photography and visual arts. For over 10 years, he has been involved in artistic direction and curatorship, collaborating with festivals, museums, galleries, foundations, and independent spaces worldwide. He started Urbanautica Institute, an online visual anthropology journal, a reference destination for scholars and photography enthusiasts. More recently, he started the publishing house Penisola Edizioni to research and to support Italian authorship. He worked on dozens of publications and countless writings and articles in magazines, magazines, and books. Co-director of MOVE CINE ARTE, a traveling Brazilian film festival on art and architecture. Since 2019 artistic director of the Ragusa Foto Festival.
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 documentary and fashion photographers, film directors, video makers and illustrators for commercial, fashion and digital content. I am a producer and photo consultant for advertising campaigns in Italy and Worldwide.
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.
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER, PAST WINNER
Drew Nikonowicz (born in St. Louis Missouri, 1993) earned a BFA degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 2016. His work employs analog photographic processes as well as computer simulations to deal with exploration and experience in contemporary culture. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2015 he received the Aperture Portfolio Prize and the Lenscratch Student Prize. In 2017 Nikonowicz completed a one-year residency at Fabrica Research Centre. His first photobook, This World and Others Like It, was co-published by Yoffy Press and FW:Books in 2019. It was awarded Jurors' Special Mention at the 2019 Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards.
He now lives in the United States in Saint Louis, Missouri. He works there as an artist and is the Photography Technician at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University.
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.
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.
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”.