Marta Gili is a curator and art critic. Since 2006 she is the Director of the National Gallery of the Jeu de Paume in Paris. From 1991 to 2006 she directed the Department of Photography and Visual Arts at the "La Caixa" Foundation in Barcelona. Marta Gili has curated numerous monographic and thematic exhibitions, both in the field of photography and in the field of moving image, and has published texts for books and catalogs.
Philosopher and art historian, he teaches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). He has published about fifty books on the history and theory of images, the most recent developing a series of six books under the title « The Eye of History ». Curator of exhibitions in Paris (Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Jeu de Paume), Madrid (Museo Reina Sofía), Karlsruhe (ZKM), Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing.
He has been awarded by the Académie des Beaux-Arts (Paris), the Aby Warburg-Stiftung (Hamburg), the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), the College of Art Association (USA), the Max Weber-Stiftung (Münich), the Adorno-Prize (Frankfurt).
Nathan Jurgenson is social media theorist. Nathan is co-founder and co-chair of the annual Theorizing the Web conference, founder and editor in chief of Real Life magazine, and also works as a sociologist at Snap, Inc. Much of his work centers on a critique of “digital dualism”, a phrase he coined to describe the false belief that the internet is a separate virtual sphere or cyber space. Instead, Nathan approaches digitality as embodied, material, and real. Nathan is completing a book about photography and social media, to be published by Verso Books in 2018.
Fred Ritchin is Dean of the International Center of Photography (ICP) School. Immediately prior to joining ICP, Fred Ritchin was professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts from 1991–2014, where he co-directed the NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights educational program. Ritchin has been picture editor of the New York Times Magazine and executive editor of Camera Arts magazine. In 1999 he co-founded and directed PixelPress, an online publication and a collaborator on human rights initiatives with organizations such as UNICEF, the World Health Organization, among others.
Abigail Solomon-Godeau is Professor Emerita, Department of Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara and now lives and works in Paris. She is the author of Photography at the Dock: Essays on Photographic Histories, Institutions and Practices (1992); Male Trouble: A Crisis in Representation (1997) monographs on the Australian artist Rosemary Laing (2011) and the Austrian artist Birgit Jurgenssen (co-authored with Gabriele Schor, 2013). An anthology of her essays translated into French, Chair à Canon ed., Laure Poupard is forthcoming from Art Textual. Her most recent book, Disciplining Photography: Gender, Genre, Discourse is forthcoming from Duke University Press (2017). Her current book project is Art Photography in the Age of Catastrophe. Her essays on photography, 18th and 19th century visual art, feminism and contemporary art have been widely anthologized and translated.
Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir is Associate Professor at the University of Iceland. She is curator of numerous exhibitions of contemporary art and photography. She is the author of photographic texts such as: Photographes français en Islande 1845-1900 (2000); “French Photography in Nineteenth-century Iceland.” History of Photography (1999); “Sigríður Zoëga: Icelandic Studio Photographer.” History of Photography, (1999). She has contributed to Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (2010), European History of Photography (2010/2014/2016). She co-authored Icelandic Art Today Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz (2009) and History of Art in Iceland (2011). Her most recent publication is: “New Maps for Networks: Reykjavik FLUXUS– A Case of Connections.” In Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2016 (in print).
As a co-founder of the Winterthur Fotomuseum (Wintertur Photo Museum), Urs Stahel created one of the most important places for photography in the world. He has been managing the museum for the past 20 years. Since 2013, he has been the curator, amongst other things, for the platform Paris Photo (2014), the new Institute for Industrial Culture (MAST) in Bologna, and the Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg Photo Festival (2015). He also works as an author, a consultant and a lecturer (at the Zurich University of the Arts, the University of Zurich, the Sammlung Bank Vontobel). He is the writer and editor of numerous books, for example, books about Paul Graham, Roni Horn, Rineke Dijkstra, Anders Petersen, Amar Kanwar, Ai Weiwei, Shirana Shahbazi, Boris Mikhailov as well as books on themes such as “Industriebild” (‘Pictures of Industry’), “Trade”, “Im Rausch der Dinge” (‘The Ecstasy of Things’) and “Darkside I + II”.
Based in The Hague, Hester Keijser is an independent curator and author specialized in contemporary photography. She frequently collaborates with international organizations in the field of photography. From 2009-2013, she developed exhibitions for The Empty Quarter gallery in Dubai, and was creative director of East Wing, a platform for photography based in Qatar. Stead Bureau maintains a strong commitment to emerging photographic practices from the MENASA region. Since 2006, she has kept an online journal on photography, publishing as Mrs. Deane, and manages The Independent Photo Book blog, a self-publishing free zone. In partnership with LhGWR, she organizes and leads the Book Case Study, a lecture and workshop program on the making and publishing of photo books.
Joan Fontcuberta is a renowned conceptual photographer as well as being a writer, editor, curator and teacher, who has played a significant role in the task of achieving international recognition in the favour of the history of Spanish photography. Fontcuberta graduated in Communication at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1977. After working in advertising, he taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona from 1979-1986. He was one of the founders of Photovision magazine, originally launched in 1980, becoming a major publication in the field of European photography. Since 1993 he is professor of Communication Studies at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Among the most representative institutions where his work has been exhibited we find: MACBA (Barcelona), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), CCCB (Barcelona), MNAC (Barcelona), Zabriskie Gallery (New York), the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), Harvard University (USA), MOMA (New York), the Maison Européene de la Photographie (Paris) etc. In 1994 he was ordained Knight of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2011 he won the National Essay Prize Essay in Spain and in 2013 he obtained the prestigious Hasselblad Photography Award.
Geoffrey Batchen's work as a teacher, writer and curator focuses on the history of photography. He is particularly interested in the way that photography mediates every other aspect of modern life, whether we're talking about sex or war, atoms or planets, commerce or art. Besides being an expert in the general theory and historiography of photography, Geoff has helped to pioneer the study of vernacular photography. Batchen has published extensively, in eighteen languages to date. He is the author of Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography (1997, with subsequent translations into Spanish, Korean and Japanese, and a forthcoming one in Slovenian), Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History (2001), Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance(2004), William Henry Fox Talbot (2008), What of Shoes: Van Gogh and Art History(2009, in German and English), and Suspending Time: Life, Photography, Death (2010, in Japanese and English). He has also edited an anthology of essays titled Photography Degree Zero: Reflections on Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida (2009) and co-edited another titled Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (2012).
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Nathan Jurgenson, Fred Ritchin, Marta Gili, George Didi-Huberman, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir, Urs Stahel, Hester Keijser, Joan Fontcuberta, Geoffrey Batchen. Read more