November will see the opening in Milan of the fifth edition of Photo Vogue Festival: an event, which is unique in its kind, and that over the course of the opening week will engage the entire city of Milan with meetings, conferences and satellite exhibitions taking place in the best galleries.
The festival will be a unique opportunity to get in touch with the great masters of photography, the most influential curators and the most prestigious agencies.
Among the events planned, the PhotoVogue exhibition will be the result of a scouting project launched on the photography platform hosted by Vogue.it (the requirements for participants are to sign up for PhotoVogue and then regularly upload until the end of June your photographs). The selection of works on display will be done by a jury of internationally renowned experts.
Meet the jury:
Alessia Glaviano is the Brand Visual Director of Vogue Italia and Director of the Photo Vogue Festival.
Besides curating a series of interviews with the Masters of photography for the website version of Vogue Italia, which have acquired enormous popularity among the community of people interested in photography and which are also broadcast on the Italian Sky Arte channel, Glaviano is also responsible for PhotoVogue , an innovative platform on which users can share their own photographs knowing they can rely on the curatorial supervision of professional photo editors.
Under Glaviano’s direction, PhotoVogue has reached over 170,000 users / photographers hailing from all over the world and launched a collaboration with the prestigious international agency Art & Commerce, which represents some of the most esteemed names in fashion photography, including Steven Meisel, Sølve Sundsbø, Paolo Roversi and Patrick Demarchelier. At Condé Nast, Alessia is responsible for the artistic direction of events and exhibitions for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue.
In 2016 Glaviano directed the first edition of the Photo Vogue Festival.
The event marked the first international festival entirely dedicated to fashion photography and bound to an influential fashion publication, engaging the whole city of Milan with talks, exhibitions and photography-related initiatives. The 3 editions 2016, 2017 and 2018 met critical and public success.
Besides the editorial activity, Alessia holds lectures and conferences on a regular basis. Some of the institutes and universities she was invited as guest lecturer includes: IED, Bocconi University and the Milan Polytechnic.
Glaviano was invited to participate as jury member in numerous internationally acclaimed photography contests including the World Press Photo and the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie à Hyères; and has participated in several portfolio review sessions, including the “New York Times Portfolio Reviews”
Alfredo De Stefano
Founder and Director of the non-profit organization Luz del Norte Fotografía, A.C. dedicated to promoting and disseminating the diversity of Latin American photography through various platforms. Director of the Contemporary Photography Contest of Mexico and Latin America, as well as the NL-Foto International Photography Festival in Monterrey, N.L. México.
He is considered one of Mexico ́s the most important contemporary conceptual photographers. His passion is the landscape and specifically the desert, an environment to which he has traveled countless times performing art interventions in it and photographing it. Among his photographic series we should mention Of places without future (1992), Remains of the paradise (1996), Replenishing emptiness (2002) and Brief chronicle of light (2006). Since 2008 he has been working on his new series, Storm of Light, which takes place in different deserts of the world. To his credit there are more than ninety exhibitions, between individuals and group shows and his work has been exhibited in five continents, as well as in different capitals of the world such as: México, Paris, Sao Paulo, New York, Washington, Madrid , Bogotá, Lima, Buenos Aires among others. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and magazines and his work is in public and private collections in México and abroad. Since 2008 he is a member of the National System of Creators.
Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English / Swedish photojournalist who has spent more than a decade documenting issues relating to women, violence and war. She is a Harvard Nieman Fellow 2016, a TED fellow and a National Geographic Magazine contributor. Her first monograph MAIDAN – Portraits from the Black Square, which documents the 2014 Ukrainian uprising in Kiev, was published by GOST books the same year.
Antwaun Sargent is a writer and critic living and working in New York City. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, New York Review of Books, W, Vogue, and other publications. He has contributed essays to museum and gallery publications on Ed Clark, Mickalene Thomas, Arthur Jafa, Deborah Roberts, and Yinka Shonibare, among other artists. Sargent has lectured and participated in public conversations with artists at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, MCA Denver, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Harvard and Yale universities. He also has co-organized a number of exhibitions, including The Way We Live Now at Aperture, Then and Now: Chase Hall and Cameron Welch at Jenkins Johnson Projects, and the traveling exhibition Young, Gifted and Black. The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion is his first book.
Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organization based in Lagos, Nigeria that is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists. Established in 2007, the AAF organizes art exhibitions, competitions, and workshops with the aim of unearthing and developing talent in Nigeria. Nwagbogu founded the National Art Competition in 2008, an annual arts competition in Nigeria that provides a platform of exposure to emerging Nigerian artists. Nwagbogu also serves as founder and director of the LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography that brings leading local and international photographers in dialogue with multifaceted stories of Africa. He’s also the creator of Art Base Africa, a new virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art and diaspora. He has been collecting and owns a diverse collection of modern contemporary art and has been curating private collections for various prominent individuals and corporate organizations in Africa for the past 20 years. Nwagabogu has served as a juror for the Dutch Doc and the POPCAP Photography Awards, the World press Photo and Prisma photography award (2015). He also has been nominated as curator for the Prix Decouverte Rencontres d’Arles 2014, Photoquai 2015 and Photolux Festival 2015. Azu Nwagbogu lives and works in Lagos.
Damarice AMAO is an art historian (PhD) and assistant curator of photography at the Center Pompidou, Musée national d’arte moderne, Paris. She is specialized in twentieth Avant-garde European photography. She curated numerous exhibitions with accompanying catalogs including Jacques-André Boiffard (2014), Eli Lotar (2017) Photography, classy weapons [[Photography, as a class weapon](2018) and Dora Maar (2019). She is currently preparing a show for Arles photo festival next edition about the designer Charlotte Perriand and her political photomontages made in the thirties.
Daniel C. Blight
Daniel C. Blight is a writer and lecturer based in London. He works on various forms of the essay, fiction and poetry, and has been published among others by 1000 Words, Aperture, Foam, frieze, The Guardian. His first book, The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization, was co-published by SPBH Editions and Art on the Underground in September 2019.
Daniella Zalcman is a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based between Paris and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, a National Geographic Society grantee, and the founder of Women Photograph, an initiative working to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual journalists .
Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project, Signs of Your Identity, is the recipient of the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize, a 2017 Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award, the 2016 Magnum Foundation’s Inge Morath Award, and part of Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls 24 .
Daniella regularly lectures at high schools and universities, and is available for assignments and speaking engagements internationally. She is a member of the board of trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the board of directors of the ACOS Aliiance. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.
Ekow Eshun is a writer, critic and independent curator. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and the former Director of the ICA, London. His writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Vogue and Aperture.
Emanuele Farneti is the director of Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue.it and Casa Vogue by January 2017. Previously he has been director of other 8 magazines, including Flair, Icon, GQ and AD.
Ferdinando Verderi is the Creative Director of Vogue Italia. Italian-born, New York-based Verderi, has been pioneering a new, integrated, ideas-led breed of creativity for the fashion and luxury industry. His collaborations with adidas Originals, Alexander Wang and Versace have resulted in some of the most celebrated work of the past few years. His work has garnered the highest honors, including the grand prix at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, Clio Awards and others. Ferdinando Verderi is represented by Art Partner.
Fred Ritchin is Dean Emeritus of the School at the International Center of Photography. Previously he was professor of Photography and Imaging (1991-2014) at New York University, where he co-founded the Photography and Human Rights program. He also founded the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography one-year fulltime educational program at the International Center of Photography in 1983. He continues to teach several courses, specializing in new media and human rights.
Ritchin was picture editor of the New York Times Magazine (1978-82), executive editor of Arts room magazine (1982-83), and in 1999 co-founded and directed PixelPress, an experimental online publication as well as a collaborator on many humanitarian initiatives. In 1984 he wrote for the New York Times Magazine the first major article on the coming digital revolution in photography. In 1990 Ritchin wrote the first book on photography’s transition to digital, In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography (Aperture), and then npublished After Photography (WW Norton, 2008), and Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (Aperture, 2013).
In 1994-95 he created the first multimedia version of the New York Times newspaper, and in 1996 he conceived and edited the hypertext documentary website “Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace” for the Times featuring the work of photographer Gilles Peress), nominated by the Times for a Pulitzer prize in public service. More recently he conceived the “Four Corners Project” (fourcornersproject.org) to provide context and ethical grounding for the photograph online.
HE Yining (born. 1986), curator and writer of photography. Graduate of London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. In 2010, she began to work as a curator, translator, and writer specializing in photography and visual culture. Her work is principally focused on the way in which photography is able to freely straddle the boundaries of contemporary art, responding to and raising questions about contemporary and historical social issues through effective, diverse, and interdisciplinary means. Yining’s exhibitions have been held in museums, art museums and galleries, and other institutions in China and Europe. Her publications include “Photography in the British Classroom,” and “The Port and the Image,” among others. Further information and detailed descriptions of her work can be found on her website, www.heyining.com.
Known for his radically innovative work, Ibrahim Kamara has been described as one of the most exciting creative voices of a generation. His distinct point of view is daring, marrying high fashion with the wholly unexpected. Striking the perfect balance between curated looks and bold artistic direction, Kamara elevates his styling into art.
Although he was born in Sierra Leone, Kamara spent his childhood in Gambia. At age 16, he moved to London, where he later attended Central Saint Martins. Kamara’s work has since been featured in two exhibitions: Utopian Voices Here & Now (Somerset House, 2016) and Soft Criminal (Red Hook Labs, 2018).
In 2018, Kamara was appointed Fashion Editor at Large for i-D magazine. His editorial work has also been featured in British Vogue, Double, Dazed, and M le mag (Le Monde). He has consulted for brands including Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, and Nike, and has collaborated with artists such as Beyoncé, Sampha, Robyn, Kahlil Jospeh, and Solange.
Ihiro Hayami (b. 1982, Osaka Japan) is the founder of T3 PHOTO FESTIVAL (Tokyo International Photography Festival). He’s the former chief editor of Japanese Photography Magazine, “PHaT PHOTO” (2012-2014), and was the gallery director of RINGCUBE (Ginza). His selected curatorial exhibitions includes, Alejandro Chaskielberg’s “Otsuchi Future Memories” (2016), and Alex Prager’s “WEEK-END” (2010).
Over the past few years, he has served as juror, lecturer, and reviewer at various international photo festivals and photography universities.
Art Director, PhotoVisa, International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar Region (RU).
Irina Chmyreva is Co-founder and Artistic Director of PhotoVisa, Russia’s largest, international photography biennial outside Moscow. PhotoVisa had taken place since 2008 every October in city Krasnodar (South of Russia), since 2020 the festival has biennial format. The festival consists of an extensive exhibition program, international portfolio review, multimedia projections, lectures, workshops and an international juried contest. The PhotoVisa contest is still annual and free of charge, it is announced at web-site.
Irina has curated more than a hundred exhibitions worldwide. During past years she collaborated with several state and private museums in Moscow and other Russian cities, where she presented both national and international contemporary artists. From 2011 to 2015, she was the senior curator of Project in Support for Photography in Russia run by the IRIS Foundation. Irina was also part of the international team of curators who organized the FotoFest 2012 Biennial, Contemporary Russian Photography: 1950s-2012 in Houston, USA. In 2014, Irina was a jury member for the Hasselblad Award. For twelve years she was a member of the international editorial board for the independent art magazine European Photography.
For the past eleven years Irina has been working as a leading researcher (Ph.D.) at the Russian Academy of Arts, National Institute of Theory and History of Art, Moscow. She is teaching in Russian and foreign high-schools and university programs on photo editing and visual communication. As a photo editor, Irina has been involved in several book projects and has published a great number of portfolios in different offline and online resources.
James Estrin is a New York Times staff photographer and writer .He was a founder and co-editor of Lens, The New York Times photography blog. James was part of a team that won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for “How Race Is Lived In America.” He is also the co-executive producer of the documentary film “Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro “which appeared on HBO in November 2016. He is also an adjunct professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.
Jillian Mercado is infectiously upbeat and talkative; she can whisk you into a conversation that will loop and turn for hours. While it’s clear a buoyant attitude comes naturally to her, a good aura can only be expected considering she’s become the most recognizable model with muscular dystrophy and has worked with multiple industry icons – all in less than two years.
Jillian lived and breathed fashion from a young age, albeit unwittingly. Her mother and father, both immigrants from Santiago, Dominican Republic, first worked in an embroidery factory and shoe store, respectively. She fondly recalls time spent toying with her mother’s sewing machine, learning about fabrics and toppling over while trying on shoes two times her size. The fashion bug stuck with her and she went on to study merchandising management at New York’s esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
After graduation, Jillian took up various titles behind the scenes. After working with socialite photographer Patrick McMullan, she held a position at Tumblr be- fore becoming the creative director of We the Urban magazine. Though Jillian never seriously entertained the idea of modeling, she submitted herself to an open call for Diesel, partially on a whim and partially for an opportunity to work with Nicola Formichetti again. The two first became acquainted during a launch party for an issue of We the Urban that featured the denim brand’s artistic director on the cover. With a small push from a friend, Jillian took the plunge. Two weeks later, Diesel notified her she was in the running to be featured in the campaign.
Jillian describes the aftermath of the campaign launch, photographed by the venerable Inez and Vinoodh, as “instant viralness”. She subsequently appeared on various television shows, including E! News, and received an influx of praise for both her-modeling and her representation of the differently abled in fashion. “From there I knew the responsibility that I had,” she says. “I was terrified that Diesel was going to be it for me, but I said‘ No, I’ve done some crazy stuff in my life. This can’t be it. “
To date, Jillian has starred in campaigns for Olay, Bumble 100, Calvin Klein fragrance, Nordstrom, Target and Tommy Hilfiger. In September 2018 she was featured on Teen Vogue’s first digital cover. In addition, editorial features include CR Fashion Book, the September issues of Glamor, Cosmopolitan, Glass-book, Jejune and Herring & Herring magazine.
Off-camera Jillian speaks and participates in summits as a disabilities advocate. Recent engagements include speaking at this year’s BoF 500 Symposium and Ads week’s Women Trailblazer Summit. Recently she has embarked on writing an autobiography in efforts to share her story and to continue to encourage the next generation of women and those with disabilities.
Jillian recently participated in the 2019 BoF 500 Symposium where she spoke on the importance of authentic inclusion of disabled voices in fashion. She was also nominated and selected for the Business of Fashion’s professional index of people shaping the fashion industry.
“I’m showing that having a disability doesn’t have to be ugly, and how it should be embraced. I wish I had that role model growing up, but to be that role model is great. “
Academy Award® nominated actor Josh Brolin is one of Hollywood’s top leading men who continues to balance challenging roles in both mainstream studio productions as well as thought-provoking independents.
Off-screen, Brolin is an avid collector and patron of artists. His interest in photography began with the works of many of the Magnum and, later, NatGeo photographers, and continues today with the global accessibility of art.
Growing up in a gritty industrial town in the North of England, music was Elson’s first love and refuge, but it was fashion that gave her the escape she was seeking. Plucked off the streets of Manchester as a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, Karen’s rise to internationally recognized supermodel arrived early. Her big break came courtesy of Steven Meisel when the lauded lens man shot her for the cover of Vogue Italia on her 18th birthday.
Known for her vermillion mane of hair and bewitching looks, Karen has spread wide roots over the fashion and entertainment industries during her two-decades long tenure. She has worked with the majority of fashion’s most renowned photographers and designers including Mert and Marcus, Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Klein and Ellen Von Unwerth as well as runway stints for Versace, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Gucci and Chanel among others. Karen has appeared in over 30 international editions of Vogue as well as W, CR Fashion Book, Love, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar and i-D. Karen also has fronted advertising campaigns for Tom Ford, Miu Miu, Jo Malone, Valentino, Cartier, Moncler, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. to name only a few.
Growing up in a musical household, Karen learned guitar as a teenager; she kept her songwriting secret from friends and family until she was in her mid-20s. Her first public performances were as part of the New York City-based cabaret troupe The Citizens Band. Her musical career garnered attention over time and in 2010, Karen released her first, full-length album “The Ghost Who Walks” produced by her then-husband Jack White – leader singer of The White Stripes.
Now based in Nashville, Karen recently released her second album “Double Roses” while raising her two children Scarlett and Henry. Karen serves as an ambassador for Save the Children and is a staunch advocate for child right’s around the world.
Kimberly Drew is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies. Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Since starting her blog, Drew has worked for The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamor, W, and Teen Vogue. You can follow her at @museummammy on Instagram and Twitter.
Lars Boering was born 1969 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and studied Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. He has always worked in arts and the creative industries. From 1998 he was photo curator and later managing director of the Amsterdam Art Foundation, buying art and photography for their large collection. In 2008 Boering became an independent advisor and entrepreneur in photography and founded Lux Photo Gallery. He has advised photographers about funding and their business models, and has worked with several partners in the publishing and advertising industries. He has taught at academies throughout the world, and has been involved as an advisor and curator for festivals, museums, publishing houses and other institutions. In 2010 Boering co-founded the ‘Photography masterclass Amsterdam for advanced storytelling’ where he still teaches. Boering is an experienced keynote speaker and moderator at the highest levels. As managing director of the Dutch Photographers’ association, from 2010 to 2014, Boering advised photographers on copyright issues and entrepreneurial skills. He was appointed managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation in January 2015. In the last years he has re-imagined the Foundation from a contest in to an impact driven social enterprise.
Lars is interested in visual storytelling and photography with a purpose that demonstrates creative integrity and intent, originality, narrative and aesthetic quality and a high level of craftsmanship.
Laura Roumanos is the executive producer and co-founder of United Photo Industries and Photoville where she has produced over 400 photo exhibitions and public projects throughout the world over the last 8 and has brokered partnerships with over 200 public, private and non-profit entities.
Originally hailing from Sydney, Australia, Roumanos worked as a Producer and Arts Administrator before making the big move to NYC, to join the Manhattan Theater Club. She then headed over to St. Ann’s Warehouse as the General Manager for several years where she worked to help present and produce large-scale international theater, music, and art events. She’s also the co-producer for the New York Portfolio Reviews with the New York Times Lens team, which is in its 7th year at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. While spearheading UPI over the past several years, Roumanos has also worked as the Senior Producer of Creative Time, Senior Producer of The Future of StoryTelling, and recently has been moonlighting as the Line Producer and Director of Operations for the World Science Festival.
She also continues to consult, manage, and produce numerous theatrical shows and events throughout New York City with artists such as Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’, Spike Jonze, Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Brooklyn Youth Chorus, among many others. Roumanos is often sought by the New York Arts scene for consultation and advice regarding public art and multi-disciplinary projects across all artistic platforms.
Marcel Feil (1968) is artistic director at Foam in Amsterdam, responsible for all artistic affairs. After studying History of Art at the University of Amsterdam he worked for the Dutch Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture and the Amsterdam Center for Photography. Since 2002 he worked as curator at Foam and organized a wide range of historical and contemporary photography exhibitions, varying from work by young artist to renowned names as August Sander, William Klein, Helmut Newton and Diane Arbus. From the beginning he has been one of the editors of Foam Magazine, the international photography magazine published by Foam. Since the beginning of 2010 he acted as Foam’s deputy director, responsible for all artistic affairs, including the exhibition program in the museum, international exhibitions, Foam Magazine and all other artistic activities, both nationally and internationally. In September 2019 Marcel Feil was appointed as Foams’artistic director.
Marina Paulenka is the Artistic Director of UNSEEN Foundation, a platform for contemporary photography that presents the latest developments in the field of photography and amplifies the careers of boundary-pushing artists.
Prior to her new role at Unseen, she worked as a curator and Artistic Director of the Organ Vida International Photography Festival and the non-for-profit Organ Vida Photography Organization, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia.
So far she has curated numerous exhibitions and work with artists such as Tabita Rezaire, Dana Lixenberg, Zanele Muholi, Hannah Starkey, Roger Ballen, Pieter Hugo, Nina Berman, Amalia Ulman, Laia Abril, Katrin Koenning and many others.
Paulenka is the recipient of the Lucie Awards 2018 for best curator / exhibition of the year for the exhibition “Engaged, Active, Aware: Women Perspectives Now”.
Paulenka nominated photographers for The Joop Swart Masterclass, the Prix Pictet, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and she is an international juror and portfolio reviewer at many institutions, awards and festivals worldwide including the Les Rencontres d’Arles, Hamburg Triennial, Robert Capa Prize , FORMAT.
Michael Famighetti is editor of Openings magazine. In 2013, he organized a relaunch and reconceptualization of the magazine, which won a 2018 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He is the recipient, with guest editor Sarah Lewis, of the ICP Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research for “Vision & Justice,” the summer 2016 issue of Openings. In addition to editing the magazine, Famighetti commissions and edits books for Aperture Foundation, including volumes by William Christenberry, Robert Adams, John Divola, Jonas Bendiksen, Kwame Brathwaite, Joel Meyerowitz, among others. He is currently a visiting critic at Yale University School of Art and a participant in SVA’s Mentors program. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bookforum, Openings, among other publications. He is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and has been a guest reviewer and speaker at many international festivals and institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The New York Times; Vogue Italia; FOAM, Amsterdam; Art Gallery of Ontario; the Bamako Biennial, Mali; Kyotographie, Kyoto; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; and Fotografiska, Stockholm.
Michael Van Horne
Michael Van Horne is Director of the Image Archive at Art + Commerce. The Image Archive is a full service licensing agency representing many of the most significant artists, Estates and Foundations of our time, including the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the Estate of Guy Bourdin, Steven Meisel, Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, Peter Beard, Paolo Roversi and Craig McDean among others. In addition to his work supporting the artists of Art + Commerce, Van Horne has taken an active role in the agency’s objective to highlight emerging talent, developing the PhotoVogue Collection at Art + Commerce and as a contributing curator and organizer of the Art + Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers. Van Horne has been a guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts ’undergraduate photography department, where he formerly taught the elective course, Concept and Narrative in Fashion Photography.
Nathan Jurgenson is a sociologist and social media theorist and author of “The Social Photo: On photography and social media” (Verso Books, 2019). Nathan is founder and editor in chief of Real Life magazine, co-founder and co-chair of the Theorizing the Web conference, an editor emeritus at the New Inquiry, and a researcher at Snap Inc. Much of this 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, he approaches digitality as embodied, material, and real. Nathan lives in Los Angeles, California.
Paolo Sorrentino, director and screenwriter, was born in Naples in 1970.
Seven of his eight films have been presented in competition at Cannes Intl Film Festival, where Il Divo won the Prix du Jury in 2008.
In 2014, his La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) won the Oscar® and Golden Globe® for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as a BAFTA and four EFA Awards.
In 2016 Youth-La Giovinezza gained an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song and two Golden Globe® nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song, and won three European Film Awards. In 2016 he made his first TV Series The Young Pope followed by The New Pope in 2020.
He has also published a novel Hanno tutti ragione (Everybody’s Right) in 2010, and two collections of short stories: Tony Pagoda e i suoi amici (2012), and Gli aspetti irrilevanti (2016).
Pierpaolo Piccioli – Valentino Creative Director
© Inez & Vinoodh – Courtesy of Valentino Spa
‘I have always loved cinema and during my adolescence I dreamed of becoming a movie director. When I discovered fashion and its narrative power, I decided to become a designer. It was for me a natural evolution of a dream’.
After High school, Pierpaolo Piccioli enrolls in the Istituto Europeo di Design, in Rome. Commitment sets in during the first years of work in the atelier. After his first experiences, in 1990 he arrives at Fendi to work on the brand’s accessory line. In this period he approaches the heart of the profession: the contact with high Italian craftsmanship and the possibility of experimenting with a new approach.
‘Working closely with the artisans and with the Italian expertise has been fundamental. It has allowed me to understand and perceive the rules in order to break them and rewrite them. Savoir-faire is the base of the designer profession. It is the base from which each creative process begins’.
After Fendi, he arrives at Valentino to develop the emerging accessory line. It is the beginning of a challenge: to lead the great tradition of the Valentino Couture from dresses to objects, maintaining intact the tradition, the cure and the creativity of its founder. The experiment works on all fronts. In 2008, Pierpaolo Piccioli is nominated Valentino Co-Creative Director.
‘From the first days, the most important task on Valentino’s heritage has been to accomplish the perception, the idea and the essence of the Maison rather than reproposing pieces of its archive. It has been a creative process that took as a model the modus operandi of the Atelier of Couture. In other words, the human excellence portrayed in every single detail. From the fashion shows, to the collaborations, to the stores’.
In just a few years, Valentino has become a brand of reference for the fashion system and an international success case. In 2016, Pierpaolo Piccioli is nominated sole Creative Director of the Maison. It is the start of a new era, a further evolution for the Italian brand.
‘I am interested in the idea of humanism that nourishes creativity. The human connection that forms this Maison is for me the best team possible. Here I have discovered that no innovation can exist without a profound knowledge of tradition. At the same time, I know that the sense of limit that springs from this awareness gives you the freedom of thinking of how to trespass it. This, in synthesis, will be the new Valentino direction. A human narration, personal yet unanimous, of a story that is yet to be written.’
Shannon Ghannam is the Global Education Director at Magnum Photos, responsible for the celebrated agency’s educational programming globally, including the recently launched online learning platform Magnum Learn learn.magnumphotos.com. Previously she managed Content Strategy and Development at Reuters, working to showcase on multiple platforms the agency’s multimedia content. Shannon has collaborated on numerous photographic books, international exhibitions and multimedia projects including the Emmy award winning photojournalism app Reuters The Wider Image. Shannon has worked in various roles during a 20 year career including Screen Labs, Night Contact photography and multimedia festival, Australian Associated Press (AAP), The Australian Photojournalist Journal, The National Archives of Australia as well as developing a year long collaborative portraiture project with refugee communities for the Australian Red Cross. She studied at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia where she graduated with First Class Honours in Photography.
Simon Bainbridge is a London-based arts editor and writer specialising in contemporary photography. He is editorial director of 1854 Media, and has served as the editor of British Journal of Photography since 2003, transforming it from a weekly trade journal into an award-winning monthly magazine with an international focus. He initiated BJP’s annual talent platform, Ones To Watch, its International Photography Award, and Portrait of Britain, which is the country’s largest annual public exhibition, shown on advertising screens up and down the land during September, and published as a book by Hoxton Mini Press.
He has curated three photography exhibitions: Paper, Rock, Scissors: The Constructed Image in New British Photography at Toronto’s Flash Forward festival in 2010; Time & Motion Studies: New Documentary Photography Beyond the Decisive Moment at Hereford Photography Festival in 2011; and Ones To Watch at Peckham 24 in 2018. In addition, he has worked as an external assessor at education institutions including The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK) and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). His first book, Magnum Artists, will be published by Laurence King on 24 August.
Simon Baker has been director of MEP since May, 2018. Prior to this he was Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at Tate, London where he curated exhibitions including Don McCullin (Tate Britain, 2019), Shape of Light (Tate Modern, 2018) Performing for the Camera (Tate Modern, 2016), Conflict, Time, Photography (Tate Modern, 2014), and William Klein + Daido Moriyama (Tate Modern, 2012). His second year of programming at MEP starts March 2020 with the first-ever exhibition of the photographic work of the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, best known for his sculptures and conceptual works. Simon Baker has a PhD in History of Art and was Associate Professor of Art History at the Nottingham University (2004-2009). He has published widely on the history of art including the recent monograph George Condo: Painting Reconfigured (Thames and Hudson, 2015). Recent publications on photography include essays for books on Coco Capitan, Antony Cairns, Mari Katayama and Maya Rochat.
Sunil Gupta (b. 1953, New Delhi) India/Canada/UK.
Sunil Gupta was educated at the Royal College of Art, London, England, and received a PhD from the University of Westminster, England. Gupta’s work uses independent photography as a critical practice, focusing on race, migration and queer issues. His recent show (with Charan Singh), Dissent and Desire was presented at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (2018) and his project Christopher Street 1976, published in 2018 (Stanley Barker) was also presented at Hales Gallery in New York (2019). His work has been exhibited in various group shows, including Paris, Bombay, Delhi… (Pompidou Centre, Paris, France, 2011) and The Place is Here (Nottingham Contemporary, England, 2017). It was also on show as part of the permanent collection at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London, England (2018). He is a Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, a Professorial Fellow at the University for the Creative Arts and was the Lead Curator for the 2018 Fotofest in Houston, USA. His work can be found in many private and public collections, including the George Eastman Museum (Rochester, USA); the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography(Japan); the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada); the Tate (London, England); and the Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA).
Tasneem is a freelance Investigative Writer/Photographer working in the Middle East for international media on hard news as well as long form features. Tasneem’s work has been published in Saudi for New York Times, National Geographic, Speigel, Time’s Lightbox, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Amnesty International, NewYork Times Lens Blog, National Geographic Proof and Vogue Italia. Tasneem was born in the US and educated in England, returning to Saudi for her undergraduate studies. Her masters focused on the ethnographic study of Saudi women abroad, receiving an MA from Portland State University. After years of teaching in universities between Saudi and the United States, she ventured into photography. She now uses her story telling experience to document topics focusing on human rights specific to gender and social issues in Saudi and the Arab Gulf region. Selected as one of the 10 grantees of the Magnum Foundation/ Prince Clause/ AFAC grant in 2015. In April 2016, Tasneem was selected by British Journal Photography among best 16 emerging photographers to watch, and PDN’s 30 photographers to watch in 2017. She is a finalist in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards in Contemporary Issues. She soon joined Rawiya, the first all-female photography collective from the Middle East.
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Willy Ndatira is a designer, creative consultant and owner of William Cult Agency , which counts Gucci amongst their clients. Based between Johannesburg and London, Ndatira is perhaps better known by his Instagram handle @williamcult, where he shares his visual research and discusses social issues.
Ndatira trained as a fashion designer, also graduating with an MA in Image Making from Central Saint Martins. He has written for titles including Another Man and i-D.