Enrico Natali was born in Utica, New York and raised in the town of Carthage at the edge of the Adirondack Mountains. In 1951 he entered the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he developed an interest in photography. Leaving the academy in 1954 he moved to New York and began working as an apprentice to photographer Anton Bruehl. In 1960, Natali began photographing in New York’s subways, taking black and white candid shots of people on the trains and waiting in the underground stations. Echoing the photographs of Walker Evans, who covertly photographed New York subway riders in the late 1930s, and anticipating the work of artists like Bruce Davidson, who made his first lengthy color series in the New York subway in the early 1980s, Natali’s photographs contribute to a growing body of photographs that look closely at the subway as a crucial site of modern urban life. The Subway photographs were Natali’s first major series, and according to the artist they prompted him to adopt photography as a vocation and to take America, broadly considered, as the central subject of his work. In the following years Natali lived in different parts of the United States, working either as a freelance or a commercial studio photographer. in 1971, Natali had also started a new series, American Landscapes, supported by a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. The following year he published the book New American People, which collects selections of the photographs he had taken in these various locations. In the mid-1970s Natali stopped making photographs entirely and in 1980 he purchased land in Los Padres National Forest in California, relocating there with his wife and children. In 1990 he and his wife founded a Zen meditation center, which is still in operation today. Natali began to take photographs again in 2001, working in color and using a digital camera.
Jindřich Štreitis a Czech photographer and pedagogue known for his documentary photography. He concentrates on documenting the rural life and people of Czech villages. He is considered one of the most important exponents of Czech documentary photography.
Born to Italian opera singer parents, Floria Sigismondi has led an existence forged equally in the theatre, where stories are retold, and in the avant-garde, where futures are envisioned. Even her name bears the stamp of these roots. It is fitting then that in her work she has created a film language, which goes against the grain and challenges convention, while never failing to capture the raw emotional truths of her subjects and of the stories she tells. Her immense influence is felt the world over, in the arenas of music video, photography, film and advertising–in each field she has brought her signature spin and never left a project without leaving a lasting impression in her wake. Floria deftly conquers the narrative space of filmmaking, as well. Last year, Floria directed The Turning, the supernatural horror feature starring Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince, and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin. Previously, she wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed feature The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Her television work includes directing episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu and American Gods for Starz. In her still photography work, Floria pushes her trademark marriage of the poetic and the macabre to its limit, while managing to encompass the same emotional punch as her work in the moving image. Her images have been displayed in museums across the world and she recently published her third book of photographs, Eat the Sun, which features many of Hollywood and music’s most celebrated luminaries, such as Nicole Kidman, Tilda Swinton, Daniel Kaluuya and Saoirse Ronan.
Lu Nan is a contemporary photographer who was born in Beijing, China in 1962. After working for National Pictorial for 5 years, he decided to become an independent photographer. From 1989 to 1990, he shot a series of images of the living conditions of patients in Chinese mental hospitals. From 1992 to 1996, he shot a series of images about Catholicism in China. From 1996 to 2004, he shot a series images of the daily life of Tibetan farmers. Lu Nan is known as “the most legendary photographer in China”. He is also the only Chinese contemporary photographer chosen by Aperture magazine as a topic colon. Lu is constantly invited to participate in numerous exhibitions; however, he is extremely selective about the exhibitions he is involved with. Lu also refused to have his portrait taken by others, so it’s very rare to see any photo documentations of him. For fifteen years, Lu has been leading a life that is almost like a monk, spending his time working and studying, as he believes that “good stuff comes out of reticenc.
Whilst looking at Instagram Stories one day, I saw a number of clips of my friends out cycling, rock climbing, showing off their Strava time, and holding that big fish that they just caught, when it hit me – I don’t do any of this. My hobby, my only hobby, is photography. It’s what I think about constantly. It’s what excites and motivates me.
A decade ago I was working as an acting agent in Central London when I realised I really didn’t want to live off other people’s creativity; I wanted to be creative myself. So I bought my first camera, spent my time trying out all different kinds of photography, and came to the conclusion that what I enjoyed the most was taking pictures of people. Just real, spontaneous, emotive, interesting photographs that capture the human condition.
It was an amazing feeling. For the first time in my life I was truly excited and passionate about my work, as my camera allowed me to express myself in ways I never could before. It’s fair to say that (apart from my other half and Arsenal) photography is all I ever think about. I spend my evenings consuming it, I plan my free time around quirky events I can photograph, my holidays centred on countries I can visit and capture, and I feel fortunate to have had some of my street photography images exhibited at street photography festivals around the world.
Because I love photography. I get a tremendous buzz from creating distinctly unique imagery, and I’m always looking to push myself to create work that is artistic, timeless, and honest. Thankfully couples who book me to be their wedding photographer share this ideology, and tell me how excited they are to see what I see on their wedding day. Afterwards, I receive messages like the one below, and I can’t tell you how much that means to me.
Emmanuel Smagueis more “old school” than “high tech”. The tools of his trade : a Leica MP, one lens, and loads of film. “I’m always seeking a closeness and proximity to my subjects, which is why I only use a 35mm lens”. His camera gives him an excuse to go up to anybody to meet them, and he will choose his destinations with a photography project in mind : the Transsiberian train, the nomadic people in Mongolia, the ragpickers of Cairo, the inhabitants of Chernobyl, prostitutes in Bangladesh…
Las imágenes deAdriana Loureiro Fernándezmuestran los claroscuros de las protestas y enfrentamientos en las calles de Venezuela: figuras enmascaradas que surgen de las sombras, iluminadas por las llamas o envueltas en remolinos de gases lacrimógenos. Los manifestantes portan armas, cuchillos o piedras que suelen arrojarle a la policía. Ella se acerca, lo cual es temerario considerando que alguna vez tuvo miedo a las multitudes.A pesar de ello, se ha habituado a dar más de sí misma, física y emocionalmente, mientras atestigua el caos político que continúa estremeciendo a su tierra natal.
Su estilo y los temas que trata se han desarrollado desde sus primeros días en la fotografía, que se remontan a 2010, cuando en su época de estudiante universitaria solía acompañar a sus amigos que realizaban grafitis en Caracas. Tomaba fotografías por la noche solo con la escasa luz disponible —un flash delataría a sus amigos— moviéndose por las calles desiertas.
“La ciudad era peligrosa y estaba vacía, solo salían las personas pobres, los borrachos y nosotros”, comentó. “Pero era un atisbo de eso en lo que Venezuela se ha convertido. Vimos muchas cosas: nos robaron, la policía dijo que nos iban a arrestar si no entregábamos lo que teníamos, vimos violencia, vimos un poco de todo en las noches”.
Camilo José Vergara, nacido en 1944 en Santiago, Chile, es un escritor, fotógrafo y documentalista nacido en Chile y radicado en Nueva York. Vergara ha sido comparado con Jacob Riis por su documentación fotográfica de los barrios marginales estadounidenses y los entornos urbanos decadentes. A partir de la década de 1980, Vergara aplicó la técnica de la retroprografía a una serie de ciudades estadounidenses, fotografiando los mismos edificios y vecindarios desde el punto de vista exacto a intervalos regulares durante muchos años para capturar los cambios a lo largo del tiempo. Formado como sociólogo con especialidad en urbanismo, Vergara recurrió a su documentación sistemática en un momento de decadencia urbana, y eligió lugares donde el estrés parecía más alto: los proyectos de vivienda de Chicago; el sur del Bronx de la ciudad de Nueva York; Camden, Nueva Jersey; y Detroit, Michigan, entre otros. Vergara recibió una B.A. (1968) en Sociología de la Universidad de Notre Dame y un M.A. (1977) en Sociología de la Universidad de Columbia, donde también completó el trabajo del curso para su Ph.D.
Sergio Larraín Echeñique fue un fotógrafo chileno. Su padre fue el arquitecto Sergio Larraín García-Moreno, quien gozó de gran prestigio como autor modernista y fue fundador del Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. A los dieciocho años viajó a Estados Unidos con el fin de estudiar ingeniería forestal, pero no le gustó y decidió estudiar fotografía por lo que se trasladó a la Universidad de Míchigan. Regresó a Chile en 1951 y realizó su primera exposición en Santiago en 1953. Gracias a Henri Cartier-Bresson, entró como miembro asociado en 1959 de la agencia Magnum y con pleno derecho a partir de 1961. Su primer libro publicado fue El rectángulo en la mano en 1963, que acompañaba a una exposición que realizó en Santiago. En 1966 colaboró con sus fotos en el libro de Pablo Neruda titulado Una casa en la arena. En 1968, con motivo de otra exposición en Lausana, publicó otro libro titulado Chile; sin embargo, su libro más importante fue Valparaíso, aparecido en 1991, mientras que su último libro, London, se publicó en 1998. En 1999 realizó una exposición en el Centro Julio González del Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM) y se editó un catálogo retrospectivo de su obra. La obra de Larraín se encuentra en diversos museos y colecciones, como el MOMA de Nueva York o el Castillo de agua Laganne en Toulouse. A finales de los años sesenta se trasladó a Ovalle, donde fue abandonando poco a poco la fotografía y profundizando en el estudio de la cultura y mística orientales.Sergio Larraín falleció en Ovalle el 7 de febrero de 2012.
Born in Kirov (Vyatka) in 1971. Professional photojournalist since 1991. In 1999, he moved to Moscow and became a freelance photographer. He contributed to multiple periodicals, including Newsweek and Kommersant [The Businessman] (Russia), Helsingin Sanomat, APU, Talouselama (Finland), etc. In 1996 and 1997, he gained scholarship of the Russian Ministry of Culture. In 1998 and 2001, Myakishev won prizes of the InterFoto Festival of Documentary Photography (Moscow) for his series about pilgrims and North Urals. He has held about 20 personal exhibitions, inter alia, in the University of Oldenburg, 2000, Germany; Bibliotheque Municipale D’Auxerre, 2008, and Maison du Pays Coulangeois in Coulanges la Vineuse, 2010, France; Gallery of Classic Photography, 2014, Moscow; as well as in other venues in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Russia, etc. In 2011, his personal exhibition took place within the project “Zerkalo” by Zakari Gilbert in Quebec, Canada. He participated in a number of group exhibitions in UK, Germany, France, and Russia (Kirov, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Krasnodar, St. Petersburg, etc.) In 2012, he participated in the group exhibition held in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts — “The Museum. From Photographers’ Point of View.” The same year he participated in the project “XXI. My Pacific Ocean” organised by the largest Russian news agency — RIA Novosti [Russian Information Agency “News”]; the final exhibition was shown at the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow). In 2013, his work was exhibited in the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, within the project for Leica. In 2010, he took the 2nd prize of the Photojournalism Development Foundation Award (Russia) in the Events category for his series Road to Faith. In 2013, his photograph was shortlisted for Sony World Photography Award in the Lifestyle category of Professional Competition and exhibited in the Somerset House, London.
José Ortiz Echagüe (2 de agosto de 1886 – 7 de septiembre de 1980) fue un ingeniero militar, piloto y fotógrafo español. Ortiz Echague nunca fue un profesional de la fotografia, fundador y propietario de la empresa aeronautica CASA y de los automoves SEAT, se dedico desde 1898 a tomar fotos de España y el norte de Africa. Sus temas fueron la arquitectura, la gente y los vestidos y costumbres tradicionales. Se lo consideraba, en los años 30 como uno de los tres mejores fotografos del mundo. Mediante intervencion en el copiado, lograba un efecto que hacia que sus fotos se parecieran a pinturas. En 75 años, fotografiando en sus ratos libres, los fines de semana y en sus viajes genero unas 30000 placas y negativos, la mayoria de los cuales estan, junto con unas 1000 impresiones realizadas por el mismo, en el Legado Ortiz Echague, en la Universidad de Navarra.
The empty stretch of road goes on for miles, nothing but the occasional sign or the passerby as the pavement beneath my tires breathes the melody of past motorists. The Loneliest Highway is my lyrical journey across Nevada finding solace in the emptiness along the Lincoln Highway in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic. This melancholy song is driven by the feelings of isolation that conveys the essence of the stay at home orders and the loneliness that came in seclusion afterward. Through these discoveries in loneliness along the road I was able to develop catharsis of the moment and empowerment to show this current time. Along this lonely road the lines move like a day in wait as I pass through the forgotten towns that align the highway, nothing to be said or heard but the whispers of what came before and a hope in betterment of tomorrow.
William Mark Sommer (b. 1990) is a film photographer residing in Sacramento, California. Mark has earned his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University and he has exhibited over the United States and Internationally. In 2020, Mark was chosen by Alex Prager for Life Framer’s “Open Call” First Place Award. Mark also has self-published 10 zines and has been featured in publications like Stay Wild, Float, Aint Bad, Booooooom, Analog Mag, MonoVisons, The Modern-Day Explorer, among others.
Within Mark’s series he utilizes a long-term documentary mode of storytelling to explore themes of human nature, preservation and empathy. He photographs to further his understanding of a diversity of human experiences, exploring what we hold dear and how our actions shape our
environments. He looks for his work to challenge stereotypes by showing the unseen and giving a voice to the misunderstood.
Growing up in the small-bypassed town of Loomis, California, Mark was shaped by the culture of the Lincoln Highway. Experiencing this culture gave him a deep admiration towards small town America and its the history along the fading highways. Following these experiences and admirations has taken him all over the Western United States and brought him a closer understanding with complexities of American culture by seeing history in person and understanding its progressive nature in forgetting the past.
George Krause was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1937 and received his training at the Philadelphia College of Art.
Krause’s photographs are in major museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. In 1993 he was honored as the Texas Artist of the Year.
He retired in 1999 from the University of Houston where in 1975 he created the photography program and now lives in Wimberley, Texas.
Elena Shumilova is internationally published artist, specializes in children and family imagery.
Her photos have been featured in dozens of publications around the World including Digital SLR Magazine, Practical Photography Magazine, Digital Photo Magazine, SLR Lounge, and My Modern Met. Elena’s pictures and videos have also been used by Vodafone and Petcurean advertising campaigns, book covers and selection of postcards in UK, Germany and USA.
She lives and works in countryside in Tver region, Russia, traveling around the world with the new projects and workshops.
Jeannette Gregori was born in 1967, she lives in Strasbourg, France. She studied photography at the Fine Arts University, Indiana, US, as well as at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. Her first series “Gypsy Childhoods” aims to develop tolerance towards the Roma and Sinti community. Her work was exhibited at the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in Médiathèque André Malraux in Strasbourg, at the Council of Europe in 2009 and Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, 2018. As her photographic works develop, her social commitmemnt has diversified on settlements in France, Poland and Czech Republic. In 2014 and 2015, she cooperated with UFAT (Union of French Gypsy associations) for the recognition of the Gypsy genocide. She took part in several Roma workshops in Poland and presented her work on “The New Roma” at the International Month of Photography in Berlin. She is now represented by the art gallery Kai Dikhas in Berlin and Collectif du Hérisson. She was awarded the first place at the Monovisions Photography Awards, black and white photo of the year 2017 in photojournalism. She was also awarded the first place at the ND Awards and IPOTY (International Photographer of the Year)Awards 2017,in people/children category.
Werner Bischofwas born in Switzerland. He studied photography with Hans Finsler in his native Zurich at the School for Arts and Crafts, then opened a photography and advertising studio. In 1942, he became a freelancer for Du magazine, which published his first major photo essays in 1943. Bischof received international recognition after the publication of his 1945 reportage on the devastation caused by the Second World War. In the years that followed, Bischof traveled in Italy and Greece for Swiss Relief, an organization dedicated to post-war reconstruction. In 1948, he photographed the Winter Olympics in St Moritz for LIFE magazine. After trips to Eastern Europe, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, he worked for Picture Post, The Observer, Illustrated, and Epoca. He was the first photographer to join Magnum with the founding members in 1949. Disliking the ‘superficiality and sensationalism’ of the magazine business, he devoted much of his working life to looking for order and tranquility in traditional culture, something that did not endear him to picture editors looking for hot topical material. Nonetheless, he found himself sent to report on the famine in India by Life magazine (1951), and he went on to work in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Indochina. The images from these reportages were used in major picture magazines throughout the world. In the autumn of 1953, Bischof created a series of expansively composed color photographs of the USA. The following year he traveled throughout Mexico and Panama, and then on to a remote part of Peru, where he was engaged in making a film. Tragically, Bischof died in a road accident in the Andes on 16 May 1954, only nine days before Magnum founder Robert Capa lost his life in Indochina.
Maciej Dakowicz is an experienced Polish photographer and educator based in Poland. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is a member the international street photography collective UP Photographers and an official Fujifilm X-Photographer. His interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
Maciej’s photos have been widely published, exhibited and shown at photo festivals. He is a recipient of numerous awards and has judged several photography competitions. His photos have been featured in major street photography books including “Street Photography Now”, “The World Atlas of Street Photography”, “100 Great Street Photographs”, “Street Photography: A History in 100 Iconic Photographs” and “Bystander: A History of Street Photography”. Maciej’s first monograph Cardiff After Dark was published in October 2012. Currently he is mainly occupied with teaching his popular streeet photography workshops in Asia and Eastern Europe.
Joana Choumali, born in 1974, is visual artist based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She studied graphic arts in Casablanca (Morocco) and worked as an art director in an advertising agency before embarking on her photography career. She works mainly on conceptual photography and mixed media.
Much of her work focuses on Africa, and what she learns about the innumerable cultures around her. Her work allows her to explore the assumptions she has and nurtured her world views. In her latest works, Joana embroiders directly on the images completing the act of creating the photograph image with the slow and meditative gesture. Her most recent artworks are unique objects enriched by her choice of textiles and sense of color. In Abidjan, Joana has exhibited at the Museum of Civilizations, the Donwahi Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Rotonde des Arts, and Palais de la Culture.
Abroad: she exhibited during the Photoquai Biennale at the Musée du Quai Branly (Paris), at the Troppenmuseum in (Amsterdam) , at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa , (Zeitz Mocaa) Capetown , at the Fondation Blachère, at the Bamako International Photography Biennale, at the Lagos Photo Festival. In 2014, she won the POPCAP14 International Photography Award and the Emerging Photographer LensCulture Award. In 2016, she received the Magnum Emergency Grant Foundation, and the Fourthwall Books Award in South Africa
In 2017, she exhibited her series “Translation” and “Adorn” at the Pavilion of the Ivory Coast during the 57th Venice International Biennale. Her work has been published in the international press :CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, El Pais, Le Monde, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Harper Bazaar Art etc.