Letizia Battaglia

Born in Sicily in 1935, Letizia Battaglia began her photography career in the early 1970s and started photographing the Sicilian Mafia in 1974, even receiving death threats. As the photography director of L’Ora, Palermo’s left-wing daily newspaper, she or one of her assistants was present at every major crime scene in the city until shortly before the paper folded in 1990. From these assignments, Battaglia and her long-time partner Franco Zecchin produced many of the iconic photographs that have come to represent Sicily and the Mafia throughout the world.
She has won numerous awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography and the Cornell Capa Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography.

Martina Bacigalupo

Martina Bacigalupo is a photographer and picture editor of the French magazine 6 Mois. She is a member of Agence VU in Paris, France.
After studying philosophy and literature in Genoa, Italy, Martina Bacigalupo went to East Africa where she worked for ten years as a freelance photographer, collaborating with magazines, foundations and international organizations. Her work, which has consistently interrogated the visual dynamics between Africa and the West, is today part of the Artur Walther Collection. Martina Bacigalupo received the Canon Female Photojournalist Award in
Instagram: @martibaccifoto

Thomas Stanworth

Thomas Stanworth has spent many years in Afghanistan photographing the landscape and people, revealing a space that is at once shattering and beautiful. This is an unveiling of a place and people largely invisible to the western world.

Tom Zimberoff

Tom Zimberoff was born in Los Angeles, a child of the Fifties. He was raised there and in Las Vegas, Nevada. As proficient with a clarinet as with a camera, he succumbed to the lure of photography while studying music at the USC School of Performing Arts. “Portrait photography,” he says, “is a predatory sport. I stalk my prey like a big-game hunter, look for a good clean shot, and try to avoid unnecessary wounds. Then I hang their heads on a wall to admire like trophies.”

Having begun his career in rock ‘n roll photography, touring with The Jackson-5, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, and Stephen Stills among others, he moved over to television and motion picture stills for advertising. After that he embarked on a career in photojournalism, spending several years in, among many other places, Central America working for Time and other magazines as a member of the Sygma Photo Agency and, later, Gamma-Liaison. His photographs have appeared on the covers of Time, Fortune, Money, People, and numerous other magazines.

Zimberoff portraits are found in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, the Corcoran Gallery Of Art in Washington, DC, the Oakland Museum in California, the Los Angeles Public Library, the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art, the Canton Art Institute in Ohio, the Performing Arts Library & Museum in San Francisco, as well as several corporate collections and university libraries. His first two portrait subjects were Marx and Lennon — that’s Groucho and John, of course.

Mattia Baldi


I’m impressed by how the human perception of beauty is changing. Modern technologies are going to make us see things that don’t exist, argument reality, our faces will be perceived like we want. A Hollywood star, a friend we love, a teacher we like. How we look like, the natural impression that our biological self gives to the others will be gradually less important in the next future. I always like a kind of photography that designs an idea, a composition of shadows using real-life elements. If photography is based on something that is not the reality is not photography but something else.
I like when models that use to see themselves in their promotional comp cards, Instagram posts, and magazine advertising react to my work in a very emotional way. Most of them have never seen their face in the way I shot them, let’s say natural and without enhancement of any kind. I’m happily surprised that they like my work and they ask me to shoot more or they recommend their models friends to me. I guess that is a good sign, people still want to have a memory of what they look like, or they are happy to see themselves in a more honest way. The vibe of my work is not celebratory, doesn’t tend to extra-valorize the subjects, wants to be raw content of reality. Especially here where I’m living, Bangkok, the beauty standards are a complicated matter. Thai people pass more time on SM than anyone else and the young generations are growing up with virtual digital standards of beauty. It will be amazing to realize one book per city all around the world to check the status of a wide spectrum of humanity. People who are working in the system or that are trying but fail for some aesthetic reason all around the world.
I’m fully focused on the book project “Casting” right now. The first book will be all about Bangkok and the models, actresses and dancers professional and beginners that are living and working in Bangkok now. The project will be in the format of one book-volume per city, all around the world. After Bangkok: New York, Paris, and Milan. The project has SM pages in order to create a community of models/women that will share their stories about their casting’s experiences, appearance insecurities, and how to live life as a woman in the age of digital media. Working with models’ agencies for my commercial work and doing castings have always intrigued me beyond being just a job, but I have also been blindly unaware of the reason for that until recently I found out why. Growing up collecting Interview Magazine, the magazine founded by the American artist Andy Warhol in 1969, I sharpened my artistic sensibility by learning from the magazine’s interviews, Warhol’s screen tests, and all of his work concerning castings. It was a perfect way to explore and understand the human condition and show the side of the people of which I find interesting. Instagram, influencers, and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” were all predicted by Warhol. Overflow of images, a spillover of information and intrusive consumerism that were once just bad omens are today our reality.

Website: http://www.mattiabaldi.com/bookscasting

Alexandre Urch


Fotógrafo paulista, nacido en abril de 1977, trabaja como fotógrafo desde el año 2000. Ganador de varios premios de fotografía.
Su trabajo, enfocado en la fotografía de autor y documental, destaca por la apropiación y exploración de imágenes cotidianas que buscan hacer visible lo invisible y ordinario.
Además de su reconocida y premiada obra de autor, también produce trabajos publicitarios y ha trabajado para marcas y empresas como Citröen, LG, Asus, Bem Mais Seguros, Air France, Reserva, BNP Paribas, Under Armour, Brazilian Comité Paralímpico entre otros.

Suxing Zhang

Suxing Zhang is a Chinese fine-art photographer currently living in Australia. Born in the late 1980s, Suxing was first trained as a painter. Witnessed the transition from analog photography to digital photography, Suxing has skills and experience in both areas.
Suxing Zhang’s works focus on fine-art and conceptual portraits which can be described as impressionistic surrealism. Suxing sees photographs as impressions that involve not only sheer beauty but also a wide range of emotions, and treats facial expressions and postures as the best mediums to deal with complex concepts. Suxing’s photographs often involve visual metaphors and metonymies to tell stories and express emotions. Experience with painting as well as charcoal sketching has attributed greatly in his use of lighting, composition, colour, texture, and translates to the overall harmony of his visual layouts.

Andrea Hernández Briceño

 

Andrea Hernández Briceño is a Venezuelan photographer based in Caracas with a degree in Journalism from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela). She focuses on social conflicts and community issues in the Latin American and Caribbean region. After working as a writer she found her calling in photojournalism at the local media website El Estimulo. In 2017, she was given the Director’s Scholarship to study at the International Center of Photography. In 2018, she participated in the Eddie Adams Workshop and she was selected as a Women Photograph Mentee. She was recently recognised as one of the 30 Under 30 Women Photographers by Artpil, was included in PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch list, 20 Rising Female Photojournalists list by Artsy. Also, she was chosen as one of the mentors of the 20 Fotógrafos Workshop in Guatemala and as a leader for the Women Photograph Chapter in Caracas. Most recently, she was named National Geographic explorer. Hernández Briceño now works as a freelancer for the Associated Press and contributes for publications such as; The Washington Post, El País and Buzzfeed News.

Mathieu Vladimir Alliard








Works

Lydia Fernández


Cuando hago fotos a otra persona no tengo una idea concreta en mi cabeza de lo que busco, pero días antes de la sesión, hablo mucho con ella, le pregunto por qué quiere hacerse fotos, por qué me ha elegido a mí para ello, qué quiere contar… y ahí ya me hago una idea al menos de por dónde empezar. No hay nada decidido hasta el día de la sesión, pero después de un café y algo de charla, intento captar la energía que trae para intuir un poco por dónde llevar la sesión. Uso mucho la música, elijo de forma muy consciente las canciones que suenan mientras hacemos la sesión para que me ayuden a que todo fluya mejor. Al final la base de mi fotografía siempre es la misma; luz, emoción y música.

Gertrude Fehr


The photographer Gertrude Fehr, born in Mainz (Germany) in 1885, is part of the first generation of professional women photographers. After an apprenticeship in a Munich studio, she opened her own studio in 1918 where she employed up to six people. In 1933, the political situation forced Gertrude Fuld to leave Germany with her future husband, the Swiss painter Jules Fehr (1890-1971). The couple settled in Paris and opened the Publiphot school in 1934, of which she became the director. The school formed students in the art of advertising photography, of which Publiphot was a pioneer. In Paris, Gertrude Fehr was also close to the New Photography movement. She experimented with different techniques – solarization, the photogram, photomontage, etc. – and exhibited her work alongside the great photographers of her generation such as Laure Albin Guillot, Florence Henri and Man Ray.
At the end of the 1930s, Gertrude and Jules Fehr settled in Switzerland and opened a successful new photography school in Lausanne. The school was transferred to Vevey in 1945 to become part of the Ecole des Arts et Métiers (currently CEPV). Gertrude Fehr can therefore be considered as the founder of the Vevey Photography School. The teaching of color photography that she proposed in 1950 contributed to the school’s reputation in Switzerland as well as abroad. Until 1960, she gave classes in portrait, fashion, advertising and journalistic photography. Monique Jacot, Luc Chessex, Jean-Loup Sieff, Yvan Dalain and Francis Reusser can be counted among her many students.
Upon her death in 1996, Gertrude Fehr bequeathed all of her archives to the Fotostiftung in Winterthur and to the Musée de l’Elysée. The latter includes some 1,500 prints, about one hundred negatives and several archive binders.

Jacopo Della Valle


I was born in Rome in 1979 and I was passionate about photography and reportage from an early age. I started shooting during my second grade with the Fujica ST701 belonging to my father, who liked films and trasmitted this love to me.

I graduated in Scenography at the Accademia delle Belli Arti with honors and I developed a great passion for travel photography. I traveled throughout Europe, in the United States, Cuba and Morocco before starting my reportages along Asia: I went to Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, China and India. Fascinated by Asian culture and guided by the readings of Tiziano Terzani, I always tried to get in touch with the local populations to know – and experience – their characteristic uses, customs and traditions, avoiding the superficiality of the tourist traps. For this reason I embarked on long journeys to discover different Asian ethnic minorities, who live in tribes that are difficult to reach and that still survive globalization.
Among all pictures I prefer the portraits, because they give me the chance to capture the history and the deeper essence of the people in front of me. There are people with whom I shared a lot and others with whom there was only a brief meeting, but in all situations I used the camera to make a connection with the other and to try to represent the soul through a poem of colors. In fact, it’s the camera that I often use to communicate with people so distant from us, who do not speak our own language but are so rich in curiosity and emotions.
Through my photos I would like to share with you my passion and the intensity of my experiences, which do not only testify the different anthropological realities, but they want to pay a great tribute to the different cultures that surround and enrich us.

Paul Strand

Paul Strand sought to express the feeling of the land and its inhabitants directly, honestly, and with respect. His prints are masterly in detail and tonality, and his approach has greatly influenced American photography. Strand advocated “straight photography,” and photographed street portraits to city scenes, machine forms, and plants with his distinctive clarity, precision, and geometric form. From 1904-09, he studied photography under Lewis Hine at the Ethical Culture School in New York, where he was born. Hine introduced Strand to Alfred Stieglitz, who encouraged him and gave him an exhibition at in 1915, and published his work in the two final issues of Camera Work. Active as both a still photographer and a filmmaker, Strand has been extremely influential.

Claudia Wycisk


My grandmother gave me a push into the right direction to buy a camera while we were having coffee together on a Sunday afternoon. That was in 2007. From that moment on, photography has grown into an indispensable part of my life. Through photography I had the chance to meet a lot of wonderful people with whom I collaborated on great ideas and spent a fantastic time. Letting my imagination run wild and working with people, without being restricted by any external requirements is motivating me to go on. Photography means a lot to me, not only because it has changed me as a person, but because it just lifts me up, even if a day is not going so well. Just switch the camera on, switch the problems off and find myself again.

I’m autodidact. In 2007 I bought my first SLR camera. It was a Canon 400D with the Canon 50mm f/1.4. Since 2009 I am working only on people photography. I photograph only digital. In 2011 I bought my new baby the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8. The 50mm and the 24-70mm are my favorite objectives.
I use the Canon 50mm f/1.4 outdoors only. If I work indoors I use the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Canon 50mm f/1.4 with a softbox from Proxistar 60 x 60 cm or a 95cm Phottix Oktagon Softbox with the Yongnuo YN-560 II speedlite. That’s it!

The only and important thing for me in order to make good pictures is to create a connection between the model and myself. If there is no connection I can’t take emotional pictures. That’s why the communication before every shooting is so crucial. With some models the connection is great from the first moment of meeting each other, but this doesn’t always happen. But that’s ok, too.

For me it is very interesting to work with the models until they trust me enough to let go. You can practically see how they become more themselves with every picture that I take. Other than that, I follow no fixed rules to take good pictures. Many things happen spontaneously. This is great, because from my experience, spontaneity brings the best results.

Good pictures don’t depend on the equipment, but on the eye to see the things in the right moment!

Daniëlle van Zadelhoff


Daniëlle van Zadelhoff creates her photographs from her fascination for the inner nature of humans. She works purely intuitively and she strives to freeze an emotion in time. Composition and subject are leading: it’s all about the light, colour nuances and perspective.

Although the association with the works of art of the great masters of the Flemish Primitives, Southern Netherlands or the Renaissance seems obvious, it should not be predominant. The clair-obscur technique only serves to accentuate the emotions of her characters, emphasising their fragility. Despite the resemblance, her images retain a contemporary character.

 

Lee Jeffries

Lee Jeffries lives in Manchester in the United Kingdom. Close to the professional football circle, this artist starts to photograph sporting events. A chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London changes his artistic approach forever. Lee Jeffries recalls that, initially, he had stolen a photo from this young homeless girl huddled in a sleeping bag. The photographer knew that the young girl had noticed him but his first reaction was to leave. He says that something made him stay and go and discuss with the homeless girl. His perception about the homeless completely changes. They become the subject of his art. The models in his photographs are homeless people that he has met in Europe and in the United States: «Situations arose, and I made an effort to learn to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait.» From then onwards, his photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world

Babak Fatholahi

My work has been published in various recognizable and established art and fashion magazines. They include, Worldwide, Grand Central Publishing, Ballad of Magazine, Nylon, dodho Magazine, Living Magazine, Dark Beauty Magazine, Flawless Magazine, Blue Magazine, APF Magazine, Apricot Magazine, Classic Magazine, as well as others publications.

 

 

Brent Stirton

Brent Stirton is a South African Photographer with an extensive history in the documentary world. Brent’s work has been published by: National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, The UK Sunday Times Magazine and many other respected international titles.

He has worked for WWF, CNN, the Ford, Clinton and Gates Foundations, the Nike Foundation and the World Economic Forum. Brent also shoots regular reports for Human Rights Watch. He has done numerous commercial assignments including annual reports for Novartis.

Brent was elected a member of the Young Global Leaders, an affiliate program of the World Economic Forum, in 2008 Brent became a Canon Ambassador, at the time one of 12 photographers representing Canon photography. That program has grown to over 100 members today.

Brent has received 12 awards from World Press Photo and 13 awards from The Pictures of the Year International contest. He has received multiple awards from the Overseas Press Club, The Webbys, The Association of International Broadcasters, the HIPA Awards, the Frontline Club, the Deadline Club, Days Japan, China International Photo Awards, the Lead Awards Germany, Graphis, Communication Arts, American Photography, American Photo and the American Society of Publication Designers as well as the London Association of Photographers. Brent has received multiple Lucie Awards including International photographer of the Year.

Brent has been recognized by the United Nations for his work on the Environment and in the field of HIV/AIDS. He has won the Visa D’or at the Visa Pour L’ image Festival in France for Magazine photography. He also won the National Magazine Award for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo for National Geographic Magazine. In 2016 Brent won the National Geographic Magazine Photographer’s Photographer Award. Brent guided a documentary on Virunga National Park in Conflict for National Geographic Television as well as appearing in the show. The documentary won the Emmy for Best Documentary Feature as well as a Bafta Award for Best Documentary. Brent received a Peabody Award for his work with Human Rights Watch for most significant work in an electronic medium. He was named Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year three years in a row by the Natural History Museum of the UK.

Serguéi Prokudin-Gorski


Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky was a Russian chemist and photographer. He is best known for his pioneering work in colour photography and his effort to document early 20th-century Russia.
Using a railroad-car darkroom provided by Tsar Nicholas II, Prokudin-Gorsky traveled the Russian Empire from around 1909 to 1915 using his three-image colour photography to record its many aspects. While some of his negatives were lost, the majority ended up in the U.S. Library of Congress after his death. Starting in 2000, the negatives were digitised and the colour triples for each subject digitally combined to produce hundreds of high-quality colour images of century-ago Russia.

Gregory Kramer


Gregory Kramer is a photographer based in New York City. He published his first book DRAGS in 2017. DRAGS documents NYC drag king and queen scene in classic black and white photographs. His follow-up project DOWNTOWN is a self published project documenting New York City’s downtown scene. Gregory draws his inspiration from the the people that make up New York City.