Agata Stoinska trained as an architect before commencing a career in photography in 2003.
In 2008 she launched D-Light Studios in Dublin. D-Light is a large multimedia space that would accommodate the photography, fashion, television and arts industries.
In the summer of 2010 she launched the international fine art photography publication BLOW Photo. This large format image-based publication features both emerging and established photographers from around the world. BLOW was awarded the Overall Print of the Year Award 2010 and 2015 at the Irish Print Awards. It was also nominated for a LUCIE Award, honoring the greatest achievements in photography, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
In editing BLOW’s editors look for artists that surprise them and prove that things can be done differently. They are particularly interested in artistic practices that challenge understanding of the photographic medium, as well as thought-provoking, sensitively conceived, visually coherent, and engaging projects addressing contemporary issues whether abstract or concrete.
Andrew Sanigar is Commissioning Editor, Photography at Thames & Hudson where his role is to develop the company’s forward programme of photography publications as well as those in other subject areas including design, advertising and branding. Recent and notable photography titles he has commissioned include Magnum Contact Sheets (first published in 2011) and Magnum Magnum (first published in 2007), which have been published in 11 languages, Landmark by William A. Ewing (2014), Fashion Photography Next by Magda Keaney (2014) and Asylum of the Birds by Roger Ballen (2013). His photography publications for 2015 include The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography, edited by Nathalie Herschdorfer, and Lois Greenfield: Moving Still, a new monograph of her work since 1998.
Photo editor, art buyer and picture director for print and web, with extensive experience of conceptualising, developing, and producing multimedia projects, as well as curating cultural events. Clients include: Patek Philippe, Bang &Olufsen, Ford, B&Q, Tesco, Standard Life, TfL, Barclays, TIME magazine, Fabric magazine. With a passion for, and extensive knowledge of, photography, I guest lecture on university level photography courses, contribute feature ideas to arts and culture magazines, as well as conduct portfolio reviews at various international art fairs and universities. I have a deep knowledge of both the history of photography as well contemporary photographic practices. Portfolio reviews: Rencontres d’Arles, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Format Festival, nofound_photofair, BJP Vision. Curation: ASA Collective, nofound_photofair, Forward exhibitions. Blog: beanshoot.tumblr.com
Caroline Hunter is picture editor for The Guardian Weekend magazine, the award-winning Saturday supplement to the Guardian newspaper. She regularly commissions photography from around the world from celebrity and portraiture to documentary and conceptual photography.
Celia devises the strategic and artistic direction of Photoworks and the Brighton Photo Biennial.
Recent projects have include the inaugural Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015, Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 & 2014.Forthcoming projects include a co-commission with Focus Festival Mumbai as part of Re:Imagine India funded by the Arts Council England and HOUSE 2016.
Celia was previously Head of Exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion, 2002-2009. Other projects include The British Library by Yinka Shonibare (2013) and Brighton Palermo Remix by David Batchelor for Brighton Festival (2012), This Storm is What We Call Progress by Ori Gersht (2012), Imperial War Museum, London and curated projects include Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographs of the American South including Walker Evans, William Eggleston, William Christenberry, Carrie Mae Weems, Susan Lipper and Alec Soth (2010), Beuys Is Here co-curated with Anthony d’ Offay (2009), Kenneth and Mary Martin, Constructed Works (2008) and Jeremy Deller (2006). Commissions include Mumuration Rinko Kawauchi and Brighton Picture Hunt Alec Soth (2010).
She is co-editor of Photoworks Annual, visual art advisor for HOUSE festival and Chair of Blast Theory.
Cheryl Newman is an independent photography consultant, curator and artist living in London. For more than fifteen years she was the Photography Director of the Telegraph Magazine where she raised the profile of the magazine commissioning intelligent and inventive photography. The magazine was the recipient of a number of photography awards under her direction including the Amnesty International Award for Media in 2014.
She has been a committee member of the Royal Photographic Society. She has served as a jury member for numerous photographic awards worldwide including; the Ian Parry Award, the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, the Getty Grant, Lucie Awards, New York, the Santa Fe Editors Choice, HIPA Dubai, PhotoEvidence Book Award, the Flash Forward Award, the Bar Tur Photobook Award, the Moran Contemporary photography Prize, Sydney and the ESTAÇÃO IMAGEM PRIZE for photojournalism, Portugal
She is on the Faculty of the Bilder Nordic School in Oslo and a regular speaker on the photo circuit in the UK, US and Europe. She teaches workshops globally on fashion, editorial and documentary photography. At present she is curating, ‘Time To See’, a long-term exhibition and book project on avoidable blindness within the Commonwealth for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, ‘We Feed The World’, an exhibition and book project documenting small framers globally and WATER for PondyPHOTO Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India. She is running a twelve-week mentorship programme in Oslo with Capa Gold Medal winner 2015, Marcus Bleasdale.
She is the curator of the Magic gallery, Charing Cross and, writes, lectures and consults on photography.
Dagmar Seeland is the UK Photo Editor of the German weekly Stern magazine. She proposes story and feature ideas, commissions and buys work for STERN and contributes to its associated titles. She is also Director of K&R Media Ltd, a full-service correspondents’ office with a list of predominantly German and Swiss publications.
Dagmar would like to see work from a wide range of photographic genres, provided it has a strong narrative which may appeal to a mainstream international readership. Photojournalism, documentary, street photography and portraiture are her main focus. She is interested in conceptual and fashion photography too, though generally less in architecture.
Daniel commissions still and moving images and is currently Head of Photography and Illustration at adamandeveDDB. He works across all channels including digital, ambient, events, press, posters, instagram etc. He works in all mediums from photography, illustration and CG to live action, projection mapping and matte painting. In his previous life he was Head of Artbuying at DDB London for 8 years and Artbuyer at AMVBBDO for 10 years. He has been involved in some of the best work coming out of London in the last decade for clients including Harvey Nichols, Guinness, Sainsbury’s, Economist, Heal’s, Dulux, BBC, Guardian, VW and the FT. He has judged numerous awards including D&AD, GoSee, Campaign Photo, PDN New York, AOP, Rangefinder, YCN, AOI.
Federica Chiocchetti is a writer, photography critic, editor and curator. She is the founding director of the photo-literary platform Photocaptionist. Currently she is writing her PhD on photography and fictions at the University of Westminster, under the supervision of Professor David Bate. She works independently and for international institutions, collections, festivals and fairs, incl. the Kunsthalle Budapest, the V&A, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton Photo Biennial, the London Art Fair, FORMAT Festival and the Archive of Modern Conflict. Her most recent projects include the exhibition ‘Feminine Masculine: on the Struggle and Fascination of Dealing with the Other Sex’, curated for Photo50 within the London Art fair and ‘P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author’, curated while she was the 2015 Art Fund Curatorial Fellowship (Photographs) at the V&A and Nottingham Castle Museum. Other projects include the exhibition and book ‘Amore e Piombo’, co-edited with Roger Hargreaves for the Archive of Modern Conflict and Brighton Photo Biennial, winner of the Kraszna Krausz 2015 Best Photography Book Award; the online photo-literary exhibition ‘Amateur Unconcern’, on WW1 and the archive, featuring excerpts of G.B. Shaw’s ‘Heartbreak House’ alongside material from the Archive of Modern Conflict and Tommaso Tanini’s first solo show ‘H. said he loved us’, curated in collaboration with Discipula at the Kunsthalle Budapest for the Hungarian Month of Photography 2014. Her writings have appeared in Der Greif, Photoworks, Foam, Krakow Photomonth, Objektiv, Unseen magazine, The British Journal of Photography (where the Photocaptionist edited the Endframe column for a year in 2015), 1000 Words, Co-curate, EXTRA, The Photographers’ Gallery Blog and MAPP Editions (MACK).
Born in Denmark, Frede Spencer studied photography in Denmark before moving to England in 1996 to do a BA in Photography at Nottingham Trent. He moved to London in 2000 and started working at Katz Pictures, before moving to Corbis in summer 2004 as an assignment photo editor/agent. Frede now runs his own photographic agency, Twenty Twenty, which represents editorial and commercial photographers.
Hayley is currently art director and commissioner of photography for award winning Lonely Planet Traveller magazine. With over 20 years design experience in magazine publishing, Hayley has also worked for prestigious titles such as olive, BBC Top Gear, Food and Travel, The Financial Times as well as many other notable publications in both full time and freelance positions.
Helen’s exhibitions and publications include Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon (Co-Curator, 2015) and Man Ray Portraits (Assistant Curator, 2013). Her numerous displays at the National Portrait Gallery, London included Snowdon: A Life in View (2014), Fred Daniels: Cinema Portraits (2012) and Format Photography Agency (2010). As a juror and reviewer she has worked with organisations including the Association of Photographers, LensCulture and London Independent Photography. Her writing on photography has appeared widely including in Aesthetica, Of the Afternoon and Photomonitor. www.trompeteler.com
Ivy Lahon is Managing Picture Editor of Save The Children and commissions reportage and creative documentary photography and film worldwide. With over 15 years experience in the industry, Ivy has produced large scale long term photography projects and film shoots in the field. Prior to moving to NGO’s, Ivy worked as Associate Picture Editor at The Independent and ‘i’ paper for ten years commissioning news, portraiture and features photography during some of the biggest breaking global news stories of the decade. In the past she has picture edited for The Guardian and Time Out and spent 2 years working with Amnesty International on photographic projects including the first book by former Amnesty Secretary General Irene Khan and the imagery for Amnesty’s 50th anniversary in 2011. She has lectured in Photojournalism and is a mentor for young photographers at the London College of Communication.
She is interested in new takes on classic photojournalism, innovative ways of humanitarian storytelling and the cross over between fine art and documentary photography.
A bibliophile and image junkie, Johanna has worked in illustrated book publishing for 25 years as a picture editor, award-winning book and jacket designer, art director and sometime commissioning editor. Some recent commissioned titles include: Street Photography Now (2011), Tim Walker’s Story Teller (2012), Photographers’ Sketchbooks (2014).
When not making books (or helping others to do the same) she is an active member of the London Street Photography community; a portfolio reviewer at various international photography festivals including Arles Rencontres; Fotofest Houston and Fotografiska’s Stockholm Photography week. For Photofusion Gallery, London, she devised and led the practical workshop “Editing, Sequencing and Bookmaking for Photographers”. She is also a member of the World Photography Academy and was one of the honorary jury for the 2014 World Photography Awards.
Karen McQuaid is Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery where she has curated exhibitions including Jim Goldberg, Open See (2009); Fiona Tan, Vox Populi London (2012); Andy Warhol, Photographs: 1976 – 1987 (2014); Lorenzo Vitturi, Dalston Anatomy (2014) and Rosângela Rennó, Río-Mondevideo (2015).
Karen has also curated exhibitions at The Moscow House of Photography and The National Gallery of Kosovo. She regularly contributes texts and edits artists’ books, writes for international photography publications and institutions, and guest lectures across the UK.
Kate Edwards has been picture editor of the Guardian Weekend magazine for over 12 years. She has been a judge on a variety of photography awards, including World Press Photo, and been a reviewer at national and international photography festivals.
Art Producer at Bartle Bogle Hegarty
She has 30 years experience as a picture editor commissioning features, portraits, celebrity, reportage, fashion and still life photography.
Kim Knoppers is art historian and a curator at Foam in Amsterdam. In this role she has worked on several exhibitions together with emerging artists including Raphaël Dallaporta, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Anne de Vries, Jan Hoek, Lorenzo Vitturi, Jan Rosseel and Anika Schwarzlose. She also curated group exhibitions and exhibitions of established photographers like Re-Search, Collaborate: On Artists’Collectives, Disfarmer, Bertien van Manen, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin and Geert Goiris. Kim writes on a regular base for Foam Magazine and Unseen Magazine. She is founder and curator of Artists’ Recipes which explores the creativity at the heart of art and food. She lives and works in Amsterdam and stays on a regular base in Istanbul.
Artists working with documentary strategies to contemporary interpretations of archival material.
Artists working on the intersection of photography and other media like sculpture, performance or internet.
Emerging artists’collectives and DIY strategies.
Kirstie is a Creative Production Partner within the Art Production Department at AMV BBDO, where she has worked since 2008. Prior to joining AMV BBDO, Kirstie worked at BBH and JWT, her career in advertising spans twenty five years. As a Creative Production Partner, she is responsible for commissioning photography, illustration, design and CGI. She has produced numerous award winning campaigns for clients such as: Guinness and The Museum of Childhood. She is actively involved in judging industry awards, sourcing and mentoring emerging talent. Kirstie is passionate for all visual arts, she has amassed an enviable collection of art books and has a home worthy of gallery status.
Krishna Sheth is currently the Photography Director for Illustrated London News Ltd, commissioning print and web content for a variety of its clients, including Aston Martin and English Heritage, as well as freelancing for other publications, book publishers and individual clients.
Krishna has more than 20 years’ experience of commissioning photography and photo research across leading nationals, supplements and magazines. She was Deputy Photography Director at the Telegraph Magazine for 17 years and a key player in building the visual profile of the magazine.
She is also a guest lecturer, reviews portfolios and is passionate in raising awareness for new talent in the industry.
Hoxton Mini Press was founded in 2013 by Martin Usborne and Ann Waldvogel and is an independent publisher making collectable art books about East London. We think that Hackney and its surroundings are the city’s most exciting and vibrant areas.
We also think that art books should be accessible. We work with the best photographers, illustrators and writers (both established and upcoming) to make books so beautiful and charming you’ll keep them for your grandchildren. We also sell limited edition prints on fine paper at reasonable prices.
Monika is artistic director and photo editor of BLOW Photo. She also moonlights as freelance photographer and art curator.
Blow Photo was established in 2010. The magazine has featured the work of some of the photography world’s most renowned names, and was nominated several times for best magazine at the Lucie Awards, during their annual event in New York honoring the greatest achievements in photography. Beautifully printed in large a3 format, BLOW Photo celebrates photography as an art form and provides lovers of photography with a collector’s item of sorts.
In editing Monika is interested in artistic practices that challenge understanding of the photographic medium, as well as thought-provoking, sensitively conceived, visually coherent, and engaging projects addressing contemporary issues.
Simon Bainbridge is a London-based writer, editor and curator specialising in photography. For the past 12 years he has served as editor of the monthly British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photo magazine, established in 1854, along with its digital editions.
In 2010 he co-curated Paper, Rock, Scissors: The Constructed Image in New British Photography at Toronto’s Flash Forward festival. And in 2011 he curated Time & Motion Studies: New Documentary Photography Beyond the Decisive Moment at Hereford Photography Festival. He has been a judge or nominator for numerous awards, including the Deutsche Börse Prize, Prix Pictet and Hasselblad Award, and he has worked with education institutions including The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne.
Award winning Creative Director based in London, Steve have been at the forefront of photographic imaging for over twenty years, collaborating with a vast network of clients and developing new and innovative photographic printing practices.
Steve is a Senior Director at Metro Imaging. The company offers a comprehensive solution for fine-art photographic exhibition and collecting markets; with a global reach working with individuals; commercial galleries and public institutions.
In 2014 Steve was invited to become a Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia and also a curriculum advisor to University of the Arts London on both BA and MA Photography courses.
He is currently advising and supporting British businesses in lobbying Government to further fund and recognize Craft Apprenticeships, which includes careers in photography.
Tim Clark is associate curator at Media Space, the Science Museum in London. Major exhibitions he has worked on include Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy and Gathered Leaves: Photographs by Alec Soth. He is also the founder, editor in chief and publisher of 1000 Words, which was nominated for ‘Photography Magazine of the Year’ at the Lucie Awards 2014. His writing on photography has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, FOAM, Time Lightbox, The British Journal of Photography and Next Level as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues such as The Archive of Modern Conflict’s AMC2 Journal issue 10, published to coincide with Lagos Photo Festival 2014. He also wrote a-n News’ fortnightly Pictured column on photobook releases between 2013-15. Clark has previously held positions at galleries in both the public and private sector including Arnolfini and Michael Hoppen Gallery. In 2011 he joined the Academy of Nominators for The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Recent independent curatorial projects include 20/20 Vision at Christophe Guye Gallery, Zurich and Rebecoming: The Other European Travellers at Flowers Gallery, London.
Tony Bell is a picture editor on the Observer New Review where he commissions mainly portraits & features for both print & online.
He has been at the Observer for over 12 years.
Gallery owner, director and publisher. She has been nominator of Prix Pictet, Deutsche Borse, judge of various bursaries, grants and book award Krazna Krauzse. Zelda Cheatle Gallery opened in 1989, after 9 formative years at the Photographers Gallery, and completed 16 years of exhibiting in London and internationally. She now continues to work with 20th century and contemporary photography and have projects with 21st century photography both digital and analogue, to include archives, monographs and video.