Bego Antón – www.begoanton.com
Bego is a Spanish photographer focusing on subjects of human behavior and our psychological involvement with the natural world. She is particularly interested in niche subcultures that challenge our perception of truth, reality and fantasy. In 2017 she won the PhotoEspaña Revelation Award. Bego studied Journalism and documentary photography, and has Masters degrees in Photography and Design from Elisava, and Editorial Design from Bau (Barcelona). She currently teaches photography in Barcelona and Madrid. Her work has been widely featured in photographic magazines and publications such as The New York Times Lens, National Geographic, The Guardian, Esquire and Le Monde, as well as on BBC and CNN. She has exhibited at FotoWeek DC, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and in New York, Switzerland, Germany and Iceland.
Melissa Arras – www.melissaarras.com
A freelance photographer and photo assistant based in London, Melissa graduated with a BA in Photography from Middlesex University in 2015. Focused on long-term documentary projects, she is currently exploring the subject of her Algerian heritage. Melissa has exhibited in Amsterdam, London and Margate. In 2016 she was shortlisted with El Dorado for the D&AD Next Photographer Award and selected to present at Plat(t)form 2016 at Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2015 she was selected one of ‘5 Under 30’ in the Young Photographers Competition at Daniel Blau Gallery, London. Her work has featured in Dazed Digital, BJP, Vice France, Konbini and YET magazine.
See: El Dorado
Mandy Barker – www.mandy-barker.com
Based in England, UK, Mandy is an international award winning photographer whose work involving marine plastic debris has received global recognition. Her series Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals was shortlisted for the 2017 Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, and the publication nominated for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Barker’s work has been published widely including in TIME, National Geographic, Wired, The Financial Times, The Guardian, VICE, Smithsonian, and in numerous photographic publications. She has exhibited worldwide including at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Photographers Gallery and Somerset House in London, United Nations Headquarters and The Aperture Foundation in New York, and The Science and Technology Park in Hong Kong. She was awarded the LensCulture Earth Award in 2015 and The Royal Photographic Society’s Environmental Bursary in 2012 which enabled her to join scientists for a research expedition in the tsunami debris field in the Pacific Ocean. In 2018 she received the National Geographic Society Grant for Research and Exploration.
Alex Blanco (b. 1988, Ukraine) – www.alexblanco.nl
Alex currently lives in the Netherlands. She holds a Master’s degree in Film & Photographic Studies from Leiden University and completed a photography semester at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Her passion lies in creating emotionally charged, cinematic images that resonate with her personal memories.
Lewis Bush – www.lewisbush.com
A photographer, writer, researcher, and educator, Lewis aims to draw attention to clandestine power structures that operate unchecked in the world. Previous books include Shadows of the State (2018), War Primer 3 (2013), and In the Memory of History (2012). In autumn 2018 Lewis completed a photographic residency at the Société Jersiaise in Jersey, focusing on international finance and the implications of Brexit. His work has been nominated and shortlisted for commendations including for the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award (2018 & 2017), Rencontres d’Arles Book Dummy Awards (2018, 2016 & 2015), Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award (2017), Self-Publish Riga Award (2016), Photo España Book Awards (2016), and the Bar Tur Photobook Award (2015 & 2014).
Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni – www.caimipiccinni.com
Collaborators since 2013, Caimi + Piccinni work persistently on documentary and personal photography projects. They focus on contemporary subjects, with a particular attention to human aspects of each story. Their work regularly features in press and media worldwide including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Politico, Le Monde, L’espresso, Internazionale, Wired, GQ, Newsweek, The Sunday Times and more. They have received awards such as the 2020 PHmuseum Of Humanity Grant in the solo show category, the 2019 Sony World Photography Award in the ‘Discovery’ category, the 2018 Istanbul photo book award, the 2016 Gomma Grant for best B&W documentary work. They exhibit widely throughout Europe and Asia, having featured at Biennale Für Aktuelle Fotografie (Mannheim), Delhi Photo Festival, Lumix Festival (Hannover), Fotoleggendo, Phest and Voies Off in Arles. Previously they published five books including a trilogy on cities in transition: Güle Güle (Istanbul), Forcella (Naples) and RHOME, which was shortlisted for PHotoESPANA’s Best Photobook of the Year in 2019. Güle Güle received a special mention for the 2019 Kassel Dummy Book Award, was a finalist for the Luma Rencontres d’Arles Dummy Book Award and was shortlisted for the Arles Author Book Award in 2020.
Chris Dorley-Brown – www.modrex.com
London-based Chris Dorley-Brown is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and archivist. He has published and exhibited widely and his work is held in public collections of the Wellcome Trust, Museum of London, V&A Arts Library, BBC Archives, London Borough of Hackney Archives and Tower Hamlets Archives.
Antone Dolezal – www.antonedolezal.com
Antone is a visual artist and author whose body of work surveys the cultural and political dynamics of American folklore and mythology. His work has been exhibited widely and is held in notable public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Antone’s photographs have been published with Candor Arts, Conveyor Editions, Fuego Books, GEO, National Public Radio, Oxford American, Smithsonian Magazine, Dear Dave, and he is the recipient of numerous awards including the Daylight Photo Award Juror’s Pick, MoCP Snider Prize, OVAC Visual Arts Grant and Syracuse University Visual and Performing Arts Fellowship. Antone has lectured and taught workshops at academic and non-profit institutions throughout the United States and currently teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno.
See: Devil’s Promenade
Will Harris – www.willharris.co
Based in Pennsylvania, Will completed an MFA in Photography & Integrated Media at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. In 2019 he was a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass and was awarded their MFA Student Scholarship. Will has exhibited in the USA, India, and Denmark, and in 2015 he had a residency at Arteles Creative Center in Finland. In early 2020 he received a Black Creative Endeavors Grant, awarded by Something Special Studios in New York. His first book You can call me Nana was a finalist in the 2021 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards and shortlisted for a Lucie Foundation Photobook Award. It is held in private and public collections worldwide including The Museum of Modern Art (NY), the George Eastman Museum Library (NY), the Central University for Art History (Munich) and the Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection at San Telmo Museum (Spain).
Brendan Hoffman – www.brendanhoffman.com
Born in Albany NY, Brendan is a documentary photographer based in Kiev, Ukraine, where his work reflects his interest in themes of nationalism, identity, history, and politics. His recent focus has been on Ukraine and the war in the country’s east, which he has covered for The New York Times, Newsweek, Getty Images, and others. Before that he documented the 2013-14 Maidan protests in Kiev. From 2007-2013 he was based in Washington, DC frequently working on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Brendan’s work has been recognized by Sony World Photography Awards, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Pictures of the Year International, and the White House News Photographers Association. He is a co-founder of the photography collective Prime.
See: Great Old Days
Pascual Martínez and Vincent Sáez – www.ninorojo.com
Two Spanish photographers working together as Niñorojo Project, their focus is on human relations and the study of society through photography as a means of anthropological exploration. In 2014 they began an artistic residency in Bucharest, Romania, working on The Tree of Life is Eternally Green, and have exhibited in solo shows in Spain, and in Bucharest and Brasov (Romania). They have been awarded grants for foreign cultural journalists by the Romanian Cultural Institute to produce The Tree of Life is Eternally Green, and selected to exhibit at PHotoEspaña Forum of the Community of Madrid, the PA-TA-TA Festival in Granada in 2017, and in the final selection at Barcelona International Photography Awards 2015. Pascual and Vincent studied at the School of Art in Murcia, and combine their work as photographers with teaching, designing and curating photography exhibitions.
Viacheslav Poliakov – www.via-poliakov.com
Based in Lviv, Viacheslav documents public spaces in small Ukrainian towns. He focuses on telling the visual stories of objects and structures, and their random creation ‘without a conscious author’. Born in Kherson in 1986, he completed an MA in Fine Arts from Kherson State University (2007) working in abstract ink drawings. He now works as a motion and graphic designer, combining his career with personal photography projects. He is a 2018 recipient of the Gaude Polonia Scholarship offered by the National Centre for Culture in Poland. A 2017 Foam Talent Finalist, Viacheslav’s work has also been shortlisted and presented in Circulations Festival (2018), Krakow Photomonth Showoff (2017), Photofestiwal Lodz Grand Prix (2017), Prix Levallois (2017), and the Vienna Photobook Festival Award (2017). This body of work has featured in BJP and Photoworks, and exhibited in Austria, France, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine.
See: Lviv – God’s Will
Lara Shipley – www.larashipley.com
Lara is an Assistant Professor of photography at Michigan State University. As a photographer and bookmaker, she primarily makes work about rural culture, identity, mythology, storytelling and photography’s relationship to evidence. She has had major exhibitions in galleries across the United States, as well as part of the recent biennial at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and GuatePhoto International Photography Festival in Guatemala. Her work is in collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Nelson Atkins Museum for Art in Kansas City. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in photography from Arizona State University and a Bachelors of Photojournalism from the University of Missouri.
See: Devil’s Promenade
Marina Vitaglione – www.marinavitaglione.com
Marina is a photo researcher, photographer and journalist from France. She is a former fellow at Fabrica communication research centre in Treviso, Italy (2016-2017) and has an MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism with Distinction from London College of Communication. She currently works with Panos pictures as a commissioning editor.
Amani Willett – www.amaniwillett.com
Based in Brooklyn NY, Amani‘s photography is driven by conceptual ideas surrounding family, history, memory, and the social environment. His first monograph, Disquiet, (Damiani, 2013) – a meditation on starting a family in a time of social unrest and uncertainty in America – was selected as one of the best books of the year by PDN, Photo Eye (Todd Hido) and Conscientious (Joerg Colberg). Willett’s photographs feature in the books Bystander: A history of Street Photography (2017 edition), Street Photography Now, New York: In Color and in a wide range of publications including American Photography, Newsweek, Harper’s and The New York Times. Amani completed an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 2012.