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.
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.
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).
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
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.