BSPF 2019 Guests

John Vink - MAPS

John Vink, born in Belgium in 1948, studied photography at a fine arts school in 1968 and began working as a freelance journalist 3 years later. He joined Agence Vu in 1986 and was awarded the Eugene Smith Award for his work ‘Water in the Sahel’, a photo-essay on the management of water South of the Sahara. Between 1987 and 1993 he compiled a work on refugees around the world and published ‘Réfugiés’ in 1994.

John Vink became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1997. In 1993 he started working on ‘Peuples d’en Haut’, a series of chronicles about communities living in mountainous areas, published in 2004. He was based in Cambodia from 2000 to 2016 and published ‘Avoir 20 Ans à Phnom Penh’ that year. In 2012 he publishes ‘Quest for Land’, a compilation of 11 years on land issues in Cambodia, followed by a series of e-books for the iPad and Apple computers: ’30 Years for a Trial’, ‘Same Same’, ‘A Fine Thread’, and ‘Hearths of Resistance’. He left Magnum in 2016 and joined MAPS in 2017 and is now based in Brussels.

John Vink - 2019 BSPF Guest
© John Vink

Ilvy Njiokiktjien - VII

Ilvy Njiokiktjien is an independent photographer and multimedia journalist based in the Netherlands, represented by VII Photo Agency and is a Canon Ambassador. She has worked in many parts of the world, with a focus on Africa. As a documentary photographer, she covers current affairs and contemporary social issues. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Der Spiegel, NRC Handelsblad, Telegraph Magazine and Stern, among others, and was exhibited at Visa pour l’Image in 2012. Accolades include a Canon AFJ Award, two awards at World Press Photo and first prize in POYi’s Issue Reporting Multimedia Story.

© Ilvy Njiokiktjien
© Ilvy Njiokiktjien

Gulnara Samoilova - Women Street Photographers

Gulnara Samoilova is a street and fine art photographer based in New York City and the founder of @WomenStreetPhotographers Instagram feed and the traveling exhibition. With almost 40 years of combined experience as a documentary photographer, artist, photojournalist and photo editor for the Associated Press, Gulnara employs her experience and qualifications to research and curate an impressive body of work by women photographers from around the globe.

Gulnara holds a certificate in creative practices from the International Center of Photography in New York City and a diploma in photography from the Moscow Polytechnic College. She received national and international awards for her iconic photographs from September 11, including first prize in the World Press Photo and nomination for the Pulitzer Prize by the Associated Press. Her work is a part of major collections such as the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, the Newseum, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

© Gulnara Samoilova

Maciek Nabrdalik - VII

Maciek Nabrdalik is a Warsaw-based documentary photographer whose primary focus is on sociological changes in Eastern Europe. Member of the VII Photo agency.

His work has been published and exhibited internationally.

Maciek’s awards include honors from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, NPPA The Best of Photojournalism and multiple awards in his native Poland.

Author of three books. His project on German Nazi camp survivors worldwide was published as The Irreversible in 2013. His second book, Homesick, that summarizes his long-term project chronicling the consequences of Chernobyl disaster was published in 2016. In January 2018, OUT, Nabrdalik’s latest book, portraying Polish LGBTQ community was published in the USA by The New Press.

Canon Ambassador. Nieman Fellow at Harvard University 2016/2017.

Maciek Nabrdalik
© Maciek Nabrdalik

Graciela Magnoni - UP Photographers

I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.

My career began in Brazil in 1984, going from photographing for a small political newspaper to the more mainstream press. In 1990, I moved to New York and worked for Brazilian and Argentinian papers and magazines, covering the news. Moving to Singapore in 2003, I started to photograph on the streets of Singapore and also in many other cities around the region and the world.

Travelling and photographing have been a strong interest since I was 15 years old. I’ve also noticed that the older I get, the stronger this obsession has become. There are moments when a totally banal scene is transformed by the camera into an original image with an intriguing story to tell. My photographs are candid, captured from real moments.

I have a BA in Journalism from PUC University, São Paulo, Brazil and an M.A. in Visual Communication from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States.

Graciela Magnoni - 2019 BSPF Guest
© Graciela Magnoni

Delphine Dumont - Hangar Art Center - Photo Brussels Festival

Delphine Dumont

From 2017: Director of Hangar, Art center Gallery

October 2016: co-founder of Photo Brussels Festival

2006: founder of Dayoff Agency (cultural events and communication)

French, living and working in Brussels for 14 years

Born in 1967 in Paris

Hangar Art Center - Photo Brussels Festival 2018
Hangar Art Center - Photo Brussels Festival 2018

Max Pinckers

Max Pinckers (b.1988, BE) is an artist based in Brussels, Belgium. His oeuvre explores visual strategies in documentary photography. Not believing in the possibility of sheer objectivity or neutrality, Pinckers advocates a manifest subjective approach, which is made visible through the explicit use of theatrical lighting, stage directions or extras. Extensive research and diligent technical preparation are combined with improvisation to obtain lively, unexpected, critical, simultaneously poetic and documentary images. His work takes shape as self-published artist books and exhibition installations such as The Fourth Wall (2012), Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty (2014), and Margins of Excess (2018). Pinckers is currently a doctoral researcher and lecturer in the arts at the School of Arts / KASK, Ghent and has received multiple international awards, such as the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg 2015 and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2018. In 2015 he founded the independent publishing house Lyre Press.

Max Pinckers - 2019 BSPF Guest
© Max Pinckers

Éanna de Fréine - The Velvet Cell

The Velvet Cell is an independent photo-book publisher with a specific focus on projects that explore urbanism, architecture and our modern way of living in cities. It was established in London in 2011. We work with photographers to support the publication and promotion of their work.

The Velvet Cell is based in Berlin, Germany. It was formerly based in London (2011-2012), Taipei (2013-2014) and Osaka (2015-2017).

To date we have published over 60 books, with a blend between up and coming photographers and seasoned experts such as Peter Bialobrzeski, Toshio Shibata, Greg Girard and Alexander Gronsky. I work closely with each artist and usually design the books myself.

Éanna de Fréine - 2019 BSPF Guest
Éanna de Fréine

David Helbich

David Helbich (Berlin 1973) has been living and working in Brussels since 2002. He studied composition in Amsterdam and Freiburg. 

His works take place on stages, on paper, online and in the public space. His trajectory moves between representative and interactive works, pieces and interventions, between conceptual work and actions. His concepts are often presented in print, such as photo and illustrated score books as well as in live performances, sound interventions, audio guides and on social media. Many of his works address concrete physical and social experiences. A recurrent interest is the direct work with a self-performing audience. 

His works have been recently presented a.o. at Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Oude Kerk (Amsterdam), Botanique (Brussels) and Queens Museum (New York).

He is the author of the bestselling photo books Belgian solutions – volume 1 and volume 2 (Luster, Antwerp). Both have recently being added to the catalogue and exhibition Photobook Belge (FOMU). Also recently, his online selfie project Trying to look like a building got published in print in “Photography Performing Humor” (2019, Leuven University Press). The photo series Seoul Memes (2017) is part of the collection of the Fusee de la Motographie (by Recyclart/Vincent Beekman).

David Helbich - 2019 BSPF Guest
© David Helbich

Maciej Holy

I was born in 1971 in Poland. I worked as a public officer for 25 years. I changed the city of residence several times. Since 2004 I have lived in Chelm, Poland, 20 km from the Ukrainian border. Photography helps me understand myself and others. For my own use, I have completed post-graduate studies in photography teaching. In 2018 I presented my photos at the “StreetMeet” meeting of the Un-Posed Collective. I also successfully took part in street photography competitions in San Francisco and Brussels, as well as Polish Leica Street Photo. I also took 3rd place in the first Warsaw Photo-marathon. I’m proud of it, but the the most valuable is photographing my own city. I called this project “One Hour from Home”.

Maciej Holy - 2019 BSPF Guest
© Maciej Holy

Ania Kłosek - Burn My Eye / UnPosed

Ania Klosek is polish based documentary & street photographer, member of UnPosed, and Burn My Eye collectives. She was awarded with prestigious Grand Press Photo Award in 2017. Klosek’s works were featured at various street photography exhibitions such as Street Photography Now, Leica Street Photo, Miami Street Photography Festival, Brussels Street Photography Festival, EASTREET and Eyes on Main Street among others.

Her work has been published on various national and international magazines and websites.

She is interested in post-Soviet countries, where she often directs her visual researches.

She is a lover of renaissance paintings and baroque music. She loves to travel and her portfolio is a selection of photographs from many places around the world.

Ania Kłosek - 2019 BSPF Guest
© Ania Kłosek

Vanessa Pallotta

I live and work in Rome. Photography came into my life as quite a shock. Every day I shoot with a 28mm, the street is a bit like a love affair, I mean it’s a very intimate thing. I move driven by my instinct, spontaneously, without thinking about photographic practice. I remain in constant expectation of a chance encounter, but with thoughtful interpretative research in framing and composition.

In 2015 I took part in an important exhibition that attracted the attention of prestigious newspapers such ARTRIBUNE and LA REPUBBLICA.

In 2016 I was mentioned by the Shooterfiles among the 20 Top Female Street Photographers on Instagram.

Vanessa Pallotta - 2019 BSPF Guest
© Vanessa Pallotta

Mariano Silletti - InQuadra

Born in Pisticci, Italy in 1972. Mariano Silletti is an Italian photographer active both in documentary and storytelling world. He lives and works in Matera (South Italy). He realizes long-term projects with a focus on exploring the human condition within every day and ordinary urban environment. In his personal work he often looks into his homeland, discovering and capturing the remote worlds and people who inhabit them.

Silletti has been a winner of various competitions. He is a recipient of the World Report Award / Short Story, Moscow International Photo Award, Italy Photo Series, and the Leica Talent Italy.

His work has been shown in various international solo and group exhibitions, including the Festival della Fotografia Etica (2015), the Off Circuit Cortona On The Move (2016), Brussels Street Photography Festival (2018), Miami Street Photography Festival (2018), and appeared in such publications as Burn Magazine, Gup Magazine and many others.

He self-published his “Ludovicu” series in 2015.

He is a member of InQuadra, a collective promoting contemporary photography in Italy.

Mariano Silletti - 2019 BSPF Guest
© Mariano Silletti

Barry Talis - Burn My Eye

Barry Talis was born in Bender, Moldova and currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel. Awards, exhibitions, Barry’s work stands tall and talks for itself. Barry has an immense understanding of natural and artificial light, he delves in and out of the realm of religion exploring human nature and bringing us along for the ride.

Barry Talis - 2018 BSPF Series winner
© Barry Talis

Ximena Echague - Little Box Collective

Ximena grew up in Buenos Aires, became a photographer in Europe and lives now between New York and Brussels. She is a street and documentary photographer whose work on migrants in Europe has been exhibited at the United Nations (New York) and the European Parliament (Brussels). Having always lived in cities with a large floating population has clearly influenced the way she looks at people around her. She tries to capture this human dynamic in her photography, with its drama and contradictions. The odyssey of human life.

Her work has been exhibited around the world, in Europe (Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Milano, Athens, Budapest, Sofia), America (New York, San Francisco, Miami and Buenos Aires) and Asia (China, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates). It has been published in many prestigious photo magazines, including Leica Fotografie International,  EyeShot, L’Oeil de la Photographie, LensCulture, Life Framer, National Geographic, PH Museum, among many others.

She has been finalist of the StreetFoto San Francisco, the Miami Street Photography Festival and the Brussels Street Photography Festival. She is an Ambassador of Women Street Photographers, an international group of women photographers based in New York and a founding member of the Little Box Collective, an international group of street photographers from different regions of the world. She gives Street Photography Workshops, most recently at the first International Congress of Latin American Women Photographers (Colombia).

© Ximena Echague