Thomas Dworzak - Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak decided to become a photographer at a very young age. Early on, in high school, he traveled to Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, and the disintegrating Yugoslavia.
Immediately after graduating from Robert-Schuman Gymnasium, Cham (specializing in English, French, and history ) he left Germany, always combining his travels and attempts to become a photographer with studying languages. Spanish in Avila, Czech in Prague, Russian in Moscow.
In 1993, he ended up in Tbilisi, Georgia, staying on until 1998. At this time he began to discover the Caucasus, it’s conflicts (Chechnya, Karabakh, Abkhazia), people and culture which resulted in the publishing of his book, Kavkaz in 2010. The album combines pictures with excerpts of classic 19th century Russian literature (Tolstoy, Pushkin, Lermontov).
Affiliated with the Paris photographic agency Wostok Press, he began to cover news, especially the Kosovo crisis in 1999, mostly on assignment for US News and world reports.
Based again in Moscow since 2000, Dworzak returned to Chechnya. His dramatic pictures of the Fall of Grozny were widely published and received several awards. He also continued his exploration of the North Caucasus.
Dworzak became a Magnum nominee in 2000 and a full member in 2004. In the years following the 9/11 attacks, he spent time covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as their impact on the US.
During a several-months assignment in Afghanistan for The New Yorker, he discovered studio portraits of the Taliban; these images would form his first book, Taliban.
The images that were taken during his many assignments in Iraq, most of which were shot for TIME Magazine, were used to create his next book: M*A*S*H* IRAQ.
From 2005 to 2008, as a TIME Magazine contract photographer, Dworzak covered many major international news stories including: Macedonia, Pakistan, Chechnya, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Lebanon, Haiti, Chad, C.A.R., the London Attacks, Ethiopia, Iran, US presidential campaigns, Hurricane Katrina, and the revolutions in the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.
During breaks from conflict areas and war zones he regularly photographed Fashion Weeks in major cities.
In 2006, Thomas photographed the New York Marathon while participating himself.
Thomas remained in Georgia after the 2008 war with Russia. This would lead to the Magnum Group project Georgian Spring, which was a starting point for a new, several-year-long engagement with the “New Georgia” under President M. Saakashvili. In 2012, Thomas photographed Nowrooz celebrations in Georgia.
Dworzak spent 2009-2010 in Afghanistan, documenting the deployment of ISAF troops and their return home. In 2009, he also visited Iran to photograph Ashura.
A National Geographic assignment on the Sochi Olympics became later the book Beyond Sochi.
In 2013, a commission for the Bruges Museum led him to photograph the memory of WWI. This has since become an ongoing project concerning the legacy of the First World War around the world, which he plans to finish in 2018, 100 years after the end of the conflict.
Always an avid collector, Thomas started gathering Instagram screenshots of a variety of subjects and has been grouping them together into ever-growing collections of Instagram artist scrapbooks.
Besides his personal stories, Thomas Dworzak continues to cover international stories, such as the DMZ in Korea, Cuba, Colombia, China, Liberia, Arab Spring in Egypt, the war in Libya and most recently, the refugee crisis in Europe and the November 2015 Paris terror attacks.
Covering the heightened migration crisis in Europe since 2015 lead him to initiate the “Europa” guide for refugees. When covering the escalation of the refugee crisis in 2015 he concieved the idea of “Europe – a photographic guide for refugees” which was produced and distributed free of charge to migrants with the support of a Magnum Foundation Emergency Grant and AFAC in 2016.
Dworzak has also been teaching a number of workshops (Magnum, Hong Kong, Rio, Shanghai, Open Society Documentary Project, La Caixa Fotopress).
Jérôme Sessini - Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini builds a passion for photography, discovering documentary photography through books shown by a friend, a photographer. He initiates his own practice, shooting people, landscapes and the daily lives of those around his native Eastern France (with Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Mark Cohen, in mind).
In 1998, although nothing predicted he would turn to journalism, Sessini arrives in Paris. Gamma photo agency gives him the opportunity to cover the ongoing conflict in Kosovo.
Sessini has since then covered most of the international current events: Palestine, Iraq (from 2003 to 2008), Aristide’s fall in Haiti (2004), the conquest of Mogadishu by the Islamic militias and the war in Lebanon (2006).
Sessini’s work is immediately internationally acknowledged. It is published by prestigious newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, Stern, Paris-Match as well as Le Mondeand the Wall Street Journal.
His photography also leads to single exhibitions at the Visa Photo Festival in Perpignan, at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterrand, as well as with the French Ministry of Culture.
In 2008, Jerome Sessini started the Mexican project, So far from God, too close from the US, a dive into the drug cartels’ war in Mexico. This still-ongoing project has already been awarded twice with the F-Award and a Getty Grant.
From this direct confrontation with violence, Sessini has recognized a state of things which is at the heart of his work, “Ordinary fellows are always those losing, either it being in Iraq, Mexico or France”.
Evolving within an uncertain balance of cynical realism and upset, Sessini is very careful with the “rightness” of his photographic work. He rejects idealism and otherworldliness, which do not take into account some pieces of reality.
Elena Chernyshova is a Russian documentary photographer. She was born in Moscow, USSR, a country that doesn’t exist anymore. A self-taught photographer, she developed a passion for this visual language during her studies at an architectural academy. After two years of work as an architect, Elena quit her job and cycled with Gael de Cevoisier from Toulouse to Vladivostok and back again: 30,000 kilometres, 26 countries, 1,004 days of cultural, human, and challenging experiences. The trip led to her decision to become a photographer.
Photography for her is a way of investigating the daily life of different groups and communities in the context of environmental, political, and economic change. Her work aims at visualizing the impact of human activity, ways of adaptation, and diversity of lifestyles.
Elena’s work has been published in National Geographic, Geo, 6 Mois, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Stern, Neon, Internazionale, Days Japan, Courier International, Le Temps, Sunday Times, A/R magazine and others.
Zisis Kardianos - Burn My Eye
Zisis Kardianos (b. 1962, Zakynthos) has been active as a street and documentary photographer since 1985, working independently as well as on self-assigned projects. He works in series many of which have been published in various national and international magazines. He has studied sociology and photography in the FOCUS school of Athens.
In 2005 he commenced work on his long term photo-essay about his native island. The essay was self-published in a book in 2012 under the title “A Sense of Place”. His work has been presented in Greece and abroad in various solo and group exhibitions. Another of his long term and still on-going personal project titled “Off Season” was presented in the Athens Photo Festival in 2012. In 2016 he participated in the Brussels SPF where his series “In Limbo” was honored with the People’s Award.
He is a founding member of the international photographers’ collective BURN MY EYE, an associate member of the BULB collective and a contributing photographer in Millennium Images photo agency.
Ilya Shtutsa - Observe
Ilya Shtutsa (b. 1972) is a street and documentary photographer based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Founding member of Observecollective. Winner of Urban Picnic Street photography award 2014, shortlisted in many other competitions. Worked for Russian newspapers, such as Molodoy Dalnevostochnik in Khabarovsk and Nevskoe Vremya in Saint-Petersburg. Studied photography in Saint-Petersburg school Tsekh under guidance of Sergey Maximishin. Now works on long-term documentary projects and on applying methods of prosess-oriented psychology in street photography.
Barry Talis - Burn My Eye
Barry Talis was born in Bender, Moldova and currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel.
I Specialize in photographing documentary style shots using a flash, working on various projects mostly dealing with the orthodox religious street. Being a professional documentary video editor, I approach street photography with framing in mind, as well as an intuitive understanding of human situations and behavior.
Barry is a member of the international photography collective Burn My Eye.
Ans Brys (°1980) is a photojournalist, based in Antwerp, Belgium.
She works as an independent freelancer for several humanitarian organizations and newspapers such as Nrc Handelsblad and De Tijd.
Since 2009 she teaches Photography at KdG University College in Antwerp.
Her approach is always about connecting, about the layeredness of life.
Currently she is working on 2 large projects.
One personal, about the loss of her father. Book publishing is expected in 2018.
The other one, Alle Menschen (werden Brüder), is a long-term documentary project about migration in Europe, in which she travels along the migration trail to document the similarities amongst different people and places.
Urbanization is often mentioned as one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century. By 2050, seventy-five percent of the world’s population will live in cities or urbanized environments. In some regions, this number will rise up to 95%.
Combine this with the increased mobility of people, everywhere in the world, and it’s not hard to imagine that the world as we know it, is going through profound changes.
Not only are we (re)building completely new environments with all the challenges that come with them, the population of these new societies is also rapidly changing.
Through photography, Kurt Deruyter researches cultural-anthropological aspects of this change. Currently he is in the middle of a long term project ‘Halfway Home’ on the position of migrants in European society, arrival cities and how this shapes and influences the urban environment.
Gaël Turine (Belgium, 1972) grew up in Brussels and started his career as a photographer after college graduation in Visual Arts – Photography. He is the author of several monographic works, including Blindly, in the Photo Poche collection, a story on the cooperatives for the blind in West Africa. In 2004, after his many journeys in Afghanistan, the book Being 20 in Kabul was published. In 2005, he started to work on voodoo rituals and took his final photographs in August 2010. The book Voodoo came out in January 2011. In 2012 and 2013, he focused on the India/Bangladesh border wall. The book was published in Sept 2014 in the Photo Poche collection at the occasion of the exhibition in Visa pour l’Image festival. His new book En bas la ville presents a body of work on the city of Port au Prince. His work is exhibited in galleries, museums, and during festivals. It is published in the international press, and has also won awards. Since his beginnings, he has worked with various international NGOs. He has benefited from grants in Europe and in the United States. Gael Turine is a professor of photography at Université Libre de Bruxelles and conducts workshops in different continents.
Philippe is a Belgian citizen (born 1965). Trained in engineering, philosophy and urbanism, has been running a consultancy company for over 20 years. A long time ago, on assignment in Mongolia, the photography virus caught up with him. Since he has steadily deepened his practice, pursuing various personal projects. Key in his development has been his close relationship with his mentor Lorenzo Castore. Philippe is also represented by London-based agency Millennium Images.
Jakub Jasionek - WorldSP.co
Born and raised in Bielsko-Biała, Poland. Currently living in Munich, Germany. Jakub started his “visual experience” around 1997 with drawing & spraying. Photography caught him few years later. Around 2012 he got his first camera. Since 2013 he is making unposed photographs in public (street / documentary), urban photography & photography in general. He’s been a curator and editor for WorldSP.co for more than a year, selecting the best work to be published on the website.
Dani Oshi - WorldSP.co
Dani Oshi is a self-taught photographer who lives in Brussels. Life observer and urban explorer. Photography is his passion and he enjoys documenting every day life in the streets. Currently working as a freelance photographer, he uses his free time for learning more about photography and shooting in the streets trying different techniques. He enjoys doing print exchanges and he gets inspired by contemporary photographers.
Dani is the founder of WorldSP.co and also one of the main editors and curators, helping selecting the best work to display on the website since 2013. Dani is also one of the founders of the Brussels Street Photography Festival as he profoundly believes in promoting street photography as a medium of expression.
Chris Suspect - STRATA
The son of a diplomat, Chris Suspect was born in the Philippines in 1968. He is a street and documentary photographer hailing from the Washington, DC area. He specializes in capturing absurd and profound moments in the quotidian. His street photography work has been recognized internationally and has been exhibited in Miami, Germany, Georgia and the United Kingdom. His documentary work on the underground music scene in Washington, D.C., was published as a book, Suspect Device, by Empty Stretch in 2014 and was a featured exhibit at the Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival 2015 in Tblisi, Georgia. This same project was also featured in the Leica Galerie at Photokina 2014 in Koln, Germany. The work is currently held in the Leica Galerie Archives. Since 2012 he has been a member of the STRATA photo collective, focussing on street photography and located in Washington, D.C.
Davide Albani - EyeGoBananas
I was born in Pescara, Italy, in 1988.
I graduated as an engineer and I am currently living and working for a Consulting Company in Milan.
Photography has always accompanied me, since my dad gave me an old film camera when I was just a child.
However, it was only in 2014 that it truly became an essential part of my life, when I totally fell in love with street photography. Since then, I enjoy roaming the streets looking for those rare, special moments where people and the surrounding environment beautifully connects together.
In recent years, my work has been exhibited in Italy, Europe and the United States.
I am founder and member of the Italian Street Photography collective EyeGoBananas.
Sylvain Biard - Fragment
Graduated in Paris from the School of Photography and Audiovisual EFET in 2006, I started my professional activity as a cameraman and freelance editor before diversifying also in institutional photography. I occupy a very large part of my free time with personal photographic projects. I am a member of the French collective Fragment.
Hakan was born in Brussels in 1978. He completed a Masters Degree from the Computer Sciences department of University of Brussels.
In 2010, he became involved with photography and hasn’t put down his camera since. After winning some competitions, he gained confidence and started working on personal long-term projects.
In 2015/2016 he took a one-year masterclass with Klavdij Sluban and Nestan Nijaradze in Paris.
Pieter Dumoulin (1989) graduated in 2012 at the School of Arts in Ghent as Master in the Audiovisual Arts. His graduation short film Helena (2012) was selected for the 43rd edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2013 and for Courtisane Festival in Ghent that same year. Since 2009 Pieter has been working with Tibaldus, a theatre company founded by Timeau De Keyser, Simon De Winne and Hans Mortelmans. Pieter photographs and films their shows during rehearsals and tours.
In collaboration with Timeau De Keyser, Pieter recently finished the short film ‘De Reconstructie’ (2016), produced by Annemie Degryse of Lunanime and supported by VAF and the Province of Liège’s culture department. In a continued collaboration with Timeau De Keyser, Pieter is presently working on a feature film with the working title ‘Etangs Noirs’, produced by Accatone Films, the production company of Ruben Desiere and Rasmus Van Heddeghem. The film was shot in the fall of 2016 and is currently in post production.
Sedaile Mejias - Brussels Newsroom
Sedaile is a researcher, urbanist and architect specialized in Human Settlement and Strategic Urbanism. She has developed her practice as architect and urban designer working in projects of different scales and in close collaboration with NGO’s, Cultural Associations and Academic Institutions in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Middle East. She has a strong interest in the practice of landscape design as a medium for integration between different cultural communities. Sedaile is editor of the Brussels Newsroom and founder of the Brussels Street Photography Festival.
Diego Luna Quintanilla - Brussels Newsroom
Diego is an architect and urban designer with an special interest in the politics of space. Diego is currently involved in a vast range of high profile and complex regional and urban projects in Brussels and Flanders as part of the team of BUUR (Bureau voor Urbanism). In parallel Diego collaborates with NGO’s and cultural organizations in Brussels, following citizen participation, transversal planning and urban cultural projects. Diego is editor of the Brussels Newsroom and founder of the Brussels Street Photography Festival.