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).
Max Pinckers - Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers (1988, Brussels) is a photographer based in Brussels, Belgium. He has produced various photobooks such as Lotus (2011), The Fourth Wall, (2012) and Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty (2014). He is currently a doctoral researcher in the Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent. Pinckers has had exhibitions at the MOCAK in Poland (2016), the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the United States (2015) and the Centre for Fine Arts – Bozar in Belgium (2015), among others. Awards include the Edward Steichen Award (2015) and the City of Levallois Photography Award (2013). In 2015 he founded the independent publishing house Lyre Press and became a nominee of Magnum Photos.
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.
Jason Eskenazi is an award winning New York born photographer. His book, Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith, was the winner of Best Photography Book 2008 by Pictures of the Year International. His awards include a Fulbright Scholarship, 2004, Guggenheim Fellowship, 1999; The Dorothea Lange/Paul Taylor Prize, 1999, and The Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant, 1996.
While working as a security guard at the MET museum he created By the Glow of the Jukebox: The Americans List about Robert Frank’s, The Americans. Eskenazi is also a co-founded of Red Hook Editions, which empowers photographers in the making of their books. He also co-creator of the foto fanzine Dog Food. For the last five years he has been based in Istanbul, while working on his forthcoming Black Garden trilogy.
Just after he got his degree in photography in 1997, Gaël began the personal project “Aveuglément” (Blindly) photographing the cooperatives for the blind in West Africa, which later became a book “AVEUGLEMENT” in the Photo Poche series edited by Robert Delpire 2001. The serie has been exhibited in 5 European capitals and awarded twice. In the same year, after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, he got several assignments to make the “Being 20 in Kabul” book project, published in 2003 (“Avoir 20 ans à Kaboul”, Alternatives editions, Paris). The exhibition travelled in different European places.
In 2006, Gaël was the recipient of the Golden Clover award, Belgium, to complete his project on the route of the Voodoo cult, from its African origins to Haiti and the United States. The whole project is coming out late 2010 with a book and an exhibition.
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.