All the artists have had important exhibitions or commissions with FotoFest. The works of many of these artists are part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and other internationally known institutions. Please note that all Chinese names and some Korean names are alphabetized by the name that comes first, which is the family name.
| Mario Algaze, U.S.A.
Chan-Hyo Bae, South Korea/U.K.
Bae Bien–U, South Korea
Bai Yiluo, China
Pavel Banka, Czech Republic
Colin Blakely, U.S.A.
Amy Blakemore, U.S.A.
Andrey Chezin, Russia
Piotr Chizinski, U.S.A.
Charles Cohen, U.S.A.
Beau Comeaux, U.S.A.
Donna DeCesare, U.S.A.
Luis Delgado-Qualtrough, U.S.A.
Susan Derges, U.K.
Dornith Doherty, U.S.A.
Torben Eskerod, Denmark
Terry Evans, U.S.A.
Phyllis Galembo, U.S.A.
Gina Glover, U.K.
Štepán Grygar, Czech Republic
Vadim Gushchin, Russia
Germán Herrera, U.S.A.
Eikoh Hosoe, Japan
Allison Hunter, U.S.A.
Alfredo Jaar, U.S.A.
Jesús Jiménez, Mexico
Kyung Duk Kim, South Korea
| Gerardo Montiel Klint, Mexico
Robo Kocan, Slovak Republic
Viktor Kolar, Czech Republic
Bohnchang Koo, South Korea
Fernando La Rosa, U.S.A.
Li Lang, China
Sangil Lee, South Korea
Gapchul Lee, South Korea
Liu Lijie, China
Emma Livingston, Argentina
Mads Ljungdahl, Denmark
Paula Luttringer, France
David Maisel, U.S.A.
Igor Malijevský, Czech Republic
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, U.S.A.
Byung-Hun Min, South Korea
Rizwan Mirza, U.K.
Osama James Nakagawa, U.S.A.
Dan Nelken, U.S.A.
Liza Nguyen, France/Vietnam
Lydia Panas, U.S.A.
Hyung-Geun Park, South Korea
Pavel Pecha, Slovak Republic
Ingrid Pollard, U.K.
Liliana Porter, U.S.A.
Inger Lise Rasmussen, Denmark
Marc Riboud, France
| Lisa M. Robinson, U.S.A.
Pentti Sammallahti, Finland
Michelle Sank, U.K.
Hans-Christian Schink, Germany
Takeshi Shikama, Japan
Vojtech Slama, Czech Republic
Jacob Aue Sobol, Finland
Vee Speers, France
Ann Stautberg, U.S.A.
Alfredo De Stéfano, Mexico
Han Sungpil, Seoul, South Korea
Brad Temkin, U.S.A.
Carlos and Miguel Vargas, Peru
Cassio Vasconcellos, Brazil
Victor Vazquez, Puerto Rico
Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gómez, U.S.A.
Wang Chuan, China
Wang Shilong, China
Weng Naiqiang, China
Dave Woody, U.S.A.
Wu Gaozhong, China
Wu Jialin, China
Xiao Zhuang, China
Xing Danwen, China
Yao Lu, China
Zeng Han, China
Peter Zupnik, France
Mario Algaze, Cuba and United States
Mario Algaze is a widely exhibited artist who was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1947. His recent exhibitions include Mario Algaze Cuba 1999–2000, University of California, San Diego; Three Visions of Peru, Throckmorton Fine Art, New York; Selections from Three Decades of Work, Missing Link Gallery, Sarasota, Florida; 100 Great Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, traveled to Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and Southern Exposure, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami. Mr. Algaze’s work is included in numerous public and corporate collections, such as those of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. He received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in photography in 1992. He currently resides in Coral Gables, Florida, where he is a freelance photographer. He was the owner/ director of Gallery Exposures there from 1979 to 1981.
Chan-Hyo Bae, South Korea
Born in South Korea and educated in London, Chan-Hyo Bae has shown in international exhibitions and fairs in Europe and North America, including the solo show Existing in Costume at London’s prestigious Purdy Hicks Gallery in 2009. In 2008 he showed at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto. He has exhibited his work at the Trunk Gallery in Seoul, South Korea, as well as in group shows such as International Discoveries (2007), FotoFest, Houston; The Alchemy of Shadow (2007), Third Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China; and The Progressive Canvas, Gallery Wa, Kyunggido, Korea, among others. He was a winner in the 2006 Young Photographers Competition, shots magazine, and in 2005 he won first prize in the Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research Competition, University College of London. His work has been collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Born in Busan, South Korea, he received his B.A. in photography from Kyungsung University, South Korea, in 2003 and his M.F.A. from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2007. Mr. Bae has been living and working in London since 2004.
Bae Bien-U, South Korea
One of the best-known Korean photographers working today, Bae Bien-U has exhibited his work internationally in venues that include Kwan Hoon Gallery, Seoul (1982); Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki-ken, Japan (1995); Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2006); Gana Art, New York (2008); and Alhambra, Granada, Spain (2009). His photographs are in many international collections including those of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; as well as the private collections of Sol LeWitt, Elton John, Afinsa, Mango, and Sisley. Born in 1950, Bae Bien-U received his B.F.A. (1974) and M.F.A. (1978) in applied arts from Hongik University, South Korea. He has been a professor of photography at the Seoul Institute of the Arts since 1981.
Bai Yiluo, China
One of China’s most respected contemporary artists, Bai Yiluo is a self-taught photographer and mixed-media artist who is currently living and working in Beijing. His work has been shown widely in recent years, including at Marella Gallery in Beijing, Galerie Urs Meile in Lucerne, Switzerland, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The limbs of the housefly and traditional Chinese calligraphy are juxtaposed in Bai Yiluo’s photographs; taking advantage of people’s visual experience of all forms of calligraphy, the photographs disorient viewers as they shift between images of fly parts and calligraphy letters. Bai Yiluo was born in 1968 in Luoyang, Henan Province, China.
Pavel Banka, Czech Republic
An internationally known artist, Pavel Banka has photographs in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Museé de L’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; and Museum Ludwig, Cologne, among many other places. His work has been widely published, including in the monographs Infinity (Prague: Galerie Rudolfinum, 2001) and Vsechno A Nic: Everything and Nothing (Prague: Prague House of Photography, 1990). He has had many one-person shows throughout Europe and the United States. Mr. Banka founded the respected Prague House of Photography and the photography art magazine Fotograf. He was born in Prague, Czech Republic, where he lives and works.
Colin Blakely, United States
Although born in New York, Colin Blakely moved to Houston as a young child and lived there through high school. His work has been shown at the FotoFest 2002 and FotoFest 2004 Biennials in Houston; Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City; Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts; and Jen Bekman Gallery, New York. In 2008 he was one of five runner-ups for the Aperture Portfolio Prize. He received his B.A. from Williams College with a double major in studio arts and abstract math, and in 2001 he received an M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico. He is currently a professor of photography and department head of art at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
Amy Blakemore, United States
Amy Blakemore has lived and worked in Houston since 1985–87, when she was a fellow in the Core Artist-in-Residence Program at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). She has exhibited her work internationally and throughout Texas in numerous solo exhibitions, including most recently Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988–2008 at the MFAH. Organized by Alison de Lima Greene, this twenty-year retrospective exhibition is traveling to the Seattle Art Museum in fall 2010. Blakemore has also contributed to over seventy group exhibitions, including the prestigious 2006 Whitney Biennial Day for Night at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Ms. Blakemore received a M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1985. She is represented by Inman Gallery, Houston.
Andrey Chezhin, Russia
The well-known Russian artist Andrey Chezhin was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1960. He has had over sixty solo exhibitions and has been a participant in more than 160 group exhibitions in Russia and abroad, including the United States, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, and Slovakia. His works are in the State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum, both in St. Petersburg; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, Florida; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; and private collections in the United States, Italy, Poland, and Russia. He is a member of the International Federation of Artists and director of the “PHOTOimage” Gallery and the “Museum of Drawing-Pin” in St. Petersburg. He works as a freelance photographer.
Piotr Chizinski, United States
Though only three years have passed since he earned a B.F.A. in sculpture/photography from Texas Tech University, Piotr Chizinski already has exhibited his works nationally and internationally. In 2009 he was selected for the Guangzhou International Photo Biennial, China, where he exhibited and discussed his research methodology for The Living Room Scale project. He has been part of many national juried exhibitions, including Texas National, Digital Art LA, and Viewfinder. His work can be found in many permanent collections including those of the Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell University, New York, and the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Charles Cohen, United States
Represented by the well-known galleries Bonni Benrubi in New York, Genovese/Sullivan in Boston, Imago Galleries in Palm Desert, California, and LUMAS in Berlin, Charles Cohen has exhibited his works nationally and internationally. His images are featured in the widely read books Digital Art by Christiane Paul (London: Thames & Hudson, 2003) and CURVE: The Female Nude Now by Megan Dailey, et al. (New York: Universe, 2003). His works are also included in two recently published books, 100 New York Photographers by Cynthia Dantzic (Atglen, Penn.: Schiffer, 2009) and Art/Porn: A History of Seeing and Touching by Kelly Dennis (New York: Berg, 2009). Mr. Cohen participated in the Core Fellowship program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, after earning his M.F.A. in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives and works in New York.
Beaux Comeaux, United States
Beau Comeaux received an M.F.A. in photography from the University of North Texas. Featured at FotoFest in 2008, his works have also been exhibited internationally, including in Saratov, Russia, and Pingyao, China. His images are included in Night Photography: Professional Techniques from Experts for Artistic and Commercial Success (New York: Amphoto Books, 2008). He currently resides in upstate New York, where he says he continues to explore and photograph the world during his nocturnal wanderings, seeking to capture imagery that shapes and sculpts inviting, yet ominous, fantasy environments.
Donna DeCesare, United States
Donna DeCesare is well known for her groundbreaking photographic reportage on the spread of Los Angeles gangs in Central America—most recently shown at the Guangdong Museum of Fine Art in Guangzhou, China, during the 2009 International Photo Biennial. Her exhibition Sharing Secrets at the Open Society Institute in New York is part of a collaboration with UNICEF to develop protocols for photographing children at risk. Ms. DeCesare is a consultant to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an associate professor at the University of Texas School of Journalism at Austin. She has won many awards for her work on gangs, and her photographs are included in numerous museum and private collections. She is currently at work on a book.
Luis Delgado Qualtrough, Mexico and United States
Luis Delgado Qualtrough’s photographic prints and artist books have been widely exhibited. They are held in many museum and private collections in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the United States. The style of his work has evolved over time from documentary photography to multiple images and a more cinematic approach to photo-based work. In many of his works, he integrates narrative and sequential still images to produce content-driven print folios and artist books with a social and historical message. He lives and works in San Francisco.
Susan Derges, United Kingdom
An internationally known artist, Susan Derges over the past twenty years has exhibited within the U.K. and worldwide while working on numerous publications, public commissions, and educational projects. She is represented in the U.K. by Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, and in the U.S. by Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. An exhibition of cameraless photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, titled Shadow Catchers, will feature a retrospective of her work in fall 2010. Her works are held in many public collections in the U.K., Europe, United States, Japan, and Korea, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which is exhibiting one of her works in its exhibition for the FotoFest 2010 Biennial. She currently lives and works in Dartmoor, Devon, U.K.
Dornith Doherty, United States
Dornith Doherty’s photographs have been featured in over ninety national and international exhibitions, and they are included in numerous private and corporate collections. A recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the United States Department of the Interior, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Society for Contemporary Photography, Ms. Doherty received a B.A. cum laude in Spanish and French language and literature from Rice University and a M.F.A. in photography from Yale University. She is a professor of photography and program coordinator at the University of North Texas. Her work is represented by McMurtrey Gallery in Houston and Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas.
Torben Eskerod, Denmark
Torben Eskerod has won several awards for his portraiture and is represented in numerous collections worldwide. He received the Danish Ministry of Culture’s Photographic Book Award for his book Ansigter [Faces], which comprised three of his portrait series. These series reveal the underlying themes present in all of his work: life, death, and the existential questions in between. His newest book is Campo Verano (Heidelberg, Germany: Kehrer Verlag, 2009). He was educated in science engineering and architecture, graduating with a M.A. in engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 1986. He lives and works in Copenhagen. Danish art critic Astrid Lacour, in the June 2008 article “Mindesmærker” in Berlinske Tidende, wrote that “Eskerod’s works are subtly but powerfully moving in their ability to reach one of the essential attributes of the photographic media, namely the ability to visualize the experience of time.”
Terry Evans, United States
Chicago photographer Terry Evans is well known for her images of the prairies and plains of the U.S. Midwest and the urban prairie of Chicago that combine both aerial and ground photography. Her work is in major museum collections, including those of The Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among many other collections. Ms. Evans’s most recent work explores working steel mills and, moving from fire to water, the Greenland ice sheet and its use to measure climate change. She has exhibited widely, including solo shows at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., and The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award.
Phyllis Galembo, United States
Phyllis Galembo’s work has been exhibited extensively. Many of her prints were included in the exhibition Scared Arts of Haitian Vodou (1998) at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. Her exhibition Manifestations of the Spirit (2001) was held at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Her exhibition West African Masquerade (2007) is traveling in the U.S. after opening at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York, and going from there to the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in summer 2008. Phyllis Galembo has published many books: Divine Inspiration: From Benin to Bahia (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1993), Vodou: Visions and Voices of Haiti (Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 1998), and Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween and Masquerade Costumes (New York: Abrams, 2002). Her work is included in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; and the Polaroid Corporation.
Gina Glover, United Kingdom
In 2003 and 2004, London-based artist Gina Glover won the Visions of Science Award in the U.K. Her series Chromosome Socks toured U.S. museums in 2007 as part of the Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics exhibition developed by The Field Museum, Chicago. Her project Site: Transition, which involved a secret World War II airbase, received an Arts Council England award. In 2007 her work was exhibited as part of Celebrating Women at Hoopers Gallery, London, and The Independent Photographers Gallery, Battle, U.K. Portfolios of her work have been published in the magazines Dislocation (Toronto), Ag (U.K.), and Portfolio (U.K.). Ms. Glover works and lives in England. She trained in fine art at the Chelsea School of Art, later obtaining a photography degree at the University of Westminster. She is a co-founder and director of the Photofusion Photography Centre, London.
Stepán Grygar, Czech Republic
Stepán Grygar is a leading contemporary photographer from the Czech Republic. He has had many solo exhibitions in Europe, and he has exhibited widely in group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Australia. His work is represented in numerous collections, including those of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Art Institute of Chicago. He teaches at the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), a well-known film and photography school in Prague, where he was born.
Vadim Gushchin, Russia
Vadim Gushchin is a well-known Russian photographer whose work is represented in the collections of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; Moscow House of Photography; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; and Museum für Photografie, Braunschweig, Germany. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Galleria Contarte, Rome; Kultur Bahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf; and Fotosouz Gallery, Moscow. Born in Novosibirsk, USSR., Mr. Gushchin has worked as an independent photographer since 1988. He lives and works in Moscow.
Germán Herrera, Mexico and United States
German Herrera’s work is part of the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; and Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, among others. He is the recipient of numerous artist awards,including a 2006 artist residency at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and two Marin Arts Council grants. He has exhibited his work at San Francisco Camerawork and the PhotoAlliance, both in San Francisco. His photographs are in the print collectors program of the Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California.
Eikoh Hosoe, Japan
Eikoh Hosoe has been producing work for over half a century and has established himself as one of the world’s most renowned photographers. Considered a vital figure in modern Japanese photography and a driving force in photography worldwide, Eikoh Hosoe began his career in the 1950s as part of the experimental arts movements in Japan after World War II. His works are in museums collections in Europe, Asia and the United States. He has exhibited in important museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; International Center of Photography; and the Smithsonian, Washington D. C. His work has been published in more than thirty books including Eikoh Hosoe: Hoyo/Ba Ra Kei (Tokyo: Gallery White Room, 2008), The Butterfly Dream (Kyoto: Seigensha, 2006) and Kamaitachi (New York: Aperture, 2006), Eikoh Hosoe: Flowers of Evil (South Dennis, Massachusetts, 21st Editions, 2006, Limited Edition with Platinum Prints); Eikoh Hosoe Photographs 1950-2000 (Tokyo: Kyodo News, Yamagata Museum of Art Monograph, 2000); The Cosmos of Gaudi (Tokyo: Shueisha, 1986), Eikoh Hosoe, (San Francisco: The Friends of Photography, 1986); Ba-ra-Kei: Ordeal by Roses (Tokyo: Shueisha, 1963). Since 1975, he has been a professor of photography at Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics, has taught various photography workshops worldwide. He is known for his densely psychological imagery, often relating to death, erotic obsession, and irrationality. He graduated from Tokyo College of Photography in 1951 and first exhibited in a one-man show An American Girl in Tokyo (1956: Tokyo, Konishiroku Gallery). Mr. Hosoe has been the director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan since its opening in 1995. Mr. Hosoe was born in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture in 1933 and was raised in Tokyo. He lives and works in Tokyo.
Allison Hunter, United States
Allison Hunter is a visual artist who has exhibited in numerous national and international venues, including the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Germany; Pirkkala Sculpture Park, Finland;Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh. She has had solo exhibitions at Women & Their Work, Austin, Texas; Artspace, Raleigh, North Carolina; 511 Gallery, New York; and DiverseWorks Artspace, Houston. Ms. Hunter’s photographs are held in many collections, including those of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Albany Institute of History and Art, New York; and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York.
Alfredo Jaar, Chile and United States
Alfredo Jaar is one of the most widely known and respected contemporary artists working today. A Chilean-born artist, architect, and filmmaker, he has created many outstanding multimedia projects, including The Rwanda Project, a six-year project (1994–2000) that focused on the genocide in Rwanda. His books include It is Difficult (Barcelona: Actar, 2008), La Politique des Images, exhibition catalogue (Lausanne, Switzerland: Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, 2007), JAAR/SLC/2006 (Barcelona: Actar, 2006), and The Fire This Time (Milan: Charta, 2005). Mr. Jaar’s works have been shown at Documenta, Kassel, Germany; Venice Biennale; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma; and numerous other museums and venues throughout the world. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1985), a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2000), and the Premio Extremadura a la Creación (2005).
Jesús Jiménez, Mexico
Jesus Jimenez was born in Morelia, Mexico, in 1978. He now lives and works in London and Mexico. He has been exhibited internationally, including in International Discoveries I (2007), FotoFest, Houston; in Future Map 08 (2008), University of the Arts, London; at the David Robert Arts Foundation in 2008; in Future 50 Axisweb (2008), Leeds, U.K.; at the 2009 Ninth Bienal Monterrey FEMSA, Mexico; and in The Art of Photography Show (2009), juried by Charlotte Cotton, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, San Diego. His work was also selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed (2008), The Photographers’ Gallery, London, and the 2009 ITS#PHOTOweb competition, Trieste, Italy. In 2008 he received a Young Creators Grant from FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts), México, and an honorable mention for the Mexican Young Art Creator Award in 2009. His works are part of the collections of the Universidad de Vigo, Spain, and the Fototeca Nacional del INAH, México.
Kyung Duk Kim, South Korea
Kyung Duk Kim’s photography focuses on ordinary domestic things. From the beginning of her career as a photographer, she has sought to evoke the preciousness of everyday life. She majored in painting and started taking photographs in her middle age. She has participated in Discoveries of the FotoFest Meeting Place (2009), Mexico Biennial of Photography, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; Click Chicks+ (2008), Dallas Contemporary; Discoveries of the Meeting Place (2008), FotoFest Biennial, Houston; Kiss & Tell (2007), The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; and the 2006 Sea Art Festival at the Busan Biennale, Korea. Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea.
Gerardo Montiel Klint, Mexico
An internationally known contemporary artist from Mexico, Gerardo Montiel Klint has photographic work in the collections of a number of museums, among them the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan; Guangdong Museum of Arts, China; Fundación Nave K., Spain; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; Wittliff Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, San Marcos, Texas; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; Fototeca Nacional, Mexico; and Miembro del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (FONCA). Mr. Klint has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Premio de Adquisicion de la XIII Bienal de Fotografia Mexico (2008), Medalla de Plata de Bellas Artes Mexico (2008), and Premio de Adquisicion de la XI Bienal de Fotografia Mexico (2004). He has been exhibited and published in Canada, the United States, Japan, China, France, Spain, Italy, and Mexico. He has published monographs in Spain and Mexico.
Robo Kocan, Slovakia
Robo Kocan was born in 1968 in Poprad, Czechoslovakia, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, from 1989 to 1996. In 1993 he studied at Nottingham Trent University, U.K., and at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Dijon, France. Mr. Kocan had artist residencies at SPACES World Artists Program, Cleveland, Ohio, in 2003 and at CROSS ROADS, Glamorgan, Wales, U.K., in 2004. He has been awarded numerous prizes, including prizes in 1992 and 1995 for Images of Europe, Amsterdam.
Viktor Kolár, Czech Republic
Among the first generation of contemporary Czech photographers to gain international acclaim in the 1990s, Viktor Kolar is well known for his black and white documentary work on Ostrava, a city of coal mines and foundries. His work has been widely exhibited, including in Viktor Kolar Retrospective (2009), Starmach Gallery, Krakow, Poland; Viktor Kolar/ Czech Documentary Photography (2002), Leica Gallery, New York; and Figures de la solitude, Musée de l’Elysée pour le Photographie, Lausanne, Switzerland. His work is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; International Center of Photography, New York; Musée de l’Elysée de la Photographie, Lausanne, Switzerland; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; UMPRUM, Prague; and Moravin Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic. In 1991 he was the recipient of the Mother Jones Award for Documentary Photography. Mr. Kolar spent five years living and working in Canada, after which he returned to the Czech Republic to continue photographing his Ostrava series.
Bohnchang Koo, South Korea
Bohnchang Koo is one of Korea’s most celebrated photographic artists and a highly regarded teacher and curator. His work is in many museum collections, and he has had over thirty solo exhibitions in South Korea, Japan, Germany, France, Denmark, and the United States. He is represented by the Kukje Gallery, Seoul; Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, New York; and Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris. He was selected to be the art director and curator for the Daegu Photo Biennale 2008, and he has curated numerous other exhibitions, including Korean Contemporary Photography at FotoFest 2000 with Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin. Bohnchang Koo’s work has always dealt with the passage of time and the still, fragile moments that reveal the unseen breath of life. He earned his diploma in photography at Fachhochschule (now Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften), Hamburg, Germany, in 1985. He currently lives and works in Seoul.
Fernando La Rosa, Peru and United States
Fernando La Rosa is a widely exhibited Peruvian-born artist who sees his work as being in the black and white contemplative tradition of Minor White, with whom he developed his craft. He describes his photographic works as relating different visual scenarios to mental or psychological states: within his floral arrangements is a complex set of human emotions. His landscapes and cityscapes are fragmented—interrupted by window-like frames that mimic the process of human sight wherein an image of the “whole” may not actually be a summary of the parts. He lives and works in the United States.
Li Lang, China
One of China’s best-known contemporary photographers working within the documentary genre, Li Lang was still in his twenties when he won the 1999 Mother Jones Medal of Excellence, the top award of the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography. He has been exhibited internationally, including in Photography Now: China, Japan and Korea (2009), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Photography from China, 1934–2008 (2008), FotoFest 2008 Biennial, Houston; and 55 Days in Valencia: Chinese Art Meeting (2008), Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain. His work is held in private and public collections worldwide. He lives and works in Guangzhou, China.
Sangil Lee, South Korea
Korean-born artist Sangil Lee became well known for his expressive black and white documentary work on important social issues in South Korea in the 1980s and 1990s. He has had sixteen solo exhibitions, including Human Inquiry (1987), Hyundai Art Gallery, Daegu, South Korea, and Memento Mori (2000), Howart Gallery, Seoul. He has received numerous awards, including Grand Prize at the Gwangju Biennale in 2000 and the Dong-gang Photography Prize in 2009 at the Dong-gang International Photo Festival. Sangil Lee’s work is part of numerous permanent collections, including the Tokyo Picture Gallery, Japan, and Hanmi Photography Museum, Seoul. He has published several books including Lee Sangil’s Mangwol-dong (Gwangju, South Korea: Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2000) and Memento Mori (Seoul: Samgyeong, 2003). He was born in 1956 in Sancheong, Gyeongnam, Korea.
Gapchul Lee, South Korea
Gapchul Lee is part of an important group of contemporary artists who formed the first internationally recognized generation of creative photographers in South Korea. His photographic work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Soil of Other Person (1988), Seoul Art Museum; Collision and Reaction (2002), Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul; and exhibitions at the Hanmi Photography Museum in Seoul. His works have been displayed overseas on numerous occasions, including in Ten Contemporary Korean Photographers (2008), FotoFest 2000 Biennial, Houston, and Korean Modern Photography, Montpellier, France. He is represented by the French photo gallery Vu in Paris. He studied photography in the mid-1980s. He currently lives and works in Seoul.
Liu Lijie China
Liu Lijie is a young photographer who has become well known for her self-portraits depicting the relations between men and women in China today. After graduating with a university degree in finance, she started working in a bank. In 1997 she began studying photography on her own, and in 2004 she quit her job at the bank to earn a B.A. in photography from the Photographic Institute at the Beijing Film Academy. Her works have been exhibited at the Pingyao International Photo Festival, Siegen Gallery in Germany, Peer Gallery in New York, the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, the Lianzhou International Photo Festival in China’s Guangdong Province, and in Photography from China 1934–2008 (2008), FotoFest 2008 Biennial, Houston. Liu Lijie was born in Shenyang, China. She is interested in taking pictures that show relationships between people and their inner, psychological states of mind.
Emma Livingston, United Kingdom and Argentina
British artist Emma Livingston was born in 1976. She graduated with a degree in art history from University College London in 2000. She has had exhibitions in the U.K., France, Argentina, Brazil, and the United States. In 2007 her NOA series from Northwest Argentina won her first prizes in the Px3 (Prix de la Photographie, Paris) and the London Photographic Association competitions. In 2009 she was nominated for the Prix Pictet 2009 Earth Award Prize and was named one of Photo District News’s “30 New and Emerging Photographers” to watch. She is one of the artists featured in the Discoveries of the Meeting Place exhibition in the FotoFest 2010 Biennial. Her work has been published in Lensculture (Paris), DWELL (San Francisco), NextLevel (London), and European Photography (Berlin).
Mads Ljungdahl, Denmark
A well-known contemporary Danish artist, Mads Ljungdahl trained as a painter at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He works as both a sound and visual artist. In his visual art, he often combines printmaking, photography, and painting. In his ongoing photographic work, he concentrates on either exploring all aspects of digital manipulation or experimenting with clean “camera eye” photography with no manipulation. Among his best-known series are the Dream Team and his large drawing/photo series The Decorated Children, a work in progress. The latter is to be released as a picture book in 2010. His works appeared in the FotoFest exhibition FOTO: New Photography from Denmark (2007). His work is represented in the collection of the Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark.
Paula Luttringer, Argentina and France
Paula Luttringer is widely known for her work on the secret detention centers used by the military in Argentina from 1976-1983. In 1999 she won the Best Portfolio Prize at PhotoEspaña. In 2001 she was awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York. Her works now form part of the collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) and the Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA) in Buenos Aires; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; and the Portuguese Photography Centre, Porto, Portugal, as well as numerous private collections. Ms. Luttringer was born in La Plata, Argentina, in 1955. Her studies were cut short in 1977, when she went into exile after having been kidnapped and held for five months in a secret detention center. Upon returning to Argentina in 1995, she turned to photography as a means of expression. The subject matter of her photographic work concerns the meeting point between her country’s recent history and her own personal one.
David Maisel, United States
David Maisel is a leading contemporary U.S. artist whose works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and many other museums. Maisel’s monographs The Lake Project (2004) and Oblivion (2006) were published by Nazraeli Press. Chronicle Books published his monograph Library of Dust in 2008. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Opsis Foundation, New York, New York. He was awarded a 2008 artist residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts and a 2007 artist residency at the Getty Research Institute. In 2009 he was nominated for the Alpert Award in the Arts, and in 2008 he was short-listed for the Prix Pictet Award. He lives and works in California.
Igor Malijevský, Czech Republic
Igor Malijevský is a Czech photographer and poet whose works are held in many institutional collections, including those of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark, as well as in a number of private collections. His works have been exhibited widely both in Europe and the United States, including at Imago Fotokunst, Berlin (2006); Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas (2008); and the FotoFest 2003 Biennial, Houston, among many more. He has won the Czech Press Photo award two times. Mr. Malijevský was born in Prague in 1970. He graduated with a degree in theoretical physics and studied philosophy for several years at Charles University, Prague. Since 1995 he has concentrated on photography. He lives and works near Prague.
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, India and United States
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s work relating to the bicultural experience of living between India and the U.S. has been widely exhibited, including at Sepia, New York; the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum of Art, Providence; the 2009 Guangzhou International Photo Biennial, China; and the 2006 Noorderlicht Photofestival in the Netherlands. Her recent awards include the MacColl Johnson Fellowship, John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fellowship, and American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship. She was recently an artist-in-residence at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her work can be found in the collections of the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and the RISD Museum of Art. Ms. Matthew’s work is included in the book Blink from Phaidon and the upcoming book Self-Portraits by Susan Bright from Thames & Hudson. Matthew is represented by Sepia EYE, New York, and Tasveer, India.
Byunghun Min, South Korea
An internationally acclaimed artist from South Korea, Byunghun Min has had over ten solo and several group exhibitions in the United States and Korea over the past ten years. His many publications include Islandscape (Seoul: Eye-light Publications, 1993), An Eye, Photographs (Seoul: Sight Publications, 1991), and Trivial Landscape (Seoul: Sight Publications, 1987). His work is part of the collections of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwachun, Korea, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as many private collections. He is represented by CAIS Gallery in Seoul.
Rizwan Mirza, United Kingdom
Rizwan Mirza has exhibited extensively within the U.K. and abroad. His work can be found in a number of public and private collections, and he is represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York. He has authored and edited a book, Poetry Seen (London: Independent Paper, 2003), on Liverpool poets. In 2005 he completed a M.A. documentary film at Goldsmiths College, London. He was born in Liverpool and now lives in London. Mr. Mirza studied photography under influential British landscape artist John Blakemore at Derby University. After graduating from Derby University, he moved to London and began working with editorial/commercial picture agencies.
Osamu James Nakagawa, Japan and United States
Osamu James Nakagawa’s work has been widely exhibited both in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent body of work, Banta: Stained Memories, was shown at the Sakima Art Museum in Okinawa, Japan, and Nikon Salon in Tokyo. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York; and Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, among others. Mr. Nakagawa was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009. He received a B.F.A. from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, and a M.F.A. from the University of Houston. Currently he is an associate professor at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is represented by Sepia International, New York.
Dan Nelken, United States
Dan Nelken’s works are in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography, New York; Portland Museum of Art, Oregon; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; and Beth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Jerusalem. His book Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits (Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2008) was named one of the top photography books of 2008 by Photo District News magazine. Mr. Nelken’s work was also chosen for Discoveries of the Meeting Place (2008) at the FotoFest 2008 Biennial, Houston. He was born in Israel and immigrated to Canada when he was seven. He received his B.F.A. at Pratt Institute in New York, majoring in graphic arts.
Liza Nguyen, France and Vietnam
Liza Nguyen’s work on representation, memory, and the human condition, particularly as they relate to her family and their native land of Vietnam, has received international acclaim. She has exhibited this work widely in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States. Her series Souvenirs of Vietnam (2005) and her book My Father (Cologne: Schaden.com, 2006) received awards in France and Europe. Recently she has been awarded artist’s residencies in Tel Aviv and Madrid. Ms. Nguyen was born in France and lives in Paris and Cologne. She studied with Thomas Ruff at the Academy of Fine Arts of Düsseldorf, Germany.
Lydia Panas, United States
Lydia Panas has won numerous awards including the Publisher’s Choice Award at Center (formerly the Santa Fe Center for Photography) in Sante Fe in 2009. She was among the top fifty photographers named in the Critical Mass portfolio review program by Photoludica, Portland, Oregon, in 2008 and was one of nine artists selected for the exhibition International Discoveries I (2007) at FotoFest, Houston. Her work is included in the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; The Center for Photography Woodstock, New York; and Maine Media Workshops, Rockport. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 2010 her upcoming exhibitions include solo shows at Foley Gallery in New York and Yours Gallery in Warsaw.
Hyung-geun Park, South Korea
Hyung-geun Park is a well-known contemporary Korean artist who has had recent solo exhibitions at Gallery Zandari, Seoul; New Art Gallery Walsall, U.K.; and Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul. His work has been shown extensively, including at the Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt, Germany; FotoFest 2006 Biennial, Houston; 2008 Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea; FOTOFO 2006, Bratislava, Slovakia; Martini Art Internazionale, Turin, Italy; Mook Gallery of Contemporary Art, Beijing; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California. His work is in collections worldwide, including those of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Ernst & Young, London; Gyeonggido Museum of Modern Art, Ansan City, Korea; Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul; and Martini Art Internazionale, Turin. Mr. Park lives and works in Seoul.
Pavel Pecha, Slovakia
Pavel Pecha is an internationally known photographer from Slovakia. He has had work in many group exhibitions, including Nine-Speed Cloudy Bicycle, Trnava Theatre, Trnava, Slovakia; Contemporary Slovak Photography in Stockholm, Sweden; the exhibit Between Image and Vision, which traveled in Scotland, Romania, Germany, and Slovenia; and shows at Le Corps et l’Esprit, Mulhouse, France. Mr. Pecha’s solo exhibitions include My Intuitive Theatre, shown in Slovakia and Austria; Dream Fields, shown in Slovakia and Italy; and Photographies, shown in Slovakia. He was born in Kremnica, Slovakia, and studied photography in Prague. He lives and works in Slovakia.
Ingrid Pollard, Guyana and United Kingdom
Ingrid Pollard is a widely collected and published photographer who was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and now lives and works in London. Her best-known works depict the complex realities of a bicultural life and the legacies of her Caribbean origins. She has published Hidden in a Public Place, IMP Press, London, 2008; Postcards Home (London: Chris Boot Publishers, 2004); Monograph (London: Autograph Publications, 1995), and Central, South, North, artist’s book (London: Lee Valley Park, 1994). She is currently a research associate at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Liliana Porter, Argentina and United States
An internationally known printmaker, painter, photographer, and video artist, Liliana Porter has had solo museum and gallery shows around the world. Her works are represented in many public and private collections, among them Tate Modern, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Bibliotèque Nationale, Paris; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Museo Tamayo, México D.F.; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and Daros Collection Zurich. Ms. Porter was born in Argentina in 1941. She now lives and works in New York.
Inger Lise Rasmussen, Denmark
One of Denmark’s leading photographers, Inger Lise Rasmussen was trained as a printmaker, and her analogue photos are made as photogravures. Her work focuses on big metropolises and urbanism. She has had solo shows in Galerija Graficki Koletiv, Belgrade, Serbia; Bergen Kunsthall – Bergen Kunstforening, Norway; Photography Center of Thessaloniki, Greece; Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; and Aarhus Kunstbygning, Denmark. Her works are in many collections including those of the Vejle Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; The Danish Art Foundation, Denmark; Musée Carnavalet-Histoire de Paris; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Ms. Rasmussen has received several awards from The Danish Art Foundation. Publications include Tageskarten (Copenhagen: Galleri Image and Rhodos, 2000);Raw Space (Odense, Denmark: Brandts Klædefabrik, 2005); and Brilliant City (Aarhus, Denmark: Forlaget Århus Kunstbygning, 2009).
Marc Riboud, France
Marc Riboud, one of the world’s most famous editorial and documentary photographers, was born in France. Although an engineer by training, he became a photographer early in his career. In 1951 he worked with the famed Magnum Photo Agency in Paris and became particularly close to Henri Cartier-Bresson. In 1953 Mr. Riboud became an official member of the Magnum Agency and eventually became one of its officers. Between 1955 and 1986, he traveled and photographed on assignments throughout the world. He was witness to and recorded the atrocities of war in Vietnam, as well as life and repression within China during the years of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution. He has exhibited throughout the world and has published over fifteen books, most recently Marc Riboud: 50 Years of Photography (Paris: Flammarion, 2004) and Demain Shanghai (Paris: Depire, 2003). In his lengthy career, Mr. Riboud has won many awards, including the Leica Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
Lisa M. Robinson, United States
U.S. artist Lisa M. Robinson has exhibited widely and has received numerous awards for her work, including a Fulbright Grant, an Evelyn Stefansson Nef Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, and numerous other prizes and fellowships. She is particularly well known for her images of landscape and snow. Her first book, Snowbound, was published by Kehrer Verlag (Heidelberg, Germany) in 2007. Her work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; the Portland Museum of Art, Oregon; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; and Fidelity Investments. She is represented by Klompching Gallery in New York and Etherton Gallery in Tucson.
Pentti Sammallahti, Finland
One of Europe’s best-known photographic artists, Pentti Sammallahti has traveled and photographed throughout Europe, Morocco, Turkey, and Asia, producing many portfolios and books reflecting his expeditions. His works have been widely exhibited throughout the world. In 1991, after seventeen years of teaching at the University of Art and Design, he won Finland’s most prestigious national artist award, a fifteen-year grant given only to the most respected artists in Finland. His work is represented in many international collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. A large survey of his work will be the subject of a Europe-wide traveling exhibition in 2011. Mr. Sammallahti was born in Helsinki and began to photograph in 1961.
Michelle Sank, South Africa and United Kingdom
Michelle Sank is the recent winner of the annual Portrait Prize competition at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Becoming (Belfast: Belfast Exposed Photography and Ffotogallery, 2006), a monograph of her work, incorporates images from her projects about young people over the last six years. Her work addresses issues of social and cultural diversity. Her portraits are intended to ask probing questions about the status, perception, and representation of young people in contemporary society. Her photographs have been exhibited extensively in the United States, Mexico, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. She has undertaken numerous gallery commissions and has been published in many prestigious magazines and gallery catalogues. Her work is held in both private and permanent collections, including the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and has been working in the U.K. since 1987.
Hans-Christian Schink, Germany
Hans-Christian Schink’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including venues such as Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; and Centro Cultural do Banco do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. He has received numerous grants and awards. In 2002 he was artist-in-residence at the Villa Aurora, Los Angeles, and in 2008 he was awarded the REAL Photography Award by ING Real Estate, Rotterdam. Mr. Schink was born in Erfut, East Germany, in 1961. From 1986 to 1991, he studied photography at the well-known Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) Leipzig, Germany. In 1993 he finished two years of post-graduate studies at the HGB Leipzig with a master’s degree.
Takeshi Shikama, Japan
Takeshi Shikama has exhibited his work in many solo shows and has participated in a number of group shows in Japan since 2004. In 2002 he began to photograph trees deep inside the forests of Japan, seeking to capture the invisible world behind the visible world. The series Mori no Hida [Silent Respiration of Forests] was published in 2007 by Tosei-Sha Gallery and was included in the book competition at PhotoEpaña 2008. He was invited to be a part of the October–November 2009 Odense Foto Triennale in Denmark, where his solo exhibition was held in the Johannes Larsen Museet, Kerteminde, Funen, Denmark. He was also selected as one of ten artists in FotoFest’s International Discoveries II (2009), Houston. Mr. Shikama was born in Tokyo in 1948. He attended Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, and then began his career as a designer. Soon thereafter he started working as a photographer.
Vojtech V. Sláma, Czech Republic
Vojtech V. Slama is represented in many museum collections and has exhibited his work throughout Europe and Japan, as well as at FotoFest in the United States. He teaches documentary photography at Masaryk University in Brno. His black and white photographic series Wolf’s Honey has been published as a book of the same name (Brno, Czech Republic: Galerie Brno, 2004). The book is a visual diary documenting aspects of his life over the past ten years. Mr. Sláma was born in Brno, Czech Republic, and holds a master’s degree in photography from the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic.
Jacob Aue Sobol, Denmark
The work of Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol has been published in magazines around the world and exhibited in Denmark, Finland, the United States, Canada, Poland, Belgium, and England. His pictures are in the National Museum of Photography at the Royal Library in Copenhagen and in the collection of the National Arts Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark. Born in Copenhagen, Mr. Sobol studied at the European Film College, then enrolled at Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Art Photography. After graduating from Fatamorgana, he spent the next three years in the Greenland township of Tiniteqilaaq with his girlfriend, Sabine, and her family, living the life of a fisherman and hunter. In 2004 his acclaimed book Sabine was published by Vergriffen. In photographs and narrative, this book depicts his life on the east coast of Greenland. The book was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2005.
Vee Speers, Australia and France
Vee Speers’s portrait series The Birthday Party has received international acclaim. Published and exhibited worldwide, her portraits have been acquired by the Elton John Collection and other prominent private collectors. She has published two books: Bordello with a foreword by Karl Lagerfeld (Hamburg, Germany: EarBooks, 2004) and The Birthday Party (Stockport, U.K.: Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2008). Born in 1962 in Newcastle, Australia, Ms. Speers describes herself an Australian artist, though she has lived and worked in Paris since 1990. She studied fine art and photography at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia, before working as a still photographer at the ABC television station in Sydney in the 1980s. After moving to Paris in 1990, she began exhibiting in Europe and received critical praise for the dramatic tension of her portraits and her unusual color palette. She is represented by Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ann Stautberg, United States
In the past four decades, Ann Stautberg has had twenty-eight solo exhibitions and has been in a hundred group exhibitions. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and museums in Austin, Beaumont, Tyler, El Paso, and Corpus Christi, Texas, in addition to many other corporate and private collections. She has been primarily a gallery artist, but in the past decade she has done some public projects in Houston. Ms. Stautberg was born and raised in Houston. She earned a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and an M.A. from the University of Dallas. After college, she lived in North Texas, where she met and married her husband, artist Frank X. Tolbert II. In the 1990s they moved to South Texas. She now lives and works in Houston.
Alfredo de Stéfano, Mexico
Considered one of México’s most important contemporary photographers. Alfredo de Stéfano has exhibited his work in over eighty solo and group shows in numerous cities worldwide. He has a passionfor landscape, especially the desert, where he has traveled and worked countless times, performing art interventions and making photographs. His photographic series Of Places Without a Future (1992), Remains of Paradise (1996), Replenishing Emptiness (2002), and Brief Chronicle of Light (2005) are set in the desert. He has received many of Mexico’s most important awards for artists. He has a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences from the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila. He was born in Monclova, Coahuila, a city in the northeastern Mexican desert.
Han Sungpil, South Korea
Han Sungpil’s works have been widely exhibited in Europe, South Korea, and the United States. Recently he was awarded an artist residency at CAMAC (Centre D’Art – Marnay Art Centre) in France, supported by Korean Culture and Arts Foundation grants. In 2005 he was given a UNESCO scholarship to study in Indonesia. Mr. Sungpil’s work is represented in museum collections in Asia, South America, and the United States. He was born in South Korea and studied fine art photography at Chung-Ang University in Seoul. After his graduation, he joined Korea Fuji Film Co., Ltd. In 2004 he completed a M.A. in curating contemporary design at Kingston University London, with the goal of introducing Asian artsto Western countries.
Brad Temkin, United States
Brad Temkin’s photographic works are included in numerous permanent collections, including those of The Art Institute of Chicago; Milwaukee Art Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Akron Art Museum, Ohio; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, among others. His images have appeared in such publications as Aperture, Black & White Magazine,and European Photography. A monograph of Mr. Temkin’s work, Private Places: Photographs of Chicago Gardens (Chicago: Columbia College Chicago, Center for American Places, 2005), was published with an introduction by Rod Slemmons, director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. His photographs have been widely exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. He was selected to be one of ten artists exhibited in Discoveries of the Meeting Place (2006) at the FotoFest 2006 Biennial, Houston. He teaches photography at Columbia College Chicago.
Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gómez, Cuba and United States
The Cuban-born husband and wife team of Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gómez is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1997. In 2004 their photographs were part of the groundbreaking inaugural exhibition that marked the reopening of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Widely exhibited in the United States and abroad, their works are part of the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Paine Webber Photographic Collection, New York; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and New Orleans Museum of Art. Mr. del Valle and Ms. Gómez are professors of art and photography at Florida International University in Miami, where they have taught collaboratively since 1983. They have worked as a team for more than thirty years.
The Vargas Brothers (Carlos and Miguel Vargas), Peru
Working in Arequipa, Peru, in the 1920s and 1930s, Carlos Vargas (1885–1976) and Miguel Vargas (1887–1979) were among the most innovative photographic artists in Latin America during a worldwide period of great technological innovation in photography. While still students, they were awarded a silver medal in 1900 for constructing a working camera. In 1913 the brothers staged their first exhibition and opened their own photography studio, Estudio de Arte Vargas Hermanos,in Arequipa. Their third exhibition, held at the San Agustín Gallery, included for the first time portraits taken in artificial light. The Vargas Brothers went on to achieve fame and success in 1918–1923. The Vargas Brothers’ studioclosed its doors in 1958.
Cassio Vasconcellos, Brazil
One of Brazil’s best-known artists, Cassio Vasconcellos has participated in more than 130 exhibitions in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. He is also included in the book Blink: 100 Photographers, 10 Curators, 10 Writers (London: Phaidon Press, 2002) and The Polaroid Book (reprint; Cologne: Taschen, 2008). He is frequently invited to develop new projects, such as Arte/Cidade in 1994 and 2002. His personal work directed to artistic projects has been shown in a number of galleries and museums. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1965. He started his journey in photography, both in Brazil and abroad, in 1981.
Victor Vazquez, Puerto Rico
Victor Vazquez’s works have entered collections through the Americas, including the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA); Museum of Art / Fort Lauderdale (MOAFL),Florida; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan;and Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world. His works have been published in the following monographs Réquiem para una / por una cultura (Puerto Rico: Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, 2003) and Victor Vazquez 1989- 2007 (Puerto Rico: El Museo de Ponce, 2007). He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and received a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Puerto Rico. In 1982 he traveled to India, China, and Japan to study the art, literature, and history of their cultures. Later he studied photography with Jan Jurasek and attended the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Maine Photography Workshop, Biddeford.
Wang Chuan, China
Widely known as a contemporary Chinese artist, Wang Chuan has been the director of the Photography Department at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine arts (CAFA) in Beijing since 2003. Between 2007 and 2008, he participated in numerous exhibitions in China and abroad, including Spring Training, Pekin Fine Art Gallery, Beijing, China; Retrospective Exhibition of New Beijing Gallery, New Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China; Collective Identity,Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, U.K.; My Favorite Moleskine, Beijing; Zoom on China, Brescia, Italy; Collective Identity: From Cultural Revolution to Contemporary Art, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong; View Beyond the Window: Contemporary Art from China, St. Philip’s Chambers, Birmingham, U.K.; and 567 Glory and Dream: Chinese Contemporary Art, Ferry International Art Centre, Beijing. Between 2004 and 2006, he showed in These/There: Images from Wang Chuan & Yao Lu (2004), Beijing; Chance Encounters (2005), Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia; and Harvest II (2006), Chinese Photography Exposition, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai. He has shown work at both Pingyao and Lianzhou International Photo Festivals in China as well as in Photography from China, 1934–2008 (2008) at the FotoFest 2008 Biennial. Wang Chuan was born in Beijing in 1967. In 1990 he graduated from the CAFA School of Design in Beijing with a B.A. He became interested in photography in the mid-1990s, and in 1998 he entered the joint master’s program in visual art of CAFA, Beijing, and the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia. He graduated with an M.A. and began to teach in the CAFA Photography Department.
Wang Shilong, China
Wang Shilong was born in Henan Province, China, in 1930. He became known for his work on the Cultural Revolution in China (1965–1975). He spent half a century as a photojournalist for the military and for a local newspaper. He focused on the local agricultural themes of Henan, China’s prominent agricultural province. He published the albums Historical Footprint, The Elders South of the Yellow River, Character and Style, and Scenery. His work has been exhibited internationally, including in Still the Time (2003), 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing, and the 2003 Pingyao International Photo Festival, China. His works are collected by Centre National des Art Plastiques, Paris.
Weng Naiqiang, China
Weng Naiqiang was one of the most famous photographers of the Cultural Revolution in China (1965–1975) and one of the few photographers who was able to work in color at that time. His work, widely published during the Cultural Revolution, was recently “rediscovered” by the well-known 798 Photo Gallery in Beijing. He had a solo exhibition, Images of the Cultural Revolution, at the gallery in2006 and was featured in Photographs from China 1934–2008 (2008) at the FotoFest 2008 Biennial. He was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1936, moving to China in 1951. He was educated in Wu Zuo Ren’s studio in the painting department of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and took lessons from Ai Zhongxin, Wei Qi Mei, Lin Gang, Zhan Jian Jun, and Li Ku Chan. He worked as an art director, a photojournalist, and a CAFA professor. He lives and works in Beijing.
Dave Woody, United States
Dave Woody’s large-format portraits and landscapes have been shown throughout the United States and in Italy. His work is included in the photography collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He was a finalist in the 2009 Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Competition. After finishing a master’s degree in photography at the University of Texas, he returned to his home state of Colorado. He now lives and works in Denver.
Wu Gaozhong, China
Wu Gaozhong is one of the leading contemporary artists in China today. His works have been exhibited in the solo exhibition Spectral Memory: Wu Gaozhong (2006), Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, and in numerous group shows, including Asian Attitude / European Attitude (2007), National Museum in Poznan, Poland; Photographs from China, 1934–2008 (2008) at the FotoFest2008 Biennial,Houston; the 2009 Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami; andthe Sixth China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing, in 2009, among others. His catalogues include Spectral Memory (Shanghai: Zendai Museum of Modern Art, 2008) and Photography from China, 1934–2008 (Houston: FotoFest 2008 Biennial). Wu Gaozhong was born in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. He now lives and works in Beijing.
Wu Jialin, China
One of China’s most acclaimed documentary photographers, Wu Jialin has been widely exhibited internationally and in China. In 2003 his series Chitchatting 1999 in Chengdu was selected by Henri Cartier-Bresson for the Les Choix d’Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition and catalogue. Wu Jialin has had numerous books published, including the Mountain Folks of Yunnan (1993), Surprises (2004), and Instants of the Mysterious Lands: Wu Jialin’s Album (Yunnan, China: Yunnan Fine Arts, 2005). He was born in 1942 in Zhaotong County, Yunnan Province, China. He began to teach himself photography in 1968, and in 1981 he joined the China Photography Association. Wu Jialin’s first exhibition outside Asia was presented by FotoFest at the FotoFest 1996 Biennial.
Xiao Zhuang, China
Xiao Zhuang was one of the few well-known women photographers of the Cultural Revolution in China (1965–1975). She was born in Zhejiang Province, China, in 1933. She started her photography career working for Lu Shui newspaper under the army in 1950. During 1952–1994 she worked for Xin Hua News Daily and Light and Photography magazine, and she became a chief editor at the Jiang Su Publishing Company. From 1966 on, working as a photojournalist for the Xin Hua News Daily, she took a series of photographs that kept track of the changes that were taking place in the capital city of Nanjing under the Cultural Revolution. Her photographs describe epic historical scenes that were part of the tumultuous history of that period. In 1996 she was awarded the “Honor Cup” by the Chinese Photographers Association. A monograph of her work was published by Zhonghua Publishing House, 2004.
Xing Danwen, China
An internationally known artist, Xing Danwen is one of the leading contemporary photographic artists in China today. She has exhibited worldwide, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; International Center of Photography, New York; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; First Yokohama Triennale, Japan; and 2004 Biennale of Sydney, among others. Her works have also been collected widely by museums and private collections, including those of the Whitney Museum of American Art; International Center of Photography; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; JGS Foundation; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; The Progressive Collection; and Centre Pompidou, among others. In the late 1980s and 1990s, she was one of the pioneers in China doing experimental work with contemporary photography that explored the limits of the medium. She is known for using the camera and photo-based imagery to observe and challenge assumptions about Chinese society, humanity, female identity, and the generation of the 1960s.
Yao Lu, China
Yao Lu is one of China’s leading contemporary artists working with photography. He has been widely exhibited, including at the National Gallery in Prague in 2009; at the 2009 GETXOPHOTO International Photo Festival, Bilbao, Spain; in Chinese Gardens for Living (2009), Brussels Meeting Centre; at Paris Photo in 2008; in Concealment and Restructuring Yao Lu’s New Mountains and Waters (2008), 798 Gallery, Beijing; and in Photography from China, 1934–2008 (2008)at the FotoFest 2008 Biennial, Houston. In 2008 he won the prestigious BMW–Paris Photo Prize. His works form part of many collections including those of F2 Gallery, Beijing; Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Quac Art Space, Beijing; and Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Yao Luo was born in Beijing in 1967 and started painting when he was a small boy because both of his parents were painters. In 1987 he worked toward a bachelor’s degree in printmaking. His major was woodcuts, which later gave him an interest in black and white imagery and finally took him into the world of photography. He lives and works in Beijing.
Zeng Han, China
A leading contemporary Chinese photographer, Zeng Han has exhibited nationally and internationally, with venues including the FotoFest 2008 Biennial, Houston; Paris International Biennial Photography Exhibition; Shanghai Art Museum, China; Guangzhou International Photo Biennial, Guangdong Art Museum, China; Chinese Triennial Art Exhibition, Nanjing Museum, China; Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China; and Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, among others. He was awarded the Best Curator Prize at the Lianzhou International Photo Festival, and his work was published in Soul Stealer (Beijing: Timezone 8, 2008). His work is part of the collection of the Shanghai Art Museum, among other collections. Born in Guangdong, China, in 1974, he lives and works in Guangzhou.
Peter Zupnik, France and the Czech Republic
Peter Zupnik is one of the best-known photographers from the first generation of contemporary Czech and Slovak photographers to gain international attention in the 1990s. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide. His works are in many public collections, including La Maison Européenne de la Photographie [The European House of Photography], Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Fond
National d’Art Contemporain, La Défense, France; and Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as in other institutions and private collections. Mr. Zupnik was born in Levoca, Czechoslovakia, in 1961. In 1986 he graduated with a degree in art photography from the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. In 1995 he left Prague for Paris, where he continues to live and work.