Co-Founder / Co-Director, Seoul Lunar Foto (S. Korea)
Sujong Song is a Seoul-based curator and writer who is active in all aspects of photography, ranging from publication to exhibition and event planning. Until 2014, she had been on the steering committee for the Daegu Photo Biennale, and was the director of its portfolio review section. She is currently on the planning committee of Korea Photograher’s Fellowship hosted by Sangsang Madang, an influential cultural branch of KT&G. Ms. Song also has experience in broadcasting, having helped to create shows for the national broadcasting network, KBS, and the English-language Arirang TV.
Ms. Song served on the committees for the Angkor Photo Festival and the World Health Organization’s Stop TB Photo Award. She has organized and curated many exhibitions: the 2012 Mario Giacomelli exhibition at the Museum of Photography, Seoul; Five Views from Korea at the Noorderlicht Gallery in 2014; Two Moons at the GoEun Museum of Photography in 2015; and the Map of Daily Life at the Art Museum of Lishui in 2015, to name a few.
She has judged on panels for World Press Photo, POYi, and Flash Forward among many other photography awards and also nominates for several awards including Prix Pictet and Joop Swart Masterclass. Having been editor-in-chief of GEO-Korea, Ms. Song now regularly writes for the photography column of the daily, Kyunghyang Shinmun.
Sandra S. Phillips
Senior Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA)
Sandra S. Phillips is Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has been with the museum since 1987, and assumed her current position in 1999. Phillips has organized numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions of modern and contemporary photography including Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, Diane Arbus Revelations, Helen Levitt, Dorothea Lange: American Photographs, Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence and An Uncertain Grace: Sebastiao Salgado. She holds degrees from the City University of New York (Ph.D.), Bryn Mawr College (M.A.), and Bard College (B.A.).
Phillips was previously curator at the Vassar College Art Museum, and has taught at various institutions including the State University of New York, New Paltz; Parsons School of Design; San Francisco State University; and the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a Resident at the American Academy in Rome and received a grant from The Japan Foundation in 2000.
Independent Photography Consultant / Curator (The Netherlands)
Marc Prüst is active as photography consultant, curator, and teacher. In that capacity he edits books, creates exhibitions, teaches and organizes workshops and masterclasses, lectures and writes on photography, and advises photographers on how to develop their work and how to market it.
He’s currently the Artistic Director of the Photoreporter Festival in Saint Brieuc, France and associate curator for Noorderlicht.
He has successfully launched the Northern Lights Masterclass, a one year masterclass for professional photojournalists and social documentary photographers, in September 2010. Prüst also teaches Visual Identity classes at Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris. He was one of three curators for the FotoGrafia festival in Rome for the period 2010 – 2012, and the creative director of the only photo festival in Nigeria, LagosPhoto.
Founder / Director, ZEN FOTO GALLERY (Japan)
Born in England, Mark Pearson has lived in Japan since the late 1990s. In 2009, He founded ZEN FOTO GALLERY in Tokyo. The gallery specializes in Asian photography with a particular emphasis on Japan and China. Besides exhibitions, ZEN FOTO publishes limited edition photography books. Over 40 titles in catalogs and photobooks are published from the gallery. Also he’s engaged in the development of the online photobook app “shashasha”, which enables photographers to sell their work as e-books at its online store.
Photographer / Founder, photographers’ gallery (Japan)
Keizo Kitajima was born in Nagano Japan, in 1954. He participated Daido Moriyama’s class at the WORK SHOP Shashin Gakkou, and through working with Moriyama he founded Image Shop CAMP in Tokyo in 1976 . Kitajima has exhibited and published extensively throughout his career. In 2001, he opened photographer’s gallery in Tokyo as a venue for exhibitions, debates and publishing.
He has won various photography awards which include the 8th Kimura Ihei Award (1983), 32nd Ina Nobuo Award (2007), photographic society of Japan Awards (2010), Higashikawa Awards (2010), and Sagamihara Photo Awards (2012).
Artist / Photography Curator (The Netherlands)
Erik Kessels was born in 1966; he lives and works in Amsterdam. He has presented numerous exhibitions at Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia (2015), Centquatre-Paris (2014), Les Rencontres d’Arles (2014), the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2013), Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco (2014–15) and the Images – Festival des Arts Visuels in Vevey (2014). As an artist and photography curator, Kessels has published several books of his “collected” images: Missing Links (1999), The Instant Men (2000), In Almost Every Picture (2001–15), and Wonder (2006).
Since 2007, he has curated exhibitions, including The European Championship of Graphic Design, Graphic Detour, Loving Your Pictures, Use me Abuse me, 24 Hours of Photos, and Album Beauty. In 2010, he received the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, and in 2012 he was elected the most influential creative in the Netherlands. Since 1996, he has been creative director of the KesselsKramer communications agency in Amsterdam.
Curator, Musée du Quai Branly (France)
Christine Barthe is Curator, Head of the photographic collection at the musee du quai Branly. She is in charge of acquisitions in old and contemporary photography.
She curated several exhibitions at the quai Branly museum : Nocturnes de Colombie, images contemporaines (2013), Patagonie, Images du bout du monde (2012), Camera Obscura (2007), « Le Yucatán est ailleurs », Expéditions photographiques (1857-1886) de Désiré Charnay (2007).
She co-curated with Xavier Barral the exhibition Martin Gusinde, L’esprit des hommes de Terre de Feu in the festival Rencontres d’Arles France, festival Kyotographie Japan, and Ushuaia, Argentina (2015).
She is member of the programmation committee of the biennal Photoquai since 2007 and was associated curator for latinamerica for Photoquai 2007, 2009, 2011. She is member of the selection committee for the grant program Les residences de Photoquai, dedicated to contemporary photography.
She lectures and makes research stays on contemporary non western photography in Asia, Latin America and Africa. She published different essays on exploration photography in the 19th century, historical uses of photography for anthropology.
Founder / Director, African Artists’ Foundation (Nigeria)
Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organization based in Lagos, Nigeria that is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists. Established in 2007, Nwagbogu founded the National Art Competition in 2008, an annual arts competition in Nigeria that provides a platform of exposure to emerging Nigerian artists.
Nwagbogu also serves as founder and director of the LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography that brings leading local and international photographers in dialogue with multifaceted stories of Africa. He’s also the creator of Art Base Africa, a new virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art and diaspora.
Allegra Cordero di Montezemolo
Exhibition Coordinator / Curator, Center for the Image (Mexico)
Allegra Cordero di Montezemolo (b. Mexico City, 1985), received her bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Television at Centro University in Mexico City. She worked in film and commercial production for three years, all the while becoming more and more interested in the intersections of cinema with other artistic disciplines as well as its presentation in alternative contexts outside of the movie theater. She then spent three years at the Cineteca Nacional (National Film Center) in Mexico, first curating and programming “Sala 7,” a project dedicated to approaching and reflecting on film through multimedia exhibitions. Afterward, she took charge of coordination and development of the curation of the inaugural exhibition at the new Cinema Museum at the Cineteca Nacional.
In 2013, she was coordinator of production and development as well as curatorial assistant for the Mexican Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial. Since October of 2013, she has been working as Exhibition coordinator and curator at the Center for the Image in Mexico City.
Director, Singapore International Photography Festival
After 6 years of experience in museum industry, Gwen Lee went on to pursue her first love for photography. Since then, Gwen has tumbled down the rabbit hole into the Wonderland of silver halides. Together with friends, a photo gallery known as 2902 Gallery was established in 2008. However, curiosity got the better of her and resulted in a biennale photo festival in 2008 which is commonly known as Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), an international photography platform in Southeast Asia. For her daring vision, she received a Creative Talent Grant from Creative Community, a government agency and an award from Japan Chamber of Commerce & Trade for her contribution to the Singapore arts community. In 2013 she went on curatorial study trip in Germany supported by Goethe Institut & National Arts Council.
In 2013, SIPF receive seed grants from the arts council to further develop photography education in Singapore. In 2014, Gwen created a brand new creative container art space, DECK to provide platform and residency programme for photographers. DECK is awarded President’s Design Award 2015 (Singapore) for its innovative impact for the arts community. In 2016, DECK is one of the 4 visual arts space in Singapore to receive major grant to develop its organisation ability and programme.
Since 2008, she curate & organised close to 45 photography exhibitions both in Singapore and overseas. Most recently she have curated a special photobook exhibition with Steidl publishing at DECK. On regular basis, she gave talks on professional development for photographers, participated as a jury and portfolio reviewer in Asia and Europe.
Independent curator / Writer / Professor (Spain)
From 1985 through 1996 he was director of the Photography Department at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, where organized the Festival FOCO (1985 to 1989). He has been artistic director and founder of PHotoEspaña in Madrid (1998 to 2000). In 2003 he curated MAPAS ABIERTOS. Fotografía Latinoamericana 1991-2002; C on Cities at the Padiglione Italia in the X Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2006; Festival Getxophoto, Bilbao from 2007 through 2009 and was guest curator for Latin America of the Biennale Photoquai (Museum Quai de Branly) 2007-2009, Paris; guest curator at Seoul Photo Fair 2010, South Korea and Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) 2012; director of the Daegu Photo Biennale 2014 in South Korea.
In 2015 he was chief curator -with Wang Qingsong and François Hebel- of the First ChangJiang International Photography & Video Biennale, Chongqing, China. He is currently director of the Latin American Master of Photography and Visual Arts at the Centro de la Imagen of Lima, Peru.