Meet the Jury

Anne Lacoste
Curator, Exhibition department / Musee de L’Elysee (Switzerland)

Anne Lacoste by Nicolas Deray

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Anne Lacoste has been curator of the exhibitions at the Musée de l’Elysée since 2011. She graduated with an MA in International Business and a Ph.D. in Art History from La Sorbonne University, Paris. After a five years experience at Christie’s in Paris and London, she began her curatorial career at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from 2004 to 2011. Her exhibition and publication projects cover the history of Photography including monographic works on Felice Beato, Philippe Halsman, Irving Penn and Luc Delahaye, and group exhibitions around the Portrait and the Sky, or reGeneration3. Her field of research includes surveys on the history of Photography and Archaeology, photographic collections and archives, the Photobooth, Jean Dubuffet and the photographic tool, and the history of slide and projected Photography.

Sandra Maunac
Independent Curator (Spain)

Sandra Maunac by Angelica Dass

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(Born 1979, Madrid. French and Spanish)
Majored in History with a DEA in International and African Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), she is specialized in postcolonial and cultural studies. She has been coordinator of cultural activities at the Three Cultures Foundation in Seville (Spain). She has worked in Cairo, Egypt, as representative of artists at the Egyptian Center for Culture and Art abroad. She was part of the organization of the African Film Festival of Tarifa (Spain) and in charge of artistic direction and lateral activities from 2005 until 2010.

Until February 2016 she was co-founder with Mónica Santos of the curatorial platform Masasam created in 2007 and specialized in curatorial proposals and photography.

Today, she combines her curatorial work as critic, reviewer of portfolios and organizes conferences and encounters.

She has curated “La même indifférence” Borja Larrondo & Diego Sánchez at Festival Circulations (March 2016); “Humanaæ” Angélica Dass at Bilbao and Getxo (March 2016); Director of “Proyecta” 2 nights of photo projections in the center of Madrid (April 2017), Director of the Albert Mediterranean Literary Gathering Albert Camus (April 2017)

She will be one of the co-curator of the next edition of Lianzhou foto festival in China (December 2017)


Mayra Mendoza
Subdirector / Fototeca Nacional Del INAH (Mexico)


Mayra Mendoza is the current Deputy Director of the National Photographic Archive of Mexico, joining the staff in 2000. Mendoza received her BA and MA in Art History from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She actually oversees the Archive’s programmes for preservation, exhibition, events and communication around the historical and contemporary collections. 

She has been the curator of numerous exhibitions concerning the historical, modern and contemporary themes enclosed within the Archive. Also, she has been the artistic director since 2000 of the Encuentro Nacional de Fototecas, a series of annual encounters for the discussion and briefing of the Photographic Archives among Mexico.

Mendoza has been a lecturer and researcher on Mexican photography, notably on the early XX century. She is a current member of the editorial committee of Alquimia, magazine focalised on Mexican photography. 

Mendoza published in (204 and 2005) a pair of books for children using the work of the Italian photographer Tina Modotti and the Mexican photographer Nacho Lopez.

She has published articles and book chapters about photography. She has taught workshops on History of Photography and Archive Management.


Michael Mack
Publisher / MACK (UK)

Michael Mack by Torbjørn Rødland

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Michael Mack is a publisher of art, photography and critical textbooks. He has written, designed, edited and produced nearly 500 titles, including some of the defining art books of the past 20 years. As managing director of Stiedl, he founded the SteidlMACK imprint before establishing his eponymous independent publishing house in 2010. MACK works closely with established and emerging artists, writers and curators, as well as world-leading cultural organizations, who are invested in the book as an art form. In 2011 Mack was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Plymouth for his contribution to art publishing. In 2012 he co-founded the First Book Award with the Wilson Centre of Photography and Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, as a platform to support young and emerging photographers. His projects have won all the major international awards on numerous occasions.


Publisher / Jiazazhi (China)


Yanyou Yuan Di, Photobook editor and publisher. He is the founder of Jiazazhi. Some of his books were listed in The book of the year of many medias, such as New York Times, photo-eye, as well as the shortlist of Kassel Photobook Award, Arles author book award, Aperture-Paris Photo book award.


Yumi Goto
Independent Curator / Reminders Photography Stronghold (Japan)


Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.

She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organizations, festivals and events.

She is currently based in Tokyo and also a co-founder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold which is curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities.


James Wellford
Photo Editor / National Geographic (USA)


James Wellford is a Senior Photo Editor for Global Issues at National Geographic Magazine in Washington, DC. Prior to this he was the Editorial Director at Visura ( and a contributing photo editor at Foreign Policy, CNN, and Smithsonian Journeys. For 12 years he was the International Photo Editor at Newsweek Magazine and is a Knight Wallace Fellow from the University of Michigan. His collaborative work with photographers has received top honors at the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, POYi, American Photo, Visa Pour L’image, PX 3, and NPPA. He curates photography and multimedia shows that address topical issues in the world including most recently; “American Photography” for the Photographic Museum of Humanity. Winter 2015, “Remembering Liberia”. Photoville 2013. Brooklyn, NY, “Iraq 10 Years”. by Franco Pagetti. VII Gallery. Brooklyn, NY. 2013, “Dispatch from Tohoku: Documenting the Aftermath in Japan” New York, NY. 2012, “Generation 9/11, Ten Years of War Photography after 9/11” The Hague, Netherlands. 2011, and “Projections of Reality: Encounters with the (Un)Familiar” Moscow, Russia. 2010. James has served as a jury member for the Magnum Emergency Fund, the Tim Hetherington Trust Award, the Catchlight Awards, Visa Pour L’image, POYi, the Aperture Paris PhotoBook Award, and the Overseas Press Club and was a member of the 2012 World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam.

He is also on the advisory board of the Photobook Museum and is the co-founder of ScreenProjects ( an organization working on ways to create, support, and deliver powerful visual and narrative stories around the world.


Mikiko Kikuta
Independent Curator (Japan)


Mikiko Kikuta is an independent curator who lives and works in Tokyo. After studying at DAMS (Visual Art department) at Bologna University, she has curated more than 80 exhibitions focused on photography, as well as contemporary art and Manga (cartoon) until 2016 in both Europe and Japan. She is also the Artistic Director of European Eyes on Japan/ Japan Today photography project since 2–2 and Shiogama Photography Festival in Miyagi, Japan since 2008.

Mikiko is currently Director of Exhibition for Kanzan Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. She recently edited “When the absence of light touches the ground, Distance is lost and distance created” by Ryudai Takano (2016, edition.nord), as well as translated books of photography such as “Magnum Contact Sheets” (2011, Seigensha).


Roberto Huarcaya
General Director / Centro de la Imagen (Peru)


Roberto Huarcaya was born in Lima in 1959. Graduated in Psychology at the Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima, 1978-1984). Studied Cinema at the Instituto Italiano de Cultura (Lima, 1982) and Photography at the Centro del Video y la Imagen (Madrid, 1989), year in which he began to go in for photography. He teached Photography at the Universidad de Lima (1990-1993), at the Gaudi Institute (Lima, 1993-1997) and at the Centro de la Fotografía, now Centro de la Imagen (Lima, since 1999) of which he is founder and director.

Participated in the 6th Havana Biennial 1997; Lima Biennial 1997, 1998 and 2000; Primavera Fotográfica of Cataluña 1998; PhotoEspaña 1999; 49th Venice Biennial, 2001; 2014 Daegu Photo Biennial; in Polyptychs at CoCA Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, 2007; Dialogues at MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art de California in 2009 and in the Mois de la Photo 2010, Paris.

Solo exhibitions: Deseos, Temores y Divanes (Lima, 1990), Fotografías (Lima, 1992), Continuum (Lima, 1994), La Nave del Olvido (Lima, 1996, Paris, 1997 and Barcelone, 1998), Temps Rêvés (Paris, 1998), Ciudad Luz (Lima, 2000), Devenir (Guayaquil, 2003 and Santiago, 2004), El Último Viaje (Buenos Aires, 2004), Antológica (Lima, 2004), Entre Tiempos (Lima, 2005), Ambulantes (London, 2007), Obra reciente (Miami and Lima, 2011), Sutil Violento (Lisbon, 2011) y Amazogramas (Lima, 2014). Bienal of Korea (Daugu 2014 ), Dina Mitrani Galery (Miami, 2015). Venice Biennial 2015 , Festival de Valongo (Sao Paulo 2016 ) , Portugal, Lisbon 2017 .

He also participated in a series of group exhibitions in USA, France, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Japan, Germany, etc. He obtained the first prize in the Contest Imagen del Perú, organized by Unión Latina in 1991; the third prize in the Amor y Muerte Contest, organized by the Latinamerican Center of Munich, Germany in 1997 and an artist in residence in the Cité Internationale des Arts in París, France during 1997 y 1998. In 2010 wins Petrobras Award in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

His work is part of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie of Paris, the Fine Arts Museum of Houston, the MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art of California, the COCA Center on Contemporary Art, in Seattle, the Lehigh University Art Collection, the Museo de Arte de Lima, the Museo de San Marcos in Lima, the Fundación América in Santiago, Chile, the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam in Havana, Cuba and private collections.
He is co-director of the Bienal de Fotografia de Lima and Lima Photo, editor of Peruvian magazine CDI, and co-editor of Sueño de la Razón, a Latin American review.


Jennifer Shaw
Creative Director, PhotoNOLA Festival (USA)

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Jennifer Shaw is the founder and creative director of PhotoNOLA, New Orleans’ annual photography festival. The festival showcases works from local and international artists, and is coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) in partnership with museums and galleries citywide. Shaw was a founding officer of NOPA, nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography. She has juried contests and exhibitions for One One Thousand, Three Rivers Arts Festival,’s POPCAP 2014, Louisiana State University Student Art Show (2015, 2007), GNOCC, and the Sony World Photography Awards, 2017. Her curatorial experience includes I’ll Be Your Mirror, Homespace Gallery, 2012; Gathering, A. Smith Gallery, 2015; as well as numerous PhotoNOLA exhibitions over the past twelve years.

Shaw earned a BFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. She also teaches the disappearing art of darkroom photography at the Louise S. McGehee School, in addition to pursuing her own art. Her photographs have been published in two monographs: Hurricane Story (Chin Music Press, 2011) and Nature/Nurture (North Light Press, 2012).