Swiss-born photographer Dolf Kruger, started his career as a freelance photographer before working for the paper De Waarheid. In 1959, he was invited to become a member of the GKf (professional association of photographers) and in 1961 he won the Silver Camera Award for a photo that he had taken of the miners’ strike in the Borinage region. After leaving De Waarheid in 1960, he worked as a freelance photographer for government agencies, publishers, corporations and environmental organizations. In 1983, he settled permanently in Sweden. A monograph of his work was was published for a retrospective exhibition in the Amsterdam Historical Museum.
Intertwining social documentary, art and street photography, Builder Levy has been making photographs for almost fifty years. In 2008 Levy was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. His two books are Images of Appalachian Coalfields, and Builder Levy Photographer. Levy is currently completing a book, Appalachia USA, spanning 40 years in that American mining region.
Dana Lixenberg was born in Amsterdam and studied at the London College of Printing and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She is known for her understated, intimate portraits, often of underserved communities. Her work is characterized by compositional rigor and the absence of social stereotyping. She uses a large-format camera, which necessitates what she calls a “slow dance” between her and her subjects. Lixenberg’s most extensive project to date is Imperial Courts, 1993-2015, which began in the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King riots and documents life in a federal housing project in Watts, LA over 22 years. Other large-scale projects include Jeffersonville, Indiana (2005), a collection of landscapes and portraits of a small town’s homeless population, and The Last Days of Shishmaref (2008), from which a selection is presented in COAL + ICE. As an editorial photographer, has also shot many cultural icons in the United States including Tupac Shakur, Toni Morrison, and Noam Chomsky.
Born in 1886, George Mallory was an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. A graduate of Cambridge and a veteran of World War I, Mallory has come to exemplify the dauntless, driven spirit of the first generation of European Everest pioneers. When asked why he wanted to climb Everest, he famously answered “because it’s there.” Mallory and his partner Andrew “Sandy” Irvine disappeared high on Everest during their second attempt to reach the summit during the 1924 Expedition. While Mallory’s body was discovered several hundred feet below the peak in 1999, speculation that he and Irvine could have reached the top first has never been resolved.
Gideon Mendel is a London-based photographer born in Johannesburg in 1959. He began photographing in the 1980s during the final years of apartheid. His first book, A Broken Landscape: HIV & AIDS in Africa was published in 2001. Since then he has produced a number of photographic advocacy projects, working with charities and campaigning organizations. His work has been published in many leading magazines including National Geographic, Fortune Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, The Condé Nast Traveler, and Rolling Stone. Since 2007, Mendel has been occupied with “Drowning World,” an art and advocacy project about flooding that is his personal response to climate change.
Born in 1955 in Henan Province’s Baofeng County, Niu has been working for the Pingdingshan City Bureau of Public Security since 1980. Niu started in 1987 as a freelance photographer. His major works include, “Career Behind Bars,” “Martial Arts,” “In Dreams,” “Garden of Hundred Flowers,” “Small Coal Mines,” and “Exercises.” His work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and published in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Darcy Padilla is a documentary photographer, an Associate Professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a member photographer of Agence VU’ Paris. Her work focuses on long-term projects about struggle and the trans-generational effects. Padilla’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship, Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, three World Press Photo Awards, and the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. Her photographs have been published in Granta, Stern, and The New Yorker, among other outlets. She was commissioned for a year to document the 2016 US election for Le Monde. With solo exhibitions at Cortona On The Move (Italy), DOCfield Festival (Spain), and Visa pour l’image (France). Padilla’s book Family Love follows a family for 21-years, an intimate story of poverty, AIDS and social issues.
Gordon Parks was a dedicated humanitarian who broke the color line to become one of most celebrated American photographers of the 20th century. Born in Kansas in 1912, Parks experienced first-hand the worst American racism and poverty had to offer. He taught himself photography as a tool for documenting the social conditions he saw around him. Despite his lack of training, Parks became a photographer for New Deal-era government agencies and traveled the country documenting race relations and social inequality. He would continue to photograph American society, protest movements, fashion, and urban life in a long career as a Life magazine staffer and freelance photojournalist. A renaissance man, Parks was also a pioneering blaxploitation filmmaker, writer, painter, and composer.
Clifford Ross began his career as a painter and sculptor after graduating from Yale in 1974 with a degree in both Art and Art History. He began his career as a painter and sculptor, and in 1994 became deeply involved with photography and other media. In 2002, Ross invented and patented his revolutionary R1 camera to photograph Mount Sopris in Colorado, which allowed him to produce some of the highest resolution large-scale landscape photographs in the world – his Mountain series. More recently, he has developed new techniques for generating computer-based videos, including Harmonium Mountain I, with an original score by Philip Glass, and his Digital Waves. MASS MoCA presented Landscape: Seen & Imagined, a major mid-career retrospective in 2015. In conjunction with the exhibition, MIT Press published two companion books, Hurricane Waves and Seen & Imagined: The World of Clifford Ross.
Camille Seaman was born in 1969 to a Native American (Shinnecock tribe) father and African American mother. She graduated in 1992 from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied photography with Jan Groover and John Cohen. Seaman strongly believes in capturing photographs that articulate that humans are not separate from nature. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine, Italian Geo, German GEO, TIME, The New York Times Sunday magazine, Newsweek, Outside, Zeit Wissen, Men’s Journal, Seed, Camera Arts, Issues, PDN, and American Photo among many others. Her photographs have received many prizes including a National Geographic Award and the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award. She has been a TED Senior Fellow, Stanford Knight Fellow as well as a Cinereach Filmmaker in Residence Fellow.
Vittorio Sella was born in the foothills of the Alps in Biella, Italy in 1859. During his long and industrious career as a photographer and mountaineer, Sella took part in many expeditions to the world’s greatest and least explored mountain ranges. Using large-format cameras that had to be carried up the mountain and often developing his plates in portable dark rooms, Sella’s photographs captured alpine scenes with unprecedented vividness and detail.
David Szymin was born in 1911 in Warsaw. After studying at the Sorbonne in the 1930s, Szymin stayed on in Paris. From 1936 to 1938 he photographed the Spanish Civil War. On the outbreak of World War II he moved to New York, where he adopted the name David Seymour. To his friends, however, he was always known by his nickname, “Chim.” In 1947, along with Cartier-Bresson, Capa, George Rodger and William Vandivert, he founded Magnum Photos. In 1956, when traveling near the Suez Canal to cover a prisoner exchange, he was killed by Egyptian gunfire.
Daniel Shea is an artist and educator based in Chicago. His long-term photographic work about the coal industry, Plume and Removing Mountains, have been shown extensively, and are scheduled to show as a solo show in Switzerland in July 2011. Daniel shoots for publications such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, TIME, Dwell, Monocle, W Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.
W. Eugene Smith
William Eugene Smith was born in 1918 in Wichita, Kansas. Smith worked as a war correspondent for Flying magazine (1943-44), and a year later for Life. He followed the island- hopping American offensive against Japan, and suffered severe injuries. Smith worked for Life again between 1947 and 1955, before resigning to join Magnum. Smith was fanatically dedicated to his mission as a photographer. His legacy lives on through the W. Eugene Smith Fund to promote ‘humanistic photography’, founded in 1980, which awards photographers for exceptional accomplishments in the field.
Nichole Sobecki, born 1986, is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. From 2012-2015 Nichole led Agence France-Presse’s East Africa video bureau, and was a Rory Peck Awards News Finalist for her coverage of the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya. In 2018 won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize in new media. She has been recognized by Pictures of the Year, the One World Media Awards, the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, The Magenta Foundation, and The Jacob Burns Film Center, among others. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Foreign Policy, The Financial Times Magazine, The Guardian, and Le Monde.
Born in Dongming County, Shandong Province in 1979, Song Chao began working as a miner in Shandong’s Yankuang Group in 1997. He began to take photographs of his co-workers in 2001. In 2002 he received the Chinese National Photography Award. In 2009, Song graduated from Beijing Film Academy. He now works and lives in Beijing
Jamey Stillings’ multi-decade career spans documentary, fine art, and commissioned work. Since 2010, his focus has been on renewable energy development through an aerial project entitled Changing Perspectives: Renewable Energy & the Shifting Human Landscape. To date, Stillings has photographed extensively over the United States, Japan, Uruguay, and Chile from helicopters and light airplanes. His work is exhibited widely, while recent publications include The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Der Spiegel, and Le Monde. His award-winning book, “The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar “(Steidl, 2015), documents the Ivanpah Solar concentrated solar power plant in the Mojave Desert of California. Stillings’ photographs are in private and public collections including the Library of Congress. His forthcoming book, “Atacama: Renewable Energy and Mining in the High Desert of Chile”, will be published by Steidl in late 2022.
Henri Storck was a filmmaker and an important member of the Belgian avant-garde in the 1920’s and 30’s. He was born in 1907 in Ostend, Belgium. As a young man he was influenced by surrealism and was associated with René Magritte, André Malraux, Louis Aragon, and others. His early films were silent “ethnographic” tableaus depicting everyday life in his home region. Storck was best known for his social documentaries, most notably Misery in Borinage, which he made together with Joris Ivens. During WWII he filmed the sociological documentary Farmers’ Symphony. Storck made nearly 100 films. He passed away in 1999.
Ian Teh has published three monographs, Undercurrents (2008), Traces (2011) and Confluence (2014). Teh has received several honours, in 2018 he was awarded a travel grant from the Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting and presented his work on climate change at the prestigious 2018 National Geographic Photography Seminar. He is also the recipient of the International Photoreporter Grant (2016), the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography (2014), and the Emergency Fund (2011) from the Magnum Foundation. In 2013, he was elected by the Open Society Foundations to exhibit in New York at the Moving Walls Exhibition.
Peter van Agtmael
Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. His work concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, identity, power, race and class. He won the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Grant as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, POYi, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, FOAM and Photo District News. His book, Disco Night Sept 11, on America at war in the post-9/11 era was named a “Book of the Year” by The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Vogue, American Photo and Photo Eye. Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013.
Kadir van Lohuizen
Kadir van Lohuizen is known for his work on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas. He started to work as a freelance photojournalist in 1988. In 2000 and 2002 Kadir was a jury member of the World Press Photo contest and is currently on the supervisory board of the World Press Photo foundation. The photo book Diamond Matters, the diamond industry was awarded the prestigious Dutch Dick Scherpenzeel Prize for best reporting on the developing world and was recognized with a World Press Photo Award. He made several trips to the USA to document the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His project “Where Will We Go” looks at the global consequences of climate change and highlights the plight of displaced island communities.
RobertWallis started his career in San Francisco photographing subjects ranging from Mexican-American gang culture to the gay clubbing scene at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Now London-based. Wallis has specialized in photographing countries undergoing rapid economic and social change. He is particularly concerned with the environmental impact of the global race to achieve Western standards of living in stories such as “The Dark Side of the Boom” in India where “development” means one thing for a growing urban middle class and quite another for those living on top of minerals needed to fuel the boom. This work culminated in a major multimedia exhibition at London’s School of Oriental and African studies in 2011.
Born in Jining, Shandong Province, in 1968, Wang now is the Business Director of Shandong Pictorial magazine. He has been recognized as one of the Top Ten photographers in the province. He is a member of the China Photographers’ Association, as well as the Deputy Secretary of Shandong Youth Photographers’ Association. He has been awarded prizes in several dozen national and provincial photographic competitions and has had his work published in numerous print media outlets. He once organized and curated some national-level photography projects, for example, Photographer’s Vision on Prision, Photojournalists’ Focus on Yunkuang, etc.
Major Edward O. Wheeler
Born in 1890, Major Oliver Wheeler was a Canadian mountaineer who participated in the first British expedition to Mount Everest, in 1921. A battle-hardened veteran of the First World War, he served as the expedition’s surveyor, introducing the technique of photogrammetric mapping to the British mountaineering elite. While the more famous George Mallory has come to embody the heroic spirit of the early Himalayan pioneers, it was Wheeler who identified the route up Everest with his photographic surveys, thus making it possible for the mountain to finally be conquered a generation later.
Witho Worms is a Dutch artist-photographer. He has a Master’s degree in Anthropology (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) and studied Audiovisual design and Photography (Homeschool voor de Kinston, Utrecht). His background in visual anthropology has led him into an ongoing investigation of the photographic medium and its claim to natural representation and factuality. After photographing the Dutch polders he shifted his attention to the slagheaps from the coal mining industries in Western Europe in 2006. In 2013 he started to work on forests in Finland, Sweden, France and Belgium. His publication La montagne c’est moi was named “The Best Dutch Book Design, 2012” and was short-listed for the Paris Photo- Aperture first Photo Book Award. He won the Gold Medal in 2013 for “The most beautiful book of the world” awarded by the Stiftung Buchkunst in Germany.
Born in Kaifeng, Henan Province in 1966, Wu Qi graduated from the Art Department of Suzhou University in 1990.
Wu currently does photography and works in commercial design. His project “The day does not know the darkness of the night” has been exhibited at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Shanxi Province and the Paris Photography Biennial. He is the founder of the Golden Apple Design Company.
Born in Yongcheng, Henan Province in 1962. Yu Haibo graduated from Wuhan University as a photography major. Yu has won many national and provincial photographic awards. Since 2006, his project “Dafen Oil Painting Village” has been widely exhibited in China, Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich and Lodz, Poland, and collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is now the chief news photographer of the Shenzhen Economic Daily. He is also the Director of the Shenzhen Professional Photography Association.
Born in Pingdingshan, Henan Province in 1963, Yang Junpo has been photographing since 1978. His project “Small Coal Mines” was started in 1996. He has been a commercial photographer in the Shenzhen Authentic Vision Company since 1998 and his work has been shown in major photo festivals in China. He works and lives in Shenzhen.
Born in Tangshan, Hebei Province, Yang Shaobin came to prominence in the late 1990s with his “Red Violence” series of oil paintings featured in the 1999 Venice Biennale. His work has been included in numerous local and international exhibitions including The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China at Tate Liverpool and his recent solo exhibition at the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Brazil.