The Jury 2017
Felipe Dana (Brasil)
Felipe Dana started his career as an assistant photographer when he was only 15. He later pursued a degree in photography at a university in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, all the while working as a commercial photographer and contributing to various local and international news agencies.
In 2009, he joined the Associated Press and decided to dedicate himself solely to photojournalism, focusing on the social upheaval in his native city as it prepared for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Dana also documented urban violence in Latin America, the Zika epidemic and most recently the Mosul offensive in Iraq.
His work has received a number of awards including World Press Photo, POYi - Pictures of the Year International and Latam, NPPA, CHIPP - China International Photo Competition, the Atlanta Photojournalism, among others. In 2015 he participated in the first World Press Photo masterclass in Latin America.
Graciela Iturbide (Mexico)
(will not be joining us because of health problems) Graciela Iturbide was born in 1942 in Mexico City. In 1969 she enrolled at the age of 27 at the film school Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónama de México to become a film director. However she was soon drawn to the art of still photography as practiced by the Mexican modernist master Manuel Alvarez Bravo who was teaching at the University. From 1970-71 she worked as Bravo’s assistant accompanying him on his various photographic journeys throughout Mexico.
In the early half of the 1970s, Iturbide traveled widely across Latin America in particular to Cuba and several trips to Panama.
In 1978 Iturbide was commissioned by the Ethnographic Archive of the National Indigenous Institute of Mexico to photograph Mexico’s indigenous population. Iturbide decided to document and record the way of life of the Seri Indians, a group of fisherman living a nomadic lifestyle in the Sonora desert in the north west of Mexico, along the border with Arizona, US.
In 1979 she was invited by the artist Francisco Toledo to photograph the Juchitán people who form part of the Zapotec culture native to Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Iturbide’s series that started in 1979 and runs through to 1988 resulted in the publication of her book Juchitán de las Mujeres in 1989.
Between 1980 and 2000, Iturbide was variously invited to work in Cuba, East Germany, India, Madagascar, Hungary, Paris and the US, producing a number of important bodies of work.
She has enjoyed solo exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou (1982), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1990), Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), Paul Getty Museum (2007), MAPFRE Foudation, Madrid (2009), Photography Museum Winterthur (2009), and Barbican Art Gallery (2012), between others. Iturbide is the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Foundation Award, 1987; the Grand Prize Mois de la Photo, Paris, 1988; a Guggenheim Fellowship for the project ‘Fiesta y Muerte’, 1988; the Hugo Erfurth Award, Leverkusen, Germany, 1989; the International Grand Prize, Hokkaido, Japan, 1990; the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie
Award, Arles, 1991; the Hasselblad Award, 2008; the National Prize of Sciences and Arts in Mexico City in 2008; an Honorary Degree in photography from the Columbia College Chicago in 2008; and an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009.
She continues to live and work in Mexico City. Currently she is preparing an exhibition of her new work at the Amparo Museum in Puebla, Mexico that will be in February 2013.
Kent Kobersteen (U.S.A.)
Kent Kobersteen was Director of Photography and Senior Editor at National Geographic magazine from February 1998 until January 2005. He joined the National Geographic in 1983 as a picture editor. Kent currently conducts photographic workshops and lectures internationally on the philosophy, ethics, and business of photojournalism. Before joining the National Geographic, Kent spent eighteen years at the Minneapolis (Minnesota) Tribune -- sixteen years as a staff photographer and two years as editor of the Tribune’s Sunday magazine. His photographic work has taken him to more than 90 countries. Kobersteen’s stock photographs are available from National Geographic Creative (www.natgeocreative.com).
Silvia Omedes (Spain)
Art manager, independent curator, photography agent, picture editor, and documentary photography professor. I studied a Bachelor of Arts at The New School for Social Research in New York, and started my professional experience working for The Guggenheim Museum in New York and later for the CCCB as an exhibition coordinator. Years later, I’ve achieved an MBA in ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
I’m the director and founder of Photographic Social Vision Foundation in Barcelona, a non-profit platform that supports photojournalism through the creation and coordination of high quality photographic exhibitions, conferences and workshops, since 2001 www.photographicsocialvision.org and that has recently created a summer photography festival www.DOCfieldbarcelona.org
I currently work as an independent curator for private and public spaces in Spain and I’ve been the free-lance photography editor at BLUME publisher, 7.7 digital magazine and Ojodepez magazine. I combine visiting lectures on documentary photography at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Institute of European Design (IED) in Madrid, Gris Art School of Photography in Barcelona with the creation of alternative photography projects that challenge our society and provide light and awareness on social issues. Over the last 2 years I’ve been a master class professor and a Committee Member at Joop Swart Masterclass grant for the World Press Photo Foundation.
My last project is the creation of a platform that offers agency and counseling services to Authors and Collections for a better management and exploitation of photographic work and archives.
Roberto Huarcaya (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).
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.
Sylvie started everything backward, travelling around the world before entering the working world always in photography: Sygma New York first, then Woodfin Camp in New York. Returned to Paris to direct The Magnum archives and then the photo department of Geo Magazine in France until 2009. She works in Paris as a freelance journalist specializing in cultural subjects and society for the press magazine and web.In 2010 Worked for the world Press photo in Senegal and then edited a book for them on food in Africa. 2010 worked for the museum of the Quai Branly in Beijing China as an editor for Photoquay . Since then I have been toiling away writing for the Eye of Photography.
Manuel Ortiz Escámez (Mexico)
Manuel Ortiz Escámez studied bachelor's degree in Sociology and master's degree in Documentary Film at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In this same university, he directs the Multimedia Laboratory for Social Research, coordinates the Permanent Seminary of Visual Sociology and imparts the class Information and Communication Technologies. He is one of the coordinators and founders of the Mexican Network of Visual Anthropology (REMAV), as well as coordinator and co-founder of the school and NGO Espacio de Creación Audiovisual in Puebla, Mexico. He has done documentary work on migration, forced displacement and territorial conflicts in different countries of Latin America, as well as in France, Japan, South Korea and the United States; country where he lived and worked as a social researcher and documentary photographer for 12 years. He has given workshops and / or talks on documentary photography, ethnography and multimedia at the University of Loyola, New Orleans; University of Santa Clara, California; UNAM; National Museum of Anthropology of El Salvador; Pedro Meyer Foundation, Stanford University and San Francisco State University, among others.
Julieta Escardó (Argentina)
Es fotógrafa, editora, gestora cultural y docente de fotografía contemporánea.
Es Directora de Fotografía, graduada en la Escuela Nacional de Cine (INCAA). Durante 7 años fue fotógrafa de la revista dominical del diario Clarín y editora de las revistas Latido, Llegás a Buenos Aires, y En Cursiva. Trabajó como docente en el equipo de Arte Rodante del Ministerio de Educación de la Nación, dando talleres de fotografía por toda la Argentina, y como editora de libros para niños y jóvenes, y como fotógrafa en el Archivo Biográfico Familiar de las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo.
Desde 2002 dirige la Feria de Libros de Fotos de Autor (www.felifa.com.ar), que lleva 15 ediciones en Buenos Aires, y 14 en distintas ciudades de Latinoamérica.
Es directora de la Editorial La Luminosa, donde publica fotolibros de autores argentinos y latinaomericanos, y forma parte del equipo de editores de Sueños de La Razón.
Fue jurado en distintos premios y convocatorias: Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales (Arg), Sección Multimedia de la Bienal Argentina de Fotografía Documental (Arg) Fotoperiodismo por la Paz (Ecuador), Ediciones CdF, (Uruguay).
Como fotógrafa realizó varias exposiciones individuales, algunas de las más importantes son: Nada que temer. Museo Emilio Caraffa, Cuidad de Córdoba;
Museo Municipal de Chivilcoy, Provincia de Buenos Aires; Museo Terry, Tilcara, Jujuy; Galería Meridión AC, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, (2011-2013), y Viaje doble. Galería Mapa Líquido, Buenos Aires. (2010)
Recibió las siguientes becas: Beca Photoespaña para participar del Taller de Edición de libros de Fotografía, Casa de Artes de San Agustín, Oaxaca, México, 2010; Beca Centro Cultural Rojas –UBA para participar de LIPAC, Laboratorio de investigaciones y prácticas artísticas contemporáneas, 2008; Beca Fundación Telefónica para participar del programa Intercampos, 2005.
En 2012 recibió el segundo Premio Petrobrás, en Buenos Aires Photo y el tercer premio en la Bienal de Fotografía Arte X Arte. Fue seleccionada en el Premio Klemm, y en el Premio Caraffa, también en el mismo año. En 2010, recibió una Mención de honor en el Salón Nacional.
Scott Thode (U.S.A.)
Scott Thode is the Editorial Director at Visura.co, a professional networking platform for arts and media. He is also an independent curator and editor. He co-curated with Kathy Ryan LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph 2015. He was the Visuals Editor for E.O. Wilson’s Life On Earth, a new and innovative Biology E-Text Book along with a new E-Text Book on Malaria. He was also the editor of VII The Magazine for three years. He is on the Board of LOOK3 Photo Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2011 Scott co-curated the festival with Kathy Ryan. Scott was the Deputy Picture Editor at Fortune Magazine. Scott also co-curated with Kathy Ryan “Goin’ Mobile” at Cortona On The Move Photo Festival in Cortona Italy. In September of 2012 Scott along with Kathy Ryan co-curated for The School Of Visual Arts “Myths and Realities”. On July 4th, 2012 Scott debuted a video piece he created for the Homecoming Project in Austin Texas. The film looked at the U.S. Military personnel at war and at home and was accompanied by a live performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In February of 2012 Scott was a curator at the inaugural Photofest Queretaro in Queretaro, Mexico. At Photofest he created three unique exhibits and three 360-degree videos that were exhibited in a dome specially built for the festival. Her was the Deputy Picture Editor at Fortune Magazine and while at Fortune was nominated for a Lucie Award as Photo Editor of the Year. As a photographer Scott was the recipient of numerous photography awards and his work has been exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France, The Bienalle Internazionale di Fotografia in Turin, Italy and The Colonnade Gallery in Washington, D.C. Scott teaches at The School of Visual Arts and The International Center for Photography. He participates in many photo symposia, workshops and judges numerous Photography Awards. Scott lives in New York City with Kathy and their daughter, Sylvie.