The life of a professional sumo wrestler ("rishiki") is highly regimented and hierarchical. The junior athletes are responsible for many chores including cooking, cleaning, preparing the bath for the senior wrestlers and, of course, tidying up the ring following daily practice. Following the morning practice session, this junior "rikishi" at a Sumo training facility in central Tokyo must sweep the ring to exacting standards before he can bathe and have breakfast.
For the past few years I’ve produced the works with a motif of bamboo, which can be associated with Japan.
The soaring stalks and regular joints are really beautiful. Moreover, bamboo is considered to be an auspicious plant because it grows very fast and straight upwards. So it has been the traditional subject of paintings in Japan.
In my series “pole vault” I’ve tried to show these images as something other than regular sports photography. This highly aesthetical sport deserves to be portrayed in an artistic way. I ‘ve done this in a minimalist way to stimulate the viewer’s imagination.
Black World - D.R.Congo illegal mineral extraction
Democratic Republic of Congo, North Kivu, Rubaya, 2013: Nyatura’s militias prepare to escort a convoy full of coltan,'s mineral from Rubaya to the close coutry of Rwanda.
Black World is a long term project, started in 2012 and still in progress, focuses on realities in several countries with different kind of illegally extracted minerals.
The theme of this project, entitled: … bypassed … focuses on “traces” of vintage roads found in an earlier era of Roadside America. They were built on a human scale allowing for encounters with small town businesses, a regional cultural atmosphere and a social landscape that all but vanishes when the local roadways are “bypassed” with modern highways.
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.
An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. Photo Curator, Emerge UK Prize, The PhotoPlace Gallery and The Young Photographer's Award.
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel's work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.
While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the new AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.
Ann M. Jastrab is an independent curator, editor, and writer. She writes extensively about photographers and photography for the acclaimed website All About Photo where she is the Editor-in-Chief. She is currently the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco where she incorporates contemporary artists in with the living legends of photography. She worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for the past decade until their recent closure in 2017. Ann has curated many shows in the Bay Area while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, PhotoNola, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, PhotoAlliance, and Lishui International Photography Festival in China as well as being a juror for Critical Mass. While being a champion of artists, she created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where recent residents Meghan Riepenhoff, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Meghann Riepenhoff, and McNair Evans all received Guggenheim Fellowships. Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well.
Born in Parma in 1976, Marco Gualazzini began his career as a photographer in 2004, with his home town's local daily, La Gazzetta di Parma.
His recent works include reportage on microfinance in India, on the freedom of expression in Myanmar, on the discrimination of Christians in Pakistan.
For the last few years he has been covering Africa extensively.
He devised and took part in the creation of a documentary for the Italian national TV network RAI on the caste system in India, which has been selected at IDFA- The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and has been awarded with the Best Camera Work Award at the Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival 2014.
Gualazzini's reportage has been published widely in several national and international titles, and he has been a frequent contributing photographer to The New York Times, to L'Espresso Group.
Elisabeth Mouchy founded Daylighted with Alex Cammarano to bring art to the people. Elisabeth is originally from Paris, France and has worked in luxury, marketing, and innovation before funding Daylighted. Daylighted is showing 70K pieces of art every month to 150K people in places such as Marriott, Hyatt, and Accor hotels.
Michael Itkoff is an artist and Cofounder of both Fabl and Daylight Books a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. For over a decade, Daylight has been dedicated to publishing art and photography via its print and digital publishing programs. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.
Michael has been deeply involved in the publishing industry in both print and digital media and he has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Before starting Daylight, Michael interned at the Annie Leibovitz Studio and Aperture Foundation among others, and worked at Rizzoli International Publications. His monograph, ‘Street Portraits’, was published by Charta Editions in 2009. Michael received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA from ICP/Bard College.
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in Shandong, China and studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, graduating with an MFA in 2001.
Better known as “The Invisible Man” in media circles. He discusses the social concerns of his home country through his artistic practice, most prominently through his ‘camouflage’ installations. Traversing mediums such as performance, photography , Liu Bolin dissects the tense relationship between the individual and society by ‘disappearing’ into environments which are sites of contention and criticism. His "Hiding in the City" series has been displayed in numerous museums and institutions across the globe. Inspired by his powerful visual messages, artists and institutions and organizations such The Louvre (Paris, France), Harper's Bazaar Magazine, Centre Pompidou, Ruinart, Moncler, Fred, Renault, JR, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jon Bon Jovi, Kenny Scharf etc. have invited Liu Bolin to collaborate on creative projects.
In 2013, Liu presented a TED talk in Long Beach, California. In 2015, Liu was selected by United Nations backed campaign The Global Goals to create an image that conveyed 17 goals – including ending poverty, encouraging sustainable development and fight inequality and injustice – where he hid himself within 193 flags of the world. In 2016 he participated in a collaboration with Annie Leibovitz and Moncler for their Spring/Summer 2017 Campaign.
Liu Bolin currently lives and works in Beijing.
Eli Klein is America’s leading dealer of Chinese contemporary art. He has been featured on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, and many other international publications and broadcasts. He owns and directs Klein Sun Gallery, which occupies a prime 8,000 square foot street-level space at 525 West 22nd Street in Chelsea, New York. Mr. Klein is responsible for launching and managing the careers of world-renowned Chinese artists Liu Bolin and Li Hongbo. He also represents a number of other established and celebrated emerging artists including Cai Dongdong, Chow Chun Fai, Cui Xiuwen, Geng Xue, Li Liao, Miao Xiaochun, Shen Shaomin, Ye Funa and Zhang Dali. Mr. Klein has introduced many well-received Chinese artists to the West, including the premiering of Jia Aili’s work in the United States. He has arranged the loan of artwork to over 100 museum exhibitions, published 29 books through his gallery and has organized numerous critically acclaimed collaborations with JR, Kenny Scharf, Annie Leibovitz, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Lanvin, Moncler and Bon Jovi among others. Mr. Klein graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in history. Upon graduation, Mr. Klein enrolled in The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, but ultimately decided to pursue his lifelong passion for Contemporary Art.
Crista Dix is the Founder and Director of wall space creative. After years as a photographer and collector Crista decided to put down her camera and focus on artists who transcend the medium of photography and expand the ideas of photographic arts. Her background in science, business and creative arts has helped her created a gallery space that celebrates the artists' vision.
wall space is located in Santa Barbara, California. The gallery focuses on emerging and mid-career artists with an aim to expand the ideas of what photography is and what it can be. The artists represented are craftsmen, using photography as an integral part of their work, that layer emotional stories with techniques and processes that enhance the visual experience. Focusing on work that intersects art and science, wall space has a unique point of view, focusing on the objectness of photography and art. The gallery has gained an international reputation for finding and showcasing new artists and exposing new ideas.
The gallery hosts special events, artist talks and events focused on engaging collectors and artists. The Open Studio series features local Southern California and other notable artists in the photographic community participating in discussion about their craft.
Ms. Dix has written essays about photography, introducing creative artists work to a broader community. She has been a member of numerous panels and discussions, juried creative competitions and has participated in major portfolio reviews across the country in cities like Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Santa Fe and New Orleans.
As a portfolio reviewer, Crista seeks to understand the goals of each photographer and to offer insight and guidance that may help each participant to realize those goals. She is most interested in reviewing one or two cohesive bodies of work about which the photographer is passionate - from alternative processes to video and new media.
Rankin is a British photographer, publisher and film director. With a portfolio ranging from portraiture to documentary, he has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner and The Queen to name only a few. Fearless behind the lens, his imagery has become engrained in contemporary iconography.
He began his career co-founding the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack, tapping into the consciousness of the 90s and 00s with his intimate approach and playful sense of humour. He has since remained a prevalent force in publishing with AnOther Magazine, the bi-annual Hunger Magazine and over 42 books to his name.
A film fanatic, Rankin soon turned his hand to directing moving image. As both a photographer and director, he has created landmark editorial and advertising campaigns for some of the biggest and most celebrated publications, brands and charities including L'Oreal, Dove, Pantene, Diageo, Women's Aid, Comic Relief and Oxfam, alongside music videos for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora and Kelis.
In 2002, he co-directed his debut feature film, The Lives of Saints, written by Toni Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Under the eponymous banner of Rankin Film, Rankin reps a roster of the hottest directing talent working today, creating outstanding work for the worlds of advertising, fashion and music videos.
His affiliation with charities has seen Rankin travel the world, creating powerful campaigns both as a photographer and a director. Having worked with Comic Relief in 2015, he returned in 2017 to create the t-shirts and merchandise for a record-breaking Red Nose Day. His 2017 campaign with Macmillan Cancer Support went viral as people were encouraged to Brave the Shave.
Rankin lives in London with his wife Tuuli and their three dogs, Pickle, Beans and Squidge.
Anna Van Lenten
Anna Van Lenten is a curator, producer, and writer whose projects involve both the world of images and the world of text. In May of 2018 she earned an MFA in fiction from The New School.
As curator of the monthly Half King Photography Series in New York City, Anna exhibits some of the best artists working today. Over the past nine years, she has put on over sixty shows, book launches, & pop-up screenings, adding context via writings, audio, and each show's opening night discussion with the photographer and the public. The far-ranging scope of her exhibits & events include Carolyn Drake's Becoming Chinese; Lowell Thomas's pictures of T.E. Lawrence in Arabia; Richard Sandler's The Eyes of the City; Erika Larsen's Sami: The People Who Walk With Reindeer; Gina LeVay's Sandhogs; Matt Black's The Dry Land; and Anastasia Taylor-Lind's multimedia work about the war in Ukraine.
With LightField, the nonprofit Anna founded in 2016, she launched an annual photo festival in Hudson, NY. LightField is dedicated to recognizing, showcasing, and promoting the work of innovative lens-based artists through exhibitions, conversations, and workshops. LightField is planning its 2019 edition now.
Recently she designed and produced a traveling exhibit of photography and video for Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, that delivers high-impact text and visuals of people with mental health challenges.
Other photo projects she has curated and produced include Surveillance.01 in (April 2014, NYC), and Surveillance.02 (March 2015, Dubai).
In the fall of 2014, she curated and managed RISC training's photo auction benefit.
Her writing and research work includes short pieces for the Half King Photo Series & Surveillance series. Her piece about Gerda Taro & Lee Miller appeared in Musee Magazine's Women issue. She researched the photography for Scott Anderson's New York Times best-selling Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. And among the critically acclaimed fiction manuscripts she's helped edit are Kim Purcell's Trafficked; Tiger, Tiger and By the Shore, both by Galaxy Craze; and More Bread, or I'll Appear, by Emer Martin.
Editor and founder of dodho Magazine. He began her career at an early age in the world of image and design. Maxim Panés maintains relations with the best agencies and publishers to promote the photographers careers published in Dodho Magazine, Dodho´s team is responsible to some extent of the rapid success that Magazine has had in the world photography industry. Dodho Magazine is published daily in its online version and every six months in its printed version. Each version is focused on a totally different audience, while the online version seeks a public as broad as possible, the print version is aimed exclusively at a more professional audience such as galleries, agencies and other professionals in the photographic and art industry, both editions have as objective and priority standing out any good photographer or project within the crowd. Highlighting their work and offering the right promotion tools.
Ludovic Nortier is multi-talented artist. He is a Photographer, Art Director and Videographer.
He has 10 years of experience mainly in Advertising (Publicis, Havas) and art direction.
Based in Los Angeles since 2015, he has worked on several accounts such as CBNC, Diesel, Ralph Lauren, Lancôme, Clarisonic, Cover Fx, Michele Watches...
He started as a graphic designer in Paris and became an Art Director working for some of the biggest advertising agencies in the world: Publicis, Betc, DDB where he built his strengths practicing advertising for Heineken, L'Oréal, Orange, BNP Paribas, Peugeot, Carlsberg...
Few years later, he became a photographer/videographer shooting his own campaigns in the United States.
His european vision was an obvious asset. His clients love his ability to create amazing content, very clean and never over saturated of informations.
From his strong background in advertising and production, he has been offering some high level and luxurious services.
There is no chance to categorize him in one box, he is a multi talented person who learnt from the best and is able to provide the best in his turn.
In Jan 2014, Tariq Zaidi gave up an executive management position, to pursue his passion of capturing the dignity, purity and soul of people, within their environment. His work focuses on documenting social issues, inequality, endangered communities and traditions from around the world.
In Sep 2016, Tariq was named as one of the top 10 photographers you should know, focusing on social issues and inequality in various societies across the globe. In Feb 2018, Tariq was awarded one of the top Premier Awards in POYi75 (Pictures of the Year International Competition) - "Photographer of the Year" Award of Excellence for his work from North Korea, Congo and Brazil and also 2nd place News Division/Feature Category in the same year. Tariq was also one of the winners of PDN Photo Annual 2018 (Photojournalism/Documentary Category) and was awarded The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for outstanding achievement in Humanistic Photography, presented by Parsons School of Design, USA.
Since Aug 2015, Tariq's stories, images and videos from Angola, Brazil, Cambodia, Chad, Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Indonesia, Mongolia, North Korea & South Sudan have been featured internationally in over 700 magazines/newspapers/websites (in more than 60 countries) including: The Guardian, BBC News, CNN, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel Magazine, El Pais, El Pais Semanal, Stern View Magazine, GEO Magazine, The Independent On Sunday Magazine, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, GQ & GQ Style Magazines, Marie Claire, Esquire Magazine, PDN Magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Muy Interesante Spain, The Telegraph, El Mundo Spain, El Pais Brasil, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, The Daily Mail, Khaleej Times UAE, ITV News, MSN News International, LensCulture, The Mirror, The Sun, Daily Express, L'Oeil De La Photographie, VICE, The Global Times China, Geographical Magazine, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, Internazionale Magazine, Feature Shoot, Spiegel Online, The China Daily, The People's Daily, China, The Times of London and many more.
He has won many major international photography awards, shown his work in over 50 international exhibitions and worked on projects and assignments in 18 countries across 4 continents.
Tariq works as a freelance photographer based out of London, UK. He is currently working on a long-term personal project developing a visual anthology capturing the dignity of humankind in some of the poorest communities in the world.
Tariq is a self-taught photographer, holds an M.Sc. (Master of Science) from University College London and is a certified teacher. Having lived in 10 countries and travelled to well over 100, he is also a multilinguist.
His work is represented by Zuma Press (USA), Caters News Agency (UK) and Getty Images (UK). Tariq won Photographer of the Year at All About Photo Awards 2018
As a Senior Photo Editor for BuzzFeed News, Laura Geiser commissions and produces photography to accompany a wide variety of news articles, and was formerly in the photo departments at TheWrap and ELLE Magazine. She enjoys producing and curating visual media around the biggest stories trending in national, culture, celebrity and entertainment news.
Alex started his career as a consultant in France. He then worked for a few startups before launching Daylighted in San Francisco. Daylighted provides the first art streaming app allowing any public places to support the local art communities by exhibiting artworks on-demand on any digital medium.
Henry Horenstein has been a professional photographer, filmmaker, teacher, and author since the 1970s. He studied history at the University of Chicago, and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.
Henry's work is collected and exhibited internationally and he has published over 30 books, including several monographs of his own work such as SHOOT WHAT YOU LOVE (a memoir), HISTORIES, SHOW, HONKY TONK, ANIMALIA, HUMANS, RACING DAYS, CLOSE RELATIONS, and many others. He has also authored BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, and BEYOND BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY, used by hundreds of thousands of college, university, high-school, and art school students as their introduction to photography. MAKE BETTER PICTURES, his newest instructional book, will be published this fall.
In recent years, Henry has been making films: PREACHER, MURRAY, SPOKE, and now PARTNERS, which premiered recently at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
Henry is professor of photography at RISD and lives in Boston.
Elizabeth Avedon has a rich history in photography. Collaborating with museums, publishing houses, galleries and artists, she's received awards and recognition for her curatorial work, exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book "Avedon: 1949-1979" for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, and High Museum, Atlanta; “Avedon: In the American West” for the Amon Carter Museum, Corcoran Gallery, and Art Institute of Chicago; as well as exhibitions at the Leica Gallery, New York; the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; and for the Estate of Diane Arbus, among others.
Former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe; Creative Director for The Gere Foundation; Art Director for Ralph Lauren national advertising and Photo Editor for Ralph Lauren Media, Elizabeth is an ongoing contributor to her own online Journal, profiling notable leaders in the world of photography as well as emerging talent. She wrote the introductory text for several photography books, including Vivian Maier: Self Portraits (powerhouse); Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden (Schilt); and Tom Chambers A Photomontage Retrospective, Hearts and Bones (Unicorn, 2018).
Along with leading advanced photo-editing and photography book design workshops, Elizabeth continues to participate as a reviewer in many international portfolio reviews. She is an instructor in both the BFA Photography and Video and graduate Masters in Digital Photography programs at the School of Visual Arts, New York. In 2017, Elizabeth received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Griffin Museum of Photography.