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MARY ELLEN MARK
Mary Ellen Mark has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions and editorial magazine work. She is a contributing photographer to The New Yorker and has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. For almost three decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. Her images of our world’s diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography. Her portrayals of Mother Teresa, Indian circuses, and brothels in Bombay were the product of many years of work in India. A photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the academy award nominated film STREETWISE, directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell.
Mary Ellen has received many awards and grants including the Cornell Capa Award, the Infinity Award for Journalism, an Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and a Walter Annenberg Grant for her book and exhibition project on AMERICA. Among her other awards are the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Matrix Award for outstanding woman in the field of film/photography, and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for outstanding merits in the field of journalistic photography. She was also presented with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from her Alma Mater, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts; three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Photographer of the Year Award from the Friends of Photography; the World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work Throughout the Years; the Victor Hasselblad Cover Award; two Robert F. Kennedy Awards; and the Creative Arts Award Citation for Photography at Brandeis University. Nissan, and Patek Philippe.
Martin Bell started out as a freelance cinematographer for documentaries and drama on English television before coming to the U.S. 20 years ago. Martin is at ease in both documentary and narrative storytelling. He has directed such documentaries as Academy Award nominated "Streetwise", which followed the lives of runaway kids on the streets of Seattle and “The Amazing Plastic Lady” set in the Indian Circus. He has directed narrative features films including "American Heart" starring Jeff Bridges and "Hidden in America", a moving portrait of a family struggling with poverty featuring both Beau and Jeff Bridges.
His latest film "Prom" explores the complex lives of teenagers as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Students were interviewed at their own proms about relationships, school work, family, friends, and their hopes and dreams for the future. The film is a companion piece to his wife Mary Ellen Mark’s photographic project of the same name. “Prom” was in the opening night program at the Los Angeles Shorts Fest.
His ongoing film project, “A New York Story”, aims to capture the energy and resilient spirit of New York City since September 11, 2001.
His commercial clients have included Nike, making for them a spot about major league baseball hopefuls in the Dominican Republic, a real people campaign for CSFB online trading, and most recently a beautiful black & white campaign for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Tino shares his work as a photojournalist with Travel Photography. He has been honoured with one First Prize from the world Photo Foundation; the trophies “One Vision European Photographic Competition”, “Fujifilm Photographer of the year”; the international “Lente de Plata Award” by Mexican government and five prizes FOTOPRESS (the most important Spanish distinction for press photography)> His workhas been also recognized by UNESCO, World Health Organization and Medical Sciences Academy of Catalonia, among others.
Some of his latest jobs have been the National Geographic Traveler Books: Sicily, Portugal, Madrid and Naples & Southern Italy, with other personal books and photojournalist stories, on assignment for different cporporative and media customers.
He regularly lectures and teached workshops at many universities like: University “Pompeu Fabra”, University “Politecnica de Terrassa” and University of Barcelona.
Born in Palermo in 1959, he received his first camera when he was 14 years old and began photographing daily life in his native city and in the rural areas of Sicily.
Photography has been more than a profession: a true passion, a mission in his life. Bazan has published several books: The Perpetual Past, Passing Through, The First Twenty Years, Island, Molo Nord.
In 2008, his new publishing house BazanPhotos Publishing will print his new book Cuba on 14 years of life and photography on the island. To see the book’s cover, its initial pages and a full chapter please visit his web page at Cuba Bazan
He has had exhibitions in Europe, Latin America and the United States. His photographs have been collected by collectors and museums among which MOMA and ICP in New York, SFMOMA in San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham, the South East Museum of Photography in Daytona, the Fondazione Italiana della Fotografia in Turin, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris and the Musee Rattau in Arles.
From 1992 to 2006, he lived and photographed the island of Cuba documenting the unique time in Cuban history called The Special Period. This body of work has given him the privilege to win some of the world most prestigious photographic awards among them The W. Eugene Smith grant; the Mother Jones Foundation for Photojournalism, the World Press Photo and two fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation.
In 2002, Ernesto Bazan created his own photographic workshops providing special emphasis in Latin America. Teaching has become his ruling passion. Several hundred students have studied with him in the last six years.
He lives with his wife Sissy, his twin boys Pietro and Stefano and their two dogs Diva and Ono in Veracruz, Mexico.
The pursuit of compelling images and desire to connect with humanity inside and out has led Andy Richter to 40 countries with his camera in hand. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he is a freelance photographer shooting for editorial, non-profit, and advertising clients. He photographs for Time Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, UNICEF, Outside, New York Daily News, The Times of India, AARP as well as a wide range of other clients at home and abroad. When not being commissioned to create, Andy is immersed in personal photographic projects, regular yoga practice, and life in the company of others. Essential elements of his photographic approach are trust and respect, intuition, working with light, and being there. His teaching style is very experiential, shooting right along side his students as he works with them.
Andy's recent work includes a long-term project on Childhood Obesity with Time Magazine that can be seen with audio on Time.com . His work with the Oro Win tribe in the Brazilian Amazon has recently exhibited in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A work in progress, Youth Culture: Taipei, has been keeping him busy of late in Taiwan's bustling capital. He is represented by Aurora Photos.
Christian Ziegler is a photojournalist specializing in natural history and science-related topics. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine and has been widely published in other magazines like GEO, Smithsonian and BBC Wildlife. A tropical ecologist by training, he has worked in tropical rainforests on four continents, and for the past 10 years has been associate for communication with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Christian photographed “A Magic Web”, a coffee table book on tropical ecology on assignment for STRI and just published “Deceptive beauties” a book about wild orchids. He is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP.com), for which he volunteers assignments every year. Christians work has been awarded prizes in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions, and in 2008, he has was honored with the Vision Award by the North American Nature Photography Association. Christian lives on the edge of a rain forest National Park in Central Panama and currently works on several magazine articles and book projects, as well as a biodiversity museum.
Selma Fernandez is a Mexican photographer. She studied photography at Gris Art Escola Superior de Fotografia in Barcelona, Spain an holds a degree in Communicationsfrom the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Monterrey, México. She has also studied with photographers, curators and editors such as Mary Ellen Mark, Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, Bill Douthitt, Karen Kasmauski, Juan Rodrigo Llaguno, Yolanda Andrade, Laura Gonzalez Flores and Juan Antonio Molina.
Her work has been featured in various exhibitions in places such as Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, Manuel Alvarez Bravo Photo Center in Oaxaca, Mexico, Fototeca Nacional in Pachuca, México, Nuevo Leon Center for the Arts in Monterrey, Mexico, Tijuana Cultural Center, in Tijuana, Mexico, Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis, MN, Mexican Cultural Institute in San Antonio, Texas and The Third Place Gallery in Minneapolis, MN, among others.
She recently completed an artist residency in Minneapolis, MN from Forca Noreste, in Mexico, to produce her project “The ache for home” about refugee communities in Minnesota.
She teaches and produces photo workshops throughout Mexico and abroad. Since 2011 she has produced Mary Ellen Mark´s workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico. She also assists her on assignment.
Her clients include Financial Times Deutschland, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNN México, Time-Expansion Editorial Group, Harvard Business School, Heineken, Starkey Hearing Foundation, World Wide Village, Caritas México and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.
Michael Hanson is an award winning photographer based in Seattle, WA and was named one of the World's Top Travel Photographers by Popular Photography Magazine.
Michael's photography career began while playing baseball in the Atlanta Braves farm system. His access to this unique lifestyle sparked a behind-the-scenes series that would eventually lead him to a career in photography.
Michael's travel/lifestyle work has taken him on assignments to Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Belize, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, British Columbia, and throughout the US. Michael has undertaken documentary projects investigating the changing lives of indigenous cultures in Ecuador, Guatemala, Chile, Lau Group, Fiji, Rwanda , Bolivia, Venezuela and Ethiopia. In 2010 Michael completed a 7-week book project (Breaking Through Concrete) documenting urban farming in the US. He has taught numerous photography workshops, including National Geographic Student Expeditions in the Sacred Valley, Peru. He was a judge for the 2010 and 2011 DC Fotoweek Photography contest.
His editorial clients include The New York Times, USA Today, US Airways, Continental, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Patagonia, Coastal Living, Sunset, NPR, Sierra Club among others. His fine art images are part of the permanent archive at the Sir Elton John Photography Collection.
Although his work has evolved from the first project on baseball, the passion for capturing people and their immediate landscapes in a clean, natural, documentary style remains at the core of Michael Hanson Photography.
Cristina Llerena was born in Mexico in 1983. She is an independent photographer, workshop producer and instructor. Cristina holds a BFA in Photography from Allende Institute in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.
Since 2005 she has assisted, coordinated and produced workshops for the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, PhotoXpeditions and National Geographic Expeditions as well as private workshops for photographers such as David Alan Harvey, Christian Ziegler, Jim Stanfield, Jock Sturges, Eniac Martinez, among others. She has also taught several private workshops throughout Mexico and abroad.
Her images have been published on National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Expansion, Milenio, and Wall Street Journal. She is represented by Getty Images.
Cristina is based out of Boston, MA. Since 2011 she assists Mary Ellen Mark on her Oaxaca Workshop.
EINAR "EFFI" FALUR INGOLFSSON
Einar “Effi” Falur Ingolfsson was born in 1966 and completed an MFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1995. He spent 15 years as the Director of Photography of Morgunbladid, Iceland’s leading newspaper. His photographs have appeared in books, newspapers, and periodicals both in Iceland and abroad.
Ingólfsson's work includes photographs of authors, taken for various publishing houses, and photographic narratives compiled in a host of countries, including India, China, Bolivia, Peru, Australia, the United States, Canada, and the Faeroe Islands.
MAGDALENA SOLÉ is a social documentary photographer. She is best known for her vibrant and complex color work. Visual language has been her life’s work. In 1989 she founded TransImage, a graphic design studio, in New York City. In 2002 she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Film from Columbia University. Her last film, “Man On Wire”, on which she was the Unit Production Manager, won an Oscar in 2009. She has taught in Europe and the US.
Her projects span the globe. Her current work includes: Kamagasaki — a photo documentary on the shunned elderly day laborers of Japan. Japan — “After the Water Receded”, an exploration of the aftermath of the great 2011 Tohoku disaster, which was shown at the Sidney Mishkin Gallery in April 2012 in New York City. Most recently her photographs of the Mississippi Delta have been selected as a PDN Photo Annual 2011 Finalist. Her book “New Delta Rising”, published by the University Press of Mississippi, was released in February 2012. It has won the Silver Award in 2011 at PX3 Prix de la Photographie, France. She is also winner of the Silver Prize 2011 at Slow Exposures, Concord, GA. Other shows in 2012 are
Voices from Japan at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City, Dante and the Delta at Doma Gallery in Charlotte, NC, The Delta at WilJax Gallery in Cleveland, MS, and Sous Les Étoiles in New York City. The Mississippi Delta is on view until February 22, 2013 at the Leica Gallery in New York.
Born in Spain, raised in Switzerland, she arrived in New York City in 1984, where she lives with her family. She speaks seven languages.