Erik Kessels

Storytelling with vernacular photography

Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with great interest in photography. Erik Kessels is since 1996 Creative Director of communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and works for national and international clients such as Nike, Diesel, J&B Whisky, Oxfam, Ben, Vitra, Citizen M and The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel.
As an artist and photography curator Kessels has published over 50 books of his 're-appropriated' images: Missing Links (1999), The Instant Men (2000), in almost every picture (2001-2015) and Wonder (2006). Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography.
For the DVD art project Loud & Clear he worked together with artists such as Marlene Dumas and Candice Breitz. Kessels writes regular editorials for numerous international magazines. He lectured at the D&AD Presidents Lecture and at several international design conferences such as in Singapore, Goa, NY, Toronto and Bangkok. He has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam), Écal (Lausanne) and at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture where he curated a celebration of amateurism.
Kessels made and curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures, Use me Abuse me, 24HRS of Photos, Album Beauty, Unfinished Father and The Many Lives of Erik Kessels. He als co-curated an exhibition called From Here on together with Martin Parr, Joachim Schmid, Clement Cheroux and Joan Fontuberta.
In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, in 2016 nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and is often seen as the most influential creative of The Netherlands. 

Aveek Sen

Photography and the Cosmic Moment: Regine Petersen's Find a Fallen Star

Aveek Sen is an independent writer, educator and collaborator working across art, literature, photography, cinema and everyday life. He won the 2009 Infinity Award for Writing on Photography, given by the International Center of Photography, New York. He studied English literature at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and as a Rhodes Scholar at University College, Oxford. He was lecturer in English at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and Associate Editor (Editorial Pages) of The Telegraph, Calcutta, where he wrote a column called "Art & Life". He has written extensively on, and collaborated with, artists and makers of books like Roni Horn, Dayanita Singh, On Kawara, Moyra Davey, Fazal Sheikh, Raqs Media Collective, Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher. He has written for, and lectured at, the Fotomuseum, Winterthur, and the MAST Foundation, Bologna. He teaches modules on visuality at the National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar, the CONA Foundation in Mumbai, and Jadavpur University, Calcutta.

Regine Petersen

Photography and the Cosmic Moment: Regine Petersen's Find a Fallen Star

Regine Petersen was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, and received her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art (London) in 2009. Her work has been exhibited internationally – at Rencontres d’Arles , FOAM Museum (Amsterdam), Aperture Gallery (New York), and elsewhere.  She is a recipient of the National Media Museum Bursary, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation Grant, and the Outset/Unseen Exhibition Award. Her publication – Find a Fallen Star – received the German Photobook Prize in 2015

Anna Fox

There Is No Place Like Home

Anna Fox (b.1961) is one of the most acclaimed British photographers of the last thirty years and is Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts. Working in colour, Fox first gained attention for Work Stations: Office Life in London (1988), a study of office culture in Thatcher's Britain. She is best known for Zwarte Piet (1993-8), a series of twenty portraits taken over a five-year period that explore Dutch black-face' folk traditions associated with Christmas. Other projects include The Village (1992), a multi-media installation examining the experiences of rural women, and Friendly Fire, which records the leisure activity of paint-balling in the manner of war reportage. Her publications include Cockroach Diary and My Mother's Cupboards and My Father's Words (2000), autobiographical narratives designed as miniature books. Anna Fox Photographs 1983 - 2007, was published by Photoworks in 2007. Fox’s solo shows have been seen at Photographer’s Gallery, London, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago amongst others and her work has been included in international group shows including Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant Garde at Tate Liverpool and How We Are: Photographing Britain at Tate Britain. She was shortlisted for the 2010 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize.

Arko Datto

“Ghare Baire”: Home and the World

Arko Datto is a photographer and curator based in Kolkata, India.  After studying for degrees in Pure Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and Engineering he chose to pursue photography at the Danish School of Journalism, with the aim of questioning what it means to be a photographer in the digital age, and to inquire into the existential dilemmas of our times.  Datto is represented by East Wing Gallery (Dubai) and NOOR (Amsterdam), and his work has been exhibited and published internationally – by TIME, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Guardian, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, Financial Times Magazine, Liberation, Harper's, WIRED, Slate,the British Journal of Photography and more.  Most recently, he was nominated for the 2016 Prix Pictet, was awarded a Gomma Grant in 2016, and won the Arles Prix Voies Off in 2017.

Jason Fulford

What does an apple taste like?

Jason Fulford is a photographer and co-founder of J&L Books. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a frequent lecturer at universities, and has led workshops across the United States, in Japan, Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, Germany and Spain. His monographs include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003), Raising Frogs for $$$ (2006), The Mushroom Collector (2010), Hotel Oracle (2013), and Contains: 3 Books (2016). He is co-author with Tamara Shopsin of the photobook for children, This Equals That (2014), and co-editor with Gregory Halpern of The Photographer’s Playbook (2014). Fulford’s photographs have been described as open metaphors. As an editor and an author, a focus of his work has been on the subject of how meaning is generated through association.

Terje Abusdal

Fire and Smoke in the Nordic:Slash & Burn by Terje Abusdal in conversation with Aveek Sen

Terje Abusdal is a lens-based artist interested in the intersection between fact and fiction.  In 2014, he studied Advanced Visual Storytelling at the Danish School of Media & Journalism, and has since exhibited and published his work internationally.  His first photographic book – Radius 500 Metres – was released by Journal in 2015.  His latest project – Slash & Burn – won the 2017 Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Nordic Dummy Award, and will be published by Kehrer Verlag in 2018.  Abusdal lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

Val Williams

Projects: Working in Photography 1972- the Present

Val Williams is a curator and writer, and is Professor of the History and Culture of Photography at the University of the Arts London, Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre and of the Moose on the Loose Biennale of Research. She is also an editor of the Journal of Photography & Culture.
Curated projects include How We Are (Tate Britain; Daniel Meadows : Early Photographs (Library of Birmingham and touring); Warworks (Victoria &Albert Museum and touring ); Martin Parr Retrospective(Barbican Art Gallery and touring ) ; The Dead (National Media Museum and touring); Who’s Looking at the Family? (Barbican Art Gallery).

She was the curator of the Ken’ To be destroyed’ exhibition, in UK and Germany, and is currently co-curating ‘Resort’ with Karen Shepherdson for Turner Contemporary and tour.
Her essay on Peter Mitchell was published in the ‘New Refutation of the Viking 1V Space Mission’ in 2017 and her essay on the British documentarist Tish Murtha Archive was  published in late 2017.


Aaron Schuman (USA)

Homeward Bound: Curating Jaipur Photo 2018

Aaron Schuman is an artist, writer, editor and curator based in the United Kingdom.  His photographic work is exhibited and published internationally, and is held in a number of public and private collections.  Schuman is the author of FOLK (NB Books, 2016), and has contributed texts to a wide variety of books, including Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (Prestel, 2018), Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves (MACK, 2015), and The Photographer’s Playbook (Aperture, 2014), amongst many others; he also regularly writes for magazines such as Aperture, Foam, Frieze, TIME, Hotshoe, The British Journal of Photography and more.  Additionally, Schuman has curated exhibitions for museums and galleries worldwide, and has served as Guest Curator for a number of international photographic festivals, including FotoFest Biennial 2010, Krakow Photomoth 2014, and JaipurPhoto 2018.  Schuman is also the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine (2004-2014, seesawmagazine.com), is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Brighton, and is Course Leader of MA Photography at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.