Authors

Peter van Agtmael
Peter was born in Washington DC. He studied history at Yale University, graduating with honors in 2003.
He has won the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Photo District News. Peter joined the Magnum Photo Agency in 2008 and became a full member in 2013.

Peter’s Website

 

Jason Eskenazi
The fall of the Berlin Wall led Eskenazi out of Queens into the larger world. After trips to Germany and Romania for their first democratic elections he traveled to Russia in 1991, just before the August coup that marked the end of the USSR, and has returned many times since culminating in a photography book project called Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith, winner of Best Photography Book 2008 by Pictures of the Year International. In 2004 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to return to Russia to make a series of large format color portraits called Title Nation with a Russian colleague which was published Fall 2010.

Jason Eskenazi has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1999; The Dorothea Lange/Paul Taylor Prize, 1999, for his work in a Jewish Village in Azerbaijan; and The Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant, 1996. His work has appeared in many magazines including Time, Newsweek and The New York Times and Soros Foundation publications. In 2004 -2005 Eskenazi organized a Kids with Cameras workshop in the old city of Jerusalem, teaching photography to Arab Muslims and Jewish children, which toured many U.S. cities.

For economic reasons as well as to obtain health insurance Eskenazi took a job as a Security Guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from March 2008 – Nov 2009. He created and co-edited a new independent magazine called SW!PE which showcased the artwork of museum guards, and received a lot of media attention. While guarding the Looking In exhibition at the museum, he also began the creation of the Americans List: By the Glow of the Jukebox, which recorded the choices and comments of over 250 photographers who were influenced by Robert Franks seminal work, The Americans.

Eskenazi quit the museum and used saved funds in order to continue photographing for his next project The Black Garden set in the geographical locations known to the ancient Greeks, investigating the east-west divide, while basing himself in Istanbul. He was also the International Curator/ Creative Director for the Bursa Photo Fest for its first 2 years. He is also a co-founder and editor of DOG FOOD, a newspaper blending Cynic Philosophy and Photography.

Jason’s Website

 

Alan Chin

Alan was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Central Asia, and Ukraine, as well as extensively in the United States. He is a contributing photographer to The New York Times and many other publications. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and his work is in the collection of the Museum Of Modern Art. Chin was nominated twice by The New York Times for the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Kosovo conflict in 1999 and 2000.

Currently Alan is also Creative Director of Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT, a community-based photojournalism initiative that is part of Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA). Additionally, Alan is both writing and photographing his first Red Hook Edition, a book on his ancestral region of Toishan in southern China due to be published in 2018.

Alan’s Website

 

Mary Di Lucia
Mary Di Lucia is a poet whose most recent work has been featured on Poetry Daily and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. With the visual artist Laura F. Gibellini, she has collaborated on projects including Acompañamiento (Slowtrack Society, Madrid) and All It Could Have Been in Constructing a Place/Construyendo un lugar. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where she was a New York Times Foundation Fellow, and received a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.

Through her work as a translator and researcher, she has travelled extensively, living in Paris, Rome, and Leiden in the Netherlands, and spent a year on a Fulbright in Switzerland. For her work with young poets, the Scholastic Alliance awarded her an Outstanding Educator award. She has worked as a teaching artist for Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and has taught writing and literature at New York University, Deep Springs College, Harvard University, and Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. Just before the fall of the Soviet Union, she spent time in Russia. Her present collection, Accompaniments, was inspired by the images in Igor Posner’s Past Perfect Continuous (Red Hook Editions 2017).

Mary’s Website

 

Stephen Ferry
Stephen Ferry is an award – winning  photojournalist with decades of experience photographing mining in Latin America. His first book I Am Rich Potosí  (Monacellii Press, 1999) documented the historic silver mines of Potosí, Bolivia. His second, Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict (Umbrage, 2012) received widespread recognition as a groundbreaking photo book.

Stephen’s Website

 

 

Elizabeth Emma Ferry
Elizabeth Emma Ferry is a professor of anthropology at Brandeis University who has dedicated her career to the study of mining in Mexico, the U.S.,and Colombia. Her two books, Not Ours Alone (Columbia U. Press, 2005), and Minerals, Collecting and Value across the US-Mexican Border (Indiana U. Press, 2013) closely study labor relations and value creation in mining.

Elizabeth on Brandeis University

Glenna Gordon
Glenna Gordon is a documentary photographer who has worked in Africa since 2006. She’s been commissioned by the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and many others. She was the recipient of a World Press Award in 2015, and her other awards include the LensCulture Grand Prize for Visual Storytelling, PX3 First Prize for Portraiture, and the PDN Annuals’ Project Award. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the New School in New York.
Time’s Lightbox described Glenna’s photographs as “powerful images of significance, humanity and loss” and Teju Cole said her approach was “unusually lyrical” in the New Yorker.

BuzzFeed included her on their list of “12 Kick-ass Women Photojournalists to Follow on Instagram,” and she’s been included on similar lists by Mashable and Huffington Post.

Glenna’s Website

 

Carlos Javier Ortiz
Carlos Javier Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and raised in Chicago. As a visual artist, he works with photography, film and text and specializes in long-term documentaries that focus on urban life, gun violence, race, poverty and marginalized communities. Ortiz collaborates with his subjects by asking them to share their personal narratives and testimonials. His work confronts human suffering while simultaneously illuminating compassion and optimism.

Ortiz has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Photography award for his series “Too Young to Die,” a multi-year, comprehensive examination of youth violence in the United States and Central America.  He has also received grants from the Open Society Foundations, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the California Endowment National Health Journalism Fellowship, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award.

Ortiz’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and are displayed in the permanent collections of the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, the International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y., the Library of Congress in Washington, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Carlos Javier Ortiz lives in Chicago and Oakland, Calif.

Carlos’ Website

 

Igor Posner
Born in St. Petersburg (Leningrad). Igor Posner moved to California in the early 90s. He studied molecular and cell biology at the University of California Los Angeles, where he first started to take pictures and experiment in the darkroom.

Initial infatuation with picture taking led Igor to explore the silent and haunting experience of walking after dark on the streets of Los Angeles and Tijuana. Collision of social and typical with personal and psychological, this first series of images “Nonesuch Records” savors the strange solitude of the enigmatic region between California and Mexico; amid the streets, bars, night shelter hotels, and disappearing night figures. After 14 years, Igor returned to St. Petersburg in 2006, taking up photography full time, which led to a book project Past Perfect Continuous.

At present, Igor is based in New York and working on a long term project exploring psychological aspects of migration and gradual disappearance of neighborhoods based on Russian immigrant communities in North America.

Igor’s work has been exhibited in North America, Europe, Russia, and South East Asia. He joined Prospekt agency in 2011.

Igor’s Website