Acquisitions editor, Kehrer Verlag
Alexa Becker studied art history at the University of Heidelberg. She has been active at the Kehrer Verlag since 2006 as an editor in the area of acquisitions and program design. She supervises young artists and photographer in the preparation of their publications. Alexa Becker initiated a series of trouvés at Kehrer that presents handmade, individual photography objects. She participates regularly in portfolio reviews within the scope of the photo festivals in Arles, Houston, and Paris, and serves as a jury member. Publications that have been produced based on past portfolio reviews are: Yael Ben Zion, 5683 miles away; Øyvind Hjelmen, Elsewhere; Anna Skladmann, Little Adults; and Beth Yarnelle Edwards, Suburban Dreams.
Alexa Becker is interested in independent photographic stances.
Critic for the FAZ, curator, photographer
Milan Chlumsky has been active as a critic, curator, and photographer in France, Deutschland, and Czechoslovakia for thirty-five years. He studied literature and aesthetics at the universities in Prague, Strasbourg, and at the Sorbonne in Paris.
He has published on the subjects of art, literature, photography, and aesthetics in, among others, the FAZ, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and in the journals Fotogeschichte, Revue d’Esthètique, and Ceskoslovenská. As a curator, one of the exhibitions for which he developed a concept was Die Gebrüder Bisson, Aufstieg und Fall eines Fotografieunternehmens im 19. Jahrhundert, which was presented at the Museum Folkwang Essen as well as the Fotomuseum im Münchner Stadtmuseum. His photographic art has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in France, Spain, and the Federal Republic of Germany (among others, at the German-American Institute Heidelberg, the Institut Français Heidelberg, and the Centre Culturel Franco-Allemand Tübingen).
Milan Chlumsky is primarily interested in works from the areas of architecture and landscape.
Photo editor, GEO Magazine
Bernd Dinkel is a photo editor for GEO Magazin and also responsible for the visual conception and supervision of the travel magazine GEO Special. During the eight years he has been at GEO, he has also supervised several exhibition projects and numerous additional GEO publications. The focuses of his work include the subject areas of photojournalism (reportage and documentary photography), sophisticated scientific photography, and the development of conceptual photo and portrait series in a narrative context. He is particularly interested in the border areas of the various photographic genres.
Between 2003 and 2005 he was responsible for the setup and structuring of the photo archive, image technology, and the digital workflow of GEO Magazin. His photographic education was followed by advanced training in the area of digital media. He has gathered experience as a portfolio reviewer at numerous international photo festivals and is also active in the area of advanced training in photography.
Curator, director of the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig
Florian Ebner studied photography at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles as well as art history, history, and Romance studies at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He taught photography at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig from 2000 to 2007. He subsequently worked as assistant curator for the exhibition project Street & Studio at the Tate Modern London and the Museum Folkwang Essen. From 2008 to 2009 he was acting director of the Fotografische Sammlung of the Berlinische Galerie. He has since served as the director of the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig and has authored numerous publications on modern and contemporary photography. Florian Ebner is particularly interested in works that deal with images of humankind and questions about identity. Further focuses of interest are variations on documentary photography and conceptual approaches to photography in times of Web 2.0.
Anna Gripp und Denis Brudna
Editors at the magazine Photonews
Denis Brudna is a founding member of the Fabrik, a cultural center established in Hamburg in 1971, and his activities there have since included advertising and exhibitions (Fabrik Fotoforum). He has curated various photography exhibitions shown, among other places, in the series Fabrik Fotoforum at the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Hamburg. Denis Brudna founded the magazine Photonews in 1989.
Anna Gripp, born in Schenefeld near Hamburg, was a photo assistant in Berlin. She trained to become a photographer at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich, and has lived in Hamburg since 1988. Gripp has worked at Photonews since 1989. She also works as a freelance author and was the lead author of the book Fotografie-Studium in Deutschland (1993, edited by the German Photographic Association).
Photonews not only wants to make available current information and accompany and stimulate debates in photography, it also seeks to combine different areas of photography (art, reportage, documentary, fashion photography, etc.). In this respect, the two editors are open for different genres of professional photography and intrigued by independent and individual projects.
Curator and publisher, Fotohof Salzburg
Rainer Iglar studied German language and literature and general linguistics at the University of Salzburg. He has been dealing intensely with photography since 1980. He has been part of Fotohof Salzburg’s team since 1989 on its executive board. Rainer Iglar edits the photo book series Fotohof edition (with Michael Mauracher). He lives and works in Salzburg and Vienna.
One of Rainer Iglar’s interests is photo book projects, yet he is equally as open for other themes.
Photographer, cofounder of the Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie
Alexandra Lechner is a freelance photographer in the area of people, portrait, and corporate photography for advertising/PR agencies, editorial offices, and businesses. She is a member of the BFF, the German Association of Freelance Photographers, and her freelance photo projects are regularly included in exhibitions throughout Germany. In 2003 she was among the cofounders of the Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, and has since served as the artistic director and co-organizer of the festival.
She hopes to discover new talent for the upcoming Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie during the portfolio reviewing process.
Editor-in-chief for Camera Austria International, curator
Maren Lübbke-Tidow studied art history and political science in Marburg and Vienna. After completing her studies she initially worked for several years as a volunteer and educator at the Museum Moderne Kunst Sammlung Stiftung Ludwig Wien in Vienna. She has been an editor and curator at Camera Austria
in Graz since 1998; she and Reinhard Braun took over the direction of the magazine in 2011, and as editor in chief she is responsible for the content of the bilingual, quarterly Camera Austria International
. For the current issue, no. 114, she and the artist and guest editor Tobias Zielony conducted interviews with more than twenty photo artists and filmmakers on the subject of the documentary as political practice. Besides numerous group exhibitions, she has organized solo exhibitions of work by Wolfgang Tillmans (2007), Annette Kelm (2008), und Artur Zmijewski (2009). Among other things, she is currently preparing a solo exhibition with Tobias Zielony.
Maren Lübbke-Tidow is particularly interested in dealing with history and identity by means of photography and film, with a special focus on documentary, artistic approaches and their conceptualization.
Owner of the Robert Morat Gallery, Hamburg, Berlin
Robert Morat (*1971) studied German language and literature, art history, and journalism at the University of Hamburg. He has worked as a journalist for, among others, Gruner+Jahr, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and the NDR. He founded the Robert Morat Gallery in Hamburg in 2004, which concentrates on new stances in contemporary photography. He has since been active worldwide as an art dealer and curator. He has been issuing his own series of publications since 2008—the Robert Morat Edition. His gallery set up a second space in Berlin-Mitte in October 2010. Robert Morat is especially interested in independent, artistically rendered themes as well in documentary works.
Freelance curator and author, Cologne
Esther Ruelfs works as a freelance curator and author in the area of photography and contemporary art. She is currently supervising exhibition projects at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, the Münchner Stadtmuseum, and the Goethe Institute in Moscow. Ruelfs joined forces with Tobias Berger in 2009 to curate the 3rd Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg.
She has implemented the following exhibitions: Zeitgenössische Deutsche Fotografie, Museum Folkwang, Essen; Die elegante Welt der Regina Relang, Fotomuseum im Münchner Stadtmuseum; and Herbert List: Das Erbe Pygmalions, Museum der Moderne Salzburg. She received her PhD in 2009 for her dissertation on the German photographer Herbert List. From 2004 to 2009 she taught at the Braunschweig University of Art.
She regularly writes and publishes catalogue essays on contemporary and historical themes in photography and has published several books, including Fotografische Leidenschaften (Marburg, 2007) and Images Recalled—Bilder auf Abruf (Heidelberg, 2009).
Lecturer and art critic
Mette Sandbye is Associate Professor, Ph.d., at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, and art critic at the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen. She has written extensively on photography and contemporary art for more than 20 years. She was the editor of the first “Danish history of photography” (“Dansk Fotografihistorie”, 2004), and she has published 3 books on contemporary art photography in Danish. Her publications in English include: “Symbolic Imprints. Photography and Visual Culture”. Ed. LK Bertelsen, R Gade, M Sandbye, 1999. “Making Pictures Talk”, in “Re-investing Authenticity”. “Tourism, Place & Emotions” (eds. BT Knudsen and AM Waade), 2010. “The Family Photo Album as Transformed Social Space in the Age of ‘Web 2.0’”, in “Throughout” (ed. Ulrik Ekman), in print. In 2010 she was a member of the Hasselblad Award committee, and 2007-2011 she was a member of the Danish Arts Council, board of visual arts. Mette Sandbye’s theoretical approach to the study of photography has always been interdisciplinary, but with a fundament in cultural theory, theory of photography, and French phenomenology. Studying family photo albums she wants to explore new theoretical ways to approach the study of “photography and everyday life”, primarily in the tradition of “Visual Culture Studies” and in “Visual Anthropology”.
Claude W. Sui
Director and curator of the Forum Internationale Photographie, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen
Claude W. Sui has been director and curator of the Forum Internationale Photographie at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim since 2002. He studied art history, philosophy, and ethnology at the universities of Mainz and Frankfurt am Main, doing his doctorate on work by photographer Robert Häusser. Sui is responsible for the scholarly handling of the contemporary collection in the Helmut-Gernsheim-Archiv, for the Robert-Häusser-Archiv, and for the historical travel photographs in the Geschwister-Reiss-Sammlung. The exhibitions that Sui has curated at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen include Fokus Mensch, Menschenbilder aus der Photosammlung Helmut Gernsheim (2003), Robert Häusser, Photographien 1938–2004 (2006), Robert Lebeck—Unverschämtes Glück (2004), Ins Heilige Land: Pilgerstätten von Jerusalem bis Mekka und Medina, Photographien aus dem 19. Jh. (2006), Ins Wort gesetzt—Zeitgenössische Lyrik zu Fotografien von Robert Häusser (2007), Robert Häusser—Das Moortagebuch (2008), Weltstars der Fotografie: Die Preisträger der Hasselblad Foundation (2008), and Robert Häusser—Die Berliner Mauer (2009).
Erno Vroonen started his career in the ‘80s as a gallerist (Antwerp) and art consultant. He is responsible for assembling some of Belgium’s top corporate collections. He later decided to dedicate his time to pursuing his primary passion: curating headline international exhibitions. The list of exhibitions he has curated includes: “Frontiera / Belgian Selection 92” (Bolzano, Italy); “Invita” (Verona, Italy); “Something Happens…” (Lier, Belgium); “Echo of My Mind” (München, Germany); “Surrounding Mapplethorpe”; “Sonder Schau” and 'dallo Scirroco al Föhn'” (Praterinsel / München and Genua / Italy) “4Ks2/63, The Auschwitz Trial” (Frankfurt am Main and Berlin, Germany). His most recent exhibition-projects are “Check in Europe” at the Patentamt in Munich, “b.LINE” in Nieuwkerke, Belgium and “7 days brunch” in Basel, Switzerland. In 2008 Erno Vroonen looked for Alternative dialogues in our Contemporary Culture and within this context he curated for the Contemporary Art Foundation Julien Spirit of BOZ a trilogy of exhibitions in Munich , called “BeBOZ”. In 2008 he was appointed curatorial advisor for the Groeninghe Foundation in Brugge, Belgium. Last year he organized an open-air exhibition for the ÖKT initiativ in Munich.