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Rolf Nobel was Professor of Photography at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and then until 2016 at the University of Hannover, where he played a key role in designing the photojournalism and documentary photography degree course. He helped to transform the programme into one of the largest in Germany, and one of the most successful academic photojournalism education institutions in the world.
In addition to his own photography and book projects, Rolf Nobel runs photojournalism, street photography and travel photography workshops for the German Journalists Union (dju), the ver.di education institute and the German Press Agency (dpa). He is a member of numerous juries such as the UNICEF Photo of the Year, the Alfred Fried Photography Award and the Pressefoto Bayern-Wettbewerb.
Rolf Nobel is co-founder of the photographers association Freelens and member of its advisory board. He is the founder and director of the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hanover and Director of the GAF Photo Gallery, also in Hanover.
In 2016, the German Photographic Association awarded Rolf Nobel with the Dr Erich Salomon Prize, one of the most prestigious photography awards in Germany.
Hamidah Glasgow has been the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2009. Hamidah holds a master’s degree in humanities with a specialization in visual and gender studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
Hamidah’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, national portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Center, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications and online magazines.
She received the 2018 Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award and is a co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective. This collective is dedicated to photo-based work that engages with current social and political forces, highlighting the work of women, people of colour, and queer and trans artists, writers, and curators.
Hamidah – (Pronounced Ha-me-dah) is interested in a wide variety of work both finished projects, work-in-progress, and creative brain storming. Hamidah can assist with editing, sequencing, and project development. She is looking for photo-based artists for exhibition opportunities and web-based features. She is not interested in traditional nudes, traditional landscapes, or commercial work.
Vincent Marcilhacy joined Agence VU' in 1996 where he held several positions, before creating the Special Projects department dedicating to support photographers through philantropic initiatives. He designed there the programme for the 20th Anniversary of VU’ in 2006 (which gave rise to many publications, conferences and exhibitions) and continued to develop collective projects inviting photographers to confront their sights to contemporary issues. In 2008, he founded VU MAG, biannual magazine with aim to open up our approach to photography.
Each issue has become an ongoing reflection on a theme by the photography and other forms of creative dialogue with the image. In 2009, he takes over the management of Galerie VU’, founded in 1997, which he supports since the development in France and abroad with a brand new exhibition space in Paris.
In 2012, Vincent Marcilhacy created The Eyes Publishing that he develops since through the publication of a biannual revue, The Eyes, of photbooks and consulting assignments in photography and publishing. Vincent Marcilhacy is also managing Picto Foundation, an organism founded by Picto photo la with aim to support photoghy actor. He is finally teaching business startegies and tecnics in schools of photography.
Zelda Cheatle is a well-known curator and editor of photography. After some years taking photographs, she began a gallery career at the Photographers Gallery in London from 1982 to 1988, working with internationally renowned photographers and emerging British and European artists using photography.
From 1989 to 2005, the eponymous Zelda Cheatle Gallery exhibited important work from many illustrious names and consistently showed young and emerging artists, whilst acknowledging the importance of the history of photography and exhibiting iconic work from across the 20th century. From 2005 to 2012, Zelda Cheatle was responsible for initiating, sourcing and establishing the first Photography Fund. Primarily collecting fine prints of the 20th century, the Fund Collection included the Eve Arnold Archive of vintage prints and a significant Russian collection from Rodchenko to Lissitzky and the Vhutemas School, and a collection of 20th Century iconic works from Sudek to Steichen. Today, Zelda is currently curating, reviewing and assessing photography on an international basis.
João Kulcsár has a MA from the University of Kent, England. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. Professor and coordinator of photography at Senac University. President of REDE of producers of photography in Brazil.
Curator of photographic exhibitions in Brazil as: Claudia Andujar, Yanomami, Maureen Bisilliat, Bolivia; Thomaz Farkas, retrospective; Lewis Hine,; America photographs from FSA; Magnum 60 years; Edward Curtis, Portrait; Observers, photographers of the UK scene since 1930 until today; Immigrant Portrait, Ellis Island; Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Body as evidence; Magnum Cinema; Portraits, Identity Dialogues; Henri Cartier-Bresson, Firts Photographs; and Elliott Erwitt, Dog’ Life.
Author of books as: Herança Compartilhada; Árvores da Cidade de São Paulo; Impressões Visuais; Observadores da Cena Britânica; Viva o Brasil; Retratos Imigrantes; Acervo do MIS-SP ( Memória Paulistana; Lambe-lambe, fotógrafos de rua nos anos 70; e Ferrovia Madeira-Mamoré). Website editor
Born in Germany in 1958, Joachim Schmeisser is best known for his major photographic series he has done in East Africa – his iconic portraiture of Elephants – especially the Orphan Elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.
He started this project in 2009 – during a stopover on a trip to the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and the Hadzabe in Tansania. Everything changed once he found himself surrounded by these baby elephants and his short travel break turned into a wonderful friendship and terrific project. It is still ongoing even today and has become a matter close to his heart.
In 2012, Joachim Schmeisser won the prestigious Hasselblad Award for this work. In 2017, his book »Elephants in Heaven« was launched by the German Publisher teNeues and sold out within 4 months.
»I feel like this work—for me—is an unprecedented example of the perfect balance between creating an icon, and working with an icon.« writes Art Editor Fridey Mickel of the TAZ Berlin about his work and Matthias Harder, Chief curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation Berlin, speaks in his foreword about him as a man of conviction with an ecological, visual approach. »He gives something back to the land and ultimately infects us with his enthusiasm for the elephants.«
Joachim Schmeisser’s intention is to show the beauty and uniqueness of our planet and to increase sensitivity for a topic that concerns us all.
After her studies of Business Management, Kathrin Köhler worked together with her partner, a professional photographer, in the Advertising and Design scene.
In 2009, she founded the gallery IMMAGIS and specializes in contemporary photographic art. IMMAGIS stands for excellent, classic, and extravagant positions in the international photography scene; from the world’s leading photographers to promising young talents. IMMAGIS is based in Munich’s museum district.