DOUG DUBOIS: DuBois (born 1960, Dearborn, Michigan) is an american photographer based in Syracuse, New York. Doug DuBois’ photographs are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY, SFMOMA in San Francisco, J. Paul Getty Museum and LACAMA in Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Library of Congress in Washington DC and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the National Endowment for the Arts, SITE Santa Fe, Light Works and the John Gutmann Foundation. Doug DuBois has exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the Aperture Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art and Higher Pictures in New York; SITE, Santa Fe; New Langton Arts in San Francisco; PARCO Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, MACRO Museo D’Arte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Crawford Art Gallery and the Gallery of Photography in Ireland. He has published two monographs with the Aperture Foundation, My last day at Seventeen (2015), All the Days and Nights (2009); exhibition catalogues including Where We Live: Photographs from the Berman Collection (2007) with the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort (1991) with the Museum of Modern Art; as well as features in Double Take, the Picture Project, the Friends of Photography, and in magazines including the New York Times, Time, Details, GQ, the Telegraph and Financial Times of London, Monopol in Berlin and Outlook Magazine in Beijing. Doug DuBois received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is an associate professor at Syracuse University and on the faculty at the Hartford Art School’s International Limited Residency MFA program in photography.
DOMINGO MILELLA: Domingo Milella was born in 1981 in Bari, Italy, and today divides his time between his hometown and New York. At the age of eighteen Milella moved to New York to study photography at the School of Visual Arts (BFA 2005), where Stephen Shore was one of his teachers. Milella has worked with Massimo Vitali and Thomas Struth has been an influential mentor. Since 2001, he has been developing his landscape project. Milella has exhibited at Brancolini Grimaldi (Rome and London), Tracy Williams, Ltd. (New York), Foam photography museum (Amsterdam), the Venice Biennale and Les Rencontres d’Arles.
ANDREAS WEINAND: Andreas Weinand (b. 1958 in Rheine / Westfalen) is a photographer based in Berlin, Germany. He studied photography at the University GHS Essen (Folkwang), graduating in 1990. His photography is primarily engaged in the research of personal identities. His work has been exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at Brandts Museet for Fotokunst (Odense, Denmark), Contretype (Brussels, Belgium), Gallery 44 (Toronto, Canada), Gallery Fotoimage (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Museum für Photographie (Braunschweig, Germany). His work is represented in public collections, including Bauhaus Archiv, Dessau; Brandts Museet for Fotokunst, Odense; Contretype, Brussels; Ruhrlandmuseum and Museum Folkwang, Essen.
Monographs: The Good Earth // peperoni books 2013 / ISBN: 978-3-941825-50-5
Colossal Youth // peperoni books 2011 / ISBN 978-3-941825-29-1
Stadt Land Mensch // KuK Monschau 2009 / ISBN 978-3-00-027164-9
Publications (selection): BRUSSELS UNLIMITED // CFC-Éditions, Contretype et ARP2 // ISBN 978-2-87572-008-5
ADOLESCENCE, Landscape Stories 2012 / ISBN 978-88-907650-7-0
SHIFTS // Archives in Dialogue and New Identities in Documentarism, i(p+r)/n
Die anderen Städte – IBA Stadtumbau 2010 – Edition Bauhaus, Dessau, Jovis Verlag
Kolonien des Eigensinns Edition Bauhaus, Dessau, Campus Verlag.
VINCENZO CASTELLA: Vincenzo Castella was born in Naples (1952) and currently lives in Milan. He began his activity as a phographer in 1975; between 1975 and 1982 he concluded Geografia Privata (Private Geography), color photos of domestic interiors. In 1976, 1978 and 1980 he is in the United States, where he carried out the Hammie Nixon’s People project: a semi-immaginary biography of some bluesmen, dedicated to the Afro-American, their lives and the Southern-American cities architecture (photos and 16mm film). Since 1980, he exposes his works in Europe and in the United States. In 1984 he took part with Barbieri, Basilico, Chiaramonte, Cresci, Guidi, Jodice and others in the noted “Viaggio in Italia” curated by Luigi Ghirri, Gianni Leone, Enzo Velati, which led to the rediscovery and reinterpretation of the italian landscape.
In 1998 he started the series of photos taken from the buildings of European cities. His photographies appear to be increasingly a-narrative: he developed actual hypotheses of visual crossover on the complexity of the tangle and “weave” of the cities, by producing large color prints from large and ultra large format film. This research dwells on the topics of distance and dislocation. Images of Italian and European cities that belong to this line of research are the ones of Naples, Milan, Turin, Rouen, Caen, Le Havre, Helsinki and Berlin, as well as the images of other regions and sites such as Ramallah and Jerusalem. From 2006 Castella realizes installations out of large-format photographic negatives: it is the case of “Cronache da Milano” (Chronicles from Milan), work presented at Art Unlimited – Basel 2009, where the movements of a virtual camera render an articulated reading of the photo itself and of the relations in the life of the city, with what is visible and what is not. Away from any form of style evolution, his work is tied instead to the systematic reduction of the repertoire and to the synthesis of the language.
VALERIO SPADA: Valerio Spada is a contemporary artist whose professional career saw him occupying the role of fashion photographer, social documentarian, publisher. Spada lives and works between New York, Paris, and Milan. His editorial and commercial work has appeared in numerous international publications, including: TIME Magazine, Le Monde, Volkskrant, NRC, Zoo Magazine, Italian Vogue, Magazine Colette, Lens, Fraülen Magazine, D La Repubblica delle Donne, Italian Glamour, Max, A Anna, Vision, Stile, Cross, La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera, Art Forum, Warner Music Italy. He worked with the italian musician Vinicio Capossela realizing some video and album covers: Canzoni a Manovella, Ovunque Proteggi, La nave sta arrivando. His latest project Gomorrah Girl, wholly self-produced and self-published, speaks of realities affected by the Camorra; contradictions and dignity within a peculiar social universe, redeemed through aesthetically beautiful images. The juxtaposition of candid and posed photography and the intercut from one to the other, and back again, made ‘Gomorrah Girl’ unique in its genre, securing its world-wide success celebrated with several prizes and exhibitions. Published in 2011, it sold out its 500-copy print run plus 30 special editions in record time, becoming a rare item amongst art collectors. Its second edition of 750 numbered copies, which came in a bigger format and with an additional quad fold poster designed by the artist, sold out quickly the following year. Spada’s interest in some of the most poignant social themes originated in 2002 when he founded, self-published and was editor in Chief of Cross Magazine, distributed in more than 40 countries worldwide. Adolescence and territoriality remained a constant theme for the publication, which attracted collaborators like Cyprien Gaillard, Slav & Tartars and Viviane Sassen, to mention a few. Valerio Spada is recipient of the PBN Photography Book Now 2011 Prize, after his book was chosen by an international panel of 12 judges, such as Darius Himes, Steve McCurry and Gerry Badger, from more than 3000 entries. He has also been nominated Best Artist of the Year 2011 for the Albert Renger-Patzsch Award 2012 by Ulrich Pollman, Director of the Münchner StådtMuseum, Munich. Furthermore, Spada’s work won the Festival della Fotografia in Rome 2011 and was exhibited at MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome. In 2012 he received an Honorable Mention at Premio Ponchielli for his courageous civil testimony in a land affected by Camorra.
RAIMOND WOUDA: Raimond Wouda (1964) is a Dutch photographer who teaches documentary photography at the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague. He has worked on several projects which are revealing a sincere interest in human behaviour. His work has been exhibited in many museums and international photo festivals: Photofestival Arles, Lewis Glucksmann Gallery Cork, Musee de L’Elysée Lausanne, and Foam Amsterdam. His work is purchased by several private and public collections. Most important exhibition: Historie Parallele, Institut Neerlandais, Parigi 2004; Dual III, Consortium, Amsterdam, 2003; Section One, Fotomuseum, The Hague 2003; Wild Zone, Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2001; Sec. 8, Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam 2000; Holland-Belgium, Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam 2000. He published: Texel, the books Sandrien and Adam Doc’K in association with Henk Wildschut and School, a book on the social behaviour of adolescents on secondary schools. His work appears on: Photographers in the Netherlands, an anthology 1852-2002, Ludion publishers, Ghent 2002; Histoire parallele, Filigranes Éditions, Parigi 2004; Euroscapes, Must Publishers, Amsterdam 2003; Section one, Ludion publishers, Ghent 2003; Permanent food 10, 2002; From #4, Witte de With, Rotterdam 2001; Holland-Belgium, Rotterdam 2000; The Sweet Sea, Voetnoot publishers, Amsterdam 2000.
BRUNO CESCHEL I SELF PUBLISH, BE HAPPY: Bruno Ceschel is a writer, curator and lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts London. He is the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, an organisation that collects, promotes and studies contemporary self-published photobooks. Ceschel has organised events at a number of institutions in London (The Photographer’s Gallery, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery) and most recently published a book by acclaimed artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin for the series SPBH Book Club. Previously Ceschel worked on the 2008 edition of the Brighton Photo Biennial, as book editor at Chris Boot Ltd, and was associate and creative editor at Colors magazine, founded by Oliviero Toscani. He has curated exhibitions at Fashion Space Gallery in London and Micamera in Milan. He is often invited for public talks, recently at the Tate Modern.
MASSIMO SIRAGUSA: Born in Catania in 1958, Massimo Siragusa for over 30 years has been working as a professional photographer. He lives in Rome, where he teaches at IED. He has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries in Italy and abroad, including Polka Galerie in Paris, the International Festival of Photography in Arles, Galleria Forma in Milan, Museo di Roma and Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Galleria del Credito Valtellinese of Florence, Center for Photography in the Isle of Tenerife, Coalface Gallery in Genk and Photo Vernissage Manege in St. Petersburg. In the field of advertising, has signed a number of campaigns for companies such as Lavazza, PGI, Kodak, ENI, BAT Italy, Milan Airports, Bosch, Alfa Romeo, A2A, Highway foothills, F2i, Boscolo Hotels, MyChef, Versace, Bisazza, Kartell, Conad, Unipol Banca. He won four World Press Photo: In 1997, with Need a Miracle, then in 1999 with The Magic Circle, in 2008 with Recreation and in 2009 with Shotgun Fund. He has published several books including The Vatican, Magic Circle, Believe and Theatre of Italy. He’s represented by Galleria Forma (Milan) and Polka Galerie (Paris).