Phil Bergerson

Phil Bergerson has photographed for over 30 years. His work has been exhibited internationally and is found in many prestigious collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. His photographs have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Toronto Life and Walrus Magazine, and his book, Shards of America will be published in September 2004. Since 1975, Bergerson has been a professor of photography at Ryerson University in Toronto where he established and organized the annual international "Kodak Lecture Series" on photography. In 1979, he organized "Canadian Perspectives", a National Conference on Photography in Canada, and in 1983, the first International Symposium on Photographic Theory. He has also arranged several photographic study trips to Europe and Asia.

Steve Schapiro

Born in 1936, Steve Schapiro documented many of the pivotal events and prominent figures of the turbulent 1960s—the Selma bus boycott, Bobby Kennedy's Presidential campaign, James Baldwin's tour of the American South, the street scene of Haight Ashbury, Mohammed Ali's rise to fame, and the superstars of Andy Warhol's Factory. In August 2000 he published the book American Edge, a collection of his black and white photographs from the 1960s which many have likened to Robert Frank's The Americans.

In the 1970s and 1980s he continued his documentary work but also worked on Hollywood movie posters for such films as Midnight Cowboy and The Godfather. Today, Schapiro is active in developing on-line portfolios about topics such as Vietnam vets, drug trafficking in American , and racism in the prison system, for American Radio Works, a division of Minneapolis Public Radio.

His photographs have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, "Visa Pour L’Image" Festival in Perpignan, France, and are included in the Smithsonian Museum’s collection. He is represented by Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

Steve Schapiro's work is represented in Ryerson’s Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection, an internationally-renowned collection of almost 300,000 black and white photographs produced between 1930 and 1980 by some of North America’s most influential photographers. This remarkable visual legacy of the 20th century was donated to Ryerson University in 2005. Founded in New York in 1935, The Black Star photographic agency has played a key role in the emergence of photojournalism as we know it today.


Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall: el consuelo de la fotografía

Jeff Wall nace en Vancouver (Canadá) en el año 1946, ciudad en la que reside y trabaja, resultando ser una figura clave en la escena artística de su ciudad durante años. Premiado en el año 2002 con el prestigioso Premio Hasselblad.

Su obra ha ayudado a definir el llamado fotoconceptualismo. Sus fotografías son a menudo cuidadosamente planificadas como una escena en una película, con pleno control de todos los detalles. Sus composiciones se encuentran siempre bien pensadas, o prestadas, a partir de clásicos pintores como Édouard Manet. Muchas de sus imágenes son grandes (normalmente 2X2 metros) transpariencias colocadas en cajas de luz, según el fotógrafo esta idea le vino durante un viaje en autobús entre España y Londres tras ver un gran anuncio publicitario montado sobre una caja de luz en una parada de autobús. Los temas tratados en sus fotografías son sociales y políticos, tales como la violencia urbana, racismo, pobreza, así como conflictos de género y de clase.


Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore (Nueva York, 1947) hizo sus primeras fotografías siendo todavía niño. Autodidacta, recibió un equipo de revelado a la edad de 6 años. Comenzó a usar una cámara de 35mm tres años después y empezó a fotografiar en color. A los 10 años recibió una copia del libro de Walker Evans ‘American Photographs’, que le influyó enormemente.

A los 14 años presentó sus fotografías a Edward Steichen, entonces curador del Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) en Nueva York, que adquirió para el museo tres de sus obras.

De adolescente pasó algún tiempo en la Factoría Andy Warhol, fotografiando al artista y a su entorno.

En 1971, con 24 años, Shore se convirtió en el primer fotógrafo vivo en tener una exposición monográfica en el Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA).

Comenzó entonces a trabajar en series de fotografías ‘on the road’, una versión personal de fotografía de viaje y de paisajes de Estados Unidos y Canadá. En 1972 realizó un recorrido desde Manhattan (Nueva York) hasta Amarillo (Texas), lo que incentivó su interés por el color.

Jacob Aue Sobol

Jacob is a nominee at Magnum Photos. Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and Diemar/Noble Photography in London also represent him.

Jacob was born in Denmark, in 1976 and grew up in Brøndby Strand in the suburbs south of Copenhagen. He lived as an exchange student in Strathroy, Canada from 1994-95 and as a hunter and fisherman in Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland from 2000-2002. In Spring 2006 he moved to Tokyo, staying there 18 months before returning to Denmark in August 2008. He now lives and works in Copenhagen.

After studying at the European Film College, Jacob was admitted to Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography in 1998. There he developed a unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography, which he has since refined and further developed.

In the autumn of 1999 he went to live in the settlement Tiniteqilaaq on the East Coast of Greenland. Over the next three years he lived mainly in this township with his Greenlandic girlfriend Sabine and her family, living the life of a fisherman and hunter but also photographing. The resultant book Sabine was published in 2004 and the work was nominated for the 2005 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

In the summer of 2005 Jacob traveled with a film crew to Guatemala to make a documentary about a young Mayan girl’s first journey to the ocean. The following year he returned by himself to the mountains of Guatemala where he met the indigenous family Gomez-Brito. He stayed with them for a month to tell the story of their everyday life. The series won the First Prize Award, Daily Life Stories, World Press Photo 2006.

In 2006 he moved to Tokyo and during the next two years he created the images from his resent book I, Tokyo. The book was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award 2008 and published by Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Edition Braus (Germany), Lunwerg Editores (Spain), Peliti Associati (Italy) and Mets & Schilt (The Netherlands)

In 2008 Jacob started working in Bangkok and in 2009 in Copenhagen. This work is now in progress.



Lee Miller

Lee Miller in Hitler's bath by David Scherman

Elizabeth 'Lee' Miller : musa, genio y corresponsal de guerra (Nueva York, 1907 — 1977) El primer contacto con el mundo de la fotografía fue a ejerciendo de modelo en Nueva York en los años 20. No fue hasta 1929, cuando viajó a París y empezó a trabajar con Man Ray, que descubrió la pasión para la fotografía artística, y fue en este momento cuando empezó su carrera como fotógrafa.

En 1932 volvió a Nueva York y empezó a colaborar con las principales revistas de moda. Poco a poco Miller se convirtió en una fotógrafa de referencia.

Pero en 1944 su carrera profesional dio un giro y se convirtió en corresponsal de US Army. Durante la segunda Guerra Mundial trabajó intensamente como fotoperiodista.

Cuando acabó la guerra Lee Miller continuó su actividad en Nueva York, trabajando para la revista Vogue. Retrató a un sinfín de celebridades. Retratos inconfundibles de artistas como Picasso, Tapis, Man Ray…

Lee Miller was born in 1907 in Poughkeepsie, New York USA and first entered the world of photography in New York as a model to the great photographers of the day such as Edward Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene and Arnold Genthe.

In 1929 she went to Paris and worked with the well known Surrealist artist and photographer Man Ray, and succeeded in establishing her own studio. She became known as a portraitist and fashion photographer, but her most enduring body of work is that of her Surrealist images. She returned to New York in 1932, and again set up her own studio which ran for 2 years and was highly successful. It closed when she married a wealthy Egyptian businessman Aziz Eloui Bey and went to live with him in Cairo, Egypt. She became fascinated by long range desert travel and photographed desert villages and ruins. During a visit to Paris in 1937 she met Roland Penrose, the Surrealist artist who was to become her second husband, and travelled with him to Greece and Romania. In 1939 she left Egypt for London shortly before World War II broke out. She moved in with Roland Penrose and defying orders from the US Embassy to return to America she took a job as a freelance photographer on Vogue.

In 1944 she became a correspondent accredited to the US Army, and teamed up with Time Life photographer David E. Scherman. She followed the US troops overseas on 'D' Day + 20. She was probably the only woman combat photo-journalist to cover the war in Europe and among her many exploits she witnessed the siege of St Malo, the Liberation of Paris, the fighting in Luxembourg and Alsace, the Russian/American link up at Torgau, the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau. She billeted in both Hitler and Eva Braun's houses in Munich, and photographed Hitler's house Wachenfeld at Berchtesgaden in flames on the eve of Germany's surrender. Penetrating deep into Eastern Europe, she covered harrowing scenes of children dying in Vienna, peasant life in post war Hungary and finally the execution of Prime Minister Lazlo Bardossy.

After the war she continued to work for Vogue for a further 2 years, covering fashion and celebrities. In 1947 she married Roland Penrose and contributed to his biographies of Picasso, Miro, Man Ray and Tapies. Some of her portraits of famous artists like Picasso are the most powerful portraits of the individuals ever produced, but it is mainly for the witty Surrealist images which permeate all her work that she is best remembered.


Miroslav Tichý

“Si quieres ser famoso, tienes que hacer lo que sea que hagas peor que todos los demás en el mundo”.

Miroslav Tichý
nació en algún lugar de la actual República Checa en 1926. Empezó y abandonó la carrera de bellas artes en Praga. Fue encarcelado varias veces durante periodos prolongados por el régimen comunista de su país. Expuso por última vez sus cuadros en la década de los cincuenta en Brno, y decidió en los setenta dedicarse a la fotografía y abandonar la pintura, según él porque todo estaba ya pintado. Es un tipo poco social y excéntrico, que vive solo desde hace décadas en su pueblo natal, haciendo fotos a las mujeres del lugar.

Una deliciosa exposición que pude ver en el Centre Pompidou en 2008 y un año más tarde en Ivorypress.


André Kertész

André Kertész (Budapest, 1894 - Nueva York, 1985). Es conocido por sus contribuciones a la composición fotográfica y por sus esfuerzos para establecer y desarrollar el ensayo fotográfico. Durante los primeros años de su carrera, sus trabajos no fueron apreciados debido a sus ángulos poco ortodoxos y a su deseo de conservar un estilo fotográfico personal. Incluso al final de su vida Kertész consideró que no había obtenido el reconocimiento que merecía. Actualmente, es considerado una de las figuras más influyentes del periodismo fotográfico.

Sally Mann

Sally Mann, fotógrafa estadounidense nacida el 1 de mayo de 1951 en Lexington (Virginia), donde aún vive con su esposo Larry, abogado de profesión, con quién tuvo tres hijos: Jessie, Emmett y Virginia, protagonistas de algunos de sus mejores retratos.

Estudió fotografía en la Praestegaard Film School (1971) y en la Aegeon School of Fine Arts (1972), entre otros, graduándose en 1974 en el Bennington College.

Su trabajo ha llamado la atención no solamente por sus cualidades técnicas sino también por algunas controversias desatadas por grupos radicales, al final de la década de 1990, de cristianos conservadores de su país los cuales protestaron contra la fotógrafa, David Hamilton y Jock Sturges acusándoles de crear pornografía.

Entre otras instituciones el Museo Metropolitano de Nueva York y la colección Corcoran poseen obra entre sus fondos.

En julio de 2001 Sally Mann recibió de la revista Time el premio a la Mejor fotógrafa norteamericana.

Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair. La poligamia en Estados Unidos
Una mirada íntima sobre la Iglesia Fundamentalista de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días (Iglesia IFSUD), una de las sectas mormonas más cerradas y conocida por su práctica de la poligamia. Fundada a principios del siglo veinte, tras la escisión de un grupo de disidentes de la Iglesia mormona sobre la cuestión del matrimonio plural, la Iglesia IFSUD protagoniza un escándalo en 2006 con la detención de su líder, Warren S. Jeffs, acusado de haber oficiado bodas ilegales entre sus discípulos y menores. En 2008, las autoridades hacen una redada en el rancho de la Iglesia IFSUD en Eldorado, Texas.

Hellen van Meene

Hellen van Meene (Alkmaar, 1972) is a Dutch photographer.

She primarily makes portraits of adolescent girls / women. In 2005 the American magazine Village Voice placed her book Portrait of the top 25 best books of 2005, and in 2007 she finished in fourth place in the annual ranking Elsevier successful artists.

Rineke Dijkstra

Rineke Dijkstra attended the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam from 1981 until 1986.Dijkstra concentrates on single portraits, and usually works in series, looking at groups such as adolescents, clubbers, and soldiers. Her subjects are often shown standing, facing the camera, against a minimal background. This compositional style is perhaps most notable in her well-known beach portraits, which generally feature one or more adolescents against a seascape. This style is again seen in her work on pregnant women. On of her works entitled, Daniel, Adi, Shira, and Keren, Rishonim High School, Herzliya, Israel consists of two photograghs taken 20 months apart. It evokes questions about the youths' futures and whether they were, are, or will be in uniform

Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley
(born October 17, 1977) is an American photographer living in NYC who began making photographs in 1998. In 2003, at the age of 24, McGinley was the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was also named Photographer of the Year in 2003 by American Photo Magazine. In 2007 McGinley was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography.