PHmuseum is driven by our team ideas and collective effort. Get to know us.

About

PHmuseum is a curated platform dedicated to contemporary photography. Launched in 2012, we are today a community of 5,000 selected photographers reached by more than 300,000 visitors per year. Our mission is to connect professionals within the photographic industry as well as create a free online space where everyone could learn about photography and its language.

In this sense, one of our most important initiatives are the online curated exhibitions that we organise on a bimonthly basis. Our galleries have hosted the work of internationally recognized authors like Jacob Aue Subol, Anastasia Taylor Lind, Laura El Tantawy, Alejandro Chaskielberg and Hajime Kimura, and dealt with relevant issues of our times. 

PHmuseum is also known for its program of grants, which offers £25,000 in cash prizes every year, the opportunity to exhibit at international photography festivals and features on recognised online magazines. Salvatore Vitale, Max Pinckers, Diana Markosian, Tomas Van Houtryve, and Clémentine Schneidermann are among the past editions winners, while Martin Parr (Magnum), Kathy Ryan (New York Times), Donald Weber (Photographer), François Hébel (Curator) and Sarah Leen (National Geographic) among the former jurors.

Team

We are an independent group of entrepreneurs, photographers, and journalists from around the globe. We strive to improve PHmuseum every day, and the project is the result of our collective effort. Learn more about us and feel free to get in touch:

Giuseppe Oliverio

Giuseppe Oliverio

Director and Curator

Giuseppe (b. 1985) is an Italian entrepreneur and fimmaker. In 2011 he moved to Buenos Aires to develop the PHmuseum project and its online platform, launched in June 2012. Since then he has created an international network of photographers and editors around the project and leaded his team with a special focus on the creative development.

Giuseppe has been in the jury of international awards like Gomma Grant, UPI The Fence, Happiness OnTheMove, Reminders Photography Stronghold, PHmuseum San Jose Foto Award, and Viewbook Grant. He has worked as portfolio reviewer at Cortona On The Move, Photo Vogue Festival, and for Magnum Photos at Visa Pour L’Image. He has also given talks at international festivals like Paraty Em Foco in Brazil, Cortona On The Move in Italy and Ojo de Pez Meeting in Spain, and written for TIME magazine. 

His first documentary, A Conscious Dream, has been selected to 12 film festivals across Europe, USA and Latin America and awarded best documentary short at 2016 Manchester International Film Festival. His second documentary, A Land, was recently released and it's currently premiering at film festivals.

Eefje Ludwig

Eefje Ludwig

Education Manager

Eefje (b.1982) is a Dutch advisor, educator and curator based in Amsterdam (NL). She holds a MA in Educational Sciences (University of Amsterdam) and studied photography at the Institut Catalan de Estudis Fotografics in Barcelona, Spain. She previously worked as a project manager and manager of Education Team at World Press Photo between 2008 and 2016. During those years she developed and coordinated different training projects and publications in the Middle-East, Africa and Latin America. For years, she coordinated the well-known Joop Swart Masterclass, which has brought forward many of nowadays big names in the industry of photojournalism and documentary photography. Since 2016 she works as an independent advisor-connector, educator and editor, curator in the field of photography and visual storytelling.

Rocco Venezia

Rocco Venezia

Curator and Producer

Rocco (b.1991) is an italian documentary photographer. The subject of his works originate from a personal interest in literature as well as a certain awareness of the European political and economic situations. 

He holds a first class honours degree in documentary photography from Newport, University of South Wales. His work has been shown in Greece, Italy, Uk and China. His latest work, Nekyia, is a book published by the Italian independent editor Witty Kiwi in May 2017. The monograph is part of the collection at the National Art Library of Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and Colección Folio at Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City. 

Next to his personal work as a photographer, Rocco is working as curator and producer for PHmuseum and he is the co-founder of Photo Meliggoi, a photography residency in Greece.

 

Laurence Cornet

Laurence Cornet

News Contributor

Laurence is a writer, photography critic and curator based in Brooklyn who is focusing on cultural and dystopian issues. Her clients include MSNBC, Vogue, Newsweek, Blink.la, L’Oeil de la Photographie, The Magnum Foundation, The Guardian, Harper's Bazaar, The Long+Short, and Vice.

Veronica Sanchis Bencomo

Veronica Sanchis Bencomo

News Contributor

Verónica is a Venezuelan photographer and curator based in Hong Kong. In 2014, she founded Foto Féminas, an online platform promoting Latin American and Caribbean women photographers. Verónica has organised and produced exhibitions, projections and talks for the platform in Argentina, China, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Colin Pantall

Colin Pantall

News Contributor

Colin Pantall is a writer, lecturer and photographer based in Bath, England. He has written and photographed for a range of publications on photography, the environment and the arts including The British Journal of Photography, Foam, and The Far Eastern Economic Review. 

He co-edited and wrote Magnum China which will be published in October 2018. 

His photographic work focusses on his immediate domestic environment. His first photobook All Quiet on the Home Front was published by ICVL in 2017 and looks at how childhood, fatherhood and the British landscape overlap. He is currently working on his next book, My German Family Album, which will be published in 2020. 

Pantall also curates events at festivals such as Photobook Bristol, Gazebook Sicily. In his other work, he runs workshops and lectures on photography at the University of Gloucester, University of the West of England, and Bath Spa University.

Alejandro Acín

Alejandro Acín

News Contributor

Alejandro Acin (b.1984 Spain) is a photographer based in Bristol (UK). After graduating in Environmental Science from the Universidad de Granada (2009), he has been involved in the visual arts and particularly photography for the last six years. His personal work has been exhibited in Spain, Colombia, Italy and the UK. Acin has always been taking part in the industry also as an art producer and editor through IC Visual Lab C.I.C, where as founder director he supports and promotes contemporary photography through collaborative projects. Since 2012 Acin has also been working as project assistant and picture editor at the Historical Photographs of China Archive at University of Bristol. In 2013, he started working as a Art Director of Photobook Bristol. He has also delivered numerous photography workshops and education programmes on photobook publishing and digital storytelling.

Gemma Padley

Gemma Padley

News Contributor

Gemma Padley is a freelance writer and editor who specialises in photography. Her clients include: British Journal of Photography, Time LightBox, The Telegraph, Magnum Photos, Foam, Photoworks, 1000 Words, and the BBC, among others. Gemma also writes introductions for artist photobooks, and in 2015 contributed to Self Publish, Be Happy’s A DIY Photobook Manual And Manifesto co-published by Aperture. She has judged competitions that include the Getty Prestige Grant 2015, Magnum Photos’ 30 Under 30 award, and Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2016, and also takes part in talks about contemporary photography and publishing.

Museum Van

The Museum Van is a metaphorical representation of PHmuseum in the real world. Since 2012 it has allowed us to connect with the photographic community of foreign countries and to spread our vision on contemporary photography. 

In 2014 we went to Chile and filmed A Conscious Dream, the first short documentary of a series that aims to explore the diverse cultural heritage of the Latin American continent while exploring universal issues. The movie went to 12 film festivals across Europe and Americas and won the Best Short Documentary prize at 2015 Manchester International Film Festival.

A year after we went to Paraguay and portrayed the silent conflict between Mennonites colonies and Indigenous communities. The result is A Landour second documentary completed in 2017 that is currently presented at film festivals. 


A Land (Trailer) | Paraguay, 2015-2017

A Land is PHmuseum second short documentary. In April 2015 our team drove all the way from Buenos Aires to the Paraguayan Chaco, a semi-arid region
also known as "the green hell". There, since the 1950s, Mennonites groups escaping World War II have established their colonies
 and progressively occupied more than
 90% of indigenous communities’ territory. Without their land, natives’ ancestral way of living and culture are dramatically at risk. 

“A Land” portrays this silent conflict and explores the issues and opportunities 
of multiculturalism.

A Conscious Dream (Full Movie) | Chile, 2014-2015

In 2014 we went to Chile and filmed A Conscious Dream, the first short documentary of a series that aims to explore the diverse cultural heritage of the Latin American continent while exploring universal issues. The movie went to 12 film festivals across Europe and Americas and won the Best Short Documentary prize at 2015 Manchester International Film Festival.

A Conscious Dream (Trailer) | Chile, 2014-2015

In March 2014 we travelled across Chile on the Museum Van, crossing the Andes, reaching the Pacific coast and driving through the Atacama desert. This is the trailer of 

Brazil 2013

After Bolivia we visited Brazil in February 2013. From Sebastian Liste, Iatã Cannabrava and Corinthians supporters to Favela do Vidigal, Estudio Madalena and the beaches of Florianopolis, this is a synthesis of the atmosphere and places we went through in a month and 7000km on the road.

Bolivia 2012

In august 2012 we started our on the road adventure droving 6000 km from Buenos Aires to La Paz and back, with the aim of sharing our project and engage with the local community. 

An Interview with Iatã Cannabrava

Brazilian Curator and Photographer Iatã Cannabrava tell us about photography scene in Latin America on the rooftop of his production company Estudio Madalena (São Paulo, February 2013).

An Interview with Pep Bonet

During the 9th edition of Paraty Em Foco we interviewed Spanish photojournalist Pep Bonet, co-founder of NOOR Agency, about his latest works and his thoughts on multimedia projects and nowadays documentary photography.