One of the best innovations offered by this ever more connected world we live in is to connect with colleagues, share experiences and collaborate together.
This is the main goal of our education program: allow you to work with internationally recognised photography experts. In this live private session, you can get your projects reviewed, prepare a submission for an open call, consider what is the best way to publish your work or simply get feedback and move forward. Forget about theoretical pre-recorded classes. Every session is a uniquely different experience where you can ask specific questions, get practical advice and expand your network.
How to get started? Simply select an expert according to their background and field of expertise, book a date and provide a link to your portfolio with a clear question or goal to start with. A 77% of our alumni say the experience was positive beyond their expectations. Take advantage of working remotely, when you need it, and enjoy this innovative way of collaboration.
When I enrolled with the PhMuseum mentorship programme, I had expected a session that would provoke ideas to move my work forward. The feedback I received was provided on a specific body of work, discussing each piece in detail. My experience surpassed my expectations and helped me to develop my work further. Suzan Pektas, Turkey
PhEST Photography Curator And Photo Editor
Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. From 2012 to 2021 she has been the artistic director of Cortona On The Move in Italy. She is now the Curator of Photography for PhEST, festival of contemporary art focused on the Mediterranean. She was the director of OjodePez magazine, the bilingual documentary photography quarterly published by LaFabrica, Madrid, for 7 years. Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 in New York, as Archive Director at Magnum Photos. Back in Italy in 2001, she joined Colors magazine as photo editor. Based in Milan from 2004 to 2011, Arianna worked as a freelance curator for exhibits and book projects, and a photo consultant for publications, among which 4 years at D, the weekend supplement of La Repubblica. Based in Barcelona since 2012, Arianna continues to develop photography projects at an international level, and teaches workshops, explores photo festivals, and is intrigued by amazing stories told through images. Arianna collaborates with publishing houses for special projects and is a regular participant in portfolio reviews and jury panels worldwide, as well as speaker and lecturer. She has been conducting workshops and masterclasses in various venues, festivals and photography schools in Europe.
Curator and Cultural Producer at New Art Exchange
Cindy Sissokho is a Paris-born curator, cultural producer and writer living in Nottingham and working throughout the UK and internationally. Her work has a specific focus on decoloniality in the arts and Global South epistemologies and artistic practices. Since 2018, Sissokho has worked for New Art Exchange, Nottingham as a Curator and Special Projects Producer, a role that involves curating exhibitions, managing the organisation's touring exhibitions programme, and coordinating international projects and collaborations. In 2021 Cindy was appointed Associate Curator for Casablanca Biennale in Morrocco. Cindy has previously worked for Nottingham Contemporary within their exhibitions team.
Guest Curator of Noorderlicht Festival 2023
Eefje is an independent Dutch photography 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 d'Estudis Fotogràfics in Barcelona, Spain. She previously worked as a project manager and manager of the Education Department at World Press Photo between 2008 and 2016. During those years she developed, fundraised 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. In 2017 she was the Artistic Director of Photoreporter Festival in Saint-Brieuc, France. She worked as Education Manager at PHmuseum from 2018 to 2020 and also a founding member Transformations, as well as a founding member of the international photographers collective and agency MAPS. She has been participating in different juries and additionally nominates for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and 6x6 Talent Program.
Federico Clavarino (1984) is an Italian photographer based between Madrid and London. After attending a Master Course in literature and creative writing at Alessandro Baricco's Scuola Holden, in 2007 he moved to Madrid where he started studying photography at BlankPaper School with Fosi Vegue. Two years later he was already working on his personal photography projects, and in 2010 he published his first short essay, La Vertigine. His first book, Ukraina Pasport, came out the following year, receiving the PhotoEspaña Honourable Mention as best book of 2011. At the same time he began working as a teacher for BlankPaper School, where he taught until 2017. In September 2014 the London-based publisher Akina Books brought out his second book, Italia o Italia. The work received good reviews from a number of critics and the original photographs were exhibited in 2015 at the International Photography Festival of Rome. In April 2016 Dalpine published his third book, The Castle, which was exhibited in various festivals (PhotoEspaña 2016, Les Rencontres d'Arles 2017) and galleries (Viasaterna in Milan, Temple in Paris) around Europe. Another of his current projects, Hereafter, received the La Caixa Foundation Fotopres grant in 2014. The work was exhibited for the first time at CaixaForum in Barcelona in February 2017 and will soon be made into a book. He currently teaches and lectures internationally, collaborating with schools, universities, institutions and festivals around Europe.
Federico Barbon is a graphic designer focusing on web and editorial design. He studied at Bauer school in Milan, Italy (2013) and graduated from ECAL in 2019. He worked at Studiopaola (Milan), Navone Associati (Milan) and Lamm & Kirch (Leipzig). He's now working as a book designer for a number of publishers (Witty Books, Humboldt, Yoffy Press, Skinnerboox) and collaborates with ECAL.
PHmuseum Founder and Director
Giuseppe Oliverio (b. Bologna, 1985) is an Italian entrepreneur, curator and filmmaker. In 2012 he founded phmuseum.com, a curated online platform dedicated to contemporary photography based in London. Nowadays the project presents bimonthly online exhibitions, features the work of 5,000 selected photographers, and connects them with photo editors and curators worldwide. Recently they also launched an online educational program, offering one-to-one portfolio reviews, consultancies, and mentorships with internationally recognized professors. PHmuseum is also known for its Grants aimed at financing and promoting photographers and their projects. Only in 2018 it offered £25,000 in cash prizes, plus other relevant opportunities such as a solo show at Cortona On The Move, features on Vogue Italia, and a nomination for the World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass. Former jury members include Roger Ballen, Sarah Leen (National Geographic), Martin Parr (Magnum Photos), Pamela Chen (Instagram), and Alessia Glaviano (Vogue Italia). Giuseppe worked as a portfolio reviewer at many events including Cortona On The Move, Photo Vogue Festival, Verzasca Foto, SI Fest, and for Magnum Photos at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan. He was in the jury of international awards like Gomma Grant, Happiness Onthemove, The Fence, Reminders Photography Stronghold and Viewbook Grant. He gave talks and joined panels at international festivals like Photoville in New York, Paraty Em Foco in Brazil, and Ojo de Pez Meeting in Barcelona. He also wrote a series of articles on Latin American photography for TIME magazine. His first documentary A Conscious Dream was selected to 12 film festivals across Europe, USA and Latin America and awarded best documentary short at 2016 Manchester International Film Festival. His second project, A Land, is currently premiering at film festivals.
Katrin Koenning is a German photographer and photographic educator based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2016 her first book, Astres Noirs, received the Australian Photobook of the Year Award and was shortlisted for both Prix Nadar and the Paris Photo/Aperture First Book Award. Katrin regularly exhibits in Australian and international solo and group exhibitions. She is a former editor of the Australian PhotoJournalist Magazine, and her images are published widely in places such as The New Yorker, ASX, The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and many others. Katrin regularly teaches intensive conceptual and narrative-based workshops in photographic practice and thinking, working closely with institutions and festivals such as Angkor Photo Festival (Siem Reap, Cambodia), The Lighthouse (Calcutta, India), Photo Kathmandu (Kathmandu, Nepal), Photobook NZ, The Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne, Australia), Perth Centre for Photography and the Australian Centre for Photography among others. She has been a photographic educator since 2008, teaching documentary storytelling at the University of Queensland and Photography Studies College Melbourne. Katrin is represented by East Wing Gallery.
Lisa Barnard (1967) is a British photographic artist and educator based in Cardiff. Her photographic practice discusses real events, embracing complex and innovative visual strategies that utilise both traditional documentary techniques with more contemporary and conceptually rigorous forms of representation. Lisa connects her interest in aesthetics, current photographic debates around materiality and the existing political climate. Sean O Hagan, Guardian Review of 'Chateau Despair': “Barnard describes herself as a photographic artist, but her work seems unapologetically political. She pays homage to, and undercuts, the tropes of documentary realism”. She is a Reader in Photography and Programme leader on the MA in Documentary Photography at The University of South Wales. Lisa has two publications both with GOST, Chateau Despair and Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden. Her new project, The Canary and the Hammer will be published by MACK early in 2019.
Photo Editor for Special Projects and Investigations, The Washington Post
Nick Kirkpatrick is a photo editor at The Washington Post where he collaborates across the newsroom on special projects and stories, including with the paper's award-winning Investigative unit. Nick's work has been recognized by numerous awards from the Overseas Press Club of America, Best of Photojournalism, the National Press Foundation and Pictures of the Year International. Since joining The Post in 2013, Nick has worked with the foreign desk as the International Photo Editor and has launched a number of innovative projects and initiatives. Most recently, he was part of a small interdisciplinary team working in close collaboration with Google to develop a visual storytelling format tailored to mobile audiences. Nick enjoys teaching and mentoring visual journalists. He lectures and reviews portfolios at industry events around the world and is a is proud faculty member at the Eddie Adams Workshop. Nick has served on juries for the Women Photograph + Nikon grants, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, and the Visa d'Or Awards at Visa pour l'Image, the world's biggest photojournalism festival.
Lens Based Artist & Curator
Nicolás Janowski works between art, documentary practices and curatorial processes. His work is linked to the concept of territory, the sense of belonging and hybrid identities from an intersectional perspective in Latin America. The aspect of historical context is central in his narrative as well as its diffusion through transmedial and expanded platforms. Janowski's late projects are characterized by using different mediums to support, complement, narrate and articulate stories: Offscreen sound, narrative sound, text, cartography and archival images are some key elements often used in Janowski’s projects to recreate the idea of territory and habitat. Among other awards and distinctions, Nicolas has received recognitions at FotoVisura Prize and Burn Prize in 2013 and 1st Prize at Repsol Lima Photo Award in 2014. In 2015 TIME Magazine highlighted him as one of the 9 photographers to follow in Argentina and his book Fin del Mundo co-published by Chaco & Universidad de Cadiz (Spain) has been awarded the 1st prize in Latin American Photobook in 2017. The same year he has been invited as the guest curator of the San José Foto International Photography Festival (Uruguay). He has exhibited individually in most countries in Latin America, Europe and the United States. His oeuvre is part of public and private collections. Argentina’s National Beaux Art Museum, Moscow’s Contemporary Art Museum & Juan Mulder’s private Collection among others. Janowski has been invited a jury of international awards, among others the García Marquez Foundation for the new Ibero-American journalism (Colombia), the FELIFA prize of the author's book fair (Arg), Magenta Foundation International Prize (Canada) and Photojournalism Prize for Peace Juan Antonio Serrano (Ecuador). Since 2016 he is a nominator for the 6x6 Talent of World Press Photo and the same year he was one of the 10 × 10 CLAP Latin America Photobook nominators. Since 2018, he has been a nominator for World Press Photo's Joop Masterclass.
Photographer & PHmuseum Curator
Rocco Venezia is a visual artist and works as a curator for PhMuseum. Venezia has exhibited his personal work in solo shows at VOID (Greece) and JEST (Italy), while he was displayed in group exhibitions at Fondazione Fabbri (Italy), Capa Photography Center (Hungary), ISSP Gallery (Latvia) and Gallery Image (Denmark). His project Nekyia is a book published by the Italian independent editor Witty Books in 2017, the monograph is part of the collection at the National Art Library of Victoria & Albert Museum in London. His latest work - Is Life Under The Sun Not Just a Dream - started in 2018 and developed under the European Program Parallel Platform, by which he has been selected as second cycle emerging artist. He has been nominated by VOID as one of the Futures Talents of 2021. Next to his personal practice, Venezia works as a curator and producer for PhMuseum since 2017 for which he develops educational activities, the editorial line and the curatorial activities. Lately, he has worked on the concept and editing of the two collective publications by PhMuseum - Familiar Stranger (2020) and Inside (2021) and has been the curator of photography during the PhMuseum Days International Photo Festival. He is the co-founder of PhMuseum Lab, a photographic hub based in Bologna since 2020.
Publisher and Founder of Witty Books
Tommaso Parrillo is an Italian publisher and founder of Witty Books, a publishing house founded with the name of Witty Kiwi in 2012, that aims to promote photography and visual arts. Since 2016 he is also co-founder of JEST, an independent space dedicated to enhancing culture and photography in Turin . He also teaches photography in institutions as IED Torino, private school and workshops.
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I can tell you that the role of a mentor is absolutely necessary because the photographer, at whatever level, is so emotionally involved in his work that it is really hard, if not impossible, to have an objective vision of the whole. And when you happen to meet a curator able to enter your world and show you your possible way without influencing your point of view it's really helpful. Personally, I had this chance with PhMuseum. Mariagrazia Beruffi, Italy