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Photographer and member of Magnum Photos
Martin Parr was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, in 1952. When he was a boy, his budding interest in the medium of photography was encouraged by his grandfather George Parr, himself a keen amateur photographer. Martin Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973.Since that time, Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects. He has developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad. In 1994 he became a full member of Magnum Photographic Cooperative. Parr developed an interest in filmmaking, and has started to use his photography within different genres, such as fashion and advertising. In 2002 the Barbican Art Gallery and the National Media Museum initiated a large retrospective of Martin Parr’s work. This exhibition toured Europe for the next 5 years. Martin Parr was Professor of Photography at The University of Wales Newport campus from 2004 to 2012. Martin Parr was Guest Artistic Director for Rencontres D’Arles in 2004. In 2006 Martin Parr was awarded the Erich Salomon Prize and the resulting Assorted Cocktail show opened at Photokina. In 2008 Martin Parr was guest curator at New York Photo Festival, curating the New Typologies exhibition. Parrworld opened at Haus de Kunst, Munich, in 2008. The show exhibited Parr’s own collection of objects, postcards, photography prints by both British and International photographers, photo books and a new project from Parr entitled Luxury. The exhibition toured Europe for the following 2 years. At PhotoEspana, 2008, Martin Parr won the Baume et Mercier award in recognition of his professional career and contributions to contemporary photography. Martin Parr curated the Brighton Photo Biennial in October 2010. In 2013, Parr was appointed visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. In Spring 2015 Aperture published The Chinese Photobook, a book about the history of Chinese photo books that Parr collaborated with Wassinklundgren on. In March 2016 Strange and Familiar, curated by Parr, opened at the Barbican, London. The show examines how international photographers from 1930s onwards have photographed in the UK. Martin Parr has published over 90 books of his own work and edited another 30.
Director of photography at TIME Magazine
Kira Pollack is the Director of Photography at TIME where she oversees the photographic vision of TIME, TIME.com and all digital media. In October 2011, she was named the photo editor of the year at the Lucie Awards. Since Pollack joined TIME in October 2009, the brand’s photography has been recognized with many prestigious awards including the World Press photo of the Year, and the Visa D’Or award at Visa Pour l’Image. In March 2011, she established TIME’s photography site LightBox, which is dedicated to the culture of images and provides a forum for conversation on photography. Pollack also spearheaded TIME’s Emmy-nominated Beyond 9/11 project, which included 40 portraits coupled with oral histories, a special commemorative issue, microsite, documentary in association with HBO and gallery exhibition. Previously, Pollack was the deputy photo editor for the New York Times Magazine. During her 11-year tenure, she produced the Oscars Portfolio from 2004-2009 and Obama’s People in 2009 under Kathy Ryan. She was also the photo editor of Play, the Times’ sports magazine. Pollack lives in the financial district in New York City.
Photographer and member of NOOR Photo Agency
Sebastián Liste (Spain, 1985) is a documentary photographer and sociologist devoted to documenting contemporary issues and the profound cultural changes in Latin America and the Mediterranean – regions where he grew up and knows well. Currently, he divides his time between Brazil and Spain. In 2010, while he was getting his Masters degree in Photojournalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he won the Ian Parry Scholarship for his long term project “Urban Quilombo”, about the extreme living conditions faced by dozens of families who established a community in an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The same year, Sebastián was named the young editorial photographer of the year at the Lucie Awards in New York. Since then his work has appeared in TIME Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times Magazine, Burn, L´Espresso, Photo District News, British Journal of Photography, Daylight Magazine and GUP Magazine, among other publications. In 2011 Sebastián was selected to participate in the 18th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. In 2012 he was announced as the Young Reporter of the Year, winning the City of Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award at Visa pour l´Image. The same year he won the Community Awareness Award at Pictures of the Year International competition, was named one of the 30 photographers to watch at PDN 30 and received a Citation at the Olivier Rebbot Award. He also received the Emergentes DST Award at Encontros da Imagem Festival in Portugal and an honorable mention at Freelens Festival for Young Photojournalism in Germany. In addition, he received a Magnum Emegency Found Grant and the Getty Editorial Grant to develop his new project in the Brazilian Amazon. In 2013, Sebastián received a Fotopres Grant in Spain to develop a new project in Venezuela which resulted in his work “On the inside: Venezuelan prisons under inmate control”. This project will be exhibited at Visa pour l´Image in Perpignan in September 2014. That year he was also finalist at the Eugene Smith Grant and received the Emaho Award at Format Festival in UK. In 2014, Sebastián received the Alexia Foundation Grant in the US to continue developing his ongoing project about crime, punishment and security in Latin America. Sebastián’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous shows and festivals.