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Brian Griffin – Format Festival UK
Brian Griffin was born in Birmingham and lived in the Black Country until moving to Manchester to study Photography at Manchester Polytechnic (1969–72). He has lived in London working as a freelance photographer since receiving his first commission for Management Today in 1972.
Griffin’s list of accolades range from receiving in 1987 the Freedom of the City of Arles, France to being named The Photographer of The Decade by the Guardian in 1989. For the 2012 London Olympics Griffin was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to photograph Lord Sebastian Coe and Dame Kelly Holmes, directed by Braybon. September 2013, he received the “Centenary Medal” from the Royal Photographic Society in recognition of a lifetime achievement in photography. On March 3rd 2014, he received a Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University for his lifetime contribution to photography and the City of Birmingham.
Since 2009 Griffin has been the patron of FORMAT International Photography Festival.
More information: https://formatfestival.com/
Hendrik Driessen – Former director Museum De Pont, Tilburg
Hendrik Driessen has been director of Museum De Pont in Tilburg since its foundation, which opened in 1992. Driessen organized more than 100 exhibitions there and over the years acquired more than 800 works by beginning and already established artists such as Marlene Dumas, Roni Horn, Fiona Tan, Luc Tuymans and Gerhard Richter. Before joining De Pont, Driessen worked as a curator at the Van Abbemuseum and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. After his retirement in 2019, he remained active in various administrative positions and is one of the compilers of the Biennale Kunst in de Heilige Driehoek, to be held in Oosterhout in the summer of 2021.
Marga Rotteveel & Anaïs Lopez – Dockingstation
Marga Rotteveel is a curator, advisor and a project initiator in the field of photography. She studied photography at AKV|St. Joost in Breda (the Netherlands). She was the creative director of Photofestival Naarden. In 2010 she started her own independent business (Photorevolt). She lectures at AKV/St. Joost (Master and Bachelor Photography). Furthermore she works as a jury member and portfolio reviewer for several major photography events, is an advisor for photographers and municipals and a member of a number of committees in the field of Arts. She has curated many (inter)national shows. She guides many (young) photographers in their search for new paths to reach the audience on the right platform.
Anaïs López studied photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and AKV/St. Joost in Breda. She combines working as co-director of Docking Station with making her own long term photo documentaries. Her work has been exhibited all over the world, from the Stedelijk Museum and Dutch Photo Museum in Rotterdam to the Gallery Agnès B in Paris and Photoville in New York. Her projects have won and have been nominated for several storytelling awards, including the Dutch Doc Award, the Silver Camera and the Golden Calf. Her work has also appeared in numerous media, including El Pais, NRC and Trouw.
Marga and Anaïs believe strongly in collaborations and sharing their network, expertise and ideas. Their aim is to connect, inspire, support and challenge visual storytellers into making great stories and getting those stories across to diverse audiences.
More information: http://www.dockingstation.today/
Yara van der Velden & Isabelle van Hemert – The Correspondent
Yara van der Velden is image editor and head of the creative team at De Correspondent. She graduated as a documentary photographer from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. She worked as an image editor at NRC for a while and joined De Correspondent in 2016. She has an inexhaustible love for images, ‘tiny houses’ and post-rock.
Isabelle van Hemert is image editor at De Correspondent. She studied photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and immediately realized that photography was not a goal in itself for her. She saw and sees it as a means to better understand visual mechanisms and viewing behaviour. Besides her work at De Correspondent she is creative producer at Radical Reversibility.
More information: thecorrespondent.com
Denis Darzacq – artist
French photographer Denis Darzacq was born and raised in Paris, a city in which he still lives and works today. He graduated from the ENSAD (Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs a Paris) in 1986 and started his photographic career following the French rock scene. In 1994 he began his first work titled “Only Heaven”, which he exhibited at various photo festivals. In 1999 the French Ministry of Culture commissioned him a body of work on French youth. The interaction between man and urban space and, more precisely, the suburbs have been a driving force in his recent work. Darzacq won the 2007 World Press Photo prize in the category “Arts & Entertainment” for his series “La chute” and the prestigeous french prize “Niepce” in 2012. He has published a number of books including “Act” (2012), “Hyper” (2009),“La Chute” (2007), “Bobigny centre ville” (2006, co-author Marie Desplechin), “Le ciel etoile au-dessus de ma tête” (2004), “Ensembles 1997/2000” (2001). Exhibited extensively throughout France and internationally, he is represented by the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, De Soto Gallery in Los Angeles and RX Gallery in Paris, France.