Authors Biography:

(in alpahebtical order by countries)


Zef Paci (b.1963) is Professor of Art History and Painting in the University of Arts, Tirana. He graduated in Monumental Painting from High Institute of Arts in Tirana and has obtained MA from Center of Albanological Studies, Tirana at the Institute of Studies of Anthropology and Art.

He has experience as curator of different solo exhibitions of some known Albanian artists and some international and national artistic events. Author of some catalogues and publications: Monography: “Marubi, photography as ritual”.


Ermir Hoxha (b. 1979) graduated in The Academy of Arts - Painting, Tirana in 2003

In 2007 l was graduated in University of Bologna, Literature and Philosophy Faculty - Dams - Arte Course (Disciplines of arts, music and of spectacles) History of Contemporary Art Branch.

Currently l am following the Ph.D. Studies, Cultural Heritage, Department of History, History-Philology Faculty; Thesis on the: “Albanian Art during the period 1945 – 1990”. 


Ulrike Matzer (b.1972) is a writer, critic, and historian of photography. From 2009 to 2012 she has conducted research on the Austrian photo-chemist and photo-historian Josef Maria Eder at the Albertina’s Photographic Collection (financed by the FWF Austrian Science Fund). Together with project director Maren Gröning, she is the co-editor of Josef Maria Eder: Photographie als Wissenschaft. Positionen um 1900 (within the series photogramme, ed. by Bernd Stiegler, Munich: Fink 2013).


Nadezhda Savchenko (b.1966) is the head of the Written and Image Sources Department and curator of the photographic collection at the National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk. She has conducted in the field of the history of photography in Belarus.


Georges Vercheval (b.1934) is the founder and past-director of the Musée de la Photographie at Charleroi. He has been teaching photography and History of Photography since 1962 in different schools, including ENSAAV La Cambre, Brussels. As a photographer, exhibited creative work, mainly from the '60s until the '80s.


Katerina Gadjeva (b.1978) is an art historian and lecturer at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. She specializes in the field of history and theory of photography. She is tha author of several research publications as well as monography books.


Želimir Koščević (b.1939) is a freelance curator and expert in national and international contemporary art and photography. He is a Member of AICA international, ICOM, CIMAM and IKT. Professional advisor of Foto Gallery Lang in Samobor.


Vladimír Birgus (b.1954) is the of the Institut of Creative Photography of Silesian University in Opava since 1990. During the year os 1978 – 2005 he was teaching at the Department of photography at FAMU in Prague. He is a photographer and the curator and co-curator of many large exposures on Czech photography world-wide. He is also author and co-writer of many books on Czech photography.


Jan Mlčoch (b.1953) has been the artistic head of photography gallery of Josef Sudek since 1995. As an active artist he cooperated with the group of Czech conceptual artists: Karel Miler, Petr Štembera and Jiří Kovanda during 1974 – 1980. He was involved in the process of collection funds preservation. He organized many photography exhibitions in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, where he works, as well as in museums and galleries in Czech Republic and abroad.


Mette Mortensen (b.1971) is an assistant professor at the Department of Media, Recognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her book Kampen om ansigtet. Fotografi og identifikation (Facial Politics. Photography and identification) is forthcoming (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2010). She has also written numerous articles on photography, war and media, surveillance and contemporary art.


Louise Wolthers (b. 1974) is a Researcher in photographic art, history and theory at The Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg. She has done research and curated exhibitions at institutions such as The National Museum of Photography and The National Gallery of Denmark. She has co-edited numerous publications including Lost and Found: Queerying the Archive (Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center & Bildmuseet Umeå University, 2009), Paul Graham: 1981 & 2011 (MACK, 2012) and Still Life / Work Life (Art & Theory, 2013). She has contributed to academic journals and books on photography, art history and contemporary art.


Mirelle G. Thijsen (b.1960) lives and works in Amsterdam as independent researcher in the cultural history of photography, critic and curator. Founded in 1988 International Photography Re- search (IPhoR) in Amsterdam. Curated various exhibitions. From 1993 till 2006 she was a critic for the Dutch daily paper Het Financieele Dagblad. In 2005-2007 she was chair and assistant professor at the Master’s in Photographic Studies (MaPS) at the Leiden University.

In 2013 opened a Researcher in Residence (RiR) in the Southern Vosges in France.


Peeter Linnap (b. 1960) Ph.D, is a photographic theorist, historian, a full time professor and Department Leader at Tartu Art College, Estonia. Peeter Linnap has held personal exhibitions in Europe, U.S and Latin America, and is a member of AICA, FIPRESCI, INSEA, Estonian Semiotic Society and Society for Art Historians. He has been awarded nationally and internationally for both his artistic and theoretical activities.


Kimmo Lehtonen (b.1962) M.Phil., MA SocSc is a senior assistant in the International Masters programme on Digital Culture at the University of Jyväskylä. He is a founding member of The Centre for Creative Photography and has been a director of the same association since 1994. He has written and edited several books and articles on photography.


Marc Tamisier (b.1960) is in charge of Image Education at the National Center for Pedagogical Documentation. Books published : Opinion, information, rumeur, propagande (dir. Marc Tamisier et Michel Costantini), Paris, L'Harmattan, 2010 ; Texte, art et photographie, Paris, L'Harmattan, 2009.


Hans-Michael Koetzle (b.1953) studied German literature, history and politicals science at Munich University. Actually he is working as a freelance art critic, writer, editor and exhibition curator, based in Munich (Germany). He was editor of Leica World magazine from 1996 to 2007, and is contributor for periodicals such as European Photography, Fotogeschichte and Photo International. He curated dozens of exhibitions world-wide and is the author of several books on photography.


T.O.Immisch (b.1953) has run the collection of photographs at the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg in Halle (Saale) since 1987. He studied psychology and art history in Berlin and Halle. He has written and edited publications on New Vision photography, GDR photography and contemporary international photo art.


Gerry Badger (b.1948) is a photographer, architect, and photographic critic. He has written extensively for the photographic press, and has curated a number of exhibitions, including The Photographer as Printmaker (1980) for the Arts Council of Great Britain, and Through the Looking Glass: Post-war British Photography (1989) for the Barbican Arts Centre, London.

He is the author and co-writer of many publications, including The Photobook: A History (2 vols., 2004 and 2006) with Martin Parr.


Nina Kassianou (b.1956) collaborates with Thessaloniki Museum of Photography in Greece as a researcher and Curator. She is the artistic director of the M55projects Gallery in Athens, where she is responsible for organizing presentations of European countries national photography by inviting curators and hosting photography exhibitions, seminars and other activities. She has curated several exhibitions and she has edited photography books in Greece and abroad. She holds a PhD in History of Photography, from the Panteion University of Athens. She has gained a scholarship from the Princeton University, USA to research the archives referred to Greek Civil War and Greek Resistance against Nazis.


Klára Szarka (b. 1955) is a freelance curator, photohistorian and editor. She was the head of the culture column of the daily newspaper Magyar Hírlap and has been a columnist of photographic periodicals. She is a lecturer of art history and photo history at Camera Anima Art School and she is the President of the Hungarian Society for the History of Photography. She researches the History of Hungarian Photography in the 20th century and published several monographies and books.


Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir (b.1959) is an assistant professor in art history and art theory at the Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, University Iceland and Dr. Kristján Eldjárn Research Fellow at National Museum Iceland. She has curated a big number of exhibitions and contributed to several publications.


Dr. Justin Carville (b.1970) is a lecturer of Historical and Theoretical Studies in Photography at School of Creative Arts at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire.


Roberto Mutti (b.1947) lives and works in Milan, Italy. Graduated in Philosophy. For 25 years he has been writing as a critic of photography in the Milanese edition of the daily paper “ la Repubblica” and he has collaborated with various magazines such as “Fotografare”, “Il Fotografo”, “Photo Italia”, “Foto Graphia”, “Immagini FOTO pratica. He is member of the Scientific Committee of both MIA - Milan Image Art Fair and Fotofestival Milan.


Agnė Narušytė (b.1970), is an art critic and historian of photography, Head of the Art History and Theory Department at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, curator and researcher of contemporary photography.


Margarita Matulytė (b.1961) is a historian of photography and expert, Curator and Researcher of the Historical Photography Collection at the Lithuanian Art Museum, Lecturer of Visual Journalism at The Institute of Journalism of Vilnius University.


Vilnis Auziņš (b.1948) is a lecturer of History of Aesthetics of Photography and the Chairman of the Board of Foundation “FotoForma”, 2010. He was a head of Latvian Museum of Photography between 1990 and 2009.


Paul di Felice (b.1953) is Doctor of Visual Arts, Senior Lecturer in Art History and Art Pedagogy at the University of Luxembourg. His field of research is representation and deconstruction in contemporary photography. He has been a workshop leader of the annual Art Workshop organized by Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain in collaboration with University of Luxembourg, since 1998. He is a founding member of the online magazine and an active member of AICA Luxembourg. He is an independent curator of international contemporary photography exhibitions and he co-organizes the European Month of Photography in Luxembourg ( Since 1984 he is co-director of Café-Crème édition& médiation.


Françoise Poos is a curator and a researcher in the field of Visual Culture. She was the research assistant for the exhibition The Bitter Years, opened by the Luxembourg Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA) in 2013, and the editor of the accompanying book: The Bitter Years – The Farm Security Administration Photographs Through the Eyes of Edward Steichen, published by Thames and Hudson. She is more generally interested in photographic archives and non-canonical photography. She is currently working as research collaborator at the Université du Luxembourg for the project “Fabricating Modern Societies: Industries of Reform as Educational Responses to Societal Challenges (FAMOSO 2)”. In the context of this nationally funded project, she investigates an archive of glass plate negatives from the steel industry in Luxembourg, and its changing meanings and uses over time.


Iurie Foca (b.1957) studied at Moldovan Technical University and graduated as engineer/electro-mechanic and later photography at Social-professions Department, section Photography of Moldovan Technical University. Since 1974 he has been working as a photo-reporter for several magazines in Moldova. Is a member of Photo Artist Union of Moldova and Fine Artist Union of Moldova. Since 1996, has led photo lab at National Art Museum of Moldova.


Mihai Potârniche (b.) is Director of the Fotomoldpres TV Department, State Information Agency Moldpres. Director of photography and author of photos for some 50 albums and books including the album Parliament of Independence (author of the concept and photos) published in 2010 on the occasion of 20 years since the first Parliament democratically elected started to work. Member of the Union of Artists, Union of Journalists and Union of Artists Photographers of Republic of Moldova.


Peter Larsen (b. 1943) is Danish citizen. Since 1988 professor at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, Norway. Head of «Photography in Culture», a national research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council (2003-07). Larsen has published extensively on visual media and visual culture. Selected publications: Album. Fotografiske motiver (Oslo, Spartacus, 2004); Ibsen og fotografene. 1800-tallets visuelle kultur (Oslo. Universitetsforlaget, 2013); co-authored with Sigrid Lien: Norsk fotohistorie. Frå daguerreotypi til digitalisering (Oslo, Det norske Samlaget, 2007) and Kunsten å lese bilder (Oslo, Spartacus, 2008).


Krzysztof Jurecki (b. 1960) studied History of Art in Krakow (diploma work in 1985). Between 1990 - 1993 studied on doctoral studies in Institute of Art in Warsaw. From 1985 to 2005 worked in Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, as Head Curator Department of Photography in Visual Arts. He organized many exhibitions in Poland (e.g. Zofia Rydet, Jerzy Lewczyński, Joseph Beuys, Jan Saudek, Erwin Olaf). He publishes in EXIT, Kwartalnik Fotografia. He published with K. Makowski a book Słowo o fotografii / A note about Photography (2003). He writes many texts about history of Polish avant-garde, from the photography of 20th century and from 1980s until now. He is also interested in avant-garde art and post-modern theory.


Emilia Tavares (b.1964) is a senior curator (photography and new media) at the National Museum of Contemporary Art- Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, as well as a researcher and art critic. MA in Art History (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University Nova of Lisbon. She was published several studies about Portuguese photography and visual culture, and as curator have produced several exhibitions, including the Portuguese representation at Photo España Festival (2009 and 2010)   She publishes regularly in specialized newspapers, magazines and catalogues, and frequently gives lectures in cultural and educational institutions. 


Eugen Rădescu (b.1978) is politologist, cultural manager, curator and theoretician. He wrote for various magazines and newspapers, curated, among others, Bucharest Biennale 1 with the theme “Identity Factories”, “How Innocent Is That?” , “presently i have nothing to show and i’m showing it!”  and "Common Nostalgia" at Pavilion Bucharest. He published the book “How Innocent Is That?” at Revolver Book Berlin. He is co-editor of PAVILION – journal for politics and culture and co-director of Bucharest Biennale (with Răzvan Ion).


Irina Tchmyreva (b.1974) is the head researcher and Curator of the Photographic and Multi-media department. She is aslo an editor of a web-server on photography As a curator Ms. Tchmyreva is very influential in the art world.


Evgeny Berezner (b.1951) is the Head of Project “In Support For Photography in Russia”, IRIS Foundation, Moscow and the Head of the Photovisa International Photo Festival in Krasnodar. Since 2003 he has been Deputy Director in charge of Photographic and Multimedia Projects of Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Since 2008 he has been Deputy Director General in charge of Photographic and Multimedia Projects of ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Centre of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

He has published in Russian and foreign magazines, photography album and books. He has curated over 250 exhibitions of contemporary and classical Russian and foreign photography held in Russia and other countries and is one of the three Russian curators of the main exhibition program of International Biennial of Photography FotoFest 2012 in Houston, Texas, USA.


Goran Mali (b. 1947) is a photographer, chronicler and historian of photography. Writer of essays and prose articles. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1947, July 23. Majored in Sociology and History of Arts at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. Freelance artist from 1979.
His photographs were exhibited several times independently. He is the author of a number of custodial projects describing periods and authors that belong to the history of photography in Serbia in XIX and XX century.

Václav Macek (b. 1952) is a professor at the Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He is the Head of FOTOFO Foundation and the Central European House of Photography and the Director of annual photography festival Month of Photography Bratislava. He is the author and co-author of many books on photography and film.


Primož Lampič (b. 1957), PhD, is an art historian and ethnologist. He works as a museum councillor at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana. He is also an assistant professor at the Departement of Art History at the Faculty of Arts at the Universtity of Ljubljana. He gives lectures and leads the seminars of history of photography and of modern art and art critique. He published three monographs, several catalogues and scientific papers.


Juan Naranjo (b.1960) is a photo historian and independent curator. He is a member of the advisory committee of the department of photography at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and director of the photography department Soler & Llach, Barcelona.


Jan-Erik Lundström (b.1958) is a curator, critic and historian of contemporary art and photography. He is the director of the Sami Center of Contemporary Art, Norway and the chairman of the Center of Photography in Sweden. Jan-Erik Lundström is a prolific lecturer at international symposia and has been a guest professor at many art academies. His latest book is Knowing Photographs.


Peter Pfrunder (b.1959) worked as a freelance journalist, author, and exhibition curator, while directing the Forum der Schweizer Geschichte/Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Schwyz (1995–98). He has had a variety of publications and exhibitions on the history of photography with a special focus on Switzerland. Since 1998 he has served as Director and Curator of the Fotostiftung Schweiz / Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur. Recent publications: Theo Frey, Fotografien (Limmat Verlag, Zürich 2008); Gotthard Schuh – A Kind of Infatuation (Steidl Publishers, Göttingen 2009); Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present – A Different History of Photography (Lars Muller Publishers, Baden 2011).


Tatiana Pavlova (b.1955) is an art historian and freelance curator. She is currently working at Art History chair in Kharkiv State Academy of Art and Design and has published several books and articles about Ukrainian photography.