Benjamin Lowy • Stephen Wilkes • Ed Kashi/VII • Hank Willis Thomas • Richard Renaldi • Lyle Owerko • Wyatt Gallery • Michael Christopher Brown • Ruddy Roye • Craig Wetherby • 13th Witness • Sam Horine • Andrew Quilty • Giles Clarke • Erica Simone • Yosra El-Essawy • Duffy Higgins • Brent A. Bartley • Dylan Chandler • Nicole Sweet
BENJAMIN LOWY @benlowy www.benlowy.com
Benjamin Lowy is award winning photographer based in New York City. He received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002 and began his career covering the Iraq War in 2003. Since then he has covered major stories worldwide. In 2004 Lowy attended the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass, he was named in Photo District News 30 and his images of Iraq were chosen by PDN as some of the most iconic of the 21st century. Lowy has received awards from World Press Photo, POYi, PDN, Communication Arts, American Photography, and the Society for Publication Design. Lowy has been a finalist for the Oskar Barnak Award, a finalist in Critical Mass, included in Magenta Flash Forward 2007, as well as the OSI Moving Walls 16 exhibit. His work from Iraq, Darfur, and Afghanistan have been collected into several gallery and museum shows, and shown at the Tate Modern, SF MOMA, Houston Center for Photography, Invalides, and Arles. His work from Darfur appeared in the SAVE DARFUR media campaign. In 2011 Lowy's Iraq | Perspectives work was selected by William Eggleston to win the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. The book is currently available and in stores now. In 2012, Lowy was awarded the Magnum Foundation Emergency fund to continue his work in Libya. In the same year, he received the International Center of Photography (ICP) Infinity Award for Photojournalism. He is currently editorially represented by Reportage by Getty Images.
STEPHEN WILKES @stephenwilkes www.stephenwilkes.com
For more than two decades Stephen Wilkes has been widely recognized for his fine art and commercial photography. With numerous awards and honors, as well as five major exhibitions in the last five years Wilkes has left an impression on the world of photography. Over the years, Wilkes’ photographs can be found in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Time, Life Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. His work on Ellis Island and his Burnt Object series were also featured in The New York Times Magazine as an artist showcase. He has recieved several awards including the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography, Photographer of the Year in Adweek Magazine, as well as honors in Graphis Magazine and Communication Arts. In 1999 Wilkes completed a personal project photographing the south side of Ellis Island: the ruined landscape of the infectious disease and psychiatric hospital wings. Through his photographs and video work, Wilkes has inspired and helped secure $6 million in funding towards the restoration for the south side of the island. This project has been shown in many different galleries and museums as well as published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. in a book titled Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom. Wilkes advertising clients include IBM, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Pepsi, The New York Stock Exchange, American Express, Epson, Nike, Sony, AT&T, Rolex, Vail Resorts, JC Penney, JWT, McCann Erickson, Ogilvy & Mather, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and Rubin Postaer, Publicis, EuroRSCG, Leo Burnett and DDB. His photographs can be found on permanent collection at The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film, Library of Congress, Dow Jones Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Jewish Museum, New York.
ED KASHI/VII @edkashi www.edkashi.com
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. One of Kashi’s innovative approaches to photography and filmmaking produced the Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook with MediaStorm, which premiered on MSNBC.com in December 2006. Using stills in a moving image format, his visual storytelling has been shown in many film festivals and as part of a series of exhibitions on the Iraq War at The George Eastman House. Also, an eight-year personal project completed in 2003, Aging in America: The Years Ahead, created a traveling exhibition, an award-winning documentary film, a website and a book which was named one of the best photo books of 2003 by American Photo. Along with numerous awards, including Second Prize Contemporary Issues Singles in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. Additionally, his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books, including the recent Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and THREE. Kashi’s latest book Photojournalisms, is a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period, from various locations around the world. In 2002, Kashi and his wife, writer / filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The nonprofit company has produced numerous short films and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. The first project resulted in a book and traveling exhibition on uninsured Americans called, Denied: The Crisis of America’s Uninsured. Ed is represented by Anastasia Photo, a gallery specializing in documentary photography and photojournalism.
HANK WILLIS THOMAS @hankwthomas www.hankwillisthomas.com
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Thomas has acted as a visiting professor at CCA and in the MFA prograrms at Maryland Institute College of Art and ICP/Bard and has lectured at Yale University, Princeton University, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. His work has been featured in several publications including 25 under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers (CDS, 2003), 30 Americans (RFC, 2008) as well as his monograph PItch Blackness (Aperture, 2008). He received a new media fellowship through the Tribeca Film Institute and was an artist in residence at John Hopkins University as well as a 2011 fellow at the W.E.B DuBois Institute at Harvard University. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S and abroad. Thomas' work is in numerous public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publically at the Oakland International Airport, The Oakland Museum of California, San Francisco. He is an Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago Spring 2012 Fellow. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.
RICHARD RENALDI @renaldiphotos www.renaldi.com
Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph,Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press. Renaldi is represented by Jaskson Fine Art in America and Rober Morat Galerie in Germany.
LYLE OWERKO @lyleowerko www.owerko.com
Lyle Owerko is a Photojournalist and Commercial Photographer based in New York City. He travels the world shooting for many NGO's and human rights groups. His work has appeared in TIME Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Tokion, Nylon, Planet Magazine, Hot Rod and Import Tuner as well as many other news and features publications. In a day that will stick with him forever he shot the image on 9/11 for Time Magazines cover. That cover was voted one of the top 40 magazine covers of the last 40 years my the Magazine Editors of America. Lyle's work is on permanent collection in the Library of Congress as well as part of the art collections of many major private collectors, corporations and celebrities.
WYATT GALLERY @wyattgallery www.wyattgallery.com
Wyatt Gallery, a person not a place, is an American photographer who grew up in Philadelphia and later received his BFA from New York University Tisch School of The Arts. Wyatt has received numerous awards such as the Fulbright Fellowship, the PDN 30, PDN Rising Star, PDN Photo Annuals, and 25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers by Duke University. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and are in major private and public collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and American Express. Wyatt was as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and loves to inspire others by speaking at High Schools and Universities. His work has been published in the New York Times, Geo Saison, Esquire, Mother Jones, Newsweek , and numerous books on art and architecture. Wyatt is also co-creator of FUSE The Agency and the Island People Mas Carnival Band in Trinidad & Tobago where he has lived off-and-on for twelve years. Wyatt feels most at home when experiencing a new place and photographing spiritual sites throughout the world. In 2011 he published Tent Life: Haiti with Umbrage Editions and 100% royalties go to Haitian Relief.
MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BROWN @michaelchristopherbrown www.mcbphotos.com
Michael was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. Often using a camera phone as a primary recording device, his current work explores resource conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Sakhalin (2008), he captured the remote Russian island, while Broadway (2009) focused on New Yorkers amidst the financial crisis. He also put together a series of works from road and train trips throughout China (2009/2010) and, as a contributing photographer at National Geographic Magazine, published several adventure stories with the publication. In 2011, Brown spent six months documenting the Libyan revolution using a camera phone, exploring ethical distance and the iconography of warfare. His upcoming book, Libyan Sugar, profiles that experience. Part of this work was shown at MIT, Instituto Cervantes (New York), The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Annenberg Space for Photography and will be at the Brooklyn Museum of Art during the fall of 2013. The subject of the 2012 HBO documentary, Witness: Libya, Brown was a finalist for the Oskar Barnack Award (2012), twice a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant (2011/2012) and thrice a finalist for Burn Magazine’s (Magnum Foundation) Emerging Photographer Award (2009-2011). He is represented by Magnum Photos.
RUDDY ROYE @ruddyroye www.ruddyroye.com
Radcliffe Roye is a Brooklyn based documentary photographer specializing in editorial and environmental portraits and photo-journalism photography. A photographer with over twelve years of experience, Radcliffe is inspired by the raw and gritty lives of grass-roots people, especially those of his homeland of Jamaica. Radcliffe strives to tell the stories of their victories and ills by bringing their voices to matte fibre paper. Recently, Radcliffe began experimenting with interpretative photography, preferring to allow the abstract content within the frame to dictate the voice and purpose of the image. His Elements series focuses on the bold, austere, graphic and emotionally raw imagery, that is trapped behind a diffused lens. With painterly abilities, Radcliffe uses this diffused methodology to subtly awake the subconscious and expose the isolated figure or vision painted within a rhetorical frame.
CRAIG WETHERBY @mistergoodlife www.craigwetherby.com
Craig Wetherby was born, raised and currently resides in NYC. A completely self-taught photographer, he began taking pictures in 1992 with a creative technique and style all his own. With his unique outlook and deep network of personal and professional relationships, he has been able to capture some of the world’s most respected artists, athletes, entertainers and musicians. Traveling globally for his work, Wetherby has contributed to several notable publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Spin, Rolling Stone, XXL, Mass Appeal, Antenna, Swindle, Zoo, Complex, The Fader, Snowboard Magazine, Snowboard Canada and Warp Japan, to name a few. He is also currently the Photo Editor of the lifestyle book, FRANK151. Wetherby has accumulated an impressive client roster including Toyota/Scion, Pepsi/Mountain Dew, Red Bull, Def Jam Records, High Times Records, Pony, Reebok, Burton Snowboards, Analog Clothing, Gravis Footwear and Casio G-Shock. With a seemingly endless portfolio, Wetherby has sustained the same fresh and unspoiled vision that started his career in photography over a decade ago.
13TH WITNESS @13thwitness www.13thwitness.com
13th witness is a world traveler and instagram all-star with over 200,000 followers.
SAM HORINE @samhorine www.samhorine.com
Sam Horine is a photographer and educator based in New York City. He's a regular explorer of forgotten, abandoned and under-appreciated places as well as a contributor to NY Magazine, Time Out New York, The Village Voice and Gothamist. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at NYU, where he teaches 3-5 classes on digital photography per year. Sam's work has been published by The New York Times, Frieze, Art Forum, Death & Taxes, Spin, Rolling Stone, AM New York, Il Magazine, Art in America, Impose, The L Magazine and many others. He has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions, most recently raising over $20k for hurricane Sandy relief at the Foley Gallery on the Lower East Side. You can get up to the moment updates on twitter by following him @samhorine as well as via Tumblr. His Instagram account was recently voted best in NYC by the Village Voice. Recent clients include: The NY Rangers, Delta Airlines, NBC/Universal, Volvo Ocean Racing, the Israeli board of tourism, American Rag, The Robin Hood Foundation, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Cynthia Rowley, Sony Electronics, Hudson Jeans, The TriBeCa Film Festival, Nike Running, Canon, Remy Martin, Chivas Regal, Macy's and NYU's Institue for Public Knowledge.
ANDREW QUILTY @andrewquitly www.andrewquilty.com
After being given a Nikon F3 by his uncle and setting off on Highway 1 around Australia in 2001 Andrew Quilty’s career in photography had essentially begun. He enrolled in Photography at The Sydney Institute of TAFE and subsequently undertook work experience at The Australian Financial Review (AFR). There at Fairfax (publisher of The AFR), surrounded by the world class photographers of The Sydney Morning Herald, Quilty’s photographic style and ethos were profoundly shaped. After leaving TAFE at the top of his class in 2004, Quilty was soon employed by The AFR. But it was the work he did in his own time that began to attract the attention of the photographic community. His first big editorial break came when his “vigorous black and white observations” (as SMH photographic critic Robert McFarlane commented in one review), from The Cronulla Riots in December 2005 were published in TIME Magazine. In 2006 he was promoted to the position of staff photographer for The AFR Magazine,where he honed his portraiture skills with subjects of power and influence and in the ensuing years was awarded a string of accolades. Most notably a World Press Photo Award in 2008, The Inaugural Walkley Young Australian Photojournalist of The Year Award and an invitation to join the prestigious Australian Photographic Collective Oculi. His photographic insight was rewarded in 2009 when he was invited to be the sole judge of world’s richest photography prize – The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. With three successful solo exhibitions at Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries, numerous group showings and a growing reputation as one of Australia’s leading documentary practitioners, Quilty’s work has been collected by private and public institutions including The National Library of Australia and The Museum of Sydney. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The Times, Le Monde, GEO (France),The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Monthly, The AFR Magazine, The Sydney Magazine, The Good Weekend, Art & Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Melbourne Age, while recent written essays have been published in The Australian Financial Review, The Big Issue, The Walkley Magazine and Photofile. Quilty is currently based between Sydney and New York City.
GILES CLARKE @clarkegiles www.gilesnclarke.com
Giles Clarke is a social documentary photographer based in New York City. He is represented by Getty Images. Giles was born in London in 1965 and began taking pictures seriously in Berlin in 1985 where he lived for three years. He worked as a camera assistant for Cintec Gmbh, a production company that covered events for the BBC, SFB, ZDF amongst others. On his return to London in 1988, Clarke worked as a professional black and white photographic printer for many top London based fashion and advertising photographers, and had continual work published in many of the leading magazines. In 1995, he moved to New York City where he began an intense year in the Richard Avedon studio working on such campaigns such as Versace, Hugo Boss, and Calvin Klein. In 1997, Clarke moved with his wife to Los Angeles and began a new career for Channel 4 UK, creating content and producing many television spots for the company as well as interviews with artists such as Al Pacino, Salman Rushdie, Henry Fonda quickly cemented Clarke in Hollywood where he remained till 2007. It was during this time that he collaborated with Paul Oakenfold on his tour visuals and the track, 'Nixon's Spirit', along with the legendary Hunter S. Thompson which appeared on Oakenfold’s 'Bunka' album in 2001. In 2007, he and his family moved back to NYC where Clarke continued a bi-coastal career directing viral advertising campaigns for clients such as Coldplay, Land Rover, Cadillac, to name a few. He also began his serious work and dedication to activism starting with a 6-week stint in Bhopal, India where he filmed and photographed the victims of the Union Carbide gas tragedy that still continues to haunt the inhabitants of that city. To this day, Clarke has been working very closely with the Bhopal Medical Appeal on raising awareness. Since September 2011, Giles has been heavily involved with documenting the 'Occupy' movement all over the world, and recently won awards for his coverage of 'Occupy Sandy'. Other than working on upcoming exhibitions of his work, he is a dedicated photojournalist, who spends much of his time collaborating with various publications, journalists, and charity organizations all over the world.
ERICA SIMONE @ericasimone www.ericasimone.com
Erica Simone was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Having divided her life between Los Angeles, Paris and New York City, you can now find Erica either hopscotching around the world or climbing her way through the New York City jungle. Her images have been published in international magazines and newspapers such as National Geographic, PHOTO, the Daily News, El Mundo, La Repubblica, Whitewall Magazine, PDN and Resource, among many others, and she has won a number of awards and mentions for her work. Simone's photographs have been exhibited all over the world in festivals, group and solo shows as well as on TV and in documentaries. Erica is constantly shooting and always eager to take on new projects. She is very passionate about photography and deeply inspired by the ways of the world—her eye always craving to reveal the beauty she sees in it.
YOSRA EL-ESSAWY @itsyosra www.yosra.co.uk
Born to Egyptian parents, raised in London, living in New York, Yosra is somewhat of a nomad, clocking up frequent flyer miles and making homes around the world. Forever blessed with love and beautiful hearts, her family extends far and wide. Her route to art was not a conventional one nor arguably a wise one but one based purely on love and instinct, after receiving an honours degree in physiology from UCL in London, with a strong pull towards a medical career, she made a choice to trust that her heart would guide her on her path to uniting her two passions; people and art, though she had no idea how to get there. At 21 with more recklessness than sense and a camera she didn’t know how to use, she agreed to take some casual photos as a friend’s wedding, a favour that she wouldn’t realise until years later, opened up a new world to understanding how she sees the world and a risk that taught her that most risks are worth taking. Having never really been formally trained, she worked tirelessly to teach herself and maintain art studios in London but itching for more, packed up and left for New York in 2006; “the best decision” she says, she has ever made. She has been there ever since. She now spends her time taking more photos than she has the time to edit, printmaking and painting in her studio, traveling and living new experiences around the world and loving to love. She counts her blessings everyday.
BRENT A. BARTLEY @punchdrunknyc www.punchdrunknyc.tumblr.com
Brent A. Bartley is a writer, photographer, actor, boxer, and trainer who was born in the Bronx in the 1970s. An anchor baby before it was cool to be one, Bartley’s Jamaican parents had flown to the US on the pretense of buying a wedding gown and a groom’s suit for their impending nuptials. Needless to say, they never left. By the 1980s, Bartley had moved out of the Bronx and ended up in upstate New York. It was there that he discovered photography for the first time, but it took him another ten years before he picked up a camera and started using it himself. After studying English literature at SUNY Albany, Bartley moved back to New York City, became an avid urban bicyclist, and began documenting his days and nights with disposable cameras. As technology advanced and smart phones with high-quality cameras became widely accessible, Bartley started taking his photography more seriously, registering the constant changes to his surroundings and sharing his work with the world through Punch Drunk NYC, which to date has thousands of followers and counting. #SANDY includes a selection of the images Bartley took while volunteering for Occupy Sandy in the aftermath of the storm, starting with a friend who lost everything and continuing on to lend a hand to a broad base of New York-based victims in need. A committed Muay Thai fighter, Bartley has also written about music, film, fashion, sport, and more for Fader, The Source, and Black Book, among other publications.
DYLAN CHANDLER @dirtydeuce www.dylanchandler.com
Dylan Chandler was born, raised, and resides in Times Square, NYC. He is known as one of the top architectural photography digital tech and retouchers in New York City.
NICOLE SWEET @nicolesweet www.nicolesweetphoto.com