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May 2017 issue
Chris Rainier To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.chrisrainier.com Chris Rainier is a National Geographic Society Fellow and documentary photographer - who specializes in the documentation of endangered Cultures and traditional languages around the globe.  In 2002 he was awarded the Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorers Club for his efforts on cultural preservation, and in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London-specializing in cultural preservation. He is currently the Director of the Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation – a global program working with National geographic to help preserve Biodiversity and Culture. www.culturalsanctuaries.org He lectures throughout the world on using modern technology to preserve ancient cultural traditions. He has lectured for: TED Global, The Aspen Institute IDEAS Festival, The United Nations and Qatar Foundation, The EG Conference, Google, Apple, Nokia, Kodak. Epson, and Adobe. 
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Apratim Saha To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.apratimsaha.com Apratim started photography at the age of twelve, inspired by his father. Traveling the world as a photographer for National Geographic Magazine was his dream from childhood. He says that capturing images that people enjoy to look at and are impressed with has not only inspired him to take up photography seriously but to give people a reason to care was the main intension for him.Being the senior executive of a pharmaceutical company in Kolkata, he finds very little time to enjoy his dream of photojournalism which is now enriched with more than 20 years of experience in this field of art. This has however not stopped his works from being published in many magazines, newspapers and websites including online publications of various humanitarian, educational religious organizations.Recently Apratim became a member of National Geographic Stock Photography and Getty Images.
Susan Burnstine To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.susanburnstine.com Susan Burnstine’s Absence of Being is a subtly indelible photographic exploration of the philosophical yet emotive belief that although we exist in the perpetual present, the traces of the past persist in the here-andnow, however much they seem to be effaced.    Burnstine is one of the few photographers today avidly pursuing alternative processes to create an idiosyncratic and deeply personal visual landscape. As a child, she suffered vivid nightmares that stayed with her for days. When awake, these powerful dreams would induce a liminal state that opened up an exploration of the sublevels of her mind, wherein she discovered a curious synthesis of magic and reality. She found in these portals to the unknown states of mind that bridged the gap between real and unreal, and even symbolic intimations of life and death. Though the intensity of her dreams did not lessen as an adult, her response transformed. “Initially,” she says, “I was lost within the haze of my dreams. But now, it is through my dreams that I truly see.”
Jeffrey A Wolin To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.jeffreywolin.com Jeffrey A. Wolin is Ruth N. Halls Professor of Photography at Indiana University and Director of the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies. Wolin has published 6 monographs including Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust, Inconvenient Stories: Vietnam War Veterans, and Stone Country. His work has been shown at the Art Institute of Chicago, International Center of Photography in New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Art Institute of Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; New York Public Library; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Bibliotèque Nationale de France, Paris; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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Norma I Quintana To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.normaiquintana.com Norma I. Quintana (born in Cleveland, Ohio, 1954) is an American photographer and educator working in the tradition of social documentary. She photographs with film, primarily in black and white using available light. Quintana has studied under Mary Ellen Mark, Graciela Iturbide and Shelby Lee Adams. She has lectured nationally at major universities, including art residencies at Penn State and American University Washington D.C. She is a founding member of the Bay Area non-profit, PhotoAlliance. Quintana's most recent project, Circus: A Traveling Life has been published by Damiani Editore, Bologna, Italy and distributed by D.A.P. Artbook Catalog October 2014. It is her first art book. Quintana currently lives in California with her family
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Salvo Galano To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.salvogalano.com Salvo Galano is a portrait photographer working in editorial and advertising. He began to study photography at the age of fourteen, and from then on it became his passion and profession. After graduating in advertising he received his Master’s degree in photography in Milan, after which he moved to London to work. From 1995 to 2001 Galano lived in New York and worked as a reporter and correspondent for various Italian and international magazines. During that time his passion for portraits inspired him to travel to collect stories and emotions of individuals he met in the United States, Latin America and the tribes of the Amazon Rainforest, Chiapas and South-East Asia. Based on his rainforest tribe project in 1998 the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation of New York awarded him with a Fellowship in Photography. This enabled him to shoot, produce and publish his book Sidewalk Stories. Salvo Galano's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Italy, the USA, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and France. He has also realized two underwater exhibitions;
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Valdir Cruz To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.valdircruz.com Valdir Cruz was born in Guarapuava, in the Southern State of Paraná, Brasil in 1954. Although Cruz has lived in the United States for more than thirty years, much of his work in photography has focused on the people and landscape of Brazil. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996 for Faces of the Rainforest, a project documenting the life of indigenous people in the Brazilian rainforest, during the years of 1995-2000. Cruz is represented in the permanent collections of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, the Museum of Fine
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Ulrike Crespo To commission her or to request prints of her work: ulrike-crespo-photography.com Ulrike Crespo (born in 1950 in Fulda) After completing high school in Darmstadt, in the 1970s Ulrike Crespo studied French, Art History and Archaeology in Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland. After returning to Germany in the 1980s, she studied Psychology in Frankfurt/ Main and gained a licence to practice as a psychotherapist. Since the 1990s she has closely concerned herself with photography. Ulrike Crespo lives and works in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Vienna, Austria, and West Cork, Ireland. Further publications by Ulrike Crespo: Twilight, 2011 (German Photo Book Prize – Nominated 2012) Ephemere, 2012 Cold Landscape, 2013 Nachtblüten, 2013 Unter der Haut des Wassers, 2014 (German Photo Book Prize – Nominated 2015) Rainflowers, 2015
Michael Hughes To commission him or to request prints of his work: michaelhughesphotography.com Stylistically Michael is drawn towards fine art and social documentary photography. The photographic image has strong historical and cultural associations with loss and memory, and his work embraces these themes quite naturally as both story-teller and image-maker. Michael has spent his working life in the visual arts and design industry. He has an MA in Photography from the University of Brighton and also owns and runs the design agency Wild Dog Design, based in Brighton, England.
Andrew Tonn To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.andrewtonnphoto.com Andrew J. Tonn is a documentary photographer, writer, and explorer based out of Washington, D.C.  He currently lives and works in Mumbai, India with his wife and two sons. After working for newspapers as a staff-writer and photographer, Tonn has spent years working on documentary projects in Central America, Eastern Europe, and South Asia, often partnering with humanitarian and medical relief organizations.  His work focuses on people and the environments in which they live, migration, and borderlands both existential and metaphysical. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, featured on ABC News and published by National Public Radio, Human Nature, Black and White Magazine, Wired Online Magazine, Minority Rights International, National Geographic Press, and many other publications. Tonn is currently working on projects concerning the Ganges River, the U.S./Mexico Border, and issues of migration, public health, and human trafficking.
Stuart Freedman To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.stuartfreedman.com Stuart Freedman is a photographer and writer based between London and New Delhi. A member of Panos Pictures he has, over the last two decades, covered stories from Albania to Zambia. His work has appeared in, amongst others, Life, Geo, Time, The Sunday Times magazine, Der Spiegel, Condé Nast Traveller and Smithsonian. He has been exhibited widely and his work has received recognition from Amnesty International, POYi, World Sports Photo, The AOP, The RPS, UNICEF and the World Press Masterclass.
Dave Jordano To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.davejordano.com Dave Jordano was born in 1948 in Detroit, Michigan.  He received his BFA in photography from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit in 1974. In 1977 he established a highly successful commercial photography studio in Chicago, shooting major advertising campaigns for companies such as Crate & Barrel, Starbucks, Sears, Nestle, Kraft Foods, General Mills, Nintendo, and Kellogg’s.    As mid-career fine art photographer, Jordano has received numerous accolades and awards.  He first received an honorable mention in the Houston Center for Photography’s Long Term Fellowship Project in 2003, and then received the Curator’s Choice Award the following year. He is a four-time top 20 finalist in the Photolucida's “Critical Mass” national photography competition in Portland, OR as well as a two time finalist in the LenCulture International Photography Awards.  In 2015 he was awarded the Peter Urban Legacy and Best of Show Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography's annual competition, became a finalist in the triennial Outwin-Boochever Portrait Competition from the Nation Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, and received the prestigious $50,000 AIMIA-AGO Photography Prize in Canada.  Jordano has exhibited
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Francesco Mastalia To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.francescomastalia.com Francesco Mastalia has traveled the world photographing tribal, religious, spiritual, and indigenous people. His book Dreads, published by Workman Artisan, is a photo documentary on the history of dreadlocks. Now in its eighth printing, it includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. His second book Organic: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley, published by powerHouse Books, is a documentary of the Hudson Valley’s organic sustainable food movement. The portraits of the farmers and chefs were photographed using the wet plate collodion process, a photographic technique developed in the 1850’s. Works from Organic are included in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress. The forthcoming book, Yoga: The Secret of Life, is a collection of photographs and text that explores the personal experiences of 108 of today’s leading yoga practitioners and how this ancient practice has transformed their mind, body, and spirit. The book is scheduled for release in the fall of 2017.
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Peter Zelewski To commission him or to request prints of his work: peterzelewskiphotography.com Peter Zelewski is a London based portrait and documentary photographer. Born in Detroit, USA, he moved to London in the 1980s and studied at the London College of Communication (LCC). Through his fascination of people and love of the city, he was drawn to the streets of London to take photographs of its citizens which has resulted in two award-winning projects ’People of Soho’ and ‘Beautiful Strangers’. His work has been featured in The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Evening Standard, Huck, Time Out, Stylist, Vogue Living and We Heart. In 2015 he was awarded third prize in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London. His first book ‘People of London’ has just been published by Hoxton Mini Press.
Steve Evans To commission him or to request prints of his work: babasteve.blogspot.co.uk Steve Evans is a cultural researcher, photojournalist, and social documentary photographer and travels the globe extensively. He is affiliated with the International Center for Ethnographic Studies - Atlanta, USA. Steve’s work has been featured in exhibits in Nicosia-Cyprus, Brasilia-Brazil, Johannesburg-South Africa, and Dhahran- Saudi Arabia. In addition, his photos have been used in hundreds of print and online publications of various non-profits, humanitarian, educational, and religious organizations. Steve’s work has taken him to over 90 countries.
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Rainier's photography and books have been widely shown and collected by museums around the world, including the Australian Museum in Sydney, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the International Center of Photography in New York, the George Eastman House International Museum in Rochester, New York, The National Geographic Society, and the UN.
Chris Steele-Perkins To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.chrissteeleperkins.com British, b. Burma 1947 Chris Steele-Perkins moved to England with his father at the age of two. He went to school at Christ's Hospital. At the University of Newcastle-upon- Tyne, he studied psychology and worked for the student newspaper, graduating with honors in 1970 when he started working as a freelance photographer, moving to London in 1971. Apart from a trip to Bangladesh in 1973 he worked mainly in Britain in areas concerned with urban poverty and also sub-cultures. In 1975 he worked with EXIT, a collective dealing with social problems in British cities. This work culminated in the book Survival Programmes in 1982.  He joined the Paris-based Viva agency in 1976. In 1979, he published his first solo book, The Teds. He also edited, and purchased the images for, The Arts Council of GB’s book, About 70 Photographs. Steele-Perkins joined Magnum in 1979 and soon began working extensively in the developing world, in particular Africa, central America and Lebanon, as well as continuing to document Britain. He published, The Pleasure Principle, a work exploring Britain in the 80s. In 1992 he published Afghanistan, the result of four trips over four
years. After marrying his second wife, Miyako Yamada, he embarked on a long term photographic exploration of Japan publishing his first book of that work, Fuji, in 2000.  A highly personal diary of 2001, Echoes, was published in 2003, and the second of his Japanese books, Tokyo Love Hello, was published in February 2007. In contrast a black and white study of English rural life, Northern Exposures, was published in summer 2007. He published a 40 year perspective on England, England, my England, at the end of 2009. A study of British centenarians Fading Light was published in 2012.
Damian Bird To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.damianbirdphotography.com Damian Bird, is a photographer and photojournalist with many years of experience, working in war zones and trouble spots around the globe.  He was educated in Photography at the Surrey College of Art and Design and at the London College of Communication where he studied for a post graduate degree in Photojournalism.  In 2011 he founded Life Force magazine with his business partner and wife of 14 years, Alice.  As well as Editing Life Force magazine, he is currently engaged in photographing a series of photo-essays on English culture and has recently returned to Afghanistan. He continues to have his work published in national and international newspapers and magazines  including The Times, the Telegraph, the Express, the Observer, GQ, Esquire, Dazed & Confused,The Face, Country Life and Geographical magazine. He lives with his wife and four children in Devon, England.
both internationally and nationally.  His work is included in several private, corporate and museum collections, most notably the permanent collection of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Detroit Art Institute, The Harris Bank Collection, and the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University. His current book titled, “Detroit: Unbroken Down” was published in September of 2015 by PowerHouse Books and has won several “Best of 2015” Photo Book Awards. Dave Jordano currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Ricky Adam To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.rickyadamphoto.com Ricky Adam was born in Bangor, Northern Ireland in 1974. Ricky has been involved in the D.I.Y. punk community for many years & has been Co. Editor/Photographer for 'DIG BMX' magazine for over 20 years. He has spent ‘X’ amount of years playing in bands & traveling all over the world taking photographs.
His work has been featured in many worldwide publications/record labels, some of which include: DIG BMX magazine, The Independent, Juxtapoz, Obey, Maximum Rock N’Roll, British Journal of Photography, Upper Playground, Hamburger Eyes, Dischord Records, Burning Heart Records. His work has also been exhibited in art shows throughout the world.
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In 2014 “PASSAGGIO A SUDEST” an undewater journey through south-east Asia in Ponza https://youtu.be/6ybvD9Vz_-g and in 2016 “STARS”  to celebrate integration on the island of Lampedusa,  the iconic site of Europe's migrant flow. Books: Il passato nel presente (The past in the present), Art Studio, Milan, 1992 Facial landscapes – Rain Forest, Cappelletti Arte Contemporanea, Milan, 2000 Sidewalk stories, PowerHouse Books, New York, 2001 L’isola (The island), Peliti Associati, Rome, 2002
Arts in Houston, and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., among others. He is represented by Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc., in New York City, and Bolsa de Arte de Porto Alegre in Porto Alegre, RS and São Paulo. Cruz shares his time between his studios in New York City and São Paulo.  His latest project, a document about cancer, in which he’s involved for the past  four year -  an  association with the Barretos Cancer Hospital - Brasil is due in book format by Spring/2017.
Susan sought to find a way to portray her dream-like visions entirely in-camera, rather than with post-processing digital manipulations. To achieve this, she has created twenty-three handmade film cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects, with single-element lenses molded from plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive optical limitations required Burnstine to rely on instinct and intuition—the same tools that are key when attempting to interpret dreams.  Susan’s initial body of work, Within Shadows, resolved in 2009 and resulted in her first multi-award winning monograph of the same name (Charta, 2011). Her second body of work, Absence of Being, was published by Damiani Editore in Fall 2016 and has earned much critical praise.  Susan is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. She is represented in galleries across the world, widely published throughout the globe, conducts workshops internationally, has had over 25 international solo exhibits and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column entitled American Connection for Black and White Photography Magazine (UK).