Experts - photography

Andrej Bán

Andrej Bán

One of the most renowned Slovak contemporary photographers. Photography reporter for prestigious magazines Reflex and Mlady svet. Realized photography reportages from Kosovo, the Northern Ireland, Israel. Currently works as a freelance photographer and chairs the humanitarian organization People in Peril. He is the co-founder of the Slovak Documentary Photo civic association.

Nikko Biernacka

Nikko Biernacka

A freelance photographer, founder of the Machina Fotografika Foundation, she promotes people who work in photography, supports the creative development of women and performs educational activities in visual arts. A graduate of Cultural Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań and Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Republic), with a diploma in Dita Pepe’s seminar. She exhibits both in Poland and abroad. She publishes in newspapers: Polityka weekly, Wysokie Obcasy magazine, Tygodnik Powszechny weekly, as well as in books. She strives to make fashion a tool for the promotion of important social, artistic and cultural events and she attains this goal in “artfashion” photo sessions. She has also completed coach training organized by NGO Trainers’ Association STOP, currently participant in the Leaders Program of The Polish-American Freedom Foundation. She works on project „440 km”, which aims to support women’s development with physical disabilities and make them more visible in public space.

Rune Eraker

Rune Eraker

For more than two decades worked as an independent documentary photographer.  He became a member of the Amsterdam based picture agency Hollandse Hoogte back in 1990. Eraker has had a number of solo exhibitions in artmuseums (a selection: The Stenersenmuseum (Oslo 2001), Trondheim Artmuseum (2006),  Nobels Peacecenter (Oslo 2009), Sørlandet  Artmuseum (Kristiansand 2010), Bryggen Museum (Bergen 2005) and Guayasamin Artmuseum (Quito, Equador 1993))  and has published widely in magazines and newspapers, both in Norway and internationally. He has also published a number of photobooks:  (“Øyeblikk av Lys” (Aschehoug 2001), “The Smell of Longing” (Wigestrand 2005) and “The Dream of Europe” (Press Books 2009)). In 2009 he was the picture-editor of “Norwegian Documentary photography today”, (Press Books 2009) based on his previous participation as the leader of the jury of Fritt Ord’s 2007 grand support of Norwegian Documentary Photography projects. In 2002 he won a photodocumentary award in Society for News and Design (USA) for a story on DR Kongo.  In 2009 he received the award “Freelancer of the year in Norway”.  Currently Rune Eraker is heading the editorial team at Norwegian Journal of Photography, and he is one of four curators at EPEA (The European Photo Exhibition Award). Since 2009 Rune Eraker has been working on his new solo exhibition “The Blind Eye”, focusing on the connection between globalization and climate change.

Tomasz Padło

Tomasz Padło

Freelance photographer and co-founder of Bezgranica Foundation dealing i.a. with exposing and describing the phenomenon of stability of relict boundaries. He treats photography as a representation of reality and uses it for knowledge promotion, therefore he focuses mostly on documentary photography, in particular on the little-invasive street photography. For many years he has been involved in studying the problem of perceiving Europe. It has also diverted his photographic interest into this issue, after taking up trials to recognize and understand the Orient. He is a geographer by profession and has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Geography of the Pedagogical University of Cracow.

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