Luján Agusti was born in Puerto Madryn, Argentina in 1986. She currently lives and works in both Mexico and Argentina, developing long-term projects. Through her work, she explores issues of identity construction in relation to the territories and places we inhabit. Photography is her main language, using other disciplines to analyze the medium.
Lujan’s 2017 accomplishments include winning the Women Photograph + ONA Grant, the 2017 Emerging Artist Scholarship Recipient of Lucie Foundation, Winner of the CUARTOSCURO Foundry Workshop Scholarship (2017).
Lujan recently won the Women Photograph + ONA Grant in 2017. She was also selected as the 2017 Emerging Artist Scholarship Recipient of Lucie Foundation; the winner of CUARTOSCURO Foundry Workshop Scholarship (2017); the First Prize winner of the Book Call of Encontros da Imagem (Portugal, 2016); recipient of the Roberto Villagraz Fellowship of EFTI (Spain, 2016) and the Young Stimulus Prize of the ArtexArte Biennial (Argentina, 2015). She won second place in the contest of MEC, Museo en los Cerros (Jujuy, 2017) and was selected for the First Book Award of MACK Books (2016). She has been nominated for Joop Swart Masterclass (2016, 2017) of World Press Photo; and selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop (2017); the New York Portfolio Review (2017) and the XVII Photography Biennial of Centro de la Imagen (Mexico, 2016).
Her work has been exhibited internationally in Argentina, Mexico, Canada, the United States, Spain, and India, and has been published by media organizations including National Geographic, The New York Times Lens Blog, The New York Times en Español, The British Journal of Photography, Vice, de Volkskrant, El Pais, Fotofeminas, Lensculture, LAT Photo Magazine, MUD Magazine, among others. In 2016, she published her first photobook “Un montón de ropa” (“A pile of clothes”). She is member of Agencia ZUR (Argentina).
Lia Haley Clay is a transgender portrait and fashion photographer. Lia has photographed for projects such as Refinery29’s “Take Back The Beach” initiative, featuring individuals discussing the importance and meaning of safe space, and what it means to be trans at the beach. She has also photographed for a collaboration with Milk Makeup + LGBT Center of New York, Teen Vogue, Glamour Magazine, New York Times, and several others. Lia’s work focuses on intersectionality, and portraying trans stories from a trans perspective. Her work presents deeply saturated images with an abandonment of retouching, portraying raw portraiture of peers, lovers and personal muses. Lia currently works and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated and award-winning photojournalist, film director, and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising about human rights issues around the globe.
Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President George H.W. Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.
His first photography book, “Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal”, was called “One of the best nonfiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek. His other monographs are “Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul”, “Haiti: 12 January 2010” and “The Lost Rolls” described by The Washington Post as “ The magical photos recovered from over 200 lost rolls of film… An odd family photo album in which the kin are the people and places that have defined global politics and culture in the past quarter century.” As a result Haviv created the national public archive, “Lost Rolls America”, preserving memories and images from previously undeveloped rolls of exposed film from the American public.
Haviv co-created and managed multi-platform projects for Doctors Without Borders’ “DR Congo: The Forgotten War” and “Starved for Attention”, UNICEF’s “Child Alert for Darfur and Sri Lanka” and the International Committee of the Red Cross’s “World at War”.
Haviv is the central character in six documentary films, including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk. He has provided expert analysis and commentary on ABC News, BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC News, GMA and The Charlie Rose Show and written Op-Eds for The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Haviv is the co-founder and director of The VII Foundation. He is currently co-directing two documentary films, Biography of a Photo and Picasso of Harlem.
Stephanie Keith is a nationally and internationally published photographer. Working for Reuters and Getty, she covers breaking news and editorial features. In 2016, her photos from a Reuters assignment to cover the Dakota Access Pipeline protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation won several awards, including Reuters’ Best Photos of the Year, The New York Times’ Pictures of the Year, NBC’s Best News Photos, and The Washington Post’s Pictures of the Year. Working for Reuters and Getty, her work has been featured in many international publications and media outlets, including The New York Times, which published her photos on the cover of the newspaper four times from January 2015 to November 2016. In 2012, the Newswomen’s Club of New York chose her as their Newswomen of the Year for her “in the trenches” photographs of the Occupy Wall Street movement. She consistently garners spots in ‘Photos of the Week’ in The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Atlantic for her work for Reuters and Getty. Much of her work focuses on protest, social issues and religion.
Andrea Wise and Brent Lewis co-founded Diversify Photo in Spring 2017. Wise is an independent creative strategist working with artists, media outlets, tech startups, production companies, and brands to develop and deploy impactful narrative visual storytelling experiences. She also serves as Secretary of the National Press Photographers Association, where Lewis serves on the Board of Directors. Lewis recently joined The New York Times as a business photo editor after two years as Senior Photo Editor at ESPN’s the Undefeated. Both Wise and Lewis began their careers as photojournalists and now devote themselves to fostering opportunities for photographers from historically underrepresented groups.
Internationally recognized, award-winning artist and author Joshua Rashaad McFadden is originally from Rochester, New York. McFadden developed an interest in art as a child. During his undergraduate years at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, he began to make photographs as a fine art practice. McFadden continued to develop his photography, eventually attending Savannah College of Art and Design, where he obtained his Master of Fine Art.
McFadden combines his passion for civil and human rights with his passion for the arts. His series “After Selma” is based on the constant uprisings across America, caused by multiple recent incidents of police brutality and the murders of African-American men and women. For this series, McFadden was named one of the top emerging talents in the world by LensCulture and received the first place International Photography Award (IPA) in 2015. He won the first place IPA award again in 2016 for his series and book, “Come to Selfhood”. McFadden has since been published in EyesOpen Magazine, Slate Magazine and The New York Times. In 2017, McFadden was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of “12 African-American Photographers You Should Follow Right Now”.
Joshua Rashaad McFadden is the recipient of the 2017 FENCE Jury Choice Award where he was awarded a $5,000 Grant plus an exhibition at Photoville.
Matt Slaby is a co-founder of Luceo. He spent his earlier years as a firefighter, an EMT, and a lawyer, before finding his true passion of using visual media and storytelling to advocate for the greater good. He has two cats (both fat), secretly enjoys listening to bachata music, and looks a lot scarier than he actually is.
Alice Wielinga graduated from the School of Fine Arts, St. Joost Breda in the Netherlands as a documentary photographer. With “North Korea: A Life Between Propaganda and Reality,” she won the Photo Folio Review at the Rencontres d’Arles 2014 and first prize at the Fine Art section of the Moscow International Foto Award in 2015. Her personal projects took her from China to Cuba and recently to Pakistan. “North Korea: A Life Between Propaganda and Reality” was part of the group show, “North Korean Perspectives” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA) and the Drents Museum (Assen, the Netherlands). This summer, her project is shown during “(Im)possible to see: North Korea” at The Lumière Brothers Center of Photography (Moscow, Russia). The workbook of this project was part of the exhibition “L’Art se livre” at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle (Le Locle, Switzerland). Opening September 2017, her work will be part of “Donne & Fotografia” in Udine (Italy), an exhibition on the “150 female photographers, who have profoundly revolutionized and influenced the history of twentieth century photography.”