Alessandro Vincenzi is a self-trained documentary photographer, who started his career as a photographer at the end of 2008 after working for almost five years with Medecins Sans Frontieres as a biologist. Since the beginning he decided to start a photographic research that took him to Eastern Europe in search of stories that were somehow related to the Soviet past. He found himself working for almost ten years between Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, Crimea and Russia, feeling attracted to stories that were all linked together by a single concept: the scarce or almost zero visibility in the international media. The less he knew, the more he felt attracted. This spirit has led him to start Lands in Between, a new research on not well-known minorities living in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. At the same time he his working since four years a Man, Water and Fire, an in-depth study on the relation that exist between human being and the surrounding nature in Lanzarote, Canary Island. His works have been published widely, as The Guardian, Der Spiegel, l’OBS, Le Monde, CNN, Mariclaire, D della Repubblica, Vanity Fair, GEO Italy, Geo Russia, Revue 21, among others. He is based in Barcelona where he lives with his family.
Her photo-essays are portrait based long-term projects. She has been turning her camera to identity and gender related issues, migration and the socially/culturally displaced. Her latest work includes photo essays on trafficking of women within the European Union and the future of young Native Americans in Oklahoma. She is currently based in Belgium. Mashid’s photography won numerous awards among which first place in the 2009 World Press Photo Contemporary Issues category, International Photography Award, Prix de La Photo, International Talent Support. Her work was shown at Noorderlicht Photo festival in Holland, Palm Springs Photo festival in California, Fotoleggendo in Italy, traveling IOM exhibition in Central Asia, World Press Photo exhibition around the world, and the Slideluck Potshow at Aperture gallery in New York. She is represented by Redux Pictures Photo Agency in New York. Her clients include The New York Times, Newsweek, Global Post, La Repubblica/La Domenica, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe & Mail, BBC online, MSF (Doctors Without Borders), Oxfam, Amnesty Journal, Mondiaal magazine, De Morgen, De Standaard Magazine, De Volkskrant, among others. Mashid grew up and received her Masters in Fine Arts in Belgium and is based in New York and Belgium. Mashid has worked in the Middle East, Central Asia, East, West and North Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, North and Latin America. She speaks English, Dutch, Farsi and French.
Erik Messori is a photojournalist and founder of CAPTA Collective, specialising in photojournalism and reportage of both domestic and international issues around the world. Over the past 15 years, Erik has covered armed conflicts, humanitarian and environmental crises, social inequalities, and in-depth, issue-driven stories across Asia, Africa, Europe and Eastern Europe. His work, published by major international media outlets, is often used as material for debate during conferences, television programs, and festivals. It is also exhibited and projected in many museums, galleries, and universities. His works have been published in: Stern Magazine, National Geographic Italia, Newsweek, Al Jazeera, OBS Magazine, The Guardian, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Der Spiegel, CNN, Wired Magazine Italia, SDZ, Days Japan, Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia, Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, South China Morning Post, The Australian. A portion of his project on Chernobyl has been published in the volume Connections across a Human Planet (Photojournale 2009) and his Coal Mines image has been published in the book Bonded Labor (Columbia University NYC 2012). He has been recognized with many international awards, including first prize at POYi.
Peter Wilson is a highly experienced and versatile reporter working out of London. He has spent more than 20 years as a foreign correspondent based in Tokyo, Washington and London, reporting from 60-plus countries on everything from wars to US presidential elections, Tokyo fashion shows, papal elections, Wimbledon and the Olympics. He has written for newspapers and magazines in more than 20 countries. Named the “Australian Journalist of the Year” in 2003 for his Iraq War coverage, he served as Deputy Editor of the national newspaper The Australian and began freelancing in 2012. Having trained on Melbourne’s “Sun News-Pictorial” he has spent his whole career working closely with photographers to maximize the impact of having words and photos work together. Articles have appeared in titles including the New York Times, The Economist's "1843", Newsweek Japan, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, The Australian, The Times, De Morgen, National Post, Kathimerini, Expressen, South China Morning Post, Irish Times, De Telegraaf, Aftenposten, Expresso. He has interviewed Bill Clinton, Yeltsin, Gorbachev, Pavarotti, Spielberg and Blair and wrote a book on the Iraq War called "A Long Drive Through a Short War ".
Annalisa Natali Murri
Annalisa Natali Murri approached for the first time to photography at age 27, while attending Architectural and Urban Photography School in Valencia (Spain). After completing her studies in engineering, soon she began to alternate her work to photography, focusing on personal research works and documentary projects, mainly inspired by social issues and their psychological consequences, with a particular interest in the effects of history and collective memory in determining an individual and community identity, as well as their influence in the origination of many contemporary questions. In 2014 she was selected as an attendee for LOOKbetween mentorship program and in 2015 she was named one of the 30 emerging photographers to watch at PDN’s 30. Her works have been awarded and highlighted in several international contests and awards, including 70th and 71st POYi, Sony World Photography Award, Burnmagazine Emerging Photographer Fund, Catchlight’s Activist Awards and PHM Women Photographers Grant.
Gregory Beals is a storyteller, a multi-media journalist and a communications professional who believes in creating accurate, authentic narratives that resonate in the soul. He has followed the lives of survivors of the world’s worst conflicts for the past 17 years. He is currently working as the Spain correspondent for The Daily Beast, and he has more than 20 years experience working as a journalist. He has also worked as an editor, founder of online media and humanitarian information response specialist with a variety of NGOs and the United Nations. His work has appeared in such publications as Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Newsweek and other media organizations. His photography work has shown in such museums as the Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago and at theCasa dell’Architettura, in Piazza Fanti in Rome. He has also shown my work at the Sala Docs gallery during the 56th Venice Biennale.