Jan banning

Jan Banning is a photographer. He says he has “the heart of an anarchist, the mind of a historian, and the eye of an artist.” He also has moustaches and a Dutch passport. In Traces of War, Survivors of the Burma and Sumatra Railways (2005), he photographed men, including his father, who had once been condemned to forced labour. And for Comfort Women (2010), he photographed women who had been forced into prostitution by (and for) the Japanese army during World War II. He has also published Law & Order, on criminal justice, The Sweating Subject, on colonial photography and Red Utopia on Commu- nism’s last strongholds (more numerous than one might expect). His work has been acquired by museums – including the Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum – and he won a World Press Photo award for his series Bureaucratics (1st prize, Portraits). Of the thousands of portraits he has made, one stands out : of Christina Boyer, who has spent 26 years in jail in America, leading Banning to spearhead a campaign to prove her wrongful conviction.

Jane evelyn atwood

Jane Evelyn Atwood is a photographer and author of thirteen books, including the monumental Too Much Time, Women in Prison – a 10-year, 9-country, 2-continent documentary survey – recently turned into a play by Fatima Soulhia-Manet. She started with the groundbreaking Rue des Lombards, that presents the immersive story of a single building – of Parisian prostitutes – over an entire year. She has since explored a number of carefully chosen stories : the French Foreign Legion, the blind, an AIDS patient, Haiti… Originally self-taught, she was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography when she was 32. Her latest book, Pigalle People, was exhibited at the Rencontres de la Photographie, in Arles.

Valerio vincenzo

Valerio Vincenzo is a photographer and a visual artist. He spent 10 years traveling Europe’s 19,500 km of inner-borders for his series Borderline (published in Belgium by Lannoo). That’s 44 borders. One can safely assume that he believes that imaginary lines can tell us something real about the world we live in. In a past life, Valerio wore English shoes, French silk ties and Italian bespoke suits – that was back when he worked as a strategy consultant for AT Kearney and Bain & Company in Milan. He’s now head of photography at travel and photography monthly magazine Geo


Tomas van houtryve

Tomas van Houtryve is a photographer – member of the New York-based photo agency VII – and an artist. He travelled for seven years across Nepal, North Korea, Cuba, Moldova, Laos, Vietnam, and China for his book, Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Com- munism. His recent work, Blue Sky Days, documenting the US military’s use of surveillance drones, was awarded a World Press Photo, and is the longest picture story ever published by Harper’s in its 169 year history. He was just awarded the Scam Roger Pic Award for Lines and Lineage – a series about the Mexican past of the American West, photographed with glass plates and a 19th-century wooden camera.

Guy le querrec

Guy Le Querrec is a photographer and member of

the Magnum agency. He often says, “
in photography

there’s seeing and there’s sorting.
” And so he has

been sorting and classifying some 36,000 rolls of

film and 5,000 portraits of musicians. Because jazz

has always been his passion. Africa has been the

other grand affair of his life, ever since a first photo

he took in Chad “
on August 6th 1969”. There’s also

been Brittany, where he just enjoyed a major, 40-year

retrospective in Rennes. And finally, there’s Arles of

course. “
I came here in 1976 to give a workshop at the

Rencontres and immediately loved it.
” He came back

30 years later, on July 6th 2006, to project his photos

in the Roman Theatre. And he is back again now, 43

years after the first trip, again on a July 6th.

Olga kravets

Paolo Woods is a photographer who, despite not being passionate about the breaking news cycle, has twice won the World Press Photo. His investigations have covered the petrol industry (A Crude World), the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (American Chaos), the China-Africa connection (China Safari) and tax havens (The Heavens). Robert & Woods are now working alongside photographers Gabriele Galimberti and Edoardo Delille on Happy Pills, a documentary, book and exhibit exploring the link between the universal quest for happiness and seven blockbuster medicines.

Paolo woods

Jessica Hilltout is a photographer. She got behind

the wheel one morning in Brussels and headed

for Ulaanbaatar, then back home by way of Cape

Town — just 80,000 kilometers. Soon enough she

was back on the road in East Africa, West Africa

and Madagascar — adding 20,000 kilometers and

14 borders to the meter. The
New York Times and

National Geographic
published her work under

the titles
Grassroots Soccer and Soccer Joy. If as

ked to define what she’s searching for, she’d say

“the beauty of imperfect things.”
There’s a word

for it in Japanese: Wabi-Sabi