Judges biographies:

Mark Lubell is the Executive Director of the International Center of Photography (ICP), the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. He is currently leading the organization’s move to its new fully integrated center at Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side in New York City, the culmination of a 20-year goal to reunite ICP’s exhibitions and education programs. Prior to joining ICP in 2013, he was the director of Magnum Photos, whose history is closely tied to ICP – Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 in honor of his brother Robert Capa, a founding photojournalist of Magnum. Lubell was also Chief Operating Officer of “Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs,” which was formed in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001. In 2007, American Photo named Lubell “Innovator of the Year” for his pioneering approach to multimedia and online communities.

Stuart Smith is the director and cofounder of GOST Books, an independent visual arts and photography publisher founded in 2013. Designing since the late 80s, he established SMITH in 1994 and has become renowned for his specialization in typography and award-winning photo books.

Genevieve Fussell is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker, where she commissions and produces original photography for the weekly publication and curates photography for newyorker.com. She has collaborated with a range of photographers globally including fine artists, portraitists, conceptual photographers and photojournalists on topics as varied as politics, arts, pop culture, sports and religion. Prior to joining The New Yorker, Genevieve worked at VII Photo, the international collective of photojournalists, where she oversaw the agency archive of more than 80,000 artist assets and produced a range of exhibitions in partnership with photographers, publishers and cultural institutions.

Born in London and based in New York, Lucy Helton received her master’s degree in fine art photography from Hartford Art School, CT, in 2014 and a certificate in photojournalism from the International Center of Photography in 2007. Rising from a necessity to express her personal anxieties and concerns about the environment, her first photobook Actions of Consequence was nominated for the MACK First Book Award 2014, shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2015, and the Anamorphosis Prize 2015. Her most recent book Transmission (Silas Finch, 2015) is a communication from our future to our recent past and it was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award 2015. Helton is immersed in photo book making and has participated in various book fairs and festivals in New York, Los Angeles, London, Germany, and France.

Jamel Shabazz is best known for his iconic photographs of New York City during the 1980’s. A documentary, fashion, and street photographer, he has authored 9 monographs, and contributed to over three dozen other photography related books. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and his work is housed within the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Getty Museum. Over the years, Shabazz has instructed young students at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “Expanding the Walls” project, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture “Teen Curators” program, and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. He is also the 2018 recipient of the Gordon Parks award for his commitment to documentary photography. His goal as an artist is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture.

Peter van Agtmael was born in Washington DC in 1981. He studied history at Yale.
His work concentrates on America, looking at issues of conflict, history, memory, nationalism, militarism, race and class. He has worked extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine. He has been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award, the Lumix Freelens Award, the Aaron Siskind Grant, a Magnum Foundation Fellowship as well as multiple awards from World Press Photo. His first book, Disco Night Sept 11, on America at war in the post-9/11 era was shortlisted for the 2014 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award and named a ‘Book of the Year’ by The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, and Vogue. His second book, Buzzing at the Sill, about America in the shadow of the wars, was shortlisted for the 2017 Rencontres D’Arles Book Award. It was named a ‘Book of the Year’ by Time, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Mother Jones, Internazionale and LensCulture.
He is a founder and partner of Red Hook Editions. Peter is a mentor in the Arab Documentary Photography Program in Beirut.
Peter joined Magnum Photos in 2008 and became a member in 2013.

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