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.

John Edwin Mason teaches African history and the history of photography. He has written extensively on early nineteenth-century South Africa history, especially the history of slavery, South African popular culture, and the history of photography. He is also a documentary photographer with a long-term interest in exploring race and gender in American motor sports.

Cemre Yeşil Gönenli is a photographer, artist and visual story-teller based in Istanbul. She teaches and writes about photography and runs a small publishing house and photobook shop called FiLBooks in Istanbul.

Lindokuhle Sobekwa is a South African photographer born in Katlehong, Johannesburg. His work has been exhibited internationally and was presented by several galleries at the 2019 edition of Paris Photo. He joined Magnum Photos in 2018 and became an associate member in 2020.

Jacqueline Bates is Photography Director of The California Sunday Magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for excellence in photography two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017, and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she was senior photo editor of W Magazine and worked in the photo departments of ELLE, Interview, and Wired. Bates holds an mfa in photography from the School of Visual Arts, and her work has been exhibited internationally.

 

 

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