Todd Hido, Photographer (San Francisco, United States)
Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Wired, Elephant, FOAM, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young, the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Pier 24 Photography, as well as in many other public and private collections. He has over a dozen published books; his most recent monograph titled Excerpts from Silver Meadows was released in 2013, along with an innovative b-sides box set designed to function as a companion piece to his award-winning monograph in 2014. Aperture will publish his mid-career survey in 2016.
Karen McQuaid, Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery (London, UK)
Karen McQuaid is Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery and has been in post since 2009. She has curated exhibitions including Jim Goldberg, Open See (2009); Fiona Tan, Vox Populi London (2012); Andy Warhol, Photographs: 1976 – 1987 (2014); and Lorenzo Vitturi, Dalston Anatomy (2014). Karen has curated exhibitions at The Moscow House of Photography and The National Gallery of Kosovo. She regularly contributes texts and edits artists’ books, writes for international photography publications and institutions, and guest lectures across the UK. She has attended numerous folio reviews including Daeugu Biennale (Korea), FotoTriennale Odense (Denmark), Thessaloniki (Greece), PhotoIreland (Dublin), Stockholm Photogrpahy Week, Houston FotoFest and Contact Photography Festival (Toronto).
Barrie Mowatt, President of the Vancouver Biennale (Vancouver, Canada)
Visionary, Founder and Artistic Director of the Vancouver Biennale, a not-for-profit charitable organization, created in 2004, Barrie Mowatt has a history for initiating public and community projects and has been the recipient of several awards, including Business and Arts, the Friend in Deed Award & the Socially Conscious Entrepeneur of the Year Award. Philanthropist, educator, psychologist, entrepreneur, art collector, and former contemporary art dealer/gallerist, Barrie Mowatt has integrated his passion for education, learning, the Arts and community involvement into the creation of the Vancouver Biennale / the Biennale de Vancouver. His vision includes the celebration of the public space of the Cities in Metro Vancouver via a biannual 24 month OPEN AIR MUSEUM exhibition of the world’s finest public art installations, including sculpture, New Media, performance, and film, free for all to enjoy where they live, work, play and transit. Additionally, he has helped to create an unparalleled legacy for the Province and Region by facilitating the donation of major public art installations by many of the most renown artists of the 20th and 21stCentury as well as via numerous cultural and educational programs that invite the world to Vancouver to celebrate its architecture, public space and cultural diversity.
Heidi Romano, Director of Photobook Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia)
Heidi Romano is a photographer and festival director with a diverse skill set, honed through 14 years of experience. She often acts as a guest curator, portfolio reviewer or judge at Rencontres d’Arles, Prix Pictet, Photo Ireland, Feature Shoot, Lenscratch, Urbanautica, Critical Mass and Landscape Stories, amongst other industry related festivals and events. Heidi has a critical eye for the issues that count. She is a passionate book designer and loves working with artists through all levels of project development. In late 2009 she founded Unless You Will, an acclaimed online photography journal dedicated to showcasing the finest of international visual storytelling. In February 2015 she directed the inaugural Photobook Melbourne festival and thus established a new platform for artists, bookmakers and book lovers in Australia.
Heather Snider, Executive Director of SF Camerawork (San Francisco, United States)
Heather Snider is the Executive Director of San Francisco Camerawork, a 40 year-old non-profit arts organization and publication dedicated to the photographic arts. She has 20+ years experience in the fine art photography field, having worked at several commercial photography galleries in San Francisco (Vision Gallery, Scott Nichols Gallery) and as an arts writer for international photography publications (including Eyemazing Magazine and B&W Magazine). Heather is personally interested in all kinds of photography. She extensive experience working in the commercial gallery world, with photography collectors, as well as in the non-profit, curatorial field. In her role at SF Camerawork she is focused on emerging photographers who are exploring the conceptual and experimental edges of the medium.