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Albertina D’Urso (Italy)—View FV Profile
In 2011, I became a member of FotoVisura.com and self-published my personal project “From Dust to God” to my FV-profile. A few days later, the project was selected for Visura Magazine’s “Your View”. Then, one of the images was selected as FotoVisura’s “Photo of the day”, which was spotted by Brett Roegiers, photo editor at CNNPhotos, who then published the complete project a few months later, right before the Navratri Festival.
Bio: Italian photographer Albertina d’Urso (Milan, 1976) is focused mainly in social and humanitarian reportages. Her dedication to this kind of issues begun in 2004 when she went to Mumbai to help a charity: her work gave life to a book, Bombayslum, published by Skira, and an exhibition at “Libreria degli Atellani “in Milan and deeply changed her life and her career.
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Alexandros Demetriades (Cyprus)—View FV Profile
I became a member on FotoVisura.com in 2011. As an emerging photographer, any exposure is good exposure; so, I decided to take the plunge. To be honest, I liked the look and ease on which one could upload one’s pictures; the platform has a clean interface and a very tactile feel to the way one can manage his/her portfolios. However, what makes the difference at FV is not the back end, or the front end—but the way it’s run by its curators. It immediately felt attentive, helpful and there is a personal touch in everything they do. Adriana, one of the site’s curators and co-founders is one of the reasons why FV is so special. She really cares and not only does it show but that’s what makes the whole difference. Last year, I was invited to show my work on Visura Magazine’s Spotlight section curated by co-founder, Graham Letorney. This year, I was spotted by the the New York Times Lens Blog through FV.com to feature my work. Who knows what my future holds but all I can say is, thanks guys for getting me this far!
Bio: Alexandros Demetriades was born in 1967 in Nicosia, Cyprus. In 1984, Demetriades moved with his family to the U.S. He later completed a BA in Business and Economics, and an MBA in Finance and Investments at George Washington University in Washington D.C. In 1996, he formed a cross-disciplinary design firm, where he acted as Creative and Art Director. In 2009, Demetriades studied cinematography at New York University. Upon graduating, he returned to Cyprus to commit to photography professionally. In Cyprus, he embarked on a personal photographic journey documenting his homeland for two years (2010-11). In the meantime, he also traveled to the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa covering both newsworthy events but also personal projects. Alexandros Demetriades’s second long term project “The color of Scars” is an ongoing project that deals with life during and after the Arab Spring revolutions. Demetriados has received numerous awards, including from B&W Magazine, International Photography Awards, Photo Annual Awards and Sigma Annual Photography; in 2012, he was nominated from the Terry O’Neil Award. His work has been published in the New York Times Lens Blog, Leica Fotografie International, B&W magazine, Vervephoto: a new breed of documentary photographers, amongst others. He is currently working as a freelance photographer.
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Annabel Clark (USA)—View FV Profile
After having my work published in Visura Magazine, I became a member of FotoVisura in order to submit a new project for the 2011 FotoVisura grant. I was surprised and delighted to receive second place for my project “Carmen and Lupita”. Soon after, the project was featured on the New York Times Lens Blog, which led to getting the story published in several international magazines. In the summer of 2012, Adriana and Graham invited me to the Visura Lodge Artist Residency, where I spent a week editing and shaping my project with their guidance, and had an invaluable 3 hour editing session with Denise Wolff from Aperture Foundation. Adriana and Graham provide endless opportunities beyond the FotoVisura website, from exhibitions and events to consultations and portfolio reviews with top editors in the field. I am grateful to be a part of this exciting community that continues to grow.
Bio: Annabel Clark was born in Topanga Canyon, California in 1981. She received her B.F.A. in Photography from Parsons School of Design in 2003. During her final term at Parsons, she photographed her mother, the late actress Lynn Redgrave, during her treatment and initial recovery from breast cancer. In 2004, the project was published as a six-page spread in the New York Times Magazine and then as the book Journal: A Mother and Daughter’s Recovery from Breast Cancer by Umbrage Editions. Her work has been exhibited at the Minnesota Center for Photography, Michael Mazzeo Gallery and the Southeast Museum of Photography as well as at hospitals and medical schools across the country. Her editorial work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Observer, Marie Claire, Glamour, Redbook and Proto Magazine. She also teaches photography at the Creative Center, a nonprofit organization that provides free art workshops to people living with cancer and other chronic illnesses.
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Erin Trieb (USA)—2011 FotoVisura Grant Winner—View FV Profile
Receiving the 2011 FotoVisura Grant was one of the highlights of my year. Grant directors Adriana Teresa and Graham Letorney have immersed themselves in the future of my project by providing various outlets for my work, including several gallery exhibitions like at NYC’s United Photo Industries, PhotoVille, and an exhibition at Third Floor Gallery in England; the opportunity to speak at Powerhouse Arena during New York Photo Festival; and an invitation to The Visura Lodge Artist Residency in Stowe, Vermont. The press from the grant led to further attention from editors, publications, and other organizations, but what I have found most meaningful is that Adriana and Graham believe in my project and have invested heavily in its development, which is a unique and wonderful thing. They really care about supporting photographers, the importance of their work, and seeing that work come to fruition.
Bio: Erin Grace Trieb (b. 1982) earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in photography from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and has since worked as a freelance photojournalist, editorial and documentary photographer. Her work spans a diversity of subject matter from international social conflict to local, feature stories.
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Ilaria Di Biagio (Italy)—View FV Profile
“In 2011, I became a member of FotoVisura.com, where I self-published my personal project “A story of fragility” to my FV-Profile. In May 2012, an image from this project was selected as Photo of the Day. The image was seen by Brett Roegiers, photo editor of the CNNPhotos blog, who contacted me to feature the complete project in CNNPhotos blog, along with an interview. Later on, one of my photo’s was highlighted on a story celebrating CNNPhotos blog’s one-year anniversary. That same year, a selection of my work was featured in the FotoVisura’s Women in Photography projection at the inaugural PhotoVille Festival.”
Being an emerging photographer in Italy is not easy, and it is thanks to platforms like FotoVisura that my work has been seen by a broader audience, including editors and curators around the world—an exposure that has led to new opportunities.”
Bio: Ilaria Di Biagio lives in Florence and Rome, Italy. She studied Visual Anthropology and Investigative Journalism in Rome. After an internship at 10b Photography studio in Rome (2008), she has participated in numerous workshops. In the autumn 2011 she attended the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, where she started to focus her attention towards a more personal photography, working on projects which involve her in a deeper way and turning her attention on the photographic book.
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Justin Maxon (USA), 2010 FotoVisura Grant Winner—View FV Profile
Receiving the FotoVisura grant has been like being adopted into a supportive family, all there to nurture and encourage my growth. The grant is one of the only in this industry that is really concerned with the development of the recipient. While most other awards are designed as financially supportive boosts, the FotoVisura grant has longevity. Almost two years after receiving it, I am still benefiting from all the angles of support. Adriana Teresa, and the rest of the family at FotoVisura, has crafted a thoughtful and comprehensive platform that includes every possibility of advancing a career forward: from various exhibiting, publishing, teaching, editing, and lecturing opportunities. The FotoVisura team has gone out of their way to help me realize my dreams like only an encouraging family can do.
Bio: Justin Maxon (1983) was born in a small town in the woods of northern California and is currently based in San Francisco, Ca. He first got into photography at an early age, but then only took pictures of mountains and other woody features. Today, Justin is mainly interested in pursuing long-term projects that examine the complex link between human struggle and perseverance. He is a founding member of Razon Collective and is represented by Prospekt Agency in Italy.
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Katie Orlinsky (USA), 2011 Artist In Residency—View FV Profile
I joined FotoVisura.com as a member in 2011, in order to apply for the FotoVisura Grant, and quickly discovered how useful it was for me as a freelance photographer, using it to elegantly pitch new projects to editors, share work with colleagues and receive feedback and support. Later that summer, I was welcomed into the Vermont home of Adriana Teresa and Graham Letorney as a FotoVisura artist in residency. I am forever grateful for the kindness, mentorship and support they gave me during this period of time. I showed up in Vermont overwhelmed with hard drives of unedited work. Adriana helped me clarify my vision, working with me to edit and sequence years of work on the Mexican Drug War, in time to apply for the 2011 POYI Emerging Vision Award, which I was fortunate enough to receive. The winning project, “Innocence Assassinated“, is my most important body of work to date, and it came together with the help of my time spent at the FotoVisura residency.
Bio: Katie Orlinsky is a photojournalist from New York City. She regularly works for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and various non-profit organizations around the world. Her work has been published in Life, Newsweek, Le Monde, Stern, Time, Paris Match, Adbusters and the International Herald Tribune among others. Katie graduated from the Colorado College with a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies. She is currently a part-time student at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a contributor with Corbis Images.
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Leeor Kaufman (Israel)—View FV Profile
I recently joined the Fotovisura.com community. The FV staff personally helped me understand the potential opportunities offered by FV, helped me in making my profile and albums look at their best and achieve a great out reach. In a very short while, I was contacted by editors and art directors world wide, including NPR photo editors, who published an article about my work. I am happy that such a great and sincere initiative exists in order to help photographers create a vibrant, supportive and productive environment, and honored to be part of this community.
Bio: Leeor is a filmmaker and a photographer. He has worked on independent films and commercial television programs as a cinematographer, film editor and director. His short and feature length films have been screened in film festivals and television channels worldwide including MSNBC and ARTE, his photography work was published in numerous magazines including Newsweek, Time, Das Magazine, NZZ and Burn. Leeor is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University’s Film department and the International Center of Photography Documentary and Photojournalism program.
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Mikel Aristregi Prieto (Spain)—View FV Profile
I joined FotoVisura in late 2012. I did it just because I wanted to aim for the grant. A month later The New York Times LENS Blog contacted me saying that they had seen the project on my FV-profile and that they wanted to run it on their webpage. I was really surprised by the short time it had taken for the piece to arrive to such an important media outlet. Otherwise, it would have been impossible. That day I received over 4,000 visits to my profile which helped the viewers get to know the other projects I have done.
Now I realize that becoming a FotoVisura member is a big deal, not just because of the grant, but for being the bridge to show my work to the best editors in the world.
Freelance photographers should not let this unique opportunity pass. It is a great project lead by two mad-romantic people that really know photography and simply are wonderful, accessible and willing to help any time.
Bio: Born in Hernani (Basque Country, Spain) in 1975. After graduating in Journalism at the University of the Basque Country (UPV), in 1999 he moves to Barcelona where begins studies of photography at the Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia (IEFC), having his degree in 2005. Since that, he has got one of the prestigious Fotopres international photojournalism grant in 2009 or the New FNAC Talent of Photography Prize in 2006, both about social documentary projects, among others. Since 2009 he is the “Lectura” magazine’s photographer and editor (SEGRE newspaper, Lleida, Spain).
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Sebastian Liste (Spain)—View FV Profile
In October 2010, I participated in the FotoVisura Portfolio Review & Consultation. Afterwards, I joined the FotoVisura community. Immediately, I realized the opportunity this platform means for young photographers like me. During the summer of 2011, I was invited to the FotoVisura Artist Residence in Vermont. Adriana and Graham opened the doors of their house in the middle of the forest in Vermont and during these days I felt at home. Since I was a kid my mom always said to me: “Do everything with love”, and that is what I found there: unconditional love and passion for photography. So then, they became more than editors; they became part of my family.
I arrived to Vermont exhausted from my last trip to Brazil with hard drives full of images and a lot disconnected ideas about my project. During those ten days, Adriana and Graham helped clarify my ideas and they edited my personal project. It was during those days, that my project “Urban Quilombo” was finally alive. The body of work we created there won the 2012 Remi Ochlick Award and the 2012 POYi Community Awareness Award. In addition, the way they helped me conceptualize my photographic work and develop my ideas allowed me receive financial support to continue my work in Brazil with grants from the Magnum Foundation and The Getty Editorial Grant. Today, they are one of my few confidants about my ongoing projects. The most important thing for me is the fact that they really take care about what they do: they love what they do, and this attitude is a rare gem in this universe.
Bio: Sebastian Liste (Spain, 1985) is a photographer and sociologist working across many aspects of contemporary life in Latin America and the Mediterranean Sea area, regions where he grew up and which he knows well. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including at TIME Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Photo District News. Sebastian´s work has been internationally recognized by POYi, The Overseas Press Club, Sony WPO, NPPA, Lucie Awards, PDN Photo Annual, Paris PX3, among others. In 2011, Sebastian was also selected to participate in the 18th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2012, Sebastian was announced as the winner of the City of Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award, the Community Awareness Award at POYi, as one of the 30 photographers to watch at PDN 30 and received a Citation at the Olivier Rebbot Award. In addition, he received a Magnum Emegency Found Grant. Sebastian´s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous shows and festivals including Visa Pour l´Image (France, 2012), Look3 Festival of the Photograph (USA, 2012), amongst many others. His work is held in the permanent collection of The Sorigue Foundation in Lerida, Spain and at Maison de l´Image Documentarie in Séte, France. Sebastian Liste is represented by Reportage by Getty Images.