Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has published over twenty-five books including *Sleeping by the Mississippi* (2004), *NIAGARA* (2006) *Broken Manual* (2010) and *Songbook* (2015). Soth has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center in Minnesota (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, and is a member of Magnum Photos.
Curator, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sandra S. Phillips is Curator Emerita of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
She has been with the museum since 1987, and assumed the position of Senior Curator in 1999. In 2017 she assumed the position of Curator Emerita. Phillips has organized numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions of modern and contemporary photography including Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, Diane Arbus Revelations, Helen Levitt, Dorothea Lange: American Photographs, Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence and An Uncertain Grace: Sebastiao Salgado. She holds degrees from the City University of New York (Ph.D.), Bryn Mawr College (M.A.), and Bard College (B.A.). Phillips was previously curator at the Vassar College Art Museum, and has taught at various institutions including the State University of New York, New Paltz; Parsons School of Design; San Francisco State University; and the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a Resident at the American Academy in Rome and received a grant from The Japan Foundation in 2000.
Born in New Delhi in 1961, Ms. Singh attended the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad from 1980 to 1986 and studied documentary photography at the International Center of Photography in New York between 1987 and 1988. For the next eight years, she tracked a wide array of social issues in India, including Bombay sex workers, child labor, and poverty, and published numerous articles in European and American magazines. She continued to photograph scenes from Old Delhi for The Times of London over 13 years, which she published in the collection Myself, Mona Ahmed (2001).
At the end of the 1990s, she quit photojournalism once and for all and shifted her thematic focus to India’s wealthy and middle-class. She has been invited to exhibit her work at many international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2011 and 2013) and the Biennale of Sydney (2016). Ms. Singh participated in the Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art After Marcel Broodthaers exhibition at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2013 and 2014).
Born in 1957, Mr. Ueda is a photographer and professor at Tama Art University. Recognition for his work includes the Tokyo Art Directors Club Grand Prize, the New York Art Directors Club Photography Award, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Silver Lion, the Asahi Advertising Award, and the Photographic Society of Japan Lifetime Achievement Award.
Among his most noted works are Quinault, a collection of photos of a sacred Native American rainforest; Amagatsu, a series of portraits of Sankai Juku dancer-choreographer Ushio Amagatsu; At Home, intimate snapshots of Mr. Ueda’s own family; and Materia, images of primeval forest on the theme of the origin of life. In 2015, he published A Life With Camera, a wide-ranging retrospective of his work spanning more than 30 years. Mr. Ueda has been the curator of Gallery 916 since 2011.
He was born in Ishikawa Prefecture in 1977. He received an MFA from the Slade School of Art at University College, London in 2003. His 2002 work Dwelling earned an East International Award in the Young Artist Category. He has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, including Biennale de Lyon (2003 and 2013), Yokohama Triennale (2005), the Asia Pacific Triennial (2009), and the Biennale of Sydney (2010). He has had solo exhibits: Lineament, in 2012 at the Shiseido Gallery, and Whirl, in 2012 at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall Gallery. He also had his first large-scale Japanese solo exhibit Under the Box, Beyond the Bounds in 2014 at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. He is participating in ‘Reborn-Art Festival (Ishinomaki, Miyagi), Sapporo International Art Festival (Sapporo, Hokkaido), Oku-Noto Triennale (Suzu, Ishikawa). The videos and video installations he has produced express a creative space and fascinate the viewer. He currently resides in London.
She was born in Kobe City in 1977. She completed studies as a photography class research student at Seian University of Art and Design. Since her student days, she has developed works on the theme of the relationship between one’s inner life and outward appearance through self-portrait techniques. Her debut work ID400 was recognized with an Honorable Mention Award at the 2000 Canon New Cosmos of Photography. She received the 2004 Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award and The Twentieth Annual ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographers from the New York International Center of Photography, among others. Her work has been exhibited around the world. Publications include illustrated books, as well as collections of photographs.
Since 1995, Minoru Shimizu has developed his work as a critic focusing on modern art, photography, and modern music, and he has contributed essays and commentary to exhibition catalogs and photo collections in Japan and abroad. In recognition of his work, he received the Shigemori Koen Photo Criticism Award for his 1995 publication The Photographic Invisible: James Welling (Wako Works of Art, 1995). Some of his major books include Shashin to Hibi [Days with Photographs] (Gendai Shichoshinsha, 2006), Hibi Kore Shashin [Daily Photographs] (Gendai Shichoshinsha, 2009), and Pluramon (Gendai Shichoshinsha, 2011). Currently, he serves as a professor at the Faculty of Global and Regional Studies at Doshisha University.