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Internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation, Joyce Tenneson’s work has been published in books and major magazines, and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.

Her portraits have appeared on covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.


Tenneson is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, Wise Women.


She is the recipient of many awards, including the distinguished Lucie Awards for Outstanding Achievement in portraiture 2018, and Lucie Awards Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012. Tenneson’s work has been exhibited in museums around the globe and is part of many private and public collections.


Anna Clarén is one of the most recognised Swedish photographers. Her breakthrough came with the photo series Holding (2006). The book with the same name won the Swedish photographic book award in 2006.


Annas lates project ‘When everything Changes’ is a deeply personal, and revealing story told through excruciating beautiful photographs. ‘’This story is about a life crisis. About a family and a marriage that is suddenly faced with the unexpected. The floor falls out from under you and no one knows how to handle the new situation,” says Anna Clarén. For the first time, Clarén stands as a sole author of a book, a genre-defying story with a script in dialogue form, where lines exchanged by the characters are interspersed with documentary images. The project was presented as both a film and book at Fotografiska in Stockholm on April 2ND 2018. 


Clarén is also a Head of Education at the Nordic School of Photography.


Elizabeth Greenberg is an artist and educator living in Maine. She received her BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design,

and an MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College.


She worked for the legendary photographer Arnold Newman for a number of years, and had a career in the world of commercial photography in New York City, before she moved to Maine, where she is the VP of Academic Affairs at Maine Media Education.

She is an explorer of places. With her camera, Elizabeth explores as an archeologist of memories and myths. She looks for evidence of

secrets, to tell stories of magic, mystery, love, loss, and memories of things never seen.


Elizabeth’s work was included in the 2019 Critical Mass Top 200 and has been exhibited nationally.

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Bob Sacha is a director, cinematographer, editor, teacher and photographer and, above all, a collaborator on visual journalism projects. He shot the video for the Guardian US team project that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a National Emmy for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming,  a Webby and the first gold medal ever given by the Society for News Design. For several years he worked as a staff producer and editor at MediaStorm, where his projects were nominated for three national news Emmys and won numerous awards including an Alfred I. duPont- Columbia Award.

Bob’s work mixes video, still images and audio to create tightly focused journalistic narratives with cinematic sensibilities. HIs new passion and focus is 360 Video/VR for journalism.

Sacha has received numerous awards for his innovative work, including most recently the 2010 Documentary Project of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International competition.

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Jill Enfield is a fine art photographer, author and educator who has accomplished international acclaim, in all three of these capacities, as a leading authority in Alternative Photographic Processes. She has taught handcoloring and non-silver techniques at Parsons School of Design, The New School, and the International Center of Photography in New York, as well as in workshops throughout the United States and Europe.


Jill’s more recent emphasis has been on the wet plate collodion process, originally used by Matthew Brady during the Civil War.


Jill’s personal work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, Camera Arts, PDN, Hasselblad’s FORUM Magazine, Shutterbug, Popular Photography, Digital Camera, and ZOOM.

Enfield’s immigrant series, titled “New Americans” was exhibited in a  solo exhibition at Ellis Island in the spring of 2017.

Ragne Kristine Sigmond is a Norwegian photographer, currently teaching photography at Media College Denmark, where teaching of lighting is one of her favourite subjects.

She received her education in photography at the very same school, graduating in 2003. Working on fine art photography in her spare time has been an important factor for developing her photographic style. She has been invited to present her work at art fairs, to give lectures and hold workshops, to judge competitions or to exhibit in countries like Norway, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Poland and Australia. She was the main contributor of photographs to the 500-page book about composition “Se her!” (LOOK!), written by Rudi Hass, released in the Scandinavian market in 2013.

In 2017 she received the Photography award in Norway, a prize created to honour photographers who have especially contributed to enhancing the position of photography in cultural life.

In 1992, Julie moved from London to New York to run an international photo agency representing 400+ photographers. She now edits, writes and publishes aCurator magazine, and aCurator blog, which was cited both by the British Journal of Photography and LIFE in their reviews of influencers and taste-makers.


Julie represents the Estate of Yousuf Karsh, consults, edits and reviews work for photographers of all levels and styles, and divides her time between NYC and London.


Julie is a portfolio reviewer for American Society of Media Photographers, Photo NOLA and Photolucida and a writer for PDN's “Emerging Photographer,” “PDN EDU”, and the Huffington Post. 

Cig Harvey is a fine art photographer known for her surreal images of nature and family. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in several collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the George Eastman Museum, and the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Harvey has been featured in The New York Times, and received in 2017 the prestigious "Excellence in Teaching Award" from CENTER. In 2018 she was named the Prix Virginia Laureate, an international photography prize awarded to one woman each year.

In addition to her fine art work, Harvey also does select editorial and commercial work including projects for O Magazine, New York Magazine, T Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Japan, Bloomingdale's, Kate Spade, and Ralph Lauren.

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Mark Olich, born in Omsk, Russia in 1974, is a Russian photographer whose works are entirely focused on the worlds of theatre and dance.


Mark has been engaged with photography since 2002. He also studied easel graphics, and etch- ing, and his paintings and drawings are in many private collections both in Russia and Japan.

In 2000 he accepted a invitation from the Mariinsky Theater and has for nearly  fteen years worked on theatre scenery in one of the most famous theatres in the world.


Mark is a graduated from the Theatre and Art College, he has studied at the Russian Ballet Academy (Vagano- va), and participated in many art and photo exhibitions.

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 Tatiana Yermolayeva 

Tatiana Yermolayeva is a Russian Art Historian, Curator, and Producer.


She has a background from the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, and has been a producer and facilitator for several artist throughout the years.


Her most famous collaborator was with world renowned fashion and art photographer Deborah Turbeville, whom she worked closely with

for many decades.


She has been NORDphotogrpahy’s producer and facilitator in St Petersburg since 2011.

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Eddie Soloway’s photographs are the expression of his passion and commitment to the natural world. His eye has developed during a lifetime of exploring the earth’s wild places.


In 1998, Eddie was the first recipient of the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award presented by the Santa Fe Center for Photography, and in 2010 Photo District News named Eddie one of America’s best photography workshop teachers.


His first book, One Thousand Moons, was published in the summer of 2004, and the dvd A Natural Eye Workshop was released in December, 2009. 


Travis Hocutt is a working artist located in the Chicago area.


Travis got his BFA in photography from the Art Institute of Boston (now LUCAD) and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Travis’ practice includes many media ranging from photography, to book binding, to woodworking. The investigation of wonder links Hocutt’s works, whatever the medium or subject. He has been working most recently with cyanotype and sculpture about ice and the complexity of mapping that which is constantly in flux.


Travis currently works as Director of Operations for Chicago based Illumivation Studios, overseeing the production of large scale promotional installations.

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Elizabeth Opalenik lives and works in Oakland, California. As a photographic artist, Opalenik believes that all good photographs are self portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams.


Opalenik is regarded as one of the most creative artist of her time. Her nearly 40 year career has found her teaching or making images on six continents, seeking the beauty and grace that exists within all things. 

She employs the Mordançage process, infrared, platinum printing and hand painting in creating her innovative, one-of-a-kind images. She mixes digital and traditional technologies to explore all the creative possibilities.

Elizabeth Opalenik’s work is collected, published and exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections internationally. In 2007, she published her first monograph, Poetic Grace: Elizabeth Opalenik Photographs 1979-2007

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Trym Ivar Bergsmo is a Norwegian nature photographer and visual artist, residing in Harstad.

He is educated at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California.


Bergsmo has published several books, been involved in a variety of multimedia and theater projects and had many photo exhibitions.


Photographic, he is particularly famous for his photo- graphs from Lofoten and Northern Norway.


Bergsmo’s images have been purchased by the Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Tromsø, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow and Queen Sonja of Norway.


He is a member of the Norwegian Nature Photographers Association and Nordnorske Bildende Kunstnere.

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Iris Valentina is a Dutch portrait photographer

and educator known for

her painterly style of portraits.


Her children’s portraits has won international prizes and although they have

a commercial nature, they are often regarded as art.


Iris runs a portrait studio, both in The Netherlands and in Norway, where creating wall art portraits for families is the main focus.


Apart from that she is dedicated to teaching

and coaching 

photographers the genre of studio portraits and

on how to evolve as an authentic entrepreneur.


While portraits are the recurring object of her photography, she takes

her inspiration from nature and stillness through meditation. In her

portraits this translates to a beautiful connection to the model’s soul and

in finding the beauty in the stillness.

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Elisabeth is the founder and CEO of NORDphotography and SAGA Center for Photography. She teaches NORDphotography’s mentor program in Oslo and at SAGA. Elisabeth took her photo-education in USA, and worked for several years with the world renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson. She  has also worked at the Polaroid Studio in NYC, and assisted photographers like William Wegman and Timothy Greenfield Sanders.


Her work has been exhibited at The Photo District Gallery (NYC), CMCA (Maine - USA), DogA (Oslo), Trondhjem Kunstforening and Sekkefabrikken (Oslo) in addition to private galleris in USA and Norway. 
She holds the cover for Book 'The View Project' by Joyce Tenneson.


Originally from the UK, photographer and artist Sal Taylor Kydd earned her BA in Modern Languages from Manchester University

in the UK and has an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College.

Sal is a writer and poet, and has self-published a number of books

combining her poetry with her photographs. Her books are in

numerous private and museum collections throughout the country

including The Getty Museum and the Maine Women Writer’s

Collection at the University of New



Sal’s latest artist book is

The Call, a hand-made letterpress artist book. Her book of poems and

photographs, Just When I Thought I Had You, is now in its second edition.

Sal also teaches and is on the board of Maine Media Workshops & College in Rockport ME.

Connie Imboden

Connie Imboden has taught for over 30 years, as faculty at The Maryland

Institute College of Art as well as instructing various workshops and 

institutions throughout the United States, France, Norway, the Czech

Republic, and the United Arab Emirates.

Her photographs have been exhibited in an extensive range of

group and solo shows at galleries and museums across the Americas,

Europe, and China and are in museum collections around the

world. Her first book entitled “Out of Darkness”, won the Silver Medal in Switzerland’s “Schonste Bucher

Aus Aller Welt (Most Beautiful Book in the World)” Award in 1993.


Her fourth and most recent monograph,

“Reflections; 25 Years of Photography”, was published in 2009.

Elizabeth Avedon

Elizabeth Avedon is an independent curator and photo consultant. Former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe; Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, Elizabeth has received recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects, including Richard Avedon’s “In the American West” for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Art Institute of Chicago; and exhibitions for the Leica Gallery, New York; the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; and for the Estate of Diane Arbus, among others.

Elizabeth is a juror for the 2021 and 2020 Leica Women Foto Project Awards and on the panel of jurors for the internationally renowned Prix Carmignac Fondation Photojournalism Award in Paris.


She continues to participate as a reviewer in many international portfolio reviews including the New York Portfolio Reviews; CENTER/Review Santa Fe; Photolucida, Landskrona FotoFestival, among others.


Ongoing contributor to The Eye of Photography, Elizabeth is a sought after writer and wrote, among other pieces,  the introductory essays for “Vivian Maier: Self Portraits” (powerhouse).


In 2017, Elizabeth received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Andrea Gjestvang

Andrea Gjestvang is a photographer based between Oslo and Berlin, where she takes on assignments and pursues long term personal documentary projects.

With an intimate photographic approach she explores contemporary social issues in the Northern hemisphere.


In 2012 she finished the project “One Day in History”, with portraits of the young survivors of the 22ND of July 2011 terror attack at Utøya, Norway.


Gjestvang has worked on assignment and published work in international publications such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Stern, Newsweek Japan, M Le Monde and Mare magazine. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.


Andrea Gjestvang is a member of Panos Pictures.