The eight lectures given by renowned photographers are definitely the highlight of each festival day. In previous years we have welcomed many international stars in the photojournalism scene, such as Steve McCurry, Alixandra Fazzina, Anthony Suau, Anja Niedringhaus, Thomas Höpker, Ragnar Axelsson, Gerd Ludwig, Ed Kashi and David Burnett.



Wednesday, June 20st 2018,
5.00 p.m.

You cannot describe Tomas van Houtryve simply as a photographer. Born In 1975, the American-Born photojournalist, artist and author uses different kinds of medias to produce pictures. In his work he often combines journalism and philosophy, as well.
In 2016, the Centre of Photography bought van Houtryves installation "Traces of Exile" in which he combines smartphone images of refugees with places of their escape odyssey. It is the first video in the permanent collection of the ICP with over 200.000 printings. In 2014, van Houtryves "Blue Sky Days" was published in Harpers as the largest photo portfolio in the 164-year history of the magazine. The drones pictures of "Blue Sky Days" show gatherings like weddings, funerals, praying or training groups of people that could become destinations of foreign drone attacks.
In addition to an enormous number of exhibitions, Tomas Van Houtryves also has received numerous awards, including the World Press Photo Award, the  ICP Infinity Award, Press Photographer of the Year (POY) or the young talend award form the festiva Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan.




Wednesday, June 20st 2018,
7.30 p.m.

Abbie Trayler-Smith was born in 1978 in Wales. Before she became a self-thaught photographer, she studied law in London. Her main focus lies in documentary and portrait photography. In 1998 Abbie Trayler-Smith started working for the Daily Telegraph. She reported amongst other things about the war in Iraq, the Darfur-Crisis and tsunamis in Asia. In 2007 she became a member of the popular Panos Pictures agency. Today she's working around the globe for Time, The Sunday Times, The Independent Review, Marie-Claire, Monocle, Vice, Oxfam, Save The Kinder, IRC, UNICEF, Sony and BBC. Abbie Trayler-Smith's photographs are internationally published, exhibited and awarded – for example for the World Press Photo Award.
Some of her most important projects are »Still Human Still Here«, a story about rejected asylum seekers in Great Britain and »The Big O«, about children suffering from obesity. For Abbie Trayler-Smith the power of a picture lies in its message.





Thursday, June 21st 2018,
5.00 p.m.

Meinrad Schade is one of the most important contemporary photographers in Switzerland. After completing his biology studies, he turned to photography. First station of his photographic career, after completing a course at the Swiss School of Journalism MAZ, was a permanent position as a press photographer at St. Galler Tagblatt. In 2002 he became a freelancer. In 2011 he was awarded with the Swiss Photo Award, in 2013 with the n-ost reportage prize.
In 2015, the renowned Fotostiftung Schweiz in Winterthur presented his large solo exhibition "War Without War", parallel to the same titled book published by Scheidegger & Spiess. Therfore he visited the crisis region of the former Soviet Union. In May 2018 his new book "unresolved" will be published, which is part of his longterm-project "War Without War". This time he focused on Israel and Palestine.





Thursday, June 21st 2018,
7.30 p.m.

The Romanian photographer Petrut Calinescu is one of the best photo- and videojournalists of his country. Calinescu is co-founder of the Documentary Photography Centre, which is dedicated to the development of documentary photography and the creation of photojournalstic projects in Romania.
He often works on longterm projects like "Living at the Edge", where he documented the chaotic gentrification of the outskirts of Bucharest. "The Black Sea", a work still in progress, was promoted in 2010 with a grant of the German Marshall Funds. It shows, among other things, how mass tourism in the area around the Black Sea is effecting tension in the states next to it.
Petrut Calinescus reportages were published e.g. in the Sunday Times Magazine, the New York Times, Esquire Business Week and have won awards several times. He is represented by the English agency Panos.



Friday, June 22nd 2018,
5.00 p.m.

The polish photographer Justyna Mielnikiewicz is focused in her body of work on the countries of the former Soviet Union. She takes a deeper look into the aspects of transformation of the societies east of the European Union.
Her career startet in 1999, when she was working in Poland for the daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Since 2001 Justyna Mielnikiewicz works as a freelance documentary photographer, realizing personal longterm-projects. For twelve years she worked on a project about the South Caucasus and the smoldering conflicts there, which was published in the book „Woman With A Monkey - Caucasus in Short Notes And Photographs“.
In her longterm-project “A Ukraine Runs Through It“ Mielnikiewicz deals with the turmoil around the Dnieper River as a metaphor of contradicting influences which shape the Ukraine and the region. In another personal project she examines the role of ethnicity for the identity of Russians and Russian speakers 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Her  work has been published in international  publications as The New York Times, Monocle, GEO, National Geographic, Le Monde and Stern. She is a member of the agency MAPS.



Friday, June 22nd 2018,
7.30 p.m.

Nina Berman, born 1960, is documentary photographer, author and teacher. Her work explores the american politics, militarism and psychological consequences of war, e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder. Her photographs and videos were exhibited in more than 100 location, like Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Dublin Contemporary. She is author from the book »Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq«, where she portraits and interviews wounded American veterans, and from »Homeland«, a research about the militarization of Americas society after 9/11. Nina Berman just released her newest book: »An autobiography of Miss Wish«, a story about a woman, who was victim of sexual harassment for more than 25 years.

Nina Bermans work has received multiple awards in the categories art and journalism, for example from the World Press Photo Foundation, Pictures of the Year International, the Open Society Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Aftermath Project and Hasselblad. She is honored with the 2017 Susan Tifft fellow at the Center of Documentary studies at Duke University and teaches as an associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she is the leader of the photography program. She is represented by NOOR Foundation. Nina Berman is based in New York City.





Saturday, June 23rd 2018,
11.00 a.m.

Photographer Stephan Vanfleteren is the most famous photographer of his homeland Belgium. Many people who have never been in Belgium have got their impressions of the country via Stephan Vanfleteren's work, especially from his wonderful book "Belgicum". A photographic masterpiece, far away from romanticization, but photographed with great warmth and sympathy for his compatriots.
After his photography studies at the Sint-Lukas School of Arts in Brussels, from 1993 to 2009 he worked as a stuff photographer for the newspaper De Morgen. Afterwards he focused on his own book projects and exhibitions, which he photographed all in black and white. He also photographed for foreign newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Le Monde, Time or Paris Match.
In addition to his empathic and condensed pictures of everyday life and landscapes, the fascinating portraits of the people of his belgian homeland have made him popular around the world. Six times he won a World Press Photo Award and numerous National Press Awards for his uncomplicated and unpretentious black-and-white photography.




Saturday, June 23rd 2018,
5.00 p.m.

The term "warhorse" is usually used for men who know every trick in the book, but it is also fitting for the American photographer Paula Bronstein. She studied photography at the University of Colorado, Salzburg College and photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She then worked as a photographer for different American newspapers and since the 90's for the agency Getty Images News in Asia, working as a staff from 2002 until 2013. Paula Bronstein's photos were printed thousands of times around the globe and exhibited in numerous countries. In her long career she has photographed presidents and kings, natural disasters, political turmoil, wars and conflicts.

For her work she has been awarded with numerous prizes, including 2017 the first prize at the World Press Photo in the category Daily Life, 2016 at the International Photography Awards for her book »Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear« and also 2016 the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation.



Here you have the opportunity to see all lectures from the last festival.


The lectures of the previous years can be found here. Have fun!