Born in 1980 in Sofia, Bulgaria, Nikola Borissov has an unusual background.
In 1999 he moved to Milan, Italy, where he graduated in Political Sciences and International Economics. In 2006 he abandoned the world of finance and banking in order to pursue a career in fashion and advertising photography.
Since then, Nikola is a regular contributor to various international editions of magazines like Numéro, Harper’s Bazaar, L'Officiel, ELLE, Madame Figaro, Tatler, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, etc.
Without having a fixed base city Nikola has been living on the road since 2009; currently he divides his time mostly between London and Cape Town and anywhere in between. In his personal work he keeps alive his initial passion for reportage and street photography.
Born in Stockholm, Sophie Brändström studied sociology in Paris and then in London, and turned to photography while a student at Fort Lauderdale Art Institute in Florida, where she obtained her AS in photography. She started her career as a photojournalist in the United States, working for several newspapers belonging to the country’s n°3 press group, The McClatchy Company, and notably for the Miami Herald. This first experience lasted 5 years, after which she settled in France where she worked for L’Express, Marie-Claire, L’Équipe magazine, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Le Nouvel Observateur and La Vie, and abroad, for The Sunday Times, La Repubblica and Géo in Germany. Alongside, she carried out assignments for national institutions, NGOs and foundations such as INMA (Institut National des Métiers d’art), the French Culture Ministry, the French Ministry of Education, Région Île-de-France, Médecins du Monde and Fondation Orange. She is often also frequently called on for corporate portraits or to follow leaders and personalities in the field, like the board of directors of EDF and, more recently, Manuel Valls.
Whether it be her personal work or press commissions, Sophie Brändström’s approach as a photographer is recognised for its sensitivity, its sharpness and its keen sense of respect for the other. Her way of working, drawing deeply on her experience in the U.S. and the U.K., leads her to operate over time and patiently establish close bonds with those she meets and follows. Angling her subjects so that they exude not only emotion but also meaning is her way of bearing witness through stories anchored in the everyday, intimate and resolutely modern.
This humanistic vein has led her to address many topics with a societal dimension: poor housing, autism, ecological villages, … For a few years now, she has enriched her work with sociological reflection. She explores the relations between Man and work, the family, the media, social networks and the environment, which involves her in long-term projects. Since 2006, she has been an observer of the place of associative and popular radio stations in communities deprived of national democratic news services. Her travels have taken her to Kirghizstan, the Central African Republic, Colombia, Haiti and also Brazil.
2013 was a special year for her with the publication of "Manufactura Since 1662", her first monograph, with a preface by Gérard Garouste. In this photographic account centred on French manufactories, she evokes the personal histories of the men and women working there, enabling the general public to discover professions and ways of working often unknown. The book’s success and several international exhibitions dedicated to it are an eloquent tribute to her work; Manufactura was also recognized by the profession when nominated as a finalist in Photography category of the International Books Awards in USA.
Sophie Brändström is a laureate of the Atlanta and North Carolina seminars in photojournalism and the Eddie Adams Workshop; her work is regularly exhibited in institutions and at festivals such as the Mois de la Photo (Paris), Visa pour l’Image (Perpignan), Les Rencontres Internationales de la photographie (Arles), La Villette, ... For 2 years now, alongside her work as a photojournalist, she has been turning to scripting and producing videos. She has already produced several programmes which bear ample witness to her documentary and artistic talent. In 2014, she won the "Reporters d’Espoirs" prize for her web-documentary, "Ma Vie à Deux Balles".
South-African photographer based in London, Jillian Edelstein began working as a press photographer in Johannesburg, South Africa on the Rand Daily Mail. In 1985, she emigrated to the UK. She enrolled in the London College of Printing’s course on photojournalism where she met the Photo Editor of The Sunday Times who, on viewing her portfolio, offered her immediately a contract with the newspaper. Established as one of Britain’s foremost portrait photographers, her photographs have appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, PORT and Interview. She has worked on campaigns for Comic Relief , The National Theatre, The National Portrait Gallery, Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO, EMI, UNICEF, Save The Children Fund, OXFAM, The Royal Shakespeare Company, SONY, BT and TESCO.
Her talent has been repeatedly awarded including the Kodak UK Young Photographer of the Year in 1986, Photographers' Gallery Portrait Photographer of the Year Award 1990, the Visa d’Or at the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan in 1997, the European Final Art Polaroid Award in 1999, and the John Kobal Book Award in 2003.
Between 1996 and 2002, she returned to South Africa frequently to document the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This work culminated in an award-winning book Truth and Lies, shot in large format and published by Granta in 2002. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally at venues including the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery, Tom Blau Gallery in London, the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles - France, the Bensusan Museum, Johannesburg and Robben Island Museum, Cape Town - South Africa, Kijk Galerie, Paris and Dali International Photography Festival, Yunnan Province, China.
She is working on two new books - "Affinities", iconic creative duos/working partnerships and "Here & There: An Expedition of Sorts", the story of her family’s journey from Eastern Europe to Africa.
In 2012 the National Portrait Gallery commissioned her to make a body of work celebrating the producers of the 2012 Olympics. “The Road to 2012” included 17 portraits which were exhibited in the gallery during the Games from July-September 2012.
She was commissioned by the NGO FXB International to create an exhibition to commemorate their inception. Over the summer she travelled to Africa, China, India and Colombia. The exhibition to mark their 25th year anniversary opened at the OXO Gallery on 13th August 2014. "Capturer L’Espoir" travelled to Sotheby’s Paris in September and opens in Geneva 11th December 2014.
Franck Hamel is a food and lifestyle photographer based in Rennes (France).
He always had a concealed passion for photography but shooting a film and developing his first photographs in the laboratory made his passion grow. He went on to study Arts at Rennes University and kept on learning the art of photography on his own.
Driven by his passion, he moved to Romania where he began his career as a photojournalist at the Romanian press agency, Mediafax, and “Regard”, a French magazine. The new challenges he faced were: to meet deadlines, adapt his work to the light, find the right angle and have a new life in post-communist Bucharest. After his experience in Romania, he moved to Vietnam.
Living in Asia was a very emotional experience with unparalleled lights, a new culture, a colorful cuisine, delicious and full of amazing flavors. Here he took his first culinary photograph, it was a picture of kumquats for East&West, lifestyle magazine. In 2009, he moved to Rabat, Morocco and worked as a photographer for Vue sur Mer, sea and boating magazine. He explored a different photographic world with new requirements and lights.
With the wealth of all this experience, in 2010, he made the decision to return to France. In Rennes, he specialized in culinary photography. From his previous experience as a photojournalist, he gained the knowledge of how to use and adapt his work to natural light. For this reason, he simply decided to use daylight for food photography without any camera tricks: the product is the only master and the photographer should adapt to the light and the product.
Gerard Harten started his career with both fashion and portrait works for magazines like Premiere and Madame Figaro, photographing Paloma Picasso, Loris Azzaro, James Wood, Robert Doisneau and Peter Lindbergh.
For the past 10 years, he has focuses on kid’s photography including magazines like Vogue Bambini, Collezioni, Smallish, Gala, Baby & Me, and clients include Celine, Kenzo, Tartine & Chocolat, Jacadi, Mayoral, Chicco, Dodie, Renault or McDonald’s. Meanwhile, his interests for image led naturally on filmmaking.
Gerard Harten lives and works between Paris, London and Capetown. He is a supporter of the association, Enfance et Partage, for the protection and defence of children.
Young professional photographer based in Paris, graduated from EFET photography school in 2014, Juliette Jourdain has already a very powerful artistic and personal vision of portrait photography.
This great aptitude for the staging has been honored in 2015 with the 2nd PICTO Prize for Young Fashion Photography and with the 2nd prize Fisheye X Guerlain for the "La Petite Robe Noire" competitions. Juliette Jourdain executes her photographs as a painter creates a canvas. She invents a fanciful and fantastic universe, following the rhythm of her inspirations from Lady Gaga to Tim Burton. Meticulously set in studio, decors and costumes play an important role.
She developed her love for visual arts well in advance of her photographic vocation. Paint, draw, cut, fold and model were the heart of her teenage hobbies.
She is currently involved in various projects from creating new imaginary characters to developing fashion photography. Her work selected for Les Nuits Photographiques of Pierrevert in July 2016, was published in January 2016 in the respected PHOTO magazine and exhibited at Les Rencontres d'Arles 2014 Festival and in France (Paris and Lyon) in 2015.