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Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore's work has been widely published and exhibited for the past thirty-five years. He was the second living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has also had one-man shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; International Center of Photography, New York; George Eastman House, Rochester; Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and Art Institute of Chicago and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His series of exhibitions at Light Gallery in New York in the early 1970s sparked new interest in color photography and in the use of the view camera for documentary work. Books of his photographs include Uncommon Places; Uncommon Places: 50 Unpublished Photographs; Stephen Shore: Photographs 1973 - 1993; and The Velvet Years, Andy Warhol's Factory, 1965 - 1967. In 1998, Johns Hopkins University Press published The Nature of Photographs, a book he wrote about how photographs function visually. Aperture has published Uncommon Places: The Complete Works and Phaidon has published American Surfaces; a new and expanded edition of The Nature of Photographs; Stephen Shore, a career survey in their Contemporary Artists Series and, most recently, A Road Trip Journal. His work is represented by 303 Gallery, New York; and Sprüth Magers, Berlin and London. Since 1982 he has been the director of the Photography Program at Bard College in upstate New York, where he is the Susan Weber Professor in the Arts.

Ulrich Baer

Ulrich Baer is Vice Provost for Globalization and Multicultural Affairs and Professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University. He is the author of among other books "Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma" (MIT Press 2002),  editor and translator of "Rainer Maria Rilke: Letters on Life (Random House 2004), and editor of an anthology of writings by New York artists and writers after 9/11 entitled "110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11."He has edited a special issue of the journal /Figurationen/Figurations/ on photography and written catalog essays on Thomas Struth, Thomas Demand, and others. A recent essay on the archive in relation to photography was published in /Aperture /(issue 193, winter 2008). Baer is currently completing a book entitled "Photography and the World."

Frédéric Bellay

A la fin des années 80 c’est avec “la vie à distance”, des images de l’expérience quotidienne, que se met en place ses recherches autour d’une préoccupation centrale: les relations que l’homme entretien avec l’espace. C’est dans ce contexte qu’il élargit son travail à la nuit. Plusieurs “territoires” apparaissent de façon privilégiée dans ses images, dont le littoral et la ville. Il a réalisé de nombreuses missions autour de ces problématiques (Ministère de l’Equipement, Conservatoire du Littoral, Encontros  de Fotografia de Coïmbra...). Son travail est régulièrement exposé aussi bien en France qu’à l’étranger (Suisse, Angleterre, Allemagne, Portugal, Bulgarie, Pologne, Espagne, Brésil ...). Il figure dans de nombreuses collections publiques et privées (dont: F.R.A.C. de Basse-Normandie, Artothèques de Caen, Angers,  Nantes, Lyon, Grenoble... Musées de Trouville, Granville, Le Touquet... Centro de Artes Visuais, Coïmbra, Centre Portugais de la photographie, Porto, Portugal, Centre de la photographie, Genève, Suisse, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France ...).
Son projet  “Après Babel”, initié en 1998 évoluant au fil des productions, propose une ville fictive, fruit de la “réunion” d’images non légendées prises dans une quinzaine de villes européennes.

Gil Blank

Gil Blank is a photographer and writer. Most recently, his photographs have been exhibited at PS1 Contemporary Art Center and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; The Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Lawrimore Project, Seattle; LaMontagne Gallery, Boston; and CB Gallery, Tokyo. He is a contributing editor of photographic criticism for Art On Paper magazine, and was founding editor of Influence magazine. His writing has also been published as part of the monographs White Planet, Black Heart, by Torbjørn Rødland, and Freischwimmer, by Wolfgang Tillmans. He is currently at work on the catalog for John Baldessari’s  Raised Eyebrows and Furrowed Foreheads, to be published by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, and a collaboration with Collier Schorr for In Numbers: Serial Artist Editions, 1955 – 2008,  to be published in the Autumn of 2009 by PPP Editions.

Darius Himes

Darius Himes is a founding member of Radius Books, a non-profit, Santa Fe-based organization created in 2007 that publishes books on the visual arts, where he works as an acquiring editor. Prior to that he was the founding editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photography books, from 2002-2007. He is also a lecturer, consultant, educator and writer, having contributed to Aperture, Blind Spot, Bookforum, BOMB, PDN, and American Photo. He earned his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John's College and actively pursues his own photographic image-making. In 2008, he was named by PDN as one of fifteen of the most influential people in photo book publishing.

Denise Wolff
Editor, Book Program

Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Denise Wolff is a photobook editor, known for her work with both contemporary and historic photography. She recently joined Aperture from Phaidon Press. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books with the world’s top photographers, including Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, Eugene Richards, and Stephen Shore to name a few.