About the speakers
Sabiha Çimen was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1986. She is a self-taught photographer, focusing on women, Islamic culture, portraiture and still life.
Çimen graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University with an undergraduate degree in International Trade and Finance, and a Masters degree in Cultural Studies.
Her Master’s thesis on subaltern studies, which includes her photo story titled ‘Turkey as a Simulated Country’, was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2019.
Çimen became a Magnum Nominee member in 2020.
William Keo’s work covers themes of migration, social exclusion and inter-community intolerance. William has, since 2016, covered the Syrian refugee crisis and the fall of the Islamic State, the 2018 civil war in Ukraine, the ongoing conflict in Darfur and Bangladesh as the Rohingya humanitarian crisis was unfolding. Closer to home, in France, his project Lost Paradise shares the stories of those who have migrated to the country seeking to make it their home and uncovered the complexities and hardships of doing so.
He joined Magnum photos as a nominee in September 2021.
Jacob Aue Sobol was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1976. He lived in Canada from 1994-95 and Greenland from 2000-2002. In Spring 2006 he moved to Tokyo, living there 18 months before returning to Denmark in August 2008. After studying at the European Film College, Jacob was admitted to Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography in 1998. There he developed a unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography, which he has since refined and further developed.
In the autumn of 1999, he went to live in the settlement Tiniteqilaaq on the East Coast of Greenland. Over the next three years, he lived mainly in this township with his Greenlandic girlfriend Sabine and her family, living the life of a fisherman and hunter but also photographing. The resultant book Sabine was published in 2004, and the work was nominated for the 2005 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
In the summer of 2005, Jacob traveled with a film crew to Guatemala to make a documentary about a young Mayan girl’s first journey to the ocean. The following year he returned by himself to the mountains of Guatemala where he met the indigenous family Gomez-Brito. He stayed with them for a month to tell the story of their everyday life. The series won the First Prize Award, Daily Life Stories, World Press Photo 2006.
In 2006 he moved to Tokyo and during the next two years, he created the images from his recent book I, Tokyo. The book was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award 2008 and published by Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Edition Braus (Germany), Lunwerg Editores (Spain) and Peliti Associati (Italy).
In 2008, Jacob started working in Bangkok and Copenhagen.
Holly Stuart Hughes is an independent editor and writer. The former editor-in-chief of PDN (Photo District News), she has organized panels and lectured on artists’ rights and the business of photography around the U.S., and served as a portfolio reviewer at several photo festivals. A graduate of Yale, she has written on photography and media for Time.com, The Telegraph, Multichannel News, Taschen Books, American Photographic Artists, Magnum Photos, Carlton Publishing, and Blouin ArtInfo Media.
Samantha McCoy is the director of the Magnum Gallery in Paris. Sam grew up in New York City and has been at Magnum Photos for four years, previously at Magnum, New York, where she worked in artistic direction and editing online. She moved to Paris in August 2019, launching the Square Print Sale’s European distribution before taking over the Paris gallery in March 2020. Before Magnum, Sam was the gallery manager at Jason McCoy Gallery in New York. A member of the ADAA, Jason McCoy Gallery specializes in modern art in both the secondary and primary markets. In New York, she curated exhibitions that were profiled in the New York Times and the Washington Post. A native to the art world, Sam is the daughter of Jason McCoy and the great-niece of artists Jackson Pollock and Charles Pollock.
Liz Martinez-Nelson is the brand strategist and designer at the helm of Favorite Things Studio. Her signature aesthetic is inspired by minimalist luxury interiors, architecture, and nature. Liz believes your brand and website should express what your business stands for, the experience you offer your clients, and reflect the value of the services you offer. Her strategic and streamlined approach focuses on attracting and speaking to your ideal clients, and moving the needle in your business so you can accomplish your long-term goals. See behind the scenes and brand/website tips on IG @favorite.things.studio