About Sabiha Çimen
Sabiha Çimen was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1986. She is a self-taught photographer.
Voted in to Magnum Photos as a nominee in July 2020, Çimen has collected numerous photography prizes this year: the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant, second prize in World Press Photo’s 2020 Photo Contest, and finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant. In 2018, she was a participant on the World Press Photo Foundation’s Joop Swart Masterclass program, and won third prize in the PH Museum’s Women Photographers Grant scheme.
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.
Karen McQuaid is Senior Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery and is here in an independent capacity as she also regularly contributes to international workshops, writes for photography publications, edits artists books, and guest lectures across the UK and Ireland.
At The Photographers’ Gallery she has curated exhibitions including Jim Goldberg, Open See (2009); Fiona Tan, Vox Populi, London (2012); Andy Warhol, Photographs: 1976 – 1987 (2014); Lorenzo Vitturi, Dalston Anatomy (2014) and Rosângela Rennó, Río-Montevideo(2016). She has co-curated Geraldo De Barros, What Remains (2013) with Isobel Whitelegg, Made You Look, Dandyism and Black Masculinity (2016) with Ekow Eshun and Shot in Soho (2019) with Julian Rodriguez.
Karen has curated external exhibitions at The Moscow House of Photography and The National Gallery of Kosovo.
Karen also facilitates TPG New Talent, a programme and exhibition for UK based emerging practitioners.
Marina Paulenka is an artist, curator, art consultant, and educator in photography. She was Artistic Director of UNSEEN Foundation and UNSEEN, an Amsterdam based platform for contemporary photography that presents the latest developments in the field of photography and amplifies the careers of boundary-pushing artists.
Prior to her role at Unseen, she worked as a curator and Artistic Director of the Organ Vida International Photography Festival and the non-for-profit Organ Vida Photography Organization, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia.
Currently, she is involved in the organization of FUTURES Photography, a platform focused on amplifying emerging talents in photography in Europe and she is the keynote curator for FORMAT21 International Photography Festival.
Paulenka is the recipient of the Lucie Awards 2018 for a best curator/exhibition of the year for the exhibition “Engaged, Active, Aware: Women Perspectives Now”.
So far she has curated numerous exhibitions and work with artists such as Tabita Rezaire, Dana Lixenberg, Zanele Muholi, Hannah Starkey, Roger Ballen, Pieter Hugo, Nina Berman, Amalia Ulman, Laia Abril, Katrin Koenning and many others.
Paulenka nominates photographers for The Joop Swart Masterclass, the Prix Pictet, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and she is an international juror and portfolio reviewer at many institutions, awards and festivals worldwide including the Les Rencontres d’Arles, Hamburg Triennial, Parallel Photo Platform, Robert Capa Prize, FORMAT.
As an educator, she gives guest teaching and workshops and working closely with emerging photographers and visual artists in developing their personal work/projects and professional practice.
Monica Allende is an independent curator/artistic director, consultant and educator.
She is the Artistic Director of Landskrona Foto Festival, and was GetxoPhoto International Image Festival Artistic Director from 2017 to 2019. She has also collaborated with WeTransfer as a Consultant and Creative Producer, and was the director of FORMAT17 International Photography Festival. She is curating the Blues Skies Project, a multidisciplinary project with artist Anton Kusters and Ruben Samama, shortlisted for the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize 2019. She collaborated with Screen Projects as a producer of the ScreenLabs.
Allende was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section.
She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication, London & EFTI in Madrid.
She has also produced and taught creatives labs for FIFV in Chile, ScreenLab in London and Taskheil in Saudi Arabia. The Mentorship Business Programme for the University of Sunderland’s and workshop for Internazionale Ferrara, WPPh workshop Angola, Magnum Professional Practice, among many others, as well as WPPh JOOP Masterclass.
She is dedicated to nurturing new and established talent and nominates photographers for prizes including the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, the Prix Pictet and The Joop Swart Masterclass/ WPP.
Allende is also a reviewer and ambassador for Reminders Photography Stronghold in Japan and Docking Station in Holland.
Nicola Shipley is a Producer, Curator, Mentor and Consultant specialising in contemporary photography. She trained as an art historian, has an MA in History of Art, and a background in the visual arts, including in commissioning, exhibitions, collections, public art, artists education and professional development.
She is co-founder and Director of GRAIN Projects, based in Birmingham UK. GRAIN is a platform for contemporary photography and a hub and network for practitioners. Part of the national photography network GRAIN collaborates with arts and photography organisations, galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Nicola is responsible for commissioning new work, developing and curating exhibition and publication projects and producing professional development programmes that include masterclasses, bursaries, mentoring, internships, portfolio reviews and training. In her capacity at GRAIN she also co-produces events and symposia including the biannual national conference ‘The State of Photography’.
Recent projects have included working with Edgar Martins, Anthony Luvera, Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid, Nilupa Yasmin, Sam Ivin, Kate Peters, Lydia Goldblatt, Tom Hunter, Mark Power, Murray Ballard and Sam Laughlin.
Nicola is on the board of Photofusion and is a mentor for Redeye Lightbox. In 2020 she was invited to select the Source magazine BA photography awards and in 2019 was one of the selectors for the Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery.
In her previous life, Sonia Jeunet was a librarian and archivist. A month spent in Afghanistan in 2008 working on Aina’s agency’s digital photography archive convinced her she wanted to work in photography and with photographers. She is now the Education Manager at Magnum Photos where she oversees the organisation of photography workshops. Since joining Magnum in May 2018, she has produced more than 20 workshops in the UK and abroad. She has worked with leading industry professionals and institutions and has engaged with more than 300 emerging photographers. Sonia has more than 12 years’ experience working in the photography industry. Prior to Magnum, she worked as photo editor and creative producer for Panos Pictures (London) and NOOR (Amsterdam).