About the speakers
Jade Chao is a producer and heritage researcher who trained at Magnum Photos initially through the New Museum School programme in 2018 and worked editing the magnumphotos.com magazine until 2021. She programmes events and makes journalism about community histories.
Simon Baker has been director of MEP since May, 2018. Prior to this he was Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at Tate, London where he curated exhibitions including Don McCullin (Tate Britain, 2019), Shape of Light (Tate Modern, 2018) Performing for the Camera (Tate Modern, 2016), Conflict, Time, Photography (Tate Modern, 2014), and William Klein + Daido Moriyama (Tate Modern, 2012). His first exhibitions for MEP, which opened in March 2019, were Coco Capitan: Busy Living, and Ren Hang: Love, Ren Hang. Simon Baker has a PhD in History of Art and was Associate Professor of Art History at the Nottingham University (2004–2009). He has published widely on the history of art including the recent monograph George Condo: Painting Reconfigured (Thames and Hudson, 2015). Recent publications on photography include essays for books on Coco Capitan, Antony Cairns, Mari Katayama and Maya Rochat.
Hamish Crooks was the Global Licensing Director at Magnum Photos (2014 to 2019). His previous roles include Product Manager, Head of Picture Products, Sport books picture editor (2005 to 2014: Reuters News Agency), Sub-Editor: Sport, Journalist: Sport & Politics, Rugby Union, Olympics and World Cup specials (1996 to 2000: The Telegraph Online), Archive Director, Online Director and Deputy Bureau Chief (1993 to 2005: Magnum Photos). He is the head of the Abbas Foundation.
Taous Dahmani is a London-based French, British and Algerian art historian, writer and curator specialising in photography. Her academic research focuses on the photographic representation of struggles and the struggle for photographic representations. Her projects mainly involve the links between photography and politics — such as the visual culture of protests, migratory narratives and intersectional feminist discourses. She has published in various scientific journals and regularly gives papers in academic conferences. She also writes for art magazines and is frequently invited to hold public ‘in-conversations’ with photographers. Dahmani is Content Editor for The Eyes , a trustee of the Photo Oxford Festival and on the editorial board of MAI: Visual Culture and Feminism . She was the 2022 curator of the Louis Roederer Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles . She is currently working alongside photographer Joy Gregory on a publication entitled Shining Lights. Black women in photography in the 1980’s-90's (MACK/Autograph ABP, 2023).
Lorène Durret is an arts program curator and director of Les amis de Marc Riboud, who has worked with photographer Marc Riboud and now takes care of his archive, donated in 2019 to Guimet National Asian Arts Museum (MNAAG), in Paris. Ms. Durret studied architecture and cultural management, receiving a Masters degree from the Sorbonne-Nouvelle university in Paris, and started her career in photography with internships at the Rencontres d’Arles festival, Contact Press Images and Polka Gallery. After working at Robert Delpire publishing house, Ms. Durret joined the Alliance française of Madras, India, where she developed a photography program including exhibitions and educational workshops for children, in partnership with The Hindu. Since 2009, Ms. Durret has assisted Mr. Riboud with archiving and curating his work for global exhibitions and books. After Marc Riboud passed away in 2016, she accompanied his family for the donation of his photographic archive to MNAAG, where she co-curated a major retrospective of his work in 2021.
Susan Meiselas is a documentary photographer based in New York. She is the author of Carnival Strippers (1976), Nicaragua (1981), Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (1997), Pandora’s Box (2001), Encounters with the Dani (2003) Prince Street Girls (2016), A Room Of Their Own (2017) and Tar Beach (2020). Meiselas is well known for her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Her photographs are included in North American and international collections. In 1992 she was made a MacArthur Fellow, received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), and most recently the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize (2019) and the first Women in Motion Award from Kering and the Rencontres d’Arles. Mediations, a survey exhibition of her work from the 1970s to present was recently exhibited at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Jeu de Paume, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Instituto Moreira Salles in São Paulo and is presently on view at the Kunst Haus Wien. She has been the President of the Magnum Foundation since 2007, with a mission to expand diversity and creativity in documentary photography.
Martin Parr’s unmistakable eye for the quirks of ordinary life has made him a distinctive voice in visual culture for more than 30 years. Known for his use of garish colours and esoteric composition, he has studied cultural peculiarities around the world from Japan to America, Europe, and his home country of Britain. The themes of leisure, consumption and communication have occupied him for much of his career, all of which are explored with a penetrating irony. As photographer, filmmaker and collector, Parr has defined a generation.
Parr was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK. When he was a boy, his budding interest in photography was encouraged by his grandfather George Parr, himself a keen amateur photographer. Parr studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic, from 1970 to 1973. Upon graduating, he worked at Manchester Council for Community Relations for three months and then started working towards his first exhibition, Home Sweet Home, at the Impressions Gallery in York.
Pierre Mohamed-Petit is a French visual artist currently works at Magnum Photos as the Paris based Digital Production Manager, handling production initiatives for Paris office such as digitalization and archive management since August 2021.After studying photography and journalism in Falmouth, (UK), he worked as the personal assistant for Black American photographer Stanley Greene regarding producing projects and working on archiving his works, and prints. From 2015 to 2021, he became the Digital and Education Director of NOOR Images, a collective photo-agency based out of Amsterdam. As Digital and Education Director, he lead all digital initiatives such as the the archive and communication of the agency, as well as leading global education initiatives with various free learning programs taking place globally, for the NOOR Foundation and its partners.