Our speakers

Part conference and part symposium, the weekend will be a relaxed, interactive and inclusive place for reimagining our way of making and sharing photography.


Judith Crispin

Dr Judith Crispin is an academic, photographer and poet. She has curated photography exhibitions of significant photographic artists and produced major catalogues for exhibitions during four years as Director of Manning Clark House. Judith has represented Australia at numerous International Photography Festivals including the 2016 Shimmer Festival, the 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival and the 2012 Ballarat International Foto Biennale. She has represented Australia at Poetry Festivals including the 26th Medellin International Poetry Festival and her work is regularly published in newspapers and journals. She has directed cultural institutions, academic programs and research projects, and has taught music, poetry and literature in universities across Australia, France and Germany. Judith has written extensively on photography and other artforms and has regularly engaged the public through talks, symposia and forums. She has published monographs of photography, literature and scholarly research. (Image by Jason Blake)



Nikki Toole

Originally from Scotland, Nikki studied Photography and Filmmaking in London, where she fell in love with the darkroom. She has lectured and exhibited in the UK, Paris, US and Australia, and her work is held in private collections worldwide. Now based in Melbourne, her images have been selected 5 times for The National Photographic Portrait Prize, and in 2015 she had the honour of being a guest judge. In 2015 her Skater exhibition evolved into book form and was published by Kehrer Verlag, Germany. In 2016 her commissioned image of Mark Ella was added to the National Portrait Gallery Collection.


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Gareth Phillips

Gareth Phillips is a photographer from Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from University of Wales, Newport, in September 2007, with a degree in Documentary Photography. He was then accepted into the Eddie Adams Workshop in New York, in which he won the B & H Assignment Award in recognition of his work.
He is regularly commissioned by the Guardian, The Sunday Times Magazine, FT Weekend Magazine and Wall Street Journal and work has been internationally recognized in exhibitions and awards, most notably the Ian Parry Award 2007, Welsh Livery Society Award for Photographic Excellence 2007, the Magenta Photography Awards 2008. He is part of the MJR Photographic Collective based in New York and works out of London and Cardiff, UK.



Nico Baumgarten

Nico Baumgarten takes pictures, binds and designs books and photobooks, tries to write short stories, sometimes shoots video, likes to cobble wooden and metal stuff together and doesn't want to direct his life into "the one direction". His photographic works mostly deal with politics as well as with normative and alternative life schemes.

He neither feels at home in the art world nor in mainstream media and hence spends more time in other places.

During the past few years he self-published 6 photobooks and holds workshops internationally, sometimes generally dealing with photography and mostly specifically with the creation of photobooks.


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Ying Ang

Based between Melbourne and New York, Ying Ang graduated as valedictorian for the 2009-2010 class of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at The International Centre of Photography. Ying has lived and worked extensively in Asia, Australia and North America, having pursued post-graduate studies in Political Science with a background in Biotechnology and Communications. Ying recently fulfilled the role of chief curator for the print exhibitions at the Obscura Festival of Photography and the keynote speaker at the inaugural Photobook New Zealand, 2016. She has recently been appointed the new Director of Reflexions Masterclass Advanced and is currently a part of the teaching faculty at The International Centre of Photography in New York.




Hoda Afshar

Hoda Afshar was born in Tehran, Iran, and is now based in Melbourne, Australia, where she practice as a visual artist. She completed a Bachelor degree in Photography in Tehran and began her career as a photographer in 2005. She is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Art at Curtin University, and a lecturer at Photography Studies College in Melbourne. 

In 2006, World Press Photo selected Hoda (as one of the top ten young documentary photographers in Iran) to attend their Educational training program. Since 2007, her work has been widely exhibited both locally and internationally and published online and in print. She also won the 2015 National Photographic Portrait Prize in Australia.

Through her practice, Hoda tests the boundaries between staged and documentary photography, and reflects on issues related to representation, displacement, migration and identity.



Isabella Capezio

Isabella Capezio is an artist and teacher, working at Photography Studies College in Melbourne, and the and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Isabella co-established Ruffian gallery in 2013 as a space for photography which is both socially aware in its content and in it’s events that aim to support emerging talent in the local community. She assists in the management of the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive, a physical library that advocates for the photobook as a relevant and tangible form of visual art, as well as promoting work from photographers within the region. Through APPA she has facilitated photobook workshops and lectures as part of various festivals, including: OBSCURA; Angkor Photo Festival; Volume; Ballarat Foto Biennale; and Photobook Melbourne. She is very enthusiastic about the exchange of information, ideas and stories, and believes photography is a great tool for engaging with and being inclusive of wider communities through projects such as #DYSTURB.



Madeléna Rehorek

Madeléna is a photographer and curator based in Melbourne and NYC. After completing a BA in Photography at RMIT, she went on to co-found and direct Ruffian Gallery, a home to socially aware photographers in Melbourne’s West. Her focus on connecting wider audiences to visual journalism has seen her working for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the Yume App, and led her to her current role as Asia-Pacific manager for street art collective, #Dysturb. She has worked on #Dysturb campaigns through photo festivals and partnerships in Toronto (CONTACT Photography festival), Bogotá (National University of Colombia residency), Charlottesville (Look3 Festival), Melbourne (Photobook Melbourne), Sydney (ACP/UTS), Perpignan (Visa Pour L’image), Paris (Magnum Foundation), and guerilla campaigns in Hobart, Montréal, and New Orleans over the past two years.



Alana Holmberg

Alana Holmberg is an Australian documentary photographer, writer and occasional filmmaker based in Melbourne.  Interested in the intersection of new media, the internet and multimedia storytelling, Alana experiments with new ways to engage audiences through her photography projects. In her freelance assignments, Alana works with local and international NGO and non-profit organisations to create contemporary multimedia content and experiences. To date her personal work has explored the experiences of women in relation to family, body image, technology and feminism. Alana is the recipient of the 2016 Pool Grant and joined Australian-based photography collective Oculi the same year. 



Talia Herman

Talia Herman is a freelance photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Northern Californian native, she earned a BA from Eugene Lang College and is a graduate from the International Center of Photography’s Documentary and Photojournalism Program in New York City. Talia’s clients include The New York Times, NPR and The Wall Street Journal.



Philip Montgomery

Originally from California, Philip Montgomery (b. 1988, USA) is a New York City based photographer. He is a graduate of the Photojournalism and Documentary Program at the International Center of Photography. Philip’s work has been exhibited at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the City Museum of New York, Deichtorhallen House of Photography in Germany, Festival of Ethical Photography in Italy, and the International Center of Photography in New York. In 2016, Philip was named Documentary Photographer of the Year by the LEAD Awards -- Germany's most prestigious publishing prize. In 2015, Philip was named as one of PDN‘s 30 Emerging Photographers and was awarded First Place in the features category in Pictures of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, American Photography 29 & 31, and PDN Photo Annual. Philip is a regular contributor to publications such as The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Atlantic Magazine.



Lars Boering,
Executive Director of the World Press Photo Foundation

Lars Boering was born 1969 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He studied Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. From 1998 he was curator and later managing director of the Amsterdam Art Foundation, buying photography for their large collection.

In 2008 Boering became an independent advisor and entrepreneur in photography and founded Lux Photo Gallery. He has advised photographers about funding and business opportunities, and has worked with several partners in the publishing and advertising businesses.

As managing director of the Dutch Photographers’ association (FotografenFederatie) from 2010 to 2014, Boering advised photographers on copyright issues and entrepreneurial skills. He was appointed managing director of World Press Photo from January 2015.

He has taught at master classes and academies, and has been involved as curator for festivals, museums, publishing houses and other institutions, producing artwork and exhibitions for them. In 2010 Boering co-founded the 'advanced story telling' master class at Noorderlicht.com where he still teaches.

Lars Boering lives in Amsterdam with his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Photo: © Marieke van der Velden



Jared Moossy

Jared Moossy has always been fascinated with the myriad of artful ways to capture the play of light and shadow in a picture. After working as a conflict photographer for over a decade he made a seamless transition to cinematography. Lending a philanthropic eye to the lens he was able to capture both the tragedy of war and the beauty of the people affected by it. This photographic/documentarian background yields a unique aesthetic vision to his cinematic work; that which skillfully elicits emotion while preserving the beauty of the moving picture.  



Katrin Koenning

Katrin Koenning is a German artist with a particular interest in our physical and emotional connection to place and environment. Koenning’s photographs have been exhibited in numerous Australian and international solo and group exhibitions, and her work has featured in festivals such as Noorderlicht, FORMAT, Athens Photo Festival, PhotoIreland, the New York Photo Festival and others. Koenning is a former editor of the Australian PhotoJournalist Magazine, and has won numerous awards including the Conscientious Portfolio Competition and the Daylight Photo Award. In July 2016, she launched her first book ‘Astres Noirs’ (Chose Commune at Le Bal, Paris. Koenning currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she practices and works as a freelance photographer and lecturer at Photography Studies College, Melbourne.



Kelly Hussey-Smith

Kelly Hussey-Smith is a Melbourne based artist and educator working in photography and video. Much of her work looks at the impacts of institutional thinking. This includes her solo practice, but also collaborations with Alan Hill. Kelly is former editor of the Australian PhotoJournalist and in collaboration with Alan Hill, has produced several photography events including a 24-hour online documentary symposium (2009) and an education festival exploring non-fiction storytelling (2016). She is currently working on Apart & A Part, a long-term project with individuals who grew up in institutional care in Australia, and several co-authored projects with Alan Hill including Fibro Coast, The Central Queensland Project, and Aura.



Raphaela Rosella

Raphaela Rosella (1988) is an Australian photographer working in the tradition of long-form documentary storytelling. Her work explores the lived experience of several young women facing social disadvantage in Australia.

Blending the conventions of documentary and art, Raphaela has spent over 8 years documenting women in her life as they grapple with the complexities of motherhood, limited opportunities, bureaucracy and turbulent relationships. Raphaela is committed to telling these stories in the hope that audiences begin to consider the complex and cyclical nature of social disadvantage, and acknowledge the resilience of young women who share this lived experience.

Raphaela holds a bachelor of Photography with first class honours from the Queensland College of Art (2012), and is represented by Australian photo collective Oculi and throughout Europe by Agence Vu.



Alan Hill

Alan Hill is a photographer and Associate Lecturer of Photography at RMIT University in Melbourne. His personal work regularly returns to an examination of human practice through investigating the spaces we create, inhabit and interact with. He regularly collaborates with Kelly Hussey-Smith on projects that explore societal and ideological positions, with a particular interest in transitioning relationships between economy and community. They are co-authors of The Central Queensland Project, an exploration of the social impacts of the mining boom in this economically powerful but invisible region, and most recently Aura, which uses forensic techniques to make visible some of the relationships created by global trade.  He is completing a doctoral research project centered on developing cooperative image production practices with social justice movements and seeks to contribute to discourses around documentary photography through projects such as the recent Nepal Nonfiction Visual Storytelling Symposium/Workshop/Education-Festival.



Mustafah Abdulaziz

Mustafah Abdulaziz (b. 1986, New York City, USA) lives in Berlin, Germany.  His on-going project Water has received support from the United Nations, WaterAid, WWF, VSCO, and Google, has been reviewed by Phaidon, Monopol and published in Der Spiegel, The New Yorker, TIME and The Guardian. Worked as the first contract photographer for The Wall Street Journal. In 2012, was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch. His work has been exhibited at Strandvägen in Stockholm, The Scoop in London, Brooklyn Waterfront in New York City, König Galerie in Berlin and the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C., USA. His archive is represented by Ostkreuz Agentur der Fotografen and his prints by Milk Gallery.



John Feely

John Feely's allegorical approach to photography is an extension of meaningful shared experiences in a range of diverse locations, circumstances and cultures. 

He is committed to independent projects that provide him with the freedom to genuinely and deeply explore. In 2016 John joined Australian-based photography collective Oculi. He is represented in Australia by Photoplay.




Dr. Kristian Häggblom

Dr. Kristian Häggblom is an artist, independent curator and educator whose research interests include expanded documentary, landscape exploration, relationships between photography and text and post-World War II Japanese photography. He has delivered conference papers internationally on suicide landscapes, expanded documentary and contemporary art that makes use of surveillance. Häggblom’s research and own practice is largely driven by journeying and in 2010 he was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Australia Council for Arts Finland Studio.

He completed his PhD at Monash University in 2014 and he is the founder and curator of Wallflower Photomedia Gallery. Häggblom has exhibited work in Australia, Japan, America, Finland, Malaysia, Mexico and Switzerland and is presently working on the release of his first photobook.



Bryan Derballa

Bryan Derballa is a photographer based in Brooklyn. He discovered photography through skateboarding and traveling. He started shooting seriously in 2006 and created a photo blog called Lovebryan to share his work and that of his friends. Through Lovebryan he garnered some attention and began landing photojournalism assignments for newspapers. After a few years of building his skillset and developing his visual style, he was followed opportunities to shoot for brands triggering a transition into commercial work, while still maintaining a presence in the editorial world. Some of his editorial clients include New York Times, WIRED, The FADER, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, and his commercial clients include J. Crew, Levi’s, Uber, Nike, and Palladium Boots. Derballa was chosen as one of PDN’s 30 emerging photographers of 2014.



Elliot Chapple

Elliot has run a number of business initiatives gravitating around new media and film including the launch of Australia's biggest action sports film festival Yew.tv. In early 2015 Elliot joined the Pozible team as their dedicated project advisor, offering advice and support to creators at all stages of their campaigns. In his time at Pozible the overall success rate of campaigns jumped from 58% to 63%.



Libby Jeffery,
Marketing Manager

Libby has worked as a coordinator and advocate for creative artists in digital media, cultural production and publishing for over 20 years, and in 2002 co-founded Australia’s first print-on-demand photo book production company, Momento. She is passionate about families, professional photographers, and visual artists presenting, preserving and distributing their imagery in print, in a design and physical format that does their images justice.



Min Manifold

Min Manifold is a writer/image maker and explorer of wild places. Her work focuses on the meeting point between science and art. As a geologist and creative writer she has a unique ability to introduce people to a new way of viewing the land. Her current project 'Written in Stone' sits within the genres of non-fiction, nature writing and photography. After eight years of photographing, researching, writing and sketching the coastline of the Great Ocean Road she has successfully funded the publication of her book through POZIBLE.

Written in Stone: Reading the Rocks of the Great Ocean Road is a book that takes you from Torquay to Warrnambool and shows you how to read from the rocks the 135 million year old story of Australia's most loved coastline.

"My vision is to connect people to landscape. To invite a new and more intimate conversation with the natural world."