Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, President
Manuel Rivera-Ortiz (born December 23, 1968) is a stateside Puerto Rican photographer. He is best known for his social documentary photography of people’s living conditions in less developed nations. Rivera-Ortiz lives in Rochester, New York, in New York City and in Zurich, Switzerland.
Traveling widely, his photography focuses on humanitarian issues often ignored by mainstream media. His work is included in museum and corporate collections, including George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Berne. In 2004, he received En Foco’s New Works Photography Award, and in 2007 the Artist of the Year Award of the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. The work of Manuel Rivera-Ortiz demonstrates that social documentary as activism still continues to exist in the modern world. Rivera-Ortiz can be classified as a social realist with his focus on social issues and the hardships of everyday life.
Anne Cartier-Bresson is the heritage general curator and the director of the ARCP (City of Paris Photographic Conservation and Restoration Workshop) since its creation in 1983. She received her Ph.D in Art History at the Université Paris-1 (specialized in contemporary arts, historical research and techniques), and graduated from the Master’s degree in Sciences and techniques in conservation-restoration of cultural property and from the undergraduate program of History and archaeology at the same university. Cartier-Bresson has published numerous articles and contributed in various works about history, photographic techniques and conservation methods. Since 1994, she carries out exhibition curating functions in Parisian or international photographic collections. She is an administrator of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, and of the French Society of Photography.
Steve Bisson is a Italo-belgian planner, art director, and curator, working mainly in the field of urbanism and visual anthropology. He received his Bachelor degree in Urban Planning from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura – IUAV of Venice, Italy (2002) and an MBA from Kansas University, USA (2004). Steve has collaborated worldwide with artists, companies, museums, foundations and galleries and contributed to over 40 exhibitions and festivals as an attempt to support young talents, create debate and increase awareness on human conditions across the world. Steve founded, respectively in 2009 and 2012, two online publishing projects Urbanautica and Filmessay to enhance lifelong learning, involving dozens of people, from students to professors, curators and authors. His essays and reviews appeared in many books, studies, magazines, and websites. Since 2015 he directs Urbanautica Collections photo book series published by L’Artiere Edizioni. In 2016 he was invited to curate a photography exhibition for the Italian Pavillion of Biennale di Architettura in Venice. Steve Bisson has participated as jury member to several photography awards and portfolio reviews.
Following 15 years in the fields of marketing and communication within international corporations, Cecile Schall made her debut in the art industry alongside Will Ramsey, founder of leading contemporary art fairs such as Art Hong Kong (now Art Basel Hong Kong), Pulse and Affordable Art Fair.
Driven by a passion for photography that has been part of her family for over a century, and convinced that collecting is essential to support emerging artists, she created fotofever art fair in 2011. Now in its 6th year, fotofever has extended to 3 events, taking place during the major photography rendezvous in France, and a year-long START TO COLLECT programme converting art lovers into collectors.