Stand Out Photographic Forum

Speakers

Bella Kotak

Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion and portrait photographer based in Oxford and London, England. An art lover from a young age she always knew that she would work within the creative industry. Photography changed her life when she picked up a camera and began a 365 project on Flickr. From that moment she was hooked by this medium that translates thoughts and imagination into tangible form.

Inspired by fairytales, nature and strong feminine characters Bella’s pictures lift the veil of the overlooked and reminds us that there’s magic in the most ordinary of spaces.

www.bellakotak.com

Presentation: “Fairytale Fashion” – Stockholm, Houston , Toronto

Burk Uzzle

Burk Uzzle’s career, like his pictures, is a nuanced composition blending American culture, individual psyches of particular places or people, and an atypical way of seeing ourselves, our values, and our community. Always respectful yet locating the poignant or quirky, the history of his narrative belongs to all of us.

Initially grounded in documentary photography when he was the youngest photographer ever hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, his work then grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure as a member of the prestigious international Magnum cooperative founded by one of his mentors Henri Cartier-Bresson. For fifteen years, Uzzle was an active contributor to the evolution of the organization and served as its President in 1979 and 1980. During the sixteen years he was associated with Magnum, he produced some of the most recognizable images we have of Woodstock (album cover and worldwide reproduction of its iconic couple hugging at dawn) to the assassination and funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. to our comprehension for the experience of Cambodian war refugees.

His archive spans almost six decades. His current work rests deep in photographic appreciation of the quiet, strong, and eloquent beauty he discovers in America’s small towns and its people. Uzzle’s current body of work is the production of artful and constructed reflections of his subjects, many of whom are African-American residents proximal to his studio in North Carolina. Their layers of experience are conjoined with Uzzle’s fundamental appreciation for unseen characteristics, which he ably captures in a collaborative, interpretive context along with his eye and his heart. interpretation, of art, of independently produced projects.

David Benoliel

David Benoliel is a talented beauty and fashion Photographer originally from Paris and now based in the United States between New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

David is best known for creating powerful images through his dramatic use of lighting techniques and his advanced editing skills.

The result of David Benoliel’s work is a collection of nearly perfect images, which have garnered David publications in most fashion magazines, as well as an entire host of accolades.

Presentation: Miami, December 7

Jose Villa

People often ask Jose Villa how he developed his style, and how he creates images that stand out in today’s highly competitive wedding market. His response is, "I am a Fine Art Wedding photographer."  His approach applies fine art photography to the living, breathing, fast-moving phenomenon that is a wedding. For Jose, it is all about making something beautiful. Ultimately, his goal is to craft vibrant, energetic, fine art images that are as unique as the people in the photographs.

He is humbled to mention that he has been published in many Magazines around the world, Martha Stewart Weddings, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue Italia, Vogue Mexico, Vogue Bride Australia, Vogue Bride Japan, Elegant Bride, Instyle Weddings, Inside Weddings, BRIDES, Modern Bride, Pacific Weddings, Southern Weddings, Cosmo Bride, PDN, American Photo, and many more around the world.

+Named one the the top Wedding Photographers By Martha Stewart Wedding, Harpers Bazaar, Style Me Pretty, and Vogue

+ American Photo Magazine named Villa 1 of the top 10 wedding photographers in the World.

+ PDN named Villa 1 of the most influential photographers of our decade.

Presentation: Miami, December 7

Pratik Naik

Pratik Naik is a high end retoucher specializing in commercial and editorial work, represented by One Mega Management. His proficiency with retouching and Photoshop stems from 10 years of experience in the field. His work can be seen in magazines all over the world, ranging from Marie Claire, Elle, Zink and many more. Pratik is also a retouching mentor and instructor, teaching photographers and other retouchers across the world on a regular basis.

Presentation: "Fairytale Fashion" – Stockholm, Houston, Toronto

Sasha Wolf

Sasha Wolf Projects represents emerging and mid-career fine art photographers. Sasha works to place her artists in important private and public collections, edit and support various publications and curate and support exhibitions. SWP is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD).

Sasha reviews or judges work for leading art institutions and fairs numerous times a year (Photo NOLA, ICP, SVA, The New York Times, Women in Photography, Daylight, Look 3, NY Photo Festival) and conducts artist’s workshops around the country on working with art galleries (Columbia University MFA, School of Visual Arts MFA, Photo NOLA, Look3, Aperture Foundation, Filter Chicago).

Additionally, Sasha is always available for individual consultations with photographers in person or via Skype. Consultations can be as straight forward as in-depth critique of work -with or without specific editing guidance- or can expand to include information regarding the navigation of the art world in general. Additionally Sasha is available to consult on book projects, including editing and sequencing.

Prior to her work in the fine art photography world, Sasha was a writer, director and producer in the film and television industries and an award winning short filmmaker. Her last film, Joe, was nominated for the Palme d’Or du court métrage at Cannes and has screened all over the world.

Steve Richard

Steve Richard is an acclaimed artist known for his powerful fine art nudes and beautiful illusions. With over 40 years in the world of photography Steve’s work has been published internationally in books and magazines, and he has been featured in numerous journals, blogs, websites and galleries around the world. Steve has a strong personal style and a unique creative vision. His methods for creating beautiful world-class images in camera (without any post-production manipulation) are the results of years of experimentation and hard work.

www.steverichard.com

Presentation: “Sculpting the image – The art of creating the moment” – London, April 27th

Steven Friedman

Steven Friedman is an international award winning landscape photographer based in British Columbia, Canada and specializes in capturing intimate panoramic landscapes. To capture the images, Steven travels to remote locations around the world, sometimes spending weeks in one location working with incredible patience to capture his images.

Steven exhibits his large-scale work in fine art galleries in North America and Europe. An early adopter of digital fine art pigment printers, Steven has been printing his work since the inception of digital printers. Steven personally prints images to create a true sense of awe with his viewers. His latest collection of panoramic tree images is mounted on aluminum and measuring over ten feet in width.

Lecturing at workshops, Steven relays his passion to landscape photographers, encouraging them to seek the untouched and unique natural world through thoughtful composition and the magic of beautiful light.

http://friedmanphoto.com/

Presentation: Washington, D.C., November 14th

Zack Arias

Zack states that he’s been actively pursuing photography as a career for twenty years and it’s been a hell of a trip thus far. He’s risen and fallen a number of times and truly feels that he’s finally reached base camp. On a clear day he can see his goal. On the not so clear days he is still climbing and still pushing. Zack highlights that he is still pushing himself, his subjects and his craft.

These days, Zack thinks of himself more as a director than a photographer. He tends to work with subjects who aren’t that comfortable in front of the camera and direct them from start to finish.

He’s traveled through 49 of the 50 states and five of the seven continents. From a boardroom in New York, to a film set in Los Angeles, to a farm in Texas, to the streets of Hong Kong, to the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco, he pursues photography with everything I have.

http://www.zackarias.com/

http://www.dedpxl.com/

Presentation: Atlanta, November 16th