WHO? I’m a almost 38 years old photographer, based in Paris, France. A cinema and stand up comedy enthusiast. I’m also a big fan of sports (basketball, football and many others).
Melissa O’Shaughnessy: Tell me a bit about your background. Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Gulnara Samoilova: I was born in Ufa, Bashkortostan and lived there until 1992. I fell in love with photography when I was 15 years old and knew immediately that it was what I wanted to do with my life. When I finished high school I went to work as a black and white printer. A year later I became a portrait photographer and shortly after got a job as a photography teacher in a Youth Arts Center. I was also working on my own personal projects.
WHO? I am a Seattle-based fine art photographer. My work ranges from street photography captured in the water, to conceptual narratives. I love working in a variety of mediums at once. Street photography is exciting to me because it’s spontaneous, fluid, intuitive, and relies so much on the unconscious brain.
WHO? Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1944. During my childhood I was influenced by the pictures of the great painters reproduced in an illustrated encyclopaedia. The fascination was instant and perhaps my first step towards constructing an aesthetic culture. Later, in the early years of high school, the art teacher encouraged us to organize exhibitions with paintings cut from calendars or magazines. These ‘exhibitions’ by great artists on different types of paintings was a second important step in the evolution of my “eye”. It was the beginning of the “road to seeing.”
WHO? My name is Regula Tschumi and I am Swiss. I live in Berne and spend several months every year in Ghana. I worked a long time as a flight attendant for Swissair, but in 2000 I left my job to study social anthropology, art history and religious studies in Berne. In 2012 I completed my studies with a PhD in social anthropology. Today I work as a freelance cultural mediator and photographer in the field of arts and museums.
WHO? I am a filmmaker, based in Athens, Greece. Photography was always my hobby and for many years I used to take only the typical kind of photographs: friends and family, travels and holidays or photos for location scouting and research for my work. About 4 years ago, I felt the need to restart my relationship with photography. It was then, for the first time, I started to shoot in a more conscious way.
WHO? A London living, Arsenal supporting, introverted extrovert. A recent chess obsessive, and long-term cinephile. Loves to travel.
WHO? as born in Nashua, New Hampshire but spent my entire childhood and most of my teens on American Military bases in Germany. It was not America nor was it Germany but rather some weird in-between. When we finally moved back to the states it was a bit of a culture shock. The concrete suburbia and Bush era politics were off putting and eventually lead to my brother and I moving to Scotland with the intent of moving to main land Europe.