Documentary Photography: Through the Lens
date: February 20, 2014
location: Villa Sassetti
Peter Bialobrzeski

Peter Bialobrzeski, born in Germany, teaches Photography at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen since 2002. In addition to his activities as an independent art photographer, he also works on assignment for national and international periodicals, agencies and businesses. He was awarded first prize in the Art category at the prestigious World Press Photo Awards in 2003 as well as the Best-Designed German Books Prize in 2004. In his most recent work Neon Tigers, he merges the seven Asian cities of Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jakarta, Singapore, and Shenzhen into a virtual megatropolis.

Alessandra Capodacqua
NYU Florence

Born in Naples, Italy, Alessandra lives and works in Florence. She is a teacher of photography, a curator of exhibitions and a photographer, who constantly expands her artistic development by experimenting and mixing new digital technologies, analog photography and alternative printing processes. Her favorite photographic equipment includes pinhole and toy cameras, as well as mobile devices. She teaches photography at New York University, Florida State University, SACI and Fondazione Studio Marangoni. Capodacqua teaches workshops and gives lectures in Italy and abroad, has curated various photography exhibitions and has participated in the creation of photography festivals in Italy and abroad. She is regularly invited to portfolio reviews. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and published in books and magazines. Capodacqua’s photographs are held in private and public collections, including the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence.

Martin Kollar

Martin Kollar, born in Czechoslovakia (now Slovak Republic), has been working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer since he graduated. He works on long term projects. He received grants and awards, and in 2008 he received the Backlight photography Award in Finland for his photographic series Not Guided Tour. Kollarīs documentary photographs illustrate the everyday work in the European Parliament from a perspective through which the daily routine appears comic, absurd and subtly humorous. He published 3 books: Nothing Special (Actes Sud 2008), Cahier (Diaphane 2011) and Field Trip (Mack 2013), from his most recent project on Israel, where the photographer takes the reader through an unexpected vision of that country.

Paolo Woods

Paolo Woods is a documentary photographer. He was born of Canadian and Dutch parentage. He grew up in Italy, lived in Paris, and is now based in Haiti. He focuses on long-term projects that blend photography with investigative journalism. Woods’ work is regularly featured in international publications, and he has had solo exhibitions. He has received various prizes including two World Press Photo Awards, the Alstom prize for Journalism, the GRIN prize in Italy, the Open Society’s Moving Walls, and a grant from the Magnum Emergency Fund.