David Bathgate

David Bathgate studied anthropology and journalism at the Pennsylvania State University in the U.S., earning a doctorate and master's degree, respectively, in those two disciplines.

Thereafter, university teaching and visual journalism followed as parallel career pursuits. First photographing and writing for local magazines and newspapers, David eventually took his co-careers to Australia and worked on photographic projects in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

In 1993 he closed the door on academia to become a full-time visual storyteller, covering social and environmental topics, worldwide. read more...




Kent Kobersteen


Kent Kobersteen is a former newspaper photographer, editor and Director of Photography at National Geographic magazine.  He currently conducts photographic workshops and lectures internationally on the philosophy, ethics and business of photojournalism.  He also serves as a consultant to publications on photographic contracts and rights issues.

Kobersteen was Director of Photography and Senior Editor at National Geographic magazine from February 1998 until January 2005.  He joined the National Geographic in 1983 as a picture editor. As Director of Photography at National Geographic his responsibilities involved building the magazine’s cadre of staff and freelance photographers, assigning photography for the magazine, supervising the photographers administratively, as well as participating in the editorial management of the photographic coverages for the Magazine.

Before joining the National Geographic, Kobersteen spent eighteen years at the Minneapolis (Minnesota) Tribune -- sixteen years as a staff photographer and two years as editor of the Tribune’s Sunday magazine. read more...



Gerd Ludwig

Born in Alsfeld, Germany, Gerd Ludwig studied with Professor Otto Steinert at the Folkwang University of the Arts (Folkwangschule) in Essen, Germany, and graduated in 1972. The following year he co-founded VISUM, Germany’s first photographer-owned agency, and soon began working for publications such as Geo, Stern, Spiegel, Fortune, Time, and Life. In 1984 he re-located to New York, and while continuing to photograph for major international publications and advertising campaigns, signed on as a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine in the early 1990's. His focus on environmental issues, and on the socio-economic changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc resulted in his book and exhibit, Broken Empire: After the Fall of the USSR, a ten-year retrospective published by National Geographic in 2001 in USA, Germany and Korea. His ongoing coverage of post Soviet Russia has garnered his distinction as being the world’s foremost color photographer read more...



Kemal Nuraydın


Kemal Nuraydın is the Executive Editor of National Geographic Magazine Turkish Edition. His professional photography career started in 1993 when he started to work as a staff photographer for Atlas, the first travel and Geography Magazine of Turkey. He also started a highly prized photography page in the magazine sharing his personal experiences with the readers. He was offered to be the Editor of Atlas Tatil Magazine in 1997 and he has worked as an editor for several magazines since then.

His photographs and articles appeared in many International magazines and newspapers in Japan, Germany, USA, Greece, Israel, Hungary, Poland, Sweden and Turkey including local editions of National Geographic Magazine, Geo, Cosmopolitan, Readers’ Digest, Die Zeit and read more...



Maggie Steber

Maggie Steber has worked as a documentary photographer in 60 countries. Her longtime work in Haiti received the prestigious Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant and the Ernst Haas Grant as well as a book publishing support grant from Kodak. A collection of the Haiti photographs was published in “Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti”, by Aperture.

She was a contract photographer for Newsweek Magazine for 4 years and has worked through several press agencies as well the Associated Press in New York as a photo editor. She served as Assistant Managing Editor of Photography and Features at the Miami Herald from 1999-2003 and guided the photo projects to become Pulitzer Prize finalists twice and a third time as winner.

In 2007, she received a grant from the Knight Foundation to design a new newspaper prototype through the new Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami. In 2010, for the 3rd time, she will be invited as a MASTER TEACHER at the World Press Photo Foundation’s Joop Swart classes. read more...


Tomasz Tomaszewski

Member of Union of Polish Art Photographers, agency Visum Archiv in Hamburg, Germany, agency Image Collection in Washington D.C., and American Society of Magazine Photographers. Specializing in press photography, he has had his photos published in the world's major magazines appearing in several dozen countries; Stern, Paris Mach, Geo Magazine, New York Times, Time, US News & World Report, Sunday Times, Fortune, Vogue, Elle, Zeit Magazine, Die Zeit, Focus,Welt Woche, Nieuve Revu, La Croix, La Vie, Famiglia Christiana, Capital.

He has also authored a number of books - including “Remnants, The Last Jews of Poland”; “Gypsies, The Last Once”; “ In Search of America”; “In The Centre”; “Astonishing Spain”; “A Stone’s Throw” - and has co-illustrated read more...



Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, in suburban New York City. He graduated from Connecticut’s Wesleyan University in 1971 with a degree in Asian studies and went on to spend seven years in Asia. While he had no formal instruction in photography, Yamashita managed to turn what began as a hobby into a career that combined his two passions—photography and travel.

A regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine since 1979, his assignments have focused on Asia, but he has covered such wide-ranging locations as Somalia and Sudan, England and Ireland, New Guinea and New Jersey. Fluent in Japanese, he has covered the length of Japan, the country of his parents.

Yamashita’s particular specialty has been following the “paths” of both man and landscape, resulting in stories on Marco Polo, the Japanese poet Basho, the Chinese explorer Zheng He, the Mekong River, the Great Wall and most recently the Tea Horse Road of China. read more...

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