Masters and Experts

REINER RIEDLER was born in Gmunden, Austria in 1968. He studied ethnology and attended a college for photography in Vienna. He later decided to dedicate himself solely to photography and studied image sciences at the Danube University of Krems. As a traveller, he visits the peripheries of our habitats, always searching for the fragile beauty of human existence with all its desires and abysses. His most recent work deals with fundamental questions of existence. Exhibitions (selection): EB Galerie, Zürich; Miami Airport Art Center; Galerie Hengevoss-Dürkop, Hamburg; Salons d’Honneur of the Town Hall Levallois, Paris; Sirius Art Center, Cork; Somerset House, Positive View Foundation, London; MOP, Denver; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt.
www.photography.at

KLAUS PICHLER was born in Vienna 1977 and raised in Judenburg in Styria. During his studies of landscape architecture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Klaus Pichler had already developed an intense interest in photography. The decision to devote himself exclusively to photography took place after graduation. Numerous national and international exhibitions and awards followed. Exhibitions (selection): San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose; Alliance Francaise, Nairobi; Kunsthalle Krems, Krems; United Photo Industries Gallery, New York; Museum of Natural History, Vienna; United Nations FAO Headquarter, Rom; Houston International Centre for Photography, Houston; Delhi Photo Festival, New Delhi; Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast; ‘Voices Off’ Festival, Arles; Joy Wai Gallery, New York www.kpic.at

ANDREW PHELPS is an American photographer who has been living in Europe since 1990. His work is influenced by the cross-cultural lifestyle he now leads, dividing his time between the deserts of Arizona and the Alps of Austria. He works as a curator and board member of the GALERIE FOTOHOF in Salzburg. His personal work is represented by the ROBERT MORAT GALERIE in Hamburg, GALERIE BRUNNHOFER in Linz, GALERIE JO VAN DE LOO in Munich, and he works closely with the Berlin-based agency, ART LOVE AFFAIR. Along with a constant pursuit of new work, Andrew keeps a blog about special-edition photography books called BUFFET. Andrew is a member of the PIECE OF CAKE project.
www.andrew-phelps.com

KRISTIN DITTRICH  was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1977 she studied art history photography and curatorial studies in Heidelberg with Nicolaus Schafhausen and at the Sorbonne with Prof. Michel Poivert. Through her constant practice and exchange with worldwide actors in the field, Kristin succeeds in understanding a lot about quality issues and uniqueness in content in the contemporary image worldwide. She has specialized experience with the successful development of photography formats in series, portfolios, books and exhibitions. Since 15 years she works as critic, educator, visual director and curator. Her professional references include the founding and establishment of the international photography festival f/stop Leipzig (until 2011), her part of the founding team of the Paris photo and her working experience in the curatorial field at the Kunsthalle Rudolfinum in Prague. Kristin got already invited as a Guest lecturer at the University of Leipzig in the field of photography for three years and worked at the documenta 13 in Kassel, were she produced extensive projects for artists of the world art scene. She also worked as an independent reviewer at festivals in Arles, Houston, Birmingham, Zagreb and Toronto. In 2014 Kristin founded the Shift School of photography in contemporary art, focusing on international photography knowledge, mentoring and curating photography. In 2016 Kristin Dittrich took over the first entire Steidl photo book library with over 1000 Steidl books, which exclusively represents and teaches the Steidl photographic oeuvre between the 70s and the actual photography worldwide. Since 2017 she collaborates with Regina Anzenberger in Vienna. Kristin Dittrich has curated several major exhibition projects and festival productions around the subject of human existence, for example about the trust (2007), Close and distance ( 2008), In the Hidden ( 2010) Destroyed Images (2012), The hard life of a plant in a big city (2016) were she included the most relevant contemporary artists of our time.
www.shift-school.com

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