Editor in Chief
Born in Geneva in 1984, Tatyana Franck is at the helm of the Musée de l’Elysée since 1 March 2015. Between 2007 and 2015, she headed the Claude Picasso Archives in Geneva, a fund that includes holding pieces by Pablo Picasso and significant photography collections, including the David Douglas Duncan Fund. A Modern and Contemporary Art expert, Tatyana Franck is involved in photography both professionally and personally. She curated several international exhibitions, including “Picasso at Work, Through the Lens of David Douglas Duncan” (2011-2014, traveling exhibition); “Prune Nourry, Terracotta Daughters, Holy Daughters, Holy River” (2011-2014, traveling exhibition); “La Part Animale” (2014, Paris) or again “Yu Xing, Le Cours l’un fleuve” (2013, Paris). Involved in the cultural policy of several renowned institutions, Tatyana Franck serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, and is member of the Board of Les Amis de la Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert and of the Sotheby’s European Advisory Board. With degrees in History of Art and Art Law, she also has an EMBA Global-Asia (Columbia Business School/London Business School/Hong Kong University).
Born in Epsom, Surrey (UK) in 1952, Martin Parr is a world-renowned photographer, curator and book collector. After studying photography at Manchester Polytechnic (1970 -1973), he has worked on numerous photographic projects and developed an international reputation for his innovative imagery, his oblique approach to social documentary, and his input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad. The themes Parr selects and his inimitable treatment of them set him apart as a photographer whose work involves the creation of extensive series. Part of his unusual strategy is to present and publish the same photographs in the context of art photography, in exhibitions and in art books as well as in the related fields of advertising and journalism. In this way, he transcends the traditional separation of the different types of photography. Thanks to this integrative approach, as well as his style and his choice of themes, he has long served as a model for the younger generation of photographers. Martin Parr has published over 80 books of his own work and edited another 30.
Creative Director at KesselsKramer, an independent international communication agency (Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles), Erik Kessels (1966) published several books of vernacular photography through KesselsKramer Publishing, including the series In Almost Every Picture. He is co-editor for the alternative magazine Useful Photography. Kessels curated many exhibitions, including “24hrs of Photos” and “Album Beauty” (2012), and co-curated “From Here On” (2011).
Holding a degree in Art History, Jean-Hubert Martin has headed the Kunsthalle in Bern; the Musée national d’art moderne-Centre Pompidou and the Musée national des arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie in Paris; and the Kunst Palast Museum in Düsseldorf. He was also in charge of the art program at Château d’Oiron and at Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milano. His interest for non-Western civilizations led him to conceive exhibitions that broke down barriers and confronted art works of heterogeneous nature, thus encouraging a renewal of the gaze (“Artempo”, Museo Fortuny, Venice, 2007 and “Théâtre du monde”, MONA, Hobart and Maison Rouge, Paris, 2012-13). He curated a number of biennales and major exhibitions, including “Paris – Berlin” (1978); “Paris – Moscow” (1979); “Magiciens de la terre” (1989); “Une image peut en cacher une autre” (2009) and “Salvador Dali” (2012).
Joshua Chuang heads the Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs at the New York Public Library and serves as its senior curator of photography. Previsously, he served as the chief curator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, and as the Richard Benson Associate Curator of Photography and Digital Media at the Yale University Art Gallery, where he organized the exhibitions, “Robert Adams: The Place We Live”; “First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography”; and “Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century”.He is also active in publishing, having produced more than a twenty artist monographs, including those by Robert Adams, Lee Friedlander, Edward Ranney, Judith Joy Ross, Mark Ruwedel and Santu Mofokeng.
Lars Willumeit (born 1974) is a German social anthropologist based in Zurich, Switzerland. As an independent curator, author/critic, art educator and photo editor, he has been working with the medium of photography in different modes since 1993. His interests lie in photography, documentarisms, regimes of representation, and visual cultures. In addition to having been trained as a photographer, he has served in the capacity of photo editor for numerous magazines. Since 2013 he has curated exhibitions for various institutions, festivals and galleries, notably in 2016 he was the chief-curator of Krakow Photomonth’s Crisis? What Crisis?! edition and editor of The Unbecomings of Photography. As author he contributed to Deposit by Yann Mingard, as well as to a dictionary entitled Factory Tools, which was published within Fabrik, the publication of the German Pavilion (curated by Florian Ebner) at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Alexis Fabry (1970, Neuilly-sur-Seine) lives and works in Paris. He is a publisher and expert in Latin-American photography. In 2003, he founded Éditions Toluca with Olivier Andreotti, whose books combine photography, literature and design. He also curated many exhibitions, including, “Urbes mutantes” (collection Leticia and Stanislas Poniatowski) at Museo del Banco de la República in Bogota (2013), and then at the International Center for Photography in New York (2014); “America Latina, 1960-2013”, presented at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris (2013); and “Latin Fire. Otras Fotografías de un continente” (collection Anna Gamazo de Abelló) at CentroCentro, as part of the International PhotoEspaña Festival in Madrid.
Born in 1942, Claude Hudelot discovered China in 1964. An historian of Contemporary China, he published several books about Mao Zedong, including his initial La Longue Marche (coll. Archives, Gallimard, 1971) and more recently, Le Mao, with Guy Gallice (Editions du Rouergue, 2009; English edition: Mao, Horizons Editions, 2012). A long time radio (France-Culture) and TV producer, Claude Hudelot is also a documentary filmmaker; recently, “Hou Bo, Xu Xiaobing, photographes de Mao” (52’/ 2003), co-directed with Jean-Michel Vecchiet, was produced by France 2 and France 5. He was Director of the La Rochelle Cultural Center (1984-87), the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles (1988-89), and the Kansaï and Villa Kujoyama French-Japanese Institute in Kyoto (1994-98). A former Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy in China and at the French General Consulate in Shanghai (2002-2007), he has curated contemporary art and photography exhibitions and runs a double blog, La Cina è vicina, hosted by Le Monde.fr and Mediapart. Claude Hudelot was made Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 2006.
Art critic and freelance curator, Jean-Christophe Blaser was Curator at the Musée de l’Elysée until 2014. He has taken part in several major projects and was president at Kunstart, the association that runs CAN, the Neuchatel Art Centre.