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Olivia Gay
After completing a degree in Art History at the University of Bordeaux III (1993/95), Olivia Gay studied photography at the New England School of Photography in Boston (1995/97), then soon after headed to Cuba to produce her first photographs: prostitutes in Havana.
Returning to France in 1998, she started working for the press: Libération, The New York Times, VSD, and Le Monde.
A photographer and author since 1998, Gay has studied the construction of the female body in social or professional environments, through posture and body language. She has explored the female form in scenes set in a factory, in a lace workshop, at a supermarket, at home, and soon she will feature the farming women of Normandy.
For Olivia Gay, the photograph must capture humanity in a gesture or a look. After immersing herself in a place, spending several weeks or months at a time there, she uses her images to recreate the encounter that has taken place between her and her subject.

Justin Jin
For more than a decade, Justin Jin has worked as an independent photojournalist for leading magazines and newspapers, specialising in reaching people in hidden, harsh or sensitive situations.
Whether tackling themes such as authoritarianism in Russia, exploitation in China or illegal immigration in Europe, he aims to get inside the worlds of the people involved. Through his photography and writing, he challenges preconceptions, exposes hypocrisy and condemns abuse, as much as he celebrates strength and humanity. For the past four years, he has been based in Moscow, reporting and carrying out corporate assignments in Russia, China and beyond. Previously he worked in Western Europe while based in Amsterdam. He speaks Russian, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, English and Dutch. Some of his projects are commissioned, while others are self-initiated. He applies the same passion, persistence and discipline to all. He also exhibits in galleries and museums, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which has collected a body of his work. Previously he worked as a Reuters correspondent, covering China from Beijing and managing a bureau of financial reporting in Shenzhen city. Before that, he was at Cambridge University, reading Philosophy and Political Sciences. He was born in Hong Kong in 1974.

Alessandro Sambini
Alessandro Sambini was born in Rovigo in 1982. He was recently awarded an MA in Research Architecture by the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmiths College in London.
He began his photographic career in 2005 with a reportage entitled "Dov'è il Polesine". In 2009 he won the XXIII Gallarate Visual Arts Prize for his photographic project "Ghe Pronto!"
He is currently working independently on two video projects that explore the relationship between images created by the traditional media, the viewer's re-appropriation of these images, their subsequent manipulation and the creation of alternative forms of narrative based on such material. The first project takes as its subject the inauguration ceremony for Dubai's Burj Khalifa Tower. The second focuses on the murder of five women in Pittsburgh in early August, 2009, by a man called George Sodini. Sambini has recently finished a 40-minute documentary entitled "Bona Fide" on the subject of female domestic workers from the Philippines.

Niels Stomps
Niels Stomps was born in Driebergen, The Netherlands, in 1974 and now works and lives in Amsterdam. He studied photography at the Utrecht School of the Arts, where he is currently a guest lecturer. In 2007 he received his master's degree at the St. Joost Academy in Breda.
His work consists of series of photographs, focusing on the way people react to major changes, sociological or environmental, changes that are so big and overwhelming that the individual can only adapt to the inevitable.
Stomps prefers to present his photographs as a sequence of images and to combine several series into one publication. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad, and he has won many international awards.