About the Artists      

Steve McCurry
Artist Biography
American, b. 1950

Steve McCurry was born in Philadelphia, and graduated from Pennsylvania State University. After working at a newspaper for two years, he left to freelance in India.

His career was launched when, wearing native clothing, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes that contained some of the world's first images of the conflict. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad Showing Courage and Enterprise. He has won numerous awards including the National Press Photographers' Association award for Magazine Photographer of the Year and an unprecedented four first prizes in the World Press Photo contest.

McCurry has covered many areas of international and civil conflict, including the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War and continuing coverage of Afghanistan. His work has been featured in magazines around the globe. His reportage for National Geographic has included Tibet, Afghanistan, Burma, India, Iraq, Yemen, Buddhism, and the temples of Angkor Wat

A high point in his career was finding Sharbat Gula, the previously unidentified Afghan refugee girl, whose picture has been described as one of the most recognizable photographs in the world.

Heidi Lender
b. 1966, New Haven, CT

Heidi Lender once reported on the fashion universe for national magazines, writing features and styling photo shoots. With a BA in apparel and textiles from Cornell University, she covered style, design, food and travel from New York to Paris. A soulful search led her to India, where she lived part-time studying yoga, and subsequently taught in San Francisco in her own studio. In 2009, she finally found herself – behind the lens of her first digital SLR, and retired her pen and yoga professorship in favor of making pictures. She currently splits her time between Northern California and Garzon, Uruguay.

Brandon Donahue
Durango CO

Jon Kaplin

Jon Kaplan is an award-winning photographer who has been taking pictures since the day his father handed him a Polaroid camera when he was just six years old. His passion for the art of photography has taken him from the edge of the Sahara Desert to the highlands of Guatemala, and taught him the simple beauty and true power of family and community in even the humblest of settings. His work has been published in both national and international magazines including The New York Times, The New Yorker and Camera Arts. And for over a decade he is proud to have donated his images to the renowned Seva Foundation, a nonprofit that for thirty years has compassionately served people around the world who are struggling for health, cultural survival and sustainable communities. Jon currently divides his time between his first love, the developing world, and his home in the Bay Area.



Suzi McGregor

Suzi Moore McGregor was born and raised in the desert and has spent most of her adult life viewing the world through her lens. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, American West, Audubon, Sierra, National Wildlife, Wilderness, and various other national and international publications. She has also been the receptient of numerous awards for her photographic work, and is the author of Under the Sun, published by Little Brown & Co. and the co-author of Living Homes: Sustainable Architecture and Design, published by Chronicle Books. She currently resides in Durango, Colorado.

Margy Dudley
Artist Biography

Olivier Borson
Reunion Island

Olivier Borson's black and white photographs can focus on the ambiance generated by the scenery. Long exposures accentuate the idea of contemplation and reverie that the photographer likes to feel. Time seems to stop and the author attempts to discover or rediscover places in aspects that we can not imagine. The photographer would stimulate the imagination of the viewer so that way he discovers through each picture all the poetry that emerges from the spaces that are offered.

Photography is for me an outlet, a way to regenerate myself. It's finally a very selfish approach, but it's an important area of freedom that allows me to find myself. It's also a way to open my mind and get out of my daily life very standardized, and my work very far from creativity. I'm fascinated by the passage of time, but also by the space constraints in terms of photography. Combined, these elements reinforce the sense of claustrophobia that drives me to perform long exposures which introduce a time effect and add another dimension in the photography. It can help to create an atmosphere of calm, contrasting with the most often photographed subject: sea or ocean, and also with my life and job, which looks like, most often, to a race against time.

Julie Billings
Artist Biography

Rodrigo Frota
Forteleza, Brazil

Started in photography at the age of 15, in Switzerland, where he
lived for 3 years. Studied arts and photography, together with his
studies abroad. He got a B.A. in Advertising from University of Fortaleza.
He worked as photographer for that university, in the marketing department,
for two years. Studied cinematography at Casa Amarela from Universidade Federal do
Ceará. Had his pictures published in important newspapers (covers) and
magazines (editorial work). Some of his works are part of some
important collections (Museum of Contemporary Art of Dragão do Mar,
UNIFOR, Edson Queiroz Foundation, and others). Some exhibitions of his
works: “Travel Fragments”, "Pictorials" and collective exhibitions
“Vertical Parallel”, "XV Unifor Plastica", "Mostra Artistica
Universitaria", among others.

He also has some important work with video, within documentary, fictional and experimental area, with works published and exhibited worldwide.