Taryn Simon was born in New York in 1975. She is a graduate of Brown University and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her highly acclaimed and influential work, The Innocents, documents cases of wrongful conviction in the United States and investigates photography's role in that process. Simon's photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including: High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Haus Der Kunst, Munich; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; and Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Permanent collections include: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her photography and writing have been featured in numerous publications and broadcasts including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, CNN, BBC, Frontline, and NPR. She works with Gagosian Gallery.
Richard Avedon is widely considered one of the most important and influential photographers in history. He was born in New York in 1923, and after studying photography at the New School during the late 1940s, he spent 20 years as a photographer for Harper's Bazaar, creating many signature fashion images that remain recognizable to this day. He also worked for Vogue and contributed to publications such as Look and Life, becoming famous for his original work with portraits of artists, powerful politicians and anonymous subjects in his series, In the American West. His portraits for The New Yorker are among the most iconic of the twentieth century. Avedon died in 2004after recent exhibitions at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Fraenkel Gallery, San Fransico. The Richard Avedon Foundation was established in 2005.
Gregory Crewdson is represented in New York by Luhring Augustine Gallery. He has exhibited his photographs at museums and galleries around the world and had many books published on his work. He teaches photography at Yale University and lives in New York City.
William Eggleston was born in 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. He took his first black-and-white photographs at age 18 and soon became serious about photography, though he never studied it formally. His first color work was shot in 1964 in color negative film, but in the late 60s he began to use color slides; it was some of those slides that he brought with him to New York in 1967, when he met Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, and John Szarkowski. It was Szarkowski who curated Eggleston's landmark 1976 solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New Yorka breakthrough in the perception of color photography as a serious form of fine art. The recipient of the 1998 Hasselblad Award, Eggleston's work was most recently seen in Documenta11 and in a major retrospective at the Fondation Cartier in Paris.
Katy Grannan was born in Arlington, Mass., in 1969, and earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and her M.F.A. from Yale University in photography in 1999. That same year, she was selected by Gregory Crewsdon to appear in a show called Another Girl, Another Planet, which thrust her and a number of young women photographers, including Jenny Gage, Anna Gaskel, Justine Kurland and Malerie Marder, into the spotlight. She has since had a number of solo shows in the U.S. and abroad, and her photographs have been acquired for the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Her work has also been featured in Artforum, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She lives and works in New York City and San Francisco.
Paolo Pellegrin became a nominee member of Magnum in 2001, when he won the EuroFuji/Italy Award and the Leica Medal of Excellence. The journalist and historian Tim Judah, author of Kosovo: War and Revenge, has provided a definitive text that catalogues the violent story of Kosovo, one of attrition and strife.