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Lagazuoi Photo Award - Jury

"Talking" images wanted, shots which reveal the emotion of the Dolomite world without any cliche 

The photography contest Lagazuoi Photo Award 2020 - the first curatorial project of Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti, the  exhibition and cultural centre next to the top station of the homonymous cable car, at 2,778 metres above sea level - poses a challenge to photographers, professionals and amateurs alike.
This challenge is managed by a highly qualified organizational team, coordinated by Denis Curti, one of the most renowned European curators of photographic exhibitions. He is supported by: Nathalie Herschdorfer, curator and director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle in Switzerland, Andréa Holzherr, Global Exhibition Director and curator for Magnum Photos, the writer Susanna Tamaro, the journalist Mario Calabresi and the entrepreneur Stefano Illing. 
The jury is already examining the photography environment in order to select the photographers who will participate in the contest. The deadline has been set for March 15th

Denis Curti

Professional CV

  • Director and founder of STILL  -   www.stillfotografia.it 
  • Artistic director of the Casa dei TRE OCI of Venice -  www.treoci.org
  • Artistic director of the Festival di Fotografia (Photography Festival) of Capri
  • Artistic director of the SI FEST – Savignano sul Rubicone
  • Consultant of the Fondazione di Venezia (Venice Foundation) for the management of its photographic heritage  
  • From 2005 to 2014 Director of Contrasto – Milan and vice president of the Fondazione Forma in Milan
  • Director in charge of the periodical “Nothing to see here”
  • Artistic director of corporate projects for: Altagamma – Ambrosi – Polli – F2i – Ernst & Young –  A2A – American Express –  DHL – Tiffany – Alcantara
  • Curator of several exhibitions, including:  Elliott Erwitt –  A due Minuti dal mondo (with magnum Photos) Sebastiao Salgado  Helmut Newton and the touring exhibitions of Capri Trend
  • Formerly artistic director of the Festival di Fotografia at Savignano sul Rubicone, and of the Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia of Turin
  • For over 15 years, journalist and photographic critic for Vivimilano and Corriere della Sera 
  • Photography collectors' market expert. In 2002-2003, curator of the first photograph auctions at Sotheby’s of Milan
  • From 1995 to 2002, Director of the Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia (Italian Photography Foundation)
  • During the 1990s, Director of the School of Photography of the European Institute of Design in Turin
  • Curator of photography exhibitions and collections and the author of several books  about photography, including Collezionare fotografia in 2010 (with a new edition in 2013) for Contrasto Editions

Mario Calabresi

I was born in Milan on 17 February (the day on which, in the year 1600, the Catholic Church burnt Giordano Bruno at the stake in the Campo dei Fiori in Rome and on which, in 1992, Mario Chiesa was arrested and the scandal of Tangentopoli erupted). My mother was born in Turin and my father in Rome. I was born in 1970, when Milan still had real fog; a few months before, a bomb had exploded in the Banca dell’Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana. That act of terrorism changed the life of our country and of my family. 

I waited for 35 years to tell that story; then, in 2007 I wrote “Spingendo la notte più in là” (“Pushing the night further away”) . That year I also became the father of twins, Emma and Irene.

But before that, many other things happened: I studied History, played basketball, swam a lot and was a prolific reader 
I became a journalist out of curiosity about the world. The ANSA parliamentary newsroom at Montecitorio was my school; I started out there on a work placement and stayed 5 years, learning about the ins and outs of politics. 

I then worked for La Stampa, which sent me to  New York after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. 
I later went back to America, as a correspondent for La Repubblica, to cover the electoral campaign of Barack Obama - the most beautiful thing I have ever done. 

I came back to Italy as director of La Stampa, where I spent seven years inventing something new to write about every day. 
I was subsequently the director of La Repubblica for three years, until February. 

I love photography (I have written a book called “A occhi aperti” [“With eyes wide open”], about the lives of photographers), wine with a history, and travelling. I have lived a lifetime being late, and so now I love to arrive early.


Nathalie Herschdorfer

Nathalie Herschdorfer is a curator and art historian specializing in the history of photography. She is Director of the Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland www.mbal.ch), where she has organized many important photography shows for the last 4 years, including Alex Prager, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Vik Muniz, Todd Hido, Garry Winogrand and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She has also been working as a curator with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP / www.fep-photo.org) for several years, working specifically on projects dedicated to fashion photography.

Previously, she was a curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne (Switzerland), where she worked on major exhibitions, including Face: the Death of the Portrait, and retrospectives of Edward Steichen, Leonard Freed, Ray K. Metzker or Valérie Belin.

She is the author of several books, among them The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography, Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast, afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past, and
New Swiss Architecture (all published by Thames & Hudson). 
Her most recent publications are Body: The Photography Book (published by Thames & Hudson and including the works of more than 175 contemporary photographers) and Mountains by Magnum Photographers (published by Prestel).


Andréa Holzherr


Andréa Holzherr (born in 1964 in Tübingen) lives and works in Paris as an exhibition manager, publicist and curator. 
She studied at the Ecole du Louvre Paris as well as at the Sorbonne. 

She has been working since 2003 as the global exhibitions director and curator for Magnum Photos, Paris and is responsible for promoting the Magnum Archive through active exhibition work in collaboration with international museums and cultural institutions. Before, she worked at the Maison Européene de la Photographie in Paris as assistant curator to the director. 

Andréa Holzherr has curated numerous exhibitions, among others Bang Bang, Tatort Kunst 2012 at Haus der Kunst Uri and the CCA, Palma de Mallorca; Mythos Kindheit 2010 at the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, the Haus für Kunst Uri and the CCA, Palma de Mallorca; Elina Brotherus: The New Painting 2006 at the Finnish Museum of Photography, and Stella Polaris 2006 at Paris Photo. In September 2013 she was the responsible curator for the 5. Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg in Germany.
Her publications include such titles as Eve Arnold Homage (2012), Helsinki School (2005-2011), George Rodger Unterwegs (2009), Elina Brotherus (2005), as well as numerous publications in specialist contemporary photography magazines.


Susanna Tamaro

Susanna Tamaro was born in Trieste in 1957. After graduating from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, she worked for television, creating scientific documentaries. She is one of Italy's best known and best loved writers worldwide.

Her debut novel was La testa fra le nuvole (Head in the clouds)(1989), after which she won international success with Va' dove ti porta il cuore (Follow your heart) (1994). Her other book include Anima Mundi (1997), Cara Mathilda (Dear Matilda)(2001), Rispondimi (Answer me)(2001), Fuori (Outside) (2003), Ascolta la mia voce (Listen to my voice) (2006), Baita dei pini (Pine Lodge) (2007), and Luisito – a love story (2008). In January 2013 she published Ogni angelo è tremendo (All angels are fearsome) (Bompiani), and in 2014 Illmitz (Bompiani).

She has also written stories for children: Cuore di ciccia (Great big heart)(1992), Il cerchio magico (The magic circle) (1994), Tobia e l'angelo (Tobias and the angel) (1998), Papirofobia (2000), and Il grande albero (Great tree)(2009). 
Her essays include: Verso casa (Towards home) (1999), Più fuoco più vento (More fire, more wind)(2002), and Ogni parola è un seme (Every word is a seed) (2005). In 2014 Susanna Tamaro published the children's novel Salta, Bart! (Jump, Bart!)(ed. Giunti Junior), illustrated by  Adriano Gon. In 2016 she published the book La Tigre e l'acrobata (The tiger and the acrobat) (ed. La nave di Teseo).

In 2018, a year after the death of the Friulian poet Pierluigi Cappello, she published an amazing autobiographical narrative, Il tuo sguardo illumina il mondo (Your look lights up the world) (Solferino). September 2019 saw the publication of her first pamphlet, Alzare lo sguardo. Il diritto di crescere, il dovere di educare (Look up. The right to grow, the duty to educate) (ed. Solferino).


Stefano Illing

Born in Cortina d’Ampezzo, where he currently lives, he is an engineer by profession. For several years he was engaged in municipal development and Institutional Building in various developing countries for NGOs,  the World Bank, FAO and other organisations. He went on to become involved in the development of tourism in the mountains; he is a consultant at international level for the planning and development of ski resorts.

He designed,  planned and co-ordinated the creation of the Lagazuoi, Sasso di Stria and 5 Torri Great War Open-air Museum.
Currently he is the president of the Cortina Delicious Consortium and  councillor and CEO of various ski lift societies and consortiums  in the Dolomites.

An ardent amateur photographer, he is the designer of the Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti, conceived as a means of valorising and promoting the values and culture of the mountains.