Issa Touma (1962, Syria) lives and works in Aleppo. Issa Touma began his career as a photographer in the early 1990s. Finding himself isolated from the international art world and photography scene, he established Black and White, a gallery dedicated to photography, in Aleppo in 1992. After its closure, in 1996 he founded Le Pont Organization and Gallery, an independent art organization to promote freedom of expression and stimulate the local art scene through international events. In1997 Le Pont organized the first International Photography Gathering, Aleppo, one of the first international contemporary photography events in the Middle East. In Spring 2012, Le Pont initiated the / Art Camping /workshops, which attempt to counter the violence of the insurgency with artistic interventions around Aleppo. In 2006 Touma served as artistic consultant for the exhibition Images of Syria, at Moestings Hus, Copenhagen.
Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh (1962, Iran) is the director and owner of Silk Road Gallery in Tehran. She is specialized in photography and she works as an independent curator at Silk Road Gallery, which she established in 2001. Ghabaian Etehadieh is well known for her work with Iranian photography and she has curated various exhibitions internationally. In 2009 she was the Artistic Director of Photoquai – the biennial of the images of the world – for the Quai Branly museum, Paris. In 2011 she published La photographie iranienne, Un regard sur la création contemporaine en Iran (Iranian photography, a contemporary look at art in Iran). She has written several magazine articles in credible outlets throughout her career.
Miha Colner (1978, Slovenia) is art historian who works in different fields of contemporary art as an independent curator, writer and editor. Specialised in photography, video and various forms of media art he is engaged in number of local and international projects focusing on research, analysis and curatorial presentation of significant currents in recent art making. Since 2006 he has worked as a curator and programme coordinator at Ljubljana based Photon – Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Tuula Alajoki (1975, Finland) is a curator and project manager for Backlight Photo Festival. She has been involved in Photographic Centre Nykyaikas’ actions since her graduation as visual artist in 2001. Alajoki has worked widely on culture field both Finland and abroad, from art management to puppet films. Nowadays she concentrates mostly on photography exhibitions and curating. For Backlight she has worked in various positions since 2008, while also finishing her master degree in Art – Visual culture. Alajoki has curated both Finnish and international photography exhibitions in Finland..