The Jury 2017

The international jury of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award is represented by:

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, born 1957 in Freiburg, studied German philology and philosophy at the University of Freiburg after leaving school. She also holds a diploma from the Eurythmische Hochschule in Stuttgart, where she was subsequently employed as a lecturer from 1982 to 1986. In addition to this, she is also a graduate of the Fernuniversität Hagen (distance teaching university) in Event Management.

After ACM Projektentwicklung GmbH, Salzburg, bought into Leica Camera AG in 2005, her long-standing passion for photography led to the opening of the Leica Galerie in Salzburg in 2008.

Today, Karin Rehn-Kaufmann is Art Director & Chief Representative Leica Galleries International and holds management responsibility for the 16 Leica Galleries around the world.

She has successfully curated numerous prestigious exhibitions including, for instance, the project ‘Chinaflug’, an exhibition showing spectacular aerial photography from the 1930s that was presented at the Chinese Embassy in Berlin and at ‘Photo Shanghai’ in 2015. She is also held responsibility for exhibition concepts for the Leica Galerie at the photokina in 2012 and 2014, as well as the ‘10x10’ exhibition on the occasion of the jubilee ‘100 years of Leica photography’, and ‘50 best for Leica’ – an exclusive collection of the most famous photographs taken by the prominent US Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt.

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann has been a member of the jury of the Leica Oskar Barnack Awards since 2008 and has played a significant role in the organisation and further development of the prestigious photographic competition. 

Michelle Dunn Marsh

Michelle Dunn Marsh

A professional viewer of photographs, Michelle Dunn Marsh is Executive Director of Photographic Center Northwest—a publicly-accessible educational institution—and is the founder of Minor Matters Books. Over the last two decades Dunn Marsh has served in executive and creative roles in the fields of art photography and publishing; she lectures and teaches nationally to share her passion for the art form and her knowledge of visual literacy with a broad audience. In the last five years she has curated ten exhibitions, and facilitated publication of 15 books through her own and other imprints.

Christian Pohlert

Christian Pohlert

Christian-Matthias Pohlert studied painting and graphics in Hamburg from 1975 to 1982 and went on to study photography. In 1984, he studied at the film school of the New York University.

His first contact with journalism began in 1971, as a messenger for the ARD Tagesschau (national daily news programme) at NDR, the regional TV channel for northern Germany. He worked there as an assistant in the film department until 1982. Following this, he worked as a trainee picture editor at the DPA, the German press agency. Here, and as a guest student at the New York head office of Associated Press (AP), was where he gained his first practical experience as a photojournalist.

Since 1988, he has been managing picture editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.), and also holds responsibility for photographers and the picture archive. His responsibilities today also include the Sunday edition of the newspaper (Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung), and the magazines F.A.Z. Magazin, F.A.Z. Woche and Frankfurter Allgemeine Metropol.

In 1999, he published the book ‘Bilder in der Zeitung - Journalistische Fotografie 1949 bis 1999’, (Pictures in the paper - journalistic photography from 1949 to 1999), which won the 1999 German Kodak Photographic Book Prize. Since the F.A.Z. began to be printed with photos, he now devotes particular attention to the front-page pictures of the newspaper.

Douglas So

Douglas So

Douglas So is the Founder and Director of F11 Foto Museum, which is housed in a heritage building in Hong Kong.  Since its establishment in 2014, F11 has organised a number of exhibitions featuring photographers including Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt, Werner Bischof, Bruno Barbey, Paolo Pellegrin and Sergey Ponomarev.  F11 also collects and exhibits cameras and photo books.  In 2017, Douglas started f22 photo space for contemporary photography.

Douglas is a solicitor of Hong Kong, as well as England and Wales.  Amongst his various roles, he is currently a Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong and the Secretary of UNICEF HK.

Scarlett Coten

Scarlett Coten

Scarlett Coten is an independent French female photographer who dedicates herself essentially to personal, long term projects. Since the 2000s the Arab countries are at the heart of her photographic practice, which explores the themes of identity and intimacy. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, she traveled to Egypt to realize her series "Still alive", spending months through the Sinai desert with the Bedouins. This series was published by Actes sud in 2009. From 2012 to 2016, she has been working on her last series "Mectoub" in seven Arab countries from North Africa to the Middle East. It has already been exhibited internationally on a number of occasions and for this series she received the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016.