The Jury 2019

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

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Art Director & Chief Representative Leica Galleries International (Austria)

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 21 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, 2014 and 2016, 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. 

Max Pinckers

Max Pinckers

Photographer & Winner LOBA 2018 (Belgium)

Born in Brussels in 1988, the Belgian photographer uses his work to explore strategies of visual storytelling in documentary photography. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent from 2008 to 2012. Since then, Pinckers has published four books, and exhibited nationally and internationally many times. He founded Lyre Press publishers, and was previously a LOBA finalist in 2016 with his series “Two Kinds of Memory and Memory Itself”.

Milena Carstens

Milena Carstens

Director of Photography ZEITmagazin (Germany)

Milena Carstens is the director of photography at ZEITmagazin. After graduation in photography at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences Fotografie, Milena worked as a picture editor on projects for numerous magazines. She was Gallery Manager of the Berlin branch of Robert Morat’s Showroom from 2010 to 2012. She has worked as a picture editor at ZEITmagazin since 2012, and has held the position of director of photography there since 2014.

Enrico Stefanelli

Enrico Stefanelli

Director of Photolux Festival

Enrico Stefanelli is a photographer, journalist, curator and teaches photography in workshops. He is the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival the biennial of photography in Lucca. He has curated several exhibitions and the exhibition “Cadets” of Paolo Verzone for “Les Rencontres de la Photographie” in Arles.

He has been appointed as an expert for portfolio reviews for Les Rencontres d'Arles, Santa Fe Photo Festival, Kaunas Festival, Eyes in Progress, Fotofestiwal, 16e China International Photographic Art Festival, Fotografia Europea, Backlight Photo Festival, FotoFest – Houston, Auckland Festival of Photography, Festival de la Luz – Buenos Aires, Center – Santa Fe. He has been appointed as member of the Jury for Kaunas Festival, Lens Culture, The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Grant, Lugano Photo Days, FOTODOC Center for Documentary Photography at Sakharov center, Photolucida – Critical Mass and Gomma Grant, ArteLaguna Prize – Venezia, HeadOn Festival - Sydney.
He was member of the Nominating committee of Jopp Swart Masterclass at the World Press Photo Foundation until 2018. Is member of the Nominating committee for the “6 x 6” at World Press Photo Foundation.

Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry

Photographer & Founder ImagineAsia 

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for over three decades, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.

It was after several months of travel that he found himself crossing the border into Pakistan. There, he met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country, just as the Russian Invasion was closing the country to all western journalists. Emerging in traditional dress, with full beard and weather-worn features after weeks embedded with the Mujahedeen, McCurry brought the world the first images of the conflict in Afghanistan, putting a human face to the issue on every masthead.
 
Since then, McCurry has gone on to create stunning images over six continents and countless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image.

McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest. The Minister of French Culture has also appointed McCurry a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters and most recently, the Royal Photographic Society in London awarded McCurry the Centenary Medal for Lifetime Achievement.

McCurry has also published numerous books between 1985 until today.

Portrait: © Bruno Barbey