The Jury 2020

This year, the members of the international jury of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award are:

Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz

Art Director and Photographer (USA/Italy)

The acclaimed photographer Joel Meyerowitz was born in 1938 in the Bronx, New York, where he also grew up. He studied painting, and initially worked as an Art Director in advertising. Meyerowitz began shooting on 35mm colour film in 1962. In the following year, he alternated this with black and white before returning to the richness of storytelling in colour. New York always remained the dominant focus of his life as a photographer – from his early works in the sixties to his evocative images taken at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11.

In 2017, Joel Meyerowitz was honoured for his lifework with the Leica Hall of Fame Award. Meyerowitz lives and works in New York and Tuscany.

Pauline Benthede

Pauline Benthede

Director of Exhibitions, Fotografiska International (Sweden)

Born 1982 in Stockholm, Sweden, Pauline Benthede is the Director of Exhibitions at Fotografiska International and Chairman of Fotografiska’s Exhibition Committee. With 10 years of working within the Fotografiska group, she is globally responsible for the exhibitions at Fotografiska Stockholm, New York and Tallinn, and strategically responsible for exhibitions in the future expansion of Fotografiska to further cities. She has produced, managed and curated exhibitions with Andres Serrano, Sarah Moon, Bettina Rheims, David LaChapelle, Cooper & Gorfer, Ren Hang, Patrick Demarchelier, Inez & Vinoodh, Martin Schoeller, Sally Mann, Motohiko Odani, Anton Corbijn, Hassan Hajjaj, Isaac Julien, and Sebastião Salgado, among many others.

Pauline Benthede holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Gothenburg University, and studied Curating at Stockholm University and History of Photography at Umeå University.

Malin Schulz

Malin Schulz

Art Director and member of the editorial board of DIE ZEIT (Germany)

Born in 1979, Malin Schulz has been Art Director of DIE ZEIT since 2013, and a member of the editorial board since 2016. Prior to that she developed and managed ZEIT Campus, the newspaper’s student magazine. As a member of the editorial board, she is responsible for anchoring and implementing new ideas and innovation processes for the print product. As a graduate photographer, she writes passionately about political photography and how it is received.

Klaus Kehrer

Klaus Kehrer

Publisher (Germany)

Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Klaus Kehrer studied at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and worked with a South German printing and publishing house. After designing and developing photography and art books for several years, he founded Kehrer Verlag, based in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1995. Today it is a renowned international publishing house with a team of around 20 employees. With its in-house retouchers and designers, Kehrer Publishing focuses on the design, production and international distribution of fine art photography books. Its authors have included leading photographers such as Christopher Anderson, Harry Callahan, Helen Levitt, Ishiuchi Miyako, Saul Leiter, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Sarah Moon, Thomas Ruff, Pentti Sammallahti, Stephen Shore, and Jeffrey Silverthorne, as well as numerous emerging artists.

Klaus Kehrer is a member of various juries evaluating photography and photography books. He conducts workshops on book design and photo book marketing, and enjoys discovering young and aspiring photographers as a reviewer at international photography festivals.

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Art Director and Chief Representative Leica Galleries International (Austria)

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann was born in Freiburg in 1957, and studied German philology and philosophy at the University of Freiburg after leaving school. She holds a diploma from the Eurythmische Hochschule in Stuttgart, where she was subsequently employed as a lecturer from 1982 to 1986. Furthermore, she graduated in Event Management from the Fernuniversität (Open University) Hagen.

After ACM Projektentwicklung GmbH, Salzburg, bought into Leica Camera AG in 2005, Rehn-Kaufmann’s long-standing passion for photography led to the opening of the Leica Gallery in Salzburg in 2008. Today she is the Art Director & Chief Representative of Leica Galleries International and holds management responsibility for the 24 Leica Galleries around the world. She has successfully curated numerous prestigious exhibitions including, for instance, the Chinaflug project, an exhibition of spectacular aerial photography from the 1930s that was presented at the Chinese Embassy in Berlin and at Photo Shanghai in 2015. She was also responsible for the Leica Gallery exhibition concepts at photokina in 2012, 2014 and 2016, as well as the ‘10x10’ exhibition on the occasion of the 100 year jubilee 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 Award since 2008, and has played a significant role in the organisation and further development of the prestigious photography competition.