The Jury 2021

The international jury of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award this year includes:

Sandra M. Stevenson

Sandra M. Stevenson

Assistant Editor, Photography, The New York Times (USA)

Sandra M. Stevenson is an award-winning writer, and has been a visual editor and curator in the photography department at The New York Times for nearly fifteen years. She oversees photo editors on the news desk, and works on visual content for Race/Related and the Gender, in addition to special projects such as “Overlooked”. She is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After receiving a BA in English from Syracuse University, Sandra spent four years working at NBC on various news programs. From there, she became the program coordinator for the Black Filmmaker Foundation. During her time there, she maintained a deep commitment to helping people of colour enter the film industry at various levels.

Stevenson then went on to work for The Associated Press, rising from photo assistant to Director of Photojournalism for Latin America and the Caribbean during her eight-year tenure.

From 1995 to 1997, she worked on an advanced degree in multimedia from l’Université Toulouse in France. She was a contributing writer in the book “Unseen: Unpublished Black History from The New York Times Photo Archives”, as well as picture editor and co-curator on the book “This Is 18”.

Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson

Photographer (USA)

Ralph Gibson was born in Hollywood, California in 1939. His father was assistant director to Alfred Hitchcock and, as a young boy, he would visit the set during filming. He studied photography while in the US Navy and then at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and went on to work with Robert Frank on two films. Gibson has maintained a lifelong fascination with books and book-making. Since the appearance in 1970 of “The Somnambulist”, his work has been steadily impelled towards the printed page. To date his work has been published in over 40 monographs. His photographs are included in over 180 museum collections around the world, and have appeared in hundreds of solo exhibitions.

Gibson’s awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Lucie Lifetime Award and the Silver Plumb Award. He is an Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Maryland and Ohio Wesleyan University. In June of 2018 he was decorated Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of France.

In 2010 he collaborated with Lou Reed on the film “Red Shirley”, which was screened at 14 film festivals throughout Europe and North America. In 2013 he endorsed a limited edition of the Leica M Monochrom, which bears his signature on the top plate. He has maintained a relationship to the guitar since his earliest teens. Recently Gibson has incorporated his photographs and musical compositions into film and live performances.

Portrait: © Luiz Marinho

Santiago Lyon

Santiago Lyon

Photographer and Head of Advocacy and Education, Adobe (Spain)

Santiago Lyon was born in Madrid in 1966. He is the Head of Advocacy and Education for Adobe’s Content Authenticity Initiative, working to create industry standards around image authentication and provenance. Previously the Director of Business Development for Adobe Stock, he has more than 35 years of experience in photography as an award-winning photojournalist, photo editor, media executive and educator.

As a photographer for Reuters and The Associated Press (AP) he has won multiple photojournalism awards for his coverage of conflicts around the globe. In 2003 he was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University before being named Director of Photography at AP, a position he held until 2016. Under his direction the AP won three Pulitzer Prizes for photography, as well as multiple other major photojournalism awards around the world. He was Chair of the Jury for the 2013 World Press Photo contest.

Lyon serves on the Boards of Directors of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the VII Foundation, the Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) safety organization and SALT NYC, an organization using photography to support underserved high school students in New York City. He also teaches regularly at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Dr Michael Pritchard

Dr Michael Pritchard

Director Education and Public Affairs, Royal Photographic Society (Great Britain)

Dr Michael Pritchard is a photographic historian and Director of Education and Public Affairs, at the Royal Photographic Society. A former photography specialist at Christie’s auction house, he has worked on cataloguing the Kodak Historical Collection at the British Library and taught on a MA History of Photography course at De Montfort University. His PhD examined British photographic manufacturing and retailing between 1839 and 1914. He has produced many publications and lectures. His most recent book is “A history of photography in 50 Cameras”. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh – German Photography Society). He has been a selector and juror for many international photography awards and competitions.

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Art Director & Chief Representative Leica Galleries International (Austria)

Born in Freiburg in 1957, Karin Rehn-Kaufmann 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 Gallery in Salzburg in 2008. Today, Rehn-Kaufmann is Art Director & Chief Representative of Leica Galleries International and holds management responsibility for the 25 Leica Galleries around the world. She has successfully curated numerous prestigious exhibitions including, for instance, the “Chinaflug” project, 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 was also responsible for exhibition concepts for the Leica Gallery at 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 photography competition. She is the editor of the “40 Years of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award” catalogue, and curator of the exhibition with the same title.