Susan Bright and Nina Strand

This is the first time that f/stop has worked with international curators. The curator duo consisting of Dr. Susan Bright and Nina Strand was selected by the f/stop advisory board.


Dr. Susan Bright is a curator based in London. She has a specialization in lens-based arts and contemporary visual culture with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary and international programming. She was a curator at the National Portrait Gallery in London before deciding to work independently in the early 2000s. Significant exhibitions that Bright has curated and co-curated include:


  • How we are, Tate Britain (2007)
  • Face of Fashion, National Portrait Gallery, London (2007)
  • Home Truths, The Photographers‘ Gallery und The Foundling Museum, London (2014)
  • Playground at Serlachius Museum, Finnland (2018)

She was Guest Curator for PHotoESPAÑA in 2019 curating five exhibitions across museums in Madrid. She has taught curatorial practice and visual culture at institutions including Parsons and the School of Visual Arts in New York and Sotheby’s Institute and University of the Arts, London. She has authored and co-authored seven books on photography and holds a PhD in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London.


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Nina Strand works as an artist, writer and is the founder and editor in chief of the art journal Objektiv. Founded in 2009 by Nina Strand, Ida Kierulf and Susanne Østby Sæther, the journal is a biannual publication with a focus on photography and film. Publications by Strand include:


  • Residency (working title) 2019
  • Dr. Strand, (Journal) 2015
  • So, how do you think you’re doing? (Journal, 2008)
  • Gutta på Gølvet (Cappelen 2004)


Strand is a co-editor of STAFETT (RELAY), a Scandinavian fanzine on photography. Strand holds a work grant from 2012 – 2020 from the Art Council in Norway. She was also a recipient of the Art Critic Grant from Fritt Ord in 2017.


Strand is a regular contributor with essays on photography for several Norwegian and international publications, and has participated and arranged several exhibitions all over Scandinavia – the latest being the exhibition Le Book Club at Fotogalleriet in Oslo from January to February 2020. She has been involved in the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards and the Camera Austria Award Photography Prize. She was part of the expert panel of the seminar Photobook Reset at c/o Berlin and a Fellow at the MFA Image Text Ithaca summer workshop.


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