executive director & chief editor
Marilyn is a science communications specialist with 15 years experience presenting news and information to non-scientific audiences (e.g., policy makers, the general public) via various media. Having served for three years as Chief Editor of the International Energy Agency (IEA), she has a broad understanding of the energy sector and related issues. Although her forté is content development (i.e., written and spoken word), Marilyn has developed skills in related areas such as photography, graphic design, web architecture and publication processes.
In 2011/12, Marilyn led the development of UNDER PRESSURE: Living with MS in Europe, a multimedia project examining how national health and social policies influence – for better or worse – daily life for people with Multiple Sclerosis.Marilyn also served as Chair of the Board for Developing Indigenous Resources, an NGO that promotes health as a means to transform lives in Indian slums. Her photo essay on DIR’s work has been shown in France, Canada and the United States. She holds a BA in Communications and an MA in Journalism (specialization in science and health reporting).
director of media & distribution
Stephen has managed the work and careers of top-level photographers and artists in the diverse areas of art, fashion, photojournalism and commercial photography. His career has embraced creative management and critical intervention, business innovation and technological initiatives. During his time as Creative Director of EYESTORM (www.eyestorm.com), he worked with artists such as Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, Richard Misrach and others. Stephen subsequently worked as Director of the Image Archive with Art + Commerce in New York, representing work by Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle, Robert Mapplethorpe and more.
He spent several years as Group Creative Director and SVP with Getty Images, and three years as CEO of Photonica America, a division of Amana, the Japanese photo agency. He currently lives in New York where until recently he worked a CEO of VII Photo Agency, a co-operative of world-leading photojournalists. Stephen also maintained an annual assignment as co-Secretary to the World Press Photo competition in Amsterdam from 2004 to 2012. Stephen writes, lectures and broadcasts on the ethics and realities of photographic practice.
photojournalist & multimedia producer
Poul is the founder of Bombay Flying Club. During an internship at The Indian Express in Mumbai, India in 2005, a film documentary grant kick-started Poul’s interest in advanced visual storytelling. Since then, his main focus has been to produce international multimedia projects with a humanitarian, social or environmental approach. His projects and stories have taken him to Ethiopia, India, Northern Ireland, Ukraine, The Maldives and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to document stories for various international NGOs and media.
Poul has received numerous recognitions and awards over the years for his work in short film festivals and in competitions like POYi, Best of Photojournalism, Anthropographia Awards, China International Press Photo Contest and Freedom to Create Prize. Today, Poul primarily works as a freelance photojournalist and teaches advanced international storytelling workshops all over the world. He holds a BA in photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism where he is a part-time Asst. Professor in multimedia. In 2012, Poul was a jury member of the World Press Photo Multimedia Competition.
photojournalist & multimedia producer
Henrik had his first experience with “flash journalism” in 2004 while interning at Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, Denmark’s biggest daily newspaper. After a stint as staff photographer, he teamed up with Poul and the Bombay Flying Club, focusing on experimenting with the visual and narrative language of the web. In addition to producing his own projects and stories in countries such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Malawi, The Maldives, Northern Ireland and in Latin America, he also works as a freelance photojournalist. Henrik has been awarded several times in the Danish POY, POYi and Best of Photojournalism, both as photographer and producer.
His web documentary on Danish combat soldiers in Afghanistan has been on exhibit in St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Paris. Henrik holds a Master’s Degree in commercial photography from Media College Denmark and a BA in photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism, where he frequently serves as associate professor in multimedia and as appointed auditor of final exams. Since 2009, Henrik has taught more than 50 workshops and master classes in the art of online storytelling all over the world. In 2010, he joined the German non-profit multimedia Spill the Beans as member of the board, and he has served as jury member in the Swedish (2010), Danish (2011) and Norwegian (2012) POY competitions.
photojournalist & multimedia producer
Uwe is a visual storyteller and multimedia producer at the Bombay Flying Club. He works mainly on long-term, in-depth documentary projects that combine photography with documentary film, text and sound. Currently, he focuses on a set of multimedia documentaries about the global commons of water, seed and land: White Gold investigates the social and environmental effects of global cotton production; LandRush analyzes the impact of large-scale agro-investments on rural economies and land rights. Both series are part of the collaborative art and research project World of Matter. In 2010, Uwe founded Aggreys Dream, a project supporting a slum school in Mombasa, Kenya, which became the blueprint for the establishing of the Freelens Foundation.
Uwe studied photojournalism at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover, Germany and with the support of a Fulbright grant at the Missouri School of Journalism. Besides his photographic practice, Uwe has many years of experience teaching photojournalism and multimedia storytelling at the Akademie für Publizistik (Hamburg), the FH Bielefeld, the Henri-Nannen-Schule and the HFK Bremen, as well as the Freelens Multimedia Workshops.
photojournalist & story consultant
Peter’s documentary work aims to stimulate dialogue on international development. He saw the impacts of energy poverty while working as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Ghana. His Life without Lights (www.lifewithoutlights.com) project is raising awareness through online content and exhibits in which visitors must use solar lamps to navigate the dark space and view images. The work earned the 2012 Photocrati Fund grant, first prize in The British Journal of Photography 2010 IPA, and additional awards from PDN Photo Annual, Anthropographia Awards for Human Rights and from Magenta Foundation Flash Forward; in 2013, it received a POYi award. Life without Lights has exhibited in London, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Hannover and Lagos, and screened at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan 2010.
Peter has partnered with various NGOs and energy enthusiasts at events that foster discussion on solutions to energy poverty. In 2012, Peter was named one of 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch by Photo District News (PDN). He was a member of the VII Mentor Program from 2010-12 and has received three grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2009, 2011, 2012). Peter’s photography and multimedia work, carried out independently or for clients and/or NGOs, have been published widely.
interactive design & development
Michael is an Interactive Designer and Developer, creating digital experiences for a wide range of clients and institutions. His productions include websites, applications (touch screen, tablet/mobile, desktop etc.), HCI experiments (Kinect, Leap etc.), culture and art exhibitions and much more.
Michael thinks and works “interactive”, always trying to create great user experiences utilizing the best of design, animation and technology. His work has been featured in books, magazines and even German TV shows! See more at his portfolio.