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Todi Circle

The Todi Circle
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The Todi Circle

A Meeting of Minds

The Todi Circle is a unique and highly unusual meeting of minds, held once a year in a remote corner of Umbria. For a week in June, twelve highly-experienced photoworld experts come together at Todi Castle to converse freely on the present state and future possibilities of photography – the medium understood in its widest sense. The Todi Circle is a mix of curators, collectors, gallery and museum directors, educators, critics, historians, sponsors, directors of festivals, auction houses and important prizes – and of course, photographers. No formal papers are presented, and no reports are circulated publicly afterwards; emphasis is on spontaneity and free-wheeling thinking – heretical thoughts and contradictions are encouraged!

Guests are invited only once. However, guests of previous years remain de-facto members of The Todi Circle, and as such are kept abreast of developments and turned to for advice.

The Todi Circle is aided by Gli Amici [The Friends] of the Todi Circle, a local group of collectors and supporters who open their homes to our guests for lunches, dinners and evening events. A public lecture is organized each year in the nearby City of Todi.

The fundamental idea behind the Circle is simple and straightforward: almost never in the rapidly mutating world of photography are we given sufficient opportunity for unhurried reflection on where our medium is heading. And no other forum exists with such a wide mix of professionals in the field.

The Todi Circle would not be possible without the additional generous support of the Carène Foundation.


Todi Circle VIII / June 17-24, 2019

Martin Barnes, Senior Curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Genevieve Fussell, Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker.
Noam Gal, Horace and Grace Goldsmith Curator of Photography at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, art historian specialising in Iranian photography, and founder of the Silk Road Gallery, Tehran.
Russet Lederman, Media Artist, Publisher, and Photobook Collector. 
Ingrid Masondo, Curator of New Media and Photography at the National Gallery of South Africa.
Vanessa R. Schwartz, Professor of Art Film and History at the University of Southern California, and Director of the Visual Studies Research Institute.
Rose Shoshana, Founder of ROSEGALLERY in Santa Monica, California.
Pedro Slim, Collector and Photographer. 
Lorenzo Vitturi, Italian Photographer and Sculptor based in London.  
Lars Willumeit, German Independent Curator.


Todi Circle VII / June 18-24, 2018

Federica Angelucci, Gallerist, Stevenson / Johannesburg & Cape Town.
Bruno Ceschel, Founder and Director of Self Publish, Be Happy; Visiting Lecturer Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne.
Bruce Charlesworth, Multi-media Artist working with photography, film, video, performance and interactive installation
Jörg Colberg, Writer, Photographer and Educator; Writes for website, FOAM Magazine, etc.; Teaches Hartford Art School/University of Hartford.
Howard Greenberg, Gallerist, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.
Maria Morris Hambourg, Founding Curator, Department of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Freelance Curator and Author. Curator, Thomas Walther Project, Museum of Modern Art.
Elena Navarro, Director Fotomexico; Director Canopia, Madrid/Mexico City. Director, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City
Arthur Ollman, Founding Director, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Currently Guest Curator, Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography; Emeritus Professor of Art, San Diego State University.
Urs Stahel, Former Founder, Director and Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur; Writer, Curator, Lecturer and Consultant; Curator MAST, Bologna; Lecturer Art Academy, Zurich; Visiting Fellow University of the Arts, London.
Penelope Umbrico, Visual Artist


Todi Circle VI / June 19-23, 2017

Susan Bright, Curator/Writer, Paris
Teju Cole, Critic and Author, New York Times Magazine, New York
Thomas Demand, Artist, Los Angeles
Richard M. Grosbard, Photography Collector, New York
Ekaterina  Inozemsteva, Curator, GARAGE Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Emmanuelle Kouchner, Editor, Éditions Xavier Barral, Paris
Hans P. Kraus Jr., Photography Dealer, New York
Adam Lowe, Founder/Director, Factum Arte, Factum Foundation London, Madrid
Olivier Lugon, Professor, University of Lausanne, Department of Film Studies and Center of History of Culture: Literature, Arts and Society, Lausanne
Vera Lutter, Artist, New York
Anne McCauley, Professor, History of Photography and Modern Art, Princeton University
Robert Morat, Founder, Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin
Prashant Panjiar, Photographer, Delhi
Charles Traub, Chair MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program/Photographer, School of Visual Arts, New York
Richard B. Woodward, Writer, New York


Todi Circle V / June 19-25, 2016

Lucas Blalock, Artist, New York
Mimi Chun, Gallerist, Blindspot, Hong Kong
Mary DelMonico, Publisher, Prestel Books, New York
Howard Greenberg, Gallerist and Collector, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
Roger Hargreaves, Curator, Archive of Modern Conflict, London/Toronto
Nathalie Herschdorfer, Curator, Author, Director Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland
Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs, Christies, New York
Max Kozloff, Critic and Author, New York
Sandra Phillips, Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Philip Tinari, Writer, Critic, Curator specializing in Contemporary Chinese Art, Director Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Massimo Vitali, Photographer, Lucca
Michael Wilson, Film Producer, Collector and Patron, London
Thomas Zander, Dealer, Thomas Zander Gallery, Cologne


Todi Circle IV / June 21-26, 2015

Denise Bethel, Auction House, Sotheby’s 1990-2014, Chairman, Photographs, Americas, New York
David Campany, Author/Curator/Professor, University of Westminster, London
Joshua Chuang, Curator, Center for Creative Photography , Tucson
Philip Gefter, Author/Film Producer, New York
Carlos Gollonet, Curator, Mapfre Foundation, Madrid
Katy Grannan, Photographer/Filmmaker, San Francisco
Mishka Henner, Artist, Manchester
Marloes Krijnen, Director, FOAM, Amsterdam
Richard Misrach, Photographer, San Francisco
Priska Pasquer, Gallerist, PRISKA PASQUER, Cologne
Andrew Sanigar, Commissioning Editor, Photography, Thames & Hudson, London
Leo Xu, Gallerist, Leo Xu Projects , Shanghai
Francesco Zanot, Curator/Professor, Camera Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin


Todi Circle III / June 15-21, 2014

Vince Aletti, Independent Curator and Critic, The New Yorker, New York
Wendy Ewald, Photographer and Educator, MacArthur Fellow, New York
Francesca Fabiani, Curator, MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome
Julien Frydman, Director, Paris Photo and Paris Photo L.A., Paris
Kathy Homans, Book Designer, New York
Pieter Hugo, Photographer, Johannesburg
Meg Maggio, Director Pekin Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing and Hong Kong
Chris McCall, Curator and Foundation Director, Pier 24/Pilara Foundation, San Francisco
Christopher Phillips, Curator, International Center of Photography, New York
Anne Tucker, Curator, MFAH, Houston


Todi Circle II / June 16-22, 2013

Olivo Barbieri, Photographer, Milan
David Buckland, Photographer and Founder, Cape Farewell Project, London
Peter Buse, Professor and Head of School of Performance and Screen Studies, Kingston University, London
Markus Hartmann, Editor, Hatje Cantz, Stuttgart
Marvin Heiferman, Independent Curator, New York
Francis Hodgson, Critic, The Financial Times, Professor of Photography, University of Brighton, Brighton/London
Lesley Martin, Director of Publishing, Aperture Foundation, New York
Simon Norfolk, Photographer, London
Jeffrey Peabody, Director, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Los Angeles
Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, New York Times Magazine, New York
Britt Salvesen, Curator, LACMA, Los Angeles


Todi Circle I / June 17-23, 2012

Quentin Bajac, Curator MoMA, New York
Michael Benson, Director Prix Pictet and Syngenta Award, Photo London 2015, Candlestar, London
Tobia Bezzola, Director, Folkwang Museum, Essen
Susan Bloom, Consultant/Adviser, Arts and Corporate Sector, New York
Ed Burtynsky, Photographer and Founder/Director Toronto Imageworks, Toronto
Jeffrey Fraenkel, Gallerist, San Francisco
Philippe Garner, Head of Photography Worldwide, Christie’s, London
Vicky Goldberg, Critic and Author, Cambridge MA
Chris Pichler, Publisher, Nazraeli Press, Seattle
Joachim Schmidt, Photographer, Founder, ABC Books Cooperative, Berlin
Thomas Walther, Collector, Zurich
Chris Wiley, Critic and Artist, New York and Los Angeles


In addition, present as co-organizers for each year of the Todi Circle were:

William A. Ewing, Director of The Todi Circle; author, curator and museum director, Curator Fondation Carène, Lausanne, Switzerland

Mario Santoro, Visual artist, Todi Castle, Umbria

Richard M. Grosbard, Photography collector and advisor to the Todi Circle since 2017, New York


Todd Brandow, Director, Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, New York, Paris and Lausanne



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