Denis Curti is founder and director of STILL, a photo gallery based in Milan, he has been artistic director of the Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice since its opening and now continues his direction with the new project of Le Stanze della Fotografia.
He is the director of the online magazine Black Camera www.blackcamera.it, the Photography Festival of Capri, the Photography Festival in Montefano: Premio Ghergo. Denis Curti is course leader of the Master in Photography in Raffles School, consultant of the Venice Foundation for the management of the photographic heritage.
He has curated several exhibitions, including the solo exhibitions of Elliott Erwitt, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Franco Fontana, Maurizio Galimberti, Fulvio Roiter, André Kertesz, Robert Capa, Werner Bishof, Sebastiao Salgado, Helmut Newton, Henri Cartier Bresson, Giovanni Gastel, David Lachapelle, Jacques Henri Lartigue, the exhibition dedicated to Magnum America - "A due Minuti dal mondo" (with magnum Photos) and the itinerant exhibitions Capri Trend.
Between 1990 and 2000 he was artistic director of the Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia di Torino. From 1995 to 2002 director of the Italian Foundation for Photography. In the years 2002-2003 he has been curator of the first photographic auctions of Sotheby’s in Milan. For over 15 years Denis Curti has worked as a journalist and photo critic for the pages of Vivimilano and Corriere della Sera. From 2005 to 2014 Curti is the director of Contrasto - Milano and vice president of Fondazione Forma in Milan, he is also artistic director of corporate projects for: Altagamma, Ambrosi, Polli, F2i, Ernst & Young, A2A, American Express, DHL, Tiffany, Alcantara.
An expert on the collecting photography market, Denis Curti is author of several books on photography, such as “Collezionare fotografia”, 2010 (with new edition of 2013) and “Capire la fotografia contemporanea. Guida pratica all’arte del futuro”, Marsilio Editori, 2020 “Il mosaico del Mondo. La vita messa a fuoco. La biografia di Maurizio Galimberti” Marsilio Editori, 2022.
Matthias Harder at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin 2020, photo by David von Becker.
Matthias Harder has been the curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin since 2004 and also the Foundation’s director since 2019. The Newton exhibitions Us and Them; Sex and Landscapes; Helmut Newton’s Private Property; A Gun for Hire; Yellow Press; Playboy Projections; Men, War and Peace; WANTED; Fired; Sumo; Polaroids; White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes; World without Men / Archives de Nuit; Paris Berlin; Unseen; Pages from the Glossies, Permanent Loan Collection, Nudes, and Legacy as well as other solo and group shows with works by Alice Springs, Jean Pigozzi, Ron Galella, Ralph Gibson, Larry Clark, Greg Gorman, Frank Horvat, Guy Bourdin, Saul Leiter, David Lynch, Inez & Vinoodh; Vanessa Beecroft, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Probst, Mario Testino, Sheila Metzner, Evelyn Hofer, Joel Meyerowitz, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Larry Sultan, George Hoyningen-Huene, Anton Corbijn, Steve Schapiro, Inge Morath, Eve Arnold among others have been presented thanks to his engagement.
He also has been teaching photography, photo history and curating at the Free University of Berlin from 2002, at UdK Berlin from 2015, and Raffles Milan from 2019. Prior to his current position at the Helmut Newton Foundation, he was the director of the Kunstverein (non-for-profit art organization) in Glueckstadt, near Hamburg, for two years and a guest curator at the Photomuseum Munich for three years, where he curated the retrospective shows of German photographers Herbert List and Stefan Moses.
As a freelance curator, he has organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary art and photography around the world since 1995, among others in museums and other institutions in New York, Montreal, Rotterdam, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Kiev, Triest, Omaha, Paris, Helsinki, Stockholm, Budapest, Venice, Genova, Naples, and Rome. He also has served as an advisor and a jury member for numerous competitions.
He publishes regularly in respected international magazines, such as Art in America, Eikon, Aperture, Foam, and Photonews. He has written articles for books and exhibition catalogues as well as he has edited or co-edited monographic books on Herbert List, Stefan Moses, Nelly, Max Scheler, Willy Ronis, Dirk Reinartz, Luzia Simons, Moritz Partenheimer, Vera Mercer, Stephan Erfurt, Oskar Schmidt, and Viktoria Binschtok in collaboration with publishers like Distanz, Taschen, Hatje Cantz, Nicolai, Schirmer/Mosel, Prestel, Dumont, Kehrer, DCV, Kerber, Reimer, Hirmer, Hartmann, Sternberg, Sieveking, teNeues, Assouline, Monacelli, and Seuil.