Speakers Program


Studio Orizzonte Gallery


In the Studio Orizzonte Gallery, from 9.00 to 13.00, there will be a great morning of presentations made by our International speakers that you cannot miss! Our Speakers in alphabetical order:

Antonio Barrella from Italy – https://www.antoniobarrella.com/

LESS IS MORE! “La luce infinita”. Jewelery photography – Light as a language. What are the skills needed today by a photographer who intends to position himself in the photography market as a specialist in the sector? What are the dynamics of the market in commercial photography. Discover this and more with Antonio Barrella! Specialised in commercial photography, (fashion, still life, food, architecture), he is an Italian photographer awarded with the Master QEP title, winner of the FEP Photographer of the Year 2016, official photographer of “Bulgari”. He has collaborated for years with many fashion houses like Bulgari, Gattinoni, Ferragamo, Valentino and advertising agencies like Saatchi&Saatchi, Thompson, McKann, Publicis, Ogilvy. Publications on: Vogue, Marie Claire, Donna, Life, Amica, Io Donna, and many other magazines. He coordinates the Photography Department of the IED where he teaches still life and fashion lighting and shooting techniques. He founded and he is the owner of the Studio Orizzonte Gallery. He is now also the President of the Italian association CNA Fotografia e Video, member of the WPC Italia committee and Team Captain of the WPC Team Italy 2022.


Joao Carlos from Portugal – https://joaocarlosphoto.com/

The Importance of Personal Projects in Your Photography Career with Joao Carlos. A discussion on how personal photography projects help you grow as both a photographer & artist, as well as keep you inspired and driven throughout your career. You’ll learn how pursuing your own work allows you to evolve & develop your own voice separate from purely meeting the needs of your clients. Joao will be showcasing his Stages of Self Isolation project. And Portuguese Queens. Born in New York to Portuguese parents, João is a fashion, advertising, and fine art photographer and director working between New York and Lisbon. Although he expressed an interest in having a “real” camera at the age of five, João’s artistic explorations began with painting and fine arts which later led him to study at Ar.Co Institute of Art and Visual Communication in Lisbon, Portugal. Since then, João Carlos has become an established name within the industry working for advertising agencies, magazines, fashion apparel, and beauty companies all over the world. He has shot for publications such as Forbes, Umbigo, and UP Magazine and has worked with brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Holas Beachwear, Infiniti group Nissan, Tag Heuer, Franck Muller, and LG to name a few.

Ben Shirk from USA – https://shirkphotography.com/

Creativity and Inspiration. Albert Einstein once said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  Creativity is one of the most valued skills in any industry. Come learn 6 significant actions you can make in your life for developing more creativity. Then watch as Ben guides you through the steps of his creative process and discusses some of the fundamental tools of design that he uses to capture his viewer’s attention and create award winning images. Ben Shirk  Master Artist, Master Photographer. Growing up in a log cabin in rural Iowa Ben spent his childhood, exploring forests and rivers and honing his imagination.  Today Ben is recognized worldwide for his creative images and depth of storytelling. Ben’s creativity has been featured on the Today Show, ESPN, USA Today, CBS News, and many more. Ben’s clients fly and drive from all corners of the continent for custom artwork that tells their story.

We are excited to be able to present a unique video message and a presentation from Mstyslav Chernov, Photo Journalist from Ukraine and President of the Ukrainian Professional photographers association, including his story how he escaped from Mariupol. The presentation, realized for WPC by Jan Pohribny in cooperation with Olga Kovalova, will include some photographs from Ukraine before the war and  images made in recent weeks from the war torn country. The message of these images is absolutely clear, and showcases the importance and value of the documentary photography today. We are happy to present something which is high standard of photojournalism and unedited. It gives also another perspective to WPC quality, and we are sure that some of these images will be in the top ten of World Press Photo soon. In addition, at the end of the program, our speakers will be happy to make a special lighting demo at the photo set of the studio.

The speakers’ program will be coordinated by Don MacGregor, WPC Committee member.