Our trustees help support and guide the ambition and operation of the Foundation.
Song Tae Chong
Song Tae Chong PhD is a curator, photo historian and theorist whose work focuses on memory, archive theory, and post-colonial visual culture. For 7 years she was the Director of Milk Gallery in New York City where she curated over 40 exhibitions. She is part time faculty at New York University and Parsons/The New School and has expertise in curation, archive management and acquisition, education and publishing.
Alona Pardo has been a Curator at Barbican Art Gallery in London for nearly 15 years. With a focus on photography and film, she has curated numerous exhibitions including most recently Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (2020); Trevor Paglen: From Apple to Anomaly (2019); Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing (2018); Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds (2018); Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (2018); Richard Mosse: Incoming (2017) and Strange and Familiar: Britain as seen by International Photographers (with Martin Parr; 2016). She has a particular interest in work that exists in the intersection between social activism, aesthetics and identity.
Fiona is the inaugural Parasol Foundation Curator of Women in Photography at the V&A. She was previously Director of Photography & Operations for Webber, a photographic agency and gallery with offices in London, New York, and Los Angeles. Prior to Webber she worked for Magnum Photos in a variety of roles, rising to Chief Operations Officer where she was responsible for running the agency and designing and implementing strategies in collaboration with the CEO.
In 2011 Fiona created Firecracker, a digital platform and network to champion female photographers. In 2012 Firecracker launched a Photographic Grant and has since awarded £20,000 in funding to female artists. In 2017, Fiona published Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now (Thames & Hudson) with co-author Max Houghton.
Fiona has curated exhibitions with a range of artists including Theo Simpson, Marvel Harris and Zora J Murff and has contributed written articles for books and magazines including Photoworks and the British Journal of Photography. She holds a BA from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design and is an Associate Lecturer in Photography at the London College of Communication. Fiona is a keen supporter of emerging talent and has participated in juries and festivals internationally. She is a member of the RPS Awards Committee and a Trustee of the Peter Marlow Foundation.
Martin Parr is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation. With over 100 books of his own work, and another 30 that he has edited, his photographic legacy is well established. As well as being a photographer, Martin supports and collects the work of other photographers, particularly those who photograph within the UK. In order to preserve his archive and his collections, Martin established (and funded) the Martin Parr Foundation in 2017 as a home for British photography. Martin continues to work as a photographer as well as devoting time towards supporting the work and ambitions of the Foundation.
Susie & Ellen Parr
Susie Parr is an author, researcher and open water swimmer. Daughter Ellen is a chef and runs a successful restaurant in London. Ellen and her partner Holly live in Hackney with their cat Horace Harris. Susie and Ellen were pivotal in helping to set up the Martin Parr Foundation as a means of preserving Martin’s archive and legacy for future generations. This includes not just his own work but the work of the many emerging and established photographers that he has supported throughout his long career. Susie and Ellen continue to be closely involved with the foundation as it develops, and will try to ensure that its original aims and mission remain central to its future endeavours.
Jennie is a photography editor, curator, consultant and mentor. For 17 years she was a picture researcher and then Picture Editor for The Observer Magazine, commissioning and editing photography which attracted international recognition. She launched the Jennie Ricketts Gallery in Brighton in 2006 while writing and lecturing and now operates the gallery as an online space representing international photographers. She is currently on the Board of trustees for Autograph.
Aaron is a photographer, writer, curator and educator. He received a BFA in Photography and Art History from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1999, and an MA in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the University of London: London Consortium at Birkbeck College in 2003. Schuman is the author of several critically-acclaimed monographs, including Sonata (MACK), Slant (MACK), and FOLK (NB), and his photographs are exhibited internationally and held in both public and private collections. Furthermore, Schuman has contributed essays, interviews, texts and photographs to many notable books and publications – including Aperture Conversations: 1985 to the Present (Aperture), Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (Barbican/Prestel), Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves (MACK), and Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals (Carnegie Museum/Prestel), The Photographer’s Playbook (Aperture) and more. He has also written and photographed for a wide variety of journals, magazines and platforms, including Aperture, Foam, ArtReview, Frieze, TIME, Granta, Hotshoe, Magnum Photos, and the British Journal of Photography. Schuman has served as Curator for several international photography festivals – including Krakow Photomonth 2014 and JaipurPhoto 2018 – and has independently curated exhibitions for a wide range of museums and institutions, including FOMU Antwerp, FotoFest, and the Royal Photographic Society. He is Associate Professor in Photography & Visual Culture – as well as co-founder and Programme Leader of the MA Photography programme – at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).