Currently serving as Creative Director of United Photo Industries – a New York based non-profit organization promoting a wider understanding of photography – Sam Barzilay is also the co-founder of Photoville, a photographic gathering that has rapidly become among the largest and best-attended photo festivals in North America. Sam is also one of the founding producers of the T3 Photo Festival, in Tokyo, Japan.
Sam holds a Master in PhotoJournalism from the University of Westminster (UK) where his studies focused on curatorial and photo-editing practices. Over the past decade, he has worked alongside some of the best and brightest minds in the global photographic community in pursuit of developing new audiences for photography and devising methods of presentation that further amplify the power of photographic story-telling in support of increased public awareness and social change.
He currently serves as nominator for the prestigious Prix Pictet award in photography and sustainability and has served as juror, nominator, and reviewer for Les Rencontres d’Arles, Houston FotoFest, the New York Times Portfolio Reviews, the Google Photography Prize, and numerous others. He regularly lectures worldwide on current trends in contemporary photography.