Currently serving as Creative Director of United Photo Industries, Sam Barzilay is also the co-founder of Photoville, a photographic gathering that has rapidly become among the largest and best-attended photography events in North America. Sam is also one of the founding producers of the Tokyo International Photography Festival, in Tokyo, Japan.
A native of Greece, Sam started his career as a photojournalist focusing on the former Soviet republics of Central Asian before joining the staff of the celebrated photo agency VII Photo in Paris, France.
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, the SilverEye Fellowship, the FotoVisura Grant, and numerous others. He regularly lectures worldwide on current trends in contemporary photography.