Daria Tuminas

Daria Tuminas

2019-now - Freelance curator FOTODOK, Utrecht 
2022-now - Co-founder of Growing Pains, Amsterdam





2017-2019 - Head of Unseen Book Market and Unseen Dummy Award at Unseen Amsterdam, Amsterdam

2017-2019 - Head of Media Communications Department BA, Webster Leiden Campus / Webster University-USA. 

2013-2017 - Part time work at Johan Deumens Gallery, Amsterdam

2016, February-March - Photo agency and foundation NOOR, assisting in organising Noor-Nikon KAZAKHSTAN MASTERCLASS IN DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY.

2012-2022 - Regularly tought courses or episodical workshops and supervised projects at multiple educational institutions, including: FOTOfactory, Amsterdam; Webster University, Leiden; docdocdoc, St. Petersburg; Fotodepartament, St. Petersburg; The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague; The HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht etc. 

2003-2010 - Research assistant at Propp Centre of Folklore Studies.

2001-2008 - Secretary at Retraining and Qualification Advancement Centre, St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology and Arts. 


2010-2011 - Masters in Film and Photographic Studies (Leiden University in the Netherlands, Faculty of Humanities). Thesis Questioning narrative in photography: some considerations about the point of view concept

2008-2010 - Masters in Philology, Folklore Studies and Mythology (St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology and Arts). Thesis A Cultural Practice of Making Photo Collages in the Rural Communities (based on the material collected in the expeditions in Arhangelsk area, Russia, 2008- 2009)

2002-2008 - Specialist programme (St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology and Arts, Russian Language and Literature Department), specializations Theory and History of Russian Literature; Folklore Studies. Thesis Photography as a source of visual folklore context. Source study and/or interpretation. Diploma cum laude. 


Selected Talks & Jury

2022, 17 June - Moderating a public round table with artists Pablo Lerma and Lebohang Kganye at Internationale Photoszene Köln gUG, Programmleitung Artist Meets Archive, Köln.

2022, 26 April - Co-moderating with Amelie Schuele (FOAM) a virtual panel The Photobook Ecosystem: Searching for Sustainable Approaches, with speakers Lewis Chaplin & Sarah Piegay Espenon (Loose Joints), Catriona Gourlay (NAL, V&A), Paul John (Jan van Eyck Academie, Endless Editions) and Tamsin Green (manual.editions, SPP Network). Co-presented by 10×10 Photobooks, NY and the Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) Network, London.

2022 - Jurying in Fotofestiwal Lodz 2022 Open Call together with co-jurors Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Lea Vene, Krzysztof Candrowicz, Myrto Steirou, and João Linneu.

2021, 20 May - Speaking at The Photobook Sessions - a day programme of online talks on the Photobook from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and Camberwell College of Arts, UAL. Other speakers included: Ana Casas Broda, Mårten Lange, Mårten Lange, Tanvi Mishra, Christiane Monarchi, Anne Nwakalor, Eugenie Shinkle, David Solo, and Linda van Deursen.

2021, May - Jurying at BUP Book Award 2021 (by Blow Up Press), together with Danaé Panchaud, Giuseppe Oliverio, Hubert Humka, Sebastian Hau, Andrea Copetti, and Gloria Oyarzabal.

2021, 25 November - Moderation of a talk with an artist Lilia Luganskaia who self-published the photobook The Hortus. During the publication’s launch at FOAM Editions.

2019, March - A talk at Maison Française d'Oxford at Photobook Conference The British, American and French Photobook: Commitment, Memory, Materiality and the Art Market.

2018, October - Round table discussion at New York Public Library launching the book How We See–Photobooks by Women (10x10 photobooks). 

2018, October - Giving a talk on the project 'Market? What Market?' at Photobook Week Aarhus.

2018, September - Participating in Photobook RESET / C/O Berlin 

2018, May - Moscow contemporary photography and photobook festival Photobookfest at Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, talk on Unseen Dummy Awards. 

2018, May - Launch of Lilia Luganskaia's photobook Investigation of Love at Foam Editions, leading a Q&A session with the artist.

2018, February - Artist’s Books and Cinema. A Symposium at CAMPO NIEUWPOORT in Gent, the talk CinePhotoBook: What connects cinematography and photobooks.

2017, Deceber - Taking part at a round table discussion at Fiebre Photobook Festival in Madrid, Space-time: distribution

2017, April - A talk and moderation at the Sunday Seminar program of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam “The Moving Page: At the Crossroads of Cinema and Photobook”. 

2016, September - Taking part in a round table discussion 'A Photographer as a Curator' at FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg. 
2015, June - Taking part in a round table discussion dedicated to the exhibition 'To Be Together', RosPhoto,  St. Petersburg. 

2015, February - Public lecture 'What is Photograph/y/ic?' at FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg.

2015, January - Public lecture 'What is Photograph/y/ic?' at FotoFactory, Amsterdam.

2014, December - Taking part in a round table discussion about the photobook market in Russia at the ‘Day of a Photobook at FotoDepartament’ , St. Petersburg.

2013, July - Moderating a public interview with Jana Romanova at the Hermitage, Amsterdam.

2013, April - Making a talk ‘Imagine imaginary narrative’ at the Conference Take&Talk, FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg.

2012-2013 - Occasional lectures at the Faculty of Photojournalism and FotoDepartament (both in St. Petersburg).

2011, February - A public interview together with Sarah Carlier. Organized by GUP Magazine and De Brakke Grond.

Project Ivan and the Moon

Grants, awards

  • 2014, winner, Surrau Photo Win
  • 2011, winner, Lucie Foundation
  • 2011, honorable mention, Ian Parry Scholarship
  • 2011, finalist, burn magazine grant
  • 2011, finalist, SPA Luceo Images
  • 2010, 1st prize, Viewbook Photostory Competition

Featured by


  • 2013, September-November, Festival Photoquai, Paris
  • 2012, November, Month of Photography, Bratislava
  • 2012, October, Fotovisa, Krasnodar
  • 2012, April, FotoFest, Houston
  • 2012, March-April, Institut d’Estudis Fotografics de Catalunya, Barcelona
  • 2011, August, Getty Images Gallery, London
  • 2011, July, Screenings of Festival Voies Off Arles
  • 2011, July, Flacon design-zavod, Moscow
  • 2011, June, FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg
  • 2011, May, Fotofestiwal, Łódź
  • 2011, January-February, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
  • 2010, November, Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam


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