Tommy Rönngren and his wife Åsa are the custodians and executors of the George Hoyningen-Huene Estate Archives, managing the Estate and legacy of the renowned photographer.
Tommy is a Swedish art collector and entrepreneur, as well as a partner at Fotografiska – the Museum of Photography. Fotografiska was launched in Stockholm in 2010 and has since expanded to New York, Tallinn and Berlin, with a mission to present the work of leading photographers, offer inclusive spaces for exhibition and discussion, and inspire a more conscious world.
His diverse business interests include the medical technology sector and the beverage industry. Possessing more than a decade of experience on the board of Fotografiska, Tommy has built an international network of artists and collectors. He is a passionate member of the global art community and is applying his vast expertise to the establishment of a new photographic Art Fund, with the objective of supporting collectors and promoting the work of artists at all stages of their careers.
Åsa shares Tommy’s life-long interest in art, design and architecture. Their family collection is constantly expanding and incorporates photographs, paintings and sculptures. She studied Real Estate Brokerage at Gävle University, Sweden, and later worked as a Real Estate Broker and as part of the Client Relations team at Merrill Lynch in Monaco.
Åsa is a partner at Fotografiska and co-founder of the award-winning Champagne House HATT et SÖNER. Her philanthropic interests are centred on the fields of human rights, medicine, animal welfare, and climate issues.
Tommy and Åsa are committed to preserving George Hoyningen-Huene’s legacy, sharing his work with a wide audience, and inspiring contemporary photographers and creatives around the world.
Jan Broman is the Founder and former CEO of Fotografiska International and Fotografiska Stockholm in Sweden. His previous positions includes Co-founder of Fotomässan, Co-founder of PR-firm Build Communications and Vice President at Network Innovations.
Jan has received the awards as Change Agent of the Year, Stockholm City’s major cultural award, Nature & Culture’s cultural award, Ord and Bildakademin’s cultural award and Elle gala’s honorary award.
During Jan’s leadership, Fotografiska – the museum of photography – has received the Gazelle award, Best Restaurant as well as Best Nightclub in Stockholm by the Entertainment Guide, The Gold Dragon award by newspaper DN, The World’s Best Museum Restaurant award by the organization Leading Culture Destination of the World, The Trend award, Sweden’s most Sustainable Restaurant award by The White Guide, The Design award for Corporate Profiling, Best Communications campaign of the year several times, and more. The graphic profile of Fotografiska is praised and documented in books and magazines all over the world.
Susanna Brown is a curator and writer possessing a wealth of experience working with major museums, art galleries and archives. The acclaimed exhibitions she has curated have inspired audiences across the globe. She regularly lectures and contributes to publications on the subjects of twentieth century and contemporary fashion, photography, portraiture, and Hollywood cinema, including the recent book Icons of Style (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2018).
Susanna studied at Wimbledon School of Art, Bristol University and The Courtauld Institute. From 2004–8 she worked at London’s National Portrait Gallery and for more than a decade she was Curator of Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which is home to an international collection of 800,000 photographs spanning the history of the medium. She has devised exhibitions and written monographic books on subjects including Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, and Tim Walker. She is the author of several books about Horst, who was George Hoyningen-Huene’s protégé and partner in the 1930s. Susanna also acts as an invited juror and reviewer at prestigious events including Hyères Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Fotofest in Houston, and The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.
Garry provides advice and philanthropic consultation to art collectors, family offices, and international institutions such as the Tate and Royal Academy, where experience, contacts and discretion, are of the utmost importance. He is well-known and respected in the upper echelons of the art and entertainment worlds.
As a Patron of the Photographers Gallery in London, he works with some of today’s best- known photographers, as well as championing masters of the Art. He has given curatorial advice on several exhibitions.
Garry has a close association with the estate of Horst P Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene and the Foundation of the Russian Artist Alexander Archipenko.
Maintaining close relationships with artists, collectors, and art advisors he acts as a confidential facilitator in the research and acquisition of art for his clients, including sculpture, paintings and photographic imagery. He has access to many sought after pieces, that are rarely seen on the open market.
Based in the South of France, and Italy, Garry also works as a special advisor to the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation. This non-profit institution dedicates its scholarly activities to the research and study of Francis Bacon’s art, life and creative process.
Garry’s combination of natural elegance, ability, loyalty, and discretion make him an ideal Ambassador. He is a member of The Mahler Foundation Advisory Board, and a Founding Member of ICRA (the International Catalogue Raisonné Association), a non-profit organization advising artists and academics, on the formulation of catalogue raisonné.
‘Education, Art, Music and Community, are more relevant now, than they have ever been. That is why my association with foundations such as the Mahler Foundation and the Francis Bacon Foundation, are so important to me. It is only by working together, and supporting these missions, that we can bring change.’
– Garry Scott-Irvine
Benjamin Jaeger holds a degree in law and has been active in the international photo art market and gallery business for nearly 20 years.
He worked as executive board member of publicly listed stock company CAMERA WORK AG as well as managing director of internationally renowned gallery CAMERA WORK. He was able to contribute the expertise he gained through his legal expertise, particularly in terms of strategy, but also operations, as a liaison for collectors, artists, shareholders, and art-interested investors and was responsible for business operations as well as for the areas of strategy, finance, innovation, and digitalization. Among other things, he curated numerous exhibitions with photographers, designed the concept for art fair presentations in Europe, Asia and the US; initiated and carried out collaborations with museums; and accompanied several acquisition of estates and collections. Furthermore he was also always looking for ways to innovate – for example, upskilling to take the classic gallery into the digital world. A key to success in this respect was maintaining contact with the start-up scene and adopting new business and collaboration models.
Since 2017 he works as an independend art advisor and photo specialist at the nexus between artists, collectors, galleries, fairs, investors, museums, and estates, just to name a few of the stakeholders. It’s important for him to understand the interests of the respective partners, to bring them together and connect them with each other, focussing equally on innovative forms of collaborations, exhibitions, and presentations.
He advises and supports various collectors, collections, museums, galleries but also works intensively with selected established artists as well as young artists who are still at the beginning of their career to develop new exhibition concepts, formats as well as strategic directions and partnerships.
Benjamin Jaeger is one of the founders of the internationally acclaimed photo festival BERLIN PHOTO WEEK, which he advises as Art Director.