Fantom was born between Milan and New York in 2009, with the publication of a quarterly magazine and a number of books, distributed in over 20 countries. In 2012, after the release of 10 issues of the magazine, the project evolved to become a curatorial collective that carries on its investigation on the uses and abuses of photography. Since then, Fantom has continued to publish books and produce exhibitions, including solo shows by Raed Yassin, Mario Milizia, Ruth van Beek, and Taisuke Koyama; the special projects of Batia Suter and Maurizio Anzeri for Miart 2014 and 2015; and Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès 2014. From May 2015 Fantom is in charge of the programme of the newly-established contemporary art gallery Viasaterna, Milano.
Selva Barni is Fantom’s founder and director. Besides her activities as a curator, she works as editorial and photography consultant for companies and publishing houses, and teaches “Photography Editing and Publishing” at the Master in Photography and Visual Design at the New Academy of Fine Arts (NABA) in Milan.
Massimo Torrigiani chaired the curatorial board of the PAC, Milan’s contemporary art museum, between 2014 and 2016. He is now part of the curatorial board of Teatro dell’Arte at La Triennale di Milano and director of the new complex for contemporary art and culture in Bari. Co-founder and co-director of Fantom and of the creative agency Boiler Corporation, he is the artistic director of Art in the City, a festival and media platform dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art in Shanghai, and curator of Capo d’Arte, an annual exhibition in the old town of Gagliano del Capo (Apulia, Italy). From 2010-13 he was the director of SH Contemporary – Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair.
Curator at Camera – the Italian Centre for Photography, Turin, and critic, Francesco Zanot has worked on exhibitions and publications with some of the greatest Italian and international photographers. He has curated books dedicated to artists such as Mark Cohen, Guido Guidi, Takashi Homma, Linda Fregni Nagler, Domingo Milella and Boris Mikhailov. His essays have been published in books on the work of Ettore Sottsass, Luigi Ghirri, Antonio Rovaldi, and, together with Alec Soth, he is the author of the book Ping Pong Conversations. Director of the Master in Photography and Visual Design organised by the NABA in Milan, in 2016 he curated Give Me Yesterday, the first exhibition of Osservatorio, Fondazione Prada’s new space dedicated to photography.
A visual designer under the name of BureauBureau, Didier Falzone previously worked for Rodeo, Intersection Italia and Playboy Italia. He is currently serving as art director for lifestyle publications including Urban and VO+.
Ilaria Speri carries out research, writing and editing duties for exhibitions and publications, including Stefano Graziani’s Salto Grande Estasi (Skinnerboox 2016) and Questa è guerra! (exhibition and catalogue, Marsilio 2015), and holds a course on the History of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. She is the Curatorial Coordinator of Fotopub, an independent photography festival based in Novo Mesto (Slovenia).