Those Among Us presents the artistic collaboration between the following North Dakota artist:
Shane Balkowitsch is an American wet plate photographer from Bismarck, North Dakota. The subject of his photos is the human condition. Since 2012 he has photographed over 2,000 individuals, including various celebrities and historical figures. On October 20, 2016 the Smithsonian Institution acquired The Real Deal, A wet plate collodion photograph of American former professional boxerEvander Holyfield taken by Balkowitch on February 28, 2015. Balkowitsch is a self-taught photographer and is one of the last few remaining wet-plate photographers in the world.
Sean Coffman is an award winning independent filmmaker from Fargo, North Dakota. He is committed to developing and producing work that brings context to local and world issues by giving a voice to the underserved, the neglected, and the oppressed. He is the Founder and Conference Chair of the North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival, which is committed to educating, engaging and facilitating discussion in North Dakota around local and world-wide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artist. Coffman has a BA in Social Theory, Social Structure and Change with an Emphasis in Global Social Theory from Empire State College; studied Humanitarian Diplomacy through the International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies; and has studied in Geneva at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.