Official documenting photographer of the Shroud of Turin Research Project 1978
Barrie Schwortz was the Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, the team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978.
Today, he plays an influential role in Shroud research and education as the Editor and founder of the internationally recognised Shroud of Turin website (www.shroud.com), the oldest, largest and most extensive Shroud resource on the internet, with more than ten million visitors from over 160 countries.
Schwortz has conducted Shroud lectures around the world and is frequently called upon as a leading imaging expert. He has participated in programs on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, CNN, CBS, NBC, PBS, the BBC and Vatican Radio. His photographs have appeared in hundreds of books and publications including Time, Life, Newsweek and National Geographic and in countless television documentaries. At the invitation of the Organising Committee of the Third International Shroud of Turin Symposium, Schwortz presented his paper titled, “The Role of the Internet in the Future of Shroud Research” in June 1998, in Turin, Italy, and an updated version in June 1999 at the International Shroud Symposium held in Richmond, Virginia. He has written many Shroud articles and papers that have been published in periodicals or presented at conferences around the world, the most recent in the March 2010 issue of Catholic Digest.
President of the Scientific Committee of the International Centre of Sindonology of Turin
Vice President of the Confraternity of the Holy Shroud of Turin
Bruno Barberis has been Associate Professor of Mathematical Physics at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Turin since 1983. In 1975 he started investigating the Shroud from a scientific point of view. From 1988 to 2002 he was President of the Confraternity of the Holy Shroud of Turin and of the International Centre of Sindonology of Turin and from 2002 to 2016 he was the scientific Director of the International Centre of Sindonology of Turin.
Since January 2017 he has been Vice President of the Confraternity of the Holy Shroud of Turin and President of the Scientific Committee of the International Centre of Sindonology of Turin.
He has written 20 books and more than 150 papers on the Shroud, published in national and international journals and magazines.
He has given over 2800 lectures on the Shroud both in Italy and abroad (France, Spain, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Georgia, Switzerland, Greece, Israel, South Korea, USA, Mexico, Panamà, Brazil, Perù, Honduras, etc.).
Leading Sudarium of Oviedo Researcher
LA CORUÑA (NORTHWEST SPAIN)
Mark Guscin obtained a first-class degree in Latin and Greek from the University of Manchester at the age of nineteen, and recently obtained his PhD in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, which was also admitted by the University of Oviedo in Spain as an equivalent PhD in Spain.
Mark is currently an independent scholar and professional translator and interpreter in Latin, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, French, Portuguese and Italian. Mark has written several books, including ‘The Oviedo Cloth’, the leading English book on the subject of the Sudarium of Oviedo.
In 2015 Mark published his PhD thesis entitled ‘The Tradition of the Image of Edessa’ – which is a uniquely detailed examination of the Image of Edessa.
Scholars, such as Ian Wilson, have argued this cloth with an image was in fact the Shroud of Turin folded in four, and enclosed in an oblong frame thus only showing the face.
BAFTA award winner for his documentary on the Shroud of Turin & the Editor of the British Society for the Turin Shroud Newsletter
David Rolfe graduated, with honours, from the London Film School in 1971 and in 1978 won a BAFTA for the film ‘The Silent Witness’ based on new research in to the Shroud of Turin.
In 2009 he returned to his early interest in the Shroud of Turin and made Material Evidence for the BBC, presented by Rageh Omaar, and then, in 2010, the official film - “Shroud - Passio Christi Passio Hominis" used by the Archdiocese of Turin for the last two expositions.
David has recently released a film on the Shroud, exposing the shortcomings of the Carbon Dating, entitled ‘A Grave Injustice’.
David is also currently serving as the Editor of the British Society for the Turin Shroud Newsletter.