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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Pros Of The Future
Out of the thousands of submissions, the images on these pages are those that rose to the top in this year's contest
Location: San Francisco, California
School: Attending the Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Jean-Philippe Dobrin lives by his photographic mantra: “Focus on fostering a unique vision as opposed to technique,” where concepts, emotional response and content are reinforced as pillars of successful imagery. Dobrin’s first taste of photography was at age 14 while attending a summer art camp that offered photography. He became enamored with the darkroom, and his love of photography grew.
Although still young in his career, he hopes to be able to support himself while working full time in a creative field. Many young student photographers draw inspiration from the masters, and Dobrin says that icons such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, Arnold Newman, Richard Avedon, Edward Weston, Sebastião Salgado, Bruce Davidson and Eugene Richards have helped shape his technique.
“Different /images have different intentions,” says Dobrin. “Sometimes I just want to create an aesthetically pleasing picture. Other times I want the viewer to dream, feel or think differently. The measure by which I judge myself is to the degree I successfully combine these aspects into a single image.”
Awards: International Library of Photography; Xerox MyShot 2008 Photography Annual; 2nd and 3rd place Photographer’s Forum magazine; Honorable Mention, Academy of Art Spring Show 2007-2008.
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