Why the 2018 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship winner focuses on youth, patriotism and the poetry of long-form photography projects
By Terry Sullivan / Photography By Sarah Blesener
Artyom Baklashkin (17), a student at the local secondary school in the village of Diveevo, stands guard in an abandoned building with a group known as the “Survivalists,” April 6, 2016, Russia. Survivalists train young adults to survive future wars and post-apocalyptic life and meet weekly for tactical drills. They use air-soft guns for...
A photographer collaborates with renowned actor John Malkovich to create an homage as a thank you to past masters
Mark Edward Harris / Photography by Sandro Miller
Chicago-based Sandro Miller is a sculptor of sorts, using light as a chisel to bring out the essence of the sitters before his camera lens. His photography series Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, exemplifies this mastery of advanced lighting techniques.
To create the series, the Lucie Award-winning photographer set out...
Paris-based photographer Nahoko Spiess weaves high fashion with local authenticity in unexpected locations
By Mark Edward Harris / Photography By Nahoko Spiess
Fashion shoot in the Sahara Desert with model Hafssa Bahajji, winner of “The New Face of Morocco.”
Few places on earth can compete with Paris as a backdrop for haute couture, prêt-à-porter and every type of fashion shoot in between. But in Nahoko Spiess’ world, beauty knows no borders. The Tokyo-born, Paris-based Spiess ventures out...
Benȷamin Von Wong on creating narrative photographs that matter
By Mark Edward Harris / Photography By Benjamin Von Wong
Spitting fire with henna created by artist Alliebee Henna.
While photographers come from vastly different backgrounds and follow their own serpentine paths to find success in the visual medium, San Francisco-based conceptual photographer Benjamin Von Wong has definitely ventured down a road less traveled.
The son of Malaysian Chinese immigrants to Canada,...
A portrait series of master photographers illuminates classic techniques
Text & Photography By Mark Edward Harris
Creating a dynamic portrait requires far more than technical prowess. If we want to penetrate the façade of a person’s visage, we need to have our subjects reach a point where they can connect to us through the lens and, in turn, to the viewer of the resulting image.
That said, certain traditional techniques in terms of posing, lighting and lens...
The prolific Nobuyoshi Araki reflects on a life of creativity in the face of adversity
By Mark Edward Harris >> Photography By Nobuyoshi Araki
From the series “A’s Paradise”
Nobuyoshi Araki, known simply by his mononym Araki, is perhaps the most prolific photographer in the history of the medium. More than 500 books bear his name, including Tokyo Lucky Hole, about the infamous sex district of Kabukich. For those with an interest in the work of the controversial lensman who do not have...
By Mark Edward Harris >> Photography By Joel Meyerowitz
The Greek fabulist and storyteller Aesop is credited with the saying, “A man is known by the company he keeps.” In the case of Joel Meyerowitz, this ancient adage rings true. He “discovered” photography on a shoot with Robert Frank. Soon afterward, he was walking the streets of New York, camera in hand, with Garry Winogrand. But Meyerowitz soon...
The Las Vegas- and Melbourne, Australia-based U.S. Nikon Ambassador Jerry Ghionis has been furnishing his clients with lifetime memories for the past 25 years
By Mark Edward Harris >> Photography by Jerry Ghionis
Matrimony, wedlock, nuptials, union—no matter what you call it, the events that take place on a wedding day put extreme pressure on the photographers who are tasked with capturing its essence. There are no redos of the big day.
The Las Vegas- and Melbourne, Australia-based U.S. Nikon Ambassador Jerry Ghionis has been furnishing his clients with lifetime...
Rafael Cardenas set out to become a better photographer. In the process, he captured the definitive picture of life in East Los Angeles.
By William Sawalich >> Photography By Rafael Cardenas
DO YOU SPEND MUCH TIME WITH THEM? SODA GIRL?
The girl with the sodas, I said, “Hey, do you mind if I get a picture of you?” I had already ordered food, and she said, “Yeah, sure.” And she was actually going to give those sodas to somebody, and I said, “Oh, wait, hold it right there!” The people that were gonna get the sodas, they were patient:...
George Simian masters light and subject to convey motion in stillness
By Mark Edward Harris >> Photography By George Simian
Illustrating advertising projects and hundreds of annual reports for major corporations and cutting-edge biotech, software and financial firms have shown off the technical prowess of award-winning photographer George Simian. But after almost three decades as a top commercial shooter in Boston, Simian decided it was time for a change. In 2004, he headed...
Keith Ladzinski's work has taken him across the globe, on assignment for esteemed publications and brands
By Joy Celine Asto
Prior to being announced as one of the new ambassadors for Nikon USA, photographer and filmmaker Keith Ladzinski has already carved a name for himself in the creative industry. His work has taken him across the globe, on assignment for esteemed publications and brands that include National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Red Bull, Adidas, Budweiser...
Pastel colors reign supreme in Karen Khachaturov's surreal conceptual worlds
By Joy Celine Asto
Pastel colors reign supreme in Karen Khachaturov‘s dreamy conceptual worlds, and it’s a delight to get lost in the surreal imagery. Her journey to conceptual photography may have started only four years ago, but the 26-year-old photographer from Yerevan, Armenia, seems to have established her own creative style and visual flavor. Her formula...