A master photographer shares how he creates exquisite black-and-white landscapes
By Mark Edward Harris | Photography By Michael Kenna
Huangshan Mountains, Study 56, Anhui, China 2017.
Some photographers circulate their work via magazines and newspapers (although more and more those entities exist solely online, as websites and social media channels). Others, who have chosen the world of commercial photography, distribute their images as ads, in marketing or branding campaigns, which...
A new photography book showcases activists, both famous and lesser known, who took the crucial step to get involved
By Theano Nikitas | Photography By KK Ottesen
Photographer and author KK Ottesen’s most recent book, Activist: Portraits of Courage (Chronicle Books, published October 2019, 7 x 9 ¼ in, 300pp, hardcover $35), contains the words and portraits of 41 American activists. The photographs represent activists, ranging in age from 21 to 94, who have been engaged in a broad range of issues from a variety...
In 2018, this renowned fine-art photographer celebrated half a century of work
By Mark Edward Harris | Photography by Keith Carter
“Conversation with a Coyote,” 2014
Last year, the University of Texas Press published Keith Carter: Fifty Years, which compiled five decades of the photographer’s search for the soul in the ordinary.
The collection of 250 images takes readers on a visual journey through a dream world that Carter often captures in the quiet realities of daily life...
A new monograph reveals how Stephen Wilkes waited for the right time for technology to catch up to his photographic vision
By Terry Sullivan | Photography by Stephen Wilkes
“Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park,” 2015
When you first see a photograph by Stephen Wilkes from his “Day To Night” series—many of which can be seen in the recently published, beautifully designed monograph Stephen Wilkes: Day To Night—you’ll most likely experience two disparate sensations.
First, you’ll recognize the setting....
Photographer Cig Harvey looks for magic and meaning in the everyday of a Down Maine life
By Russell Hart / Photography by Cig Harvey
“The Screen Door,” Warren, Maine, 2013.
It’s no easy task to describe Cig Harvey’s photographs in a meaningful way. Words make their subjects seem ordinary and random: a child’s mouth with a loose baby tooth; a freshly picked collection of four-leaf clovers; a bowl of red cherries.
Yet other details vivify these simple things. Bright red string...
What a master photographer sees in his previous work and his future work
By Mark Edward Harris / Photography By Duane Michals
“Empty New York,” by Duane Michals, 1964.
Travel to the Soviet Union during the darkest days of the Cold War as an American was unusual, but for Duane Michals, the unusual has proved to be the norm. Throughout his career, the highly regarded fine-art photographer has embraced the commercial world and scoffed at the idea that it’s “selling out.”
This London-based fine-art and commercial photographer creates imaginative works that are inspired by England’s most renowned river
By Aimee Baldridge / Photography by Julia Fullerton-Batten
The Race Box, 2018
Kingdoms may come, kingdoms may go
Whatever the end may be
Old Father Thames keeps rolling along
Down to the mighty sea
So go the lyrics of the 1933 ballad Old Father Thames. The song is an exhortation to Britons weathering the precarious period between two devastating wars to keep their chins up and their character steady,...
Shooting street photos lets this photographer go out into the world and live a more authentic and meaningful life
By Jill Waterman | Photography By Amy Touchette
“Us, No. 14” from Us. “It’s a gift when subjects on the street tell you about their relationship without saying a word,” says Touchette.
As any New Yorker will tell you, the events of September 11, 2001, cast an indelible shadow over their life experiences. But for one New Yorker, in particular, street portrait photographer Amy Touchette,...
Renowned celebrity photographer Chris Buck provides important tips for capturing compelling photographs of politicians and celebrities
By Terry Sullivan | Photography By Chris Buck
Chris Buck’s photo of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush.
A key element of making successful portraits is that they not only capture someone’s likeness but also convey the sitter’s personality or perhaps even some surprising hidden quality. But if doing this for celebrity portraiture isn’t challenging...
Learn how this distinguished fashion and beauty photographer takes her powerful, provocative expressions across multiple mediums
By Mark Edward Harris | Photography By Sarah Silver
Model Maryna Linchuk from The Lions Model Management, New York, 2017
Sarah Silver’s love of photography began in her grandfather’s darkroom. This love has never waned, but she has explored dramatically different genres of the visual medium throughout her career.
The New York City-based photographer/director began her career as a photojournalist...
This Eastern European photographer combines a powerful design aesthetic with her sense of place to produce enticing fashion photographs
By Mark Edward Harris | Photography By Maria Svarbova
No Diving, Smykacka, 2016
Slovakian photographer Maria Svarbova knew from an early age that she was going to be an artist. The only question was which medium would she use as a means of self-expression?
Within less than a decade of “discovering” photography as her chosen medium in 2010, she has garnered the prestigious Hasselblad Master award, had...
A renowned photojournalist is using multimedia in a new way to explore what democracy, community and citizenship mean today
By Aimee Baldridge | Photography By Andrea Bruce
“What does democracy mean?” It’s one of those exasperating questions, like “what is art?” Both questions remind you that the dictionary definition is less a comprehensive explanation than a placeholder for centuries-old debates.
Photographer Andrea Bruce was asked the first question in 2003 by a woman who was working as a prostitute in...