Nahoko Spiess: C’est Romantique

Fashion photographer Nahoko Spiess finds the expression of her soft, feminine style at home in the capital of couture

In 1998, then-Tokyo-based ELLE Japan magazine designer Nahoko Spiess had a dream: to move to Paris and become a fashion photographer. Easier said than done, of course, but a creative eye, combined with a clear understanding of the fashion market, gave Spiess the confidence that she could get behind the camera to create fashion spreads rather than designing... Read more

Matjaž Tančič: North Korea In 3D

Blending fine art and photojournalism, Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tancic presents a captivating three-dimensional view of the country
Beijing-based Matjaž Tančič’s work knows no borders. The Slovenian photographer not only has ventured inside the cloistered, secretive North Korea, but gives us a glimpse inside the military state in 3D. It’s a particularly fascinating way to look at a country that’s viewed one dimensionally by the outside world. Tančič’s body of work also... Read more

Tamara Lackey: Changing The World One Frame At A Time

Tamara Lackey has built her career by giving back to the photographic community, and now she’s using photography to make a difference globally
Growing up, a career in photography wasn’t ever on Tamara Lackey’s radar, and as an adult, she never even thought about becoming a photographer. With a background in management consulting and executive recruiting, it wasn’t until she was on maternity leave in 2001 that she had the desire to improve her photography skills. As she began taking pictures... Read more

Adam Woodworth: Resolving The Universe

Adam Woodworth, a master of the art of landscape astrophotography, on photographing the unseen night sky, in his own words
From oil paint to color film, it’s inevitable in every art form that technological advancement leads to new modes of creative expression. In the case of nature photography, the advent of cameras capable of producing ultra-low-noise images at extremely high ISOs made possible a view of the heavens that photographers literally had never seen before—one... Read more

Barbara Davidson: Forgotten Shots

Los Angeles Times photojournalist Barbara Davidson chronicles the overlooked journey of those affected by street violence, many of them innocent victims. The work culminated in her winning a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year.
The world that Barbara Davidson has come to know is one that most people don’t read, see or hear much about these days. But for the mothers, fathers, spouses, siblings and friends who have lost loved ones to gang violence and whom Davidson has spent the last few years photographing, it’s a world that’s all too real. While gang violence... Read more

Deanne Fitzmaurice: Master Of Photojournalism

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice has never shied away from a controversial subject
When you see a large neon sign outside a brothel exclaiming “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS” on the side of a road in the Nevada desert, it’s not a typical response to pull over for a photo op. Pulitzer Prize winner Deanne Fitzmaurice has never shied away from a controversial subject, and she couldn’t resist what promised to be an interesting locale. “I’m... Read more

Tina Barney: Master Of Documentary Photography

The legendary fine-art documentary photographer creates fascinating looks inside the lives of families, often taking years to complete a project
Tina Barney is one of the most acclaimed fine-art photographers in the U.S. She became well known photographing her real family in Rhode Island, and making large color prints from these interactions. While still in the midst of a thriving career, she recently had an exhibition of her current and past works called “Four Decades” at the Paul Kasmin... Read more

Cotton Coulson: Master Of The Travel Narrative

For more than 40 years with National Geographic, Cotton Coulson created uniquely sensual travel images, a legacy he left behind when he tragically died in 2015
Those who knew Cotton Coulson knew him as funny, kind, outgoing and, above all, loving. Coulson was known to become so entranced by his subjects that he would often come back from a shoot, transformed. With unkempt curly locks and an ear-to-ear grin, Coulson was easy to spot, even on assignment. He was always the one with insuppressible energy and a... Read more

Neil Leifer: Master Of The Iconic Sports Image

Neil Leifer cut his teeth in an era before autofocus and motordrives—and defined modern sports photography

More than 100 million people will be glued to television screens around the globe at the moment a kicker’s foot launches a football into the air to start Super Bowl 50. Football has come a long way since its humble beginnings, when grown men were kicking and tossing around an actual inflated pig’s bladder. There to document almost every hard-fought... Read more

Parish Kohanim: Master Of Fine-Art Photography

Veteran photographer Parish Kohanim has managed to combine commercial work and fine art into an incredibly distinct—and distinctly beautiful—photographic style
Anyone who has residual doubt to the question of whether photography is art should step into the Atlanta gallery of Parish Kohanim. The resounding answer, “Yes,” is obvious as you look at the images hung all around the fine-art space. While continuing his commercial work for a cross-section of Fortune 500 companies, the Canon Explorer of Light focuses... Read more