After decades of creating remarkable large-format polaroid portraits, this legendary photographer has hung up her dark slide for good and looks back on her career
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Elsa Dorfman
It would be appropriate to call Elsa Dorfman a poet with a camera, not only because her portraits produced with a Polaroid 20×24 camera are lyrical but because this form of literary expression has been integral to her career.
Dorfman moved from the Boston suburbs to New York in 1959 with dreams of being a writer. Economic realities came first...
In her in-depth coverage of crisis situations both international and domestic, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Barbara Davidson’s mission is to depict truth in her images, and in the process, maintain the dignity of her subjects
By Jessica Gordon, Photography By Barbara Davidson
It makes sense that Barbara Davidson is a child of immigrants. The photographer gives off the air of someone who has fought hard to find her place in foreign landscapes. She has seen things: wars, shootings, natural disasters, famine. She’s so sensitive about accuracy and truth that she called a week after our interview to confirm her quotes so they...
For wedding photographer Sara France, her passion for the art—and business—of photography translates to images that capture the unique essence of each couple’s big day
By Meredith Winn, Photography By Sara France
Photography and the business of photography are the perfect combination of Sara France’s skill sets. With 14 years in the notoriously cutthroat wedding industry, France’s style is described as “passionate and alive,” and she’s also known as a savvy entrepreneur. France is a true people person and a real go-getter, essential traits for a successful...
Caleb Charland’s physical manifestation of scientific curiosity is made of light and time
By William Sawalich, Photography By Caleb Charland
Caleb Charland’s photographs—which are in no way the product of digital wizardry and entirely the product of a highly creative brain—are the consequence of a formative period in his life during which he was left unattended in a darkroom for extended periods of time. As a student whose talent was obvious, he was given free rein in his high...
From the personal to the political, this compelling exhibition illuminates the lives of women in Iran and the Arab world through the eyes of contemporary women photographers with roots in those very same cultures
Image captions courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
BOUSHRA ALMUTAWAKEL BORN IN YEMEN IN 1969 LIVES IN SANA’A, YEMEN AND PARIS
“I wanted to explore the many faces and facets of the veil based on my own personal experiences and observations: the convenience, freedom, strength, the power, liberation, limitations, danger, humor, irony, the variety, cultural, social, and religious aspects, the beauty,...
Fashion photographer Nahoko Spiess finds the expression of her soft, feminine style at home in the capital of couture
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Nahoko Spiess
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...
Blending fine art and photojournalism, Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tancic presents a captivating three-dimensional view of the country
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By MatjaÅ¾ TanÄiÄ
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...
Tamara Lackey has built her career by giving back to the photographic community, and now she’s using photography to make a difference globally
By Tracey Clark, Photography By Tamara Lackey
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...
Adam Woodworth, a master of the art of landscape astrophotography, on photographing the unseen night sky, in his own words
By Adam Woodworth, as told to William Sawalich, Photography By Adam Woodworth
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...
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.
By Kim Castleberry, Photography By Barbara Davidson
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...