How a photographic power couple blends smart business with fine art to create images their customers will cherish for generations
By William Sawalich | Photography by Phillip & Eileen Blume
Professional photographers looking to grow their wedding businesses would do well to follow the lead of Phillip and Eileen Blume. This husband-and-wife team has met a variety of challenges throughout their 12 years running a wedding photography studio outside of Atlanta, and thus far they’ve conquered them all. They’ve grown quickly from a struggling...
A year-long photography project helped a photographer deal with losing his mother to dementia
Text & Photography by Russell Hart
“Pleating” Pins, Size 16, Extra Fine
When my mother’s dementia became so severe that she could no longer stay in the rambling New England Victorian where she had lived for 40 years, most of that time with my father, it fell to me to empty and sell the creaky old manse. Once my mother was out, I essentially moved in and spent the better part of...
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,...