How the Internet turned classical musician Michael B. Shane into a professional photographer for one of the hottest news sites on the Web
By William Sawalich, Photography By Michael B. Shane
Like many great photographers, Michael B. Shane entered adulthood on an entirely different career path. He was a classical musician with a master’s degree in music and a full-time job playing the clarinet.
"I first started taking pictures when I was on tour with the Cleveland Orchestra," he says. "Sometimes, you...
Husband-and-wife creatives BJ and Richeille Formento create a unique interpretation of the land of the rising sun
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Formento & Formento
The dynamic duo of Formento & Formento comes from a commercial background—the Hawaiian-born BJ, a photographer, and the British-born Richeille, an art director and designer—and the couple has merged their talents to create two fine-art series that have gone global. "Circumstance" focuses on Americana, the resulting images being exhibited...
Abe Kislevitz is a photographer, filmmaker, engineer, skier and surfer. Is it any wonder that he’s the master of the GoPro lifestyle?
By Ashley Myers-Turner, Photography By Abe Kislevitz
Everything you want to know about Abe Kislevitz can be summed up by his childhood dream career: roller-coaster designer. "I had every roller-coaster software available at the time—that was available on a floppy disk—and designed roller coasters and looked at G-forces," laughs Kislevitz. While he hasn’t lived out his dream of designing...
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Brad Mangin is one of the most innovative and artistic sports photographers working today
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Brad Mangin
Baseball and photography have a very special year in common: 1839. Abner Doubleday invented baseball in the same year that Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre introduced the daguerreotype, the first practical way to preserve a frozen moment for posterity. The two have been inseparable ever since, with latter-day practitioners such as Brad Mangin merging the...
Victoria Will’s use of an early photographic process to photograph modern celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival led to a surprising and rich body of work
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Victoria Will
With the world’s ceaseless appetite for all things "Hollywood," the need for publicists, newspapers, magazines and news agencies to feed the public new celebrity photographs is never-ending. But how does a photographer create a new look in a sea of sameness? Brooklyn-based Victoria Will found a way by going back in time, applying the...
Drew Gurian works within the moment to create photography of music superstars on stage and during more intimate moments
By Ashley Myers-Turner, Photography By Drew Gurian
While still in high school, Drew Gurian was offered the opportunity to photograph a family friend’s band. Of course, this is an exciting proposition for any budding photographer, but particularly so when the band is the American alternative rock group Guster, just as they’re emerging into mainstream Top 40 radio.
At this time, Gurian’s...
Samm Blake takes an artist’s approach to making romantic, nostalgic wedding photos for clients worldwide
By William Sawalich, Photography By Samm Blake
The most important thing to understand when discussing the photography of Samm Blake is that she’s not particularly interested in how photographs are made. Instead, she’s concerned fundamentally with why photographs are made. This philosophy, one that keeps technique utterly subservient to content, was instilled in her at Edith Cowan University...
With his new two-volume retrospective, Howard Schatz reflects on 25 years of passionate photography
By William Sawalich, Photography By Howard Schatz
To commemorate his 25th year in photography, Howard Schatz is publishing a new book. A massive two-volume retrospective, Schatz Images: 25 Years includes work from 32 personal projects, as well as never-before-seen images from throughout his career. On these pages, we’re hosting our own mini-retrospective. Schatz had the very first cover of Digital...
Ami Vitale roams the globe connecting with people on every continent to create images that bring cultures together
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Ami Vitale
Montana-based photographer Ami Vitale can see rays of light in even the darkest of circumstances. Her humanistic approach to photojournalism and deep understanding of the complex geopolitical world shine through in her images that grace the pages of magazines including National Geographic, Newsweek, GEO, TIME and Smithsonian.
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From the Ivy League to shooting covers for Forbes, Ethan Pines has taken his penchant for telling stories into the visual realm
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By Ethan Pines
Ethan Pines not only knows how to take a good picture, he knows how to tell a good story. The award-winning editorial and commercial work he produces has underlying backstories that give a depth to images, which often are worth far more than the requisite thousand words of the old adage.
DPP: Your career goals at both the University of Pennsylvania...
English photographer Tim Wallace reinvigorates the art of automotive photography, one luxury car at a time
By William Sawalich, Photography By Tim Wallace
Seven years ago, Tim Wallace decided he wanted to photograph luxury cars. So, the newly unemployed executive built a business plan and got to work, teaching himself lighting and digital imaging from the ground up. Today, he creates beautiful, emotive images for the most prestigious brands in the industry, including Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari...
MJ Kim’s rich black-and-white celebrity portraits are crafted to create timeless elegance
By Mark Edward Harris, Photography By MJ Kim
There are dream jobs, and then there are dream jobs. Seoul-born, Los Angeles-based MJ Kim has spent much of this year on tour with the legendary Paul McCartney as the former Beatle’s personal photographer. Rather than resting on his laurels while he’s home between tour dates, Kim heads to his studio to work on intimate, carefully crafted...