On The Road With Ian Ruhter

Analog technology in the digital age: a mobile collodion darkroom and life-sized wet-plate camera

Dating back to the 1850s, wet plate is also known as the collodion process, and a process it is, with single image exposures that require lengthy exposure times and a meticulous, demanding development and fixing process in a chemical darkroom. As time has become quite the luxury in the digital age, it’s a very meditative style of photography that... Read more

Miller Mobley: People With Character

Starting from homemade skateboarding and wakeboarding videos in his native Alabama, 20-something Miller Mobley, now living in New York, is making an impact with his stunning celebrity and portrait work.

You have to be brave to be a great people photographer. To go up to total strangers on the street or to come face to face with A-list celebrities in the studio with the goal of creating an intimate portrait is daunting. Yet, Brooklyn-based, Tuscaloosa, Alabama-born-and-raised Miller Mobley, still in his 20s, has managed to navigate the difficult roads... Read more

Philip Habib: Starting With A Blank Canvas

Philip Habib’s use of color, composition and whimsy in his portraits gives his photos a youthful and exuberant look

Though New York-based photographer Philip Habib has been plying his trade for three decades, his style is cutting-edge contemporary while retaining a classic elegance. It’s youthful without being adolescent. Habib’s work is polished and stylized, and when people are his subject matter, the resulting portraits reveal his ability to tap into... Read more

The Best Of The Best Winning Photos From DPP’s Annual The Face Contest

2013 Annual Photo Contest Winners

Photographers are continually drawn to portraits, as they can create deep connections and express powerful emotions to a viewer within a single frame. After looking through thousands of entries, the winners of DPP‘s The Face 2013 Photo Contest have been chosen, whose images exemplify this dynamism of the portrait. Congratulations to our winners... Read more

Nathan Myhrvold: The Art Of Science

Nathan Myhrvold is the ultimate embodiment of the Renaissance Man, and among his achievements is reinventing the art of food photography

Nathan Myhrvold is one hell of a photographer. With his new book The Photography of Modern Cuisine, he and his team of photographers practically reinvented food photography, abandoning its most clichéd commercial techniques in favor of a groundbreaking aesthetic that better serves its purpose—to clearly illustrate a six-volume, 2,438-page cookbook... Read more

Howard Huang: The Photo Hit Man

Influenced by graphic novels and science-fiction movies, Howard Huang’s vibrant urban fashion and celebrity work is turning heads from here to China

Taiwan-born, Hawaiian-raised, New York-based Howard Huang considers himself an urban fashion/celebrity photographer. Comics and Japanese anime are building blocks for the fantasy sets he creates for musicians, models and actors, from Lil Wayne and Jacki-O to Ice-T and Nicki Minaj. Huang often composites photographs to achieve his inner vision or an... Read more

Maria Burns: 7th Annual Emerging Pro Winner

With an eye for creating austere projects, Maria Burns shows that you can make a tremendous impact with the simplest of ideas

Thanks to generous prizes from RED, Zeiss and Adobe, our 7th Annual Emerging Pro Contest was a huge success. The contest was groundbreaking. It was the first time we’ve run the Emerging Pro with our sister publication HDVideoPro magazine, and it was the first time we’ve invited participants to submit either a series of still photographs... Read more

Howard Schatz: Master Of The Act

Howard Schatz’s new book of portraits is a thoughtful study of actors acting

You’re an icy interrogator," Howard Schatz explains, "telling a captive that in exactly 60 seconds, if you don’t get the information you need, you’re to start removing body parts, starting with his ears." With that, Schatz picks up his camera. He’s seated at a small table, and the person across from him—mere... Read more

Art Streiber: Tell Me What You Want Me To Do

In his photography of Hollywood’s A-list, Art Streiber coaxes the artists into performing for his camera

For the past two decades, Los Angeles-based photographer Art Streiber has been documenting the who’s who of Hollywood and beyond, with his portrait and entertainment photography gracing the covers and inside pages of magazines from Vanity Fair, Esquire and Entertainment Weekly, to Wired, Fortune and Rolling Stone. He has also put his camera to... Read more

Yunghi Kim: Master Of Standing Ground

With thirty years of war photography under her belt, photojournalist Yunghi Kim is turning to more personal work

For a photographer who has accomplished so much with her life, Yunghi Kim is shockingly honest in her humility. "Oh, no, I was scared shitless the whole time," she says plainly when asked if she’s simply fearless. In 1992, Kim was kidnapped and held for ransom on an assignment to Somalia, returning to the area to finish her coverage... Read more

Chris Crisman: Master Of The Person In Their Place

In his environmental portraits, Chris Crisman creates highly polished images that show the humanism that drives the Philadelphia-based photographer

The goal of any environmental portrait is to place the person being photographed in the surroundings that reflect that individual’s personality. The very best photographers are able to inject just enough of their own personality—their impressions and evaluations of the subject—to enable the viewers to gain a further insight into the person... Read more

Emily Shur: Master Of Illuminating Fame

Emily Shur creates celebrity portraits that are as fun as they are beautiful

Celebrity portrait photographer Emily Shur’s primary task is collaboration. No matter the client, whatever the budget, she needs to forge a partnership with her subject if they’re going to make something great. It’s the existential crisis of even the most talented portraitist: You can’t do it alone. "Most shoots are the... Read more
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