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Erik Marcinkowski’s Self Portraits Explore a Difficult Relationship with Food

Photographer Erik Marcinkowski, a commercial photographer with typically vibrantly bright, colorful work, has recently turned the camera on himself to examine his relationship with food, the path to self-love, and embracing male vulnerability. His project, aptly titled DiscomfortFood, is both exceptionally crafted technically and provides the opportunity for many important and necessary discussions about our society....
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Why the CASE Act Is So Incredibly Important for Every Photographer

If you’re reading this, at one point or another, you felt compelled to pick up a camera, pursue and develop the craft, or appreciate the immense talents of other image-makers. You found the satisfaction in documentation, capturing a moment, preserving a memory, literally stopping time. You discovered the power of the universe in your hands in that instant, and it inspired and ignited you only the way art, creation can. You felt that creative connection that I hope all of us get to experience as often and fully as possible, that artistic expression of self....
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Boys! Boys! Boys! Further Shows Objectification of Women in Photography

To follow the full scope of this article, please see the prior piece written on this gallery’s approach to online auctions. Sometimes people throw out the modern cultural adage ‘stay in your lane,‘ with varying degrees of validity. Thanks to Black Box Gallery, this is a particularly evident case of “more than warranted” – it’s...
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Calling Men: Sherri Littlefield’s Special Project with Snap! Spectacles

Sherri Nienass Littlefield, the Associate Director at Foley Gallery, and a photographer in her own right, has spent the better part of the last 4 months developing a new body of work, Calling Men, capturing documentary-style images of the men who catcall her on a regular basis. Through the use of special glasses (developed by Snapchat), Littlefield is able to subtly photograph her catcallers with her sunglasses in a less confrontational or direct way than a typical camera allows. The images she captures speak both to the frequency and severity of this universally shared female experience....
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Weighing in on Photographer Jason Lanier’s Sexual Assault Allegations

Former Sony Artisan Jason Lanier (who was dismissed for undisclosed reasons) is now facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct from several models who have previously worked with him. To engage in this discussion, we need to break a few things down first; one is the importance of power dynamics at play in a situation like a photographer/model relationships. One woman’s video speaks to character assassination on multiple, professional levels – a fear so many of us deal with when faced with these situations....
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Ami Vitale Shares Insights for Creating a Solid Grant Submission

“Turn off social media and the tv and read voraciously.” says photographer Ami Vitale when asked about resources for grant applications. This year, Ami is the first female judge for the Imagely Fund–which is looking to provide a grant for one environmental photography project and one for a humanitarian photography project. Each of which has a $5,000 prize. As a judge, we talked to Ami Vitale to get some answers to the all-too-often obscure and confusing enigma that is submitting grant applications....
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Stories From Set: Being a Woman on a Photo Shoot

“Well, If I had a body like hers, I wouldn’t mind!” The client told the photographer who I was working for as his photo editor. We were photographing a law firm, creating new headshots as well as capturing full body images, and the lawyer in question who just came in for his session was disappointed to discover the latter aspect....
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Girls! Girls! Girls!: A Take on the Objectification of Women in Photography

We all know the endless battle of trying to maintain a clean and tidy inbox–the constant digital influx of opportunities, notifications, spam, work, and various other textually-based content that we seem just barely able to keep up with. I don’t know about you, but one of the ways I try to stem the flow is by keeping a firm grip on unsubscribing from irrelevant subscriptions. Needless to say, I found myself doing a double take–wondering what kind of sexist, objectifying garbage spam email listing I’d accidentally been added to when I scrolled through an email in my inbox containing what you’ll see in the lead image....
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Why Don’t We Teach Photographers What to Charge for Their Photos?

I’ve heard countless versions of the same story: a photo assistant discovering that the photographer charged the client double what they paid the assistant in regards to the assistant fee on the client’s invoice, a tragic problem frequently encountered and rarely remedied. When I first began photo assisting, I was massively underselling myself without realizing, and people took significant advantage – it was only when another female photographer pulled me aside and told me what my rates should be that I realized how much I had been selling myself short. And in a world where women’s requests for what we’re worth are rarely met, though asked for just as often as men, having a lack of knowledge and confidence about how and what you should be charging makes it that much harder to keep our industry healthy, vibrant, and lucrative....
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