Dan Ginn Dan Ginn

Dan Ginn is a content writer and journalist. He brings with him five years' experience writing in the photographic niche. During that time he has worked with a range of leading brands, as well as a host professional photographers within the industry.

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Breaking Down My Fear of Photographing in Dangerous Countries

I’m fortunate to have traveled to many corners of the earth. I have photography to thank for that. From Los Angeles to New Delhi, I’ve had the opportunity to make photographs in some cool locations. But I’ve also visited some dangerous spots during my travels. The kind of places people quickly tell you to put your camera away. It can spoil a trip and instil fear of making photographs. It’s something I had to learn to overcome, and here’s how I did it....
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Platon: The Man Who’s Far More Than a Photographer

“I’m not really a photographer at all,” proclaimed Platon in the opening of his 2017 Netflix documentary. Hearing this left me feeling perplexed. How could someone who had dedicated so much to the craft tell the world he’s not a photographer? Four years later, I was given the opportunity to speak to him. One hour after our conversation started, I understood exactly what he meant. As talented as he is, Platon offers so much more than being the man using the camera....
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OP Ed: Street Photography Sucks and Here’s How to Save It

Street photography is a beautiful art form. The process of creating a truly authentic image is what makes it, for me, the best form of photography in the world. The more accessible cameras have become, the more the popularity of the genre increases. People love street photography. Not only because it’s the most accessible genre, but because the thrill of making a candid frame is so addictive. However, as time goes by and more minds enter the genre, everything becomes oversaturated. Now we exist in a time where it feels like most street photographers are looking for the most impossible, most coincidental scene they can find, thinking it’s what makes for a good photo. It’s destroying the craft. Here’s why....
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Clint Kaster Was Visually Impaired, Now He Creates Beautiful Portraits (NSFW)

“The camera feels like an extension of my imagination and a natural part of who I am today,” explains Clint Kaster. It took Kaster a long time to get to that feeling. Somewhat of an outcast as a child, he was never sure where he fit in. He certainly wasn’t connected to the visual arts, mostly due to the struggles he faced with his vision. But five years ago, Kaster picked up a camera. And today, he’s certainly no stranger to what makes a compelling photo....
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Statement: We Have Removed All Content Relating to David Alan Harvey

On March 17th, Magnum announced it had removed David Allan Harvey from its membership. The decision was made after current members came together and voted to remove him. The vote promoted Harvey to resign. This comes after many serious allegations were made against Harvey. Women, whom Harvey mentored, alleged he committed various degrees of sexual harassment against them....
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Timothy Hiatt Blends Reality and Fantasy in Latest Photobook Perfectly

“I really wanted to give a shoutout to all the amazing people I’ve worked with over the years,” explains Timothy Hiatt when talking about the release of his new book. He adds, “they mean the world to me…they’re the ones who make the images a helluva lot more than me.” In a body of work dating back to 2009, Hiatt is now offering everyone a look at his glittering career. From subtle portraits to full-blown conceptual shoots, his book, Muses, has everything! We spoke to Hiatt to learn more about his new release and why now was the right time to offer it to the world....
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The Phoblographer’s Favorite Prints From the Magnum Square Print Sale

The Magnum Square Print Sale is soon to come to an end. Photographers, old and new, have placed their best work in the sale, allowing you to own a high-quality print for a fantastic price. All the images are quality, but, of course, we all have our favorites. Let’s take a look at six of the best, according to The Phoblographer....
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my12seconds: A Beautiful Journey of Female Self Discovery (NSFW)

“It’s our freedom of choice to share or not share. To be seen or to hide,” explains the creator of my12seconds. While the name is protected by an alias, the person is exposed for all to see. Inspired by the limitations of lockdown, this photographer used the opportunity to rediscover herself. With only 12 seconds to create a frame, she was intrigued by the journey of the unknown. How will the images come out? Let’s take a look....
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These Powerful Projects Got $10,000 For These Photographers

Leica has just awarded three talented women photographers $10,000 each. Matika Wilbur, Karen Zusman and Anna Boyiazis submitted their projects to receive the award. A Leica Q2 was also awarded to each photographer. Unfortunately, Matika and Anna were unavailable to speak to. But we caught up with Karen to learn more about her work and the impact $10,000 will have on her project....
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Nanna Heitmann On The Importance of Print in The Digital Era

“Personally, I’m tired of constantly being online,” writes Nanna Heitmann. “And with all the digital information, I feel flooded and unfocused,” she adds. That’s part of her response to topic of printing photography, its value, and why it’s important. At only 27, it’s refreshing to see Heitmann support the printed image. Already a Magnum nominee, we thought it was a good idea to learn more about her journey....
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Magnum Photographer Steve McCurry on The Importance of Being Curious

“It’s impossible for me to select a photo out of the hundreds of thousands…,” replies Steve McCurry when asked which photo he would most like people to remember him for. He continues, “I hope that each person who views the pictures will gravitate to the ones which speak to them…” His portfolio is certainly impressive, offering something for everyone. It’s why he’s widely regarded as one of the best of his generation. We caught up with McCurry to discuss prints, travel, and career lessons....
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Khalik Allah’s Powerful Photos of Harlem Made Him a Magnum Nominee

“I’m grateful for my life and all the opportunities I’ve received,” says Khalik Allah. He adds, “I want to maintain my compassion and keep my heart healthy. And I want to help others on their journeys as well.” At 36, Allah has already achieved so much. His photographs and films have earnt him several nominations from respected institutions. No more so than Magnum Photos, of which he became a nominated member in 2020....
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Bruce Gilden Talks About the Powerful Influence of Street Photography

“I think it’s fine if that’s who they are and as long as they’re comfortable working that way,” says Bruce Gilden when asked how he feels about photographers adpoting his style. He continues, “For me, working in that style is natural.” Gilden is a leading mainstay in the street photography community. His work has polarized and revolutionized the candid frame. And as Magnum kicks off its annual Square Print Sale( LINK HERE CHRIS GAMPAT), we thought it was the perfect time to catch up with one of street photography’s most influential players....
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Sándor Kereki Kept His Photos a Secret For Half a Century, Until Now

If you’re unsure who Sándor Kereki is, don’t worry. Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1952, Kereki remained unknown for the best part of 50 years. He first came into contact with photography when he was 16 years old. Soon after, he taught himself to develop photographs and prints. After keeping most of his work to himself, he’s finally released it to the public. We’re delighted that he did....
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Want Your Photography Project Published? Here’s What You Need To Do

A good photography project is often spoilt by poor image selection. As the Arts & Culture editor of a popular photography publication, I’m inundated with photography project submissions. Photography projects come in daily: some awesome and some, that need a little work. Aside from receiving pitches, I’ll also do my own research, trying to find...
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Allan Teger Combines Nudity and Still Life for His Majestic Photos (NSFW)

“They see what happens in our mind as we experience a shift in perspective,” explains Allan Teger as he discusses the impact his photos have on his viewers. He adds, “that is the most important part of my work.” His photographs certainly do make you question what you’re seeing. Combining humanity with still life, Teger has amassed a body of work that removes itself from the status quo. Our readers know we love work that goes against the norm. And it felt nothing but natural to invite Teger to speak with us to talk about a series that’s lasted over 45 years....
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A 30 Year Journey Through the Wonderful Career of Dina Goldstein

“This is definitely not the end,” says Dina Goldstein. She adds, “in fact, it feels like a new start.” Goldstein has worked tirelessly to create an archive that includes 30 years of work. But as she says, this is not the end. Instead, it’s the start of a new beginning. A photojournalist at her core, Goldstein has committed herself to document the world as she saw it. She very kindly invited us to join her in reflecting on the first 30 years of her career. From her successes to her biggest challenges, in this interview, she was happy to share all....
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Mattea McKinnon Has Breathtaking Photos of Her Journies

“There’s no greater feeling than heading to a completely new country, stepping on new ground and capturing scenes from your perspective,” says photographer Mattea McKinnon. Her travel photographs, as detailed as they are, take you away from your environment. Her images transport you to where they were taken, filling you with a sense of wonder and excitement. If you’re struggling with the global restrictions right now, this article is for you. Join us as we hand our metaphorical passports to McKinnon, allowing her to take on a breathtaking journey....
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The Truth About Why People Don’t Care About Meaningful Photography

Meaningful photography has contributed to society since the late 1800s. The camera – and more importantly, those that use it – record important events throughout history. In modern times topics like climate change, inequality, and oppression are documented by our leading photojournalists and documentary photographers. The problem is, however, that the masses don’t care. They’re much more attracted to less meaningful types of photography. If that sounds like you, I’m going to explain why you’re devaluing the role photography. And why, fundamentally, you don’t care about the craft....
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Clickasnap Offers Photographers Money Per View, But It’s Not Perfect

The Phoblographer has written a lot about photo sharing sites that screw over the photographer. Unsplash is one of the biggest culprits, for example. They take a photographer’s work, strip them of all their image rights, and don’t pay them a single penny. Payment, in their eyes, is exposure. So it’s no surprise, we don’t like them: instep, Clickasnap. It’s a company that wants photographers to get paid, but there are some flaws in its execution....
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Female on Film: The Best Women Film Photographers (NSFW)

If you’re a long time reader of The Phoblographer, you’ll know about our soft spot for film photography. Although we love the world of digital, there’s something about creating an image on analog that excites us! Thankfully, even in the modern era, there are plenty of women picking up a film camera. The best women film photographers have surely made it to our site....
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Remembering the Greatest Female Street Photographer to Ever Live

Of course, the title of the article will raise a few eyebrows. I mean, is there really “a greatest” female street photographer? In my opinion, there is. And while 2021 makes it constantly harder to separate the genders, can’t we have a little bit of fun? So, yes. We’re focusing on women. It’s their month, and if you’re not cool with that, ahh, what can we do? So let’s look back on the most outstanding female photographer ever to shoot the candid frame: Vivian Maier...
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Black Photographers Share Their Challenges in the Photo Industry

As February was Black History Month, my focus was predominantly on black photographers. Most people welcome that, and some don’t. My pieces celebrated black photographers and the work they produce. They also highlighted some of the issues I felt the black community is facing within the industry, which got me thinking: Who am I, a white man, to tell people to care? Of course, my voice is valid, but it’s far better to let black photographers share their experience...
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Boundaries Are Essential When Making Photos of Family and Friends

Making photos of family and friends is all part of being a photographer. Once your nearest and dearest find out that you know how to use a camera, they’ll be inviting you to everything and anything. For many, myself included, that’s a good thing. Because although I may not always want to make photos, most of the time, I will. And it’s nice to be able to give something to the people you care about while knowing it’s something that they’ll enjoy. But photographing friends and family should be done with the same standards as any other client. That doesn’t mean, however, that they’ll act as a client. You must set boundaries, and in this piece, I’ll tell you how I did it....
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Lynsey Weatherspoon Shares Her Strong Feelings on Photographing BLM

“I feel pain and grief,” says Lynsey Weatherspoon when asked how she feels while photographing the BLM movement. She adds, however, “there’s always joy in seeing people come together to protect our hearts as we navigate a better and more equal and equitable world.” Weatherspoon is a black female photographer. Photographing the events over the past year was always going to be difficult. But she’s strong, and the evidence for that statement shows up in the quality of her work. It’s impressive. We caught up with Weatherspoon to see learn the full extent of her experience during these challenging times. ...
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Support Black Photographers and Enjoy These Awesome Products

It’s not easy making ends meet when you’re a creative. The art world has notoriously been underpaid compared to other sectors. That’s why hard-working photographers need to do all they can to earn an income. Beyond making photographs (which is hard for everyone right now,) artists can make photo books and sell prints. As it’s Black History Month, we kindly ask you to support black photographers by investing in the work you see below. We’re certain you won’t do it out of pity either. Because below are some exceptional products for you to own....
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Jamel Shabazz Takes Us on the Fascinating Journey of His Illustrious Career

“The creative in me still burns and is very much alive,” says Jamel Shabazz. After 45 years working in the photo industry, we’re pleased to see the passion is yet to die out. During his career, Shabazz has photographed the people of New York, released several photo books, and had dozens of exhibitions. Aside from his personal success, it’s what he’s done for others we find most impressive. Shabazz regular volunteers with large organizations, helping to inspire young people into photography. If anyone has given their all to the craft, it’s this man. And we’re thrilled to be able to speak to him about his illustrious career....
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Reflection: 10 of the Best Black Photographers We’ve Featured

It’s Black History Month. A time where we take a look at photographers from the past, as well as the present. But our representation of the best black photographers doesn’t last for only 28 days. It’s a constant. And we’ve been committed to fair representation for over 10 years. We certainly don’t do it to “even things out.” We’re just very aware of the fantastic photographers in our game that happen to be black. We are happy to be able to give them a platform. And in this piece, we reflect on the best black photographers featured on The Phoblographer over the years....
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7 Legendary Black Photographers we Want to Show Love for

History can not ignore the contribution black photographers have made to our industry. Of course, legendary black photographers will inspire today’s crop of black photographers. But their work should also inspire anyone that cares about the craft. Rather than showing the odd photo of the below selection, we’ve turned to YouTube. This way, we can show you in-depth content, allowing you to appreciate the effort put in by those that paved the way for today’s generation....
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Are Photographer Booking Apps Really Worth it For You?

The internet changed almost every market we have. As technology advanced, the way we purchase and consume products has changed with it. Uber changed the way we book a cab. Tinder changed the way we date. And now, apps are changing the way photographers find gigs. The likes of Uber and Tinder have come under great criticism for the way they operate. Do photographer bookings apps need the same level of scrutiny?...
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6 of the Best Black Photographers on YouTube You Need to Watch

Last week I wanted to do a round-up of the best black photographers on YouTube. The piece became something else. Because YouTube struggled to show me black photographers using the platform, I had to ask if the platform was holding black photographers back. In closing the piece, I promised you all I would be back to show you the best channels hosted by black photographers. I never go back on a promise, so let’s take a look!...
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Is YouTube Holding Back the Best Black Photographers?

I’ve had the privilege of showcasing the best black photographers during my three-plus years writing for The Phoblographer. Whether it’s in round-ups or interviews, I’ve enjoyed every minute of working with those I’ve featured. And I don’t do this at a certain time of year; it’s a constant. But in line with Black History Month, I pitched to my editor the idea of doing a round up of the best black photographers on YouTube. Once approved, I set out to begin my research. My findings were both saddening and frustrating....
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Is This Photographer Overreacting About the Ethics of Social Media?

We, as photographers and journalists, often wrestle with the idea of abandoning social media. Our EIC walked away from his Instagram for the whole of 2020. I’ve also taken consistent breaks to keep my mind in check. The frustrating part is, the apps can be useful for photographers, but they’re often no use for the mind. And with companies like Facebook (which has a growing monopoly on the apps we use) often having their actions questioned, the use of such apps can go against our ethics. In this piece, we look at how one photographer feels about using social media and the ethical struggles they have when doing so....
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8 Photographers Share Their Love of Medium Format Photography (NSFW)

Medium format film photography remains highly popular in the modern era. Analog enthusiasts and pros that don’t want digital swoon over medium format film cameras, lusting for the images they produce. We’ve published many photographers over the past 11 years that use a range of cameras in this niche. All of them create fantastic work. In this piece, we reflect on some of our favorites, sharing their excellent medium format film photography with you....
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David Nobody’s Colorful and Creative Series Brightens Up US Culture

“I am interested in images that look like they were photoshopped but are not—the mix of real and unreal,” says multi-disciplined artist, David Nobody. He adds, “I have been fascinated with in-camera creativity in Resemblagé.” He’s referring to his on-going series, which takes an imaginative look at pop culture in the United States, as well as society’s fixation with social media and the self. We take a closer look at a colorful and eccentric set of images, while learning more about Resemblagé and the artist behind it....
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Gareth Mcgorman Doesn’t Need Photoshop For His Imaginative Photos

“I want people to see my photography first and see it on its own merits without knowing much about who I am,” says photographer Gareth McGorman. He continues, “I have revealed a little bit more about myself. It’s something you’ve got to do when you feel ready.” As mysterious as he may be, there’s no hiding from the fact he produces some interesting photography. Knuckled down in his niche of army-men model photography, McGorman is creating a body of work that is fun and interesting. Not lost in the world of photoshop, he puts emphasis on storytelling and creativity. And although he prefers to keep his identity low-key, he agreed to speak with us and tell us more about his photographic journey....
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An App Gives Fresh Life to the Disposable Camera, But Its Soul Is Lacking

If you’ve laid your hands on a disposable camera, then you’ll know they’re a lot of fun. There was a time when they would be high on the list of vacation accessories, as families and friends wanted a physical pictorial record of the time they shared together. Of course, with the rise of digital, film cameras got pushed to one side. A resurgence did see classic analog cameras make their way back to the mainstream, but the once loved disposable camera wasn’t one of them. Until now, as a company aims to pour new light on a once much-loved travel accessory....
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Craig Varjabedian on Why Nikon Serves Him Well for His Powerful Project

“I believe everyone has a good story, and those who choose to share it tend to inform the picture I make,” says photographer Craig Varjabedian. He further adds, “I want the resulting image to reveal a deeper sense of the person in front of the camera.” Varjabedian has worked on several projects throughout his long, successful career. In this interview, we focus on his ongoing series, Native Light. The focus is simple: turn a lens on the rich history of Native Americans, and show the world their importance in the present day. No stranger to adversity himself, Craig Varjabedian isn’t only doing this for the passion, but to ensure he gives a voice to those who are often silenced and left behind....
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Let CreativeSoul Take Your Breath Away with Their Spectacular Portraits

“It’s an honor to be part of the Canon Explorers of Light program,” says photography duo CreativeSoul. Their hard work has certainly paid off. Not only in their accolades but also in their quality of work. There’s good professional work, and then there’s the best in class. For CreativeSoul, their portfolio falls into the second category, as they produce children’s portraiture at the highest standard. We caught up with both Regis and Kahran to learn more about their recent success and to see what the future holds for the pair of them....
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Need a Good Photography Documentary? Check Out What’s on Netflix!

A photography documentary is a great way to consume the art form you love. From the educational to the eye-opening, there’s a photography documentary for all your wants and needs. Popular streaming site, Netflix has hours of awesome content for the photography fan. So, inviting you to “Netflix and chill” (in the clean sense) let’s take a look at some of the best photography documentaries you can watch on Netflix....
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6 Fresh Photography Projects We Want to See in 2021

Being a leading publisher in the photographic space, you won’t be surprised to read people send us many photography projects. We’re very fortunate to see spectacular work before most people, and we allow photographers to showcase it to a global audience. The only downside is we see a lot of the same stuff. Some photographers put their own spin on tired topics, but many do not innovate. So as we’re at the start of a new year, there are some photography projects we would love to see more of throughout 2021. Let’s take a look....
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Andrei Mihalache Drops Valuable Knowledge For The Budding Photographer

All images by Andrei Mihalache. Used with permission. “I think it’s the best way I have of expressing myself, and it’s also one of the things that I feel most comfortable doing,” says Andrei Mihalache when asked why he chose photography. He adds, “taking photos helps me disconnect from daily life with all its ups...
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8 Photography Goals to Work Towards in 2021 (And how to Achieve them)

There are several benefits to setting yourself new photography goals at the start of a new year. Most obviously, it allows you to improve your skillset and get better at your craft. But it also encourages emotional growth, as you work towards targets and take satisfaction when you reach them. Having photography goals can also help you if you find yourself stagnated. And they’re useful for those struggling with their mental health, looking for a focus to help them get out of any darkness they may find themselves in. No matter the motive, goals are essential, and in this piece, we share some ideas for things you can work on throughout 2021....
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9 Photographers Highlight the Crucial Causes from Around the World

Over the past 12 months, The Phoblographer has worked closely with photographers that are doing extremely important work. From climate change to terrible injustice, we’ve shared the stories of nine photographers from across the world. The name of the series is Visual Momentum. Designed by Fujifilm and brought to life by yours truly, we’re proud of the work we’ve highlighted, and of the hard-working photographers that strove to show you important causes. In case you missed them, let’s reflect on what has been one of our most important series to date....
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Matthew Jordan Smith Didn’t Need Photoshop for His Fantastic Series

“There is no better feeling in the world than having that happen,” explains Matthew Jordan Smith when talking about how impressed a client was with his work. He adds, “when my client received the images, he liked them so much he told me he couldn’t decide which image was his favorite!” Smith found himself in a very privileged position. Because after a client saw one of his personal projects, they asked him to create the same aesthetic for their brand. Smith’s Still…Motion series caught our attention too. Not just because of how well-executed the images are, but because we wanted to know exactly how he created them. In this interview, he gladly agreed to share his creative secrets, providing a valuable education for photographers wanting to improve their skillset....
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Be Amazed by Benoit Lapray’s Spectacular New Series

“I think my Monuments series is the most successful and impactful project I have done so far,” says Benoit Lapray. He adds, “It’s the one that gives me the greatest sense of pride.” Lapray’s unique series is a large scale project. Not working alone, he built a team of creatives to help execute his concept. Shot in Paris, Monuments adds a splash of character to the well-known monuments around the French capital. It’s a concept that first came to his mind five years ago, however, it’s only recently he has been able to bring it to life. We caught up with Lapray to find out what it was like working with a team and how he feels about the series so far....
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Delphine Queme’s Calming Photographs will Settle the Overcrowded Mind

“What seems lifeless, for me, on the contrary, is very alive,” says Delphine Queme. She adds, “ I love minimalism…I am searching for harmony in my photographs, something I don’t find in life, and in a world which is often too violent for me.” Minimalist photography is about scaling back. Removing the clusters of life and offering a visual that’s free of the meaningless and that focuses on the specific. With Queme’s minimalist photography, she offers something peaceful. Void of the dramatics, her work settles us as we move from one image to the next. She’s a thoughtful soul. And she’s often trying to create character in a world that can lack identity, or how she puts it, “I need to create beauty otherwise life is too dull.”...
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On the Slow Response from Magnum on David Alan Harvey

In the final weeks of 2020, The Columbia Journalism Review published an article regarding Magnum’s David Alan Harvey. 11 women stepped forward to share their experience with Harvey. All the women stated he had acted sexually inappropriately with them. The allegations ranged from inappropriate comments to masturbating in front of them without consent. Magnum, already aware of the allegation, had suspended Harvey back in October 2020. But while the investigations continue, we ask: is Magnum doing enough and should you still support Harvey’s work?...
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Robert Sapp Electrified Us with His Latest Creation

Now and then, an image pops up that stands out from what we’re used to seeing. Photographer Rober Sapp created the latest image that captured our attention and got our mouths watering. It’s an image of static electricity running between two people. At the time of writing this, it has gathered over 25 thousand interactions on Reddit, with photographers and hobbyists alike showing their admiration for the shot. Wanting to know more, we reached out to Sapp, asking him to share the story behind the frame. Thankfully, he was more than happy to oblige....
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6 Creatives Who Used Photography to Overcome PTSD

All humans face adversity in life. But some people go through times so difficult that it leaves them living with trauma and PTSD. It’s a long path to healing for these people, and they have to find ways to survive and then overcome the experience they had. Amongst the many methods of healing is photography. The process of creating has allowed certain photographers to explore their trauma, understand it, and then move forward. In this piece, we look at six of our favorite stories of creatives overcoming trauma through making photographs....
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