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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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Looking for Something Fresh? Look at the Unique Work of Madhur Dhingra

“Black and white images hold inside them a strange sort of mystery which is totally absent in color imagery.” Whether you agree with the words of Indian photographer Madhur Dhingra, there’s one thing that you cannot doubt. His work, unique in its presentation, is full of mystery. Dhingra is a street photographer offering a fresh twist on an otherwise tired genre. Unconventional, his photography stands out from the pack, delivering an aesthetic that holds you for longer than a fleeting moment. We were truly in awe of his style, excited to dig deeper into his process and 22-year relationship with the craft we love so much....
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The Best and Worst Countries to Shoot Street Photography

I’ve been lucky enough to shoot street photography all around the world. My passion has allowed me to enjoy a fruitful life, and I’m incredibly grateful for the experience I’ve had. It’s not uncommon for street photographers to combine their lust for the candid frame with their love for travel. We love to experience different cultures. Our cameras make it possible for us to document the variants in human nature. Having traveled the world, I’ve shot street in some spectacular places – and some less desirable places. Let me share them with you, as we look at the best and worst countries to shoot street photography....
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The Best Photography Submissions of 2020 (What a Year!) NSFW

Photography submissions come in thick and fast here at The Phoblographer. Each week we’re overwhelmed with photographers stating their case for why the world needs to see their work. Thankfully we love what we do, so spending time with new photographs isn’t a problem for us. Photographers have sent us some spectacular work throughout this year. And as 2020 comes to a close, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the best photography submissions we received over the past 12 months....
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The Phoblographer’s List of Great Women Photographers in 2020

As each year goes by, we’re happy to see more and more women photographers get the recognition they deserve. The Phoblographer has long been committed to highlighting female photographers’ skills, and in 2020 we’ve been lucky to feature some inspirational work. It’s hard to put a list together of the best, especially when the standard is so high! But we spent our time separating the very best from the rest to show you the great women photographers of 2020....
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4 Painful Signs You’re Void of Confidence in Street Photography

We’re streaming daily on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, and Spotify! Street photography isn’t easy. That’s why so many people struggle to execute it to a high standard. It’s not just the creative aspect that’s difficult; it’s also the practical side. To do street photography well, you need a lot of confidence. Some...
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Powerful Photography Remains Our Greatest Weapon in 2020

Powerful photography continues to hold its worth in 2020. Even with the rise of video, photography has maintained its grip on showing society the world’s most meaningful moments. We’ve certainly needed the still frame this calendar year. Whether it’s the global pandemic, the protests following the killing of George Floyd, the explosion in Beirut, or the recent US Election, photography has come into its own as it helps keep a document of the most memorable year of our generation. All those circumstances are painfully sad. But they are further evidence that powerful photography still has a place in our world....
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Chinelle Ro’s Self-Portraits Are Some of the Best We’ve Ever Seen

“I find self portrait work to be both healing and inspiring,” says Chinelle Ro. She continues, “it helps to channel thoughts and feelings, positive and negative, into creating reflective art.” We’ve been around a while here at The Phoblographer. Throughout the time we’ve featured many self-portrait photographers – honestly, Ro’s are some of the best we’ve ever seen. A self taught photographer, business owner, mother, and wife, Ro has plenty going in her life. In love with her work, and curious about her story, we caught up with her to find out more....
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Bill Wadman’s Conceptual Photography Will Make Your Jaw Drop

“People, people, and people,” says Bill Wadman when asked why photography means so much to him. In fairness, it’s a question we could have answered ourselves just by looking at his portfolio. Although it’s varied, offering anything from straight-shooting to creative conceptual ideas, one thing remains at the center of it all: people. With a career spanning over 14 years, we were interested to know how the journey has been, and what his feelings are about photography in the current climate....
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Our Favorites: 8 of the Best Portrait Photographers in 2020

We love portrait photography. So do millions of our readers. Over the past decade, we’ve had the opportunity to showcase some of the best portrait photographers in the business. Some of the pieces we’ve published include awesome self-portraits, imaginative conceptual portraits, and professional-class headshots – plus much more! 2020 has been no different from the previous 10 years. We’ve had some amazing portrait photographers share their work with us. And as we bring this unforgettable year to a close, allow us to show you The Phoblographer’s favorite portrait photographers in 2020...
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Here’s the Best Way to Deal With an Abusive Internet Troll

Sadly, dealing with internet trolls is part and parcel of being a photographer in the digital age. People don’t care about the impact of their words. The internet has given everyone an outlet to air their grievances with the world, without taking a second to think about how they will impact other people. In an example on Reddit, one photographer had to deal with an online attack, just for deciding to photograph children during recent protests. Some of the language used by the internet troll was aggressive and abusive, but that didn’t stop the photographer from handling it in the best way possible....
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The Instagram Hashtag War: Who’s Right in This Situation?

Instagram hashtags are a big deal. For photographers and influencers, they’re the portal to their creative world. Some Instagram hashtags are very popular, and the consequence of that is that there are millions of images all fighting to be seen. Most people online use generic tags, but some creators like to think outside the box. Creating their own, personalized tag, they really try zone in on specific niche and audience. People become very protective of their hashtag, and when other people go ahead and use it, they don’t like it – as we will see in the example below....
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College Vs. Online: Where’s the Best Place to Learn Photography?

Follow along by clicking the Listen to This Article Feature. Give it a shot! 20 years ago, those interested in learning photography would read textbooks and attend classes. Today, accessing educational content is much easier. Log in to your laptop, visit YouTube, and you can find thousands of videos that will help you learn. Both...
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Why the New Approach to Photo Exhibitions Is Heartbreaking

Like the rest of the world, the photo industry is working hard to find new ways to stay productive during 2020. COVID-19 and lockdowns have made it impossible for photographers to be as productive as they once were. And while I’m enjoying seeing new creative ways in which photographers are staying active, most of it is extremely sad. One of the biggest changes is the way we consume photo exhibitions. Once reserved for beautiful galleries, most of them are now online. It’s heartbreaking....
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Should This Portrait Photographer Offer Their Client a Free Reshoot?

A portrait photographer that earns money from their work has likely encountered a client that isn’t pleased with the images they paid for. Maybe they don’t like the edits, or sometimes they’re unhappy with the final selection. A client not being happy is part and parcel of being a photographer that charges their skills. But as photographers, we tend to be our own worst critics. And if the occasion arises where we’re not pleased with imagers we shot for a client, what should we do about it?...
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Is It Ever Okay to Shoot Photos in a Graveyard?

For many people, talking about death or anything linked to it brings out a host of sensitives. Losing a loved one is never easy, nor is the aftermath of arranging where to place them. Because of the pain associated with someone dying, talking about it is somewhat taboo. For those that have opted for a burial, graveyards become the home of the ones they’ve lost. They’re peaceful environments. A place for reflection and closure. But they’re often public spaces, and people have the right to photograph in them – but does that make it okay?...
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“Oxygen” Is the Story of Dancers Living with Cystic Fibrosis

There is no known cure and only half of those with the disease live to the age of 40,” explains photographer Katarina Premfors. She continues, “the symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis affect the respiratory system and the digestive system.” “Those who have it often find it very difficult to breathe.” Cystic Fibrosis is a rare disease, and the impact it has on those who are diagnosed is heartbreaking. But because it’s so uncommon, many people may not be aware of it and the impact it has on people who have it. That’s why the work Premfors did was so important – especially in a time when those with respiratory conditions are at great risk due to COVID-19....
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Be Inspired by the Unique Images of Yuri Benitez (NSFW)

“For me, photography is practicing magic,” says photographer Yuri Benitez. He adds, “I’m able to create physically (at least a bi-dimensional creation) something that is on my mind.” In a career that spans back to the 1980s, Benitez has found a photographic identity that lures his audience into his personalized creative world. His nude images offer a dynamic visual, as he looks to combine human form with both shape and textures. In this piece, he shares his latest project “Faceless,” as he aims to make the female form “universal” through his timeless black and white imagery....
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Phil Penman Shares the Challenge of Putting on a Photo Exhibition in 2020

Phil Penman is a seasoned street photographer. His works dare to cross the line between fine art and raw, candid imagery. Like most photographers, 2020 has been a difficult year for Penman. Restricted by quarantines, it has been a challenge working in his usual workflow. COVID-19 hasn’t stopped him, however. He worked on a personal project that focused on the homeless in New York City. And now he’s ending 2020 on top, closing it out with his own solo exhibition with Leica, at the famous Harrods store in London....
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Are Street Photographers More Unethical Than Paparazzi?

I believe that a photographer should have the right to create images freely in a public space. For almost a decade, I’ve argued with non-street photographers about whether or not the art form should be allowed. Paparazzi certainly crosses over into the world of street photography. The only difference is the subject remains the same – celebrities. But while I’ll fight for the right to make the candid frame, I can’t say I’m entirely on the side of those that photograph celebs....
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Photographer Vs. Nude Model: Who’s Right in This Situation?

Nude photography is always a polarizing topic. Whether it’s arguing about objectification or questioning a photographer’s motives, nude photography is seldom free from negativity. In the latest case, the photographer, David Paul Larson, is being accused of acting inappropriately, even if what he’s doing falls in line with the law. He’s looking to publish a photobook which contains images of him and models he has worked with in the past. While his subjects consented to the photos, some models are not happy with the photographer publishing them. Which once again brings us back to the topic of law vs. ethics pertaining to photography....
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Adam Moco Proves Dating Apps Offer More Than Hook-Ups (NSFW)

My desire was to connect with people through gay dating apps without hooking up,” says photographer Adam Coco. He adds, “I wanted to tell their stories and combat the toxic culture dating apps were creating within our community.” Coco’s project aimed to smash that status quo that’s synonymous with dating apps. While people will have their own thoughts on hook up culture, Coco aimed to show it’s possible to create meaningful relationships with people who use apps like Grindr, Scruff, and Tinder. Tryst Pic provides an intriguing concept while offering some beautifully assembled portraiture....
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The BlackRapid Camera Sling Has the Female Photographer in Mind

Transporting heavy gear can be a struggle. That’s why a durable camera strap is an absolute must! The latest offering from BlackRapid aims to provide a durable camera strap, that allows photographers to conveniently access their kit. Pro photographer, Nicole Elliot, first came up with her concept for a camera sling back in 2016, while on a trip in Ecuador. As a woman, she wanted to create something from the female perspective, using a centuries-old concept as the foundation of her product....
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Maren Klemp and Her Powerful Story Show the Strength of Photography

“I’m sure every parent is or has been worried about their children, it’s part of being a parent.” Photographer Maren Klemp was faced with one of her biggest challenges yet. In 2013, her daughter became unwell, resulting in a complex febrile seizure. The seizure shook her family and her to pieces. Although her daughter survived, the consequence, for Klemp at least, was a world of worry, anxiety, and PTSD. As life got darker for the Norwegian photographer, she turned to photography to try and help her heal. Born out of her pain was her latest project, Scenarios....
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Looking for a Good Photography Documentary? Check These Out!

If you’re passionate about photography, then it’s likely your interest goes beyond the practical aspect of the craft. Your love leads you to consume. Other photographs, photo books, tutorials, and the like. A well-made photography documentary is popular with budding photographers and seasoned pros. Thanks to content streaming site YouTube, there are plenty of photo docs you can invest your time in, getting inspiration and education along the way. Let’s take a look....
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Pedro Vidal’s Beautiful Behind the Scenes Ballet Will Leave You in Awe

“Shooting makes me see things in a beautiful way,” says Barcelona based documentary photographer, Pedro Vidal. He adds, “to photograph is to rediscover your surroundings and that’s what motivates me the most.” Vidal is a multi-disciplined creative. His photography focuses on human form and behavior. After spending some time with his work, enthralled by its beauty, we knew we had to offer him our platform. Join us as we get to know him better, and take a look at his latest project, Dégagé....
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How to Manage Nerves at Your First Paid Photography Gig

Getting your first paid photography gig can be exciting, but also extremely nerve-racking! Going from a photographer that shoots for fun to one that shoots for cash is a strange transition. You move from having the freedom to shoot as you please to needing to deliver and meet a client’s expectations. Of course, someone saying...
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These 7 Things People Say to Photographers Will Infuriate You

Photography, although fun, can be a frustrating practice at times. Not only because of the technical aspect but also all the extra baggage that comes with it – like dealing with non-photographers. Here at The Phoblographer, with our combined decades of experience, we’ve heard some ludicrous things in our time. Some requests so ridiculous all you can do is laugh, and others, well, make you want to punch the wall and say “I do that sometimes!” In this piece, we take a look at the seven most infuriating things you can say to photographers....
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7 YouTube Videos Highlighting the Role of Photography on 9/11

Another year has passed us by, but memories and feelings remain the same. The September 11 attack is still the most impactful, talked about, and polarizing event in modern history. The role of photography on that day allowed people to see the pain felt by millions of people in New York and around the world. Some images have, in the saddest kind of way, become iconic. And they serve us today to help us remember, while teaching younger generations of the heartbreak felt by the western world. In this piece, we’re going to combine photography with video, as we turn to YouTube to remind ourselves of the importance of photography almost 20 years ago....
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Street Photographer Joe Aguirre Is Now on a Sexual Misconduct List

Several allegations have been made against street and portrait photographer Joe Aguirre. While rumors have circled for several years relating to Aguirre, they’ve finally come to fruition after brave women came forward to speak out about their experience. The sad reality is, what we’re seeing is nothing new. Too many male photographers act in an overly aggressive, sexual, manner when photographing women. Aguirre is another name added to the list. And it’s a sign that, even in 2020, female models have to worry about their safety during shoots....
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Do We Really Need a Law Dictating the Ethics of Photoshop?

The Daily Mail UK recently reported that an MP in the UK has put forward a photoshop law that could ban celebrities secretly photoshopping their images. If passed, the bill would mean celebrities would have to label images that are digitally altered when posting to social media. It’s unclear whether or not the bill will pass, but it does bring up the debate about ethics and responsibility. And although the focus will be on celebrities, responsibility also falls on photographers and photo editors. One has to ask if we have a duty of care to the wider public?...
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Boudoir Photographer Yolandi Jacobsz Makes the “Moment of Sexy”

To better understand the psychology between a professional and their client, we spoke to boudoir photographer Yolandi Jacobsz. Boudoir photography is an extremely delicate genre. Most of the clients that walk into a photographer’s studio are women. They can bring with them a mixture of emotions and insecurities. A boudoir shoot is an opportunity for the subject to be born into or reinforce confidence. Because it’s so vulnerable, it takes a skilled pro to help their subject truly become themselves....
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Photographing Portland: The Photojournalist Who Was Shot in the Chest

The on-going tensions between the people of Portland and its law enforcement have been a polarizing topic in America. Some feel the aggression from the police is justified, viewing it as a direct response to violence committed by a section of the protesters. On the flip side, many believe this is a total abuse of power by those employed to protect. Naturally, events such as this attract wide media attention. A major part of the coverage is photography, something we, of course, want to focus on....
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The Portrait Kitchen Creates Enchanting Photos in Their Home Studio

When most people open their kitchen to the public, it’s because they want to offer their tasty cuisine. That’s not the case for Jon and Anjee. A married couple based in the UK, this photography duo instead open their kitchen to shoot portrait sessions for their clients. Aptly named The Portrait Kitchen, the work the pair produce in their studio is of an excellent standard. Looking at the work, one would never know it was created amongst rolling pins and Britain’s finest china (we assume.) And although the idea wasn’t born out of our current times, for anyone who is still stuck at home, the work made in The Portrait Kitchen will inspire you to be more creative in your own abode....
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Zayn Abunnasr Photographs the Aftermath of the Beirut Explosion

On August 4th, 2020, the city of Beirut was struck with disaster. Lebanon’s capital was left in ruins after a large explosion in the city’s port area. Reports suggest around 180 people died in the explosion, with 6000 people left injured. The people of the city, now in disarray, took to the streets to display their anger at a government, who they feel are largely to blame for what happened. On the ground, amongst the key-workers and general public, was photographer Zayn Abunnasr. Although primarily there to help clean up and support his city, he also wanted to ensure he was able to document. We spoke to Abunnasr to learn more about the mood on the ground in a city, handling yet another crisis....
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Why Street Photography Is Easy for Norah Alamri in Saudi Arabia

“The reality is every country has beauty hidden everywhere,” says Norah Alamri. She adds, “but the media always focuses on representing the bad and sometimes inaccurate news about my country.” Speak to most people in the west, and if you mention Saudi Arabia, it will be met with comments like “it’s dangerous, sexist, and totalitarian.” There’s truth to it, but this truth can be found in many countries around the world. But we seldom read or hear about Saudi’s beauty and its positives. That is why the work of Alamri is so important, it helps people see her country in a different light. Let’s take a look....
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Entry-Level Cameras Aren’t Cheap and Many People Just Need Their Smartphone

“Hey, Dan. I wanted to ask your help on buying a camera. I have a budget of around $300″. It’s a question I get asked a lot, and one I struggle to answer. Not because I don’t know what I’m talking about, but because how can I recommend a dedicated camera for $300? For what you can get for that price, one has to ask themselves if the one in your pocket is all you need anyway?...
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Toy Story: How This Photographer Brings His Toys to Life

“I confess to having an offbeat sense of humor, and that will often come out in my work,” says photographer Mitchel Wu. If you had never met Mitchel but had only seen his work, you would know immediately that he’s a funny man. And the amount of humor that’s put into his toy photography is equaled by an insane amount of skill and talent. His client list is strong enough to make the most well-rounded photographer envious. And his job as a whole, although complex, looks like a hell of a lot of fun – we had just as much fun learning all about it!...
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5 Astonishing Women Doing Boudoir Photography Tutorials on YouTube

Boudoir photography can be a whole lot of fun, both for the model and the photographer. But those elegant, attractive, and sensual photos are not easy to achieve, especially if you’re working with non-models. You need plenty of knowledge to do it, more so if you want to do it well. Because most boudoir subjects are female, we wanted to put this piece together from the female photographers’ perspective. Because after all, who knows about women’s bodies better than women themselves?...
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No Street Photography for Four Months. My Mental Health Is Struggling

Earlier this year I wrote an article that covered my journey through depression. Street photography played a major role, possibly the most significant, in helping me come out of the darkness. The article was published on March 7th, three days after I arrived in Medellin, Colombia. Two weeks later a four-day quarantine started; four months later and it still hasn’t ended. I’ve not practiced street photography once in all that time, and the impact it is having on my mental health is starting to show....
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Photographing Portland: “It Was the Most Intense Night of the Last Five Years”

America is facing one of the most challenging times in modern history. A pandemic, protests, and abuse of power from those serving to protect are crushing the nation right now. Portland, often cited as the epicenter of liberal, progressive values, has seen some of the worst actions and aggravations from law enforcement in the whole of the United States. Beatings, bullets, and all-round brutality have been the harsh reality for the people – including the press and photographers....
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A Look at the Most Under-Appreciated Genre in the Photo Industry

“No experience necessary as full two-week training will be given.” It’s a line I would often see when browsing photography jobs. It was never written in ads for commercial work, and it was certainly never linked to wedding gigs or portrait shoots. This line, at least it seemed, was only reserved for real estate photography. So, if a total novice can go from having no clue to being a real estate photographer in only a matter of weeks, it means it must be easy, right?...
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Matteo Verre’s Self Portraits May Raise More Questions Than Answers

All selfportraits by Matteo Verre. Used with permission. “How do we develop our identity?” asks Matteo Verre. He adds, “how much of what we are is unique and original and how much is the result of our experiences, our education, sensitivity, culture?” Verre is a photographer that uses art to shed light on human behavior....
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Wrong Time or Bad Photos? Why These Photo Books Are Failing

I’ve previously written about the importance of street photography during these unprecedented times. Having visual documentation of how communities, governments, and countries have responded to the pandemic will serve us well in our search for understanding and education. How the content is delivered is varied. It could be through websites, newspapers, and even photo books, to name just a few examples. But timing is everything. Some photographers are already trying to sell photo books covering the topic, and it makes me ask the question: Is it too soon?...
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Are Women Street Photographers More Unsafe Than Men on the Street?

I recently reported on a Reddit thread that focused on one of the advantages women have over men when shooting candidly: photographing children. As anticipated, the piece sparked debate, and in some instances, outrage. Some suggested it wasn’t my place to comment on such topics, while others said, “what about all the privileges men have in street photography that women don’t?” It’s a fair question. And to my fault and shame, it’s not one that I’ve taken enough time to think about, until now....
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Larissa Ramey Shares What Life Is Like on Both Sides of the Camera

All images used with permission. “People know when you don’t care about what you do as an artist,” explains Larissa Ramey. She adds, “photography is my passion, and I want that to be front and center with my work.” Ramey falls into the category of being both a photographer and a model. Speak to most...
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