PDN Shuts Down: What Does This Mean for the Photo Industry?

We’ve heard rumblings of PDN folding for a little while now, but it’s official.

I’ve been hearing news of PDN folding, but have purposely not written anything due to nothing being official yet. But, the cat is finally out of the bag and Photo District News is gone. If you’re an industry veteran, you probably know how big this is. But if you’ve started with photography in the past few years, you’re probably not batting an eye. In my own career, I’ve seen PDN switch owners a number of times while scratching my head. When I first started out, nearly 13 years ago, I felt them to be nearly untouchable. But, the past decade has been very rocky for the photo industry. I’ve seen a number of publications fold, get revamped, etc.

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The PDN 30 for 2018 Seems to Take a Very Documentary Oriented Approach (NSFW)

The PDN 30 for 2018 have been announced!

The PDN 30 are a highly coveted bunch of photographers. Each year they seem to outdo themselves: newer and brighter photographers seem to take center stage each time. This year, the PDN 30 seems to involve lots of photographers who do documentary style work and tell stories. In the past there has been a mixture of commercial, portraiture, and surreal work. But this year, it’s very clear cut.

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Prepping an 8×20 Camera for a Documentary Project

All images by Eliot Dudik. Used with permission.

Eliot Dudik is a recipient of the PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch award. He received the highly coveted award for a photography project he did called, “The Road Ends in Water” that documented the lifestyle and culture of people who live by the water in the United States. But like any artist, he isn’t stopping there. Eliot is beginning a new project centered around the Civil War and how some of its influence still lingers around the south.

To accomplish the project, Eliot has been researching what to use to document his findings and eventually settled on an 8×20 camera; and he’s loading it up with two sheets of Kodak Portra 8×10 for each exposure. I recently had the chance to chat with Eliot despite his busy schedule. Here’s what he had to tell us about the camera, the project, and the documentary process.


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Hands On: Nikon P7000, Samples with D7000 and D3100

Camera Nikon D90 Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250) Aperture f/2.0 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 640

Being a Nikon shooter, Photo Plus Expo 2010 in New York City was an excellent time for me to visit Nikont. Nikon has new lenses like the their 24mm F/1.4 which we reviewed not too long ago, as well as the 35mm F/1.4 and their 85mm F/1.4. I got to see some incredible examples of what these lenses could do. I was able to get sample images with the Nikon D7000 and D3100 which I talked about in a post several weeks ago. I also finally got my hands on the P7000. There was no news on the next full frame from Nikon.

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