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The Search for Outstanding and Undiscovered Fine-Art Photography is Back

Posted by on February 16, 2017 | Contests/Events

Photo © Jess Richmond

PDN’s annual search for new fine-art photographers, The Curator, is open for entries! The categories include Portraits, Still-Lifes, Abstract/Mixed Media, Landscapes, Urban Scenes and Student Work. Last year, the $3,500 Grand Prize award was given to Jess Richmond, a Parsons School of Design graduate, in the Student Work category. Richmond and five other honorees exhibited their... More

A Haunting Series Confronts Our Eating Habits

Posted by on February 8, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Anki Grøthe

When photographer Anki Grøthe documented the annual slaughter of the reindeer that live near her hometown of Hemsedal, Norway, she knew it was a perspective that needed to be shared with others. Although Norway has strict rules on animal welfare, and the reindeers’ lives are taken quickly and painlessly, “killing animals is brutal,” Grøthe says.... More

A New Generation of Artists in Nairobi

Posted by on February 6, 2017 | Education

Courtesy of Photo Start

For children who live in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, making art may seem like an activity that’s out of reach. The non-profit organization Photo Start is working to change that, however, providing students in the slums of Kibera, Mathare and others with photography equipment and guidance from instructors. The students of Photo Start not only... More

See the PDN’s 30 Panel at ArtCenter College of Design

Posted by on January 26, 2017 | Contests/Events

Photo by Damon Casarez

If you live in the Pasadena, California, area and want to learn more about navigating the professional photography industry, join us at the PDN‘s 30 panel tonight at 6:30 PM at ArtCenter College of Design. Free and open to the public, “Strategies for Launching & Building a Career” will feature PDN’s 30 photographers Damon Casarez, Stephanie... More

Ping Wang’s Dreamlike, Surrealist Tableaux

Posted by on January 24, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Ping Wang

Inspired partly by his dreams, partly by fashion and partly by Surrealist art of the early 20th century, photographer Ping Wang created “The Nostalgia of the Infinite,” a conceptual series that Wang describes as “an emotional life history.” The series comprises three sections—“Asleep,” “Delusional” and “Untrammeled”—which, together, aim to portray the process of transitioning from a state... More

A Meditation on Melancholy

Posted by on January 13, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Eliso Tsintsabadze

The feeling Eliso Tsintsabadze aims to convey in her series “Sylvan Sadness” is not something easily expressed in words. The name is the translated title of a poem by Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov, “Lesnaya Toska,” a translation she feels doesn’t do the phrase justice. “In dictionaries, the Russian word toska is described as some sort... More

4 More Days to Enter the PDNedu Student Photo Contest

Posted by on January 4, 2017 | Contests/Events

Photo © Joy Newell

The 14th annual PDNedu Student Photo Contest will close on January 8. If you’re a student in a high school, undergraduate or graduate program, you’re eligible to enter. Here are a few key reasons to enter: It’s an easy way to get your work in front of editors, early! Our jury includes members of the photo... More

Varvara Mikushkina’s “Lux and Lumen”

Posted by on December 29, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Varvara Mikushkina

Varvara Mikushkina conceptualized “Lux and Lumen” out of necessity. She was trying to make sense of an overabundance of images she had shot while studying for her MFA at Parsons School of Design, and saw that they all fit under one umbrella as studies of light. They also embodied elements of her heritage. Born in... More

Lyn Slater, Accidental Icon

Posted by on December 21, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Carmen Daneshmandi

Professor and fashion blogger Lyn Slater made an indelible impression on photographer Carmen Daneshmandi from the first moment they met. Slater writes on her blog that she is a proponent of women who live “interesting but ordinary lives” and are, above all, “clear and comfortable with who they are,” a quality that shines through in... More

Dive Into Virtual Reality with The New York Times

Posted by on December 15, 2016 | Education

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

As more media brands develop their own virtual reality (VR) content, it will be increasingly important for photographers to learn the language and techniques of this new medium. Like the rush of stills and motion assignments that turned photographers into directors, VR is poised to become the next frontier, requiring a new set of skills... More