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Meet MahaLena, New York Fashion Photography Duo

Posted by on July 22, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

MahaLena is the collaboration of photographers Maha Al Asaker and Maddalena Arcelloni, and their portfolio shows a range of fashion and beauty work, from sleek menswear images to vivid, punchy accessory shoots. At the recent Career Day portfolio reviews at International Center of Photography, I had the pleasure of meeting them and reviewing their book. While... More

Bella Egan’s “Between What Was and What Is”

Posted by on July 20, 2016 | Student Photography

Photography can be therapeutic for the person behind the camera, but photographer Bella Egan also discovered her camera could be used to improve relationships within her family. When she started shooting the work for “Between What Was and What Is”—her final project at International Center of Photography, where we met for a portfolio review—Egan was apprehensive. She... More

Daniel Rodrigues’s “The Iron Train”

Posted by on July 13, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

The Iron Train, which starts its journey in Nouadhibou and ends in Zouérat, travels more than 405 miles through the Sahara Desert over the course of 20 hours. The extreme shifts in temperature from day to night make for uneasy travel conditions, but “the worst,” photographer Daniel Rodrigues says, “is the dust produced by wagons... More

Tips for Mastering Music Portraits from Ultimate Music Moment Contest Winner and RIT Photojournalism Student Meg Oliphant

Posted by on July 11, 2016 | Student Photography

Rochester Institute of Technology photojournalism student Meg Oliphant is one of several winners in PDN’s 2016 Ultimate Music Moment contest amateur category. PDNedu‘s sister publication Shutterlove recently interviewed Oliphant to find out how she captured her winning submission—a portrait of female musician Jesse Amesmith, taken in Amesmith’s Rochester, New York, apartment. Here are some lessons we gleaned from... More

Redefining Family: Mamie Heldman’s “Together, Us.”

Posted by on July 11, 2016 | Student Photography

What constitutes a family? In Mamie Heldman‘s series “Together, Us,” the Brooklyn-based photographer takes pictures of people who have formed interpersonal bonds through shared experiences, commonality, and romantic relationships. She writes: “As young adults emerge into the world and move away from the various forms of community that have defined their sense of belonging, there is an intuitive... More

Call for Entries: Syngenta Photography Award—$65k in Prizes

Posted by on July 8, 2016 | Contests/Events

  Professional, amateur and student photographers are invited to enter the third edition of the Syngenta Photography Award which includes a $15,000 prize in the Professional Commission category (open to professional photographers only) and a $5,000 prize for the Open Competition, which is open to all photographers who are 18 years or older. The deadline for entries is August 22,... More

Invisible Matriarchs: Cinthya Santos Briones’ “Abuelas” Series

Posted by on July 7, 2016 | Student Photography

The International Center of Photography in New York City recently held their annual Career Day for students, and PDNedu and PDN editors attended to review portfolios. I’ll be sharing some work here that we reviewed. Cinthya Santos Briones is a documentary photographer who splits her time between New York City and Mexico, and whose work tells the stories of... More

Tips for Photographers on Making the Most of an Instagram Takeover

Posted by on July 5, 2016 | Business/Marketing

Instagram accounts for media outlets have become platforms not only to show, but to debut photographic projects. For an Instagram takeover, outlets invite a photographer—emerging or established—to take the reins of their Instagram feed, logging in to the account and posting two to three imagers per day plus text, usually for a week. Instagram takeovers... More