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Archive for August, 2016

Call For Submissions: PDN’s FACES Portrait Photography Contest

Posted by on August 31, 2016 | Contests/Events, Student Photography

Photo © Irvin Rivera

Faces is one of PDN’s biggest photo competitions of the year, and it has categories for both professional and amateur photographers. Prizes include cash prizes of $1,500 and $2,500, two one-page features in PDN, Impact lighting kits and B&H Photo gift cards. All winners are published in PDN and online, and all work will be viewed by judges... More

Photographing the “Russ” Rite of Passage in Norway

Posted by on August 25, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Maria Gossé

Each year before final exams, 40,000 Norwegian high school seniors hit the road for a month of partying. It’s called the russefeiring (students who take part are called russ), and the tradition has grown to become commercialized, with sponsored party busses, russ uniforms sold online and special ID cards for entry into clubs and bars. It’s a rite of passage that... More

Driely S. Breaks Into Editorial and Fashion Photography

Posted by on August 23, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips / Photo © Driely S.

Rather than arriving at a shoot with a pre-determined idea of how it will go, Brooklyn-based photographer Driely S. lets her subjects lead the way. “You kind of go with whatever your subject is giving,” she explains. As a result, her portfolio—which features editorial fashion images and portraits of musicians such as Kanye West and... More

Finding Common Ground on the Streets of Brooklyn

Posted by on August 18, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Amy Touchette

Photographer and PDNedu contributor Amy Touchette was recently featured in The New York Times for an ongoing body of street photography shot on her iPhone. Touchette’s work depicts the diversity of Brooklyn’s streets in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, but points more to what we all have in common than how we differ. She writes on her Instagram: “Everyday I seek evidence that we do... More

Jason Koxvold’s “BLACK-WATER”

Posted by on August 17, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Jason Koxvold

Brooklyn-based photographer Jason Koxvold was researching Kuwait on Google Earth when he first got the idea for his series “BLACK-WATER.” He explains: “I could see that a significant part of the country was occupied by U.S. military facilities,” he says—and he wanted to photograph them. After working for many years as a creative director for... More

How Photojournalists are Embracing Virtual Reality

Posted by on August 15, 2016 | Gear, Media

Excerpted from PDN, by Jon Blistein Virtual reality is here, and for those looking to embark on a career in photojournalism, take note. With smartphones and $15 Google Cardboard headsets, our parent publication PDN reports that VR is available to a wide audience and has become a viable new medium that has attracted news juggernauts like The... More

Emerging Photographer is Open For Submissions!

Posted by on August 10, 2016 | Contests/Events, Media

Photo © Driely S.

Our sister magazine, Emerging Photographer, is seeking fresh work for the Winter 2016 issue. All photographers with around five years or less of professional experience are eligible to enter. Perks include a feature in the print + online magazine, which is designed to focus on what matters: the work. The magazine is distributed to more than... More

Coming of Age in the South Bronx

Posted by on August 5, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Sarah Blesener

For six months, photographer Sarah Blesener spent her free time with a group of six boys from the South Bronx, photographing them in their neighborhood of Mott Haven. Blesener met the boys through the older cousin of one of the boys, Chavier, and she says: “For some reason, Chavier invited me into his world.” She adds:... More

Filippo Venturi’s “Made in Korea”

Posted by on August 2, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Filippo Venturi

Italian photographer Filippo Venturi was reading a tourism dossier on South Korea when he developed a curiosity about the country. This curiosity eventually led to his series “Made in Korea,” an exploration of the country’s rapid advancements in technology and its economic growth. But at the time, he didn’t know much about Korean culture. “Every... More