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How to Create Bold Beauty Lighting

Posted by on November 7, 2017 | Gear, Photographer Interviews

Photo © Matthew Jordan Smith

Once upon a time, world-renowned Nikon Ambassador Matthew Jordan Smith was just a student at the Art Institute of Atlanta trying to find his way. Now, some 30 years later, this highly sought-after celebrity, beauty and portrait photographer’s A-list clientele includes Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Jennifer Connelly, Jamie Foxx and makeup leaders L’Oréal, Olay, Pantene... More

Making A Guide for the Modern Photographer

Posted by on October 30, 2017 | Business/Marketing, Education, Media, Photographer Interviews

Photo © Claire Rosen

The traditional photography guidebook may be a relic of the past: A quick YouTube search can pull up nearly any camera function or technique you need to learn. But, as photographer Claire Rosen notes, technical skill does not equal mastery of the medium. Storytelling, originality and creativity are what elevate an image—and they are far... More

Observations in Black and White

Posted by on October 24, 2017 | Student Photography

In Theo Carol’s black-and-white photography, he illustrates human emotion and encounters both present and implied—empty seats are pushed back from a cluttered dining table beneath two formal portraits, a child is obscured by laundry hanging out to dry, picture-taking tourists form an almost-perceptible network of sight lines. A junior at Syosset High School in Long... More

Trending Now: Molly Cranna’s Graphic Goods

Posted by on October 23, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Molly Cranna

Early in her career, photographer Molly Cranna was shooting creepy teeth-related objects she had bought from eBay when magic happened. The images came to life when the Los Angeles-based photographer injected some hard light, a big dose of color and a little humor. “It was unexpected to have a bunch of dentures [against] pastel pink... More

Lucy Leach’s Vintage Vibes

Posted by on October 19, 2017 | Photographer Interviews, Student Photography

Photo © Lucy Leach

In a 2012 review of Mad Men, The New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik declared the “the Golden Forty-Year Rule” of American pop culture, in which it takes 40 years for a decade to come back into style. If that’s the case, then the 1970s-era disco-inspired work of photographer Lucy Leach is right on trend.... More

Photography, Poetry and Tableau: Gillian Hyland’s “Words In Sight”

Posted by on October 6, 2017 | Media

Photo © Gillian Hyland

London-based photographer Gillian Hyland is self-publishing ten years of work in a monograph Words In Sight. Hyland creates her cinematic, dramatically lit tableaus based on her own poetry, which will be included with the images. A Grand Prize honoree of PDN‘s The Curator Fine-Art Awards in 2014, she has continued the body of work, creating scenes that... More

SVA Open Call for High School Photographers

Posted by on September 27, 2017 | Contests/Events

Courtesy of SVA

The deadline is coming up for the School of Visual Arts‘ nationwide open call for high school students. Entering your work is free and the submission period will culminate in a group exhibition at the school’s Gramercy Gallery in New York City. The theme of the open call is “America 2017.” SVA is welcoming all... More

Singles, Fall 2017

Posted by on September 21, 2017 | Student Photography

Photo © Lena Mirisola

Check out our first Singles gallery, which appears in the Fall 2017 issue of PDNedu. This gallery features single images from student and emerging photographers. Be in our next collection of Singles: drop us a photo and caption at pdnedu@pdnonline.com. LENA MIRISOLA While shooting on a Boston rooftop on a sunny winter evening, Mirisola asked models... More