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Photographer Interviews

Looking Ahead: Ami Vitale’s Wildlife Conservation Work

Posted by on September 23, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Ami Vitale/National Geographic
Photo © Ami Vitale/National Geographic

Catching Ami Vitale at home in Montana for a couple of days, she spoke to PDNedu about her recent trip to China—where she gave a talk at TEDxShanghai that was broadcast live all over Asia, Europe and the U.S.—and discussed her ongoing work with endangered animals. The theme for the seventh TEDxShanghai conference was “Balance,”... More

The Conservation Issue of PDNedu is out!

Posted by on September 15, 2016 | Media, Photographer Interviews, Student Photography

Photo © Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark
Photo © Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark

The Fall 2016 issue of PDNedu honors the photographers who dedicate themselves to environmental and conservation issues: Ami Vitale and cover photographer Joel Sartore, two Nikon Ambassadors who are each documenting endangered species worldwide; Aaron Vincent Elkaim, who received an Alexia Foundation grant to continue his work on the displacement of indigenous tribes in Brazil; CK Vijayakumar,... More

Ng Hui Hsien’s “The Weight of Air”

Posted by on September 9, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Hui Hsien Ng
Photo © Hui Hsien Ng

Spurred by a “personal search for quiet,” photographer Ng Hui Hsien obtained a one-month artist residency in Iceland to create her series “The Weight of Air.” Trained in sociology, with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the National University of Singapore, Ng turned to photography just a few years ago to fill a void... More

Dove Shore: Being a “Film Nerd” Helped My Photography Career

Posted by on September 7, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Dove Shore
Photo © Dove Shore

Los Angeles-based photographer Dove Shore recently shot a portrait session of acclaimed Russian director Timur Bekmambetov for a feature about the director’s recent movie adaptation of the novel Ben-Hur. The portraits were featured in the August 2016 issue of Russian Vogue. The portrait was taken at the director’s home in Los Feliz, California, (which just so happens to be the... More

Photographing the “Russ” Rite of Passage in Norway

Posted by on August 25, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Maria Gossé
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.
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
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
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

Coming of Age in the South Bronx

Posted by on August 5, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Sarah Blesener
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
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