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Photographer Interviews

Catching Waves in Rockaway

Posted by on July 19, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Gabriele Griseri

New York City living and surf culture may not seem to mesh, but along the long arm that extends from Queens, around Brooklyn, is Rockaway Beach, where a thriving surf community congregates—some year-round, even in the freezing temperatures. Italian photographer Gabriele Griseri has made his way out to to the Rockaways to capture this surfing... More

Finding “Awkward Pleasures” on the Street

Posted by on July 12, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Bangkok-born, New York City-based photographer Poupay has an eye for unusual moments in ordinary spaces. Her series “Awkward Pleasures” is a collection of street images that present the eccentricities of the seemingly mundane, which exist everywhere but require special attention to be seen. She writes: “There are little surprises hiding everywhere without our notice. Since... More

Sharon Draghi’s “Split Tree Road”

Posted by on July 7, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Sharon Draghi

Photographer Sharon Draghi turns the camera on herself, her family and their lives in the suburbs of New York for her series “Split Tree Road.” Draghi’s photographs muse on the solitariness of one’s inner world, which we each have regardless of the bonds we make and the spaces we share with family. “It is about... More

Tracie Williams’ “Feed the Flame”

Posted by on June 9, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Tracie Williams

This documentary series by photographer Tracie Williams was almost lost to the world. After living with and photographing the Dakota Access Pipeline protestors for three weeks, her camera, audio recorder, memory cards and cell phone were confiscated during the eviction of the Oceti Oyate Camp on February 23, 2017. Williams says that just hours before her... More

Behind the (Luxury) Curtain: Life in Monaco

Posted by on May 23, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Ottavia Fabbri

Though quality of life can be measured in a number of ways, life in Monaco seems to hit all the marks: as the second-smallest country in the world, it has high life expectancy, luxurious standards of living, beautiful scenery and a mild climate. And, as Ottavia Fabbri’s photography series “One in Three” indicates, a third of... More

The Human Digitizer

Posted by on May 19, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Alexx Henry

In “Here They Lie,” one of the debut titles on the PlayStation virtual reality platform, players traverse an immersive 3D hellscape. When the terrifying beast-humans turn their gaze on you, the terror is real, and for that, you can thank Alexx Henry. The characters in “Here They Lie” owe their likeness to real human models... More

Polaroid Notes Written Far From Home

Posted by on May 9, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Nicolas Enriquez

Documentary photographer Nicolas Enriquez has begun a new collaborative mixed-media project, “The Chronicles of an Odyssey,” that combines Polaroid portraits of migrants and refugees with their handwritten thoughts and messages. “[I asked them] to decorate [their] own image freely with colors. A lot of them write love messages, messages to their moms, countries [and] loved ones;... More

The Stop-Motion Maestro

Posted by on May 5, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Even if you don’t know his nom de guerre, it’s likely you’ve seen PES’ work on YouTube, or even just the old-fashioned tube—his short “Fresh Guacamole” was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013, and his Honda commercial “Paper” was nominated for an Emmy in 2016. His stop-motion films are imbued with wit, humor and... More

Sinziana Velicescu’s “A Tree Grows In”

Posted by on April 27, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Sinziana Velicescu

Trees in urban or industrial settings can appear solitary, but in Sinziana Velicescu’s series “A Tree Grows In,” she takes a graphic and playful approach to the topic. The series makes use of unexpected relationships between trees, their settings and each other, and one could almost caption their conversations as they peek over the flat roofs... More

Returning to the South Bronx

Posted by on April 24, 2017 | Photographer Interviews, Student Photography

Photo © Sarah Blesener

Photographer and recent Alexia Foundation grant recipient Sarah Blesener has continued to photograph her series about South Bronx teenager Chavi, which we first posted about here last August. Now a sophomore in high school, Chavi has remained close to his friends, and Blesener continues to document the strong bond they have whenever she is back in... More