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Photographer Interviews

Simon Sharp’s “Nepali Nintendo”

Posted by on April 19, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Simon Sharp

Simon Sharp, who was recently featured in our sister publication Emerging Photographer for a series on child labor in Nepal and India, is continuing his work on photographing the lives of kids in developing nations. His series “Nepali Nintendo” documents how the children of Kathmandu “make do and mend, reinterpret and find another life for whatever they... More

The Behind-the-Scenes Specialist

Posted by on April 11, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © JoJo Whilden/HBO

Being the fly whose job it is to perch on the wall of a television set is inherently cool. But when you’re the fly who’s photographing stills for Netflix, SHOWTIME and HBO for shows like Orange Is the New Black, Homeland and Girls, it’s pretty much a photographer’s dream job. JoJo Whilden is a photographer... More

The Lives of Lolitas

Posted by on February 24, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Shirley Yu

A new personal project from photographer Shirley Yu explores the Lolita subculture community, which originated in Japan. Lolita fashion is a mix of Victorian and Roccoco styles, with specific sub-styles that include “gothic” “sweet,” “baby,” “classic” and “casual.” The commitment to the Lolita look can go beyond fashion and become a full lifestyle, Yu explains, with members adopting a... More

A Haunting Series Confronts Our Eating Habits

Posted by on February 8, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Anki Grøthe

When photographer Anki Grøthe documented the annual slaughter of the reindeer that live near her hometown of Hemsedal, Norway, she knew it was a perspective that needed to be shared with others. Although Norway has strict rules on animal welfare, and the reindeers’ lives are taken quickly and painlessly, “killing animals is brutal,” Grøthe says.... More

Ping Wang’s Dreamlike, Surrealist Tableaux

Posted by on January 24, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Ping Wang

Inspired partly by his dreams, partly by fashion and partly by Surrealist art of the early 20th century, photographer Ping Wang created “The Nostalgia of the Infinite,” a conceptual series that Wang describes as “an emotional life history.” The series comprises three sections—“Asleep,” “Delusional” and “Untrammeled”—which, together, aim to portray the process of transitioning from a state... More

A Meditation on Melancholy

Posted by on January 13, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Eliso Tsintsabadze

The feeling Eliso Tsintsabadze aims to convey in her series “Sylvan Sadness” is not something easily expressed in words. The name is the translated title of a poem by Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov, “Lesnaya Toska,” a translation she feels doesn’t do the phrase justice. “In dictionaries, the Russian word toska is described as some sort... More

Varvara Mikushkina’s “Lux and Lumen”

Posted by on December 29, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Varvara Mikushkina

Varvara Mikushkina conceptualized “Lux and Lumen” out of necessity. She was trying to make sense of an overabundance of images she had shot while studying for her MFA at Parsons School of Design, and saw that they all fit under one umbrella as studies of light. They also embodied elements of her heritage. Born in... More

Lyn Slater, Accidental Icon

Posted by on December 21, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Carmen Daneshmandi

Professor and fashion blogger Lyn Slater made an indelible impression on photographer Carmen Daneshmandi from the first moment they met. Slater writes on her blog that she is a proponent of women who live “interesting but ordinary lives” and are, above all, “clear and comfortable with who they are,” a quality that shines through in... More

Toy Soldiers: Photographing Russia’s Patriotic Youth Programs

Posted by on December 14, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Sarah Blesener

In April 2016, during a trip to Moscow, photographer Sarah Blesener stumbled upon a cadet class learning how to dismantle AK-47s and get in and out of biohazard suits quickly. This jarring sight, combined with a growing interest in patriotic ideology being taught to kids, inspired Blesener to document patriotic clubs, education and summer camps... More