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Photographer Interviews

Lessons from Deanne Fitzmaurice on The Importance of Engaging with Subjects

Posted by on November 16, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Deanne Fitzmaurice has been photographing Saleh, an Iraqi boy who was severely injured in a grenade explosion at age nine, for over 13 years. “I was around Saleh and his dad so much that they just forgot about me,” Fitzmaurice says. “What it taught me is that you have to build trust, build relationships, and then back off and capture moments that say something.”

One important question has come up consistently throughout Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice’s career: Can she remain objective while engaging with her subjects? “I come from a newspaper background which has a really strict policy about not getting involved with subjects—you could get fired. It’s all about credibility and our photographs being believable,” the... More

DIY Greek Mythology: Michelle Alexis Newman and Spencer Olson

Posted by on November 8, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Michelle Alexis Newman

Michelle Alexis Newman‘s series “Greek to Me” is a new spin on the visual iconography of Greek mythology. It’s colorful and tongue-in-cheek and has some very charming art-and-crafts hacks in the set design. And the star of the series, Spencer Olson, shines—sometimes literally—as each deity. We asked Newman a few questions about the making of the... More

Norwegian Burlesque Artists, ‘Undressed.’

Posted by on October 31, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Maria Gossé

It’s a relief to come home, kicks your shoes off and get comfortable—especially if you’re shedding your 6-inch heels, fishnets and a corset. Such is the life of a burlesque dancer, the focus of Maria Gossé‘s ongoing series “Undressed.” We covered Gossé’s documentary series on hard-partying Norwegian high schoolers this summer, but “Undressed” takes a more formal approach, with portraits... More

Striving for Co-Existence: Aaron Vincent Elkaim’s Work in the Amazon Basin

Posted by on October 28, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Aaron Vincent Elkaim

For three decades, the indigenous people of the Xingu River in Brazil have been at the forefront of a battle against the construction of one of the world’s largest hydroelectric plants, the Belo Monte Dam. The Xingu River is home to 16 indigenous tribes, and is a biodiversity hotspot in the Amazon Basin. It’s here... More

A Meditation on Hong Kong

Posted by on October 25, 2016 | Contests/Events, Photographer Interviews

Photo © Kiu Ka Yee

Pictures of Hong Kong often emphasize its bustling streets and awe-inspiring high rises, but photographer Kiu Ka Yee‘s ode to the city is imbued with a sense of quiet and stillness. Yee says: “Hong Kong is changing so fast without us even realizing it. [This is] a project about memories, relationship and home.” The images capture the soft pastels and... More

Working with Passion: On Assignment for NGOs

Posted by on October 18, 2016 | Business/Marketing, Photographer Interviews

Photo © Ashley Gilbertson / VII for UNICEF

By Mary Virginia Swanson One of the greatest gifts for a working photographer is to be commissioned to shoot a story about an issue that matters to them. When the organization hiring you shares a passion for your subject, the potential for extraordinary and far-reaching outcomes are immeasurable. Photography as a tool for social change... More

Where Ghosts Roam: Matt Shallenberger’s “The Leaping Place”

Posted by on October 6, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Matt Shallenberger

Are there portals in this world between earthly and supernatural planes of existence? It may seem like a loaded question for some, but the concept is part of photographer Matt Shallenberger’s cultural history as a Hawaiian. In ancient Hawaiian mythology, he explains, the souls of the dead are guided by their deceased ancestors and “guardian gods,” searching... More

The Conservationist-Photographer: Joel Sartore

Posted by on September 28, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark

Even after more than three decades in the photography business, renowned National Geographic photographer and Nikon Ambassador Joel Sartore is still an idealist at heart. “Photojournalism has the real power to change the world. A lot of people need our voice. They need our help to get their message out,” he says. In 2006, Sartore put... More

Looking Ahead: Ami Vitale’s Wildlife Conservation Work

Posted by on September 23, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

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

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