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Photographer Interviews

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

Matthew Hamon’s “The Gleaners”

Posted by on December 6, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Matthew Hamon

The title of Matthew Hamon’s series “The Gleaners” comes from the 1857 painting by Jean-François Millet of the same name, which depicts three peasant women harvesting grain. Hamon saw similarities to the iconic composition in his own image of two women and a baby pulling fat from the carcass of a bison. “I’m interested in... More

The Winter 2016 Issue of Emerging Photographer is Out!

Posted by on November 29, 2016 | Contests/Events, Photographer Interviews

Our sister magazine, Emerging Photographer, has published its fifth juried issue, highlighting ten more rising stars in documentary, fine-art, portrait, fashion and travel photography. You can read the digital version of issue for free below, or pick up a print copy over at peecho.com. Featured photographers include Carmen Daneshmandi, Eliso Tsintsabadze, Anki Grøthe, Reuben Wu, Matthew... More

Inside Selection: A Girl and Her Lambs

Posted by on November 18, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Brittney Lohmiller

Brittney Lohmiller, a staffer at Michigan’s Midland Daily News, exemplifies the idea that a good story can be found anywhere. Lohmiller turned an assignment on the county fair into a long-form documentary story on a young girl, Alivia, as she raised two young lambs—Westley and Buttercup, à la The Princess Bride—for auction.     PDNedu:... More

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