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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

Call For Submissions: PDN’s FACES Portrait Photography Contest

Posted by on August 31, 2016 | Contests/Events, Student Photography

Photo © Irvin Rivera
Photo © Irvin Rivera

Faces is one of PDN’s biggest photo competitions of the year, and it has categories for both professional and amateur photographers. Prizes include cash prizes of $1,500 and $2,500, two one-page features in PDN, Impact lighting kits and B&H Photo gift cards. All winners are published in PDN and online, and all work will be viewed by judges... More

Bella Egan’s “Between What Was and What Is”

Posted by on July 20, 2016 | Student Photography

Photography can be therapeutic for the person behind the camera, but photographer Bella Egan also discovered her camera could be used to improve relationships within her family. When she started shooting the work for “Between What Was and What Is”—her final project at International Center of Photography, where we met for a portfolio review—Egan was apprehensive. She... More

Tips for Mastering Music Portraits from Ultimate Music Moment Contest Winner and RIT Photojournalism Student Meg Oliphant

Posted by on July 11, 2016 | Student Photography

Rochester Institute of Technology photojournalism student Meg Oliphant is one of several winners in PDN’s 2016 Ultimate Music Moment contest amateur category. PDNedu‘s sister publication Shutterlove recently interviewed Oliphant to find out how she captured her winning submission—a portrait of female musician Jesse Amesmith, taken in Amesmith’s Rochester, New York, apartment. Here are some lessons we gleaned from... More

Redefining Family: Mamie Heldman’s “Together, Us.”

Posted by on July 11, 2016 | Student Photography

What constitutes a family? In Mamie Heldman‘s series “Together, Us,” the Brooklyn-based photographer takes pictures of people who have formed interpersonal bonds through shared experiences, commonality, and romantic relationships. She writes: “As young adults emerge into the world and move away from the various forms of community that have defined their sense of belonging, there is an intuitive... More

Invisible Matriarchs: Cinthya Santos Briones’ “Abuelas” Series

Posted by on July 7, 2016 | Student Photography

The International Center of Photography in New York City recently held their annual Career Day for students, and PDNedu and PDN editors attended to review portfolios. I’ll be sharing some work here that we reviewed. Cinthya Santos Briones is a documentary photographer who splits her time between New York City and Mexico, and whose work tells the stories of... More

Joshua Rashaad McFadden Featured by NYT Lens Blog

Posted by on June 22, 2016 | Student Photography

Black(Male)Selfness
Black(Male)Selfness

Joshua Rashaad McFadden, Honorable Mention in this year’s PDNedu Student Photo Contest, had had his project “Come to Selfhood” featured by The New York Times’ Lens Blog. “Come to Selfhood” explores the notion of a father figure and how internal and external forces have shaped the black male identity. The project combines traditional portraiture, sourced images and handwritten notes from McFadden’s subjects... More

Student Photo Op: Megan Krause

Posted by on June 17, 2016 | Student Photography

Megan Krause is the second student we’re featuring from the recent portfolio reviews at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Krause has spent her time developing her style in menswear fashion photography, and has recently branched out to beauty and runway shoots, including documenting New York Fashion Week. “Every new angle I find to... More

Student Photo Op: Veronica Sage McAvoy

Posted by on June 2, 2016 | Student Photography

The work of photographer Veronica Sage McAvoy was brought to our attention after a recent portfolio review at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her still-life series “Entropy” is an exploration of color, placement and relationships that toy with the value of significance—and insignificance. McAvoy is an undergraduate student and will graduate... More