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Photographer Interviews

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

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