This photographer is a beautifully talented wedding photographer but his talent lies much deeper than that. Just a few years back, he and his wife gave up nearly everything they owned to utilize their photography storytelling talents to tell the stories and bring awareness to individuals or communities that may be less fortunate. With his […]
Milton Rogovin began his career as an optometrist. However during his career he was cut short. Rogovin was called to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1957 because of his communist beliefs. He refused to testify and found himself ostracized. After losing his optometry practice, he picked up a camera. He decided […]
“All my life I’ve focused on the poor. The rich ones have their own photographers.”
— Milton Rogovin
The invention of editing is the thing that allowed film to take off. — Walter Murch Occasionally, clients will balk at the time/cost of the edit. To the uninformed, the edit may seem like simple, mechanical task when, in fact, the editor is the last storyteller to touch a film project. When I meet such […]
“You have to love this job because the schedules, the emotional ups and downs, the pressures would sometimes be too much of you didn’t love it.”
- Amy Sancetta
Editor’s Note: Welcome to new Photofocus contributor Mark Morrow — http://www.markmorrowphotography.com. Outdoor events can be challenging to capture in a way that is meaningful, or that equals the experience from a competitor’s perspective. Aside from the well-deserved physical rewards, event sports like mountain bike racing and endurance running (etc) can be thankless work for the athlete […]
This week’s podcast features three great folks from the photo industry. First up Rich Harrington catches up with one of the best image makers on the planet, Joe McNally. Melissa Niu then catches up with photographer and Adobe expert Terry White. You’ll then learn all about ViewBug, a great site for entering photo contests and winning […]
Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian-born photographer best known for his social documentary photography of workers in less developed nations. He began his career as an economist who worked with the World Bank. He abandoned his career and became a full-time photographer in 1973. Salgado spends his time traveling to countries to capture stories. He is known […]
I work on stories rather than individual pictures.
– Sebastião Salgado
Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. — Shinichi Suzuki The idea of 10,000 repetitions as a path to mastery is not new. It has been a principle of Eastern thought for a very long time and has been made popular in business by Malcolm Gladwell and in photography by Steve Simon. […]
“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
– Imogen Cunningham
First rule to be a photographer, you have to be invisible.
― Sameh Talhamy
Having an off day? Questioning whether or not your photography “measures up”? Worried you may never be “good enough”? Take a few minutes to watch this video featuring producer/writer/actor Ira Glass (This American Life) discussing self-doubt, one of the real challenges of the creative life, and how to overcome it. Then, go do the work. […]
This week’s podcast features two diverse subjects who both have interesting perspectives on the photo industry. First up Rich Harrington catches up with portrait photographer Peter Hurley who’s well-known for his approach to head shots. Melissa Niu then speaks with Ed Greenberg about the rights of photographers. It turns out that both our guests will […]
Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.
— Edward Steichen
Claude Cahun (Born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob) was a French artist, writer and photographer. She kept her photography mostly to herself in her day and was best known for her writing. She did seem to participate in a few shows, but hid her identity as a woman. She began her making self-portraits in 1912 at the […]
I photograph a lot of food for my stock portfolio. Many of the images I have photographed were planned out, however, some of them are spur-of-the-moment images after cooking something beautiful. Recently, I made a blueberry French toast breakfast for me and my husband. After getting most of it prepped in the kitchen, I realized […]
Editor’s Note: This article is an excerpt from Scott’s new book “72 Essays on Photography.” It’s available on both iTunes and Amazon. “I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.” – Robert Mapplethorpe I have been studying Zen Buddhism and I am struck by how so much of it […]
As a wedding photographer, I find it’s all too easy to slip into a groove of doing the same thing over and over. Sure it’s a different set of clients each week, and there’s a different venue, a different dress, different food, different customs, but at some point it basically boils down to the same […]
Photography suits the temper of this age – of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.
– Edward Weston
Elizabeth “Lee” Miller was an American photographer from New York. She began her career as a successful fashion model in the 1920′s, but then moved to Paris and behind the camera. She became a well-established fashion and fine art photographer. During World War II she became a war photographer and covered events like the London Blitz, the liberation […]