How personal work helps Jenny Risher stand out from the crowd

December 2019 issue Profiles

When you ask Detroit-based portrait, editorial, and advertising photographer Jenny Risher what makes her work unique, she starts talking about banana pudding.Huh?© Jenny Risher“To be a really successful photographer you need to have something that sets you apart from the competition; something that makes your work unique,” she says.But what’s that got to do with banana pudding?“It’s something I tell my fashion photography students: If you want to be noticed you have to... Continue Reading >

Photographer Tessa Dóniga translates “breakfast”

August 2019 issue News

When translated literally, what does the word “breakfast” mean? That’s the question bilingual Spanish photographer Tessa Dóniga answers with humor in her series “Break/fast,” a collaborative project with art journal Polpettas. “When I try to translate some words to one language from another, I question myself,” she says. “My challenge was to set in one image both terms [‘break’ and ‘fast’] in a visual composition that would be recognizable to the viewer.”The... Continue Reading >

10 nuggets of business wisdom from photographer Tim Wallace

6.25.2019 Business

Tim Wallace has 43 cameras, including his first, a Ricoh KR-10 that he bought as a teenager, as well as his father’s and grandfather’s cameras. He still uses them all. Specializing in commercial photography of prestige transportation—particularly high-end automobiles—Wallace has a 12x14-foot room crammed with equipment, he says. “Because of the type of work I do, there’s loads of stands, bungies, straps, and clips,” plus lighting rigs. By his calculation, all of this production... Continue Reading >

Tim Wallace: Making a photography career out of car lust

July 2019 issue Profiles

© Tim WallaceAfter he was laid off in 2006, Tim Wallace traded in his silver Audi A4. Approaching his 40th birthday, the unemployed corporate manager of data network systems decided to return to photography, his initial career and first love. He sat down with a notepad at the dining table in his northeast England home to brainstorm a plan. “By dinnertime I hadn’t written anything down and was very caffeinated,” he says. “A bit twitchy, but I could still hold a pen.”For five days... Continue Reading >

Liquid assets: Martin Wonnacott’s beverage photography

July 2019 issue Profiles

Passing through security at Los Angelles International Airport, Martin Wonnacott opened his shiny Zero Halliburton camera case to give the TSA agent a glimpse at the two Leica SLR bodies and assorted lenses he was carrying. “OK,” she said as Wonnacott snapped shut the case. Pointing at the other identical Zero Halliburton case, she asked, “And what’s in that one?”Because he’d been through this many times before, Wonnacott paused, cracked a wry smile, and answered,... Continue Reading >

Francesco Tonelli’s deliciously different food photography

March 2019 issue Profiles

“Every time I look through your work,” I tell food photographer Francesco Tonelli, “I have the same reaction.”“What’s that?” he asks as he sits in the gleaming production kitchen of his four-story, 4,250-square-foot combined home and photography studio in Edgewater, New Jersey.Francesco Tonelli © Francesco Tonelli“I start salivating,” I tell him. “And then my stomach starts growling.”The Italian-born photographer lets out a hearty laugh. “Thank you. That’s... Continue Reading >

Francesco Tonelli’s food photography tips

2.25.2019 Business

With his background as a chef and a culinary arts teacher, food photographer Francesco Tonelli is ideally qualified to offer tips on producing compelling food photography. Some of his advice:“First you have to love food,” says Tonelli. “Really, it is important to establish a connection with the food you are photographing. Look at it, touch it, cook it, eat it.” He explains that he does his best work photographing a dish when he can imagine himself eating it. “That helps me capture... Continue Reading >

Mark Seliger heads up McDonald’s portrait project

February 2019 issue News

Is McDonald’s the tie that binds? Editorial and portrait photographer Mark Seliger created a documentary-style portrait series for the restaurant chain that highlights both the diversity and the commonality of the restaurant’s patrons.The idea for the series evolved during a brainstorming session between Seliger and ad agency We Are Unlimited. “We put out there this idea that everybody has something in common,” he says, “and the idea that you can go into a McDonald’s and there’s... Continue Reading >