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Photographer composes music to accompany prints


June 2018 issue News

© Ralph GibsonSOUNDS LIKE A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHIf a photograph had a melody, what would it be?Renowned art photographer Ralph Gibson wrestled with the answer to that question for his project recently exhibited at Galerie Thierry Bigaignon in Paris. Gibson, who characterizes himself as a career photographer and “passionately devoted amateur” musician, composed 15 pieces of music to accompany 15 of his silver gelatin prints. To listen to each piece, visitors simply held up their mobile... Continue Reading >

Alan Ross: A little bit of talent, a little bit of chutzpah, and a little bit of luck


April 2018 issue Profiles

An unpretentious icon shares the greatest lessons of his careerAlan Ross describes his career progression as “a little bit of talent, a little bit of chutzpah, and a little bit of luck.” It’s a humble characterization of a career that has included an impressive array of experiences, from working with Ansel Adams to creating commercial images for some of America’s biggest brands. Yes, Ross has had an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time. However, what he did with... Continue Reading >

A project with legs: Levon Biss’ larger-than-life bug portraits


April 2018 issue Profiles

It was a ground beetle. Levon Biss’ son Sebastian brought the ordinary bug in from the garden on a spring day, and Biss placed it under Sebastian’s microscope. “There was nothing special about this insect,” explained Biss in his 2017 TED Talk. “It’s a common species.” And yet, under the microscope, its glowing green back looked gorgeously speckled as if with stars. “When I first saw it, it reminded me of a galaxy,” Biss says. “And all the time, this had just been outside our... Continue Reading >

Patty Carroll talks about her “Anonymous Women” photo series


February 2018 issue Profiles

Famous in her anonymitySomeone once asked Patty Carroll to describe herself in one sentence. She answered, “I am someone who loves to dance with images.” Sitting in her compact, white-walled, oak-floored Chicago studio, a half-completed “unportrait” installation on an 8x8-foot stage set in front of her, she smiles when reminded of her response.“I love dancing, and I love images,” she explains, brushing back her blonde hair. “Images are everything to me—I’m very visually... Continue Reading >

Thomas Dodd: Making a career out of fine art photography


December 2017 issue Profiles

It wasn’t anything he’d had in mind for the session. But suddenly it was perfect. “The makeup artist brought the model in to show me the makeup, and the model had hot rollers in her hair,” photographer Thomas Dodd explains. “I was like, ‘Oh, oh, come here, come here, come here!’”The model wasn’t amused, he admits. “She’s like, ‘I can’t believe he’s taking my picture.’” But the profile portrait he made served as the foundation for what he deems his first iconic... Continue Reading >
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