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How Diaja carved a path to conceptual photography success


March 2020 issue Profiles

Unfailing confidenceCeres Henry was walking with a friend in Harlem one day three years ago when they passed by the recently opened X Gallery. Henry, artistically known as Diaja, was then a fledgling photographer and told her friend, “Let me just pop in and see.”“The curator [Lisa DuBois] was there, and I just walked up and said, How can I get my work into this gallery?” Diaja didn’t have her portfolio with her but showed DuBois some of her images on Instagram. “And she was... Continue Reading >

Photo series celebrates hardbound children’s books


March 2020 issue News

The feel of the pages. The colorful illustrations at beginning and end. Observing that many children read books on e-readers, Ellen Cantor became nostalgic for her favorite hard copy volumes from childhood. Using a mixture of her own books, her mother’s, and her friends’, Cantor created a photo series that honors the loved and worn hardbound books. She made her images in camera (not Photoshop) with a Nikon D800 on a tripod with one on-camera flash and one soft box, she explains, using a... Continue Reading >

Photographer Rus Khasanov creates liquid lettering


March 2020 issue News

Remember the silver side of the CD? The way it shimmered with a rainbow of color when you tilted it back and forth in the light? That unexpected iridescence inspired Rus Khasanov to create his photo series “Marmalade Type.” He spotted a scratched CD of ’90s music lying on the street and was hypnotized by its hues, he says. “I immediately had a great desire to experiment in this direction.”To create his images, Khasanov collected CDs and DVDs and wrote letters on their surfaces with... Continue Reading >

Anatomy of an image: Flower-themed child portrait


2.25.2020 Tech

© Ceres Diaja HenryFlowers for AutumnPhotographer: Ceres “Diaja” HenryDate: May 5, 2018Location: Studio in Harlem, New YorkSubject: Autumn, Diaja’s 7-year-old niecePhotographer’s note: “For some time, I had been promising Autumn I would paint and photograph her. One day she and her mom visited me right after a photo session with a client. I had already broken down my equipment and put everything away. However, with my creative juices still flowing, I decided to fulfill... Continue Reading >

Richard Wood’s 6 tips to improve your photography


March 2020 issue Profiles

Over the past decade, it seems like Richard Wood has won every award a New Zealand photographer can win. He’s been the New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year three times, piled up numerous district and specialty awards, and earned the distinction of Grand Master of Photography from the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, just to name a few. So it’s probably no surprise that his expertise has been in high demand from other pro shooters looking to up their game. Wood... Continue Reading >

Photographer and painter partner to create new works


February 2020 issue Fine Art

Collaborating with another artist can be intimidating, especially if the other artist works in a different medium. But that’s also what makes the resulting art so interesting. Landscape photographer Kent Burkhardsmeier and abstract artist Jessica Wachter teamed up to create a body of work exhibited at The Capital Gallery in Bismarck, North Dakota, where they both grew up. They titled the exhibition “Connected.”How they met: While visiting family in Bismarck, Burkhardsmeier attended a... Continue Reading >

How to get your fine art displayed


October 2019 issue News

© Judith Pishnery Judy Pishnery will speak at Imaging USA 2020. Passion and creativity may have led you to a fine art photography project. But once you’ve poured your heart into the work, how do you get it seen and sold? Judith Pishnery, who will deliver the educational session “Insider’s Guide to Fine Art Photography” at Imaging USA 2020, offers three tips:Enter juried competitions. Also participate in portfolio reviews with recognized jurors and reviewers. This gets your... Continue Reading >

Photographer Denis Smith creates light sculptures from water


September 2019 issue News

Splashing a light tool around in open ocean at sunset? “It is the most free I have felt,” says light painter Denis Smith, whose latest series, “Liquid Light,” was made in the warm, shallow waters off the coast of his South Australia home.The tools: Smith designs, creates, and sells his own light tools. For “Liquid Light” he needed waterproof torches hardy enough to withstand smacking against the surface of the water. “What we are doing is very aggressive,” he says. “I... Continue Reading >
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