How Ami Vitale made the 2019 Lavazza calendar


March 2019 issue News

“It was a match made in heaven,” says seasoned photojournalist Ami Vitale of her recent partnership with coffee company Lavazza for its annual calendar. She photographed six pieces of artwork in outdoor spaces in various parts of the world for the project.What she loved about it: The project struck a chord with Vitale because of its uplifting theme: highlighting communities that have connected with their natural environment in a positive way. In 2009, after years photographing human...Continue Reading >

Awe-inspiring photos from a storm-chasing career


February 2019 issue News

Grapefruit-sized hail? Cloud-to-ground lightning that melts asphalt? Fleeing a 50-mile-wide supercell in a van jetting 95 miles per hour? They’re all worth it to witness the terrifying power and unimaginable beauty of a summer tempest, according to former storm-chasing photographer Camille Seaman. Her book “The Big Cloud” shares her best photographic works from years stalking supercells in the American West.    Her start: After many years photographing the melting poles in the Arctic...Continue Reading >

Pete McBride’s epic photographic journeys


December 2018 issue Profiles

Documenting the Colorado River and the Grand CanyonLike most people who grew up in the Western United States, native Coloradan Pete McBride is acutely aware of water. From Colorado to California, life and lifestyle have been shaped by this ever-diminishing resource that provides the lifeblood to communities carved out of the desert, nourishment for farms bullied up from the arid ground, and catalyst for legal disputes between cities, states, and nations. Yet water remains something most...Continue Reading >

Less gear, more vision


11.25.2018 News

Why Pete McBride used minimalist gear for an epic journeyWorking on location means hauling your gear to wherever you need to shoot. That can be a backbreaking chore even if you’re just photographing in one location.Now consider the chore if you’re hauling your gear across 700-plus miles of rugged terrain … along with everything you need to eat, sleep, and survive for weeks at a time. You really start to think about weight and efficiency. And those considerations go beyond your...Continue Reading >

Science experiments lead to artful photographs


November 2018 issue News

Kaleidoscopes of form and colorEpsom salt, acetaminophen, vitamin supplements: It’s hard to believe these common drug store supplies are the subjects of Justin Zoll’s vibrant microscopy series.“I’ve always been very interested in science,” says Zoll, who often did experiments with a friend who owned a microscope. One day the pair connected Zoll’s DSLR to the microscope, and Zoll liked the result. He purchased his own microscope through eBay and began experimenting with...Continue Reading >

The magic behind Ken Kaminesky’s travel photography


October 2018 issue Profiles

His story starts with packing boxes in a Montreal warehouse, but the lasting image is what matters most to travel photographer Ken Kaminesky—not just the image in hand but the memory of its moment, too.For that, we find ourselves in Petra, the ancient Nabataean capital carved out of cliffs in Jordan. Kaminesky’s online portfolio includes images of Petra he took on one of his Discovery Photo Tours, a business he launched in 2016. His recollection quickly jumps to his image of Petra’s...Continue Reading >

Syrian refugee portrait reflects light amid desperation


July 2018 issue News

Documentary photographer Nish Nalbandian spent three years photographing the war in northern Syria. His new book “A Handful of Dust: Syrian Refugees in Turkey” is a collection of the photographs he made of Syrian refugees living in the cities and rural towns of southern Turkey. Here’s what Professional Photographer learned about the portrait of Abu Hamid, above:Where were you when you made this photograph?Nalbandian: I was in southern Turkey in early 2014 waiting to go into Syria...Continue Reading >
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