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 >

Alex Timmermans’ journey into wet plate collodion photography


October 2017 issue Profiles

It happens all the time. We read a book, imagining the characters a certain way—the color of their hair, their height and mannerisms, the register of their voice—and then the book is made into a movie and none of the actors align with our vision. “I found the book more interesting than the film,” we say. It’s the same with photographs, explains Alex Timmermans.Timmermans abandoned digital photography in 2009 for the slower and more challenging wet plate collodion process that was...Continue Reading >

Safari photography tips


August 2017 issue News

David Yarrow is king of the wireless triggerScotland-born fine art photographer David Yarrow is known for creating stunning wildlife portraits, many of which are taken from a unique point of view. His latest coffee-table book, “Wild Encounters,” includes many of his frame-filled portraits of elephants, lions, and rhinos shot from the ground up. How does he get these unique captures that set him apart from the competition?While Yarrow admits to having put himself in harm’s way to get...Continue Reading >

Symmetry in the city: A photo diary of New York edifices


August 2017 issue News

Jan. 7, 2016, fine art photographer Edi Chen committed herself to a 366 project: photographing the symmetry of New York edifices. Having recently moved to Brooklyn from Beijing, Chen was fascinated by the architecture of the city and wanted an ongoing project that would honor the beauty around her.“When I look back, I feel like it’s a diary of New York City because it records every day of life for me,” she says of the series, “Balance.” Lots of photographers commit to daily photo...Continue Reading >
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