Creative side projects fuel Sandro Miller’s success

September 2018 issue Profiles

“I think ideas make great pictures,” says veteran commercial and fine art photographer Sandro Miller. He’s responding to a question about preferred equipment but insists that it’s a non-issue. “I could take a good picture with a $25 camera or a $20,000 camera,” he says. “It’s not about the equipment. …Thoughts make great pictures. Doing your homework makes great pictures. But the biggest thing is having a great idea. That is what makes a great picture.”© Sandro...Continue Reading >

Quintessential Malkovich: Sandro Miller’s project salutes iconic images

January 2015 issue News

The 1999 fantasy film “Being John Malkovich,” finds characters entering a portal in John Malkovich’s brain. Photographer Sandro Miller’s popular creative project required the reverse: Malkovich climbed inside the minds of photography’s most compelling subjects, striking pitch-perfect poses that helped Miller recreate historic works.The images Miller selected to pay tribute to in his series “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters” are those that have...Continue Reading >

Photo series: Ballerinas and dogs

September 2018 issue News

It couldn’t have been simpler. “One day I thought, Wouldn’t it be fun to try to do a photo session with a dancer and a dog?” And after one session, Pratt & Kreidich Photographers’ “Dancers & Dogs” series was born.St. Louis, Missouri-based Kelly Pratt Kreidich and her husband, Ian Kreidich, have been photographing the St. Louis Ballet for four years. They wanted to show a lighter side to ballet dancers, who are typically depicted and perceived as serious. Adding a dog to the mix...Continue Reading >

Photographer donates printed portraits to Cambodian villagers

August 2018 issue News

The power of seeing one’s PORTRAIT for the first timeIn 2014, travel photographer Reuben Teo was on vacation visiting a Cambodian village when a group of local children approached. After playing with them for a bit, he began making their photographs. Each time he snapped an image, the children would grab his arm to peek at the camera’s digital back, searching for their own visages on the screen. Teo later learned from villagers that none of the children had pictures of themselves. “That...Continue Reading >

Adger Cowans explores the art of water and light

5.25.2018 News

Good luck asking veteran photographer Adger Cowans, 81, how he produces his much-praised water and light series of personal art photographs. “People always ask me that,” says Cowans, smiling as if to signal he’s happy to deflect the question. Then, after a lengthy pause, he adds, “They wonder if I put oil or mercury on the water or somehow manipulate the photographs.”© Adger Cowans“Well?” asks a visitor to his Bridgeport, Connecticut studio. “Do you?”“Heck no!”...Continue Reading >

Portrait series celebrates redheads

June 2018 issue News

He’s no redhead. But his portrait series, “The Redhead Project,” has plugged him in to the ginger community. Here’s what we learned from Keith Barraclough about his popular ongoing personal project:Inspiration: It began with a subject Barraclough photographed during a corporate portrait shoot—short red hair, alabaster skin, piercing blue eyes. In the photos his white shirt faded into the white backdrop, making his eyes and hair all the more striking. “I was just taken with him,”...Continue Reading >

Record of service: Stacy Pearsall’s veteran portraits

March 2018 issue Profiles

The old man, in his 90s, headed to the seat next to Stacy Pearsall. She avoided him. They were in the waiting room of a Veterans Affairs clinic, and Pearsall’s neurology appointment was already running two hours late. She was feeling “extra surly.” Indeed, she was in a dark, dark place. Pearsall, raised by a single parent “at the poverty line,” had joined the Air Force at age 17 and became a combat photographer. She excelled in that craft, twice winning the National Press...Continue Reading >

Going viral: The story behind Freddy Fabris’ “The Renaissance Series”

March 2018 issue Profiles

He was in a car shop when the idea unfurled. The hubcap on the wall? That could be the halo above Jesus’ head a la da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” The worn-in spare parts catalog? The book held up in Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicoleas Tulp.”“I’d had the idea for years to do some kind of revision of classical paintings,” says commercial photographer Freddy Fabris, who also studies painting. But the question was always how to do things in a way that had not been...Continue Reading >

A photo series starring the pencil

March 2018 issue News

© Alex Hammond and Mike TinneySome may say the pencil is a dying tool, but it's vibrant and alive in Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney’s photo book “The Secret Life of the Pencil,” a series of images featuring pencils used by prominent illustrators, writers, designers, and architects. Here’s what we learned about making these works.What are the challenges of making close-up, detailed photos of such small objects?Tinney: The most painstaking part of the project was the post-production...Continue Reading >