Photographer documents disabled vets’ athletic prowess


October 2017 issue News

Jim Dukes knows struggle. Working as a private explosive ordinance disposal contractor and a radiological emergency response team member, he sustained five traumatic brain injuries, the last of which was so devastating he had to learn again how to walk, read, write, and talk. He was also left without vision in one eye and hearing in one ear.“The analytical side of my brain really stopped working correctly,” Dukes says, “but the creative side started to blossom.” That’s when he...Continue Reading >

Tallahassee photographer corrals funds for refugee families


September 2017 issue News

Have an idea for a personal project? “Just do it,” advises Alex Workman.© Alex WorkmanA combination of personal and world events set Workman’s recent pro bono project into motion. Early this year, Workman’s wife took a job at a church in Tallahassee, Florida. The church has 70 members who are refugees, he explains, and he and his wife began developing friendships with the families. As the year wore on, issues of immigration and refugee rights continued to move to the forefront of...Continue Reading >

Photo series highlights human trafficking in Kenya


September 2017 issue News

One way to garner support for a cause is to put a face on it. But what to do when there’s no face to feature, such as the case with human trafficking victims, who need their identities concealed?© Matilde SimasWhen fine art and documentary photographer Matilde Simas volunteered with HAART Kenya, a nonprofit that supports victims of human trafficking, she had to devise ways to capture portraits without revealing victims’ faces. Adult victims chose to pose with their hands covering...Continue Reading >

What’s women’s work? Photo series challenges stereotypes


August 2017 issue News

A colleague introduced Chris Crisman to the subject of this portrait (above), which inspired his ongoing series “Women’s Work,” images of women on the job in male-dominated fields.“With a lot of jobs, like butcher and farmer—that archetypal blue-collar job—they photograph really well,” says Crisman. “But traditionally they’re all men.” He was intrigued by this subject’s story—that she’d left a graphic design career to train to become a butcher. And he realized he’d...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 >

A personal project redefined David Peters’ photography business


July 2017 issue Profiles

David Peters realized the true value of his work, and it changed his lifeFor decades, David Peters, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, ran a successful portrait business in Marin County, California, just outside of San Francisco. As he advanced into his 60s, Peters wondered if there might be a more profound purpose for him and his work, something to refocus his efforts and allow him to continue his career on renegotiated terms.Around the time he was contemplating questions that would potentially alter...Continue Reading >

Photographer’s personal project leads to nonprofit launch


6.26.2017 News

A passionate voice“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” So says portrait photographer David Peters, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, when describing his inspirations for founding Passion Voice, a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting charitable causes related to the abuse of children. Peters founded Passion Voice after traveling to Fortaleza, Brazil, with Iris Global, a Christian missionary organization.In Fortaleza, Iris operates a program aimed at breaking the cycle of...Continue Reading >

How one photographer tackled a book project


July 2017 issue Business

Tera Girardin was at a crossroads. After running her Minneapolis portrait photography business, Tera Photography, for a dozen years, she was stagnating. She wondered where she was going as an artist and if she should find a new direction.Girardin began thinking about revitalizing her passion for photography by pursuing a personal project. She wanted to separate her life’s work from her client work and refill her creative cup with a project that was just for her.© Tera GirardinA...Continue Reading >

Greg Anderson: At the intersection of preparation and inspiration


April 2017 issue Profiles

He’s become known as the “beard and mustache guy” and not because of his own facial hair. In 2013, when business was sluggish, Las Vegas-based commercial photographer Greg Anderson traveled to New Orleans to photograph contestants at the National Beard and Mustache Championships—without any assignment to do so. The resulting images went viral, changing the trajectory of Anderson’s career by widening his exposure to potential clients and influencing both the images he produced and...Continue Reading >

Fine art photographer’s work omits one thing: the human face


April 2017 issue News

Nobody and anybodySo many photographers make the human visage central to their work that it’s striking to see a series that’s almost entirely face-less. Such is “Alterego” by New York-based photographer Ben Zank, whose subjects rarely reveal their faces, and when they do, they don’t make eye contact.“I used to shoot people’s faces often,” says Zank, “and I would say that when you shoot somebody’s face, you’re shooting their likeness, their personality, and that’s not...Continue Reading >
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