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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 >

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 >

Animal photographer teams up with illustrator for humorous series


February 2018 issue News

It was love at first ’gram. When New York-based commercial photographer Shaina Fishman discovered France-based illustrator Walter Glassof’s work on Instagram, she was hooked. “I love illustration. If I had a talent that I don’t have, it would be drawing,” she says. “Right away I just loved his work.”Shaina had been hoping to one day team up with an illustrator, so she reached out to Glassof to see if he’d be interested in collaboration. “I never thought he would email me... Continue Reading >
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