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How personal work helps Jenny Risher stand out from the crowd


December 2019 issue Profiles

When you ask Detroit-based portrait, editorial, and advertising photographer Jenny Risher what makes her work unique, she starts talking about banana pudding.Huh?© Jenny Risher“To be a really successful photographer you need to have something that sets you apart from the competition; something that makes your work unique,” she says.But what’s that got to do with banana pudding?“It’s something I tell my fashion photography students: If you want to be noticed you have to... Continue Reading >

Todd Antony chronicles Bolivia’s Flying Cholitas


December 2019 issue News

“Each year I try to undertake one to two personal projects to keep myself fresh from a creative standpoint,” says commercial photographer Todd Antony. Often these projects highlight a subcultural group he finds intriguing, e.g. his recent series on Bolivia’s Flying Cholitas, a group of women wrestlers who wear traditional dress while engaging in their sport. The Cholitas first began wrestling in the early 2000s, says Antony, partly for recreation and partly as a way for women who’d... Continue Reading >

Photographer Denis Smith creates light sculptures from water


September 2019 issue News

Splashing a light tool around in open ocean at sunset? “It is the most free I have felt,” says light painter Denis Smith, whose latest series, “Liquid Light,” was made in the warm, shallow waters off the coast of his South Australia home.The tools: Smith designs, creates, and sells his own light tools. For “Liquid Light” he needed waterproof torches hardy enough to withstand smacking against the surface of the water. “What we are doing is very aggressive,” he says. “I... Continue Reading >

Boudoir photographer offers sessions to cancer survivors


August 2019 issue News

Rhea Lewis, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, knows breast cancer. Both her mother and aunt are survivors. As a boudoir photographer, Lewis also knows the positive impact such a session can have on a woman’s self-esteem. That’s why, after experiencing her own breast cancer scare, Lewis decided to donate boudoir sessions to breast cancer survivors. “I had no idea that this would be therapy for them until I started doing more and more of them and saw how helpful it was,” she says.Why boudoir: Battling... Continue Reading >

Photographer Tessa Dóniga translates “breakfast”


August 2019 issue News

When translated literally, what does the word “breakfast” mean? That’s the question bilingual Spanish photographer Tessa Dóniga answers with humor in her series “Break/fast,” a collaborative project with art journal Polpettas. “When I try to translate some words to one language from another, I question myself,” she says. “My challenge was to set in one image both terms [‘break’ and ‘fast’] in a visual composition that would be recognizable to the viewer.”The... Continue Reading >

Craig Burrows uses UV light to create fluorescent flowers series


June 2019 issue News

What color will a flower be when it’s photographed under ultraviolet light? That’s part of the intrigue of Craig Burrows’ fluorescent flowers photos series, which is as much a scientific as a photographic endeavor.To make the photos, Burrows first gets the flower into a dark environment—typically a dark room during nighttime hours. “The trick is to remove as much visible light as possible,” he says. “Just like when a white T-shirt lights up blue under a black light, if you use... Continue Reading >

Michael Schwan documents the beauty of dilapidated buildings


May 2019 issue News

For Freiberg, Germany-based photographer Michael Schwan,  exploring abandoned homes and buildings is like searching for hidden treasure. His personal project and series “The Beauty of Decay” chronicles the lovely chaos of lost structures. Finding abandoned places: It’s not so easy, he says. He gets tips from colleagues and lucks upon places through Google, newspapers, old postcards, and books. Sometimes he spots an abandoned place coincidentally. “Keep your eyes open when driving and... Continue Reading >
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