French photographer Antoine Bruy spent three years documenting the lives of men and women who have abandoned society for the wilderness of Europe for his fascinating “Scrublands” series. After photographing in five European countries, Bruy is turning his attention to the United States; specifically, remote settlements in the Appalachian Mountains.
When it comes to portrait photography, your camera, your light, your years of photographic know-how counts for little if you don't have a subject with substance. The power of a portrait is in the people. Do you reveal their essence? Do you tell their story?
Photographer Thom Atkinson’s series “Soldiers’ Inventories” presents a fascinatingly detailed look at the military kits of British soldiers from 1066 to modern day. Spanning over 900 years, the project displays the items British soldiers would have carried into battle during conflicts like the Siege of Jerusalem in 1244, to the Falklands War in 1982.
That’s right. You! No matter what your skill level, there is a project in this world that is perfect for you. Are you going to get paid for this project? Nope! This one is going to be a freebie.
Now I know what you are thinking. "Whoa Whoa Whoa, stop the clock! You want me to work for free?”
Yes, that’s exactly what I want you to do. And here is why.
For basically every photographer, some shots in your camera roll are just taken thanks to pure dumb luck. But it happening to create one of the most iconic images of Richard Nixon during a debate with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev? That is just incredible. This behind the scenes look told on Business Insider delves into the shots taken by famous photographer Elliott Erwitt which live on as quite the example of incredible happenstance that may have made all the difference in an election.
I recently noticed that a handful of photographers were producing images that had a look as if they were stills captured from films. A couple of the most well known photographers of this genre are based here in New York so I got them together and challenged them to not only come up with a dynamic personal project on the fly incorporating this cinematic look, but to share with us how it is achieved. Read on to find out how it all went down...
Toronto-based photographer Elaine Ling’s series “Abandoned, Namib Desert” documents the abandoned diamond mining town of Kolmanskop, located in the desert of southern Namibia. Ling’s series explores the relationship between man and nature as abandoned buildings are eroded by shifting sand and relentless wind.
We all have our own motivation for the images we choose to make. Every photographer has that little voice, that driving force pushing you toward the goal, or that feeling in your gut when you really nailed it.
Maybe that works to your advantage now, but at some point, it’s likely to break loose and run wild…for better or for worse.
Lynsey Addario is an amazing photographer and an inspiring human being; she's a photojournalist who is literally changing the world. Be warned, parts of this video are graphic. In this episode of National Geographic Live! Addario talks about some of her incredible stories - from being in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, to imbedding with the Marines, to being kidnapped in Libya, to maternal mortality in Sierra Leone (her images led directly to more doctors in the area) and covering the rebel uprising during the Arab Spring. Addario is a living example of the power of photography and its ability to make a genuine difference.
My friend Mykii Liu shared this video on his Facebook this morning and I really felt like I had to pass it on. This film focuses on a young woman who talks about the simple things she has, why she has them and what they mean to her. Not only is the message great, but the manner in which this is filmed is also fantastic.
It is no surprise, we have a trash problem in America. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that the average American produces more than 4 lbs of trash per day, which has doubled since the 1960's. Gregg Segal decided to tackle this problem, by photographing a series of people lying in their own trash in efforts to show the waste in our daily lives.
Freelance photographer Lu Gen captures fleeting moments on the streets of Chongqing, China, where he is based. With subjects framed naturally by pops of color and pattern, his photographs are both beautifully cinematic and deeply real. While his work incorporates elements of classic street photography, it is highly intimate; often focusing on a single subject within the context of the city.