5 Fine Art Photographers Reveal Their Sources for Inspiration – PhotoShelter Blog

Earlier this year we launched The List – a selection of 90 finalists from our 80,000+ community of PhotoShelter members, chosen by a panel of independent judges. This week we are highlighting all five of the fine art photographers from The List. Each of them shared with us their sources for inspiration as well as some of their favorite photo series. If you’re a photographer looking for inspiration or a brand looking to hire for your next photo project, check out their beautiful work below as well as their features on PhotoShelter’s Instagram this week.

Meet the young Chicago photographer capturing his changing neighborhood

orn and raised in Chicago, 22-year-old photographer Sebastián Hidalgo has a front row seat to the changes sweeping through his city. In the Mexican-American community of Pilsen, where he grew up, he’s watched small mom-and-pop stores shut down, rents skyrocket, and families displaced by waves of gentrification that has shown no sign of slowing down in the last two decades. Roads & Kingdoms recently spoke to Hidalgo in New York about his work, and what he hopes people take away from his photographs.


This is beautiful and fascinating, a representation of Paris through the photos shared online. The creator, Moritz Stefaner, used millions of Instagram pictures to create his Multiplicity installation. From those millions he selected 25K, then analyzed and classified them using neural networks and various processing tools. Presented on large screens, it offers touch and joystick control to dive into, pan and zoom through the clusters of images.

I Could Have Been One of the Journalists Killed in Kabul – The New York Times

On April 30, I read the first tweets about the initial bombing in downtown Kabul as I was going to bed. In Ottawa, the place I have called home for the past four years, news of an attack in Afghanistan always triggers a flurry of text messages to my mother. She assured me that everyone in my family was fine. I woke up an hour later to her texting me about a second blast. A suicide bomber, carrying a camera to blend in, had detonated explosives that killed 25 people, including nine journalists. She wanted to know if I knew any of them. I did.

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 4 May 2018 – Photojournalism Now

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up part two of the Head On Photo Festival preview. Tonight is the opening of the Festival in Sydney and the announcement of the Head On Photo Awards, which I’ll blog about next week. This week check out work from multi-award winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein from her 15 year survey of Afghanistan, as well as Belgian photojournalist Alain Schroeder’s Living for Death, Japan-based American photojournalist James Whitlow Delano’s body of work Normalizing Extrajudicial Murder in the Philippines, images from Patti Boyd’s George Harrison, Eric Clapton & Me and Garrett Hansen’s HAIL.

In These Harlem Jazz Clubs, Musicians and Audience Became One – The New York Times

Twenty-odd years ago, Gerald Cyrus wandered into a Monday night jam session at St. Nick’s Pub, a jazz club in Harlem. There he found a very different scene from the one downtown, where he had spent years taking photographs at the Village Vanguard and other spots.

Grand Turismo – The Leica Camera Blog

Stefano Galli documents mass tourism’s commodification of the American West

Facebook Training Image Recognition AI with Billions of Instagram Photos

While companies and researchers around the world work to build the most advanced and powerful AI systems, Facebook has a special treasure trove that most don’t: billions of tagged photos thanks to Instagram. Facebook has now used those photos to create a leading image recognition AI.

Wedding Photography is Dead

Professional wedding photography is dead. Change is afoot. I see it all around me. Photographers who once charged £2,000 (~$2,700) for a wedding, now putting themselves forwards for jobs less than a grand. Award-winning photographers getting part-time jobs to supplement their income because they can no longer afford to shoot weddings full time. And it’s all a dirty little secret.

Fotofest Week: Tira Kahn: Growing Up Girl | LENSCRATCH

I was glad to have a chance to revisit Tira Kahn’s project, Growing Up Girl,  at Fotofest’s The International Meeting Place Reviews. As a participant observer of those under her own roof–in particular, her three daughters–she has a ring side seat to witness and synthesize contemporary girlhood. The series focuses on the exploration of self, long afternoons on the couch, piles of laundry, endless grooming, birthdays, friendships, music, and the trying on of future personas. Tira’s work is authentic in it’s observations, giving us a window into her family’s life, but universal in it’s description of growing up female.

Photographing the ‘Landscape of Forgiveness’ in Post-Apartheid South Africa – The New York Times

The best-known forgiveness story in post-conflict Africa is rooted in the work of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which President Nelson Mandela established in 1995 to account for the sins of apartheid. The Western world’s embrace of the commission’s peacetime mission initially prompted Sara Terry to look at other examples of reconciliation in “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons From Africa.” The six-chapter photo book, created over a decade, includes lesser-known community-driven restorative justice projects in Northern Uganda and Sierra Leone, which she observed before traveling to South Africa.

Native American Photographers Unite to Challenge Inaccurate Narratives – The New York Times

When Tailyr Irvine was at the Standing Rock prayer camp in South Dakota she noticed that many of the other photographers there — who had come to photograph protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline — were concentrating on people on horseback or those wearing headdresses. While many of the photographers were well meaning, she said, they relied on overly dramatic visual clichés that gave a distorted view of native people like her.

On Diversity: Nikon Names 6 Female Ambassadors – PhotoShelter Blog

Yes, the entire ambassador program could be more diverse. But the selection of the most recent 10 is a stake in the ground that shows that Nikon has been listening and is willing to commit to diversity in the faces of the brand. If you think diversity doesn’t matter, don’t worry – you’re not the target demographic. But for many, the announcement is near picture perfect.

Fund Your Work: Upcoming Deadlines for Documentary, Fine-Art Grants and Prizes | PDNPulse

Deadlines for grant applications and submissions for several photo prizes are due in the weeks ahead. These grants and prizes support ongoing and new personal projects, photojournalism and news photography, and include photo grants specifically designed to support the work of photographers who identify as female.


I sometimes found little difference between reservation land and the rest of the United States, as reservations are generally checkerboarded with regards to ownership and jurisdiction. Some land is tribal, other land might be county, state or federal. Often a reservation includes non-native mostly white populations who, due to economic status, generally inhabit the best and most valuable land. But reservations in general are often the best and most fertile land in a region, or even the homeland of a particular tribe, but an assigned location granted through American congressional and executive order. Still, there are areas where the cultural landscape is intact, such as with sacred sites.

Egyptian Photojournalist Facing Death Penalty Wins ‘Press Freedom Prize’

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, has been awarded the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize. Shawkan has been in jail since August 2013 after being arrested for covering the August 2013 Rabaa massacre. He’s also facing the death penalty after the prosecutor reportedly called for it last year.