Quick Tip: Duane Michals on Conquering Self-Doubt | PDNPulse

Photographer Duane Michals has had a long, successful career as both a fine artist and commercial shooter. When we asked him for a 2016 PDN story about how successful photographers overcome their self-doubt, he shared this empathetic advice for building confidence in yourself, and your work.

The Homeless Photojournalist Who Lends His Eyes to the World

Ed Gold has spent nearly two decades working as a full-time photojournalist. Perhaps best known for documenting some of the world’s most remote people groups, Gold’s photos have regularly been published by the BBC. Despite his apparent “success” in the industry, however, Gold has been homeless for as long as he has been a photographer.

An autobiography of Miss Wish: A story of resilience – Feature Shoot

It’s common to make judgements about people’s circumstances based on first impressions. That’s what many people likely did when they passed Cathy Wish, aka Kimberley Stevens, sleeping rough on the streets of London. Less clear was that her drug abuse, mental health issues and homelessness were the consequences of severe post-traumatic stress. Stevens still has flashbacks and nightmares after being physically, sexually and emotionally abused as a child, and coerced into child pornography by the figures of authority who were supposed to keep her safe.

Hasselblad X1D: A Medium Format MVP? – PhotoShelter Blog

In software design, there is a concept called the Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Instead of building a fully fledged app or website that might incorrectly anticipate a user’s need, the MVP model suggests that product designers should start with small set of features and use feedback to iterate quickly towards a more perfect product. It’s supposed to be a faster, cheaper and smarter way to develop a product.

Telling the Stories of Defectors From North Korea – The New York Times

It was this disordered transition that Tim Franco, a photographer who splits his time between South Korea and China, decided to explore in a new portrait series called “Unperson.” A riff on an Orwellian construct from the novel “1984,” his work examines the “vaporization” of the defectors’ past, which has left many in limbo, free but incomplete. “[North Korea] is their home, they left people behind,” Mr. Franco said. “Even if they live in a modern country, they will never be completely happy in South Korea.”

Andrea Bruce, Aida Muluneh, Carlos Javier Ortiz Win $30K Catchlight Fellowships | PDNPulse

Photographers Andrea Bruce, Carlos Javier Ortiz and Aida Muluneh have won the 2018 Catchlight Fellowships, the San Francisco-based organization announced today. The winners will each receive a $30,000 grant to support an ongoing project.

Shocking Photos of the Floods in West Bengal – Feature Shoot

The photographer Ranita Roy remembers the floods of West Bengal from her early childhood. “When I was a kid, I had a lot of fun with the flowing water,” she remembers. Now, as an adult, she realizes the consequences and implications of the floods. People and their animals have died, and more have lost their homes and livelihoods. Driven by what she calls her “inner instinct,” she felt she had to document the realities of what she saw.

Life Beyond Photography – PhotoShelter Blog

A deep passion for photography is only part of what it takes to succeed as a full-time photographer. Fewer staff positions combined with static or declining rates has led many photographers and photo editors to exit the profession in the past few years. But change isn’t always negative. The following individuals found renewed purpose carving out careers that, in many cases, have little do with making pictures. We’re inspired by the possibilities.

On the front lines: Baltimore photographers recall documenting 1968 riots – Baltimore Sun

Irving Henry Webster Phillips Jr. was a photographer for the Baltimore Afro-American on April 6, 1968 when the paper received notice that what later would be described as spontaneous riots were about to break out.

11 Legends-To-Be: A Predictive List Of Today’s Future Legends – Resource

Once someone is sanctified as a legend, it can be hard to remember that they were once normal, hard working individuals like ourselves. In recognition of this sad fact, which deprives us of the hope that we, too, can become legends, we’ve compiled a list of various legends-to-be. These men and women, who straddle the line between highly proficient and legendary–each inching their way towards the latter–show us that legendary status is often far from preordained, resulting instead from decades of dedication and constant reinvention. So, keep your eyes on this group as they continue to evolve, and, don’t forget: we told you so.

Arlene Gottfried’s New York, Through the Eyes of Her Brother, Gilbert Gottfried | The New Yorker

From the nineteen-seventies until her death last August, at the age of sixty-six, the photographer Arlene Gottfried combed New York City’s streets, parks, beaches, subways, and night clubs, in search of the shock of recognition one sometimes finds in perfect strangers. She understood the fractions of confidence and insecurity that make a public face. She liked sharp cheekbones and weird, pillowy proportions; she liked kids who comported themselves like adults, with laden, sphinx-like features. When Gottfried died, she left behind fifteen thousand pictures. (For her first posthumous exhibition, “A Lifetime of Wandering,” which is on view through the end of April, her gallerist, Daniel Cooney, has pored through her archive, selecting fifty photographs that capture her fantastic openness.)

Spotlight on Kirsten Leah Bitzer | The Image, Deconstructed

I initially approached a close friend’s cousin who was beginning her second round of IVF after the first failed. I pitched her the idea of following her and her husband as they underwent IVF for a second time. She thought about it for a week or so, and replied that the emotions and stress were already so much to handle, and that if the second round failed she didn’t want documentation of it. And I totally understood, but that really made me wonder if I’d ever find a couple open to the idea and willing to become so vulnerable.

Chatting the Pictures: Emma Gonzales, Stephon Clark Protest, Sessions TIME Cover – Reading The Pictures

Welcome to our latest edition of Chatting the Pictures. Streamed weekly over the web, RTP’s Michael Shaw and Cara Finnegan meet up Saturday mornings for twenty-five minutes or so for a lively chat about three current news photos.

Mary Frey: The States Project: Connecticut | LENSCRATCH

I first met Mary Frey in 1983. I was a freshman in college. Mary quickly came to represent all that I could hope for myself in the future. She is an influential and internationally recognized artist, an admired teacher, a brilliant mind, and the kind of person you just want to know. Her honest but tough, constructive criticism was always delivered in a way to encourage and push you. My time with Mary as teacher/student then colleague and friend, left lasting marks on my work as an artist and eventually as a teacher and art administrator. I am a much stronger thinker and maker for knowing her. She has remained a great mentor and supporter.

ASNE announces 2018 award winners | Poynter

Lisa Krantz of the San Antonio Express-News is the winner of the Photojournalism Award, which rewards photography that captures the sense of a community with powerful and meaningful images that provide an understanding of the community in the context of news.

The Moving Portrait: From Holograms to GIFs to Boomerang – PhotoShelter Blog

The lack of a screen hasn’t prevented publishers from trying to simulate movement in print. Two major technologies have been utilized to create the moving portrait: holograms and lenticular printing.