Ryan Muirhead is a portrait and fashion photographer who has created a unique and consistent body of work that is born as a normal extension of his life. As a dedicated shooter of film, his photographs take full advantage of the medium for a distinctive and very personal look.
He was one of a trio of photographers that were profiled in the Film web-series, which was one of the best produced series revolving around photography. It helped to create a greater awareness of Ryan's work as well provide him some important opportunities that have helped transform his career.
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When I am on the hunt for photography books, I am not only looking for good information. I am really hoping for insight, revelatory moments that are not so much about learning something brand new but finding an alternate perspective to how I see the world through a camera.
Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation does that for me.
Joel Meyerowitz was born in the Bronx in 1938 into a neighborhood that offered daily lessons in the divine comedy and tragedies of human behavior. He believes it was that basic “street” education that nurtured his delight in human observation, a perception that is at the heart of his photography.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses ways that he tries to challenge himself with his street photography. He talks about how to use multiple figures and have them play off of each other.
I was recently invited to a screening of the documentary film, Don't Blink about the legendary photographer, Robert Frank.
Frank along with Henri Cartier Bresson helped to redefine what photography could be in the latter part of the twentieth century. With his book, The Americans, the Swiss-American photographer turned his lens onto his adopted country creating a body of work that while controversial in its time has come to be embraced as one of the most significant works of photography.
John Keatley often self-characterizes his work as a reflection of himself, rather than the individual he is photographing. In recent years, his journey of self-discovery has brought clarity to emotions that have always been present yet were previously unknown. Anxiety. Fear. Isolation. Not Being In Control. Keatley capitalizes on the correlation between these emotions and humor.
It used to be that if you wanted to have an in-depth learning experience from a master photographer, you had to attend a workshop or if you were lucky, serve as their assistant. The first could be prohibitively expensive, especially if travel was involved. While the latter was only available to those talented and persistent enough to secure such a position when they became available.
Vincent van Kleef is an Amerstdam-based photographer who used the social-networking power of Facebook to solicit the participation of people in his community. His portrait series provided me not only subjects for his photography but also allowed him to reveal the personalities and stories of the city’s inhabitants.
In this week's video, the importance of waiting for the moment to play out in a scene. Inspired by some recent experiences he had as a student in a photography workshop, he discusses why allowing a moment to reveal itself in a scene can make the difference between a snapshot and a great shot.
For over 25 years, I have been a photo educator in one form or another. Whether as a writer, adjunct professor or a workshop leader, I had shared my knowledge and experience with thousands of photographers with varying levels of experience.
However, there have been times when I am the student. And regardless of what I know, or think I know, there is always some insight to be gained when I am listening to another person sharing their knowledge and experience.
I am always working on seeing rather than looking.
For me seeing is an active act, a conscious decision to observe the world especially its more subtle and nuanced offerings.
Jeffery Saddoris is endlessly curious – about people, about creativity, about line and shape and color – and his personal and professional pursuits are driven by learning, discovering, imagining, listening, celebrating, and making. Jeffery cohosts the photography podcast On Taking Pictures. He also hosts the 12-episode Craft & Vision Podcast, and Process Driven, his ongoing podcast of long-form conversations about creativity and how the creative process manifests itself across a wide range of genres and disciplines.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses what he looks for when it comes to lighting and setting for a street portrait. He shares how paying attention to elements beyond the person that you are photographing plays an important role in a successful portrait.
A photographer friend once told me a story of when he was photographing in a Tibetan monastery. He was creating images over several days when he noticed one of the monks carefully observing him. The monk watched him as he photographed, but never approached him or said a word. There was a moment when the photographer thought that the monk thought he was doing something wrong, though the link didn’t choose to verbalize it.
Raised in Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario, Blake Jorgenson headed west to Whistler, B.C. in 1993 at the age of 18 in search of adventure. Now in his thirties, he has won several prestigious industry awards, including the Pro Photographer Showdown at Whistler’s World Ski and Snowboard Festival and Powder Magazine’s Photo of the Year.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses the importance of being present. He talks about not only why it’s so important, but what circumstances can stand in the way of being completely in the moment.
David J. Murphy is a photojournalist and filmmaker who currently works near Biloxi, Mississippi He began his career 16 years ago when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat photojournalist. After leaving the Marine Corps he moved to New York City and worked as a freelance photojournalist. He later joined the U.S. Air National Guard and worked at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., as their visual information manager, photojournalist and broadcaster.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses the importance of considering both gestures and setting when creating a strong photograph documenting action.