“I like people for their weaknesses and faults. I get on well with ordinary people. We talk. We start with the weather, and little by little we get to the important things. When I photograph them it is not as if I were examining them with a magnifying class, like a cold and scientific observer. It’s very brotherly. And it’s better, isn’t it, to shed some light on those people who are never in the limelight.” – Robert Doisneau
Legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry is opening a retrospective exhibit in Italy called “Steve McCurry: Oltre Lo Sguardo” that will feature 150 photos taken throughout the 30 years of his illustrious career. The photos, taken among people of various cultures around the world, emphasize his unparalleled ability to capture the human soul through a lens.
The choice of Peter Lindbergh for the 2014 Reporters Without Borders 100 Photos album may come as a surprise to some. However, during a fascinating discussion organized by Peter Lindbergh at the Silencio in Paris, he revealed himself to be an avid consumer of the news, spending his nights on the ...
"Happy End is a photo-project about miracles in aviation history - 15 airplanes that had forced landings but ALL on board survived and were rescued from remote locations. The planes have been abandoned in the middle of nowhere for 10 years and up to70 years.
In the past year or two, my thinking has changed considerably about the aesthetics of news photos. The fact that editorial photography has become more expressive, drawing on elements of art, documentary and commercial photography, has been firmly established.
Ryann Ford has collected a great typology, depicting americana in the finest. Over the last 15 years, she has traveled between 17 states while photographing over 75 rest stops along the way. These stops, simple yet quirky, are a reminder of how endearing the road can be.
When photographer Gabriela Herman isn’t working on editorial assignments, she is a an acute observer of social groups. One of my favorite series was her examination of bloggers, shot only using the light of the computer screen.
While working for publications like National Geographic, Time, and Newsweek, and for NGOs like UNICEF and Oxfam, photographer Ami Vitale has found herself shooting in some of the most beautiful, diverse, and dangerous places in the world.
A highly experienced professional, she still finds it something of a challenge to describe herself: Conflict photographer? Photojournalist? Documentarian? Travel photographer? At various times her work could fit into any of these categories. To her, it’s not the label that’s important; it’s the stories. And it’s the people and their cultures that she wants to reveal, with the ultimate goal of bringing people closer together. “Understanding that we are more alike than we are different…that’s important,” she says.
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A simple and touching interview with someone whose job is not to take pictures but to connect to people.
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