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The Charm of Serendipity: a Conversation with CRAIG SEMETKO


He began his professional career as a comedy writer and actor for corporate events and wandered into photography later in life. At first he enjoyed street photography purely for pleasure and had no expectations. But serendipity stepped in, and since then Craig Semetko’s life has been one lucky break after another. After 10 years of […]

Visions of Liberty, a Conversation with BOB ADELMAN

1965, Montgomery, Alabama © Bob Adelman

Bob Adelman is one of the iconic photographers of the 1960s civil rights movement. He was the official photographer for CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality (one of the “Big Four” civil rights organizations) led by James Farmer. This gave Adelman close access to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other movement leaders. He rode […]

EMILY HANAKO MOMOHARA The Archaeology of Family

Ohashi: Chopsticks, 2006. From the Desert Sands Project

Emily Hanako Momohara creates conceptual landscapes in homage to her Japanese and Hawaiian heritage. Intrigued by collective memory and its relationship to the imagination, her images combine the real and fictional to create places that explore familial history, legacy, myth and belonging. Dealing with issues of loss and death, many of Momohara’s photographs take their […]

Mental Landscape: A Conversation with STU LEVY

Gordon Gilkey © STU LEVY

At the edge of Portland, Oregon’s Washington Park, with its roses, Japanese gardens and forest trails, Stu Levy welcomes me into his bungalow home. Right away he gives me a tour of the art that he and his wife, Cris Maranze, collected over 35 years — images by photographers like Imogene Cunningham, Brett and Edward […]

ERNEST H. BROOKS II the Light Beneath The Sea

The Magnificent Blue © ERNEST H. BROOKS II

When I lead kayak tours at Channel Islands National Park, I often tell visitors they’re only seeing half the park. The other half, an underwater world beneath the hulls of our kayaks, extends one nautical mile around each of the five windswept, volcanic islands. The national park holds a third of California’s kelp forests, an […]

Santeri Tuori

Istallation view from EMMA (Espoo Museum of Modern Art), 2009

A small boy struggles to don a red shirt. A little girl spins and dances, engages the camera, forgets it. A woman alone in a room with a camera shifts in her chair, changing her expression as she falls in and out of thought. We are in a forest. The light shifts, the trees sigh […]

HE’S GOT GAME: An Interview with Andrew D. Bernstein

Magic Johnson vs. Boston Celtics, 1984 ©Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

Andrew D. Bernstein is recognized as one of the most important sports photographers working today. Though he is a master at capturing action, he is also a highly skilled portrait photographer. His gifts for composition, lighting and timing have resulted in some of the NBA’s most important and iconic images. Since 1986, Bernstein has served […]


Mexico City, 1968 Olympics

At age 78 and still going strong, Rich Clarkson has been a force in photography since the 1950s. Always a stickler for excellence, he was known as a tough boss to work for but one who would make you a better photojournalist. A book produced for a July 2010 reunion of 34 of his photographers at the Topeka Capital- Journal says it best:

Rich Clarkson touched our minds, hearts and souls in ways that nobody else ever did. Fear became respect. Respect became admiration. Admiration became friendship. Friendship became love. We all owe Rich more than we can tell or show — except by what we’ve done after we left the Topeka Capital-Journal.

The long list of legendary photographers who worked for Clarkson includes Susan Biddle, Brian Lanker, David Alan Harvey, Rod Hanna, Chris Johns, Sarah Leen, Jim Richardson, Gary Settle, Bill Snead and many more.

Ken Light :: Photographs As Part Of The Conversation

Ohio National Guard with bayonets, 1970 © KEN LIGHT

Ken Light is a social documentary photographer in the classic sense, shooting exclusively black-andwhite film. He photographs people who otherwise would never be seen or heard. You might think Ken is a dinosaur in a digital world, but in fact, he is a professor in the University of California at Berkeley’s cutting-edge graduate photojournalism program. Light’s latest book, Valley of Shadows and Dreams, will be […]

David Burnett: What Could Be Better Than This?

Ayatollah Khomeini, Tehran, 1979 © David Burnett

Making an appointment with a photojournalist is a challenge. David Burnett never knows where his next job will take him or when he will depart. This has been the life of one of America’s most accomplished photojournalists for over 40 years. His portfolio reads like a history book — the Vietnam War, the revolutions in Chile and Iran, the fall of the Berlin Wall. He has photographed presidential campaigns since the 1970s and all of the presidents from Kennedy to Obama.

Chris Rainier: Images at the Indigenous Edge

Yakuza Mistress, Tokyo, Japan

Their soft, black bodies covered our arms, legs and feet, and a little way into the valley, the pain of the wounds forced us to stop to pull them off our entire bodies. These stops soon began to feel like a matter of survival. Every 20 minutes I peeled some 50 leeches off me, a mixture of blood and sweat covering my arms and legs.