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NICK BRANDT Animal Elegy

Elephant Drinking, Amboseli, 2007

Nick Brandt can just picture it: ominous clouds sweeping across the sky above dusty, arid plains. And somewhere in there, the face of the wild — whether it’s the look in a lion’s eyes, or sawed-off elephant tusks seized from poachers and now in the hands of rangers. “I have specific ideas in mind when […]

Classic Portrait Photographer DANA GLUCKSTEIN

Navajo Elder Woman, Arizona, 2012

In 1983, Dana Gluckstein was in Puerto Rico on a commercial assignment to photograph factory workers for Quantum, a computer chip company based in the Bay Area. After finishing her work, she decided to go to Haiti for a week and photograph for herself. Little did she know that the Haiti trip was the beginning […]

PHILIPP SCHOLZ RITTERMANN: Night Light

Seven Times Forty-Five Seconds, San Diego, California, USA, 1983 © PHILIPP SCHOLZ RITTERMANN

When you first turn off the lights at night, you see only darkness. A seemingly consuming black engulfs you. But as you wait and your eyes adjust, a new world starts to emerge. Soft light comes at you from impossible directions. Details emerge from enigmatic obscurity to form recognizable shapes, moving from mystery to imagination. […]

CHEYENNE L. ROUSE Reinventing the Wheel

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In essence, Cheyenne L. Rouse has had two distinct careers in photography. Formerly a very successful stock and advertising photographer, her adventure sports, outdoor recreation and landscape images have appeared in magazines such as Sunset, Backroads Tours, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Outdoors and many others. Today, after a hiatus from the industry, she has returned to […]

The Visual Memories of LORENA GUILLÉN VASCHETTI

historia, memoria y silencios, VI

From images of dancing Aborigines in Australia to personal family portrayals, Lorena Guillén Vaschetti’s photography evokes memories and emotion. In 2012, her first monograph was published — a series of old family pictures that she rephotographed after her mother had attempted to abandon them. In historia, memoria y silencios (Shilt Publishing), Vaschetti explores compelling personal […]

ABELARDO MORELL Thinking In Pictures

Down the Rabbit Hole, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © ABELARDO MORELL

Abelardo Morell is undoubtedly one of the most compelling visual artists of our time. Rather than relying heavily on Photoshop and the latest camera gear, his images come from a unique way of looking at the world. One of his most notable works is his Camera Obscura series, which he initially photographed with a large-format […]

On The Road With JANE HILTON

Shiprock, New Mexico 2006

The two-lane blacktop slices through the high Nevada desert, as Jane Hilton’s 1966 gold Mustang speeds past sagebrush and tumbleweed toward snow-clad mountains hovering like clouds in the distance. This lonely, desolate stretch of U.S. Route 50 is far from London, England — where she lives — yet she couldn’t feel more at home. Since […]

Richard Sexton

© RICHARD SEXTON, The Elegance of Decay, 1992. French Quarter, New Orleans

Richard Sexton and I share an interest in and an abiding affection for photographing Louisiana, the city of New Orleans and Cuba. I had wanted to meet him since purchasing his book, New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence (Chronicle Books, 1993), which was recently reissued along with Vestiges of Grandeur: The Plantations of Louisiana’s River Road […]

Macduff Everton and the Maya

Macduff Everton Self-Portrait

Macduff Everton’s recent book, The Modern Maya, Incidents of Travel and Friendship in Yucatán (University of Texas Press, 2012) is a work of visual anthropology, with images and text by Everton. The subject of the book is a culture in transition over a period of four decades, beginning in 1967. Everton has earned much success […]

RADIANT DARKNESS: The Images of Edgar Angelone

Moonrise Death Valley, Death Valley, California, 2008 © Edgar Angelone

Look at Edgar Angelone’s black-and-white gelatin silver and platinum photographs, and you’ll see more than the beautiful scenes on which he trains his medium-format camera. His images explore the possibilities of darkness and light beyond the visual, in the realms of reverie and memory, intellect and emotion. “My art is a unique expression of my […]

THE WORLD OF CHARLES GROGG

Bonsai Tied

Charles Grogg is known internationally for his fractured photographic images. Printed in silver or platinum/palladium on handmade Japanese paper, he stitches their components together with tethers, sutures or other three-dimensional material. The resulting works address issues of growth and restraint, hesitation and power.

The poet and photographic historian John Wood observes:

Charles Grogg’s photographs are hauntingly beautiful. And they are strange… Strings and wire are often an integral part of a Grogg photograph… wire, string, tendrils, roots, veins, all the connecting tethers of life, become his metaphor…

Where, one might ask, is the beauty of a mud dauber wasp’s nest, a stapled envelope, a cracked egg, or a woman with a tree’s roots on her head? It is all in the making. The very fact that Grogg can make beautiful photographs of such subjects speaks to the selectivity of his eye and the power of his craft.

Bill Dewey :: AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Oaks and Plow / © Bill Dewey

While growing up in northern San Diego County, Bill Dewey was aware of photography because his two grandfathers were serious amateur photographers. His maternal grandfather had studied with the photographer William Mortensen. In the 1930s, Mortensen worked as a Hollywood portrait photographer, also staging and photographing elaborate (and sometimes bizarre) tableaus using the style and techniques of the nineteenth-century Pictorialists. Dewey remembers photographs of costumed, […]

Mitch Dobrowner :: Coming Full Circle

Rock Family, Joshua Tree National Park, California 2007 © MITCH DOBROWNER

There’s an old saying that goes, “If something really belongs to you, you can’t lose it.” That statement directly applies to photography and Mitch Dobrowner. After he discovered photography as a teenager and began achieving recognition in his early 20s, he left it behind to start a business and a family — only to return to the camera 20 years […]

Rick Souders

Rudi's Sandwich

Food: nourishing, fun, vital. We are all consumers of this necessity of life. We see the tempting images all around us on billboards, on the store shelves, in magazines and on the menus we order from at our favorite eatery. As photographers, we also can see beauty in the interaction between light and a superbly prepared and styled entrée. Visually communicating and creating the desire is what the professional food photographer does.

John Upton

Looking up at Trees

Inspired by his association with both Minor White and Ansel Adams, John Upton went on to become a prominent photographic educator in addition to his work as a professional and fine art photographer.

Julia Calfee – Intimate Extremes

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When Julia Calfee clicks the shutter of her camera, she doesn’t just take a picture. She also makes contact. It’s not about looking as much as feeling, not depicting, but rather delving.

Debbie Fleming Caffery: Earth, Sweat and Fire

© DEBBIE FLEMING CAFFERY Polly’s Baby Shoes

PROFILE: Debbie Fleming Caffery:
Earth, Sweat and Fire

The images in Caffery’s photographic series do more than document, they evoke the mysteries in the stories they tell.