McNair Evans on Making Good Pictures (and Avoiding the Trap of Digital Photography)

Posted by on Monday September 12, 2016 | Fine Art

©McNair Evans(Image from “Man in the Woods” for California Sunday Magazine ©McNair Evans)

Digital cameras make it easy to shoot sensational photographs, but that’s very different from making good photographs, argues photographer McNair Evans in this audio clip. The clip is an excerpt from our interview with Evans for a story in PDN‘s September issue about his recent assignment for California Sunday Magazine. That assignment was to retrace the saga of a mentally-ill recluse who murdered two people in a remote forest. By telling that story with what he describes as photographs “of a bunch of boring stuff,” Evans nevertheless managed to evoke a sense of foreboding and tragedy. Subject matter, he says in this audio clip, is the least important element of a photograph. He explains what he focuses on instead. For more about his work and approach, see “Tracing the Life of a Mentally Ill Murderer.”

Tracing the Life of a Mentally Ill Murderer
Mike Smith’s Lessons in the Visual Language of Photography Inspire McNair Evans



Reviewers from Nat Geo, Chronicle Books, Etherton Gallery on What Stood Out at the Photolucida Portfolio Reviews

Posted by on Tuesday May 16, 2017 | Fine Art

At the Photolucida portfolio reviews in Portland, OR last month, photographers shared their work with gallerists, curators, publishers, editors, writers and other reviewers over the course of four days. Each reviewer, myself included, met with 48 photographers for 20 minutes each. Interested to know what stood out to a few of my fellow reviewers, I... More

What It’s Like Working with a Military-Grade Thermal Imaging Camera

Posted by on Friday February 24, 2017 | Fine Art

In our February “Exposures” story about Richard Mosse’s new film and book, “Incoming,” Mosse spoke about why he decided to use a thermal imaging camera in order to create a body of work about the refugee crisis. During the same interview, Mosse discussed the logistical challenges of using a tool meant for military surveillance to... More