PDN Video Picks

Video Pick: Magnus Wennman Pushes Boundaries with “Fatima’s Drawings”

Posted by on Monday April 4, 2016 | PDN Video Picks, Photojournalism

FATIMA’S DRAWINGS from Magnus Wennman on Vimeo. Among three finalists for the World Press Photo short form multimedia prize is Magnus Wennman’s outstanding 5-1/2 minute video called “Fatima’s Drawings.” His “Where the Children Sleep” project was widely published last year, and “Fatima’s Drawings” is a continuation of his work documenting the plight of refugee children... More

W.M. Hunt on Making “Art” and Artists’ Statements

Posted by on Monday August 3, 2015 | Fine Art, PDN Video Picks

Veteran collector, curator and photography consultant W.M. Hunt has a reputation for his straight-talking career advice. In this exclusive PDN video, he talks about a strategic mistake made by many aspiring fine-art photographers, and how to avoid it. He also demystifies the process of writing a good artist’s statement, and makes a case against spending... More

PDN Video: W.M. Hunt on How to Build Career Bridges (Not Burn Them)

Posted by on Wednesday July 29, 2015 | Business, Fine Art, PDN Video Picks

Photography careers are built on talent and hard work. But they also depend upon relationships–with mentors, editors, art directors, curators and others who can provide the critical support required for any career to grow and thrive. Veteran collector, curator and photography consultant W.M. Hunt explains in this exclusive PDN video how to build those important... More

Video Pick: Rep Maren Levinson: Being a Good Photographer Isn’t Enough

Posted by on Wednesday July 29, 2015 | Business, Media, PDN Video Picks, Social Media/Web

Seattle-based photographer John Keatley recently posted a video interview he did with his rep, Redeye’s Maren Levinson, in which she touched on several changes to the photography industry. Her frank assessment of the market in which professional photographers and their reps operate has earned the video nearly 30,000 views on YouTube. More

PDN Video Pick: Casey Brooks and Acre Creative for Aéropostale

Posted by on Wednesday July 22, 2015 | PDN Video Picks, Video

In a new 30-second spot for Aéropostale set to appear on a video billboard in Manhattan’s Times Square, Casey Brooks directs a squad of midriff-baring female dancers to illustrate the extreme elasticity of the brand’s new jeans. Creative director Brad Shaffer at the agency Acre Creative brought in Brooks to make the spot for Aéro, giving her... More

Video Pick: “Denali,” Film About Photographer Ben Moon and His Dog, Goes Viral

Posted by on Tuesday June 16, 2015 | PDN Video Picks

Denali from FELT SOUL MEDIA on Vimeo. Our cover story last September was about DamNation, a film about dam removal and river restoration by director Ben Knight and the production company Felt Soul Media, which he cofounded with Travis Rummel. Outdoor apparel and equipment company Patagonia commissioned that film because the company’s founder, Yvon Chouinard,... More

PDN Video: Gillian Laub on Winning Over Reluctant Subjects to Film “Southern Rites”

Posted by on Wednesday May 13, 2015 | PDN Video Picks, Video

Gillian Laub: "Southern Rites" And The Challenges of Access from PDNOnline on Vimeo. In 2009, Gillian Laub’s story in The New York Times Magazine about segregated high school proms in Mount Vernon, Georgia, stirred national outrage, which finally forced the community to integrate the proms. Afterwards, Laub faced down the hostility and threats of locals... More

PDN Video: How to Take Your Career to the Next Level

Posted by on Wednesday April 22, 2015 | Celebrity, PDN Video Picks

At a turning point early in his career, veteran celebrity photographer Brian Smith had a brazen (and slightly cringe-worthy) encounter with John Huston, the famous movie director. He got away with it–just barely. At the time, Smith was a staff photographer on assignment for the Orange County Register. He was trying to take his career... More

PDN Video: Photographer Brian Smith on How to Get a Striking Celebrity Portrait

Posted by on Monday April 20, 2015 | Celebrity, PDN Video Picks

Nothing is more important on a celebrity shoot than engaging your subject, says photographer Brian Smith. “The lighting, the locations, and the props all matter, but if you’re not actually making a connection with the subject, the pictures really fall flat.” Smith, the author of Secrets of Great Portrait Photography and other books, has been... More