PDN Video Picks

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

Video Pick: Chris Jordan’s “Midway,” on Beauty in Environmental Activism

Posted by on Wednesday March 18, 2015 | PDN Video Picks

MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo. Chris Jordan, the photographer and conservationist, has spent his career exploring the harmful consequences of our thoughtless consumption and the pollution we create, while also making images that are often eerily beautiful. At the Society for Photographic Education... More

PDN Video: Ruddy Roye on Instagram, Storytelling, and Risking the “Angry Black Man” Label

Posted by on Monday March 2, 2015 | PDN Video Picks, Photojournalism, Social Media/Web

Photographer Ruddy Roye has attracted 116,000 Instagram followers despite–or perhaps because of–his gritty, difficult subject matter and the long captions he posts to help humanize his subjects. Using Instagram largely as a tool of social activism, Roye draws attention to racial and economic injustice primarily in New York City, and often in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood... More

PDN Video Pick: Office Scene (“Today, I’m going to let them touch me”)

Posted by on Monday February 9, 2015 | Fine Art, PDN Video Picks, Video

Photographer Endia Beal’s video “Office Scene” demonstrates how it is possible to make strong, compelling video with almost nothing, if you’re smart about it. The video is a foray into the discomfort zone of inter-office race and personal relations. Beal, who is African American, heard rumors around a corporate office she worked in that several... More

PDN Video Pick: Acclaimed Beijing Portrait Project, Expanded with Video

Posted by on Wednesday January 28, 2015 | PDN Video Picks, Photojournalism, Video

With support from two clients and a creative approach to funding, photographer Sim Chi Yin has just released this video showing an old project from a new, more immersive angle. The video profiles Zhang Xi, a college graduate turned street peddler who is part of Beijing’s “Rat Tribe,” so named because they live in sub-standard... More

PDN Video: Jay Maisel on How to Be a Better Street Photographer

Posted by on Wednesday January 14, 2015 | PDN Video Picks, Photojournalism

Jay Maisel on How to Be a Better Photographer from PDNOnline on Vimeo. Based on the lessons he’s taught to photography students over the past five years at PhotoPlus Expo and elsewhere, legendary photographer Jay Maisel recently published Light, Gesture & Color (New Riders Press). He describes the book as one “for people that are... More

PDN Video Pick: Ed Kashi and Matt Black for The New Yorker

Posted by on Monday January 12, 2015 | PDN Video Picks, Video

For PDN’s January 2015 print edition, we spoke with photographer Matt Black about the photo essay he made for The New Yorker about the drought in California’s Central Valley. Black, who lives in Exeter, California, has been documenting the valley—which produces much of the country’s food—for more than 15 years. But the story in The New Yorker... More

PDN Video Pick: A Spotlight on Underage Victims of the Illegal Sex Trade

Posted by on Thursday December 4, 2014 | PDN Video Picks, Photojournalism

(click “Play All” option for a two-minute trailer for the web version; click “Theatrical Version” to launch a 2:45 introduction to that version.) Seattle photographer Tim Matsui and MediaStorm have just released The Long Night, a documentary film about teenage victims of illegal sex trade in King County, Washington. Matsui has focused on stories about... More

PDN Video Pick: Pitchfork’s Interactive Mini-Site for the 2014 Basilica Soundscape Festival

Posted by on Friday November 21, 2014 | PDN Video Picks, Video

Pitchfork, the influential music website that has grown to include a quarterly print magazine and three art and music festivals, has launched a new mini-site to showcase videos made during September’s Basilica Soundscape Festival. The custom site, which lives at basilica.pitchfork.com, features videos of 12 artists performing at the third iteration of the annual festival, held on September... More