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



Q&A: Yancey Richardson on Gender Diversity in the Art World

Posted by on Wednesday September 20, 2017 | Fine Art

A study published this spring by The City University of New York’s Guttman College argued that the art world remains predominantly white and male. Nearly 70 percent of the artists represented at 45 prominent New York galleries were male, the study suggested. One exception to this trend is Yancey Richardson, who represents 18 women and... More

How Robert Shults Photographed His Own Homeless Experience

Posted by on Friday August 11, 2017 | Fine Art

Formerly homeless photographer Robert Shults recently explained in a Q&A with PDN the ethical and esthetic challenges of photographing homeless people, and how photographers can approach the topic in ways that dignify the subjects and elicit empathy and deeper understanding on the part of viewers. In his own photography, Shults has concentrated lately on scientific... More