The first issue of PDN was published in 1980. It was a simpler time, when the world worried about nuclear annihilation, MTV was a year away from showing its first music video and Instagram’s founder had yet to be born.
To reconnect with our history and the history of our photographic tools, we descended into the dusty catacombs of the PDN archives, brushed away the cobwebs* and found some of those early issues to bring you a look at what was considered cutting edge at the time. Our scans make for an interesting and, we hope, entertaining look at older photo technology and the marketing thereof. You can browse the growing collection of old photography ads here.
This installment dates back to February 1985, a time when breaking hand habits was frowned upon.
*In truth, most of our old issues are neatly arranged on a shelf in a brightly-lit conference room.
“I always have a plan B in my back pocket [on a shoot], or what my crew refers to as my bag of tricks,” says Ramona Rosales, who photographs celebrities for clients including ESPN, BUST, GQ, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times Magazine and TIME, among many others. Rosales spoke with PDN for our... More ›
Nautical photographer Alison Langley, who is the subject of this month’s “What’s Your Niche?” column in PDN, specializes in photographing classic wooden yachts: under sail, under construction and in repair in boatyards along the Maine coast. “It’s architecture with curves. It’s visually incredible,” Langley says of the boats she photographs. Among her clients are some... More ›
In a move that promises to redeem Twitter as a communication platform (at least briefly), dogsledder and author Blair Braverman revealed today in a thread that she’s named her new litter of husky puppies after photographers. Weegee, Katie O [Orlinsky], [Manuel Álvarez] Bravo, [Jamel] Shabazz, [Diane] Arbus and [Lori] Grinker, will soon be competing in... More ›