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Quick Tip: How to Write Better Artist Statements (And Dread It Less)

Posted by on Monday June 18, 2018 | Fine Art

©Ron Jude
An image from Ron Jude’s book Lago. Jude urges students to think of artist statements as a way of clarifying their ideas about a project and moving forward with the work. ©Ron Jude

Artist statements induce more headaches, loathing and procrastination than just about anything else on a photographer’s to-do list. But it is possible to tame a lot of that misery with a change of perspective, and a straightforward approach to the task. In our story “Conquering the Dreaded Artist Statement: Expert Advice for Writing about Art... More

Photographers Organize Against New York Times Rights Grab

Posted by on Thursday June 14, 2018 | Copyright/Legal

New York Times contributors have organized against an attempted rights grab by the newspaper, issued in the form of a work-for-hire contract for the production of drone footage. Through social media, several prize-winning photographers who shoot for the Times are urging fellow photographers not to sign the contract. They’ve also started a petition—which they say... More

Quick Tip: To Reduce Legal and Financial Risk, Register Your Business as an LLC

Posted by on Wednesday June 6, 2018 | Business, Copyright/Legal

©Ethan Yang Photography
Attorney Aaron M. Arce Stark

Beware of operating your photography business as a sole proprietorship, advises attorney Aaron M. Arce Stark in “Making Your Photo Studio an LLC: The Pros and Cons.” He explains: “Let’s say a client hires you to shoot an assignment. When it comes time to pay, the client writes you a check and addresses it to... More

Quick Tip: To Get Advertising Work, Learn to Write Treatments

Posted by on Friday June 1, 2018 | Business

An ad for Häagen-Dazs shot by Venetia Dearden.

Advertising work is a good way to sustain a career and support other kinds of work photographers often prefer to shoot, such as editorial, personal, and fine-art work. The challenge for fine-art and documentary photographers, though, is convincing art buyers and creatives that they can reliably produce on a commercial set what they shoot in... More

Quick Tip: What Jurors Look for in Your Grant Application

Posted by on Thursday May 24, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Chelsea Matiash, New York Times senior editor and Getty Editorial Grant juror.

Grant competition jurors reject hundreds of applications because photographers often treat them like contest entry forms, “with a project description, but little or nothing about how they’re going to execute it or distribute the work,” says Chelsea Matiash, senior editor at The New York Times and a juror for the 2017 Getty Editorial grants. “Jurors... More

Sam Nzima, Who Took Iconic Apartheid Photo, Dies at 83

Posted by on Tuesday May 15, 2018 | Obituary, Uncategorized

South African photographer Sam Nzima, whose iconic photograph (right) from a Soweto uprising in 1976 helped turn world opinion against apartheid, died Saturday in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, according to press reports. He was 83. Nzima’s famous photograph showed a distraught 18-year-old named Mbuyisa Makhubo carrying the dead body of 13-year-old Hector Pieterson, a student... More

Quick Tip: A Faster Track to a Career as a Photographer

Posted by on Monday May 14, 2018 | Business

©Christa Renee
Sami Drasin at work in a hotel room during the time she was Renee’s studio manager. ©Christa Renee

School is out. Lots of photography school graduates are probably asking themselves: Now what? How do I get my career as a photographer started? Assisting is one path, but working as a studio manager is a better apprenticeship, according to photographer Christa Renee. “I always tell everyone not to assist. Find a photographer you respect... More

Moyra Davey Wins 2018 Scotiabank Award and $50,000 Prize

Posted by on Monday May 14, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Edward Burtynsky, Moyra Davey and Scotiabank VP Jacquie Ryan. ©Scotiabank

Moyra Davey, a conceptual photographer and filmmaker whose work is informed by a roving literary and anthropological curiosity, has won the 2018 Scotiabank Photography Award, the bank announced last week. “Moyra’s art is absolutely outstanding. Her lens shifts our eyes to unseen, ordinary, and often overlooked moments,” said photographer Edward Burtynsky, who chaired the jury,... More

Workshop Preview: Chris Buck’s “The Surprising Portrait”

Posted by on Thursday May 10, 2018 | Celebrity

To make interesting portraits, "I gleefully let myself go to dark places," Chris Buck says. "I said [to Lena Dunham], 'I want to photograph you with this [baby swing] like an S&M device,' and she said, 'Sure.' [It's] innocence and perversion living in the same space." ©Chris Buck

Celebrity photographer Chris Buck, who is known for getting subjects to do unexpected things on set, will host a workshop called “The Surprising Portrait” in New York City on November 10-12. “Nothing charms like a surprise, yet in portraiture there seems to be so little of it,” Buck says, explaining that most photographers only “flatter... More