Posts Tagged: art photography

The Artist and Model Relationship

DD Dagger, Texas

One of the biggest challenges for those of us who love to do creative portraiture is finding the right people to pose for us. It can be especially hard when you’re starting out, big on enthusiasm but short on portfolio pieces to show. And even if you’ve got a lot of work behind you, you… Read more »

Roger Ballen and Die Antwoord, Art and Music

Spend too much time in the traditional, commercial photography ecosystem, and you might think that the only good photography, the only real photography, is what you see in a given photo enthusiast Facebook group or photographers’ message board. Deconstructing lighting and composition, or arguing over which lenses make the most sense for portrait shoots or… Read more »

Sarah Small and the Power of Connections


I talk a lot about how photography gives us the opportunity to connect with the world around us in ways we might not otherwise be able to, or be comfortable with.  NYC-based artist/photographer, Sarah Small found such a connection in her friend and model, Sandy.  Sarah sent out a note today, informing her mailing list… Read more »

Should Photographers Produce Limited Editions?


In this guest post by Andrew Stearns, he asks us to think about the medium of photography and our ability as artists to widely replicate and distribute our work. Specifically, he wants us to question the practice of limited editions where photographic fine art is concerned. When you start thinking about producing your photographic images… Read more »

Todd Hido on Excerpts From Silver Meadows


I was at the Strand bookstore last night and opened up Todd Hido’s Excerpts From Silver Meadows.  What an impressive piece of work.  In all honesty, it kind of blew my mind.  See, it’s not any single image that does it, but the presentation, and sequencing of the images really takes you on a strange… Read more »

Good Links


  Photos, Like Life, Blurred and Re-Envisioned:  After a brain injury, Brian Nice started to see the world differently. My Point of View:  Brian’s blog.

How to Make a Book With Steidl

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I’ve just finished watching, How to Make a Book With Steidl, for the second time in about two weeks.  You can find it on Netflix and elsewhere.  I want to recommend it for a variety of reasons. Candid discussions with some of the great photographers about their work A view of the thought processes of… Read more »

The Real Subject of Your Images


Photographers have their heroes. One of the photographers I’ve always admired is Edward Weston. If you have any interest in great artists of the 20th century, I encourage you to learn more about him. His work was extraordinary; his life a fascinating story. His work with portraiture, nudes, found objects, natural objects, and other subjects… Read more »

Your Notion of a Beautiful Photograph


You’ve got this notion of what a beautiful photograph is.  Maybe this notion is very different from mine, or your grandparents, or your kids, or the artist down the street.  Maybe you can’t describe it, but you know it when you see it.  The thing is, it’s easy to get caught up in other people’s… Read more »

American Woman


I posted this photo on my Facebook group page yesterday, and noted how I was thinking about July 4th (the U.S. holiday celebrating the adoption of our Declaration of Independence).  The notion of freedom didn’t apply to everyone back in 1776, mostly just white males.  The top/bottom border I added gives it a red, white,… Read more »