We’re starting a mini series of blog posts designed to help you get answers to some of the questions you may have as a photographer. We’ve taken these questions and asked a big list of pro photographers from all over the world — some you may have heard of, some maybe not — and we’ve collated a big list of answers. We’ll follow up shortly with the first Q&A. To help others, please make sure to share these posts where you can. Introducing our first fantastic bunch of pro photographers.
Question one is live – see it here.
Jose Antunes – Jose’s passion for writing and photography started back in the eighties. Newspapers, magazines, books. From aviation to zen photography, from technology to nature gazing, he’s written for various newspapers and magazines. He is one of the founders of the most important videogames and photography magazines in Portugal – MegaScore and Fotodigital – and for six years executive editor of an aviation magazine, Sirius. He’s written books about Photography and Virtual worlds and is a columnist for Manfrotto School of Xcellence, the Australian website Photo Tuts+ and the American professional photographers website Pro Photo Coalition, besides being editor of his own emagazine on photography, FOTOdigital, and the founder of eBooks – The FOTOdigital Library. He leads photo tours and workshops in Portugal, around what he calls the Atlantic Realm, a coast line that is, legend says, what remains from Atlantis. www.joseantunes.com
David Burnett – David is a photojournalist with more than four decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual tempo of our age. He is co-founder of Contact Press Images, the New York based photojournalism agency, now entering its 39th year. In a recent issue of American Photo magazine Burnett was named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography.” (That made his mom very happy.) In a world gone mad over digital photography, his kit includes a 60-year-old Speed Graphic press camera, and a plastic $30 HOLGA. Each has a place alongside his digital cameras, each camera a tool to find the right look for the right moment. The May/June 2010 issue of American PHOTO did a 10 page story on David, and his unique talent for staying ahead of the times. In July, 2011, David worked with Photographers for Hope to create a workshop for homeless news vendors in Glasgow, Scotland. Their work is a really wonderful show of what photography can do, when there is motivation. He is also collaborating with the group “Facing Change – Documenting America” which is trying to recreate a modern version of the FSA, and take a serious look at the issues facing the country during these turbulent economic times. www.davidburnett.com/ – Profile photograph by Sebastian Stange.
Alex Coghe – Alex is an editor and photographer, currently based in Mexico. As a commercial photographer he specializes in Editorial, Erotic and Fashion Photography. In his words, “I am a writer and photographer, and now the two things are related. I love the streets. I love people. The contact with people is one of the things I love most about my profession.” His clients (Leica, Burberry among others) contact him because they are attracted by his skills to capture spontaneous moments and for his photography focused on human beings. For him, photography is an act of creation that goes beyond the simple click. For this reason he loves to publish books and blog and making new projects with colleagues. www.alexcoghe.com/
Dallas Dahms – As a person who is naturally inquisitive about almost everything, Durban, South Africa-based Dallas applies a lot of time to learning the craft of photography, its nuances and technical intricacies, particularly in the digital realm. For him photography is as deeply ingrained in his personality as eating and drinking. His main focus now is on professional product and event photography. When he is not taking photographs he is working on his very successful photographer’s community, Fotozones.com www.dallasdahms.com/
Falcon – Falcon brings an eclectic collection of experiences to his work. He was educated at Fordham, Yale and Emory Universities and holds a BA and MA in philosophy, a Certificate of Concentration in Social thought, an MDiv, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology. A poet and writer, a number of his pieces have been published in literary magazines, Falcon’s photographic work reflects the eclectic contours of his life. As much as his work has changed over the past eleven years, Falcon’s fascination with light and shadow remain. Usually working with only ambient light, his work is known for its rich textures, deep colors and unusual perspective. He has won a number of awards for his work, “Tracy (06)” received The Gold Award from Digital Camera World of the UK in 2003. In 2005, his photo, “Desire,” was also featured in Digital Camera World. In the past eleven years Falcon’s work has appeared in many publications in the Unites States and in numerous galleries. In August of 2006 NyghtFalcon Photography was named to DxO Lab’s Image Masters program www.nyghtfalcon.com
Deanne Fitzmaurice – According to journalist Ethan G. Salwen, Deanne “focuses on creating quiet, personal, visually rich moments infused with passion and intelligence. She is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, based in San Francisco, California, and specializing in reportage stills and motion. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Time Magazine, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated , Men’s Journal, Newsweek, The Economist, Der Spiegel, Stern, GEO and numerous other publications. Deanne has also partnered with foundations and non-profits including NPR, UCSF, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation. She has also created multimedia pieces for NBC, Wharton, ACLU as well as other organizations. In 2011, Deanne’s documentary work was a finalist for the Alexia Foundation Grant for World Peace. In 2011 and 2013 she was presented with the Juror’s Selection for the American Photography Awards. Deanne’s work has also received awards from Pictures of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. She is a co-founder of Think Tank Photo. www.deannefitzmaurice.com
Ed Kashi – According to David Griffin, Director of Photography at National Geographic: “Ed Kashi is intelligent, brave and compassionate. He always understands the nuances of his subjects. He fearlessly goes where few would venture. And he sympathetically captures the soul of each situation. Ed is one of the best of a new breed of photojournalistic artists.” He is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking, and personal projects, Kashi is an educator who instructs and mentors students of photography, participates in forums, and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography, and multimedia storytelling. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are the signatures of his work. Kashi’s complex imagery has been recognized for its compelling rendering of the human condition. Along with numerous awards, including honors from Pictures of the Year International, World Press Foundation, Communication Arts, and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide, and his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated four books. www.edkashi.com
Ziv Koren – Ziv’s main interests are humanitarian issues which are often the subject of his documentary projects such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, poverty, the Tsunami, Guantanamo Prison, the Haiti earthquake and AIDS in South Africa, to name a few. His photographs from various projects and assignments have been published in numerous international publications including Time Magazine, Newsweek, and The Sunday Times Magazine. Koren’s award-winning photographs have also been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide including at the Metropolitan Museum of Tokyo, the Memorial Museum in Spain and the War Museum in Croatia. Additionally, Koren has contributed to many books, and regularly lectures at workshops and universities worldwide and recently published his 13th book. www.zivkoren.com
Vince Laforet – “It’s not just the laundry list of awards that sets Laforet apart, though,” noted The FStop magazine. “It’s his steady and unique growth as a photographer. From shooting weddings [as a teen] to the NBA finals in college to his job at the Times and now his much publicized move to commercial photography and motion work, it’s been a long and fruitful evolution.” Vincent, a three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, is a director and Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer who is known for his forward-thinking approach to image-making and storytelling. In addition to having been commissioned by just about every important international publication—including Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and Life—Vincent is considered a pioneer both for his innovative tilt-shift and aerial photography and in the field of HD-capable DSLR cameras. He started as a photojournalist, honing his abilities by landing internships with newspapers such as The Los Angeles Times and with Reuters. By the time he was 25, he had established himself as the youngest staff photographer for The New York Times, and by the time he left, he had a Pulitzer for feature photography under his belt. In 2005, American Photo named him one of the “100 Most Influential People in Photography,” and his work has been recognized in the Communication Arts and PDN annuals and by the World Press Photo Awards, the Pictures of the Year Competition, the Overseas Press Club, the National Headliners Awards, and the Pro-Football Hall of Fame. www.laforetvisuals.com
Melissa Lyttle – Melissa Lyttle is a photojournalist at the Tampa Bay Times, in St. Petersburg, Fla., specializing in documentary project, editorial and portrait photography. Her work has been recognized by UNICEF, the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, POYi, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Southern Short Course and the Alexia Foundation. She is an alumna of the Eddie Adams Workshop (Barnstorm XIV) and has been back for 11 of the last 13 years as a member of the faculty. And she is the founder of the online photo community called APhotoADay, which started in 2001 with exactly two members, and has grown to over 2,500 worldwide. www.melissalyttle.com
Nathan Pask – His passion for visual arts began as a young teenager working as an apprentice in repro for the print industry. After nearly two decades working in various creative roles for award winning Australian and British design and advertising agencies he returned to his beloved hobby of photography into a sustainable career. After studying photography at the University of the Arts London, he travelled the world assisting many accomplished photographers shooting celebrities for premium magazines, labels and brands. His work covers a relatively broad spectrum of genres: Advertising and PR to portraiture, fashion, beauty, still life and food. www.nathanpask.com
Mike Kelley – After working throughout Northern California for a number of years, Michael decided that it was time to head south to Los Angeles, which many consider to be one of the world’s leading cities where art and architecture are concerned. He continued building his business and expanding his client base, and now works throughout Southern California, the United States and occasionally abroad. What started as a professional snowboard career turned sour turned into one of the most exciting careers he could possibly imagine. Clients include USA Today, Business Insider, Washington Post, Gizmodo, Photofocus Photographer of the Week, Denver Post, Huffington Post, NY Daily News, NBC Los Angeles. www.mpkelley.com
Al Diaz - Miami photojournalist Al Diaz has been presented the Humanitarian Award by the National Press Photographers Association. He is a member of The Miami Herald news team that won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for the newspaper’s coverage of Hurricane Andrew and the McClatchy President’s Award for Journalism Excellence for coverage of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. In 2010 he was awarded a Green Eye Shade Award for sports and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for portraits of disadvantaged families during the holidays in 2003. Diaz joined the photography staff at the Miami Herald in 1983 upon graduating from the University of Florida. aldiaz.photoshelter.com
Ami Vitale – Ami Vitale’s journey as a photographer and filmmaker has taken her to more than 85 countries. Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every important international publication and been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries. She is a Nikon Ambassador, has judged the most prestigious photo contests and is a contract photographer with National Geographic Magazine. Recently, she has been the subject of the ten part tv series for National Geographic Channel and another documentary series “Over the Islands of Africa”. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful stories illustrating the very specific issues women in developing countries face. She is also a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the Alexia Foundation’s Photojournalism Advisory Board. Now based in Montana, she continues to make films and stories of the planet’s most important issues and frequently gives lectures and workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia. www.amivitale.com
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