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The Power Of The Personal Project

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When I was 16, I spent a dream summer riding around my Honda 70cc motorcycle with an all-mechanical Nikon FM with 35mm f/2.8 lens dangling from…

Howard Chapnick on the Photo Essay

Howard Chapnick on the Photo Essay

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In perhaps the best description I’ve seen of what the photo essay should be, the late Howard Chapnick, founder of Black Star Agency and…

Lessons Learned: The Power of Photography

Lessons Learned: The Power of Photography

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I’m optimistic about the future of photography in this visually oversaturated world. That’s because I believe in its transformational power. It can transform light…

The Boring Meeting – Upended

The Boring Meeting – Upended

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When I first encountered Paul Shambroom’s photographs, it was quite by accident. It was the autumn of 2002, and I was making the rounds…

The Personal Challenge – Jim Brandenburg

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Some projects are about photographers challenging themselves. There is a wealth of photo-a-day blogs that have sprouted up all over the web and, as…

The Idea Is Everything

The Idea Is Everything

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My take on Einstein’s quote above is that, if you can execute them successfully, there really are no bad ideas. With some projects or…

The Good Book: Part 3

The Good Book: Part 3

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While rummaging through the photo section of a small bookstore in a small town, I came across a beautiful little personal project that made…

The Good Book: Part 2

The Good Book: Part 2

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The highly influential documentary photographer Diane Arbus once said something to this effect: ”The more personal you make it, the more universal it becomes.”…