June 2014

Photo Annual 2014: The Best Images of the Year

© JULIA FULLERTON-BATTEN

© JULIA FULLERTON-BATTEN An image from Julia Fullerton-Batten’s series “A Testament to Love,” honored in the Personal category of the PDN Photo Annual.

Picture Story: Everyday Africa
Two journalists leverage their popular Instagram feed about everyday life in Africa to challenge media stereotypes, experiment with narrative and raise visual literacy.
BY DAVID WALKER

From Assistant to Professional: Jamie Magnifico’s Transition
An emerging fashion photographer explains how he learned the techniques and production skills needed for a successful career.
BY DAVID WALKER

THE YEAR IN PHOTOGRAPHY

The Next Big Ideas
Thoughts on recent trends and innovations likely to influence photography in the year ahead.

Why Editorial Works
Five photographers talk about their favorite recent magazine assignments, and what makes editorial work rewarding.
BY CONOR RISCH

FEATURE

Photography Lessons
Leading photographers share their creative exercises and assignments in an excerpt from The Photographer’s Playbook, a new book edited by photographers Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern.

The Photo Annual 2014
The juried selection of the best images of the year

CREATE

Spotlight: A Place for Serious Photo Stories
The news site MSNBC.com is regularly publishing photo essays on topical stories and social issues. Director of Photography Amy Pereira explains what the photo team is looking for.
INTERVIEW BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

GEAR AND TECHNIQUES

How I Got That Shot: A Shiny New Ferrari
Veteran car photographer Tim Damon takes on the challenge of creating a rig shot of a black sports car.

Product Reviews
Tests of the Nikon D4S, Adobe Lightroom Mobile, Sony Alpha A7R.
BY DAN HAVLIK

Frames Per Second: Documentary Film Traces the Roots of Play
Before making their film Bounce, about ball games around the world, David McLain and Jerome Thelia had to invest their own funds. They explain how the film is getting made—and paid for.
BY DAN HAVLIK

10 Mobile Apps Every Photographer Needs
Whether you’re an iOS loyalist or an Android aficionado, here are ten mobile apps that will help you get the job done.
BY GREG SCOBLETE

EXPOSURES

Bearing the Torch
Marc Ohrem-Leclef’s new book considers the human impact of the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games on Rio de Janeiro’s slums.
BY CONOR RISCH

Holding Onto a Friend
Christopher Nunn’s project about a painter afflicted with Alzheimer’s is as much about his friendship with the man as it is about the disease.
BY CONOR RISCH