February 2012

The Portrait Issue

© Eric Ogden

© Eric Ogden Eric Ogden photographed actress Michelle Williams at a neighborhood bar in Brooklyn for Entertainment Weekly. Ogden is one of four environmental portrait photographers who discuss their techniques in “Making a Great Environmental Portrait.”

PDNews
Detroit photographer Joe Vaughn on surviving through diversi cation; Seamus Murphy and MediaStorm expand the photographer’s 16-year project on Afghanistan with interviews, video and a family story; John McDermott’s marathon assignment for an adidas anniversary book. by david walker

THE PORTRAIT ISSUE

An Ode to Appalachia 
After four decades photographing the people of Appalachia, Shelby Lee Adams explains in the introduction to his most recent book how Appalachian culture has shaped not only his work, but also his convictions about photographers’ obligations to their subjects.
BY SHELBY LEE ADAMS

Seeing is Believing
A mid-career retrospective of the work of Dutch portrait photographer Rineke Dijkstra emphasizes photography’s role as a tool for empathy and understanding.
BY CONOR RISCH

Making A Great Environmental Portrait
Four photographers share their approaches to making unique and compelling portraits by using the subject’s surroundings in different ways.
BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

CREATE

Spotlight: Thinking Globally
Mauro Bedoni, photo editor of COLORS magazine, explains how he hires photographers who can bring a global perspective to the magazine.
INTERVIEW BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

Right Stuff: A Promo With Artistic Appeal
To appeal to potential clients’ creative sides, Benjamin Rasmussen created a series of handmade artist books featuring his personal photography.
BY CONOR RISCH

The winners’ gallery for The Shot, PDN’s sports photography contest

TECH

Objects of Desire
Leica M-Calendar 2012, Mofone Phone Case, Array Solar Laptop Charger and some cookie cutters that are sure to make you a hit at your camera club’s bake sale.

Product Reviews
Perfect Photo Suite 6, Canon PowerShot S100 and Adobe Photoshop Touch.

Seven Stunning Lenses
We pick our favorite pieces of all-around glass for a range of photo assignments.
BY THEANO NIKITAS 

E-Project: Everyday Eats Magnified
Still-life photographer Caren Alpert uses an electron microscope and post production to capture an unusual view of food.
BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

Exposures
A Venetian photographer and printer challenges himself to create a different view of his hometown; Narayan Mahon’s long-term project explores ve unrecognized countries in Europe and Africa.