December 2012

The Tastemakers Issue

© Paolo Ventura

© Paolo Ventura An image by Paolo Ventura from Behind the Walls, his new limited-edition publication, which is reviewed in our feature “Notable Photo Books of 2012.”

PDNews
How Ari Michelson transitioned from assistant to professional photographer; Wyman Meinzer’s study of the cataclysmic Texas drought was one of the most popular photo essays Texas Monthly has published; The anatomy of a successful grant application: How Tim Matsui’s proposal landed the Alexia Foundation’s Women’s Initiative grant.
BY DAVID WALKER

THE TASTEMAKERS ISSUE

Circles of Influence
PDN explores how some of the most talked- about projects—and people—in photography this year rose to the top. We also interview eight influential tastemakers about how they find, support and share the photography they’ve championed.

FEATURES

Notable Photo Books of 2012
Part One of our look at some of the most impressive and intriguing photo books of the year.
BY PDN EDITORS

Indie Photo Books of the Year
The founder of the Indie Photobook Library picks her favorite self- and independently published books from the past year.
BY LARISSA LECLAIR

CREATE

Spotlight: Women Photographers Celebrating Women
Suzanne Donaldson, photo director of Glamour, discusses hiring only women to shoot assignments for the December issue, and how photography appeals to the magazine’s readers.
INTERVIEW BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

Client Meeting: The Audience Is Watching
Phoenix-based marketing company McMurry helps brands engage customers through editorial-style content rather than advertising. Photographers who can understand and speak to a brand’s audience are essential to their work.
BY ERIC NEWMAN

The winners’ gallery for The scene, event and Nightlife Photo contest

TECH

Objects of Desire
Zeal Optics iON HD Camera Goggles, Ilott Vintage Leather Camera Straps, Lens Band and the colorful “Sprinkles” Canon EOS 7D.
BY DAN HAVLIK

Product Reviews
Hands-on tests of the Nikon D600, Canon PIXMA Pro-10 13-inch printer and Olinda Fine Art Paper.

Frames Per Second: She Drives by Night
Amber Gray creates a surreal fashion video for Vogue Italia that makes the most of illusion.
BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

How I Got That Shot: Michael Muller’s Strobe-Lit Surfers
How the action-sports shooter used the customized strobes he designed for photographing sharks to illuminate waves and surfers.

Exposures
Jessica Eaton’s abstract analogue photos draw inspiration from color theory, digital retouching and a desire to subvert traditional de nitions of photography; the analogue photography of Niko Luoma considers time and space and has “no direct reference to the surrounding visible world.”
EDITED BY CONOR RISCH 

The Big Picture
Five new camera systems (and one lens) show there’s still room for medium format.
BY DAN HAVLIK