April 1, 2018

2018 PDN’s 30

© Joyce Kim

© Joyce Kim Rapper Vince Staples, photographed for The FADER in 2015 by Joyce Kim, one of the photographers selected for the 2018 PDN’s 30. Kim and the other selected photographers explain how they launched their careers in profiles in this issue.


Assistant to Photographer: How Kristin Gladney Launched Her Advertising Career
Wieden+Kennedy’s in-house photographer explains how she honed her advertising production skills with personal work and social media assignments.
By David Walker

What’s Your Niche?:   Mitchel Wu, Toy Photographer
Photographer Mitchel Wu explains how he creates whimsical narratives in miniature with action figures and other toys for clients such as Mattel.
By David Walker


The 2018 PDN’s 30 Gallery
Profiles of this year’s new and emerging photographers to watch, selected by the editors of PDN.


Susan Meiselas: On Motivation, Her Legacy and the Future of Photojournalism
As a new, traveling retrospective exhibition honors Susan Meiselas’s work, she speaks to PDN about the evolution of her approach to photographing and working with subjects, mixing personal work and assignment work, and providing opportunities for a diverse new generation of photographers through the Magnum Foundation.
Interview by Sarah Stacke


How a Freelance Photo Researcher Finds Photographers
Alyssa Coppelman talks about the role of the freelance photo researcher, her approach to editing and sequencing photo books, and how she seeks out  new photographers.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Gear & Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Re-Imagining Tibet
In the fine-art series she produced in Tibet, Amy Luo recreated scenes her late grandfather had described in his poems and journals.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Reviews
We take a deep dive into Panasonic’s G9, Sigma’s 12-24mm f/4 and Capture One 11.
By Greg Scoblete

A Mixed-Media Video Explores Immigrant Experience
Using hand-drawn illustrations and lo-fi video footage, Daphna Awadish creates an evocative look at how immigrants think about the meaning of home.   
By  Holly Stuart Hughes

Money Matters: 15 Great Programs for Managing Your Photo Business
Whether you work in the cloud or anchored to the desktop, you can outsource the administrative drudgery of running a studio or photo business to these powerful software apps.
By Greg Scoblete


Inside Out
Rafael Soldi uses abstraction and a variety of image-making techniques to create works about the human psyche—by exploring his own.
By Conor Risch

Russian Pastoral
Svetlana Bailey revisited her grandmother’s home in the Russian countryside to create “in-camera collages” that explore how family history evolves across generations, and how photography influences memory.
By Conor Risch