September 2015

The Portrait & Fashion Issue

© Lauren Dukoff

© Lauren Dukoff “Olivia at the Ritz,” a personal image taken in London by Lauren Dukoff.

Letter from the Editor
Why all the articles in this issue are about women photographers.


Picture Story: Field of American Dreams
How Tabitha Soren’s photographs of minor leaguers turned into a 12-year project on American myths, as seen through baseball.
By David Walker

Q&A: Maggie Steber on Women, Minorities, and How to Nurture Talent
Maggie Steber, acclaimed documentary photographer, instructor and mentor, talks about the state of the industry for women and minorities, while offering career advice for all aspiring photographers.
By David Walker

What’s Your Niche: Megan Green, Motorsports Photographer
Photographer Megan Green explains how she broke into auto racing and landed jobs from magazines, racing teams and commercial clients.
Interview By David Walker


Anna Wolf on Creating a Lifestyle Look in Fashion and Portraits
The photographer emphasizes interaction with subjects and uses her magazine, Tidal, to share work she’s passionate about.
By Conor Risch

Lauren Dukoff: Collaborating with Celebrities and Designers of Couture
Known for her intimate and revealing portraits, Dukoff has now made the leap to creating fashion stories.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Want to Break into Fashion Photography? Here’s Advice.
Photographers share the steps they’ve taken to land fashion clients.

Mary Ellen Mark: On Portraiture and the Moment
In this excerpt from her posthumously published book, Mary Ellen Mark shares advice on making a revealing and lasting portrait

Zanele Muholi: Fighting Homophobic Violence with Portraiture
The internationally acclaimed South African “visual activist” talks about her honest, intimate portraits of black lesbians and her fearless advocacy for her country’s LGBTI community.
By David Walker


Women photographers are forming salons and face-to-face gatherings to support each other’s work, and share ideas.
By Sarah Coleman 


Spotlight: Al Jazeera America’s Long-Form Photo Essays
Al Jazeera America’s website has published photo essays on myriad topics; Director of photography Mark Rykoff explains how his team evaluates pitches from photojournalists.
Interview by Holly Stuart Hughes


How I Got That Shot: Shine On
Photographing a still life with a hand model against a reflective backdrop, Christine Blackburne balances the composition’s elements: shine, texture, and natural-looking skin.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Reviews
Nikon D7200, Ricoh Pentax K-3 II, and Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary.
By Greg Scoblete

Frames Per Second: Color Correct
Color grading can create consistency in disparate video footage, or even enhance a story or mood. PDN talked to editors and filmmakers and got their tips for better color grading.
By Josh Root

Gear Round Up: Even Keel: 14 Tripods, Rigs and Gimbals to Steady Your Hand
From stills to video and running to gunning, this is the support gear you need to get the job done.
By Greg Scoblete


Photography and Memory
Maia Flore stages and composites photographs to create fantastical images that hint at alternate realities and the enduring influence of childhood memories.
By Conor Risch

Stolen Youth
Elena Dorfman’s multimedia exhibition seeks to connect audiences to a generation of Syrian teenagers whose lives were upended by civil war.
By Dzana Tsomondo

End Frame: Barbara Crane, Pioneer