September 2017

The Diversity Issue

Oriana Koren and Sophia Nahli Allison

© Oriana Koren and Sophia Nahli Allison For Echosight, a collaborative online project, Oriana Koren and Sophia Nahli Allison worked together to produce images aimed at “empowering black folks.”


Book Publishing: Celebrating Black Women Photographers
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn discusses the challenges of publishing Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, and her aspirations for the book.
By David Walker

Shoot: Finding Beauty in Flip Phones and Land Lines
Jeanette May examines expendable technology through the lens of 17th century Dutch still life.
By Rebecca Robertson

Picture Story: “The Mothers” by Kiana Hayeri
Kiana Hayeri documents single motherhood in Afghanistan, where women are defined by their marital status.
By Martha T. Moore


Sexism in the Photo Industry: Can’t We Do Better?
Female photographers say they face numerous obstacles. But many are taking positive steps to expand opportunities.
By David Walker with reporting by PDN Staff

Photographers, Men in Authority, and Sexual Harassment
By David Walker and Holly Stuart Hughes

Portraying Trauma without Adding to It
Three photographers explain how they have portrayed sexual violence and abuse from the point of view of victims, representing them with sensitivity and respect.
By PDN Staff

Why We Need More Photographers and Photo Editors of Color
How inequities in photojournalism contribute to stereotypical narratives—and what’s being done to correct the imbalance.
By Tara Pixley  

Educating and Nurturing New (and Diverse) Talents Q&A with Danese Kenon

The Career of a Black Art Producer
By Shena Hickman

On Being a Pregnant Editorial Shooter
By Lexey Swall

From The Archive

Getting Started in Today’s Photo Market
Excerpts from interviews with female photographers on how they launched successful and sustained careers.


On Bringing More Women into the Ad World
Alessandra Lariu, co-founder of SheSays, a network for women in the creative industry, talks about gender diversity in advertising.
Interview by Conor Risch

Gear & Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Many Cooks in the Kitchen
For California Sunday Magazine, Oriana Koren mixed portable and ambient lighting, making portraits and food shots in underground kitchens.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Reviews
Pentax’s KP DSLR; On1 Photo RAW 2017; Vuze VR camera.
By Greg Scoblete

Frames Per Second: Directing Actors for Natural Performances
For his new short film, director/photographer Alejandro Ibarra used unusual techniques to get truthful, spontaneous moments from his cast.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Gear Roundup: 15 Top Mirrorless Lenses
From medium format to MicroFour Thirds, these lenses will take your mirrorless photography up a notch.
By Greg Scoblete


Picturing Kids of LGBTQ Parents
Raised by a gay parent herself, Gabriela Herman published her book of portraits and stories from children raised by LGBTQ parents to give voice to her peers.
By Brienne Walsh

Panic Rooms
Misty Keasler’s new book examines the American phenomenon of commercial haunted houses, and the elaborate fantasy and artifice that goes into them.
By Conor Risch

End Frame: Johanne Rahaman on the Importance of Allies for Women of Color
By Conor Risch