December 2016

The Funding Issue

© Dmitry Lookianov

© © Dmitry Lookianov An image from the series “Instant Tomorrow” by Dmitry Lookianov, one of six photographers working with editor Maryam Omidi on The Last Resort, a photo book funded through Kickstarter.


Picture Story: Copacabana Palace
As Rio de Janeiro primped for the 2016 Olympic Games, photographer Peter Bauza lived with and documented a community of squatters eking out an existence in a hidden corner of the city.
By  Martha T. Moore

What’s Your Niche?: Liz Lutz, Fighter Jet Photographer
For 13 years, Liz Lutz has photographed for Lockheed Martin’s multimedia group. Her favorite job perk: photographing fighter jet test flights from the back seat of an F-16.
By David Walker

Fundraising Advice: Q&A: Blue Earth Alliance Co-founder Natalie Fobes
Blue Earth Alliance has provided fiscal sponsorship to documentary photographers and filmmakers since 1995. Co-founder Natalie Fobes offers tips on how to apply, and how to raise money for personal projects.
By David Walker


How Photographers Succeed at Crowdfunding
The photographers behind three successful crowdfunding campaigns of 2016 explain how they smashed their fundraising goals.
By David Walker, Conor Risch and Martha T. Moore

3 Photographers on the Secrets of Successful Grant-Writing
Photographers Dominic Bracco II, Mary F. Calvert and Pete Pin talk about their strategies for funding personal projects through grants.
By David Walker

Landing Multi-Source Funding for Long-Term Projects
Photographers David Rochkind and Brian Cohen undertook ambitious long-term projects with funding from disparate sources, including corporations, advocacy groups and private foundations. They explain how they approach funders.
By Holly Stuart Hughes and Conor Risch

From The Archive

Tips for Getting A Fair Price for Your Work
In these excerpts from PDN articles, photographers share their best strategies for negotiating with clients.


Notable Photo Books of 2016
Our annual review of books that caught the eyes of PDN editors this year.


How Guardian Weekend Hires Photographers
Caroline Hunter, a picture editor at Guardian Weekend, explains how editors at the award-winning Saturday supplement to the Guardian newspaper find and hire photographers.
Interview By Holly Stuart Hughes

Gear & Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Putting the Sparkle in Bubbly
For a story on entertaining, Christopher Testani enhances dramatic shadows and the bubbles in Champagne with lights and modifiers.
Interview by Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Reviews
We go hands-on with Nikon’s sharp-shooter, the D500, Sigma’s 30mm mirrorless prime lens and Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini.
By Greg Scoblete

Frames per Second: On The Hunt
How Silverback Films found a new way to tell a story as old as life itself.
By Greg Scoblete

Gear Roundup: 9 Pace-Setting Action Cameras
With better stabilization, higher resolutions and more features, action cameras have come of age.
By Greg Scoblete


Into the Void
John Francis Peters offers his visual interpretation of cliff jumping, emphasizing the form of the human body and the psychology of risk-taking.
By Conor Risch

What Lies Beneath
In a new book, Marion Belanger traces the edges of the North American tectonic plate through images of the landscapes above the San Andreas Fault in California and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in Iceland.
By Conor Risch

End Frame

The Personal Appeal: Mary F. Calvert on Stephanie Sinclair