September 1, 2018

The Portrait Issue

© Ramona Rosales

© Ramona Rosales A portrait of singer Grace VanderWaal shot by Ramona Rosales for Billboard magazine. Rosales is one of five portrait photographers who spoke with PDN about their strategies for problem-solving and dealing with challenging assignments.


Covering Conflict: Alex Potter on Covering Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis
Alex Potter has been covering Yemen since 2012. She discusses the challenges of her assignment in April for The Intercept to photograph the war-torn country.
By David Walker

How I Published a Book: Tania Teschke: The Bordeaux Kitchen
An American ex-pat relies on an extensive network of personal connections to produce, publish and market a 650-page French cookbook.
By David Walker

Shoot: An Interracial African Family Album
South Africa-based photographer Tamary Kudita uses portraits to recreate her ancestors’ stories. 
By Sarah stacke


How Portrait Photographers Deliver on Challenging Assignments
We asked five photographers about handling tricky assignments, and what they did to deliver images for their clients.
By Conor Risch and David Walker

The Pros and Cons of Photographing “Real People” for Advertising
Clients want “relatable” talent, but finding and directing them takes extra time and effort.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

From The Archive

Landing Jobs in Today’s Ad Market
Excerpts from interviews with photographers about the methods they’ve used for winning the trust of advertising clients, honing their skills at marketing, making creative calls and writing treatments that helped them land advertising assignments.

Gear & Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Dynamic Portraits
Benedict Evans explains how an intense four-day shoot at the Sundance Film Festival turned out to be unexpectedly fun and freeing.
Interview by Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Reviews
Hands-on with Sigma’s first macro lens in the Art family; Olympus’ PEN E-PL9 and Panasonic’s GX9.
By Greg Scoblete

Frames Per Second: Recreating the Aura of a Monsoon
Photographer Sarker Protick combined video, sound and his own musical composition in an immersive installation that complements his photographs of life on Bangladesh’s Padma River.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Roundup: Pixel Peepers
Eight of the highest-resolution cameras you can buy. Plus: How pixel-shifting technology works.
By Greg Scoblete


Seeing and Being Seen
A new book by photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre documents the underrepresented community of aging transgender people through portraits and stories.
By Conor Risch

Moment of Clarity
In a new book, Joshua Lutz uses photography and text to create a story about how the anxiety we experience amid constantly troubling news affects our mental health.
By Conor Risch

End Frame

Jess T. Dugan on Catherine Opie, and the Importance of Seeing Yourself Represented
By Conor Risch