PDN’s 30 Photographers on Building a Career, and Maintaining Hope

April 27, 2017

© Ian Bates

For Ian Bates, an important lesson was learning to "take a step back and not look at stuff right away" after shooting. The result is that fewer images make the initial cut, but if he makes one good picture, "it was a good trip," he says. Click to see more images and advice from this year's PDN's 30.

When we interviewed this year’s PDN’s 30 photographers, one comment came up often: Art school had not taught them the basics about how to run their own business, nor had it prepared them for just how challenging it can be to get a foothold in today’s competitive photo market. In the profiles featured on, they explain how they honed...

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