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Veteran Photo Editor Mike Davis on Editing Your Own Work

March 15, 2017

By David Walker

© Danny Ghitis

The first photograph in the opening sequence of images in Danny Ghitis’s self-published book Deep Valley, Dark Days, which Mike Davis edited. When sequencing images, Davis looks for a “third effect,” the “interaction between two images that makes you feel something that is more than either of them would have been alone,” he says.

The award-winning picture editor and Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at Syracuse University explains how to select images for books, competitions and grants. PDN: Why is editing your own work so difficult? Mike Davis: The experience of making the pictures [interferes with] decisions about the value of individual photographs. Another [consideration] is the informational layer [versus] the qualitative layer...

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