Jeffery Saddoris

Dreaming in Ghana: Ulrik Tofte

Danish photographer Ulrik Tofte has a terrific portfolio, filled with great advertising, editorial and portrait work. He has spent more than 10 years working for clients like Getty and Cultura Creative and his work has been seen in a variety of publications, including magazines and as book covers. However, like many photographers, his personal work is where […]

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The Human Side Of War: Anja Niedringhaus

I have talked about my respect for photojournalists both here and on several episodes of On Taking Pictures. It’s an area of photography that I find both fascinating and terrifying. There was a brief period in my life, somewhere around my senior year in high school, when I thought I wanted to be a photojournalist, […]

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Why You Should Meet Your Heroes: Jonathan Debeer [Guest Post]

Late last year, we featured the work of a superb Belgian photographer called Stephan Vanfleteren. His work, specifically his portraiture, has a wonderful sense of drama to it, while never feeling like he is trying too hard to force his aesthetic. At the time, I wrote that much of his work reminded me of Yousuf […]

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Trading Paint For Polygons: Zsolt Ekho Farkas

On first glance you may be tempted to think that the image above is that of a painting, specifically the 19th-century painting, Budavár Visszavétele by Benczúr Gyula. However, what you are actually looking at is a remarkably detailed 3D recreation of Gyula’s 19th-century masterpiece, painstakingly modeled, rigged, textured and rendered by Hungarian artist, Zsolt Ekho Farkas. The 8.5 million […]

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Forgiveness And Mercy In Rwanda

In 1994, more than 800,000 people were killed in the Rwandan Genocide, a period of massive violence between the Hutus and the Tutsis that lasted 100 days. Recently, photographer Pieter Hugo visited southern Rwanda to capture an incredible series of photographs – portraits of the oppressed and their oppressors 20 years after the brutal conflict that left some two million Hutu […]

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New York Bike Style [Review]

I was in Portland last week and one of the things that I couldn’t help but notice was that cities and bicycles go together like peas and carrots – well some cities anyway. I live in the suburbs outside of Los Angeles and here, people use bicycles for exercise or recreation, not transportation. Actually, even […]

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Deconstructing Portraiture: Cesar Biojo and Dario Puggioni

Painters Cesar Biojo and Dario Puggioni each have a wonderfully unique approach to making portraits. Both have incredible technical skill with a brush and yet neither seem entirely satisfied by stopping at realism, choosing instead to push beyond classical technique and aesthetics into a realm of beautiful abstraction. While there are contrasts within the individual pieces, when viewed […]

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Playing The Long Game

Fear of failure is a topic we have tackled – or rather attempted to tackle – on several episodes of On Taking Pictures. I’ve spoken very candidly about my own fear surrounding both success and failure and how paralyzing it can be, preventing me from moving forward either personally or professionally. Creativity or “trying to […]

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Type (Mis)Treatment: Hoefler & Frere-Jones

I love fonts almost as much as I love words. In fact, fonts are some of my favorite objects – whether digital or analog. While they may not give language meaning, they certainly give it style and flair. One might even say they are the impeccably tailored formal wear on an otherwise drab character, if […]

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