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The Golden Land: Chris Leskovsek

“After 24 hours, I arrive in Yangon. The smells, the dust, and the extreme hot and humid conditions are some of the things that I won’t forget very easily.” – Chris Leskovsek One of the things I love about doing On Taking Pictures is all of the terrific email we get from listeners. Some offer comments […]

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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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Beyond The Fold: Giacomo Favilla

While the lighting and toning in these fantastic portraits by fashion photographer Giacomo Favilla may remind you of Karsh, the subject matter is decidedly different. For the project he calls One of Us, Favilla collaborated with artist and costume designer Francesca Lombardi, who created the amazing origami masks used in the photographs. “They are like one of us. Or […]

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A Book Of Contrasts: Bill Brandt

“It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country.” – Bill Brandt Heralded by many as Britain’s […]

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Humans Being: Stephan Vanfleteren

Last week, we shared the work of brilliant Belgian photographer Marc Lagrange. Yesterday, after seeing the post, a reader tweeted me with “Another great Belgian Photographer: Stephan Vanfleteren. You should check his amazing portfolio.” Ian, I simply can’t thank you enough for sending this to me. I’ve actually seen a couple of his photographs before (including […]

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Vanessa Winship

She Dances On Jackson: Vanessa Winship

Like Walker Evans and Robert Frank before her, photographer Vanessa Winship has created a powerful body of photographs, that centers around those people and places that inhabit the nebulous area between the American dream and the American reality. In 2011, she won the Henri Cartier-Bresson award and used the € 30,000 prize to fund a project, called She […]

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Nilgun Kara

Peace In The Silence: Nilgun Kara

With the devastating events from yesterday, I find I have to make a conscious effort to search for beauty in the world. It is easy to get caught up in the evil that people seem to be capable of and not focus on the good. That’s when being a photographer can really be a blessing. […]

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Mitch Dobrowner

Under Swirling Skies: Mitch Dobrowner

Craggy peaks, distant valleys and ominous skies; these are the stock and trade of brilliant landscape photographer Mitch Dobrowner. His otherworldly vistas inspire the viewer to question whether this is even Earth, or, perhaps, some distant, primordial version of our Small Blue World. Following in the footsteps of Ansel Adams, Dobrowner fell in love with the […]

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Alain Laboile

Five For Friday #39

“Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering Sculptor, Alain Laboile started shooting to record his work in 2004, but later discovered a love for taking photographs of his six children. They […]

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