Photographer Ethan James Green chronicles the “freewheeling Wild West” of young New York. With portraits of new creative renegades flocking to the city, Green’s subjects are often “in states of transition, whether the transition from youth to adulthood or a gender transition…transitions render people vulnerable, but Green’s subjects are confidently beautiful, masters of style and attitude.” Read more and see his photographs at www.newyorker.com.
The new nonprofit storytelling platform A Picture’s Worth gives deeper meaning to photographs by pairing them with audio stories explaining what they mean to the people who select them. It’s a great example of impactful narrative storytelling, connecting the visual with the personal. Learn more at wcpo.com.
We wish it were easier to photograph with black and white film these days (otherwise, we’d still do it!) It’s amazing to see the side by side comparison of how we take pictures today vs. 68 years ago. These photos show how New York’s iconic landmarks, including Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral were photographed in 1951 and now in 2019. Maybe one day our smart phones will look as “vintage” as these old-school cameras. See the photo story at www.nytimes.com.
Photographer Robert Frank prefers to stay out of the limelight and let his work be his greatest legacy - and for good reason. His photographic survey, “The Americans”, portrays the vast array of experiences of American life… “how it felt to be wealthy, to be poor, to be in love, to be alone, to be young or old, to be black or white, to live along a country road or to walk a crowded sidewalk, to be overworked or sleeping in parks, to be a swaggering Southern couple or to be young and gay in New York, to be politicking or at prayer.” Needless to say, we’re big fans. Learn more about his work at nytimes.com.
This photo essay by Christopher Payne beautifully captures the process of making pencils. Of course, making something so simple is anything but. We love the detail that these photographs capture, and learning about the story behind this Jersey City pencil factory. Check it out for yourself at nytimes.com.
Inspiring story of international support coming together to rebuild this wrestling club’s gym after it was devasted in a bombing by the Islamic State in September. In the attack, 26 of their wrestlers were killed and 91 were wounded. The head coach said of the wrestlers: “They all believe we need to show the terrorists that they can kill us, but they can’t stop us.” Read the full story at nytimes.com.
We’re so inspired by these young people around the world taking a stand for the planet, and grateful to the dedicated photographers who documented this historic moment. It’s so powerful to see citizens globally fight for our future. Learn more about the recent global protest at nytimes.com.
These powerful photos by Rosalind Fox Solomon demonstrates the important role of photography and visual storytelling in facing our country’s past. “Finely attuned to dog whistles and soul claps, to the space between self-image and self-awareness, Fox Solomon reveals the majesty of the mundane, the campy insouciance of sincerity, and the queasy recognition of the darker forces of American life at play.” See the full story at featureshoot.com.
These portraits of openly transgender members of the U.S. military shine a light on the human face behind the hotly contested (and ongoing) discussion around transgendered people serving in the military. This powerful photography project reminds us all that there is much more at stake than mere political “wins” or “losses”. Read the full story at featureshoot.com.
These photographs by Adam Pape show a side of New York City we know and love. It’s not all flashy lights and yellow taxi-cabs … “It is a portrait of New York that natives know, that curious netherworld between day and night where nothing is quite what it seems. Here Pape takes us on a journey into the heart and soul of Manhattan’s outer limits.” Check out the whole story on feature shoot.