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PPD Master Series: Courtney Dailey on Beauty Photography, Taking Risks and Life in LA

Courtney Dailey has two powerful personal qualities that have helped her build a successful career as a beauty photographer: She is not only a talented and innovative photographer, but also a willing (some might say eager) risk taker. Early in her career, for example, she moved from her home in Detroit to Los Angeles without knowing a soul in the city to start her own photography business. In today's PPD Master Series Sponsored by Tamron, Dailey talks about how she went on to become one of the most in-demand beauty shooters in the city.

Screening Room: The Struggles of Growing Up in Rural Kentucky

The short film Class of ’27  focuses on the tiny town of Booneville, Kentucky, where most of the residents live below the poverty line and employment is mostly limited to the school system. “It’s a moving documentary which aims to expand the current narratives surrounding rural poverty in America. These are not destitute regions whose residents are unable to achieve more advantageous surroundings, but areas that have been deprived of resources and are moving towards investing in the next generation,” notes the Atlantic. Directed by James Rutenbeck, The Class of ’27  is the first of a three-film series streaming at through December 12.

Mark Ulriksen's Dream Job

A couple of weeks ago, San Francisco-based artist and illustrator Mark Ulriksen sent a play-by-play account of a dream assignment he had over the summer. Here's an excerpt from what he wrote: Earlier this year I was asked to create the catalog cover for SFJAZZs 5th Anniversary season. Their newish building is clad floor to ceiling in windows, revealing both public and private spaces.  SFJAZZ founder and executive/artistic director Randall Kline asked me do a painting of their bu...

Latin American Fotografia: Lou Vest

Love took photographer Lou Vest to Cartagena, Colombia: "I am from Texas, but married a Cartagenera 40 years ago," he says. "We visit often and have family and friends in the city." There he explores, trying to find new ways to capture the life of the city, including the Getsemani barrio inside the historic district of Cartagena - a family-oriented neighborhood resisting change. His photograph of a street decorated for Christmas by local residents was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 4 contest.

Photographer Profile - Nick Laham: "I wanted to cover him in a way that was a little different"

As the 2014 baseball season drew to a close and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's career wound down, photographer Nick Laham began going to the Bronx as often as he could to photograph the team captain during his final home stands. Laham, who grew up in Sydney, Australia, and has built a career in New York as an editorial and commercial sports, action and portrait photographer, wanted to shoot Jeter in a unique way. "I like sports because the authenticity of an un-staged moment is great," he says.