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Trending: The American Photography 36 Book Is Here, After a Censorship Saga

Here's some good news: If you have ordered copies of the eagerly anticipated American Photography 36 or American Illustration 39 annuals, the books will soon be on their way to you. After a printing process that turned into a saga of international intrigue (sort of), the books have arrived in New York and orders are being fulfilled, thanks to clever improvisation by Mark Heflin, director of American Illustration - American Photography. FastCompany recently told the story, which involves censorship from the Chinese government.

Insight: Go Ahead and Podcast. Here's How

Do you want to start podcasting? "Podcasting is a form of creative freedom with few strings attached," noted NoFilmSchool, which recently featured a four-part series on podcasting for filmmakers. The lessons are applicable in a general sense to photographers as well: A podcast, notes NFS, can give you a platform to not only sell yourself as a creative but also to sell your projects to clients, including film distributors. Podcasts also help you built a personal relationship with your audience base and beef up your storytelling skills.

The DART Board: 04.09.2021

April 16, Film Forum, NYC and Laemmle NoHo, LA Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, a new documentary on the life and art of Bill Traylor, an American artist with a remarkable and unlikely biography, will be released next week, in person and online. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. After the Civil War, Traylor continued to farm the land as a sharecropper until the late 1920s. Aging and alone, he moved to Montg...

Spotlight: A Moment from Colombian Photographer David Betancur's Travel Journal

David Betancur travels in order to find "character and scenarios." The Colombian photographer's portfolio is filled with people he finds on assignment and on his excursions throughout his country, which he records in what he calls "a sort of travel journal." Among the images in his journal is a shot of a girl resting on the edge of an abandoned swimming pool. "She told me, 'For enjoying the pool, there is no need to get wet in the water,'" Betancur recalls. His photograph was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 8 competition.

American Photography Open 2019: Meet the Winner, Alain Schroeder

Last month we revealed the ten finalists. Today, we introduce the winner of the American Photography Open 2019 competition - Alain Schroeder, a Brussels, Belgium-based photojournalist who has worked all around the globe, from Thailand and Tuscany to Crete and Vietnam. From October 2018 through April 2019, he was in Sumatra, Indonesia, to document efforts to aid the area's critically endangered orangutans. His photograph of an abused three-month-old female orangutan named Brenda being treated for a severely broken arm earned Schroeder the top spot in this year's contest.

The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say

"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.