Close-Up: How Andrew Southam Captures Authentic Celebrities on LA's Streets
Andrew Southam is an Australian photographer and director now living in Los Angeles. As Andrew says, "I've lived in New York City, Milan, and London but somehow, being Australian, the sense of light, humor, irreverence and energy of LA define me." His photographs of celebrities - including Blake Lively, Liv Tyler, Kevin Spacey, and George Clooney - are all about capturing authentic, human moments-unguarded, truthful, and often given a sense of grace by Andrew's unique way of working with the sun. One of his secrets for keep his work fresh: Shooting on the streets of his adopted home.
Spotlight: "Farm Time" In Rhode Island, by David Wells
Life isn't necessarily easy for farmers Catherine Mardosa and Matt Tracy of Red Planet Vegetables in Johnston, Rhode Island. But as Providence-based filmmaker and photographer (and PPD Reader) David Wells shows in his short documentary "Farm Time (A Year on the Farm with Red Planet Vegetables)," the work is rewarding beyond measure. Created over the course of four seasons and finished in March 2016, the video was shot initially for the Edible Rhody magazine but later expanded and was chosen as an Official Selection for the 2017 NHdocs festival. We feature the piece today along with Wells's account of making it. .
The Q&A: Sophie Cangelosi
Q: Originally from Dallas, what are some of your favorite things about living and working in Portland, Maine? A: I was actually born in Portland, Maine, but went through most of my growing pains in the suburbs of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. I currently reside back in lovely Portland. I have to say, after living eight hours away from the nearest beach growing up, I really appreciate being a stone’s throw from the ocean. It’s the best therapy for me to sit on the Eastern Promenade here ...
In Focus: Winners of the Latin American Pictures of the Year Contest
Photojournalism is thriving in Latin America. That's the takeaway from the biannual Latin American Pictures of the Year competition, which recently announced the winners of its 2017 edition. Portuguese photographer Daniel Rodrigues was named Ibero-American Photographer of the Year for his a series about mistreatment of albinos in Mozambique and other work. Federico Rios's project on FARC guerrillas in Colombia took first place for News Series. Latin American Fotografia winner Peter Bauza's series on squatters in Rio de Janeiro won first place in the Daily Life Series category.
Illustrator Profile - Federica Del Proposto: "Look for your own vision of the world"
Federica Del Proposto is an illustrator and artist based in Milan and Paris. Her delightfully charming illustrations have appeared in publications in Europe and the U.S., as well as in corporate and advertising projects. Del Proposto works simply; she says, "My favorite mediums are pencils and fine-liners-I love them." In addition to travel guides and annual reports, she created the poster for New York City's River to River Festival.
Life in the Fast-Glass Lane with the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC G2
Photographer Jeff Wignall sees the light through the very fast eye of the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC G2 lens and is pleased to report it's a whopping bargain of a fast constant-aperture zoom.