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Josh Dickinson


Designed by: Michele Outland
Cover by: Will Mebane


Designed by: Matt Vee
Interiors by: Merijn Hos

What We Learned This Week: A New Competition Celebrating the Best Pictures Submitted by Photo Enthusiasts, Taken with Any Device

Attention: Photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience. For over 30 years, the American Photography juried competition has been a prestigious vehicle for pro photographers to show off their work and celebrate the art they love. This week we announced a new competition called American Photography Open 2018, which, as the name suggests, takes in a wider scope of the dynamic visual culture. This new contest celebrates the best images submitted by photographers at all levels, taken by any device. You can enter now.

Followup: "Visions of Warriors" Now On Demand

Last November we spotlighted the documentary "Visions of Warriors," from Los Angeles-based filmmaker and photographer Ming Lai, which tells the stories of four U.S. military veterans who participated in the Veteran Photo Recovery Project at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California. The project uses photography therapy to treat mental illness. Ming Lai recently contacted us to say that his film is now being self-distributed via Amazon Video Direct, Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Vimeo. Today we take another look at the documentary.

Protest at AIPAD: The Photography Show

As we enter a new age of protest—or is it simply a continuum of “I can’t believe I’ve been carrying the same sign for 45 years”—it’s a good time to delve into photo archives regarding issues of social change. And how photography has foregrounded important landmark causes. At  The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, which runs from April 5th to 8th at Pier 94, NYC, a featured exhibition on the Black Panther Party, and Steven Kasher Gallery’s ...

Trending: The Unknown Beauty of Afro-Mexicans

Until three years, Afro-Mexicans didn't officially exist. It wasn't until a 2015 census that Mexico acknowledged the 1.38 million citizens of African descent living in the country, and, noted the British Journal of Photography recently, despite that belated recognition, Afro-Mexican people remain on the fringes of Mexican society. BJP spotlighted Cecile Smetana Baudier, a French Danish photographer whose series "Diaspora; Costa Chica" documents an Afro-Mexican community in southern Mexico. Meanwhile The New York Times featured photographer Mara Sanchez Renero's look at an Afro-Mexican community.

Illustrator Profile - Lisk Feng: "Believe in your work. Love what you do."

Lisk Feng is an illustrator who grew up in China, studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and now lives in Queens, New York. Although she is primarily and editorial illustrator, she has also done commercial work and product design, and is currently working on two children's books. Her work is created digitally, primarily with Photoshop, but the illustrations maintain an old school, hand-done feel.

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.