The art of photography takes many forms. Thanks to the photographers, photo editors, etc. who willingly share so we can learn from their experiences.
Listed here are resources to expand your vision by learning to see differently, and to improve your craft. Learn from the experiences and lessons learned from others.
Podcasts / Photographer Interviews
- The Black Shutter Podcast is a series of conversations with Black photographers, filmmakers, editors, and creative business folks. You will hear about their work, their challenges, and their inspirations revolving around photography.
- Brooklyn Photo Works ISO320 Podcast: Hosted by @adamlerner
- The Candid Frame: Conversations on Photography Podcast: Each week, host Ibarionex R. Perello, brings in-depth, intimate and thoughtful conversations with photographers on living a photographic life. Also check out the The Candid Frame YouTube Channel
- The Photo Untaken Podcast: Renowned photographer Allen Clark trades his camera for a microphone to talk with some of the greatest photographers and artists in the world about how they got their big break, what it took to build their careers, where they find inspiration to stay relevant, and which photo was the one that “got away.” The goal is to bring all types of photographers and visual artists to the table – to learn from and be inspired by those who have seen success.
- A Small Voice: Conversations With Photographers: Fortnightly in-depth interviews featuring a diverse range of talented, innovative, world-class photographers from established, award-winning and internationally exhibited stars to young and emerging talents discussing their lives, work and process with fellow photographer, Ben Smith.
- A Photographic Life podcast where photographers answer “What photography means to me?” Hosted by Grant Scott of The United Nations of Photography.
- 10 Frames Per Second: A podcast about photojournalism, with photojournalists, for everyone. You can also listen on Sun. 11am-12pm on WLOY radio, or subscribe via iTunes.
- The Art of Photography by Ted Forbes. Ted makes videos covering famous photographers, photography techniques, composition, the history of photography and more.
- LensWork – Photography and the Creative Process: The longest running podcast on photography. Short 5-10 min comments on photography and the creative process.
- Art of Visuals a Content series to inspire the creators, the mavericks, the hustlers, and the visionaries who believe that art and creativity have the power to impact and change culture. This series shares real authentic stories direct from the world’s most talented creative community.
- Advancing Your Photography by Marc Silber: Photography tips, inspiration and insight straight from professional photographers.
- Create: Tools from Seriously Talented People to Unleash Your Creative Life, interviews of many successful creative people, who share useful tools to help you unleash your creativity, whether you are an artist looking to focus your energy in a positive direction, or someone who wants to add more creativity into your daily life.
- Chris Burkard’s Tips for Creating and Sharing Compelling Images – Interview with Marc Silber – https://www.chrisburkard.com/
- The Pro Photographer Journey – Learn the craft directly from seasoned professional photographers. Join us as award-winning photographers discuss the lessons they’ve learned over the years, as well as tips, tricks, and how they have overcome their mistakes to become respected, ever-advancing professionals in their field.
- Finding a Direction for your Photography (feat. Rachael Talibart)
- Becoming an Artist – How to Find Your Creative Self by Trey Ratcliff – 12 videos, that also include post processing tips using Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, etc.
Collectives, Clubs, MeetUps
- See In Black is a collective of Black photographers who invest in, uplift and build community around Black visibility.How a Collective of Photographers Aims to Affirm Black Life
- Souls in Focus: Visual Artist Collective
- theSLAPcollective: Building community through artistry and dialogue.
- Free NYC Photography Workshops by Adorama, NYC (MeetUp.com)
- NY Photo & Safari Meetup NYC (MeetUp.com)
- Photography Meetups in New York City (MeetUp.com)
Organizations / Databases
- Black Women Photographers promotes and encourages inclusive hiring practices. The database highlights any and all Black women who elect to be submitted. Through honest dialogue via social conversations and workshops, the platform seeks to ensure more Black women are empowered to make the industry as colorful as it ought to be.
- Women Photograph is a non-profit to elevate the voices of women visual journalists. The private database includes more than 1,000 independent documentary photographers based in 100+ countries. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants, a year-long mentorship program, an annual skills-building workshop, and a travel fund to help women photographers access professional development opportunities.
- The Exposure Group African American Photographers Association is a participatory member-driven professional photographers association dedicated towards improving the skills, professionalism, and productivity of its members through information, education, and demonstration.
- Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers (CAAAP)’s mission is to photographically document the culture, society, and history of African-Americans, its communities, residents and their ethnic exchange in the Greater Chicago area and throughout the world. To promote the work of professional and amateur photographers through sponsored exhibitions, publications, lectures and education in the field of photography, and its related genre. To Use our photographic images and expertise to inform the public and our community about the importance of photography as an informative and creative medium of expression.
- World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography which activates initiatives, in over 50 countries each year, that help support artists working in the medium of photography. From international exhibition tours, online competitions, and prestigious awards to collaborative projects and high-end art fairs, we embrace photography in all its forms, and are dedicated to the success of our community of artists and photographers.
- Professional Photographers of America (PPA): A nonprofit that was created by photographers, for photographers in order to help those who want to take photography and entrepreneurship to the next level and develop profitable and sustainable businesses.
- American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) – trade association for publication photographers. Since 1994, ASMP has continued to work for photographers’ interests.
The Art of Photography
The Photographic Eye by Alex Kilbee
- A channel dedicated to helping you discover more about the art and history of photography, so you can become a better photographer.
The Art of Photography by Eric Kim
- Practical tips, insights, and advice on how to be a more ‘artistic’ photographer.
Galleries / Expos / History
Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
- A film by Thomas Allen Harris
- Explores the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human.
- PBS.org Independent Lens: The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.
- Watch on YouTube: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
- A six-part series taking viewers on a fascinating journey through the history and cultural impact of music photography.
- Watch on PBS.org
- EVERYBODY STREET, directed by Cheryl Dunn (“102 Minutes that Changed America”), highlights the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers, including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell and Jamel Shabazz — and the unparalleled city that has inspired them for decades. This beautifully shot documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the instinctive rush, singular perseverance and the immediate danger customary to these artists.
- Watch on YouTube
- The Photoville Festival provides an accessible venue for photographers and audiences from every walk of life to engage with each other, and experience thought-provoking photography from across the globe – with free admission for all!
- PHOTOPLUS – at Javits Convention Center, New York City
- The International Center of Photography is a leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to champion “concerned photography”—socially and politically minded images that can educate and change the world. Through our exhibitions, education programs, community outreach, and public programs, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the power of the image.
- The International Center of Photography (ICP) launched its new integrated center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
- Fotografiska produces a broad range of rotating exhibitions, from easily accessible to hardcore conceptual, shot by grand masters and emerging talent.
- Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative owned by its photographer-members, with offices in New York City, Paris, London and Tokyo.
- AP Images, a division of the Associated Press, is the essential source of editorial and creative photographs, videos, graphics and interactives and is the world’s largest collection of historical and contemporary photos.
- The Associated Press delivers more than 3,000 photos a day from journalists recording news as it happens around the world. For more than a century, AP has captured the greatest moments in history, breaking news, sports, politics and entertainment. AP’s photography has won numerous awards, including 31 photo Pulitzers, the most of any news organization.
- Gordon Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans—and in glamour photography.
- How self-taught photographer Gordon Parks became a master storyteller
- Unstoppable: Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis in Conversation (2005)
- Charlie Rose: Gordon Parks interview (2000)
- Roy Rudolph DeCarava (December 9, 1919 – October 27, 2009) was an African American artist. DeCarava received early critical acclaim for his photography, initially engaging and imaging the lives of African Americans and jazz musicians in the communities where he lived and worked. Over a career that spanned nearly six decades, DeCarava came to be known as a founder in the field of black and white fine art photography, advocating for an approach to the medium based on the core value of an individual, subjective creative sensibility, which was separate and distinct from the “social documentary” style of many predecessors. (Wikipedia.org)
- The Sweet Flypaper of Life, DeCarava’s best-selling 1955 collaboration with the poet Langston Hughes. It is a pictorial narrative of family life in Harlem with photographs by DeCarava and text by Langston Hughes. DeCarava wrote ”in spite of poverty, you see people with dignity and a certain quality that contrasts with where they live and what they’re doing.”
- David Zwirner has exclusive worldwide representation of the Estate of Roy DeCarava. Zwirner has articles on DeCarava, and organizes discussions and exhibitions of DeCarava’s work.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson at Magnum Photos
- Cartier-Bresson was one of the founding members of Magnum Photos in 1947.
- b. 1908 – d. 2004
- Ruddy Roye Radcliffe is a Brooklyn based documentary photographer specializing in editorial and environmental portraits and photo-journalism photography.
- A photographer with over twelve years of experience, Radcliffe is inspired by the raw and gritty lives of grass-roots people, especially those of his homeland of Jamaica.
- Radcliffe strives to tell the stories of their victories and ills by bringing their voices to matte fibre paper.
- Systemic racism and coronavirus are killing people of color. Protesting isn’t enough
- Instagram: @ruddyroye
- Brooklyn Photo Works ISO320 podcast: 016: Ruddy Roye, Socially Conscious Documentary Photographer!
- Dawoud Bey is an American photographer and educator known for his large-scale art photography and street photography portraits, including American adolescents in relation to their community, and other often marginalized subjects.
- A Photographer Looks Deep Into America’s Past: Dawoud Bey’s images at the Whitney Museum expose rich histories hidden beneath the surface, how places evolve over time.
- Dawoud Bey, Chronicler of Black American Life (The New York Times Magazine)
- Dawoud Bey on photography as a ‘transformative experience’ (PBS NewsHour)
- Dawoud Bey | Art begins with an idea | TEDxMet
- Dawoud Bey: An American Project (Whitney Museum of American Art)
- Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project (National Gallery of Art)
- Her self-assigned images of athletic models have led to some of Scruggs’s biggest assignments, including photographing an Olympic athlete for ESPN’s Body Issue.
- She started her own men’s fashion magazine, called SCRUGGS.
- Clients: Rolling Stone, ESPN, The New York Times, Essence, Nike, Chromat, GQ, InStyle
- The New Black Vanguard: Dana Scruggs
- Rolling Stone Issues First Cover by Black Photographer
- Instagram: @danascruggs
Paul Samuel Henderson
- Paul Samuel Henderson (October 10, 1899 – May 24, 1988) was an African-American photojournalist for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper from 1929 through circa 1960.
- Paul Henderson Photographs – Jennifer A. Ferretti, Curator. Through Henderson’s photos, this blog asks the question, “What was life like in Maryland for the African American community during the Civil Rights Era?” Browse through the articles about people, places, and events below or the Galleries pages to get an idea.
- Paul Henderson exhibit at the Maryland Center for History and Culture: Maryland’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs, circa 1940-1960. The early civil rights movement was an era of ardent activism and turmoil in Maryland. Paul Henderson’s remarkable photographs offer a vivid glimpse into the daily lives of African Americans at this time.
- Md. Historical Society wants to identify subjects of Civil Rights era photos
Ray Barbee, a skateboard legend, photographer, and musician
- “It’s important to enjoy what you’re doing. Because, life is too short, and there’s a lot of fun to be had.” Ray Barbee
- Ray Barbee: A Common Thread
- Juxtapoz Presents: Vault by Vans x Leica feat. Ray Barbee. Ray shares his thoughts with on purpose, style, communication, and the process of collaboration.
- A photographer with a concentration in fashion, editorial, advertising, and beauty.
- His work can be seen gracing magazines and advertising campaigns in the United States, South Africa, Egypt, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, The Caribbean, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates.
- Shamayim was honored as TIME Magazine’s “12 African American Photographers You Should Follow Right Now“.
- Expeditions to unique and exotic places for Photographers, Models, Makeup Artist, Wardrobe Stylist, Hair Stylist, and Videographers.
- Each year Shamayim host a promotional studio workshop for fashion photographers.
- Alison Wright, photographer, author, speaker. Globally documenting endangered cultures and issues concerning the human condition for editorial, commercial and non-profit clients.
- Alison was named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels with a sense of passion and purpose.
- Instagram: @AlisonWrightPhoto
- Faces of Hope Fund
- Hugh Brownstone – Hugh is the owner and founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant. He is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and YouTuber; producer of the environmental web series Mariner East.
- Trey Ratcliff is an artist on a somewhat quixotic mission to help spread consciousness and mindfulness to the world through photography and creativity. Running the #1 travel photography blog in the world, StuckInCustoms.com, has taken him to all seven continents over the past decade, and Google has tracked more than 140 billion views of his photos, all while building a social media presence.
- Check out Trey’s 12 part series: Becoming an Artist – How to Find Your Creative Self
- Trey has written reviews and tutorials on photography software, services, cameras, etc.
- Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer, filmmaker, and visual anthropologist whose work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix, and many other magazines. He has worked with countless musical artists, including Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Phish, moe., Tom Waits, the Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana, and, the Grateful Dead to name just a few.
- Instagram: @jayblakesberg
- An Insider’s Look at Photographing the Music Industry! by This Week in PHOTO
- He self-publishes, and helps other photographers to do the same via Rock Out Books.
- Damien Lovegrove
- A film about celebrated photographer, Damien Lovegrove: See Damien at his best shooting fashion on the streets of New York City and get his take on art and the life of a photographer.
- Deborah Willis
- Platon (born Platon Antoniou) is a British portrait and documentary photographer.
- Platon was profiled in the first season of the Netflix docu-series Abstract: The Art of Design (“Platon: Photography” S01E07)
- His photographs have been featured on the cover of well-known magazines including Time, Esquire, George, and the New Yorker.
- Platon founded the People’s Portfolio, a non-profit foundation that aspires to create a visual language that breaks barriers, expands dignity, fights discrimination, and enlists the public to support human rights around the world.
- Yagazie Emezi is a documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria focused on stories surrounding African women and their health, sexuality, education and human rights.
- Jay Myself documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.
- Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay (DoNotBendFilm.com)
- Haze Kware, photographer and videographer. Works with dancers, circus artists, and athletes, in non-standard locations. Hk Visuals on YouTube.com