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 by 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. Hosts are Elena Volkova, and J.M. (Joe) Giordano
- 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 – 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.
The Photographic Eye by Alex Kilbee
- A channel dedicated to helping you discover more about the art and history of photography.
- Find Your ‘WHY’ So You Can Create Better Photos
- Improve Mindfulness Through Photography
- Focus and Purpose Matter In Your Photos & How To Find Them
- Your Face WILL Light Up -The Curious Photos Of Obie Oberholzer
- The Formula Taking Your Photos To The Next Level
- Learn The Key To Seeing ‘Secret’ Photos All Around You
- To See Photos No One Else Can (Pro Tip)
The Art of Photography by Eric Kim
- Practical tips, insights, and advice on how to be a more ‘artistic’ photographer.
- Chris Orwig shows you how to capture authentic portraits, from posing your subjects, getting photography clients, maintaining client relationships and photographing emotions.
- 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)
- “Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott” (Lecture) – Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs: From Life magazine photojournalist to film director, Gordon Parks is one of the most celebrated artists of his time. The groundbreaking photographs in the exhibition “Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott” focus on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s, but also relate to Parks’s own fascinating life story. Find out what influenced Parks as he photographed the everyday lives of the residents in his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1950, and what he took away from the experience.
- 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!
Agenda Brown as the creative protagonist of Visual Marvelry and generator of visual stories, possesses a rare ability to capture his subjects in a discerning manner, whilst evoking empathy for his subjects, and is a natural observer of commonality and differences in all of us.
- Bruce Wayne Talamon is an American photographer. He is best known for photographing R&B and soul [email protected] during the 1970s and 1980s, and for his editorial work as a contract and stills photographer.
- Instagram: @BruceTalamon
- Book: Bruce W. Talamon. Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972–1982 (Also available from Amazon.com)
- Bruce Talamon’s photos capture the magic of soul, R&B, and funk in the seventies
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)
Michael A. McCoy is a Washington D.C. based freelance photojournalist and a two-time combat veteran. In his work as a photographer, he sees himself as a visual storyteller. He is devoted to his documentary and environmental portraiture work which includes his personal project Invisible Wounds which explores the lingering impact of PTSD on veterans.
- The Candid Frame #455 – Michael A. McCoy
- 10 Frames Per Second Episode 30
- Time Magazine – 12 African American Photographers You Should Follow Right Now (2017)
- Instagram: @MichaelAmcCoyPhotography
Deborah Willis is a contemporary African-American artist, photographer, curator of photography, photographic historian, author, and educator. Among her awards and honors, she was a 2000 MacArthur Fellow. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. Wikipedia
- Willis, Deborah (2021). The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 978-1-47980-900-4.
- Willis, Deborah; Barbara Krauthamer (2012). Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 978-1-43990-985-0.
- Willis, Deborah; Hank Willis Thomas; Kalia Brooks (2009). Progeny: Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas. New York: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University. ISBN 978-1-884919-23-7.
- Willis, Deborah (2009). Posing Beauty: African American images from the 1890s to the present. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-06696-8.
- Willis, Deborah; Emily Bernard (2009). Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0393077476.
- Willis, Deborah; Kevin Merida (2008). Obama: the historic campaign in photographs. New York: Amistad. ISBN 978-0-06-173309-3.
- Willis, Deborah (2007). Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American portraits. Washington, DC: National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 978-1-58834-242-3.
- Wallis, Brian; Deborah Willis (2005). African American Vernacular Photography: selections from the Daniel Cowin Collection. New York: International Center of Photography. ISBN 3-86521-225-5.
- Willis, Deborah (2005). Family History Memory: recording African American life. New York: Hylas. ISBN 1-59258-086-6.
- Willis, Deborah; Sean Moore; Karen Prince (2004). Black: a celebration of a culture. Irvington, NY: Hylas. ISBN 1-59258-051-3.
- Lewis, David L; Deborah Willis (2003). A Small Nation of People: W.E.B. Du Bois and African-American portraits of progress. New York: Amistad. ISBN 0-06-052342-5.
- Willis, Deborah; Carla Williams (2002). The Black Female Body: a photographic history. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 1-56639-928-9.
- Crouch, Stanley; Deborah Willis (2002). One Shot Harris: the photographs of Charles “Teenie” Harris. New York: Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-3272-5.
- Willis, Deborah (2000). Reflections in Black: a history of Black photographers, 1840 to the present. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-04880-2.
- Cottman, Michael H; Deborah Willis; Linda Tarrant-Reid (1996). The Family of Black America. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 0-517-88822-X.
- Willis, Deborah; Jane Lusaka (1996). Visual Journal: Harlem and D.C. in the thirties and forties. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 1-56098-691-3.
- Cottman, Michael H; Deborah Willis (1995). Million Man March. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 0-517-88763-0.
- Willis, Deborah; Jane Lusaka (1994). Imagining Families: images and voices. Washington, DC: National African American Museum, a Smithsonian Institution Project. ISBN 1-885892-00-4.
- Willis, Deborah (1994). Picturing Us: African American identity in photography. New York: New Press. ISBN 1-56584-107-7.
- Driskell, David C; David L Lewis; Deborah Willis (1994). Harlem Renaissance: art of Black America. New York: Studio Museum in Harlem, Abradale Press. ISBN 0-8109-8128-9.
- Willis, Deborah (1993). J.P. Ball, daguerrean and studio photographer. New York: Garland. ISBN 0-8153-0716-0.
- Willis-Braithwaite, Deborah; Rodger C Birt (1993). VanDerZee, photographer, 1886–1983. New York: H.N. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-3923-1.
- Willis, Deborah (1992). Early Black Photographers, 1840-1940: 23 postcards. New York: New Press. ISBN 1-56584-007-0.
- Willis, Deborah; Lorna Simpson (1992). Lorna Simpson. San Francisco: Friends of Photography. ISBN 0-933286-60-0.
- Willis, Deborah; Howard Dodson (1989). Black Photographers Bear Witness: 100 years of social protest. Williamstown, MA: Williams College Museum of Art. ISBN 0-913697-09-5.
- Willis-Thomas, Deborah (1989). An Illustrated Bio-bibliography of Black Photographers, 1940–1988. New York: Garland. ISBN 0-8240-8389-X.
- Driskell, David C; David L Lewis; Deborah Willis Ryan (1987). Harlem Renaissance: art of Black America. New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-1099-3.
- Willis-Thomas, Deborah (1985). Black Photographers, 1840–1940: an illustrated bio-bibliography. New York: Garland. ISBN 0-8240-9147-7.
Eve Arnold was one of the great compassionate photographers of the 20th century. The first female photographer for Magnum, her work with people all over the world has left a collection of images that speak volumes about her love of live. But it is her photography of Marilyn Monroe that shows us the true nature of how she photographed.
- @EveArnoldPhotographer Official Instagram account of the Eve Arnold Estate
- The Big Secret To Photographing People
- Eve Arnold | Great Artists | ArtNature
- Marilyn Monroe and Photographer Eve Arnold (Documentary)
- 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
Charlie Daniels (The Master Blaster)
- 3,000 rolls of film & a lifetime of stories – We are asking for your help to develop and scan more than 3,000 rolls of film and preserve a personal vision of rock history in America – sometimes sensitive and intimate, sometimes raucous and playful – seen through the eyes of master photographer Charles Daniels over 50 years.
- Thousands of never-before-seen photos of Rock legends uncovered in Boston – As a club emcee back in the day, Charles Daniels and his camera had backstage access to the likes of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Velvet Underground, and Jimi Hendrix. He’s finally ready to process his film.
- Hidden inside a Boston photographer’s 3,000 rolls of film are unseen photos of 1960s-70s rock gods
- Photographer’s 3,200 Undeveloped Film Rolls Hold History of Rock ‘n’ Roll
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
- Peter Coulson, known as the modern age black-and-white master of Photography, specializes in the genres of beauty, fashion and fetish. His images are recognised and well known for their sensual, mysterious & elegant feel; always with a twist of his screwed up sense of humour.
- Tutorials and Q&A’s on YouTube
- 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