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March 2017 back issue
Doug Menuez To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.menuez.com Documentary photographer & director Doug Menuez once stood at the North Pole, crossed the Sahara, had tea with Stalin's daughter and held a chunk of Einstein's brain. Quitting his blues band in 1981, he began his career at the Washington Post then began freelancing for Time, LIFE, Newsweek, Fortune, USA Today, the New York Times Magazine and many other publications. He’s done portraits of politicians, movie stars and cultural figures such as Presidents Bush and Clinton, Mother Teresa, Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett and Hugh Jackman. He's published four books, and shot award-winning advertising campaigns for global brands such as Chevrolet, Nikon, GE, FedEx, Charles Schwab, HP, Emirates Airlines, and Microsoft. His extensive archive of over one million images was acquired by Stanford University Libraries in 2004. His latest project, Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000 was published by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, gained worldwide press coverage and is traveling as a fine art exhibition of rare images of Silicon Valley’s greatest innovators, including Steve Jobs, as they changed our world. Doug divides his time between the Hudson Valley and NYC.
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Vincent Cianni To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.vincentcianni.com Vincent Cianni is a documentary photographer exploring community, memory and social justice issues through image, text and audio. Cianni holds an MFA in Photography from SUNY New Paltz and teaches at Parsons, The New School for Design in NYC. The Archive for Documentary Arts (Duke University) established a study archive of his photographic work in 2007. We Skate Hardcore, published by NYU Press and the Center for Documentary Studies in 2004, was awarded the American Association of University Press Best Book Design and a major survey of this work was exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York in 2006. Gays in the Military, an investigation into the effects of the military’s ban on the lives and careers of LGBT service members was published by Daylight Books in May 2014 and was featured in the New York Times Sunday Review and The Katie Couric Show. He recently presented at TEDxUniversityofNevada (2015) and has lectured on his work at the Library of Congress, the American Psychiatric Association and OutServe/SLDN Leadership Conference, and in many photographic, gallery, and museum venues. Cianni’s photographs have appeared in The New Republic, Aperture, Double Take, The New Yorker, Slate, ViceUK, Photography as Activism; New York 400: A Visual
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Claude le Gall To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.clgp.fr Born in a little village on the north coast of Brittany. 1962. First photographs taken with a bakelite camera ( 6x9 cm) 1970s. Becomes a teacher of English and, at the same time, develops a deep interest in photography. Documents his environment, in particular the life of local kelp-gatherers whose activity will come to an end a few years later. 1981. Exhibition on Brittany at the Canon gallery in Paris. 1982. Starts work on Ireland. The project will be concluded in 1994. Some of this work will be shown in France and in Poland. 1986. Starts a project on Galicia, the so-called Celtic part of Spain. This work is still in progress and part of it was exhibited at Museo do Pobo Galego in Santiago de Compostela in 2012. 1993-2013. Work distributed by Agence VU in Paris. Has become a free-lance again and is currently organizing the work he has done over the past 46 years.
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Michael O’Neill To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.michaeloneill.com From the very earliest days of photography,  photographers have been ineluctably drawn to the human face. Riding the crest of a twenty-five year career that saw several lifetimes worth of industry awards and commissions, Michael O’Neill was feeling this pull on an almost visceral level. So, abruptly calling it quits he underwent over the course of the next five years, what could be called a radical ‘genre transplant’. As one the most respected photographers of his time in the exacting art of commercial and editorial still-life, he wanted a practice based on an empathy between subject and photographer and began his career anew as portrait photographer.    Having come up in the late 60s in the orbit of Avedon, Hiro, Penn, and Karsch--through a sort of ‘guild’ system, that is, where the collective memory of his mentors linked him directly back to Steichen, Hoyninguen-Huene, Horst, Beaton and Brodovitch--O’Neill did have an intuitive grasp of how to approach his sitters. Early subjects were Andy Warhol and Richard Nixon, who left O’Neill stunned with a spontaneous humanity totally at odds with his image as a total pariah of the American left. He has photographed every American president since.   
Daniel Alexander To commission him or to request prints of his work: danielalexanderphotography Daniel Alexander is a London based photographer and designer. Combining design and photography his work has been exhibited at the Wellcome Collection, The Imperial War Museum, The Science Museum and the Charité. He is currently Course director of Photography at London South Bank University.
Vidhyaa To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.vidhyaa.pic Currently live in Abu Dhabi, passionate photographer, I specialise in portraits & News paper photography. I always try to capture a uniqueness in each photograph. My love for photography began in 2012; which relaxes and excites me a lot, I love photographing people, faces, documenting the events culture, colors, texture and liveliness of life. My vision is to explore globally, I love walking long way with music and my camera in the streets of a large city.I have won, published, sold,exhibited several photographs in many international magazines and in local media and exhibiting and finalist in the 8th Edition of the Pollux Awards in people  and exhibiting in Berlin Germany by 6 October 2016.
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Nicholas Gervin To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.nicholasgervin.com I am a documentary and fine art photographer from Portland, Maine. I first picked up a camera in 1992, at the age of twelve, when I began to explore my urban surroundings and document the graffiti art scene with disposable cameras. I have battled alcoholism as well as several head traumas in my lifetime. I am currently six years sober and dealing with Post-Concussion Syndrome on a daily basis. Photography has been very therapeutic for me in my ongoing recovery process. I have had work published in local and international magazines, such as Popular Photography Magazine, Portland Press Herald, Portland Phoenix, The Forecaster, Dig Portland and Dispatch. On April 20th, 2015, I self published my first zine titled BrickWork, a perfect bound, hand made, limited edition zine (50 copies), featuring one year’s black and white photography documentation of Portland, Maine’s grittier side. The publication was sold internationally, to such places as: France, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Turkey, Japan and the United States. I am currently working on several long term projects and will be featured in Colin Westerbeck’s new book, Street Photography 2015, currently in design by Acuity Press.
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George Webber To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.georgewebber.ca George Webber has been photographing the people and social landscape of the Canadian prairies for nearly 40 years. In 2010 he was the recipient of the National Magazine Gold Award for Photojournalism. His books include Requiem, A World Within, People of The Blood, Last Call, In This Place, Prairie Gothic and Badlands. Webber’s work can be found in museums and archives in Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia.
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Arkadiusz Gola To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.arekgola.com Arkadiusz Gola  (b. 1972) / based In Zabrze (Poland) / graduate of the Opava School of Photography (the Czech Republic) / engaged in documentary photography, mainly focused on the changes occurring in Silesian society after 1989 / particularly interested in the places connected with heavy industry, that got shrunken significantly in Poland at the end of the 20TH century / has been a photojournalist since 1991 and has been working for Dziennik Zachodni in Katowice for 21 years / winner of numerous contest, including Polish Press Photo, Grand Press  Photo, BZ WBK Press Foto and Silesian PressPhoto / scholar of Silesia Province Marshal in the field of culture / his photographs are in collections of Silesian Museum, Katowice Historical  Museum, Zabrze Municipal Museum, Coal Mining Museum in Zabrze, Museum of History of Photography in Cracow and Olomouc Museum of Art / member of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers / author of the book Horizontal for Two Columns. History of Press Photography in Dziennik Zachodni and Trybuna Robotnicza 1960-1989 and albums People from Coal, Garden 1, I Don’t Have to Come Back… and Boundary States / has exhibited in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Poland and Slovakia.
Olaf Unverzart To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.unverzart.de Olaf Unverzart was born in 1972 in Germany. He is a graduate of 'Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst' in Leipzig and finished with a diploma for Fine Art Photography. In 2002 he received a DAAD fellowship for Cuba and in 2011 a fellowship by Goethe Institut for Lithuania. Furthermore in 2010 he was selected for the 'la brea matrix' fellowship in Los Angeles. He has won several awards and prizes like 2005 'Kunstfonds Book Scholarship', 2009 'Deutscher Fotobuchpreis', 2009 'Förderpreis der Stadt München' as well as the Lead Award in Gold in 2010 and 2016. From 2006 to 2009 he lectured photography at the 'Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg', Germany. Currently he teaches at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. His work is shown and publicated since the mid 1990. He lives in Munich and Oberpfalz.
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Kanishka Mukherji To commission him or to request prints of his work: facebook I am Kanishka Mukherji. I am currently working as a banker in SBI. Photography happened to me three and a half years back when I started taking pictures with a point & shoot camera.Gradually i started realizing the difference between a picture and a photograph,and what started as a hobby eventually metamorphosed into an indispensable part of my life. Being an introvert, I use my photography as a medium to express myself,my thoughts, my emotions. I believe that " Every photograph I create, creates me " and hence I click to create myself.According to me, a  photograph is a bridge between the subject and the viewer. A photograph should compel the viewers to think and be one with the subject. Despite my busy work schedule I manage to take some time out to sneak into the world and bring out the untold stories from the life of people.Life is a quintessential element of my photography because they say, "it is more important to click with people than to click the shutter".
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Szymon Barylski To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.szymonbarylski.com Szymon Barylski Polish photographer born in 1984, based  in Ireland. Szymon is involved in documentary photography and photo essays. Photographing is a tool for exploring and learning about the world. He try to tell a story and show it directly. In his opinion, people are an inexhaustible topic and a source of inspiration. Szymon said: “When travelling, I meet people; as a result I create the image of my relation with them. The exploration of the environment where I take photos allows me to create emotional and convincing scenes.“ He thinks you cannot photograph the things you do not know well. That is why he prepare himself for each project individually, accurately, going into detail in the newspapers and on the Internet. Next he looks for an inspiration in other photographer’s photos and conversations, as a result  he can create real pictures. His own narrative presented in his photos is at the same time very personal and common. Szymon thinks that a lot of people can identify themselves with his works.
Photographer wish his photos could increase individual and collective awareness about the social, political and economic need and urge people to act, be part of positive changes.
Paolo Patruno To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.paolopatrunophoto.org Paolo Patruno (Italy) is a freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker. He has traveled throughout Africa over the past ten years, documenting global topics, including health care, human rights, gender equality, and women's empowerment. Since 2011 he has been working on his long-term project, Birth is a Dream which aims to document and raise awareness of maternal health in Africa. Paolo’s work has been published in the The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Daily Mail, REFINERY29, and other reputable publications. His work has been awarded on an international level, having received first place in the Social Documentary and Narrative Documentary categories; a gold medal at Px3 Paris Photography Prize; and "Photographer of the Year" in the Humanitarian and Documentary category at 4th Pollux Awards, among others.
Damian Bird To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.damianbirdphotography.com Damian Bird, is a photographer and photojournalist with many years of experience, working in war zones and trouble spots around the globe.  He was educated in Photography at the Surrey College of Art and Design and at the London College of Communication where he studied for a post graduate degree in Photojournalism.  In 2011 he founded Life Force magazine with his business partner and wife of 14 years, Alice.  As well as Editing Life Force magazine, he is currently engaged in photographing a series of photo-essays on English culture and has recently returned to Afghanistan. He continues to have his work published in national and international newspapers and magazines  including The Times, the Telegraph, the Express, the Observer, GQ, Esquire, Dazed & Confused,The Face, Country Life and Geographical magazine. He lives with his wife and four children in Devon, England.
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Jonathan Mehring To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.mehringphoto.com Jonathan Mehring is an award-winning photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2015 he released his first book, Skate the World – Photographing One World of Skateboarding, published by National Geographic. His unique style of adventure travel coupled with action and lifestyle photography has taken him to over 30 countries around the globe. Some of these epic journeys include riding motorbikes through Vietnam, taking a riverboat up the Amazon, riding the Trans Siberian Railway, and road tripping through India, all with a skateboard by his side. Mehring earned a BFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was the first of his class to be published, completing stories for Thrasher and Slap magazines before graduating. He has since been published in national and international editorials including Rolling Stone, Details, Le Monde, The Wall St. Journal, Huck, Skateboarder, Transworld, Thrasher, and Monster Children. He has exhibited his photographs at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, Rotterdam, Köln, Honolulu, and Richmond, Virginia. Commercial clients include Nike, Converse, Vans, Adidas, Levis, Burton, RVCA, Quiksilver, and Red Bull.
In addition to NYC, he often travels to LA or internationally for work.
History of America’s Greatest City; The Polaroid Book and numerous anthologies and online magazines. His photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Stephen Daiter Gallery (Chicago), Verve Gallery (Santa Fe), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the George Eastman House, and in international photo festivals at Houston Fotofest, KOLGA Tbilisi Photo Festival, and the 7th Internaltionale Fototage Mannheim. His photographs reside in numerous public and private collections including Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; The Library of Congress; The Kinsey Institute for Sexual Research; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; George Eastman House; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of the City of New York, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “As a documentary photographer working in traditional media, I am interested in exploring community and memory, the human condition, as well as the use of image and text stemming from personal experience.  This anthropological/ ethnographic approach has brought me to investigate topics ranging from homeless men in a small city ravaged by urban blight, the socio-political effects of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the lives of Puerto Rican skaters in Brooklyn and a small former coal-mining town in Pennsylvania. I began my documentary work questioning how photographs exist within the context of contemporary practice by recording wedding rituals and combining them with text taken from sources as varied as Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, anthropological studies on marriage rituals and obscure plays that look at the wedding ceremony as an archaic institution. My background in community development and my interest in history and literature have played a major role in my work allowing me to question the viability and practicality of documentary photography as a social change tool.  Most recently, this has led me to interviewing subjects and recording their oral histories in my present project on gay and lesbian service members in the U.S. military.”
Through the next decades O’Neill was a contributing photographer for the New York Times Magazine for eighteen years, Rolling Stone, Life, the New Yorker, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Time and numerous other publications, producing iconic photos of the famous personalities of the late twentieth century. In time the work he produced in his adopted genre of portraiture received acclaim equal to that in his previous life as an advertising and commercial artist.    O’Neill’s portraits keep artifice to a bare minimum. They have the restrained classicism of formal portraiture yet succeed in keeping even the most well-known faces rooted in a factual and psychological here and now. In this way O’Neill subdues their sheer familiarity, lest their fame overflow the images themselves. Making no concessions to formula, and remaining open enough to let the strength of a sitter’s personality have its effect on the appearance of image, he captures those at the highest pinnacles of fame simply enacting the role of themselves.    Ironically, in one of his most popular projects, O’Neill turned his lens not on people but on young animals. Inspired by natural histories and drawings in the Columbia Encyclopedias he read as a kid, he started the Zoobabies project  in 1991 (with a book published by Villard  the same year). Translating his fascination with human physiognomy into an exploration of the oh-so-human tendency to anthropomorphize the faces of animals, O’Neill produced images that have been delighting viewers for over twenty years.    The project closest to O’Neill’s heart, though, and one that will continue to occupy him far into the future, is an exploration in word and image of the origins and the essence of yoga and Eastern spiritual practice through an ongoing series of portraits. On the heels of a photographic career that was occupied first with the physiognomy of objects as a still-life photographer; then of many guises of fame and celebrity, O’Neill is now searching for the physiognomy of wisdom and of compassion in the faces and in the comportment of the great gurus and teachers in these ancient traditions.    This project has in part manifested in the publication of his book “On Yoga The Architecture of Peace”. Ten years in the making Taschen  released the book in the fall of 2015.   O’Neill continues working on two new books and a film. He is certified as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and will continue to immerse himself in yoga as a way of life.
David W Lynch To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.davidlynchphotography.com David W. Lynch began photographing seriously in the late 1980s, concentrating on landscape and portraiture in his native New England. In 1991 his life was forever changed by a defining one-year stay in Guatemala where he began to document daily life—focusing on laborers—in the largely intact indigenous society there. His emotional and heartfelt connection to the people of Guatemala has led him to a lifelong work in Central America, and has furthered his passion for social documentary focus in other parts of the world. While continuing his international work, David turned his eye closer to home, and began documenting industrial workers at the Port of Seattle in the late 1990’s, where he found similar dynamics to those at work in the “developing world”: poverty, substance abuse, and disempowerment of the worker as a third class citizen in a society of privilege. 2015 saw the publication of David's first book of photographs, Strangers in the
Landscape, featuring two of his conceptual projects: "The Firesuit Series" (2003–2009), an exploration of the human condition through metaphors of isolation and anticipation, and "The Bubble Wrap Dress" (2010–2011), a parallel body of work examining the fragility of femininity in contemporary America. David has exhibited in Northampton, MA; Seattle, Vashon, and Bellingham, WA; and Los Angeles, CA. He divides his time between the west coast of the United States and Mexico, where he is at work on a series on bullfighting. 
Christopher Thomas To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.christopher-thomas.de Christopher Thomas, born in 1961 in Munich and a graduate from the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Fotografie, has received a number of international awards as a commercial photographer. His photo reportages have appeared in magazines such as Geo, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Stern and Merian. As an artist, Christopher Thomas has established a reputation above all through his city portraits. The first of his cityscapes was Munich Elegies which was exhibited at the Museum of Photography in Munich in 2005 (published by Schirmer/Mosel, 2005). This was followed by the series New York Sleeps that he worked on between 2001 and 2009. The companion publication, New York Sleeps. Photographs by Christopher Thomas, was published by Prestel in 2009 (6th edition 2012) and was awarded the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis (German Photobook Prize). In 2010 Christopher Thomas photographed amateur actors during rehearsals for the Passion Play in Oberammergau. The result was a cycle of 56 portraits that are reminiscent of paintings by Old Masters that exude the spirit of the Play. The volume
Christopher Thomas. Passion. Photographs of the Passion Play, Oberammergau was published by Prestel at the same time. Christopher Thomas received several awards for this cycle such as the Silver Medal of the Art Directors Club of Germany (2011) and the German Design Award (2013). The Bavarian National Museum in Munich exhibited a wide selection of photos from this cycle from October 2011 to April 2012 in its magnificent Gothic Hall. The following two volumes of photographs were also published by Prestel Verlag: Venice in Solitude (2012) and most recently Paris. City of Light (2014). Works by Christopher Thomas can be seen around the world in well-known photography galleries and at trade fairs, as well as in major private and institutional collections such as the Francois Pinault Collection, the Sir Elton John Photography Collection and the German Bundestag Art Collection.
Stan Raucher To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.stanraucher.com Stan Raucher is an award-winning photographer who has been documenting aspects of the human condition around the globe for over a decade. He was born and raised in Minnesota during the age of black and white television, Life magazine photo documentaries, and the publication of The Family of Man. His photographs have been featured in many solo exhibitions and included in numerous juried group shows. His prints are in the permanent collections at the Lishui Museum of Photography and the University of Washington Hall Health Center, and held by private collectors. His photos have been published in LensWork (#97 and #117), Black & White Magazine, Slate, The Daily Mail, The Independent, Lenscratch, F-Stop Magazine, Shots, The Havana Times, and several other publications. He was a 2012, 2013 and 2015 Critical Mass finalist, a 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography finalist, a 2014 PhotoWorld finalist, a 2015 PX3 Bronze Award winner, and a 2016 Social Documentary Network Fine Art of Documentary Competition Honorable Mention. His first monograph, Metro: Scenes from an Urban Stage, features 50 duotone
photographs by Stan Raucher, a foreword by Ed Kashi and an essay by Marlaine Glicksman was published by Daylight Books in May 2016 (hardcover, 8 by 10 inches, 88 pages ISBN: 9781942084150). This book has received extensive press coverage and numerous accolades, including being named one of the Best Photography Books of Summer 2016 by American Photo Magazine. His complete resume may be found at http://stanraucher.com/resume.pdf
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