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Scott Gable: Asia’s Rice Production and Culture

December 16th, 2014

by Liz Ream  For Scott Gable, personal projects are not only important, they also “guide a lot of his commercial work,” and that more art directors will reference his personal projects on his site than his portfolio galleries. Last year, one such project gained a significant amount of traction. Scott completed a self-directed and self-funded project documenting rice production and culture in Asia. Scott was …

Covering California’s Wildfires

June 10th, 2014

by Kelley King In May, a string of wildfires rocked San Diego County, CA. The blazes came in the middle of California’s wildfire season, destroying thousands of acres of land, evacuating many residents and even forcing California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. When Sam Hodgson, a San Diego local who’s no stranger to covering spot news, got word of the initial …

Faces of Ethiopia

March 10th, 2014

by Liz Ream Reportage and travel photographer Evan Pantiel recently took ten days in between jobs to photograph a tribe in Ethiopia. Although Evan originally approached me with photos of the ongoing protests in Kiev, Ukraine, this self-assigned project stuck out to me as particularly stunning. Evan gave a bit of background on the images: Ethiopia has always been on my to do to visit …

The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

January 7th, 2014

by Liz Ream  In early November of 2013, the Philippines got hit with it’s deadliest typhoon on record. Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm recorded at landfall, killed at least 6,166 people in the Philippines alone. Francisco Guerrero was commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), to cover the chaos that ensued following the storm. With six different galleries now up his site, Francisco let me …

Finding Hope in Burma

December 23rd, 2013

by Liz Ream “Photography has the ability to move people and strike a chord in ways that writing and video don’t.” This statement by photojournalist Jack Kurtz can’t be argued, although writing struck a chord for Jack in it’s own way seven years ago. It was 2006 in Cambodia, and inspiration came from the hand of renowned author George Orwell in his book “Burmese Days.” …

A League of Its Own

November 25th, 2013

by Liz Ream In 2011, the NBA experienced it’s fourth lockout in history, which lasted for 161 days. The season was cut from 82 to 66 games, and during this time players had no access to NBA team facilities, trainers or staff. Meanwhile, many players participated in summer leagues to stay in shape. Being an avid basketball fan, Jared Soares became interested in the culture …

Hong Kong: City of Contrasts

October 15th, 2013

by Liz Ream Home to over seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the world’s wealthiest cities. However, despite the surging number of millionaires, many don’t realize that 20% of these seven million inhabitants are living below the poverty line. Not far from the massive shopping centers with their luxury brands, cars and billboards, hundreds of thousands of people live with a single kitchen …

Discovering Nepal

October 11th, 2013

by Liz Ream Hetauda, Nepal.  A small town about 4-6 hours outside of Kathmandu, of which Lonely Planet says the only reason to stop is to change buses. This gave Sweden-based photographer Evan Pantiel a good laugh. After traveling to Nepal to shoot two different projects for NGO Care, Evan stopped in Hetauda and lived as a local, documenting their everyday lives, saying that the …

Beneath the Surface

October 7th, 2013

by Liz Ream Imagine swimming in the midst of a giant feeding frenzy of exotic fish— a school so dense you can’t see your own hand in front of your face. Imagine following this school deeper and deeper into the depths of Lake Tanganyika, off the coast of Tanzania. You must remain aware of not only your air supply, depth and safety equipment, but also …

Survivors of a Forgotten Genocide

September 17th, 2013

By Karrisa Olsen The Nanking Massacre of 1937. Ever heard of it? Even supposing that your answer is yes, chances are that you associate the time with events of the Holocaust and World War II. That was the case for Cairo-based photographer Amanda Mustard until age 16, when a high school history teacher covered the topic despite it not being a part of the curriculum. …

Chicago’s Violence Fighters

July 11th, 2013

by Maria Luci David W. Johnson has lived in Chicago his whole life. He knows this city—its streets, its people, and sadly, its violence. Although David doesn’t live in the areas experiencing most of the gun and gang related violence, he truly cares about telling the story of those affected, and making a difference in his city. David attributes Chicago’s increasing violence to a variety …

A Conversation: Lianne Milton & Alicia Vera

June 25th, 2013

Continuing with our Conversation series, two Wonderful Machine reportage photographers, Alicia Vera and Lianne Milton, discuss their recent projects and what it’s like working in countries like Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil. Enjoy! – Maria Luci Alicia: What was it about Brazil that made you want to move there? Lianne: So at this time last year I was in NYC meeting with editors and brainstorming about …

Small Town Hip Hop

April 22nd, 2013

by Maria Luci Recently, I received a very special promo in the mail. It was a hand-bound booklet from DC-based photojournalist, Jared Soares, titled “Raleigh, North Carolina Hip Hop Culture Over Everything.” I’ve been following Jared’s “Small Town Hip Hop” series for awhile now, after seeing he was documenting the hip hop culture of my hometown of Roanoke, Virgina. The promo prompted me to take …

After The Storm

November 12th, 2012

by Maria Luci At the end of October, after devastating large portions of the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy furiously ripped her way up the East Coast of the United States. The storm affected 24 states, from Florida to Maine, with the biggest damage happening in New Jersey and New York. Over 100 people died from Sandy’s wrath and millions more were left without power. In New …

Return of the Jedi

August 6th, 2012

by Maria Luci Recently Chris Langer was contacted about photographing a unique event: a Jedi Gathering. It was an intriguing idea to him as he had never heard of a Jedi Gathering before, and although the client ultimately cancelled the project, he decided to go and shoot it anyway. He was excited to document this Star Wars-based community. In case you don’t know, Jedi are …

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