18 Workshops, Panels, And Events You Shouldn’t Miss at Photoville 2015

Photoville - Niko Koppel

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Featuring everything from a dog friendly photo booth to exhibitions on ebola, child marriage and poverty in America, Photoville, NYC’s largest annual photo event, is right around the corner, and from the lineup of happenings, it looks like once again there is something for everyone.

Feature Shoot will be presenting the Flora & Fauna exhibition featuring 25 works chosen by our Instagram followers, and I’m moderating a panel presented by PhotoShelter entitled PR For Your Photography: The Secret To Getting Featured. We’ll also be going on a photo walk with @thenytimes.

Here are some of the other exhibitions, events and panels on our radar. We’ll be Instagramming from the event over the next few weeks so make sure you’re following us on @featureshoot!

‘Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs of People’

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Photographer and writer Henry Carroll has a great little book coming out simply titled “Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs of People,” which promises to help you figure out “how and why you want to photograph people.” It’s perfect for aspiring photographers and anyone looking to learn more about taking portraits without being weighed down with too much technical information. I particularly enjoyed his curation of images to go along with the tips and have included a few of my favorites below. The book features work by 50 photographers ranging from August Sander to Mike Brodie and is published by Laurence King.

A Look at Urban Living Through the Eyes of 69 Photographers Around the World


Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool, Singapore © Amrita Chandradas

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Hanoi, Vietnam © Jaime Travezan

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Times Square, NYC © Kevin Broadbery

For our latest group show, we invited you to share your photographs of urban living. Curated by Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief, this final selection captures the nuances of widespread global development, from the crowded streets of Times Square to the overpopulated corners of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Like it or not, we are molding our planet from villages into cities, with a predicted 78.5% of the population living in urban environments by 2030. This group show provides us a small window into the future, one in which bleakness and beauty, homogeneity and individuality exist side by side.

Congratulations to top three winners Amrita Chandradas, Jaime Travezan, and Kevin Broadbery, who will each receive a one year subscription to Squarespace, an online publishing platform designed with photographers in mind. With award-winning design, domains, commerce, hosting, and 24/7 support, Squarespace helps photographers discover more ways to market themselves and expand their business. New subscribers to Squarespace can now use the code “FS15″ to receive 10% off their website. Click here to start a free 14-day trial.

Our next group show will be on the theme ‘Vertical Living,’ and submissions are rolling in. Find the details here.

What Remains of Paris’ La Petite Ceinture



Stretching 32 kilometres around the city centre of Paris lies la petite ceinture, a railway built more than two centuries ago that now sits unused. The line was built out of a necessity to efficiently transport goods and people in a city that was still reliant on horse-drawn carriages. With the boom in automobiles and the expansive underground system, the need for the railway eventually disappeared. Since going out of operation in 1934, the infrastructure has remained in tact. Subtle changes have occurred, but mostly just the flowers and small trees that have sprouted from its bed. French photographer Pierre Folk became absorbed by its presence. For him, exploring endless corridors and empty stations is a way to observe Paris from a completely new perspective, from a lens of the past. His series, By The Silent Line, investigates the ambiguity of disused spaces and their function in modern society.

Monetizing Your Hard Drive and Your Time: How Photographers Build Their Businesses on ImageBrief Through Search, Briefing and Assignments (Sponsored)

Right now, more images are created daily than ever before, meaning that photography buyers—ranging from leading photo editors to advertising executives—have more options. Chances are that as a photographer, you might have the perfect photo just sitting on your hard drive waiting to be discovered and sold, but how do you get that image seen by people who are looking to buy? And what if a buyer needs custom content that needs to be shot… how do you promote yourself to them at the specific time they are looking? That’s where ImageBrief comes in.

Documenting the 9 to 5 Office Culture of Thatcher’s 1980s England

‘If we don’t foul up no-one can touch us’.
Computer weekly 1987

‘Having a secretary is a status symbol’.
Eric Webster – How to Win the Business Battle 1964

If Martin Parr is known for his unmistakable style in documenting the telling details of vacationing families up close and in bright color, then photographer Anna Fox is the English workplace’s equivalent. It makes sense when one learns that Fox studied with photographers Parr, Paul Graham, and Karen Knorr, while studying at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in London. After graduating, commissioned by Camerawork and The Museum of London, she made a body of work called Work Stations,” a study of London office life in the late 1980s and a critical observation of the highly competitive character of working life in Thatcher’s Britain.”

The body of work also builds on Fox’s interest interest in working with text and image, and inspired her (with input from Anna Harding from the Camerawork Gallery) to think about the ways in which she edited her narrative into a “cinematic storyline” that plays upon the many associations we, as cubicled-humans, have about the nine-to-five work day. We asked her a bit more about “Thatcher’s London” and how that environment influenced her work.

Colorful Sculptures Reveal the Devastating Volume of Plastics Washed Ashore in Sian Ka’an, Mexico



Along the lush banks of Sian Ka’an reserve in Mexico, Brooklyn-based photographer Alejandro Durán has discovered heaps of plastic refuse originating from more than fifty countries and all six human-inhabited continents. For Washed Up, he culls large volumes of waste from the shores, constructing site-specific installations in which trash can be seen literally encroaching upon the delicate ecosystem.

Call for Submissions: Photos of Vertical Living


© Ben Thomas

With population growth and urbanization, mankind has substituted outward expansion for upward development. Vertical living, a phenomenon that encompasses high-rises, tower blocks, and skyscrapers, is changing how we inhabit the world, in both beneficial and unsettling ways. Is vertical living the solution to poverty, overpopulation, and environmental destruction, or is it the cause of greater pollution and unsustainable living conditions? For our latest group show, we’re looking for your photographs of vertical living.

This group show will be curated by Feature Shoot Editor-in-Chief and Founder, Alison Zavos. Winners will have their work exhibited online on Feature Shoot, DPReview and in person at PIX 2015, a 2-day photography event happening this October 6 and 7 in Seattle. PIX 2015 is a live and live-streamed event that includes inspirational talks from leading photographers, educational demonstrations for aspiring photographers, and hands-on activities geared towards showing photographers how to use new gear and learn new techniques.

To submit, email up to five images (620 pixels wide on the shortest side, saved for web, no borders or watermarks) titled with your name and the number of the image (ex: yourname_01.jpg) to fsgroupshow (at) gmail (dot) com with “Vertical Living” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions within the body of the email. Copyright remains with the photographer.

You may also submit via Instagram by posting your images using the hashtag #verticallivingfs.

Deadline for submissions is September 9, 2015.

South Africa-Based Photojournalist Corinna Kern on Her Most Important Photo Project


© Corinna Kern

Corinna Kern: At this point in time, I would not be able to class one particular photograph as a most important one. Nevertheless, the most important body of work I produced is probably my project Mama Africa, documenting the life of transgender women in South Africa’s townships and rural areas. Due to the strong social stigma that is attached to transgender people in African culture, it is a topic that is highly relevant and in need of awareness in order to provoke social change. Despite the harsh realities that transgender women in South Africa face, my project Mama Africa resulted in a colourful and celebratory series. It documents four African transgender women in their confident endeavors to integrate themselves into a hetero-patriarchal society, while experiencing a surprisingly high level of acceptance. By conveying the ambiguity and fluidity of gender, my project challenges the stereotypical notions on African gender identity. Mama Africa was selected as one of the five finalists for the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant. Even though it did not win, it is a strong affirmation for me that this story is of high interest and needs to be told. I am still planning to continue my project with a stronger focus on the issues surrounding individuals’ lives. So I think my most important photo is still to come.

‘Marlboro Boys': Startling Portraits of Young Children Addicted to Cigarettes


Dihan Muhamad, who used to smoke up to two packs of cigarettes a day before cutting down, smokes while his mother breast feeds his younger brother on February 10, 2014.


Dihan Muhamad, who has smoked up to two packs of cigarettes a day before cutting down, poses for a photo as he has his first cigarette at 7AM at his home before he attends his first grade class on February 10, 2014.

As smoking regulations in North America get stricter, the number of smokers, especially among younger generations, are in decline. If Mad Men taught us anything, it’s that smoking is not nearly as common as it used to be. In some circles, it can even be seen as taboo. Considering these changing habits of North Americans, it’s incredibly startling to see the recent series by Toronto based photographer Michelle Siu. For Marlboro Boys, she travelled to Indonesia to document the shocking reality of young smokers.