Posts by: Alison Zavos

Step Right Up: Our Latest Group Show Takes You to the State Fair


Clackamas County Fair on August 17, 2012 © Leah Nash


Pizza © Bruce Booher

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The race. South Carolina State Fair, Columbia, SC, 2011 © Andrea Bonisoli Alquati

Our latest group show examines the weird, wild and wonderful state fair. Our juror Kat Kiernan selected photographs from Feature Shoot readers that encompass the raw and exciting energy of these traveling shows across the country.

Congratulations to Bruce Booher, Leah Nash, and Andrea Bonisoli Alquati, who will receive a one-year subscription to Squarespace, the innovative website publishing platform perfect for photographers. They make it simple to create professional websites that are 100% customizable, making web design accessible to everyone. Complete with award-winning designs, hosting, domains, commerce, and 24/7 support, Squarespace offers photographers more ways to market themselves and grow their business.

We Interviewed Keren Sachs About What it Means to Be a Photographer Represented by Offset


© Peter Adams / Offset


© Charles Gullung / Offset

Since Feature Shoot started working with Offset six months ago, we’ve had a lot of inquires from photographers who are curious about selling their work through the agency. We thought it was a good time to speak with Keren Sachs, Director, Content Development in order to gain some insight into their process, what types of images (and photographers) they are looking for, and what images are most likely to sell well.

A Print Sale Benefiting NYC Salt


Young Love, $75 © Merelyn Bucio

Last year, we profiled the non-profit NYC Salt for their amazing program that teaches inner city high school students photography and prepares them for college. 100% of Salt graduates have been accepted into college – and most all are the first generation of their family to attend. We continue to be inspired not only by the non-profit, but also by the work these kids are creating and their visual take on NYC. This year, we’ve teamed up with NYC Salt and CoEdit Collection to launch a special collection of images taken by NYC Salt students. The work is reasonably priced and 100% of the funds raised go back into the program.

Call for Submissions: Photos of State Fairs

Dakota County Fair on August 11, 2012.  Photos by Ackerman + Gruber

Dakota County Fair on August 11, 2012 © Ackerman + Gruber

Few events are more quintessentially Americana than a State Fair. Colorful characters and atmosphere collide amidst an abundance of food, rides, and local culture. These fairs draw crowds from all over the immediate and surrounding area to showcase their livestock, agricultural feats, and state pride over a few fun-filled days. Whether you are a spectator or regular participant in state fair activities, we want to see your photographs of this fascinating American tradition.

Our judge will be Kat Kiernan, Editor-in-Chief of Don’t Take Pictures. As the former Owner and Director of The Kiernan Gallery, she has designed and managed numerous thematic exhibitions, curating both solo and pop-up shows. She has reviewed portfolios for Photolucida’s Critical Mass, PhotoNOLA, FotoWeek DC, and lectured on photography at various institutions. Kat currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where she works as an art critic and photographer.

Top three winners will receive a free one-year subscription to Squarespace, the intuitive website publishing platform that makes it simple for photographers to build creative and professional sites with their combo of award-winning designs, hosting, domains, and commerce. Selected photos will run on the Feature Shoot website and be promoted through our social media channels. Copyright remains with the photographer.

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 “State Fair” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions within the body of the email.

Deadline is December 15.

Squarespace is a Feature Shoot sponsor.

Feature Shoot Recommends: The Best Photo Links of the Week (Nov 3 – 7)


From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.

  • ‘An Owl Flying Straight into a Camera Looks Like a Hovering Spaceship’ [Colossal]
  • No Groom, No Problem: A wedding service for Japan’s single ladies [Oddity Central]
  • A subculture beneath the streets of Harlem [Kickstarter]
  • ‘How Larry Sultan Influenced Hundred of Photographers’ [TIME Lightbox]

Feature Shoot Recommends: The Best Photo Links of the Week (Oct 27 – 31)


From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.

  • ‘The Best Part About These Dogs In Costumes Is That You Can Adopt Them’ [MTVact]
  • OK Go does it again. This time with drones. [Fstoppers]
  • ‘Goodbye, David Armstrong’ [VICE]
  • Katt Williams and Suge Knight steal a camera, get arrested [Gawker]
  • ‘Hey Baby, Take My Picture’ [Medium]
  • ‘University of North Carolina steals photographer’s work, claims it could not have known photo was not free to use’ [dvafoto]

Feature Shoot Recommends: The Best Photo Links of the Week


René Burri’s self-portrait, Coronado, New Mexico, 1973/83. Photograph: René Burri/Magnum

From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.

  • ‘Richard Prince Sucks’ [artnet]
  • ‘About Race and those Ebola Handheld Thermometer Pictures on Western News Sites’ [BagNews]
  • iPad photography is not going away. [The Verge]
  • ‘How 12 Exhibitions, Two Museums and One Gallery Changed Photography Forever’ [TIME Lightbox]
  • David Cronenberg’s debut novel is about technology-obsessed photographers, sex and conspiracy. [The Guardian]
  • ‘A Way for Photographers to Protect Their Work’ [The New Yorker]
  • Chuck Close and Jessica Craig-Martin curate ‘FIERCE CREATIVITY’ and 100% of the proceeds go to Haiti. [The Creators Project]
  • How much money can photographers expect to be paid for online image usage? [A Photo Editor]

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Screw the Sharks: 14 Surf Photos That Inspire Us to Hang Ten


© Dalton Portella / Offset

Dylan_Lucas_Gordon_95276© Dylan Lucas Gordon / Aurora Photos / Offset

Watching the movie Jaws repeatedly as a kid ruined my chances of ever becoming a surfer but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the incredible beauty of the sport. From the amazing waves in Tahiti, to a frozen blizzard on the Jersey shore, our latest Offset show captures the magical allure of the ocean. As summer draws to a close and our beach days are numbered, this set inspires us to take the train to The Rockaways just one last time.

Photo du Jour: Invisible Junkie

Galeries_31296 © Galeries / Offset

I’ve been watching a lot of Drugs, Inc. lately. Equal parts terrifying and thought-provoking, the National Geographic show covers drug culture (gangs, drug cartels, addicts, cops, etc.) in cities across America. The episode on Portland’s heroin epidemic was especially disturbing as it profiles a dealer that is actively selling the drug to college kids. He gets them hooked and then, when they don’t have money left, turns them into dealers, selling heroin to their friends in exchange for the drug.