Posts by: Alison Zavos

Start 2015 Feeling Thankful: These 27 Photos Will Help You Get There


Big feet, little feet 2 © Aleksandar Garevski


Wellington, New Zealand, April 2012 © Camus Wyatt


Family Traits © Sara Rubinstein

For our latest show, we asked photographers to submit images depicting what they are thankful for. Along with children, pets and loved ones, we also included a little boy “surf shopping” in Walmart, a beloved childhood treehouse and a stunning light-filled kitchen in Brooklyn. This show is a good reminder to stop and appreciate those tender, fleeting moments. Happy New Year!

Congratulations to top three winners Aleksandar Garevski, Camus Wyatt, and Sara Rubinstein, who will 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.

The Best Photo Links of the Week (Dec 22-26)


© Andre D. Wagner

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

  • Andre D. Wagner talks photography [PetaPixel]
  • ‘Making Street Photography in a Cynical Age’ [BagNews]
  • Toronto gallery buys entire collection of Vivian Maier negatives [Street Shootr]
  • Some of the best B&W photos of the year [LensCulture]
  • ‘Behind the Scenes Photos from Stephen King’s The Shining’ [Lost at E Minor]
  • Spectacular Ice Formations in Slovenia [Colossal]
  • Captivating documentary about “the messy intersection of motherhood and artistic expression” [Vimeo]

Call for Submissions: Photos Depicting What You’re Thankful For


© Fred Huening

Photographers, this is your chance to take a step back, stop the online shopping for a second, and show the world what you are thankful for. This is our most open ended call for submissions yet- and yes, we expect (and welcome) lots of photos of pets, babies, and loved ones, but we also want to see the less obvious: everything from your favorite foods to your favorite vacation spot to your favorite pair of kicks, surprise us!

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

Andrea Bonisoli Alquati_02

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]