Posts by: Alison Zavos

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]

Fill Out the Feature Shoot Reader’s Survey for a Chance to Win a Cecilia Camera Strap


Dear Feature Shoot readers, we want to know what you think! So tell us what you love, what you hate and what you want to see more of here on Feature Shoot.

Fill out and submit the brief survey below for the chance to win one of two Cecilia camera straps. Handwoven with Peruvian alpaca wool and full-grain Argentinian cowhide, these straps are valued at around $90. Winners will be randomly selected.


Left: Q’enqo alpaca wool / black leather camera strap. Right: Sand baby alpaca wool /
brown leather.

Fill out my online form.

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.

Eyeballs, Vaginas and Raves in Chicago: Matthew Leifheit Talks to Us About Vice’s Latest Photo Issue


Photo by Michael Bühler-Rose


Photo by Cole Don Kelley

Every year I look forward to getting the Vice photo issue. If I could describe the issue in one word, it would be fresh: full of imagery I’ve never seen from (many) photographers I’ve never heard of. We don’t miss much here at Feature Shoot, and Vice always keeps it interesting. This year, with new photo editor Matthew Leifheit at the helm, is no exception.

I asked Leifheit a few questions about nudity, Terry Richardson, fruit topiaries and the opening party this Thursday night in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Get Off the Internet! 15 Camping Photos to Inspire You to Get Into the Wild


© Cavan Images / Offset


© Rebecca Stumpf / Offset

Everyone’s on vacation and my co-working space is deserted. As I’m typing this, my eyes are burning from looking at the computer too long and forgetting to blink.

If, like me, you can’t seem to get away from the glow of your computer screen (and related devices), we’re hoping this collection of camping photos we’ve put together using Offset images will inspire you to unplug — if only for the weekend.

Portraits of Hip New Yorkers with Their Bikes


Quaddafi rides a custom single-speed tall bike photographed at Hudson St. and West 13th St., Manhattan, going to Pastis.


Brian (with Fritz and Gromit) rides a Bullitt 11-speed cargo bike from Copenhagen photographed on North 6th st. and Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, cruising around Williamsburg.

We’ve recently moved back to Brooklyn after two-plus years in Austin and New York Bike Style was literally our first piece of mail. Since it was the only book in our apartment for awhile, it quickly became the go-to book for my 17-month-old’s bedtime story—she still squeals with delight every time she sees it.

New York Bike Style, photographed by Sam Polcer and published by Prestel, is packed full of colorful photos of equally colorful New Yorkers with their bikes. What separates the work from countless other street-style projects is yes, the bikes, but also the fact that most everyone looks genuinely happy—Polcer even managed to get some guys from the Black Label Bike Club to look friendly and approachable.