Posts by: Ellyn Kail

Squarespace Has an Amazing New Analytics App for Your Website (Sponsored)

In the digital age, it’s easier than ever for photographers to connect with their followers and clients. A good website shares your vision with the world; a great website goes a step further by offering real-time feedback from your audience. That’s where Squarespace‘s brand new Analytics App comes in.

Squarespace now allows users to access detailed data straight from their mobile devices. The analytics are simple and easy to understand, while also providing a thorough overview of how people use your website. Learn what you can be doing better by monitoring the size of your audience and seeing your most-viewed projects. Interested in where people are learning about your site? Squarespace tells you if other websites are linking and referring people back to you. Discover how efficient your marketing has been in the past and how you can upgrade for the future. Now, you can also customize date ranges for a more in-depth glimpse at your traffic and activity during specific time frames.

If you have an online store set up with Squarespace Commerce, an invaluable platform for photographers selling prints, you’ll be able to access everything from sales information on your best-selling products to abandoned cart statistics, which can help you understand the way costumers think and target your approach.

The mobile Analytics App provides almost all of the detailed data you can find on a desktop, giving you the freedom to move around and interact with your followers when you’re on the go. The mobile dashboard is beautiful, clean, and most importantly, fun and easy to navigate. The app was just released a few days ago, and Squarespace users are thrilled. “Your recent change to analytics makes it almost addictive to see how [my work] is paying off,” one person wrote.

Make your own beautiful website today with Squarespace, and use the code FEATURESHOOT to get 10% off your first purchase.

Squarespace is a Feature Shoot sponsor.

The Man Who Made History by Photographing India in Color

Raghubir Singh, Ganapati immersion, Chowpatty, Bombay, 1989
Chromogenic print
Photograph copyright © 2017 Succession Raghubir Singh,
Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

Raghubir Singh, Holi revellers, Bombay, 1990
Chromogenic print
Photograph copyright © 2017 Succession Raghubir Singh,
Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Raghubir Singh (1942-1999) secured his position as one of the early serious photographers to work in color. At the time, Kodachrome slide film was not generally accepted by his contemporaries in Europe and the United States, but Singh felt it was necessary to his life and purpose as a photographer of India. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be available in his home country until trade restrictions were lifted in the early 1990s. In the meantime, Singh relied on magazines overseas, including National Geographic, to provide him with the precious film he had nicknamed “King Kodachrome.”

A New Photo Book for People Who Love Cats

Midcentury Kitty on the Red Chair, 2015 © Sue Abramson

On the cover of PhotoCat., Schilt Publishing’s new ode to feline-kind, you’ll find a portrait of Sacha de Boer’s longtime companion– a picture simply called “Julius, tuned out, January 2008.” Julius casts his eyes down, inhabiting his own little black and white world. He might be falling asleep, or maybe he’s thinking about something important. In any case, he’s vulnerable in a way that cats rarely are.

These Veterans Are Using Photography to Cope with Trauma

The Visions of Warriors movie poster

At the Menlo Park Division of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California, veterans learn photography as a way of coping with trauma. Mark Pinto watches birds out in nature and renders them in blue with his old-fashioned cyanotypes. Ari Sonnenberg takes self-portraits in black and white. Homerina “Marina” Bond photographs blooming flowers–symbols of her recovery. “[There are] tiny little embers of hope buried within the artwork,” Priscilla “Peni” Bethel says. “Every class I attend helps me towards the day those embers will burst into flames.”

The Veteran Photo Recovery Project was founded by Susan Quaglietti, a nurse practitioner at the VA Menlo Park, and she runs the program with help from a team of experts: Jeff Stadler, an art therapist, Ryan Gardner, a clinical social worker, and Kristen McDonald, a clinical psychologist. Together, they work with veterans living with mental disorders. In addition to more traditional, evidence-based treatments, each veteran who chooses to participate creates a portfolio of six images as part of their recovery.

After reading about their work, the Los Angeles-based film producer Ming Lai searched for ways to get in touch with the minds behind The Veteran Photo Recovery Project. In the end, he sent what he calls “an old-fashioned letter,” addressed to the VA Menlo Park, with Quaglietti’s name on it. “Miraculously, she received my letter at this massive campus, and she graciously said yes,” Lai remembers. Three and a half years later, on Veteran’s Day, the people who brought The Veteran Photo Recovery Project to life will share their stories in Visions of Warriors by Humanist Films.

Never-Before-Published Ryan McGinley Photos

© Ryan McGinley

When Ryan McGinley was a kid, one of his favorite books was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. “I love Mark Twain and I love that adventurous spirit of getting into trouble,” he recently told Kathy Ryan. It’s a perfect line from a photographer famous for his wandering feet, group road trips, and out-of-the-way locations.

In collaboration with WeTransfer, the New York Times Magazine Photography Director combed through the archives of the legendary American photographer to curate a digital gallery of fifteen previously unpublished images. The photographs and their conversation were just released on WeTransfer.

Submit Your Photos to The Print Swap Holiday Exhibition!

Santa © Mark Coote (@markcoote). Photographer Mark Coote has previously participated in The Print Swap.

The Print Swap, Feature Shoot’s worldwide photo-sharing project, is coming to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the holidays! Our third-ever Print Swap exhibition will take place at ROOT Studios on the evening of December 7th, 2017. All images submitted to The Print Swap between now and November 28th, 2017 will be eligible for the show and holiday party. There will be giveaways, plenty of wine, and some fun surprises for all.

As always, photographers of all backgrounds are welcome to submit images via Instagram using the hashtag #theprintswap. We also accept submissions emailed to [email protected] Images included in The Print Swap are printed professionally and mailed to participating artists all over the world. Prints are sent out randomly, so it’s always a fun surprise to see who gets whose print. So far, we’d had participating photographers from all over the United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe. It’s free to submit, but selected photographers pay a fee of $40 per image to be included, which covers printing and shipping.

Gabriela Landazuri, Photo Editor at The Huffington Post, will be curating the holiday exhibition and selecting approximately 40 images from The Print Swap to display at ROOT. Only newly submitted pictures will be considered for the show, but photographers who have participated in the swap are more than welcome to submit again. Everyone who submits to The Print Swap and is selected to participate will be invited to the show.

While The Print Swap is ongoing and there is no deadline to submit images, the deadline for work to be considered for this exhibition is November 28th, 2017. Learn more at and follow along at @theprintswap on Instagram for updates. And be sure to check out the current Print Swap exhibition at Black Eye Gallery in Sydney, Australia.

Unforgettable Photos from One of the World’s Last Matrilineal Societies

Pema Lamu (73) from the village Zhashi. Faces and hands of most Mosuo women are marked by the daily working hours in the fields. There is a clear division of labor between men and women. Women are responsible for household duties and farmwork and men for heavy labor and funerals. Usually, it is the Dabu who is working the hardest.

Du Zhi Ma holds a photograph in her hand, a portrait of her, which was taken about 35 years ago. In the photo, she carries one of her three children in her arms.

In order to get to China’s Lugu Lake, where the Mosuo people live, German photographer Karolin Klüppel traveled by road. That road, she says, has only been around for one or two decades. Before then, the area was relatively remote, sheltered from curious outsiders. Today, there’s not only a road but also an airport. Tourists arrive by plane a few times a week. Life is changing for the Mosuo, especially the women.

Grief, Loss, and Hope in the Streets of New York City

Daeja Fallas’s grandfather, Jack Peters, taught her how to spell her name. He taught her how to ride a bike, ice skate, build a fire, and plant a garden. In summer, he and her grandmother took her on adventures in their mobile home, showing her the most beautiful and wild places in the United States. Peters also gave Fallas her very first camera, a gift that would follow her and help shape her adult life as a photographer.

The Overlooked Value of Motherhood Revealed in Photos

Hidden Mother: Eileen

Hidden Mother: Jenn

“I come from a long line of matriarchs and feminists,” New Mexico photographer Megan Jacobs tells me. “Both my grandmother and my mother were fearless in their times.” Now a parent herself, the artist drew inspiration from old images from the Victorian era to create Hidden Mothers.

Bittersweet Photos by a Man Grieving His Partner’s Death

Minnesota photographer Andrew A. Amundsen moved to his attic loft apartment abruptly after the death of his girlfriend and muse, a woman named Laurie with whom he had shared twelve years. Having lost their mother to cancer, Laurie’s two daughters, who had been part of Amundsen’s world since they were three and six years old, went to live with their father. “I was instantly alone,” the artist remembers.

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