September/October 2019

PDN Photo Annual 2019

© Joe Pugliese

© Joe Pugliese Joe Pugliese’s portrait of actor, screenwriter and TV producer Lena Waithe, made on assignment for Variety, is honored in the Magazine/Editorial category of the Photo Annual.


Current Trends/Future Change
Photographers, photo editors, reps and producers address shifts in the media, advertising, and views on funding for fine-art work in our stories:
“Preparing for the 2020 Race”
“Looking at Immigration from New Angles”
“Artists’ Changing Relationship to Funding and Ethics”
“Production Companies as Clients”

Special Report

Stock Photography Services Compared
We look at leading stock agencies to see how well they pay photographers and how their terms compare.

The 2019 PDN Photo Annual

The Year’s Best Images

First Take

Photographing a Wild Rice Harvest for Foodies
Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber traveled to Northern Minnesota to document a Native American harvest tradition for Saveur magazine.

Objects of Desire

Behind the Lens: Kristine Potter Captures Paradise’s Aftermath for The California Sunday Magazine

Yael Malka Shoots Slime Culture and Polyamory for The New York Times
The Brooklyn-based photographer explains how she successfully pitched two different stories to two photo editors.


Growth Potential: Photographers Find Opportunities in the Emerging Cannabis Market
Photographers and clients discuss the cannabis industry’s “real and immediate” need for high-quality photography and the challenges of working for newly established businesses.


How I Got That Shot: Conceptual Comedic Portraits
Alexandra Gavillet applies her sense of whimsy to a cover shoot for The Hollywood Reporter.

Product Reviews
Hands-on with Sony’s a6400, Nikon’s Z 6, Fujifilm’s X-T30 and the Zeiss Otus 100mm

Frames Per Second: Documenting South Africa’s “Born Free” Generation
In 12 years of shooting video and stills for her project on South Africa’s youth, Ilvy Njiokiktjien learned valuable lessons in documentary filmmaking.

16 Photo Studio Essentials
Useful gadgets and gear for your photo studio.


A Panoramic View of Immigration Detention
Greg Constantine’s project “Seven Doors” documents the United States immigration detention system through the stories of asylum seekers and refugees, and panoramic photos of facilities largely hidden from the public eye.

Celebrating Queerness in the African Diaspora
Mikael Owunna’s portraits of LGBTQ Africans who were born or are living abroad challenges the perception that queerness is un-African.

End Frame

In Memoriam
We honor those we have lost since our last Photo Annual.

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