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Daniel Beltrá: Photography and the Environment

written by: Robert Hirsch

The interrelationship between photography and America’s natural environment can be traced back to Solomon N. Carvalho’s daguerreotypes made during John C. Frémont’s fifth expedition crossing the Rocky Mountains in 1853 (only one of his plates is thought to have survived). The expansionist notion of Manifest Destiny, public curiosity, and tall tales about the West stimulated demand for photographic documentation of these wonders by photographers such as Carleton E. Watkins, Timothy H. O’Sullivan, and William Henry Jackson. In Jackson’s case, his large, wet-plate photographs played a role in the establishment of Yellowstone as the country’s first national park by Congress in Read more »

More Ways You Can Give Back

SHUTTER MISSION Shutter Mission’s goal is to spread the word about a variety of organizations that offer portraits to deserving families and individuals. They spread the word about these organizations and the photographers who serve them. In doing so, they inspire others to give back in their communities. shuttermission.org REHABILITATION THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY Run by a dedicated Board of Directors, RTP seeds and nurtures photography programs at organizations across the greater New York metropolitan region. See how you can get involved. rtphoto.org OPERATION: LOVE REUNITED Operation: Love Reunited is a non-profit, fully volunteer organization that offers professional photography sessions to military families and members who Read more »

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Photographing by Moonlight In Cambodia

written by: Wendy Erickson, Mathieu Young

Wendy Erickson: You are an advertising photographer based in LA. How is it you ended up in a fishing village in Cambodia making photographs by solar powered LED light? Mathieu Young: Self-assigned photojournalistic projects have always been an important part of what I do. I haven’t found total artistic fulfillment doing only my commercial work, and I haven’t found a sustainable financial model in doing only reportage projects, so I have always done both. To that end, I booked a months trip to Cambodia with the intention of meeting, learning about and promoting innovative social enterprises. I met dozens through photographing Read more »