The Photo Blog

March 27 2014 11:01 AM

What the World Looks Like From the Cockpit

For most photographers, making a great shot requires a quick, coordinated burst of framing, focusing, and exposing. But for aerial photographer Alex MacLean, that synchronization also includes making sure his airplane is flying steady. “It's a lot easier than trying to take pictures out of a car because you're dealing in 3-D space. The plane will fly itself straight and level. That's even without autopilot,” he said. “I usually set myself up, pick up the camera for five or 10 seconds, and take the picture out an open window.”

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March 26 2014 12:34 PM

Portraits of the London Punk Movement of the 1970s and ’80s

On Jan. 13, 1973, Derek Ridgers remembers pushing his way through the crowd at Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert, climbing over the fence and joining the press to photograph the rock legend. At the time, Ridgers worked in advertising and was surprised how easy it was to fake being a press photographer. He quickly realized a camera could help him approach his heroes and idols; he has been photographing famous bands and musicians ever since.

March 25 2014 11:04 AM

Stunning Photos of American Icons

Art Shay is a renaissance man. He’s written more than 70 books and several plays; been inducted into the national Racquetball Hall of Fame; and, perhaps most notably, distinguished himself as one of the most prolific and legendary photojournalists of his generation. During the course of a long and storied career, Shay has captured presidents, athletes, and entertainers in iconic photographs that tell a story of American history and culture. At 92, he’s now celebrating his first exhibition in the city of his childhood at Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo in New York City.

March 24 2014 10:56 AM

Children Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions

If photographer Gabriele Galimberti has learned anything photographing children around the world with their favorite toys, it’s that kids, no matter their circumstances, love to play.

March 23 2014 11:04 AM

The Female Abalone Divers of Japan

Photographer Nina Poppe had been interested in researching a project about female niche communities when a friend told her about the Ama, a group of Japanese women who dive for abalone, the highly sought-after sea snail delicacy.

March 21 2014 11:02 AM

Celebrating Russia’s Glamorous Retired Artists

Many people find retirement homes to be dull, sterile places. But this is not so in the case of a retirement home in St. Petersburg, Russia, that is home to many retired actors, dancers, and luminaries of the arts.

March 20 2014 11:01 AM

Struggle and Hope in Durham, N.C.

Justin Cook’s photos tell a story of two Durhams. “We've always been taught the story of America is one of upward mobility. Durham very much embodies that. But some of the darker sides of the American story are here too,” Cook said.

March 19 2014 11:05 AM

Chernobyl’s Enduring Legacy

It’s been almost 28 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but if photographer Gerd Ludwig’s extensive reporting in and around the power plant has taught him anything, it’s that the story of the disaster is far from over. During the last 20 years, Ludwig has returned to Chernobyl several times to document the lasting impact of the destruction on the people and places inside the exclusion zone. Now, he’s raising money on Kickstarter to collect his images in a photo book called The Long Shadow of Chernobyl.

March 18 2014 11:04 AM

This Is What Finding Love Online Looks Like

It wasn’t long ago that online dating—and admitting you were dating someone you met online—was a taboo subject. Couples who met online would defer questions about how they met or even make up a story far less scandalous than meeting “anonymously” over the Internet. Clearly that isn’t the case anymore.

March 17 2014 11:14 AM

The Color and Complexity of Chinese Opera

Trying to understand Chinese opera can be daunting to those unversed in its rich history and complex visual vocabulary. Peter Lovrick and photographer Siu Wang-Ngai make the form more accessible in their book, Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft, which is published by Hong Kong University Press.