Learn from the Masters

Helen M. Stummer, Social Documentary Photographer

Helen M. Stummer is an intrepid photographer who spent over 30 years documenting one of Newark's toughest neighborhoods. Her memoir, "Risking Life and Lens: A Photographic Memoir" (2017) is available from Temple University Press. Winner of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Arts Program Feature. Produced by Susan Wallner, Narrated by Dan Gordon, Videography by Joe Conlon.

Quote of the day

© Cecil Beaton

© Cecil Beaton

Be daring,
Be different,
Be impractical,
Be anything that will assert
integrity of purpose and
imaginative vision
the play-it-safers,
the creatures of the commonplace,
the slave of the ordinary.
— Cecil Beaton

Renée C. Byer on the Art of Photojournalism

All photos copyright of Renee C. Byer and The Sacramento Bee Renée C. Byer is an award-winning American documentary photojournalist best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those who otherwise would not be heard.

A Conversation with Annie Leibovitz

This lecture was presented by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and recorded on 11/18/11. It is a while ago, but still very inspiring.

Annie Leibovitz discusses her book, "Pilgrimage," which explores the places where the people who have inspired her have worked. The book includes the homes of Henry David Thoreau, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marian Anderson, and Abraham Lincoln, among others. 

Inspiring fashion interview with photographer Ellen Von Unwerth

Ellen von Unwerth is a photographer and director. She worked as a fashion model before becoming a photographer in fashion, editorial, and advertising photography. She is specialized in erotic femininity and an absolute icon in her field.

Get inspired by the interview about her work and how she gets inspired for her projects.

Inspiring talk with Mary Ellen Mark & Supermodel/Photographer Helena Christensen

Supermodel Helena Christensen and Documentary Photographer Mary Ellen Mark discuss their work, travels and inspirations with Mark Seliger. From Johnny Depp to the circus performers of India and from the villages of Peru to the celebrities of Hollywood, Christensen and Mark talk about the challenges of finding the essence of their subjects and the thrill of taking a beautiful photograph.