Vivian Maier (1926-2009) is one of the 20th century’s strangest photographers. Her pictures inspire with the simplicity and beauty of daily life. And yet, even though today we rank her alongside Diane Arbus, Robert Doisneau and Helena Levitt, she was completely unknown until 2009. She took over 120,000 pictures and left more than 2,000 roll films behind her—and never showed them to anyone. Where can we take inspiration from her for our own street photography?
Svatava Vašková is a blogger and photographer whose main subject is food. She’s also the author of four cookbooks, whose recipes can also be found on her food blog as well. Good food and beautiful photos are definitely dear to our hearts too, and so we’ve asked Svatava a few questions. Mainly about how she got into blogging and if she would reveal her favorite photo edits. (She has!)
Mihaela Noroc grew up surrounded by her father’s paintings full of colors, which she successfully brings into her portraits as well. She has traveled over fifty countries of the world including Tibet, South Korea, the Amazon rainforest, and several war zones. In her first book, The Atlas of Beauty, she has let us peek into the lives of over 500 women through visually precise photographs and short narratives, and she is still continuing in her work.
Martin Stranka: I’ve never fallen for idols, I’ve always managed to take my fulfillment and fresh air from my own internal world.
A phenomenal Czech photographer, and a winner of numerous photography awards around the globe. Martin Stranka recently held the grand opening for his retrospective exhibition “Dechem” (“With Breath”) at Prague’s Manes gallery. And we ventured out to him for a chat about his work, his current exhibition, and his future plans. Read our interview with this young artist.
Sports Photographer Marian Chytka: The Main Thing Is to Not Get Carried Away, There’s No Shortcut to Success
The 2020 Dakar Rally is behind us, and since this year, this demanding race came for the first time to Saudi Arabia, everything was a bit new for everyone involved. In today’s interview, you’ll find out what experiences world sports photographer Marian Chytka took back from this exciting race. You’ll find out what led him to switch cameras, what he’d recommend to beginning photographers, and more.
From a left-wing activist to a master of humanist photography. The work of Sebastião Salgado (*1944) is amazing in both its sheer volume and the passport stamps and worn-out boots behind it. It shows us the suffering and beauty of the world, often hand in hand. Through his pictures, Salgado evokes in us a desire to understand and protect the world, or at least discuss its downfall. Additionally, he reminds us of just how enchanting black-and-white photography can be as a medium.
Zdeňka Vrátná focuses on a rather untraditional genre—cosplay photography. That means primarily costumes based on fantasy, sci-fi, or post-apocalyptic stories. We asked her she how she got into photography and what parts of it she enjoys. And she also revealed some of her tried and tested photography tricks and shared some of her experience. Read our engaging interview, browse her fantastic photos, and get to know this likable, talented photographer.
Take inspiration from the work of Josef Koudelka (born 1938), the only Czech photographer within the renowned photo agency Magnum Photos. His life has been shaped by a need for unlimited freedom and independence, and a need to travel alone and discover the world through photography. Tapping into a strong sense of aesthetics, Koudelka has created pictures that are doubtlessly among the best of all time. How can his life and work enrich your own work?
It’s become a tradition for us to say goodbye to each year with a selection of the articles you loved the most. So let’s look back at the best of Learn Photography Magazine in 2019 and go back through not only your favorite articles, but also the ones that you might not have had time for, even though you wanted to. And then you can go straight ahead and look forward to the flood of photo guides and tips that we’re preparing for you in 2020. We’ll definitely be busy!
A tough photographer with a heart of gold—that’s Lucie “Amulett” Věříšová. If you’re thinking of wearing heels to a shoot with this likable lady, think twice—she’d be quick to convince you it’s not the best of ideas. We’ve chatted with her about taking pictures in dark forests, about her models, and about her unusual (but superbly functional) production team. Read the whole interview, browse her great photos, and let yourself be swept for a while into fairy-tale worlds of fantasy.