Photography & Image

Natural disasters in New Zealand and Japan, revolution in Egypt, war in Libya, civil unrest in the Congo and violent protests in London have made dramatic headlines in 2011. With few news images today considered too shocking to print and a reading public suffering from compassion fatigue, photojournalists are finding new ways of making an impact. John Stones takes stock of their methods, which includes some vintage techniques, in ‘The bigger picture’.

Using vintage cameras is more commonly the realm of fine art photographers, but in her feature ‘Altered images’ Clare Dowdy talks to three female artists who, in stark contrast, are embracing advanced digital technology to create arresting images.

The question of how to make an impact in a world suffused with imagery is also put to a selection of leading commercial and art photographers, who reveal some of the secrets behind their most striking shots in ‘One step ahead’. Photography awards reliably throw up startling images, and this year’s crop is no different.

Among the winners announced so far this spring are Mitch Epstein, whose series American Power secured him sustainability campaigning award Prix Pictet. Here, Simon Brandon talks to him about his work and the creation of a new website, through which he hopes to find an audience for the question, ‘What is American power?’.

Emily Pacey
Features editor, Design Week

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