In 2012, PDNedu celebrates our tenth anniversary in print. To honor
the occasion, we present this Heroes and Mentors theme.
Our featured photographers approach this subject from multiple angles,
from gaining privileged access to historically significant and heroic subjects
to giving back to the medium and being a role model for others. We hope their
stories will influence you to develop your own list of heroes to admire and
mentors to turn to for advice.
An image from photographer Louie Palu’s Garmsir Marines series, “One to
Watch” (page 38), was included in PDNedu’s fall 2011 issue, which inspired us
to take a closer look at his work. Palu takes a courageous stance in confronting tough subjects, and the story of his travels—from desolate Canadian gold
mines to dangerous patrols in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and beyond—offers a
valuable perspective on dedication to a cause and heroic effort.
Steve Simon’s technical tips in Step X Step (page 60) are merely a taste of
the inspired advice in his latest book, The Passionate Photographer. Besides
being a passionate photographer, Simon also has a phenomenal sense of
humor, and the artistry of his photo sequencing is well worth a look. An image
from Simon’s book Empty Sky graces our cover.
The response to PDNedu’s student contest (page 24) was remarkable in its
international scope. Submissions came from 14 countries, and our prize winners span the globe—from Iranian-born DeAnza college student Mohammed
Kheirkhah (documentary) to Mexican-born Canadian student Victor Vargas
Villafuerte (fine art) to Australian Mark Jezercic (still life), plus many others.
In the past, PDNedu was distributed solely through the print magazine, with
stories also posted to our Web site. Yet, with this issue, we’re rolling out public
access to a new digital edition for the Web and iPad, at no cost to viewers.
This will surely be a perk to photo devotees everywhere, so please check it
out and share your favorite stories!
As always, we welcome your feedback. For fall 2012, we’re planning a look at
the future, with profiles of groundbreaking ideas and forward-thinking photo projects. If you have any brainstorms we should know about, please be in touch.
For now, enjoy the season ahead, continue making great work and don’t
forget to send updates. See you again in September!
— Jill Waterman
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expertise of established pros
to emerging photographers
and their instructors in high
school and college programs.
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Photo booth portraits made at Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York City.
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