Images for “Our
the New York Times Lens blog is
soliciting images for a nationwide
online project offering teens the
opportunity to document their communities and create a portrait of
America as seen through the eyes of
it’s rising generation.
As with the 2010 project, “A
Moment in time,” < http://nyti.ms/
WQtDLd>, the resulting collection
will be presented in an interactive
gallery, cataloged both geographically and thematically. Select
images will be highlighted in a
series of Lens blog posts and,
potentially, a book.
From dense urban areas to remote
rural outposts—details, landscapes,
portraits and action shots showing
your community are all fair game.
“our hometown” encourages
young people to look carefully at
their surroundings and to capture their communities in all their
complexity and potential. Please
have your class teacher or program
instructor contact Lens before
March 15. Images will need to be
submitted by the deadline of May
1, 2013. For full details, contact
Mark Seliger Hosts
“Capture” on You Tube
Mark Seliger, the renowned lensman featured in
PDNedu’s Fall 2010 issue < http://bit.ly/XjoqwA>,
now shares his passion for photography on You-tube’s Reserve channel. his new show, Capture,
explores the story behind some the world’s most
iconic photos as told by the photographers who
shot them. In each episode, Seliger invites a top
photographer and a notable celebrity into his studio
to share some of their favorite shots with personal
stories that make the images even more intriguing.
In the latest episode, award-winning war
photographer Ben Lowy shares his experiences in
Iraq and Libya with Seliger and world-class dancer
Mikhail Baryshnikov, who discusses his transition
from in front of the camera to behind the lens.
to watch and share all Capture episodes, visit:
< http://bit.ly/Xor0zw>. —Jill Waterman
photos © (at left) Courtesy of the New York Times, (above) Uncommon Content
Steph Martyniuk, a graduate of Sheridan College in
Canada, talks about working with Ryan McGinley in New
York, as well as her own portrait work.
CastInG Cha RaCtER: Martyniuk says
that casting plays an important role in
her work. In fact, McGinley so enjoyed
the people in her photographs, she
began doing street casting for him too.
PDNedu: When did you start
making pictures, and where
did you study?
Steph Martyniuk: My love
for photography began in the
darkroom in high school. I went
on to study applied photography
at Sheridan College in Oakville,
PDNedu: Did you do much
of your own photography
during your internship?
SM: Once I was settled in New
York, I immediately started shooting. I built relationships with modeling agencies, and on weekends,
I would street cast. I learned very
early on that, for a strong portfolio,
you have to be able to juggle both
your work and creative life.
PDNedu: What is it like
to study at Sheridan?
SM: My experience was really
great. There was so much free-
dom to express oneself creatively
while still learning commercially
based content. We were exposed
to a lot of friendly competition
with peers. The strict deadlines
really mimicked the fast pace
of the industry, which was very
valuable to learn so early on.
PDNedu: How did you land
an internship with Ryan
SM: In our final fall at Sheridan,
we have to arrange an internship
with a photographer, during a
one-week break in our Business
of Photography class. I regularly
assisted two Toronto photogra-
phers, so I wanted to look outside
Canada. I’m a huge McGinley fol-
lower, so I held my breath and e-
mailed the studio manager, Marc,
explaining my assignment and
asking if I could visit that week. I
even offered to clean their bath-
rooms! Marc responded saying he
enjoyed my work and my sense of
humor, and he invited me to New
York to interview for a summer
internship. I moved there after
graduation the next May.
PDNedu: What was it like
to return to Canada after
six months in New York?
SM: Living in New York helped
me come out of my comfort zone.
Since moving to Toronto, I’ve built
a larger network and my work has
added perspective. My goal is to
keep developing my portfolio here
for an even stronger body of work
the next time I’m in New York.
Photos © Steph Martyniuk < www.stephmartyniuk.com>
In this PDNedu photographer profile, we highlight an emerging talent whose work we discovered during a recent portfolio review event. We met with Steph Martyniuk in
October 2012 during the Palm Springs Photo Festival Reviews at PDN PhotoPlus Expo in New York. For more of our interview with Steph—from her studies at Sheridan to time
with Ryan McGinley, visit < www.pdnedu.com>.