AMANDA BALTAZAR ( chaterink.com) is based in the Pacific Northwest, and has plenty of options for taking
photos of stunning scenery and her cheeky first-grader. She writes about photography, retail, food and
beverage. In this issue of PDNedu, she reports on a new photography program at College of William & Mary
(pg. 20) and also details Nikon’s century of technological innovation (pg. 72).
MINDY CHARSKI ( mindycharski.com) is a Dallas-based freelancer who often writes about photography and
marketing. In this issue, she interviews five veteran photographers to create a field guide for approaching
an imaging career with ingenuity (pg. 24). Follow her on Twitter @mindycharski.
MATTHEW ISMAEL RUIZ is a journalist and critic born and based in New York City. His work has appeared in
a diverse range of print and Internet publications, including the Village Voice, Town & Country, PDN, Billboard.
com, Audubon, PopularMechanics.com, Pitchfork.com and Popular Photography. See his profiles about
award-winning stop-motion director PES (pg. 36) and 3D-capture specialist Alexx Henry (pg. 38). Follow him
on Twitter @PoRican.
GREG SCOBLETE is the technology editor at PDN and Rangefinder, and has covered photography and
digital imaging for a number of print and online outlets over the past 15 years. When he’s not writing
about photography, Scoblete contributes to a foreign policy website and will often opine about artificial
intelligence and technology. Scoblete peers into his crystal ball for “Futurology” (pg. 40), takes a peek inside
the KeyMission 360 (pg. 39), advises on the best practices for choosing your gear (pg. 54), and rounds up
the latest products for your wishlist (pg. 56). Follow him on Twitter @GregScoblete.
BRIENNE WALSH ( abriegrowsinbrooklyn.com) is a writer who has contributed to Art in America, Architectural
Digest, Departures, Interview, The New York Times, PDN, Rangefinder and the Village Voice, among others.
Brienne interviews “Star Teacher” Greer Muldowney in this issue (pg. 13) and also profiles adventure-lifestyle blogger Erika Wiggins (pg. 34) and collaborative filmmaker Preston Kanak (pg. 35).
AMY TOUCHETTE ( amytouchette.com) is a photographer and writer based in New York City. Her photography
is published and exhibited internationally, most recently in The New York Times. Her first monograph,
Shoot the Arrow: A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB*, was published by Un-Gyve Press in 2013, and she is
represented by ClampArt in New York City. For this issue, she speaks with editors from The New York Times
and VICE Media about how virtual reality (VR) is changing storytelling (pg. 44), and she provides an overview
on the steps to take to move abroad (pg. 48).
JESSICA GORDON ( jessicadgordon.com) is a New York City-based writer and editor who covers photography,
art and business-related topics. In addition to feature writing, Jessica creates copy and content for both
large and boutique brands, and she was also the photo researcher for The United States of America with
National Geographic, published by TASCHEN in 2016. In this issue, she speaks to the man behind @TheDogist
(pg. 31) and one of the go-to photographers for your favorite TV shows (pg. 32).