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PDN publishes 2013 list of 30 emerging photographers to watch

By dpreview staff on Mar 7, 2013 at 19:44 GMT

Photo District News (PDN) recently released its annual list of 30, 'new and emerging photographers to watch'. The portfolios of these commercial, fashion and editorial photographers from around the world were selected from more than 300 submissions made by industry professionals. Their work will be published in the magazine's April issue, providing valuable exposure in the US for these photographers as they seek to establish careers in print and online media.

Photograph by Evgenia Arbugaeva from Russia.

In the announcement, PDN Senior Editor Conor Risch points out, 'While these photographers differ as widely as their backgrounds, histories and photographs, there is a shared personality trait that stood out this year: Self-belief.'

Photograph by Michael Hanson from Seattle. Photograph by Sim Chi Yin from Bejing.
Photograph by Jessica Sample from Los Angeles. Photograph by Bon Duke from Salt Lake City.

You can view the complete list of winners and their work in PDN's 30 2013 gallery.

Comments

Total comments: 60
Seismikman
By Seismikman (Mar 14, 2013)

Hmmm seems that there's a leaning to the US of A here, God help the rest of the worlds "new and emerging " photograhpers in getting noticed

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GillesF
By GillesF (Mar 9, 2013)

Well, looks like the usual top-winners kind of pics of any competition. Nothing new or innovative here. Just "classics" of each genre : portrait of a wise black man, abstract-in-bw-no-one-understand-and-it's-hype, street scenes, etc. Not better or worse than other competitions. Just useless.

That said, competitions is a great way of doing some cash and advertisement for people who organize it.

But Clint is right : I'm glad to know that these people win a competition, and that they're already have a solid client base, but what's all this for ?. Someone said week-end warriors. Not wrong. I would say ego work.

Anyway, I think the public is the only valid referrer and never paid for a supposed competition, as basically, photography is no competition.

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Peter KT Lim
By Peter KT Lim (Mar 9, 2013)

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Frank de Ridder
By Frank de Ridder (Mar 8, 2013)

They do this to annoy you, so you you'll get better and better. :-)

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clicstudio
By clicstudio (Mar 8, 2013)

This is a joke. A monkey with a Polaroid can do better than this.

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ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (Mar 8, 2013)

How many did they pick out of China n India n Indonesia .... That's 2.5 billion people that they overlooked.

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Wolffy
By Wolffy (Mar 8, 2013)

so looking at Jessica Eaton's profile she says
“Making bad work is really important. You should embrace that. It can be frustrating, but I think for a lot of people there’s an expectation that it’s Internet-ready right away. "

and her images look like there was no camera involved. I dont get it I thought any kind of crap was "internet ready"

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ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (Mar 8, 2013)

Gawd.............!!!!!!!

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (Mar 8, 2013)

Some bloke sitting on a race track in his shorts, some ugly woman smoking a fag, some old guy wearing goggles whilst cupping hands, some old fat woman sitting in a chair, a couple of Welsh rugby blokes, girl in blue dress adjusting panties with seagulls, some blown up kid, Some chick in a spotty leotard, some girl in the sea with tats, girl with hosepipe and so on...

I mean, if this is emerging talent, then I am going to go home and wet myself laughing. It's a joke really.

As one of the photogs said "To realize who I am and unabashedly let my individuality dictate my work", yeah, and all that rather crass psycho babble and waffle is complete BS.

On a positive point, I like Lisa Elmaleh's pictures. Only by virtue of using the wet plate collodion process, now that's real hard-core photography. Respect to her just for doing it.

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elvedhel
By elvedhel (Mar 8, 2013)

puzzled as to why my name isnt up there :P

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (Mar 8, 2013)

yeah, or mine. LOL.

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luben solev
By luben solev (Mar 8, 2013)

Note that this is for "commercial, fashion and editorial" photogs only. That leaves out vast portions of photography out in the cold.

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gsum
By gsum (Mar 8, 2013)

What has Sim Chi Yin got against feet?

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jackpro
By jackpro (Mar 8, 2013)

Toby Smith; Sim Chi Yin; Evgenia Arbugaeva; Tatiana Plotnikova in no particular order

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Paul Storm
By Paul Storm (Mar 8, 2013)

my vote goes to Alessandro Imbriaco.

agree with most here that PDN's definition of "emerging" needs a serious rewording.

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Amadou Diallo
By Amadou Diallo (Mar 8, 2013)

In the art and commercial photography worlds, 'emerging' has always been used to mean those near the start of their careers who have begun to work/exhibit. This is as opposed to 'established' artists whose names would be recognized by anyone who follows the field. A 'beginning' artist is someone who may be just getting published/exhibited for the first time, which is what you were expecting.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Mar 8, 2013)

Take a look a Geordie Wood's photos. Its the last one.

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nawknai
By nawknai (Mar 8, 2013)

Why? Are you Geordie Wood?

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bed bug
By bed bug (Mar 8, 2013)

I have to be honest and would say that they are fairly average, is this what you are trying to point out?

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ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (Mar 8, 2013)

I like his work

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David Hart
By David Hart (Mar 7, 2013)

Looking through the posted pictures, the only photos that stood out for me were from Toby Smith and Nadya Wasylko.

Toby's photos makes me curious about each location. It makes sense that he's worked with National Geographic.

Nadya Wasylko's Photos are staged model photos, but they feel fresh. Perhaps it's just because I never read fashion magazines.

The other photos just didn't grab my attention.

It does seem like the photographers were picked for their commercial endeavours. There is nothing wrong with using this criteria and I'm happy for their success.

I do think that the use of the word "Emerging" is confusing, given each photographer's resume. I was expecting to read about photographers who were just starting out (i.e. first job, first gallery show, etc.).

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nawknai
By nawknai (Mar 8, 2013)

Yeah, some of them are quite good, but for example, look at James Michelfelder & Therese Sommerseth's photos. I like them, but they're kind of what I expect to see from a sports magazine studio shot, so I'd only rate them as "photos I liked" rather than "impressive."

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ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (Mar 8, 2013)

Toby's 3 shots are nice.

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nawknai
By nawknai (Mar 7, 2013)

I looked at every photo. That's 90 photos, right?

I was impressed with 2 or 3 photos, generally liked 15-20 photos, and laughed at 4 or 5 of them as I shook my head in disbelief (oh Muge....).

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 7, 2013)

Yes,,,what is with that 'Muge' guy?? Just awful. I know art id subjective but really????

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Mar 7, 2013)

It's nice to look at competitions and top notch lists...

It brings out the best and the worst in people.

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HBowman
By HBowman (Mar 7, 2013)

With this client base ??? Damn... if they are emergents then I'm the new pope. Rich people selected by rich people.

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 7, 2013)

I found the selection of this guy a bit odd:

'Muge' (the new Prince??)
http://pdn30.pdnevents.com/gallery/2013/index.php?contest=muge

I....don't.....get it.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 7, 2013)

90% of the photographer here use FILM. DP is a media for losers?

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IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Mar 7, 2013)

All very art school.

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peterwr
By peterwr (Mar 7, 2013)

"Emerging photographers"? Judging by their client lists alone, this lot have well and truly emerged - never mind all the awards they've already got.

They're all competent photographers, to be sure, but given their educational level - I didn't notice anyone who hadn't been to a decent university - and their work histories, so they bloody well should be. There are only three photos out of the whole 90 that I can even remember off the top of my head, and two of those were memorable for their subjects rather than the creativity of the photographer.

I don't know if it's still running, but there used to be an awards scheme (London-based?) for assistants who aspired to be photographers; it was much more worthwhile from the viewpoint of promoting people who really did need the exposure, and I recall the photos were much more varied and creative than this lot, too.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Mar 7, 2013)

If only photography were more difficult. As things stand, it must be pretty difficult to pick 30 people or 3000 people who are more gifted than everybody else.

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pokeken
By pokeken (Mar 7, 2013)

Christ there are so many bitter sods in DPR...that aside, although I appreciate many of the photos here, I find it a contradiction that this competition is supposed to help emerging talent but most of these photographers already have a big client base. The criteria for these competitions should be that they have done very little/none commercial work?

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 7, 2013)

Agreed....how many 'emerging photographers' do you know whose client list includes Conde Nast and the Wall Street Journal. Heck...the majority of supposed 'professional' photographers are just weekend warriors shooting weddings.

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mandophoto
By mandophoto (Mar 7, 2013)

It is immutable. The "experts" speak (see comments below and probably above.)

I'm 60 and won't begrudge younger photographers getting attention. There may be better or not, but what matters is young people are doing great work and some are being recognized. Recognition helps everyone, but it is also ephemeral. Let's hope these photographers keep working to bring us good photography.

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GreggMack
By GreggMack (Mar 8, 2013)

I noticed that the oldest three photographers were aged 39, 38, and 36. All of the rest of them were younger than that. I.m not being judgemental at all - just reporting it as a fact. Obviously, these kids see the world a bit differently than I do.

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TakePictures
By TakePictures (Mar 7, 2013)

What you see a lot on photo sites like dpreview are endless sequences of beautifully shot clichés (birds, bees, flowers, cats, grainy B&W portraits with shallow DOF, gloomy street shots, overprocessed HDR shots, oversaturated landscapes, etc.). I don't see too many clichés in this gallery. I guess that's the difference...

(By the way, I'm a cliché photographer myself and my greatest ambition is to shoot something more inspiring. Long way to go.)

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nachos
By nachos (Mar 10, 2013)

You've got it. This isn't a competition in the typical sense of the word, but rather meant to put the spotlight on artists who are making an impact on the "higher" end of photography.

In that world, which is miles from dpreview, cliches and pretty pictures hold no cachet. Anyone can learn to make a pretty picture. It is instead about concepts and work that may be of interest to professional editors, advertising producers and gallerists.

I am an ad and editorial photographer with a number of national titles and brand campaigns. Photography has earned me a pleasant living - but I started out shooting cliches and pretty pictures too. Broaden your horizons and keep on working. Keep it interesting.

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Jimmy2thou
By Jimmy2thou (Mar 7, 2013)

Sorry, I think you got the title wrong. Was it meant to be:

PDN publishes 2013 list of 30 emerging photographers not to watch?

I agree with Clint with 500px & everyone else really. For me Ming Thein was a huge inspiration in 2012, and I Imagine will be for 2013 too. I don't have 29 other names, but do follow quite a few other photographers, some of which post here regularly.

p.s. Wow, I just made my first negative post on the comments section. I'm one of those now.....No!...Sorry, it won't happen again! :/

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davidrm
By davidrm (Mar 7, 2013)

I probably wouldn't even make the top 30 no-hopers. Or fading no-hopers. Ah, feck.

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (Mar 8, 2013)

I would definitely make the top 30 no-hopers. And the sad this is I would be pleased about it too.

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 7, 2013)

Want to see some world class imagery...go to 500px. There are some amazing photographers and most of them will never receive any recognition whatsoever.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 7, 2013)

I agree. Im there too (but Im not amazing, just some ppl I check there regulary are). Tho dont put much faith into ratings, some great works are bit "hidden". :)

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (Mar 8, 2013)

I am on 500px also, I definitely won't be recognised or win any awards or be invited to give a talk, or anything really. I enjoy looking at some of the amazing work on 500px and posting a few photos.

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Digitall
By Digitall (Mar 8, 2013)

@Mescalamba, agree, some great works are hidden. Gives too much importance to the points, simply because they are popular, but popularity is the cost of "buying and selling" points to each other, a vicious cycle. many pearls on 500px remain hidden and has no easy way to have a place in the sun. I do not follow anyone on 500px, because I will not get into a cycle addict, an ecosystem that has nothing to true in most. Another opinion, the quality of a photograph does not see the points you have, the points are worth what they are worth. The votes are evaluated by points, as is usual in such communities, is in my view give an impression of olympic games shooting. Many of the photographs selected by the editor are also a joke and biased. This type of community is always positive and less positive things, but far from being fair. IMO. ps- many people evaluates many photos just by thumbnail. The thumbnails of 500px in my opinion are oversized too.

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chris_j_l
By chris_j_l (Mar 7, 2013)

I've looked at all the linked portfolios. Noting struck me more than the Instagrammed feel of saturation and contrast sliders, "square format == cool" and the feeling that they capture a passing phase as much as being part of it.
This is the epitome of photography as a fashionable, cheap, simple and off the peg like H&M/Zara. And I expect the fame to last as long as the clothes you can buy from those places.

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xynobis
By xynobis (Mar 7, 2013)

I can't see absolutely nothing extraordinary about these pictures... Just look at the challenges here on dpr and you'll find tons of better pics... What a joke.

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Andrew Elliott
By Andrew Elliott (Mar 7, 2013)

I can't see my name anywhere!

Seriously though, in these examples at least two of them got their horizons / verticals straight.

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 7, 2013)

LOL...I was thinking the same thing!

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brelip
By brelip (Mar 7, 2013)

what a joke.

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absentaneous
By absentaneous (Mar 7, 2013)

I keep observing that in such "competitions" the only factor to actually get picked is luck and more luck. I mean you could open any page on any photography social website and pick a photograph of the same quality and insight in no time. I mean you don't really need a jury for these things. it would be the same if they simply put all the names in a big jar and then pick 30 names out of it. same result, same quality. guaranteed.

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 7, 2013)

You know what they say...you have to be good to be lucky. The inherent problem with photo 'competitions' is that they are completely subjective...such is the nature of art.

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absentaneous
By absentaneous (Mar 8, 2013)

it's exactly because judging art is subjective that it's all about luck. a different and not any less competent jury might have picked a completely different list of 30 people. but another point I wanted to make is that these 30 people got great exposure but from their photos I can tell that there could be thousands of photographers just as talented as they are yet that wouldn't guarantee them the same treatment. so, the fact is that behind every artist that becomes successful there are hundreds more who are the same good or even better yet they might never be recognized in the same way.

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chida
By chida (Mar 8, 2013)

Very well said and it is a fact.

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facedodge
By facedodge (Mar 7, 2013)

I like the concept.... and I know there are way more talented people not being considered.... and then there's 19 year old Olivia...“Do what you love and do it till your whole body hurts. And as long as it isn’t killing people or something equally as horrible, you’ll do great.”

(face palm)

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 7, 2013)

Ahh yes...to be young and naive.

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skinnymakespretty
By skinnymakespretty (Mar 7, 2013)

theres more emerging photographers, not just 30.

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backayonder
By backayonder (Mar 7, 2013)

I know I was number 31. So close but no cigar.

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 7, 2013)

Yes...but how many 'emerging photographers' are making money?? Maybe that was the criteria....

Jessica Sample has a pretty impressive client list at age 29....

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Steve Bingham
By Steve Bingham (Mar 8, 2013)

Nonsense. Simply nonsense. Emerging? I really don't think so. Most of this stuff is pretty bad. How about sinking? Most are terrible selections.

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