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Bodies and broken wires: Matt Black documents Puerto Rico

I met documentary photographer Matt Black last winter at a Magnum Photos workshop in San Francisco. I was humbled by his approach and his willingness to do the hard work and immerse himself into communities where he is literally a stranger, in order to show the world important truths. This morning, I came upon his Twitter feed — he’s currently working in Puerto Rico and his images are incredibly powerful. No fake news here. https://twitter.com/MattBlack_Matt/…

Ready, Set, Siena

I’m all packed up and ready to make the leap to Italy today with a layover in Amsterdam that I plan on taking full advantage of with a long city walk. It’s time once again for the Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA) event & Festival in beautiful Tuscany. I’m looking forward to meeting photographers around the world and reuniting with friends from Pistoia to Switzerland to Bangladesh. Home | SIPAContest | Siena International Photography AwardsThe…

“So I quit that job…” Rick Fogel’s artistic legacy

When I saw musician Rick Fogel busking on the main street in La Conner, Washington, USA, I put some money in his collection jar, snapped his photo and asked him for his business card. I immediately knew I’d be writing more about him one day. I think you’ll find his story as cool & inspiring as I did.   Watch for Rick playing dulcimer and fiddle on the streets of Seattle and La Conner. He’s also…

Changing The Game: Seattle, Washington Artist Louie Gong

I first met Native American artist Louie Gong when writing about his work in a Portland Art Museum exhibition. When I learned he’d be opening a retail store in Seattle, I knew I’d have another story to write soon. Here it is, as featured in OnTrak Magazine. Louie Gong”s Eighth GenerationWritten by Gina Williams | photography by Bradley Lanphear During a recent artist-in-residence stint at Seattle”s Eighth Generation flagship store at Pike Place Market, Native…

Behind the scenes in Mexico City

Now and then I find myself explaining the background scenario of my work as an arts & culture writer. On social media, it can appear that I’m simply gallivanting around the world without a care. The reality is that sharing the experience with a little bit of marketing skill through multiple social media channels is part of my job. Of course I’m thrilled that I have the opportunity through my background and experience and technology…

A Perfect Peace: Red Canyons & Earthen Domes

“Be still and the earth will speak to you.” –Navajo Proverb I recently flew into Las Vegas & rented a car for a whirlwind canyon lands tour to handle a few freelance assignments. The entire journey was outstanding. I finally took the plunge and purchased a new-to-me Fuji X-T1 as well & am certainly enjoying getting to know this amazing little machine. The beauty of Zion and Bryce National Parks can barely be described and…

Guest Post: Tuscany’s Hidden Gem by Michela Ricciarelli

I had the great pleasure of visiting the magical Tuscan city of Pistoia in March when I traveled there with renowned Pistoian photographer Luca Bracali. Michela Ricciarelli is lucky enough to also claim the charming Medieval town as her birthplace — and who better than a passionate local to provide authentic insight, photos and travel tips. Thank you, Michela! Pistoia, Tuscany’s Hidden Gem: More than 5 reasons to visit –  a letter to visitors traveling in…

A Learning Weekend in SanFran: More than Just Pretty Images

Thanks to California photographer Jan Sears for the opportunity to share his recent post about a Magnum Photography workshop we both attended in San Francisco. It was a fantastic experience. Great write-up, Jan! I’ll continue on the SanFran theme in the days to come with some information about the Photofairs festival also going on during my visit, as well as come city experiences. “Those of you familiar with Magnum Photography know that they are the…