6 Photographers You Need to See


Clare Benson 

Benson grew up on Drummond Island, Michigan, where the extreme weather and long winters permeated her work, as well as her “notions of family, memory and mortality.”  Her series ‘The Shepherd’s Daughter’ explores her relationship with her father and her family through their shared love of hunting.  Death is often front and center, or at least hovering at the edges of her work.  “I watched my mother die of cancer when I was 11,” she says.  “Memories of that time seem to still be embedded in the images I create, though the subject matter has changed over the years.” 

Check out more of her work at www.clarebenson.com

(by Clare Benson @ www.clarebenson.com)

Rana Young

For her series ‘The Rug’s Topography,’ Young narrates the evolution of her relationship with her former partner.  “I began to question if he was masculine enough for me and started to project my femininity onto him,” she explains.  At the same time, her partner revealed he had his own gender struggles to contend with, so they ended their romantic relationship, but remained friends and continue to live together and support each other. “These images are my reflections on the trajectory and circumstances within our relationship, past and present.”

Explore more of Young’s work at www.ranayoung.com

(by Rana Young @ www.ranayoung.com)

Wonjun Jeong

‘Conversation’ by South Korean photographer and graphic designer Jeong explores the way in which an acquaintance can appear as a visage.  Jeong visually interprets the idea by beaming the image of a face via projector onto a lightweight cloth as it’s thrown into the air.  According to Jeong, the idea was inspired by Emmanuel Levinas, a French philosopher, who stated that Other, dissimilar and incommensurable to oneself, appears to one as a ‘visage’.  It is this realization of the visage that signifies a conversation with the Other, gesturing the emergence of a passage to “transcend from the enclosed inner self to the outer world.”

See more at www.behance.net/sailors-studio

(by Wonjun Jeong @ Sailors Studio www.behance.net/sailors-studio)

Thy Tran

Tran, a Vietnamese photographer based in Melbourne, captures images on the more surreal end of the visual spectrum.  She captures faceless figures in banal moments – always on 35mm film.  “I want to create something surreal and uncanny within my photographs,” Tran says. “People often ask me why there is ‘no face’ in my photos. For me, portraiture without a face allows me to stay focused on their body language and how I imagine their identity to be. I am interested in creating a narrative that comes from the body, as a sculpture, and their surrounding.”  

Find out more here cargocollective.com/thytran

(by Thy Tran @ www.cargocollective.com)

Adriane Ohanesian

Nairobi-based photojournalist Ohanesian has spent time with female soldiers in the KIA territory of northern Myanmar, rebels and refugees in the mountains of Darfur, and migrants in Djibouti.  Her images have been published in National Geographic, Reuters, and Wall Street Journal, while her image of a 7-year-old victim of a Darfur bombing earned her honors at World Press Photo.  Ohanesian now wants to branch out and explore more of Africa. “I think the challenge now is to come up with meaningful ideas,” she says, “and be able to support those ideas with quality images.”

See more images at www.adrianeohanesian.com 

(by Adriana Ohansian @ www.adrianeohanesian.com)

Shuwei Liu

“Photography gives another layer to my life which makes me see more beautiful and interesting things,” Shanghai-based Liu says. “I think one day this layer will make the most of my entire life.”  It is this depth of feeling and commitment to his art that permeates and elevates Liu’s images.  With his series ‘Childhood Revisited,’ Liu hoped to “zoom through time” so that we may see ourselves clearly within our surroundings. “With these photographs, I hope to have a new knowledge of the past,” he says.

Explore more of Liu’s work here www.liushuwei.com

(by Shuwei Liu @ www.liushuwei.com)
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