Inspiring Videos for Photographers in a Rut

Inspiring Videos for Photographers in a Rut

New year, new president. Need some inspiration? Take a gander at these videos, then get out there and start making photos!

Jarob Ortiz

Milwaukee-native Jarob Ortiz beat out nearly 5,000 other applicants to score a dream job as photographer with the National Parks Service. Armed with a large format camera, Ortiz spoke with CBS News during one of his first assignments to document Ellis Island.


Pete Souza

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House

For the past 8 years, the indefatigable Pete Souza created a trove of images documenting the presidency of Barack Obama. By all accounts, the quality and quantity of output was historic.


Diana Markosian

Decorated photojournalist Diana Markosian visited her father in Armenia, twenty-years after they parted ways in Moscow. The result is a series of vignettes and portraits chronicling the sometimes awkward, but always poignant interactions between a father and daughter trying to make up for lost time.


Tim Mantoani

Photo by Tim Mantoani

Tim Mantoani self-financed a portrait series of photographers holding their iconic photos shot on large format Polaroid. Behind Photographs will remain a part of his selfless legacy. Mantoani passed away from cancer at the end of 2016. He spoke with us in 2010 about finding your passion in photography.


Stephen Wilkes

Stephen Wilkes traveled around the globe for Day to Night – his project that composites photos taken over the course of 15-30 hours into one time spanning still. The resulting photos create a stunning narrative of a world of collapsed time. Wilkes spoke at the TED2016 conference.


Benjamin Von Wong

Stuck in a creative rut? Trying to find more purpose with your photography? Mining engineer turned self-taught photographer, Benjamin Von Wong, combined his passion for creating surreal images with his social media chops to bring awareness to environmental issues.


Angélica Dass

Angélica Dass grew up in a house filled with a multitude of skin tones, and didn’t think much of it. But when she stepped outside, skin color became a code with loaded references. Her portrait project, Humanae, has matched thousands of subjects with a corresponding Pantone color, and these images are presented online and in person as a mosaic that challenge the traditional labels of color.


William Eggleston

William Eggleston is a titan of contemporary photography. He’s also arrogant. He also wears a suit everyday and likes to improvise on the piano. Writer Augusten Burroughs caught up with him in Memphis in an enlightening and entertaining profile for T The New York Times Style Magazine.


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Allen Murabayashi is the co-founder of PhotoShelter.

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