Journal

2009 PDN annual

"There will be an emergence of “social thinking” and I think that this would be a great start in the right direction. Photography will play a very big part — as it has done so powerfully in the past — in the presentation of truth and the transformation of social and historical consciousness. My intention as a photographer is to be a participant in this process."

- Jeff Riedel

the new PDN photo annual is out. and it's available online. and it's superb.

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photo by Dan Winters

the best photographs of the last year, from every imaginable discipline - advertising, editorial, photojournalism, sports, corporate and student work - as well as top portfolio sites, all in one place. it's an inspirational goldmine. i found myself completely sucked in by the images in the editorial section - especially the work of Dan Winters, who I freaking love. I'm not sure there is a better editorial portrait photographer working today.

here are a few of the other images that really stood out to me.

photobyRodneySmith

photo by Rodney Smith

photobyJustinStephens

photo by Justin Stephens

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photo by Afton Almaras/AP

but the standout work, in my opinion, was a photo essay on homelessness in New York entitled A Night on the Streets by Jeff Riedel, which originally appeared in New York Magazine and is this year's Arnold Newman winner. there's a great interview about the project & his work in general over on the ASMP website that is well worth the read. i can't say it's ever occurred to me to inject artificial light into social scenes, but i really apprecaite the approach he took with the essay and i'm drawn to the cinematic quality of the images.

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photo by Jeff Riedel