We continue to discover incredible work from photographers that live and travel all around the world. Here is a selection of some incredible images of rising star photographers for this month of April 2022 you can get some creative inspiration from. We hope you enjoy this collection. Thank you for allowing us to discover so many incredible images each month through our different call for entries or spontaneous portfolio submissions.
I'm a photographer living in Chicago. I discovered photography when I was in high school. My uncle was a photographer, and he showed me what the world looked like through a viewfinder. What I enjoyed the most about it was the freedom to explore the world and then show everyone what I found. When I got a job, I bought my first camera, an Olympus Trip 35, and learned how to use it by taking photographs of family and friends. Basically, anyone who would put up with me taking their picture when they weren't expecting it. When I was in grammar school, my two sisters and I spent our summer vacations at our grandparents' farm in Michigan. It was there that I experienced what it was like to live close to the land. So, when I thought about what kind of photography I wanted to specialize in, I chose landscape photography. Enchanted by the images taken by Ansel Adams and others, I traveled to the Canadian Rockies for a weeklong workshop where I learned some of the finer aspects of photography and gained confidence as a photographer. For years, I only shot portraits and landscapes. My interest in street photography began around 2008, when I came across the work of Walker Evans. His vision of the beauty in everyday life led me to other masters like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Vivian Maier, Roy DeCarava, and Wayne Miller. Their humanist approach to photography, to explore what it means to be human, inspired me. It's what I think about when I'm out with my camera and immersing myself in the flow of life, seeking to capture its disillusionment, solitude, and indigence but also the beauty, joy, and everyday wonders. In September 2021, the Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis chose one of my images for its "Shape of Things," exhibit. It was my first gallery showing.
Max van der Wal
Max van der Wal has been educated as a sound artist at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands and afterwards has broadened his spectrum of work by researching computer graphics and analogue film processes. During his research he has dived deeply into systematic thinking, subjective experience and process. There has always been an underlying need to expose systems by following them extensively or mistreating them. He has taken various notions from the sonic world into the visual domain in computer graphics as well as analogue photography.
Inspired by texts and works of John Cage, van der Wal utilises a variety of processes which lie beyond his control, hereby challenging the notion of perfection in art and life itself. Rather than focusing on preconceived ideals of what a work should look or sound like, he switches the intention towards the unknown and the experimental. The artistic expression is found in the moments in which he intervenes into the processes, imposing a human perspective onto a mindless system. The objects displayed in the frame are no longer the focus of the work, but rather the processes and their unexpected outcome.
Laura Jean Zito
I began photographing in order to understand what elements of a scene would render that scene worth painting, given the time and materials commitment painting demands. The voyage led to a desire to document that which will no longer be, like trying to remember a dream. I wanted to document the world as I actually viewed it, in all its irony, and to marvel at the actuality of it rather than to distort that reality. The veracity of film itself was a tool to me to reveal with integrity the extent of what is possible in the universe. With digital manipulation, who knows what is real anymore?
With film, I was proud of honing skills of recognizing an event before it happened, being quick and ready to snap it, and being astute enough to compose it in a way to tell the whole story in a single image. I had practiced these skills as a stills photographer on feature films, including my brother's classic hip hop film, "Breakin'," where the photographer is the only one on set not actually working on the movie but has to wrangle their way right next to the director at peak moments without disturbing anyone on crew, to convey the plot all in one image.
Other people skills came from years of shooting for NBC News Graphics, where I had to approach strangers on the street on a daily basis to shoot stock photos for their files. I compose with a Caravaggio sense of action and emotion in mind, and look for color schemes or black and white contrasts that symbolically represent the emotions manifested. Street photography has changed so much with the digital age and a camera in everyone's phone. While the documentation of fact may be lost, the fields of imagination may be found, opening new ground for discovery."
Guillermo Espinosa is a Spanish photographer born in Madrid in 1985 and currently based in Berlin. He studied Graphic arts and wine making in Madrid. He started in photography around 7 years ago, making pictures in the streets of Madrid with an old reflex camera. Later on he moved to Germany to work as a waiter. It was then when he saw the potential of street photography as a way to grow personally and escape from the routine. Since then he has combined his job as a waiter with some jobs related to photography such as Cruiseship photographer or photographer for a german decoration shop. He is currently involved in a few ongoing street photography projects in the city of Berlin.
I was born in Springfield, Missouri, and raised in the suburbs of Memphis, TN where I studied illustration and photography. I earned my degree in photography in Memphis and have been a photographer for almost 20 years. In 2018, I began documenting my everyday life here in New York. This became the project A Fragile Utopia. I reside in Brooklyn with my wife and young son.
Marci Lindsay is a street photographer living in Washington, DC. Briefly a city planner, she has always been a people watcher and street photography lover. She is part of the DC Street Photography Collective (in her city) and the Optic Nerve Street Photography Collective (international). She has been shooting street photography for about five years. Marci Lindsay also loves curating (Street Macadam on Instagram, Women in Street on Instagram and Facebook, and Photographers Under Confinement on Facebook). Her photos have been exhibited in New York, Miami, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brisbane, Cyprus, Trieste, and Paris.
Born in 1994, Jason Au is an award-winning street photographer based in Hong Kong. His black & white photography incorporates creative, geometric and balanced compositions with prominent use of contrasting light and shadows. He thinks black & white has the mesmerizing quality to transform ordinary things from everyday life into something dramatic and powerful, so he is intrigued to seize those fleeting street moments around.
In 2021, Jason's high-aesthetic works won him 2nd Place in LensCulture Street Photography Awards (Single Image), 1st Place in International Photography Awards (IPA) Street Photography Category, 1st Place in IPA - One Shot (Isolation Category), 1st Place in ND Awards Street Photography Category and 2nd Place in Fine Art Photography Awards Street Photography Category.
His street photography series "Geometric Hong Kong" comes with the compositional approach of isolating urban subjects, geometric elements and forms from the chaotic urban environment of his hometown. The series portrayed the way of life of different urban subjects in the context of their surrounding geometric environment, which were all culled from mundane everyday scenes. Nevertheless, those subjects look trapped and lost inside an artificial geometric labyrinth without realizing it - perhaps this series is also a metaphorical view of urbanity and the hectic contemporary way of life within a metropolis like Hong Kong.
Sakulchai Sikitikul , 47 years old,Interesting in street photography since 2009, with inspiration from a variety of different arts. Master street photographer HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, ALEX WEBB , NIKOS ECONOMOPOULOS , etc. Director of cinematography ROGER DEAKINS , GORDON WILLIS , ROY ANDERSSON including the composition of classical paintings. In 2019, the first photobook “LIFE EXPLORE SOUL” is released. In 2021, the second photobook “AS IT HAPPENED” is published in collaboration with EYESHOT team.
Stefano Carotenuto (b. 1984, Napoli, Italy) is an internationally exhibited amateur street photographer focused on documenting life by taking photos of candid public unique instants.
His work has been published in paper/digital magazines and newspapers such as Corriere Della Sera Style Magazine, Il Mattino di Napoli, Eyeshot Magazine. He's been a finalist in numerous international competitions and won the Bangkok Street Photo Festival and the Street Contest Trofeo Città di Follonica in 2020.
Susan Weiss is a documentary photographer and art educator based in Vermont and San Francisco. Since receiving an MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, her photography has been focused on documenting the human condition and street photography throughout the world. Her long term project Humanity In The Modern World tells the stories of people doing humanitarian work in countries that need medical and other types of assistance including the refugee crisis in Lesbos and Berlin, military deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, medical intervention in Cambodia, the border crisis at El Paso/Ciudad Juarez and Vets returning to Vietnam to help others where they once fought, and other stories.