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Best Rising Photographers of April 2024

Posted on April 18, 2024 - By Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
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Each month, we continue to discover incredible work from photographers that live and travel all around the world. Here is a collection of stunning photos taken by rising stars in photography for the month of April 2024 that you may use as inspiration. We hope you enjoy this compilation,. Thank you for allowing us to discover so many incredible images each month through our different call for entries or spontaneous portfolio submissions.
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Meg McKenzie Ryan
Meg McKenzie Ryan
Meg McKenzie Ryan
Meg McKenzie Ryan
United States
Los Angeles resident Meg McKenzie Ryan married young, before graduating from college. Her husband's job involved flying to Hong Kong, so one day Meg surprised him by flying there. Asking friends what she should shop for there, buying a camera was the unanimous suggestion. So that's what happened. She didn't know how to use it, so she enrolled in a not-for-credit class at the University of California, Los Angeles. Jerry McMillan was her instructor there and later at California State University, Northridge where she earned her Bachelor in photography. In the early 70s, McMillan was active in the Los Angeles art scene, and he was particularly interested (it seemed) in helping photography to be recognized as an art form. Non-traditional subjects and alternative presentations were encouraged. I was game. Then, Meg remarried and moved to Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa, and then to neighboring Lome, Togo where her daughter was born. The culture there was incredibly different than her Los Angeles home. Religion, work and working conditions, poverty, homes, clothing, food, etc. were all new. It was a lot to digest, and more than she was prepared to face with her camera. Next, the young family moved to Bloomington, Indiana where Meg was able to study for a Masters degree in photography. Jeff Wolin was her primary instructor, and he was shooting an 8" x 10" field camera, so Meg decided to acquire one. Mostly she shot landscapes at the time. Wolin, on the other hand, was shooting beautiful shots of the rock quarries around Bloomington, and later did a project on Holocaust survivors and later still on homelessness. Moving again to the lower desert of California (city of El Centro), Meg landed a full-time photography job at the local daily newspaper. It was excellent experience for the young and somewhat shy photographer because she learned to shoot pictures of people. And this was the start of her project featured here, The lives of others. Her home was just ten miles north of the Mexicali, Mexico border town and capital of the state of Baja California, Mexico. It was easy (at the time) to cross the border, find the poorer neighborhoods, and ask to shoot their pictures. It's no accident that her photography became more documentary-like at its heart. The newspaper work and living in such a foreign place as West Africa pulled her in that direction. And at some point she realized that photos of people interested her the most. The work was wonderful, rewarding, and rich with experience and learning. Meg hopes you'll take time to look at the photos here.
Jennifer Baron
Jennifer Baron
Jennifer Baron
Jennifer Baron
The Netherlands
Jennifer Baron is a Dutch photographer based in Amsterdam. After many years in the field of education, she has decided to pursue her passion for photography. Her journey into the world of visual storytelling has culminated in the recent publication of her self published debut book, ‘Frozen August.’ ‘I translate my feelings in my work using universal themes that deal with grief, trauma, loss and healing. There is always an autobiographical element present. Making visible experiences, pain and traces left behind. In my work, abstraction alternates with intimacy and emotion.’
Amy Heller
Amy Heller
Amy Heller
Amy Heller
United States
Award-winning artist Amy Heller, originally from Washington, DC, lives year-round on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her husband. Amy earned her B.A. in fine art at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and her M.F.A. in photography at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC. She has been an exhibit specialist for Smithsonian Museums and National Gallery of Art, and a photo editor/researcher/curator for U.S. News & World Report, National Geographic, Microsoft, and the Newseum. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally and this includes: Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dimock Gallery at GWU, and many private collections.
Stephanus Meyer
Stephanus Meyer
Stephanus Meyer
Stephanus Meyer
Zambia/United Kingdom
Stephanus Meyer was born in Zambia and spent most of his childhood in South Africa. He moved out of Africa at the beginning of the 1980s to live in Spain where he is now based. He is self-taught and always inspired by his obsession with light, shadows, contrasts and the way they come together in his images. Street, social, documentary and fine art photography are his great passion. He has lived in various environments and travelled to many different places, and his camera has taught him to see the world and how people live in it from a different perspective. Street photography has taught him to see. He is inspired by people who simply live their lives. He bought his first camera at the age of 16 and so the journey began; more than 40 years later it is still going strong. He has participated in numerous photographic events such as the official section of the international Biennial of Photography of Cordoba 2006 and the International Biennial of Photography and Audiovisual Arts of Granada, among others, and has been a finalist in several international competitions such as the Photography Masters Cup (USA), Chelsea International Photography Competition (New York), Fresh M.I.L.K. (New Zealand) and Festimage (Portugal), in addition to a large number of mentions and national awards.
Izabella Sapuła
Izabella Sapuła
Izabella Sapuła
Izabella Sapuła
Poland
Polish photographer specializing in fine art photography. She is self-taught and engages in her passion for photography and art as a tool to explore human relationships but also relationships with herself or the surrounding nature. Her psychological education and the fact that she grew up among animals in a house on the edge of the forest are clearly visible in her photographs. The direction of her work is determined by a longing for understanding and deeper view of human and his unity with the natural world.
Giandomenico Veneziani
Giandomenico Veneziani
Giandomenico Veneziani
Giandomenico Veneziani
Italy
My name is Giandomenico Veneziani. I am an Italian photographer. I approached photography from a young age. I have learned over time the techniques and the infinite possibilities of artistic creation. Photographic experimentation finds ample expression during my travels. I was inspired by people, their stories, faces, emotions. Photography for me is an important means of sharing feelings and stories of the people I photograph. I take inspiration mainly from painting, books and films. I also studied the most important photographers who made the history of photography. I really like portraits and fashion photography. I try to make unique and unconventional shots giving my portraits a cinematic vision. Bringing my point of view to the public eye is my main goal. Getting someone into my inner world is something extraordinary just as photography is extraordinary. In every shot there is my person, my fragility, my emotions. I love photographing people and interacting with them drawing their essence through the photographic medium. My greatest gratification is being told "I feel beautiful because I am just like that". These shots represent me and also the photographed subject. Portrait photography is the testimony of an encounter, in fact the photographer's task is to guide the person so that she is able to bring out herself. Establishing a relationship of trust between the artist and the photographed subject leads to the creation of a connection that enriches both, since in the realization of a photographic project the fundamental element is to create a path whose journey is carried out side by side between photographer and model. I really like using artificial lights to create the right atmosphere. I take great pleasure in presenting my projects that deviate from a usual reality, which everyone sees. Sometimes it is very distorted, I represent parallel and imaginary visions and worlds belonging to a dystopian future. I like it for this because it is different and the different is beautiful because it is unique.
Thibault Gerbaldi
Thibault Gerbaldi
Thibault Gerbaldi
Thibault Gerbaldi
France
As a self-taught photographer and avid traveler, my journey into the world of photography began with a deep-seated passion for art. Captivated by the diverse cultures and landscapes I encountered during my extensive travels, photography naturally became my chosen medium for documenting these experiences. Driven by a desire to educate others about different cultures and make a positive impact, I embarked on a mission to utilize my photography to support charitable causes. Joining the board of directors for The Forgotten International in 2019, I sought to leverage my skills to raise funds for those in need. Through the sale of books and prints, I aimed to shed light on the struggles faced by communities in developing countries and contribute to meaningful projects. One such project took my wife and me to Ethiopia, where we embarked on a journey to create a photographic book titled "Crossroads." This project aimed to explore the intricate balance between tradition and modernity, the resilience of youth, and the wisdom of elders in Ethiopian society. Our experiences, captured through the lens of my camera, offered a profound insight into the diverse cultures and people of Ethiopia. Since then, I have continued my photographic endeavors, self-publishing three books over the last three years. Each book, including "Crossroads," explores different corners of the globe, from the deserts of Namibia to the icy landscapes of Greenland, capturing the unique essence of each destination through my lens. Through my photography, I strive to inspire others, evoke emotions, and make a positive impact on the world around me. Currently, I am immersed in a new project titled "Faces of Peru," partly focusing on the "la Sagrada Familia" orphanage in Ventanillas. This endeavor holds personal significance for me as I am actively involved in supporting this charitable institution.
John Martinez
John Martinez
John Martinez
John Martinez
Canada
John Martinez was first introduced to image making through cinema and subsequently got bitten by the photography bug while taking behind the scenes pictures on the set of his filmmaker friends. From there, he fell in love with studio portraiture. For him, his portraits are interpretations of the person he’s photographing more so than a 1:1 representation of them. The aim of every shoot is to meld his visual personality with the general essence of the sitter. By mixing those two elements, he is able to create images that hopefully exude a unique atmosphere.
Taralynn Disher
Taralynn Disher
Taralynn Disher
Taralynn Disher
Canada
I am not the collection of words you’re about to read, but rather a mere description of who I was that has led me to become who I am today and the person I will be tomorrow and onward. Taralynn Disher is a Canadian-Native-born artist and creative turned professional photographer with a background in dentistry. Disher’s calling as a photographer began at the age of 16. During this time, her frustration with not finding reference images she would envision as part of her painting process, fuelled her to pursue photography to bring her visions to life.
Joaquin Gomez Sastre
Joaquin Gomez Sastre
Joaquin Gomez Sastre
Joaquin Gomez Sastre
Spain
In the mid-90s, after taking some workshops with prestigious photographers, he discovered his passion and began to work as a freelance photographer doing social content reports and dedicating himself to press photography. He has collaborated with numerous local and national newspapers, press agencies, as well as with various magazines on different topics. From 2015 to 2019 he curated the project “Click, Cantabrian Photojournalism” which consists of an exhibition of works by the majority of Cantabrian press photographers who work from the local to the international level and a yearbook book. He has participated in twenty individual and group exhibitions and has been awarded more than fifty awards and photographic mentions.
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