Taylor Rees was born into nature. Her parents, both avid climbers, gave her the middle name “Freesolo”, both as an homage to their hobby and because their actual surname fits squarely into it. So it was perhaps inevitable that, after studying environmental science at university, she would spin her career to document the natural world, as a photographer, filmmaker, and digital storyteller.

Unlike most nature photographers, however, whose goals are simply to capture the world’s beauty, her goals are more pointed, politically charged, and urgent. She aims her lens at communities affected by climate change, endangered animals, and mining in…


For Renan Ozturk, the world is full of peaks to be climbed. Yet despite his partnerships with National Geographic, The North Face, and Sony; his more than 950,000 Instagram followers; his central role in the critically acclaimed documentary film, Meru, about his tumultuous ascent on the Indian summit with world-famous climbers Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker — despite all these achievements, Ozturk is still challenging himself.

Those challenges may not be as physically dangerous, but they’re professional hurdles to be jumped for the photographer, who feels pigeonholed into the role of “rugged adventurer.” …


Making a living as a photographer is notoriously difficult. You’ve got to build a client roster, keep your gear up to date, master multiple editing programs and make enough money to eat along the way. Hustling is everything, and if you’ve ever felt defeated or overwhelmed, you’ve probably turned to the Internet for some sort of inspiration, whether it be optimistic quotes and expressions or vague listicles about chasing your dreams.

That’s where the best photography and creative podcasts come in. A great podcaster matches your passion with an intimate, relatable and reliable show that speaks directly to your interests…


Sam Zucker knows all the employees at Centric. Come noon, he calls ahead to make sure there’s a table — a formality, really, since there’s always a table for him. The staff make sure of it. But when we arrive, we find the tiny Barcelona café crammed full, diners sipping on sweet vermouth without a table in sight. Zucker is a little confused. In fluent Spanish, he asks a waitress where our table is. After a moment of shock, she stomps over to a table of three brawny dudes sitting in a cool booth by the ceiling-length mirror and points…


There are two things stopping Roc Isern from snapping a photo of this gorgeous Barcelona street. One is the light: the sun is streaking at an awkward angle, cutting a difficult diagonal in the city’s grungy Raval neighborhood, where colorful towels dangle alongside Catalan flags from wrought-iron balconies. And then there’s another problem, which has nothing to do with the sun: me.

“When I take photos, I like to go alone with music and isolate myself from people,” Isern says. He doesn’t typically bring journalists along for the ride.


In 2017, Danielle Pritchard brought her son, Max, to a family gathering. He was four. She brought a camera from the high school where she teaches, an entry-level Canon DSLR, which she’d been fiddling with for her art class. Max seemed restless, so she handed him the camera to play with.

Then, something changed in him.

“I gave him the camera, and he was really fascinated by it — and all of a sudden, these kids just swarmed to him,” Pritchard recalls over the phone from her home in Brisbane, Australia. “It gave him a bit of purpose and a…


For some, Halloween is more than an excuse to get drunk and dress up in sexy versions of traditionally non-sexy people. Some folks spend months planning their costume, days searching for the right accoutrements and hours physically creating the thing, crafting a memorable costume that they’ll wear for just one epic night of showing off to friends and strangers. After that, all that will survive are the photos.

So, if you’re putting the effort into the costume, why not put some effort into the photos?

Just ask the experts. Some people, after all, do this kind of thing year-round —…


There were muscle-toned wrestlers on horseback and high-speed falcons careening across fields. Men screamed as they hurled the decapitated cadavers of hefty goats, most over 70 pounds, into enormous scraped-up bowls wider than Jacuzzis. Others heaved their full body weight into broad circles of dust, tossing a horse’s knuckle into a pile of sheep knuckles, like an eerily literal game of Crazy Bones played by professional athletes.

Stephen Lioy watched all this from behind his camera lens and smiled. This was September 2014, when barely any Western media attended the first-ever World Nomad Games in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. But Lioy was…


After Christina Riley had her first child, Autumn, in 2013, she had to photograph the experience. It was like she didn’t have a choice: she knew that everything in her life, from eating and sleeping habits to her emotional state, would shift dramatically, and she wanted to document the intimacy of that experience as best as she could.

So that’s what she did. Her latest photo series, Born, shot in gritty black-and-white detail, encapsulates every moment, failure, celebration and tear of her first year as a mother.

Michael Fraiman

Toronto-based journalist. I write about digital media, photography, pop culture and international issues.

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