Jessica Walsh on Building Her Own Design Studio and Breaking Clichés

A career in design was inevitable for Jessica Walsh.

Walsh developed her craft at the age of 11 and was set for early success. Early in her career, she went on to work alongside Stephen Sagmeister, before founding her own studio &Walsh – a New York-based creative agency that specializes in branding and advertising.

Walsh now heads up a majority female team – as part of the 1% of creative agencies founded by women – and works across the board on a wide mix of projects. This includes a photography campaign for Wix, the identity for Egyptian restaurant Zooba and editorial design for The New York Times Magazine to name a few.

Inspired by her colourful, handcrafted style, we caught up to learn more about her impressive journey to date, how her past has influenced her creatively and why she no longer wants to be pigeonholed for one aesthetic.

Sleepless Nights and an Uncertain Future: How Covid-19 is Impacting the Photo Industry

As of today, the novel Coronavirus and Covid-19 are affecting 170 countries with over 200,000 confirmed cases across the world. We are quarantined, sheltering in place, and, when possible, trying to work. How is the pandemic affecting the photo industry, which relies so heavily on freelance photographers?

Luupe photographer and Rocket Science Magazine founder Pauline Magnenat spoke with several photographers and photo editors to find out how the outbreak is impacting their work and life – and how they try to stay busy and positive. We’ve also compiled a list of resources for creative professionals at the end of this feature. 

Christine Chitnis Photographs India Through Color and Texture

For over a decade, photographer Christine Chitnis has been making regular trips to India to photograph the region’s people, food, culture and diversity of daily life. After amassing an archive of thousands of hyper-saturated images – largely in the northwestern region of Rajasthan – the Rhode Island-based photographer published Patterns of India. This new book is a collection of some of the most striking and personally impactful images from these trips. 

Chitnis organizes the 200+ photographs into chapters that correspond to the region’s 5 dominant colors: royal blue, sandstone, marigold, ivory and rose. Paired with eloquent, contextual prose, Patterns of India provides a steady thread exploring the relationship between color and pattern, while paying homage to her husband’s heritage. 

The Luupe spoke with Chitnis about her process, her deep and personal connection to India, and her process of turning thousands of images into an expertly curated story and book.

Judy Glickman Lauder: Photography as a Tool of Resistance

In a world fraught with injustice, the words of eighteenth-century Irish political philosopher Edmund Burke are a clarion call: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

This message is at the center of the work of photographer, humanitarian, and humanitarian Judy Glickman Lauder, who travels the country to speak about the power of courage in the darkest of times. Speaking across generations to people from all walks of life, Mrs. Lauder draws from the lessons of the past to inspire, encourage, and empower people to stand up against the systems of oppression.

For Photographer Lia Clay Miller, Representation is All About Intimacy

Lia Clay Miller may be recognized as the first trans photographer to shoot the cover of OUT Magazine, but her work goes beyond the surface of her identity

It’s not easy to capture grace, the elegance of existing, and the power in vulnerability. And yet, looking at Lia Clay Miller’s deftly crafted images, there it is on bodies that somehow float though they’re on solid ground, coquettish under clear ponchos, glamorous in gowns and gloves by parking lots, leaning on side streets smoking cigarettes.