The Woman Who Changed Contemporary Art By Documenting the 1980s Graffiti Scene

When Martha Cooper quit her job as a New York Post staff photographer to photograph graffiti full time, she did what all true believers must do: she sacrificed financial stability, status, and recognition from the establishment. All to pursue a passion rooted in the love and understanding for that which is universal and transcendent. When her first book, Subway Art (Henry Holt, 1984), co-authored with Henry Chalfant tanked upon release, Cooper was disappointed to discover her gamble did not pay off.

“I was shooting up until Subway Art got published, and I imagined it was going to be — maybe not a bestseller, but I did think there would be more of a reaction, but there was virtually no reaction,” Cooper says. “The trains kind of died off right then. They had cracked down right at that moment. Maybe it had to do with the book? I didn’t think so then.”

Mikayla Whitmore’s Personal, Editorial, and Commercial Photographs Capture Las Vegas’ Less-Chartered Landscape

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, photographer Mikayla Whitmore makes images of the desert oasis far from the Hollywood clichés you might expect. Beyond the glitz and glimmer, she focuses on the less-covered terrain. In her personal work, the desert is a backdrop for science fiction fantasies, often incorporating mirrors, double exposures and the mystical qualities of light.

Meanwhile, her editorial and commercial photography, with clients including ESPN, VICE, and Buzzfeed News covers everything from local “pro taco, anti-Trump” rallies to the loyal, dedicated fans of the ice hockey team The Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Luupe photographer Felicia Perretti spoke with Whitmore to learn more.

Exploring the Work of Women War Photographers

Exhibition and book review by Miss Rosen for The Luupe

The most famous images of war are largely shot by men: images of stoicism, heroicism, drama, and tragedy often focusing on the male participants. Over the past century, while women war photographers have slowly made their mark, they have not been outwardly recognized for their efforts until now.

In Women War Photographers: From Lee Miller to Anja Neidringhaus (September 2019, Prestel), editors Anne-Marie Beckmann and Felicity Korn showcase the contributions of eight women who have risked their lives to get the picture.

From Passion Project to Content Powerhouse: Feature Shoot’s Alison Zavos on Changing The Landscape of Photography Online

In 2008 the photography “blogosphere” (a term barely anyone still uses!) was a fraction of what it is today. The (sadly) now-defunct New York Times Lens Blog was just starting out, Slate’s influential (and also, sadly, now defunct) Behold blog wouldn’t exist for another 4 years, and the high-traffic PetaPixel was barely a whisper. There were a handful of highly active art-photography blogs and platforms like I Heart Photograph, FlakPhoto, Humble, and Tiny Vices, but most focused on quick roundups or digital exhibitions. Long-form stories, interviews and thought pieces specifically geared toward getting photographers in front of creative directors and photo editors was still something to be seen. And Instagram, which has become a go-to for hiring new talent, was barely an idea.

Photo editor Alison Zavos saw an opportunity. Frustrated with the lack of a central platform for photo editors to share content that moved them, she started Feature Shoot – a simple photography blog filled with interviews and comprehensive stories about photographers she thought the world needed to know and hire. Still active, highly-trafficked and sought after by many of today’s top editors, curators, and art directors, Feature Shoot continues to be a go-to source for inspiration, helping many photographers launch their careers.

We spoke with Zavos about her inspiring path. We’ve included screenshots of some recent stories that moved us – we encourage you to explore and dive deep.

Felicia Perretti Breaks Food Photography’s Clichés With Pure Imagination

Felicia Perretti is one of our favorite food photographers because her style is un-boxable. Working with clients ranging from local restaurants to big brands like Kelloggs, Reyka Vodka, and Aramark – and publications like The New York Times, Boston Globe and Wine and Spirit Magazine, she can be a visual chameleon while sparking her voice into everything she shoots. Golden-lit, cheese-soaked biscuits in one frame, cool Irving Penn-inspired frozen foods in the next, her ability to innovate and balance natural and studio light is wizardly effortless.

When she’s not shooting for others, she’s deep in personal projects that highlight her imagination and conceptual depth. One of our favorites is Munchies, a psychedelic hued series of ramen, nachos, french fries and other comfort foods paired with marijuana iconography.

And if her photographic chops don’t sell you on her sharp style, spotting her wearing a “Bye, Felicia” shirt will make you want to hire her immediately. The Luupe spoke with Perretti to learn more about what got her started and how she’s grown her inspiring career.