PDN’s 30 2017: Our Choice of New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

An exhibition featuring PDN editors’ 2017 choice of 30 new and emerging photographers to watch.

Featuring: Tasneem Alsultan, Sasha Arutyunova, Xyza Bacani, Ian Bates, Clare Benson, Adam Birkan, Kai Caemmerer, Nicholas Calcott, Ronan Donovan, Benedict Evans, Peter Garritano, Salwan Georges, Juan Giraldo, Eric Helgas, Christina Holmes, Justin Kaneps, Yuyang Liu, Yael Martinez, Peter Mather, Jake Naughton, Adriane Ohanesian, Cait Oppermann, Katya Rezvaya, Amanda Ringstad, Anastasiia Sapon, Andrew Scott, Victoria Stevens, Carolyn Van Houten and Daniella Zalcman

Presented by

Photo District News Magazine (PDN)

Curated by

PDN editors: Holly Hughes, Conor Risch, Dave Walker, Rebecca Robertson and Sharon Ber






With additional support by

Picto New York

Each year the editors of PDN choose 30 new and emerging photographers to watch. In interviewing them for the profiles published in PDN, we gain new insights into the rapidly changing photo industry, and what it takes to launch a photography career today. Reading about the burgeoning careers of this year’s PDN 30 photographers, a few themes emerge: Personal, self-assigned work remains vital for photographers; workshops, fellowships, and other opportunities to engage with peers and mentors in the photo community are pivotal in building knowledge and confidence; and creative problem-solving ability and work ethic keep clients calling back.

Many of the 2017 PDN’s 30 gained recognition by pursuing projects that reflect their own experiences and interests. Salwan Georges explored the Iraqi immigrant community, of which he’s apart. Xyza Bacani, a one-time domestic worker in Hong Kong, is using her background to tell stories of ‘invisible people’ who are living as she once was. Tasneem Alsultan is working to change the way people see Saudi and Arab women. And Clare Benson’s family and upbringing have been important touchstones in her fine-art work.

The path to a successful photography career can seem mysterious at times, and there is certainly no one-size-fits-all formula. But as the stories of these photographers suggest, pursuing one’s personal vision, building community, and working hard for clients has helped many photographers find their way.

—Conor Risch, Senior Editor, PDN Magazine



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