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Flags waving on top of people. PDN
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Phil Moore

The Eyes Have It

An Orgy for the Eyes

Why you should care

Because this is where the next Annie Leibovitz or Ansel Adams might be hiding.

With the world of photography expanding at the speed of light, thanks to digital SLRs and social media, trying to keep up with current trends becomes more challenging and yet more exciting every year. Your grandmother, your neighbor, and your nephew would have it easier than I — a photo editor of 17 years — if they wanted to learn all about photography. But for photo fans, art collectors, image junkies? You might need another source.

Here’s my secret taste-maker: Every year, there’s one m agazine I look forward to more than any other: Photo District News’ 30 (for short, PDN’s 30 ). Don’t ask if I was ever on it: The list was once called ”30-Under-30,” and I took the long route, graduating from college at 31. But in any case — this is the bible of up-and-coming photogs, and it’s voted annually by some of the greats of the creative world.

Since 1999, PDN’s 30 hasbeen a guide to turn to for new talent and different styles of photography. And we really mean new: Only those who’ve been professional photographers for less than five years can be considered. Those are five years of sweat, cup of noodles and many, many meetings just trying to get your foot in the door. These folks have pushed to make the big things happen. Rising stars from this list in the past have gone on to do big things: from shooting Jesse Jackson to being displayed at the Whitney. It’s like a Forbes or Foreign Policy hit list of the people you need to know, or ought to — but instead of entrepreneurs, you have artists.

But I’m a photog, which means I want pictures, and I kno w you do, too. Here’s a little taste of this year’s list, coming out April 2014.

A funeral with a man wanting to go into the grave site with many people surrounding him

Fabio Bucciarelli

Woman in colored curlers sitting at table with color currtains and wallpaper that match

Carla Richmond

Color image of people on wooden deck on a dreary day and dark clouds

Bryan Derballa

sunglasses all colorful lined up on pink tabletop

Bobby Doherty

woman in large brownish coat in front of 2 different colored backdrops with her arm up

Charlie Engman

Group of people in a darkened moody room sitting around

Camilla de Maffei

woman in short dresses photographed from chest down with little girl in front looking at legs

Dina Litovsky

Girl on horse on lawn with tiny doll horse and doll next to her in front of large home

Ilona Szwcarc

Portrait of man with blue and warm lights around him wearing a tropical shirt and dark jacket over it

Jeff Brown

woman walking on road with her baby to her back and man in foreground lying on road

Phil Moore

Woman in middle of her kitchen sitting on the floor with light shining through windows

Diana Markosian

BW image of woman on stage with background

Maria Turchenkova

Group of young adults sitting outside of van, stretching at dusk/dwan at parking lot

Bryan Derballa

BW image of father with his 2 kids

Zun Lee

Fire and protestors on street

Mosa’ab Elshamy

Asian man on motorbike facing camera standing with it during the day out on a field. PDN

Grant Harder

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