Mike has had the pleasure of editing with these photographers and others, recently.

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Creating images that last beyond the day has been Mike’s mission in settings as diverse as National Geographic magazine, The White House, several books, various newspapers and even pdxcross.com…

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A white paper worth reading

Click on the image to go to a page where you can get a copy of the white paper.Photoshelter CEO Allen Murabayashi just publshed a white paper about creating photo books as marketing tools. It's a good resource, well worth getting. Just click on the image above.

Allen interviewed me and several others for the piece and presents several case studies of how photographers have used books in different ways to present their work in its best light. 


Moving to Syracuse in the Fall

My wife, Deborah Pang Davis, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position with Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, teaching a range of design classes beginning in January.

So we'll be moving east in the fall, sadly leaving Portland but excitedly greeting life in Syracuse.

Deb is going to be a great teacher and Syracuse is without question one of the top schools in the country, especially when it comes to breaking new media ground.

I'll continue to work with photographers as I have been, not skipping a beat. And with any luck I'll get involved in some things at the school. Being close to New York, the city, and D.C. will be nice, too.

I'm eager to reconnect with long time friends Bruce Strong, Tom Kennedy and Ken Harper and to get to know the rest of the faculty and other aspects of life in Syracuse.

Another new adventure.

And we won't be giving up on Portland, our favorite city in America. We're definitely coming back for visits. 


Such a busy month

Matt Eich was among photographers chosen for PDN's juried Curator selections. Matt projects is about Baptist Town, a neighborhood in Mississippi.What a busy month. I can’t believe it’s been nearly 30 days since I last wrote here.

In that time, I’ve helped several photographers prepare entries for a variety of juried competitions and workshops, including Communication Arts, PDN Photo Annual and PDN’s The Curator selections.

Several people succeeded in making it to through the selection process. Toni Greaves and Matt Eich were most successful, in making the cut for Communication Arts and PDN. So did Lisa Wiltse, Andrew Spear and Bryan Thomas with whom I worked during the last few months.

Also congratulations to Benjamin Rusnak for being among the 10 finalists for Burn’s emerging photographer award. Ben and I worked together on a submission and on a book of his work 23 degrees north of the equator.

The list continues with the work of Naples, Florida based photographer Greg Kahn, which was a Pulitzer finalist this year. We worked together more than once last year to edit his body of work about foreclosures in Florida. We're now working on his current project.

I’ve also worked with a range of photographers on developing portfolios and projects. Among them is Minneapolis based photographer Cori Chandler Pepelnjak. We edited a broad range of Cori’s work into cohesive presentations for her site and a print portfolio. She’s extremely talented so it was a real treat to work with her. The edits aren't live yet but stay tuned.

Tuscon based photographer Chris Hinkle contacted me to help put together a new portfolio for him. That too was a treat. Chris presents a combination of portraiture, photography about the cycling world and personal projects that is compelling.

And Moscow based photographer Diana Markosian now has an up to date portfolio representing her work in Russia. Diana has a fresh eye that sees the extraordinary in the ordinary. She connects with her subjects as if they were lifelong friends. It helps that she speaks Russian.

Roanoke, Virginia based photographer Jared Soares is headed to Review Santa Fe so I helped him put together a tight selection of images from his project about hip hop in Roanoke, Virginia.

... just to name a few of the things I’ve been up to. More news soon.


Fly, drive, walk, bike, take a bus or a train but by all means, get to Look3

Virginia Quarterly Review used most of its spring issue to show the work of photographers that Look Between gathered together last summer. Next month's gathering returns to the giant roster of photographers for Look3.There are many reasons to go to Look3 June 9-11 in Charlottesville, Virginia. It's the preeminent gathering in the U.S. for photographers who make pictures that tell stories and whose images are equally at home on gallery walls as they are on the pages of the world's best publications.

The reason to go is similar to why a bee visits a field of flowers. A lot of bees come to check out the flowers, which creates a big buzz and in turn spreads the buzz far afield long after leaving said field. Huh?

In other words, there are few other settings that present the opportunity to see so much good work and see and hear and meet so many photographers, editors, publishers, gallery owners, curators ... much of the gamut of the photography world.

And its kind of nice to see what those folks look like, in person.

Other reasons it worth going to Look3? Do you need others?


I love photographers

Today was exceptional.

Thank you, today.


I talked to an amazing range of people who are photographers. One is just a few years out of school and is learning the ropes. Another just took a buyout from a lengthy newspaper career and moved to Portland for the lifestyle and is ramping up a freelance business.

And then I went to spend a grueling hour on a stationery bike at one of Portland’s most notable cycling venues - Upper Echelon Fitness - and Daniel Sharp was there making pictures. He’s a talented photographer who makes enigmatic pictures of cycling and clothing and all manner of subjects. What stays the same is his seeing.

Then were several emails and other contacts with photographers.

Each of these people is dramatically different one to the next and each makes pictures as they do. And that is the spleandor.

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