“This book made me wish I had started taking photos earlier in my life. It reinforced the importance of documenting things that change or disappear over time – people die, fashion changes, cities gentrify. Even if you don’t publish the shots, you will leave a legacy or your life and of the world. “Read More
“We are subjectively looking at the world through our lenses, which already alters reality some. What we choose to include in the frame is based on a lot of subconscious thinking, and also our perception of how things are in that moment. Once we go back and beautify our images, some of that information can be lost. The image no longer says what was true in the moment the shutter went off, another layer of subjectivity has been added in post-production. When it’s done with a heavy hand it can significantly alter the message of the image. “Read More
“I’ve spent 16 years as a sort of mediator between photographers and readers/viewers, helping to determine what people want to know about a documentary photo, how to pull that information together, and how to present it clearly. Here are some things to consider before and during your coverage, and some tips on conveying information in captions.”Read More
“My experience last year provided me with so many game changers in the way I practice photography. I now go into covering a wedding with a little bit of Maggie Steber, Andre Chung, Carl Juste, and Martin Parr, and I now sequence photos from my sessions with a little bit of James Estrin. You may have to look some of these folks up, but the point is that FOTS allowed me to be around the best and that has been tremendous for my growth as a photographer. “Read More
“Even though on the surface things may appear different, we are much the same. We are all just trying to find our own way in this thing we call life. Whether that is through religious practices, fashion choices or going balls out on a scooter across a bridge in Prague. “Read More
“It was like watching a baby horse walking for the first time , clumsy at start then with more and more confidence. This is what is interesting for me to see how this little girl will transform into a beautiful strong teenager.”Read More
Founded by three documentary photographers, the DFAs have transformed the judging process into something that is part live critique, part seminar in composition, technical skill and storytelling style. The takeaways from watching any part of the multi-hour broadcast are inspiring and informative.Read More
“When I see an image that moves me, the first question that I want to know is: How was that picture made? Early in my career, I didn't know how much thought was put into making images that have impact. I had little idea of the psychology of photojournalism.”Read More
Ryan Christopher Jones: “A good personal project, done with the most honest and curious of intentions, should naturally and organically bleed into everything we make as photographers. It should inform how we see and what we hear. It should let us know that we’re on the right path in exploring our curiosities and making sense of the world around us.”Read More
I am very proud to announce today that Confluence Magazine is a sponsor of The Storytellers Conference, and to share the conversation I had with Row and Blimie about the conference and how it will serve emerging documentary photographers.Read More
Photographs of children do something to us. We connect with them because we have children, know children, were children. Children are innocent, as a species our instinct is to protect them, and atrocities against them create calls to action.Read More
Ryan: I wanted to infuse some tension without being super literal with showing her as crying whenever things were tense. The bath, the mirror, the door – those were symbolic shots I used to anchor the narrative outside the traditional chronology.Read More
I’ve come to believe that the traditional routes to professional photojournalistic work are, perhaps, outmoded and full of deep ruts that simply aren’t properly navigable. In fact, rather than repair those blighted routes, I feel emboldened to suggest that we need to set our sights on altogether new routes.Read More
By Amanda Hirsch, Confluence Magazine Board of Advisors member
I was 18 years old, a high school senior eager to break free from the bounds of my suburban existence, when I read To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf for English class, and discovered the following sentence: "One wanted 50 pairs of eyes to see with."
How else, it strikes me now, is it possible to even begin to see the world? Remember the white-and-gold dress meme — or perhaps, you think of it as a the blue-and-black dress meme? Objectively speaking, we see the world subjectively.
It follows that anyone with curiosity should hunger to see the world through as many different pairs of eyes as possible. This is why we need independent media that takes as its mission the showcasing of diverse voices and experiences; what we see reflected on our screens becomes codified, internally, as how we see the world.
Confluence gives us the gift of more eyes, and for that, I am deeply grateful.
Hi! My name is Amanda Hirsch. My company Mighty Forces, helps women tell their stories.
You know the feeling: you're stretching your creative wings.
You've begun the journey into personal projects. The kind of documentary project that gets you out into the world around you, telling stories you never thought you'd tell, digging deeper into the practice of documentary narrative, slipping into people's lives, pushing yourself farther and letting your creative wings spread.
You're not alone. More and more, those of us who came to photography through family or wedding work are finding in ourselves a desire and ability to go farther and document other stories. We're dancing on the edge of photojournalism, but with the freedom that comes from not being tied to assignments - we're creating our own assignments and taking our work to a new level.
The time has come to create a place for these projects. A place that elevates the work by bringing it together with other impactful projects created by emerging documentarians. A place that actively courts the attention of photo editors and gatekeepers who can open the doors for publication, exhibition, and assignments. A place that is a stepping stone for the ambitious among us.
This place is Confluence Magazine.
COMING SEPTEMBER 2018