Jill Waterman

While she never dreamed of being a cowboy, the gift of a cowgirl outfit brought Jill Waterman to tears, until her parents relented and replaced the dainty skirt with some pants. She caught the photography bug while studying art in Paris, and she hasn’t looked back since. After more than a decade as a photo editor (surrounded by mountains of slides of varying heights), she added writing to the mix as an editor of custom publishing projects for Photo District News. A team member of the B&H Explora blog since 2015, Waterman moonlights as a night photography specialist. Her first book, the technical volume Night and Low Light Photography, www.nightphotographybook.com, was published by Amphoto in 2006. Learn more about her ongoing project to document New Year’s Eve celebrations around the globe at www.newyearphotos.com.

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1 week ago
As any passionate sports photographer will tell you, there’s a special feeling that comes with covering game action that hooks you from day one. This was the starting point for our episode with Sony Artisan of Imagery
2 weeks ago
With a camera in his hand, Harvey Stein owns the streets, having spent the past 50 years capturing quintessential moments and making sensitive portraits of the people he meets there. In this two-part episode, he shares details about his photographic process while also conveying the wisdom he’s acquired after publishing 10 books of photographs. We first caught up with Stein at the 2022 B&H…
3 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
This episode of the B&H Photography Podcast was originally published on July 29, 2021. We revisit it today to mark the passing of the podcast torch from creative producer John Harris to Jill Waterman…
1 month ago
On this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we continue our coverage of the 2022 OPTIC Conference with two highly invigorating segments about exploring…
2 months ago
There is perhaps no other piece of camera gear as highly disputed as the humble tripod. Billed as, “the ugly duckling of equipment” in a 1985 New York Times story by legendary writer and picture editor John Durniak, he went on to explain, “one measure of a good photographer…
3 months ago
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3 months ago
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3 months ago
A photographer’s gift is to record his or her encounters with the world in pictures. If that photographer meets with success, pictures from their archive are published in magazines and books, exhibited in museums and galleries, licensed for commercial use, and sold as prints. With careful planning, these images have a life that endures well beyond that of the artist, through the continuing…
4 months ago
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4 months ago
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4 months ago
A thirst for discovery and lust for adventure is the fuel behind automotive and adventure lifestyle photographer Shelby Knick. After sampling the rarefied world of high fashion merchandising, Knick reinvented herself by chasing down pictures on the racetrack, and her career has skyrocketed from there. Among the many accolades from her global trek to…
4 months ago
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are republishing this 2017 profile of acclaimed portrait photographer Rania Matar. Since this story first appeared, Ms. Matar was awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, released the 2021 monograph SHE, published by Radius books, and was one of three…
4 months ago
Over the past 35 years, Sally Davies has photographed the streets of New York City with a mix of anthropological endurance and high style. But, despite her encyclopedic vision of the city’s exterior face, Davies became troubled by the thought that future generations would know nothing of the people living inside all the buildings she had pictured. Her resulting quest to photograph and interview…
4 months ago
As she approached her 40th birthday, Jennifer McClure decided to take stock of her life, using photography as a vehicle to explore why things had never really worked the way she thought they would. Her previous work with self-portraits offered a basic framework for making the pictures, yet nothing could prepare her for the discovery she would make from the photographs themselves, which was the…