“The United States of Young Photographers” and Photo Books of 2021: The B&H Photography Podcast


We split our time on this episode of the B&H Photography Podcast between one book and many books. In the first half of the show, we learn about an inspirational new book, Among Peers: The United States of Young Photographers, which profiles the work of student photographers from several workshop programs in the United States. We conclude the episode with an overview of the many wonderful books from 2021 that were featured on the podcast.

To discuss “Among Peers, we welcome publisher Michelle Dunn Marsh of Minor Matters Books and photography consultant and former director of the Lucie Foundation, Lauren Wendle. As we find out, the book was a creative collaboration between the two, born during the COVID quarantine. It was devised to celebrate the work of young photographers and their mentors, who kept the various programs open and operating throughout the difficult past two years. We learn of their process to fund and edit the book and about the photography mentoring programs themselves. Students from the following programs are represented in the book: NYC Salt, First Exposures—San Francisco; Literacy Through Photography—Houston; Las Fotos Project—Los Angeles; YoungArts—Miami; and Youth in Focus—Seattle. Consider supporting these nonprofit organizations.

After a short break, we run down a list of new photography books we presented on the podcast this year, including books as diverse as those by Todd Bigelow, Barbara Mensch, and Mona Kuhn. Join us for this inspiring episode.

Guests: Michelle Dunn Marsh and Lauren Wendle

Photograph © Jaylen Esparza, Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles

Photograph © Gisella Chan, First Exposures, San Francisco, 2020
Photograph © Jaylen Esparza, Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles, 2021
Photograph © Mbhali Edwards, NYC Salt, 2021
Photographs © Jacob Fernandez, First Exposures, San Francisco, 2021 and Jason Babayev, YoungArts, Miami, 2020
Photographs © Sophia Leng, NYC Salt, 2021 and Saham Almehin, First Exposures, San Francisco, 2020
Photograph © Delilah Ponton, First Exposures, San Francisco, 2020
Photographs © Eveyah Garay, Literacy Through Photography, Houston, 2021 and Jay Lundgren, Youth in Focus, Seattle, 2021
Photographs © Ishabela Lopez, NYC Salt, 2021
Photographs © Jayson Rodriguez, YoungArts, Miami, 2019
Photographs © Amber Linares Vasquez and Leilah Rosado, Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles, 2021
Photograph © Ezra Zimmer, First Exposures, San Francisco, 2020

Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Shawn C Steiner


When I started with photography in the 1980's, I bought a few books written by John Hedgecoe. I also subscribed to Popular Photography. 

Thanks for the comment Ralph, it's good to hear from you. John Hedgecoe's "Complete Guide to Photography" is still very popular as an introductory photo book. Hope you are well.