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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2 weeks ago
How does one begin to reconcile the unspoken sacrifices a mother makes to build her children a better life? For photographer, filmmaker, and experimental storyteller Diana Markosian, the key to understanding such mysteries of her childhood was through recasting long unexplained events in a monumental art project told through an embedded narrative—a nested story to honor her mother’s sacrifice.…
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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…
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“How do you make pictures about a person who doesn't exist anymore?” This was the fundamental question facing Jessica Hines while sorting through a box of her brother Gary’s letters, photographs, and other objects from his military service in Vietnam some 35 years after his return—25 years after his life ended in a…
3 months ago
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3 months ago
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3 months ago
Since its debut in October 2015, the B&H Photography Podcast has offered weekly conversations with insightful and entertaining guests, on topics most important to the contemporary photographer—from gear and technique to history, science, and art. To commemorate Black History Month, we present to you this compilation of episodes…
5 months ago
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