PDN’s 30: Advice for Emerging Photographers from Emerging Photographers

13 Aug 2018 2018 TALKS

Photographers chosen for PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch will share the useful lessons they learned as they launched their careers. T

PDN’s 30: Advice for Emerging Photographers from Emerging Photographers

Featuring: Holly Stuart Hughes (Moderator), Sarah Blesener, Kholood Eid, Cole Wilson, An Rong Xu, and Laurel Golio

Presented by

Photo District News (PDN)

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Sunday, September 16 | 3PM – 4PM

Location: 60 Water Street, DUMBO – across from Photoville


Photographers chosen for PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch will share the useful lessons they learned as they launched their careers. The panelists will discuss planning and funding personal projects, their strategies for promoting their work to potential clients and galleries, and how they built a support network.


Holly Stuart Hughes is the editor of Photo District News and PDNOnline.com, the monthly magazine and website for professional photographers. PDN provides photographers with the news, inspiration and insights they need to succeed. Each year, the editors of PDN publish PDN’s 30, an annual issue showcasing 30 new and emerging photographers to watch, and providing information for student and emerging photographers on launching and sustaining a career in today’s market.


Sarah Blesener is a documentary photographer and was chosen for PDN’s 30 2018. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she studied Linguistics and Youth Development at North Central University. Upon graduating in 2012, she studied at Bookvar Russian Academy in Minneapolis, concentrating on the Russian language. She is a graduate of the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her recent work revolves around youth movements and culture in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the United States. She was a recipient of the Alexia Foundation grant for her 2017 work in the United States, and was also a 2017 fellow with Catchlight, working with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. She is one of Anastasia Photo Gallery’s Emerging Photographers.


Kholood Eid is an independent journalist working in stills, audio, writing and editing. Chosen for PDN’s 30 2018, Eid is a ‘Middle Eastern Midwesterner’ based on the East Coast, and received her masters in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, ESPN’s The Undefeated, Refinery29, Lifetime and a variety of other publications. She also teaches photography at an after-school program through the Bronx Documentary Center.


Cole Wilson is an editorial and commercial photographer, and was chosen for PDN’s 30 2018. His clients include The New York Times, WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, Chelsea FC Inc, Adidas, Puma, GQ, Popular Mechanics and Runner’s World.


An Rong Xu is a photographer and director, chosen for PDN’s 30 2018. Born in China and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, he has photographed and directed for publications and companies such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, GQ Taiwan, The History Channel, Instagram, Airbnb, Underarmour and Google.


Laurel Golio, a photographer and visual anthropologist based in New York, was chosen for PDN’s 30 2018: New and Emerging Photographer to Watch. The co-founder of “We Are the Youth”, a photojournalism project that shares the stories of LGBTQ+ youth in the U.S., Golio has shot for Bloomberg Businessweek, The Cut, The Fader, Champion, The North Face, Powerbar, Red Bull and other publications and clients. Golio’s work was part of ICP’s “Perpetual Revolution” exhibition show and been exhibited in shows around the U.S.


Each year since 1999, the editors of PDN have selected 30 emerging photographers who represent a variety of styles and genres and have demonstrated a distinctive vision, creativity, and versatility. This year, the editors reviewed the work of close to 300 photographers from around the world. To be considered, the photographers must have been shooting on their own professionally for five years or less. Most were nominated by photo editors, art directors, curators, educators and fellow photographers around the world, and some were invited by editors based on work seen in promotions, portfolio reviews or photo contests. Profiles on each of the 2018 PDN’s 30 photographers are featured in PDN’s April 2018 issue. Thanks to the support of the PDN’s 30 sponsors, PDN will also host six panel discussions on career strategies for emerging photographers at photo schools, workshops and festivals around the U.S. throughout the year.