Why you need a Leica

Leica cameras are undoubtedly objects of desire.

Sure, you can tell yourself that it is silly to want one, that their technology is outdated and that they are not ‘all that’ or remind yourself that your pockets aren’t deep enough in order to dissuade yourself from that ostentatious whim – after all, a Leica, like any other camera, is nothing more than a black box with a hole to capture images…

Observadores Urbanos: Entrevista con The Raw Society

It has been a crazy few weeks of workshops, hosting guest mentors, finishing off projects, preparing new ones etc. so it’s always nice to take a break, especially when it to be interviewed by the three wonderful and talented ladies from Observadores Urbanos.

National Geographic: El Reencuentro de las Almas

“A Reunion of the Souls” is a project created by Jorge Delgado-Ureña & Christelle Enquist in collaboration with the Karma Lekshey Ling monastery. Published by National Geographic. Photos by Jorge Delgado-Ureña.

Penguin Randomhouse: Women Street Photographers

With a rising number of women throughout the world picking up their cameras and capturing their surroundings, this book explores the work of 100 women (including our very own co-founder, Christelle Enquist) and the experiences behind their greatest images.

National Geographic: El Ejército contra el coronavirus, una lucha sin armas de fuego

“The military against the coronavirus, a fight without guns”. Published by National Geographic Spain. Photos by Jorge Delgado-Ureña.

Assignment #3 – Traces of Humanity

The challenge assigned was to photograph for a set amount of time per day (to avoid getting into trouble with our family members for not spending time with them) and to do a series of “Street photography without people, but with traces of them.”

Interview with Gustavo Minas

Beautifully colourful with playfully juxtaposed scenes that turn the mundane into something poetic and often complex to the point that his photographs transcend reality, Gustavo Minas has managed to create a voice and style that is unmistakably his.

Assignment #2 – Bad Guy

This assignment was set to get you all working on portraits, with the extra challenge of photographing someone who was opposite to you (in their way of thinking, character, background etc.)…We had some great entries overall but our winner went beyond the assignment with a very intimate, personal and introspective take on the challenge.

Assignment #3

On Assignment #3

We all know that being a photographer is a relatively lonely passion/profession, and for good reason: Good photography, like wine, takes time and the doses of patience needed is not always shared by those with whom we spend our vacations with.

Interview with Ed Kashi

Photojournalist, film-maker, educator mentor and member of VII Photo Agency, Ed Kashi has been exploring geopolitical and social issues for over 40 years.

The advantages of shooting in JPEG.

One of the first things we hear, when we start to get serious about our photography, is that it is essential that we use the .raw format since it has many advantages when it comes to processing our images…So why wouldn’t we use it?

Compositions guiding lines

On Assignment #2

In documentary or street photography there are several types of photos that are essential to take to explain a story: Place (The where) Action (It is the plot, the reason for the story) Details (It brings you closer to the action and makes you better understand the particularities of the action) and the portrait.

Assignment #1: My New Normal

In Phoenix, Arizona, police brutality protests over the deaths of George Floyd and many other black Americans broke out almost as soon as the COVID-19 stay at home order was lifted. Meanwhile, the unsheltered population of over 5,000 people faces another summer in one of America’s hottest cities. Many are experiencing homelessness for the first time after losing their jobs due to the pandemic. Things here are anything but “normal”.

On Assignment #1

Things are slowly starting to ‘normalise’ and in most countries people are able to go out to a greater or lesser extent, and I imagine that most of you have been out or are eager to go out and use your cameras! So, with that in mind, I thought I would propose an assignment for all of you to do in order to get back into the game and experience what it is like to be on assignment for a magazine (in this case it’ll be for our blog and Instagram instead 😉 ).

Photo Essay: Viñales In Black & White

Like many photographers who have visited Cuba, I have developed a love affair with this unique island in the Caribbean. I recently made my 6th visit in February and I never want to stop visiting.

Becoming better photographers from home

In a time when we should all be staying at home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus it may seem that, photographically speaking, there is not much to do. In part, it’s true, but like with most bad situations, this one too has silver lining: Being stuck at hope gives us all the opportunity to improve on some of the things that when we are out photographing, we forget to do or pay attention to.

The Photography of Roger Deakins

Every year at the Oscars there is a category that, although it doesn’t go unnoticed, it certainly doesn’t get the attention that the nominations for best actor, actress or director get, this is the category of cinematography or DOP (director of photography).

Photo Essay: Cuba Inside Out

A photo essay by The Raw Society member Carlos Antonorsi. Photos taken during our Cuba Photo Tour July 2019

Interview with John Stanmeyer

Anyone interested in documentary photography will know the name John Stanmeyer (if you don’t, all the more reason to keep reading :).