photography

Jim Gathany / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention features a collection of photos by Jim Gathany. The exhibit is called “A Lens on CDC,” and it runs until the end of May. For 30 years, Gathany has documented the center’s scientific breakthroughs, its facilities, and its history. We talked with Gathany about his experience behind the lens at the CDC. 

Kate T. Parker

The role of a female photographer is especially important in an age when women are often depicted in superficial or sexualized ways. Many women in the photography industry are trying to change that, including Kate Parker, whose new book, “Strong is the New Pretty,” depicts girls as unique and capable, rather than simply primped and stereotypically pretty.

© Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth captures larger-than-life photographs that take people places they don't normally get to see – like space stations and physics laboratories. His images often focuses on technology and man-made landscapes and he encourages viewers to see the world differently.

Ayana Jackson

Visual artist Ayana Jackson fights photography with photography. She uses her lens to explore how images captured by white photographers shape and construct African and African-American identities. In her latest collection, she assumes the role of historic black women from the 19th century, including her own relatives. 

We speak with Jackson about her work, how Africans and African-Americans are represented through images, and why the race of the person behind the lens matters.

Courtesy of Harry Benson

Photographer Harry Benson got his big break when he was assigned to travel with an aspiring band on their first American tour in 1964. That band was The Beatles. He produced one of the most iconic photos of the Fab Four, which shows the group enjoying a pillow fight in their Paris hotel room. 

Grant Blankenship / GPB

 Jim Alexander has done a lot of things.

 

At one time or another he has been a bookstore owner, the general manager of a newspaper delivery service and a car detailer. He ran a pool room, taught horseback riding and was a diesel engine mechanic in the Navy.

“So in my life I’ve done things,” he said

But what really defines Alexander are his camera and his activism.