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The Lure of the Exotic


Travel photography is often perceived by the public as a glamorous profession in which the photographer has the opportunity to experience the world in an atmosphere of spontaneity, curiosity and adventure.

Many of us grew up with National Geographic, and the impressive and dramatic photographs of exotic cultures in distant locations no doubt inspired many to take photography more seriously, and perhaps even enter it as a profession.

It is the lure and fascination of the exotic and the adventure of exploring these foreign cultures that attracts the accomplished photographers featured in this issue. The common denominator amongst them is their passion for the subject and the dedication they give to their explorations.

We think they might just inspire you to add some adventure into your own photographic projects and lives.

Many years ago, I made an extended trip around the world, concentrating on the destinations of India and Southeast Asia. It was then that I became familiar with Lonely Planet Publications, whose guidebooks were my bibles for planning my itinerary and better appreciating the places and people I was about to visit. Today, the Australian company is a powerhouse publisher with more than 100 guidebooks covering the world. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to interview Richard I’Anson, the chief photographer for Lonely Planet, when he recently visited the West Coast on a tour promoting his new book. He epitomizes the spirit of photographers envied by many for their fascinating careers.

For many years, I have been a fan of Nevada Wier, and admired her courage in exploring some of the more remote regions of the world, either traveling solo or leading groups on extended trips. She is also known for her workshops and books, which have inspired many to explore foreign cultures in search of expressive visuals. We are delighted to present some of her images and stories from her life in this issue’s profile.

For a bit of a departure, our story “Flirting with Danger” gives the reader a glimpse into those dramatic and spontaneous moments that photographers sometimes encounter in pursuit of the perfect shot. The four photographers presented remind us that anything can happen, especially when on locations where things are not entirely in your control. These are the moments that build character and give us an appreciation for surviving sticky situations.

To round things out, our Destinations story on the Washington coast will motivate you to visit an area that has picturesque scenery to offer in any season. And on the technological front, our story on new digital camcorder breakthroughs will give you an appreciation for the benefits of video for motion and still applications.

I would also like to welcome Bill Thorness as the new editor of PhotoMedia and Jennifer Saville on layout and production. Their talents will be evident as you peruse the issue, and it has been a pleasure collaborating with them. Additionally, a fond farewell to John Callan as editor, who accepted a permanent position with Microsoft. His efforts helped PhotoMedia evolve in the past year and a half and earned us Maggie and Apex grand awards for publishing excellence in 2000. He continues with us as a writer in this issue for the Richard I’Anson story.

Your feedback about our efforts is always appreciated. Also, please let us know who you think should be our next PhotoMedia Photography Person of the Year. Your nominations are welcome.

Finally, please mention PhotoMedia to our advertisers. Their support makes the depth of our industry coverage possible, and they want to know you’re noticing.

Gary Halpern, Publisher

Gary Halpern
Story Author: Gary Halpern

Gary Halpern is the owner of the PhotoMedia Group, which publishes a 3x/yr photography trade magazine serving the western U.S., now in its 23rd year and winner of 6 Maggie Awards in 23 nominations in the last 11 years, and 9 APEX Grand Awards plus 12 APEX Awards of Excellence in the last 10 years (both the Maggies and APEX's are prestigious awards for publishing excellence).

Along with the magazine, he also publishes PhotoMediaOnline.com.

He also provide consulting and prepress services for coffee table photo book projects. Please visit PhotoMediaGroup.com for more information.

Website: www.photomediagroup.com
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