Where Are They Now: Alyssa Meadows

If you told me before the summer of YPA 2014 where my career in photography would progress to in the space of two years, I would have never believed you. Much of my success can be attributed directly to the lessons learned and contacts earned from the program. I joined…

Where Are They Now: Marke Liimatainen

Hi YPA family! I was part of the YPA summer mentoring program in 2014 and lots has happened since our TEAM LA was selected as the second best team and I was selected as the best mentee. Our team was amazing; we worked nicely together and most of us are still…

Where Are They Now: Mackenzie LaRoe

Since 2013, a lot has happened both professionally and personally, which has ultimately shaped the way I shoot today. At the "Escape" YPA gallery showing, a crew from Glasshouse Images out of New York City gave a lecture on stock photography. I clung to what they said, including the director's…

YPA Announces 2016 Mentoring Program Theme: American Landscapes

Teams Will Convene in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles Young Photographers Alliance (YPA), a 501(c)3 educational foundation dedicated to developing the talent of young photographers, announces the launch of its annual mentoring initiative. The program pairs talented college students and recent graduates (open to those in age range…

Where Are They Now: Joel Biddle

Since being a part of the YPA mentoring program, I have moved on to study photography at the Arts University of Bournemouth, and I will be graduating next summer. The YPA mentoring program was perfect for preparing me for university as it allowed me to work with undergraduates before I…

Where Are They Now: Teresa Meier

So, what have I been up to... On May 19, 2016 I was officially granted my MFA (major in photography with a fine art focus) from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. AAU has also selected my portfolio to feature at their annual Spring Show. I’m thrilled and…

Where Are They Now: Leah Schonauer

In the summer of 2014, I was selected to be a part of the Pittsburgh group of the Young Photographers Alliance Mentoring Program. This was my first opportunity to work with professional photographers and receive gradual feedback of a project from start to finish in a one-on-one setting. This process…

Where Are They Now: Alessandro Falco

YPA 2013 was my first international experience with photography and I'm grateful to Justin Sutcliffe for the passion and support he transmitted to me during those valuable weeks in London. While there, I had the opportunity of showing my portfolio to a photo agency and I shortly after I become a…

Where Are They Now: Grace Talice Lee

There have been many talented mentees, scholarship winners and portfolio reviewees over the years, stunning mentors and other judging committees with their depth of artistic maturity and vision. But how have they progressed since then? In this new series, Where Are They Now, a photographer from years past will be…

Interview with Jerry Tavin

John Lund asks YPA's Co-founder how the organization can offer a helping hand to emerging photographers. You have a long history in the photography business. Can you share with us some highlights of your photography career? I founded a company called nonstock with Janou Pakter, who was also my co-partner…

Alex Ramirez

Hands and Feet of American Labor Words & Images © Alex Ramirez. The 2016 Presidential elections have stirred up a conversation about racial identity in the United States. In particular, the role of immigrants and the discussion of labor has rallied both supporters and critics, often with very passionate and…

Frank-Mengchuan Wu

Self-Entertaining Words & Images © Frank-Mengchuan Wu. In this American Dream oriented era, every person is holding their dreams and striving to make them come true. They treat their self as a unique individual, so they always try to look charming in people's eyes. People believe they're born special, so…

Daion Chesney

Blue Bird Words & Images © Daion Chesney. Set me free is what you wail through the day and into the night. Living that same old ritual you’ve come accustomed to. Living that same old ritual that you don’t even know you do. You’ve busted your ass, while wearing a…

Wesley Sun

One Dress Words & Images © Wesley Sun. I believe, everyday could be an adventure. I believe, the true happiness is finding joy in our everyday life. I believe, we all can dream a little bit bigger and love a little bit more. I believe, Life Is Beautiful. My goal…

Stefanie Candelario

The Not So Forgotten Borough Words & Images © Stefanie Candelario. Staten Island. What comes to mind when you hear its name? The forgotten borough of New York? The island of Italians? Or is it just an island of suburbia that people live in because they can’t afford to live…

Nicholas Joseph Contrera

The Fluidity of Sexuality and Self Words & Images © Nicholas Joseph Contrera. The concept of American Landscape is largely determined by one's own life experiences. My American Landscape is undoubtedly shaped by the diverse characters that that surround me: artists, drag queens, performers, vagabonds. Turning my camera to a diversity…

Lelanie Foster

Mr. Carlos A. Foster, Jr. Words & Images © Lelanie Foster. On the first day I photograph my uncle, ironically he talks to me about the idea of everyone doing their part to contribute to society and sings me a Bob Dylan song that goes, “how many roads must a man walk…

Zhanna Kurmanova

The Walls Words & Images © Zhanna Kurmanova. I came to United States in 2008, fresh off the boat and barely spoke English. It was tough at first, but I liked the freedom, so I stuck around. I enjoyed the diversity and meeting people from all over the world. They…

Raymond Navarro

Pleasure, The Public and Propriety Words & Images © Raymond Navarro. I lay on a flat cool bed of rock shaded from glaring sunlight. I was in the bliss of forgetting everything but my current surroundings: lush trees, birds rustling on fallen leaves, the smell of warmed wood and stirred…

Will Matsuda

Arubamu Words & Images © Will Matsuda. I look like I could be from anywhere. When I visit my ancestral homelands, I look like I’m an outsider. I imagine even my ancestors asking me, “No, where are you really from?” Two months ago I found a crate full of my…

Oliwia Paszkowska

Rich vs. Poor Words & Images © Oliwia Paszkowska. The gap between the richest Americans and everyone else is at a historic high. 90 percent of American workers have watched their wages drop as the cost of living increases. The national average minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and it…

Camila Cossio

City Dioramas Words & Images © Camila Cossio. Traditional landscapes where more related with nature, including physical elements of landforms like mountains, rivers, valleys, etc. An inversion of the city as primary landscape appeared with the industrial revolution. In less than a century, we went from rural landscapes in which…
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