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Clubhouse on iPhone, Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2021.

I subscribe to the idea that people can hold two opposing thoughts in their heads at the same time. But nothing seems to force us to exercise this muscle more than social media; a world of contradictions.

Ten years ago, I wrote about the effects of social media on culture. Then, it was all about Facebook, but even so, the paradox of participation was deeply apparent. One interviewee put it this way:

“(Facebook makes me feel) closer to people I’m far away from. But maybe farther from people I’m close to.”

Platforms have changed in the last decade, but the…


The number 1 attribute I look for in a photographer is gray hair.


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James Sutton

Clubhouse is the newest social media sensation, with a promise to be as big as… you know. It’s differentiator is that it is based entirely on audio. But other than that major experiential difference, it borrows heavily from early social media experiences, like AOL Chat Rooms. Despite being in “beta,” Clubhouse has been through three rounds of funding already, with a whopping $110M in the bank, led by giant Andreesson Horowitz and a valuation already at $1B. This is being driven by rapid adoption among individuals across every conceivable industry at breakneck speeds. At this time, the app currently has…


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“Snow Spat.” Photo by Erlend Haarberg. D800, 300mm 1/1600 f/2.8 ISO 3200 with 2 1000W lamps behind the subjects


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“Josephina.” Photos by Josh S. Rose, 2021.

Once upon a time, photographers didn’t have to make difficult decisions on their images — this was mostly left to art directors, photo editors, curators and art buyers. You send off your work, people pore over it with a red pencil and decisions get made. As a photographer, you had the talent. But as the final publishers or buyers of your work — they had taste. Sure, there were fights, but the process was the process.

Today, taste is relative. Publishing is relative. Hell, photography is relative. As photographers, we’re often left with the decision-making. Or, at the very least…


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Photo by Josh S. Rose. 2018.

The thing about a photography career is that it goes through so many changes along the way. You may move from one genre to another. Your portfolio evolves. Your themes change. Your look changes. This means that you have to constantly evolve your portfolio. Before digital, this was done with one’s book. This was a sacred document of beautifully printed pieces, well-bound, sometimes even in leather, name embossed and, if you were lucky, it sat not in your own hands but in the hands of a rep. This person peddled your work, to agencies, art buyers and photo editors. They…


Trying to get a small sliver of light on a model with hard edges? Try reflecting light off a small mirror.


If you want to feel like a photographer, take a model out into some open shade and shoot at f/1.4. But if you want to be a photographer, shoot the…


You always have to remember, photography has no defined career path. There are no promotions, no end-of-year performance reviews, no real rules. We are nomads, ronin, bounty hunters. If you’re…

Josh Rose

A deep dive into photography, with professional photographer, artist and director, Josh S. Rose. Top Writer: Photography and Creativity.

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