Articles about the art and craft of photography

In these original articles on the art and craft of photography, I write about my personal perspectives, formed over 50 years of making pictures.

Too often, people want to force "photography" into one of two buckets: it's either a craft or it's an art.   In truth, photography is both a craft and an art, depending on how a photographer fuses the technology with the heart to make a photograph. 

I choose to use old fashioned film cameras that capture the scene on large films. You can read more about why in my artist's statement, but there's so much more to making photographic art than merely capturing the scene in front of the camera. These articles may help you understand why, and how, I use the tools and my artistic goals to make my pictures.

J Riley Stewart writes about the practice of photography and the life of an art photographer.