|Twenty years ago the World Wide Web didn't exist, the CD-Rom had yet to explode onto the stock photo scene, and image-manipulation software applications like Photoshop wouldn't arrive for another ten years. What did exist then and still does today is the vast importance photography plays in our society, remaining to this day our most universal and immediate medium of communication, as well as an alluring means of self-expression for the artists at work behind the lens.
PDN's 20th Anniversary Web Essay (in conjunction with our May 344-page anniversary issue and Gallery exhibit and reception) celebrates the continuing power of the image over the past two decades with six distinct photo galleries - Advertising, Editorial, Fashion, Innovations, Photojournalism and Sports - and also includes the 20 Most Influential Photographers (voted by PDN readers and PDN Online visitors). The images in the photo galleries online are a cross-section of what's in PDN's May issue.We are not trying to say that these are the definitive images of an era, but rather that these photographs were chosen by industry leadersother photographers, art directors, photo editors, etc.as well as PDN staffers as some of the most memorable images over the past 20 years. Navigating your way through the site is easy: Each section begins with a thumbnail gallery, except for Innovations. Go directly to any of the images by clicking on a thumbnail, or you can go to another section by using the nav bars.
The Photojournalism and Sports galleries have been expanded upon to include audio and video clips from some renowned photo editors, photographers and photo agents discussing some of the most influential, controversial and famous photographs of the past twenty years. Also included will be video and audio excerpts from PDN's May 16th Forum, "Can Photography Still Change The World?: Visual Communication In the Digital Age". We will also have a forum for viewers to post their comments.
To view the video clips in the Photojournalism and Sports sections, using Quicktime 4.0, simply click on the Video Clip button.
You can enlarge all images in this site by clicking on any of the images in the galleries. The enlarged images are encrypted by Alchemedia. When you wish to enlarge an image, you will be prompted to accept the Clever Content Viewer in order to view it. (Mac users will have to restart after downloading the plug-in.) We use this technology from Alchemedia to help photographers protect their copyrights and maintain control of their works. To download the Clever Content Viewer, click here.
The scope of this project - the issue, Web site and traveling gallery exhibit (The photo gallery will travel first to PhotoPlus Expo West in Los Angeles June 15-17; then to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, September 20-25, and finally to PhotoPlus Expo East at the Javits Center in New York November 2-4) would not have been possible without the following companies: Nikon Inc., Corbis, Hasselblad, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. and Olympus. We thank them for their support and vision.