AmericaB&WShotKeepers of Tradition by Ron Cooper

I began making portraits of Native Americans several years ago when I was introduced to Anthony Parker. Anthony is a member of the Omaha tribe and a celebrated pow wow dancer. I photographed him near Santa Fe, New Mexico, not far from his home in Albuquerque.

I began making portraits of Native Americans several years ago when I was introduced to Anthony Parker. Anthony is a member of the Omaha tribe and a celebrated pow wow dancer. I photographed him near Santa Fe, New Mexico, not far from his home in Albuquerque.

He arrived in street clothes and unloaded several big bins and suitcases from his car. Inside was his collection of traditional costumes, headdresses, jewelry and regalia, all of the items handmade by local artisans and members of the Native American community. Off he went to change. And, some thirty minutes later, Anthony re-emerged totally transformed. The materials, craftsmanship, colors, designs and beauty of his garments and regalia amazed me. That photo session sparked my interest in Native American culture and, over the last several years, I’ve had the good fortune to meet and photograph members of many of the tribes and pueblos in New México, Colorado and Arizona. 

Some of the people that I’ve photographed participate in pow-wows and other celebrations as dancers or musicians. Others are talented craftspeople that make beautiful traditional clothing, jewelry and regalia. Some are teachers, storytellers, IT professionals, horse trainers, cowboys, rodeo competitors, community leaders, activists or students.  Although they come from different tribes and pueblos, have different jobs and careers, they all share a strongly held commitment to celebrate, maintain and pass along to future generations the fundamental elements of their tribal culture, language, religion and practice. They are keepers of tradition.

Many of my early Native American portraits were in color to showcase the brilliant designs, beautiful materials and extraordinary craftsmanship of the traditional clothing worn by my subjects. Over time, however, I came to realize that my color photographs were as much about the clothing as they were about the people themselves. I was reminded of the words of legendary Canadian photographer Ted Grant:

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.”

I began processing my images in monochrome and loved the resulting simplicity, elegance and focus on the subject.  That isn’t to say the costumes and regalia are unimportant. Quite the contrary. They are an integral part of the Native American tradition and culture. And I believe that the beauty, intricacy, patterns and textures are fully revealed through these monochrome images. But not in a way that distracts from the subject.

These portraits are meant to document, honor and celebrate Native American culture through the people I’ve photographed. I hope the images in this collection communicate the pride that each subject carries for their heritage and their community, and honors their commitment to keep traditions from vanishing.

About Ron Cooper

Ron Cooper’s photographs celebrate humanity. Cooper travels extensively to explore places and cultures, and to meet and photograph people who he “introduces” to viewers through portraiture. Since 2016, Cooper’s award-winning images have been featured in more than thirty-five juried group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In addition, his work has been presented in five solo exhibitions.

His photographs have been published in consumer magazines, trade publications and photography journals. His new book, We Are Santa, features portraits and profiles of more than 50 professional Santa Clauses and will be released by Princeton Architectural Press (N.Y.) in mid-2020. [Official Website]

Gallery

SOLO EXHIBITION

EACH MONTH, THE MOST VALUED PROJECT WILL RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITION IN OUR GALLERY.

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

PHOTO: © VICKY MARTIN
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Landscape-and-Nature-dPS-Photography-Course-300x250-1.jpg

Landscape & nature photography is one of the most challenging genres and disciplines to learn, and the costs of getting it wrong can be disappointing

300x250

With ON1 Photo RAW you get the professional photo editing tools every photographer needs to get professional results while keeping your workflow.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/banner-300.jpg

Call For Entries #18 | After 17 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

RELATED STORIES
Urban sprawl series by Emmanuel Monzon

AmericaB&WCityFeaturedUrban sprawl series by Emmanuel Monzon

Through my urban sprawl series, I want to photograph the in-between state found in the American landscape. So I capture places of transition, borders, passages from one world to another
Superdogs by Jan Von Holleben

ConceptEuropeSuperdogs by Jan Von Holleben

I know! I know! Children and animals: No greater nightmares for a photographer! But if you work with the best of the best, then it is indeed mostly (!!) a pleasure!
The quarrymen by Markku Lähdesmaki

B&WEuropeShotThe quarrymen by Markku Lähdesmaki

The quarrymen was selected and published in our print edition 17. Driving a country road in Orivesi...some of my best stories start that way. Nearly every summer we spend time in Orivesi, in the southern part of Finland.
Photo Essays by Antonio Peinado

ConceptEuropePhoto Essays by Antonio Peinado

Photo essays bring together Antonio's most experimental work, moving towards surrealism and abstraction. Photography is an act of constant exploration.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/instagram.jpg
Similar looking we refuse to cooperate by Claudio Rasano

EuropeShotSimilar looking we refuse to cooperate by Claudio Rasano

Portrait series photographed outdoors, in daylight, posed in front of a plain white paper background. Uniforms are compulsory in all state schools and in most private schools in South Africa.
Glacier Exit

BioGlacier Exit

Trekking the slopes of another planet had been on our list for a long time. The silence and majesty of the mountains surrounding us, the bluest ice we had ever seen and the steady rush of ice turned to water.
TRENDING STORIES
The life of a Laundry Worker by Sagar Chatterjee

AsiaB&WStoryThe life of a Laundry Worker by Sagar Chatterjee

The life of a Laundry Worker is hard work. Expect long hours in hot rooms filled with steam, and lots of time on your feet. You also often have to wear protective gear, like rubber gloves or paper masks, in order to keep yourself safe from diseases.
Imaginary world; Allegories of life, lessons of nature by Alessandra Favetto

ConceptEuropeImaginary world; Allegories of life, lessons of nature by Alessandra Favetto

Alongside my artistic work as a self-potrait artist, I love to create a fantastic and imaginary world where animals, common objects and nature meet in surreal atmospheres.
Children of the Streets by Sharath Pillai

AsiaB&WStoryChildren of the Streets by Sharath Pillai

For the last decade or so India has is seen as emerging super power in the world taking on China, US and the European nations, with developments in the field of infrastructure ,Real estate and Information Technology sectors.
Soap opera by Fang Tong

AmericaConceptSoap opera by Fang Tong

The soap opera format is a form of performance which most appropriately reflects a current state of life. The stage is always full of charm for me.
Fast cars and loose women of Greg Manis

AmericaConceptFast cars and loose women of Greg Manis

Raised on loud bikes, fast cars and loose women, Greg Manis' photos tell the tale of his North Georgia upbringing in a raw, yet romantic fashion.
Wild Things by Wiebke Haas

BioEuropeWild Things by Wiebke Haas

This year one of my biggest dreams came true – I met wild horses. I mean I literally stood in between large herds surrounded by prying, gentle animals. Contrary to my expectation to meet animals which are wild and untamed, I found trust, love and pure curiosity.
Portraits by Susanne Middelberg

EuropeShotPortraits by Susanne Middelberg

In my portraits I am looking for honesty and vulnerability. I believe that vulnerability makes us nicer human beings and that this makes the world a little more friendly and more understanding.
Warehouse by Szymon Barylski

B&WEuropeFeaturedStoryWarehouse by Szymon Barylski

Serbia, Belgrade near the main train station where around 1,000 people are seeking shelter. Mainly Pakistanis and Afghans live in a derelict warehouse. The warehouse occupied by men and minors, they’re living in extreme conditions
Beauty in photography

DodhersBeauty in photography

I think the search for beauty in photography as well as in all arts is a very valid occupation. I‘m even old fashioned enough to believe that beauty has to be the aim of art, because beauty is as much an aspect of truth as wisdom is.
FEATURED STORIES
Wildlife photography; Land of Giants by Will Burrard-Lucas

B&WBioEuropeFeaturedWildlife photography; Land of Giants by Will Burrard-Lucas

These photographs are part of a larger series documenting the elephants of Tsavo and the work of Tsavo Trust. The full series is published in a new book titled “Land of Giants”.
Under the sign of the rat; Roger the Rat by Roger Ballen

AmericaB&WConceptFeaturedUnder the sign of the rat; Roger the Rat by Roger Ballen

Surreal, refined, disturbing: Roger Ballen has made a name for himself with his special eye for what is usually considered minor or outside, yet is nevertheless profound and touching.
Intimate portraits of animals; Behind Glass by Anne Berry

B&WBioEuropeFeaturedIntimate portraits of animals; Behind Glass by Anne Berry

Behind Glass is a collection of photographs made in monkey houses of small zoos throughout Europe. Anne Berry is recognized for her ability to create lyrical, intimate portraits of animals.
Fictional narrative photography; Birth Undisturbed by Natalie Lennard

ConceptEuropeFeaturedFictional narrative photography; Birth Undisturbed by Natalie Lennard

Birth Undisturbed is a fictional narrative photography series by Natalie Lennard, that brings scenes of natural childbirth into cinematic fine-art tableaux.
Japanese Aquariums by George Nobechi

AsiaFeaturedStoryJapanese Aquariums by George Nobechi

Japanese Aquariums is a journey into some of my oldest, most treasured childhood memories. Whenever I visited my grandparents in the small, northern Japanese city of Otaru, my grandfather, a high school teacher and an enormous influence in my life, would take me to the aquarium.
Greenland; Stories from the Sea by Camille Michel

EuropeFeaturedStoryGreenland; Stories from the Sea by Camille Michel

Greenland became politically independent from Denmark in 1979 and is slowly getting on the path to economic independency. The ‘ice country’ is currently facing the consequences of climate change.
Intimate diary; Jazz Notes by Giuseppe Cardoni

B&WEuropeFeaturedShotIntimate diary; Jazz Notes by Giuseppe Cardoni

It is a declaration of love by Giuseppe Cardoni, but also by an Italian region, Umbria, which has always hosted the most important jazz festivals and where the author took most of his photographs.
Guatemala; Until the corn Grows Back by Lys Arango

EuropeFeaturedStoryGuatemala; Until the corn Grows Back by Lys Arango

Until the corn Grows Back; Lys Arango’s project was selected and published in our print edition 16. Criminal violence in Central America was something that happened very far away and that explained, according to the media, the gigantic caravans of migrants that from 2017 began to travel thousands of kilometres to reach the United States
Greatest jockeys; Fortza Paris by Marco Cheli

EuropeFeaturedStoryGreatest jockeys; Fortza Paris by Marco Cheli

Fortza Paris; Marco Cheli’s project was selected and published in our print edition 16. Over the years, until today there are many young Sardinians, specifically from Barbagia, who leave their island with the dream of becoming a jockey of the Palio di Siena.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/getty-images.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/black-eye.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Edelman-Gallery.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Medium.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Opiom.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Filter-Photo.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/head-on.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Photo-independent.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/lagos-photo.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/gtb.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/IPA.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/in-focus.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/image-rights.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/riga.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/BGD.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/ICP.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Mifa.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/miami.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/viewbug.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/OFF.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/KLPA.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/rotterdam.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Photo-Nola.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/clampart.png
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/dripbook.png
OTHER STORIES
X
stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Issue #14 | September 2020
Current Issue
Vicky Martin
Ryotaro Horiuchi
Susanne Mildeelberg
Diego Bardone
Nicky Hamilton
Alain Schroeder
Printed on 80# matte paper 22x28cm | 100 Pages
Showroom
September 7 to October 31, 2020
Julia Fullerton-Batten
LOOKING OUT FROM WITHIN
Get in touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the form, or contact hello@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Photo by ©Ryotaro Horiuchi | Japan | Issue#14
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Photo by ©Ryotaro Horiuchi | Japan | Issue#14
CALL
FOR ENTRIES
Dodho Magazine is pleased to announce the new call for the photographers selection from all over the world that will be presented in an exceptional edition.
Are you ready?
Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
NEW!
FOLLOW US.
Subscribe now and get a free access to a curated list of resources.
Feel free to contact.
2017 (C) All rights reserved.
ghfd