Last June, we had the priviledge of attending LOOK|between, a photographer mentorship workshop hosted by Nick Nichols and the folks at LOOK|3. It was an amazing 3 days in the beautiful countryside of Charlottesville, Virginia. But what was even more amazing was the talent we saw.
Young, up and coming photographers from all over the world had congregated to hear what some of the best experts in our industry had to say. And every evening, we were treated to multimedia presentations of their personal projects and portfolios under the stars.
One of these talented photographers was Dima Gavrysh. A gifted photojournalist, his photo essay from time spent embedded with US troops in Afghanistan was dramatic, moving and powerful. So it was wonderful to see that PDN has included him in their 2011 Top 30 Under 30 list.
Dima says he has been inspired by Magnum photographers who “covered important issues and have found an effective way to get the message across using a unique visual language that really transformed and elevated documentary photography to an art form.” To that end, Dima is pursuing his Masters degree at the Rhode Island School of design “to acquire a new visual eloquence, a new visual language.” He hopes to “find some spot where my documentary style will merge with art and allow me to create a unique vision and style that will set me apart.”
Congratulations, Dima. And to those of you who are discovering Dima for the first time, we think he is definitely someone to watch.
Sam is the PR and Photographer Relations Manager for Lowepro’s Worldwide Marketing team.