About This Blog


Since its historic beginnings in the golden age of American photojournalism, the Black Star photographic agency has been committed to mentoring both its photographers and its clients.

Black Star Rising is an attempt to extend this ethos of teaching — and caring — to a broader audience.

This is a group blog featuring articles to educate professional photographers, aspiring pros, and photography buyers alike. Our stories offer advice and viewpoints on the art and business of photography, based on the personal experiences of our contributors. We give our bloggers the freedom to write about issues of interest to them. All we ask is that blog contributions address substantive issues, be at least 500 words in length, and be written from a first-person perspective.

Black Star Rising articles are not intended as one-way communication, but as the beginning of an ongoing dialogue with those who come to our site. In fact, we often publish guest posts by readers inspired by a regular contributor’s post. We encourage this kind of unfettered give and take.

Here are five ways to engage with Black Star Rising:

1. Post your comments on our stories.

2. Subscribe to our RSS feed.

3. Chat with us on Twitter.

4. Download one of our e-books.

5. E-mail us if you’d like to be a Black Star Rising contributor.

We’re eager to get to know you better. So don’t be shy — participate!

Black Star Rising is the result of a partnership with Dallas-based Idea Grove, which provides public relations, Web design, brand development, social media consulting and other services to its clients from New York to Silicon Valley.