Category Archives: Press / Publications

Slideshow with Street Sounds
Times Square, Winter 2015

This is a slide show in video format. The sounds were recorded at Times Square on Friday, March 20, 2015. The images are from February and March… during a record-breaking cold winter here in NYC. This is my first experience as a “sound engineer”! Subject-wise this is a continuation of my “people walking” theme.

The images were shot with me moving towards my subject as they move towards me. Technically that is a bit tricky. I shoot with most automatic features turned off (to make the camera maximally responsive), and I pre-focus the camera. I shoot too fast to really compose or to know what I’m getting; I have auto review turned off. So I’m carrying over the chance and surprise aspects of my Holga work to my newer digital way of working.

The video is 2 minutes long. I hope you enjoy it.

Also posted in 2015

People Walking – Blurb Book: May 14, 2013

Heh, everyone…. this is my first attempt at a book. Now that I’m shooting digitally and working with normal proportioned images such things are possible! I just quickly put it together, but maybe you will get an idea of what I’m up to these days.

All the pictures were shot in April 2013.

Below is the live Blurb website. The book can be viewed and purchased from this site.

Also posted in 2013

Photo Techniques Magazine: May/June 2007

Showcased in Photo Techniques Magazine: Film, Plastic, and Silicon: The Low-Tech High-Tech Images of Susan Bowen, Vol. 28, No. 3, May/June 2007, pages 20-23.

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Click HERE for the text of the article.

Also posted in 2007

Light Leaks Magazine: May 2007

Profiled in Light Leaks Magazine: Showcase: Susan Bowen, Issue 6, May 2007, pages 44-47.

Light Leaks Magazine is dedicated to photographers who love their Dianas, Holga’s, Pinholes, Polaroids, and many other cameras of lo-fi photography.”

Light Leaks was a wonderful low-budget publication dedicated to images created by toy/low-tech cameras and the cameras who made them. Issue 19 was sadly the last issue.

Also posted in 2007

New Website is Released: March 4, 2014

After months of work I just pulled the switch to release this new WordPress-based website on my photography. I’m sure I will continue tinkering, but I think it is ready enough for prime time.

All the content related to exhibitions, public art commissions, awards, and the like are now in a blog format. This allows scrolling easily through years worth of content. All the content here existed on the old site but now is much more accessible.

The focus is on my more recent work on various forms of People Walking, but all the Holga work is available as well.

So poke around and let me know if you find any issues. Thanks!

Also posted in 2014

Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity: 2006

Inclusion in the book Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity by Michelle Bates, Focal Press, 2006, pages 46-49, 116-117. May be purchased on

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Also posted in 2006

On the Road, Center for Fine Art Photography
February 10 – March 25, 2006

Center for Fine Art Photography, Poudre River Arts Center, 400 North College Ave., Fort Collins, CO. 2/10-3/25/06. [1 piece: ‘J&N Feed Supply’]

Showcased in Camera Arts Magazine, February/March 2006.

Also posted in 2006

Review in Valdosta Daily Times
Rippled Realities: October 2011

Solo Show Review: Poling, Dean, ‘Still is Still Moving’, The Valdosta Daily Times, 10/16/11.


Holga Direct Interview: August 30, 2010

Rick Behl: Here are the standard Questions for the interview.

1. Profile

Name: Susan Bowen
Location: New York, NY
Holga Cameras used: 120S, 120N
Photographers you admire: Robert Frank, Bruce Davidson, Todd Hido, Edward Burtynsky,
Bernd and Hilla Becher

2. How would you describe your photographic style?

I call my technique “overlapping exposure panoramas”. They are multiple exposures done by only partially advancing the film as I shoot. I will use about 1/2 of a roll as one image.

3. What inspires you in your work?

Industrial sites get my juices going the most, I like the sculptural-ness and monumental-ness of such forms. I also feed off of the energy of crowds in the city.

4. Where is or would be your dream photography location/shoot?

I would die to have free access to a power plant.

5. How long have you been using Holgas?

Since 2002.

6. What do you like about using Holgas?

Not many cameras allow you to do this technique…. so that, and their lightness. And that they use medium format film (vs. 35mm).

7. What films do you prefer using and why?

I use Kodak Porta 800 and 400 mostly.

8. What are your thoughts on the way Photography is progressing? (HDR, digital, web)

Things have changed so dramatically just in the short time I’ve been doing photography again. Most of the labs and darkroom rental places that were still flourishing 8 years ago are now gone, which is sad. The technology is great… I scan my negatives so from that point on I’m digital… so I love the amount of control you have with Photoshop… and that it is permanent (that you don’t have to redo the process with each print). Doing these prints in the darkroom was a nightmare (all the dodging and burning due to the uneven exposures)… especially in color where you have to work in complete darkness. So I appreciate the technology.

I am however real concerned about the impact the over-accessibility of image-taking and the ease of publishing…. everyone shooting anything and everything and posting hundreds of images all over the web. This overwhelming flood of mostly mediocre images dulls the senses and makes the appreciation of good photography, art photography harder. I also worry about the increasing rareness of the physical print; the vast majority of digital images get posted and that is that…. these images are not going to be preserved over time. That much historical documentation is going to be lost.

9. What kind of work/projects do you have lined up for the next 12 months?

I’m due for another trip to the Midwest.

10. Do you have any tips for aspiring photographers?

Using the Holga is all about spontaneity…. shoot fast, don’t think too much.

11. Anything else you would like to talk about? (Make up your own questions and answers)

Chance plays a big role in my work. I don’t know how my images are going to turn out; I like the element of surprise. I also feel that the multiple exposures capture my experience of the moment better than any single image could.

Review in the Berkshire Review
Holga Inspire: May 2010

Group Show Review: Miller, Michael, ‘Changes and Passages’, The Berkshire Review, May 2010.

Also posted in 2010