f100: Steven Ahlgren, Jo Ann Walters, Hin Chua, Daniel Traub

© Steven Ahlgren, Commercial Bank, Dultuh, MN

fototazo has asked a group of 50 curators, gallery owners, blog writers, photographers, academics and others actively engaged in photography to pick two photographers that deserve (more) recognition - the underknown, the under-respected as well as not-appreciated-enough favorites. A little more information on the project is available in the first post in the series here.

We began the series with responses from Nicholas NixonMatt JohnstonBlake AndrewsJohn Edwin MasonAline SmithsonColin PantallMichael WernerLiza FetissovaLaurence Salzmann, Bryan Formhals, Richard Mosse and Shane Lavalette.

Today we continue with responses from Amy Stein and Amani Willett

Respondent: Amy Stein is a photographer, teacher and curator based in New York City. Her work explores our evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is featured in many private and public collections. In 2006, she was a winner of the Saatchi Gallery/Guardian Prize for her Domesticated series. In 2007, she was named one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by American Photo magazine and she won the Critical Mass Book Award. Her first book, Domesticated, was released in 2008. It won the best book award at the 2008 New York Photo Festival.

Selections: Steven Ahlgren and Jo Ann Walters. Amy Stein interviews Steven Ahlgren on her blog here and Jo Ann Walters here

© Jo Ann Walters

Respondent: Amani Willett was featured in the book Street Photography Now and is a member of the iN-PUBLiC collective of street photographers. His photographs have also been included in the books ReGeneration: Telling Stories From Our Twenties and Dawn of the 21st Century: The Millennium Photo Project. He has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston among many other places. He was interviewed in January 2011 on fototazo here.

Selections: Hin Chua and Daniel Traub

Hin Chua
Too often, photographic projects suffer from either a lack of concept or uninteresting images.  Hin Chua's pictures get both parts right in equal measure.  In his project "After the Fall," Hin spent three years exploring environments in transition - a journey which took him through the outskirts of 40 cities - the result of which is a stunning body of photographs which examine the areas where man meets nature.

© Hin Chua. From the series "After the Fall"

Daniel Traub

© Daniel Traub