What's Your One Photo?

Every photographer has that one photo they’ve captured that rises above the rest. So we asked five photographers — Ron Haviv, Ami Vitale, Robert Zaleski, Daniella Zalcman, and Quinn Ryan Mattingly — to share the image that means the most to them and the story behind it. You can also read the full stories behind their photos here: blog.photoshelter.com/onephoto

What’s your one photo? It could be one that captures beauty, makes you think twice, or defines why you’re a photographer today. Share with us here or email onephoto@photoshelter.com with the image and your story. We'll pick our favorites to share (and do so only with your permission).

Udeaku Chikezie
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
So touched by all these images... and highly inspired to 'See' more! Thank you.
Deborah @ PhotoShelter
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
Thanks Udeaku! So glad.
Joe
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
You only have one change to take a unique pfoto that will positively impact on others.
Tomas
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
"Without it where would we be?" Indeed. And that's why we get up each day hoping to capture, to engage, promote, change, inspire, motivate, people and situations through the unique power of imagery. Thank you Photoshelter for the reminder & the inspiration...
Sherra Maneri
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
02:09:45
I love this video and am heading to the blog to read more!
Anonymous
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017

A man with no name
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
Seems you care about the people, etc... do you care about the deaf people? please do put subtitles on it! thanks!
Roberto Murga
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
Me identifico mucho con el trabajo de Ron Haviv, contar la historia en una imagen que refleja un acontecimiento de mucha trascendencia.
Norman Croston
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
02:09:45
Wonderful images that all have a big message. Wish everyone could see what is before their eyes
Reality aka Pam Kelso
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
Conflict photography constantly needs fresh blood, fighting and mayhem - do you want it to be yours or your mothers?

Environmental Photography needs a degraded or seriously degraded earth - do you want to find that or be lazy and keep photographing the status ($$$$$$) quo.

I photograph what I want to see magnified in reality on earth, weather it is on a street or in lowes or home depot.
Manuel Heiblum
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
Thank you for sharing such powerful photos. This is a great idea, it helps reassure serious photographers, in a time of easy photos, how important the potential of our work can be.
marg
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
goosebumps
Thelma Johnson
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017
I think this is a great platform to share a photographers passion, and ultimately have someone feel what they feel, their message. It's such a joy, because photographers goes out of their way to capture different points of views to create a dynamic composition to show their style!!!!!
Anonymous
over 1 year agoJune 6, 2017

Scott Lee
over 1 year agoJune 7, 2017
This is photography at it best. Telling the story is to me one of the hardest things to do as a photographer. To pull ones hart string, to get through the iron casing that we all build around ourselves. And maybe along the lines get just one person to care, to open up a bit, or maybe just help a little. These photos are to me about real life
Jessica Leigh
over 1 year agoJune 7, 2017
Such an incredibly power and moving video.  Thank you!
Anonymous
over 1 year agoJune 7, 2017
This is GOLD! Really nice put together video! Funny that I only watched the video after sending my one photo! Now got ideas for other one photos! Can we really have ONE PHOTO? I feel more that that ONE PHOTO is constantly evolving. Shifting! Sure some stand the weight of time better than others... But I just realized that a while ago I actually had this project in my mind of compiling and making a little video with short video snippets of the behind several of my ONE PHOTOS! Here if you are curious anyway!  https://vimeo.com/179997576  Still missing the Part II and III. But so is life making us busier than sometimes we would like to be.
Haim Peer
over 1 year agoJune 10, 2017
Truly Awesome
Anonymous
over 1 year agoJune 16, 2017
What a remarkable piece of video hearing from the photographer's themselves. I love the work of Ami Vitale and Robert Zaleski. I love to take photos of wildlife but after a 10 year battle with cancer I have been left with spinal damage from my treatment. What saved my life also destroyed my hopes of ever becoming a wildlife and landscape photographer. I can no longer afford to buy my own DSLR so my hopes to follow in my favourite photographer's footsteps have gone for me. I still dream about it but I can never see myself getting a chance to work with amazing people like these. I live wildlife, animals and landscapes of vast beauty and find everything so amazing, so beautiful in its own way but I'm not sure the one photo I have is good enough to share
Bip Mistry
over 1 year agoJune 22, 2017
01:53:34
Very moving.
Mark Luker
over 1 year agoJune 23, 2017
Thanks for reminding me why I love photography. Very inspiring..
Paolo picasso
over 1 year agoJune 26, 2017
In a picture we are all of us, with the desire to live and love the whole-god allowing
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