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Photography Week: Portfolios We Love

Dog photography promo, printed on newsprint. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

For photographers looking to share their work offline, newsprint has become a go-to format because it's light, versatile and really cost effective if you're printing lots. Newspapers offer the space to play around with your design and get creative with visual storytelling. Plus they're tough to ignore –even the busiest art director could be lured to flip through a beautiful newspaper.

Here are some photography portfolios that have kept us coming back for another look.

Wilson Hennessy photography portfolio printed on newsprint. Make your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

Traditional tabloid photography portfolio by Wilson Hennessy
Wilson Hennessy

Just because you're showing professional work doesn't mean you have to take yourself too seriously. Take a cue from Wilson Hennessy, who sets the tone for his playful traditional tabloid promo with a cover promising "FREE BEER INSIDE". Hennessy juxtaposes his clean, sharp photography with crosswords, classified ads, and horoscopes that poke fun at newspaper clichés.

Photography portfolio by Michael Spear. Print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club
Digital tabloid Texture by Michael J. Spear
Michael J. Spear

Photographer Michael J Spear describes himself as "an observer".  He says he's especially drawn to textures in landscapes and architecture and this digital tabloid collects 4 year's worth of textural observations, from his home base in LA to Milan and beyond. He designed the portfolio himself, and admits that deciding how to present each photo was tedious at times. The upside, he says, is that he learned about himself in the process and "uncovered a new vision of what I love about photography."

Newsprint photography portfolio for Jacob Pritchard. Make and print your own newspaper with Newspaper Club.

Traditional mini photography portfolio by Jacob Pritchard. Design by Eva Plainer.
Jacob Pritchard

Jacob Pritchard's elegant portfolio wouldn't look out of place next to an issue of Kinfolk. Stapled and trimmed like a magazine, his traditional mini is a friendly format to bring along when meeting new clients. So far, he's seen a big response to his little newspaper. "I got a call from one of my favourite magazines, who I had never shot for before, and got to shoot an assignment for them," he tells us.  Shout out to Pritchard's wife, designer Eva Plainer, for the subtle design that brings the whole piece together.

Digital broadsheet Dogfolio by Klaus Dyba
Klaus Dyba

Simple, bold images have a big impact when they're blown up in a broadsheet. That was the idea behind this portfolio of dog portraits by Klaus Dyba. "I wanted to show the portraits huuuuuuge!" he says. And in the case of a couple of Dyba's subjects, including his chihuahua, Rocco, the photos really are larger than life.

Traditional tabloid Wander Over With by Winnie Au. Image via No Plastic Sleeves.
Winnie Au

New York-based photographer Winnie Au says her traditional tabloid portfolio is "a great way to keep in touch with people through something more tactile than an email." Beyond that, Au tells us she enjoyed the creative process of putting her promo together. And she didn't stop at designing a newspaper – Au also made a fun stop-motion video to show her promo in action:

Newspaper portfolio for photographer Naomi Harris. Designed by Noah Phillips.

Traditional tabloid photography portfolio by Naomi Harris. Design by Noah Phillips.
Naomi Harris

We've shared Naomi Harris's portfolio a few times now – but design this simple and fun never gets old. Words and images work together seamlessly in this traditional tabloid portfolio. As designer Noah Phillips explains: "We wanted to bring the same curiosity and sense of humour from the photos into the layouts and headlines."

Harris and Phillips talked about making the promo on our blog last year.

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