Ioana Friedman

Ioana Friedman is an art director and Editor in Chief at The Daring. She’s led digital creative at Estée Lauder Companies and e.l.f. Beauty and has served in a creative capacity at Magnum Photos and powerHouse Books.

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Anna King
Inside Anna King’s Photos of Pleasure and Tedium

“My visual language is a little chaotic, human.” The photographer revels in wild, disorienting photos that turn the everyday into magic.

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Visual Storyteller Nicholas Loffredo is broadening the definition of queerness
Nicholas Loffredo Is Broadening the Definition of Queerness

Meet Nicholas Loffredo, whose self-portraits bridge drag racing and queer ballroom cultures. Here, he talks about identity and what art can make possible.

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Madge Yang
A New Kind of Historical Record

Madge Yang’s multi-media collages depict nuances of the Asian American experience

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Photo essay on mental health
Seeing the Mind: A Narrative Photo Essay About Mental Health

“I’m making photographs to break the stigma around depression and anxiety,” says Fabric Of Affliction creator Andy Maticorena Kajie

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Jake Dylan on Collage Art, Provoking Creative Thinking

The New York-based photographer on his creative routines, learning to trust his instincts, and why abstract art pushes his vision forward.

“Kolkata’s Ethnicity Is Within People in Small Areas”: Akshat Bagla on Local Storytelling

The New York-based photographer journeyed back to the land where he grew up and where his family still lives, aiming to further understand Kolkata’s history and document the culturally layered metropolis.

Meet Photographer Aileen Barney Whose Images Preserve the Fading Circus Industry

With circuses on the decline, photographs that preserve their legacy are becoming more vital. Photographer Aileen Barney talks about growing up in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the emotional portraits she’s made of her father, who produced shows for the legendary troupe.

The Big Picture

A story about tapping into who you are and where you come from. What happens after we uproot? I was one of the 300,000 Romanians who emigrated in a wave following the political regime change in 1989.

Editor’s Note: The Miracle Of Delight

Journalists are telling story after story about the COVID crisis and the devastating government policies of the past four years. This media coverage is vital. And yet, we’re more than pain. The part of us that feels joy also needs representation. Space to grow. Here are essays and meditations about delight that are moving, vibrant, and necessary.

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Editor’s Note: Monolith 202

Creative reflectionists from
DC, MD, AND VA
tell the stories from the past to
the present — future
of how Washington D.C.
transitioned to
MONOLITH 202

Notes on Living With Plants

Findings and observations from someone without a green thumb.

Art as Activism

The status quo says only some media creators are artists. That resources are scarce. Today, a story from Leslie Askew about her birth as an artist. Her storytelling has taken her from CNN to independent documentary film.

Between Fiction and Documentary

Sometimes people get a degree in something and then realize they’re no good at it, or it’s just not for them. Well, Melissa Schriek’s returning to that fork in the road at the start of her career and we dive into how documentary work shaped her creative vision.

The Talent Whisperer

Hi, this isn’t Entourage. Brianne Almeida paints a sound picture of her life as an agent — conference calls before coffee and all.

Creative Business Coach Justine Clay
Pursuit of Happiness

Ioana talks with her career coach Justine Clay about building a creative business and thinking like a CEO, even if you’re a company of one.

Welcome to the Machine

A poem made from subject lines in my Inbox at the beginning of the COVID pandemic in New Jersey. March — April 2020.

Art and Commerce

We hang out with Jonathon Kambouris and talk about what it’s like to bring his creative vision to campaign photos that brands commission from him. Sometimes it involves foam coring off his set.

Be Kind For Real

A story about Daniela Groza, an artist and taxi driver in New York City rising to the challenges presented by coronavirus in pretty intense situations.

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Do What Moves You

Chantal Deeble tells the story of moving from dance to the edge of the unknown and beyond. Then, we talk about quantum timelines and Ioana’s mind is blown.

The Better Clients Bureau

Most schools of thought go like this: take the big gig. It’s money in your pocket. It’ll even let you do the art you love on the side. Well, Christine Blackburne’s doing it all backwards, then.