Interviews

Triggered: David Hobby Reflects on 12 Years with Strobist – PhotoShelter Blog

For the past 12 years, David Hobby has been living his life as Strobist – one of the first and greatest online photography resources. Entire photo empires have come and gone, but Hobby remains stubbornly wedded to teaching people how to use off-camera flash to augment their photographic skills and inspire their creativity.

The Daily Edit – Interview with Frank Ockenfels Part One | A Photo Editor

I probably didn’t have that till I got to New York and probably my third year of college is when I finally hit it where I was like, Oh! This is something you do every day. Every single day, you wake up and you have to take pictures and to basically answer that question that’s in your head. That is the reason why you would become a photographer. Why is it that one person figures it out while another person doesn’t figure it out? There is no rhyme or reason even though there’s a passion in photography on both ends equally. At my workshops people are looking for me to for the answer, I wish I had the golden ticket. “Look at my book and tell me why I can’t get a job.” I tell them,

Noah Kalina on The Great Discontent (TGD)

For more than fifteen years, Noah Kalina has carved out a freelance career that manages to strike a balance between fine art and commercial photography. Here, the Barryville, NY-based photographer talks to us about the path he took to get there—the high school awards that gave him the confidence to keep taking pictures; attending art school, and jump starting an independent career by taking $20 head shots out of a small Manhattan apartment; and why he chose to move his life and studio to rural Upstate NY. Despite the ups and downs that working solo can often present, Noah still says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Q&A: Gus Powell on Street Photography as Poetry | PDN Online

“Pretzel” (2017) from Gus Powell’s ongoing series of personal street work called “Mise en Scène.” Powell tells students in his street photography classes “not to be sneaky, because you have people who are trying to shoot from the hip or be misleading, and if you get caught doing that—if you feel guilty, then you’re guilty. The most important thing for me is being open and present.”

Ken Weingart interviews Mei Xian Qiu | LENSCRATCH

Mei Xian Qiu is a Chinese, American, and Indonesian fine art photographer. Mei’s work is rich in metaphor and meanings, and she has had tremendous success. In the following interview, she opens up about her history and how her unique visualizations came to be.

Photography legend Joel Meyerowitz: phones killed the sexiness of the street | Art and design | The Guardian

He chased parades, ambushed hairdressers and refused to leave Ground Zero. Over PG Tips and ricotta at his Tuscan barn, Joel Meyerowitz relives his most stunning shots

B: Q & A with Peter Kool

When I woke up again my vision wasn’t changed, but I had to get used to taking pictures again. My photography world had been very small until then. I had some books of a few well knowns and visited some nearby expositions, but suddenly there was the Internet. I had no idea; looking at pictures of photographers from all over the world gave me a lot of inspiration. It was also a colourful world and I let go of the black and white, but that took a while.

Enlightening Photography: An Interview with Joey Terrill – PhotoShelter Blog

Nikon Ambassador and lighting master Joey Terrill carved his own path as a freelance commercial photographer early on in his career. After a portrait assignment, Terrill became fascinated by the creative possibilities with strobe portraiture and has subsequently put his mark on the world of photography with his eye catching photography.

B: Q & A with Ernesto Bazan

“I look at my contact sheets. A feeling of utter depression seizes me. I sense a huge loss within me. And what’s worse is that there is nothing I can do about it. I want to cry the silence of the empty room. A reminder of how difficult it is to take a damned good picture. I can only accept the verdict as a sentenced prisoner.”

David Hurn’s Social Arizona Trips – The Eye of Photography

Magnum photographer David Hurn’s documentary photographs are distinguished by their quiet observation and remarkable insight. “Life as it unfolds in front of the camera is full of so much complexity, wonder and surprise that I find it unnecessary to create new realities,” he writes. “There is more pleasure, for me, in things as they are.” Hurn fell in love with the state of Arizona, in the United States, and made several trips back between 1979 and 2001, turning his eye to ordinary Arizonians in their daily life, their schools, exercise classes, holidays and their landscape. His new book entitled Arizona Trips contains more than 150 photographs on the subject. The British photographer is here in conversation with writer Sir Christopher Frayling.

Telling Complex Truths About Africa at LagosPhoto Festival – The New York Times

The eighth edition of the LagosPhoto Festival opened last week and runs through Dec. 15th. Azu Nwagbogu, the festival’s founder and director, spoke with James Estrin about photography in Africa. Their conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity.

Joel-Peter Witkin: ” I’m a really happy person ” – The Eye of Photography

To celebrate Elizabeth Avedon’s Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, The Eye of Photography is republishing her best interviews that appeared in these pages. This one, with photographer Joel-Peter Witkin, is dated March 12, 2012.

A Marriage of Lives and Photos – The New York Times

The photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb have produced a book, “Slant Rhymes,” that pairs images by each of them in diptychs. In an email exchange with James Estrin, they discussed the book, photography and their relationship.

Ken Weingart interviews Edward Burtynsky | LENSCRATCH

Edward Burtynsky is a legendary Canadian fine art photographer who specializes in chronicling the extraction and destruction of the earth and it’s minerals, mines and more. His images bring a painterly beauty to the banal. A photographer and master printer for over forty years, Burtynsky has pioneered a unique way of looking at the planet. I had the opportunity to speak with the artist at the Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles.

Mark Peterson: Photographing the Hate in Charlottesville Up Close | PDNPulse

The New Republic has published Mark Peterson’s dramatic images of clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend between white nationalists at the so-called “Unite the Right” rally, and counter-protesters who showed up to demonstrate against the rising fascist movement. Peterson has covered US politics since the 1990s. We caught up with him to find out why he covered the rally, what he was trying to accomplish, and how he positioned himself to photograph the white nationalist leaders—and the violence—at such close range.

What it’s like to be President Trump’s White House photographer | PBS NewsHour

From the start of the presidency of Donald Trump, it’s been photos not snapped by the official White House photographer that have gotten the most attention. There were the press images that confirmed his inauguration crowd size was smaller than the first Obama inauguration, that showed the president’s tie held in place with Scotch tape, and that revealed a stone-faced Pope Francis in his meeting with Trump at the Vatican. As the weeks passed, media reports began to suggest that Trump was actually avoiding Shealah Craighead, his new photographer, as many pictures posted to social media by the White House were taken by other members of staff. And after day 50 of the presidency, when Craighead released her first real set of photos, photography websites declared her a rigid, boring photographer, unable or willing to take candid or unguarded photos of the president.

An Interview with Photographer Richard McLaren

What do President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Tina Turner, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pierce Brosnan, Jon Bon Jovi, Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Mendes, Orlando Bloom, Patrick Swayze and Heath Ledger have in common? The magical lens of Richard McLaren has captured them all. And this is only a small sampling of famous people who McLaren has photographed in his four decades in the industry.

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