MacArthur “genius” award winner Corinne Dufka spent a decade as a psychiatric social worker before becoming a Reuters photojournalist. She covered armed conflicts in 17 nations, including El Salvador, Sierra Leone and Bosnia. But it was inside a hotel room in Rwanda where she had an “epiphany” that compelled her to leave photojournalism at the height of her career.
On this episode I speak with NPPA Lawyer, Mickey Osterreicher, about the importance of photo advocacy. We talk about drones, copyright, 1st Amendment issues, and the importance of being a part of an organization like National Press Photographers Association who will always have your back!
Last October Stacy Kranitz was making the rounds in New York, so I jumped at the chance to have her swing by Bushwick to talk about her photography and few photobooks I had laying around that we’d yet to discuss. I knew my friend, and season 2.19 guest, Paul Kwiatkowskiadmired her work, so I tossed out the idea of having him co-host, which he thankfully thought was a good idea. It definitely created an interesting dynamic for a conversation, since they both work from a similar impulse in many regards.
Tom and I were enjoying our break when I received an email from Hin Chua letting me know he was going to visit New York. We exchanged a few emails and talked about meeting up, but I figured it was a good opportunity to record a show since I’ve always enjoyed his photography and taste in photobooks.
It was a real pleasure to talk to Harry. He is an absolute gentleman and the reason this is a two-parter is that we chatted for well over two hours and I think we could’ve gone on all day. When I came to listen to the interview, I realised I couldn’t possibly edit it down to a listener-friendly hour or so, because I wanted to use nearly all of it. So, rather than put out one stupidly long episode, I thought I would run it over two weeks, and that’s what I’m doing.
On this episode I sit down with acclaimed war photographer Ron Haviv of VII Photo Agency in New York. We talk about his background in photography that led to covering conflicts and natural disasters around the world, his new book “The Lost Rolls”, the business of photography, and how important it is to diversify their revenue streams in order to make a living as a photographer. We discuss social media, video work, safety, workshops, Ron’s infamous scarf, and much more
You have got to listen to Ben Smith‘s new podcast, A Small Voice. There have been thirteen episodes so far. I’ve only listened to one–the first, with long-time favorite Ian Teh–but that was enough to know it will be essential listening
On this episode I chat with legendary sports photographer Neil Leifer about his illustrious career spanning over 5 decades capturing some of the biggest moments in sports history. We discuss his business, highs and lows, his incredible work ethic, and readiness to catch the moment
NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with Alex Potter, a young American photographer in Yemen’s largest city Sanaa. She is bearing witness to the terrible human toll of Yemen’s civil war.
On this episode I chat with Flipboard photo editor Steve Fine who spent nearly two decades as the Director of Photography at Sports illustrated and before that as an editor at The New York Times. We talk about Steve’s career highlights and transitioning from traditional analog media to the digital and mobile platforms of the 21st century
In this interview with Tracy O’Neill, Social Media Curator at the New York Public Library, Sally Mann reminisces on both her past and the creation of her memoir Hold Still. Mann’s memoir is undeniably personal and revealing, which brings to the forefront questions of ethics, memories, and privacy. Where should photographers draw the line of privacy, and how much is too much to show?
Roger May, the director of Looking at Appalachia, which recently got some nice coverage on Lens, was invited on West Virginia’s “Front Porch” podcast to discuss. Embedded above, you’ll hear 20 minutes of very fair criticism exploring whether Gilden’s garish images feed into existing stereotypes that plague the region in the wake of a long history of exploitative visual representation made by those who parachute in. Or, whether by virtue of being just about indistinguishable from the work Gilden makes anywhere he goes, they engage with that history in a more nuanced way.
Kathy Gannon has been covering Afghanistan and Pakistan for The Associated Press for nearly 30 years and was severely wounded last year when an Afghan police officer opened fire on her vehicle. Her colleague, AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, was killed in that incident. Gannon describes how threats to journalists in the Middle East are changing, her methods for mitigating danger, and why she plans to return to work even after that deadly attack
On this episode I chat with PF Bentley, a photojournalist, documentary filmmaker, and workshop instructor based in Hawaii. We talk about PF’s nearly two decades as a contract photographer and White House corespondent for TIME Magazine covering politics during the Clinton and Bush administrations. We also discuss his transition into video and multimedia when PF was the lead instructor of the Platypus Workshops, which trained photojournalists in the world of videojournalism production. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade podcast.
On this episode I chat with my friend and sports shooter Brad Mangin who is based in San Francisco. Brad was in New York as part of his yearly trek to Cooperstown where he gave a talk on the History of Baseball Photography at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. We talk about Brad’s career covering baseball out of the San Francisco Bay area and how he’s begun publishing books on the San Francisco Giants’ 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series Championships as well as the first ever book published completely of Instagrams
Jose R. Lopez, veteran New York Times staff photojournalist and editor. We talk about Jose’s long career at The New York Times covering major news events as a photographer and supporting many amazing staff and freelance photographers as an editor on various picture desks over the years
NPR’s Radiolab recorded this 30-minute podcast episode titled “Sight Unseen” that explores current issues in conflict photography. We hear war photographer Lynsey Addario share about one particular experience she had with photographing a gravely wounded marine
He was suggested by a few people as a potential guest for the show. It was a no brainer. We were finally able to bring over to the studio to talk about what he’s been up to and where he thinks he might be going. One hour was hardly enough time to dig into his brilliant and ambitious mind, but we hope you enjoy what we were able to capture.
Ami Vitale’s journey as a photojournalist has taken her to 85 countries. She has witnessed civil unrest, poverty, destruction of life, and unspeakable violence. But she has also experienced surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit, and she is committed to highlighting the surprising and subtle similarities between cultures. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries and published in international magazines including National Geographic, Adventure, Geo, Newsweek, Time, and Smithsonian.
“I really feel that what’s at the root of so many wars now, modern wars, unconventional wars, it really just comes down to a bunch of young guys with access to guns coming up with a pretext to rape and murder and pillage and steal from their neighbors.”