whats the jackanory ?: London calling: “I did a shoot for Sunday Times on the 3rd Jan. The wold champion female track cyclist. A Brit. Big hopes for the Olympics. Great ! A job immediately after the new year – it gets your confidence up and your new year is out the traps. I got £250 fee. One of my very first commissions ever was for The Sunday Times in 1993. My fee was £250. In 15 years they have held down their costs 100%. What an amazing achievement. The chief picture editor of the whole newspaper – a man I’ve never even heard of or met – so the boss over and above the PE’s in all the sections/magazines – was so impressed with my picture that he got his p.a. to call me and ‘ask’ me if it was alright if they could hold on to the pictures for a little bit longer as they were so good he felt that they were very syndicatable. How long for? Not long, just a while, well until after the Olympics. Is there going to be a split in it for me? We’d give you 10%. The institutional disrespect for photographers and photography cannot be over emphasised.”
We conducted our first interview with John Sexton. John is a highly regarded master B&W photographer and printer. Bettina and I had the chance to meet John and his wife Anne in his Carmel Valley studio. We add some of John’s pictures to present the interview in the context of John’s masterful images. Of course these small JPEG images don’t do the real prints justice. But at least you get an idea how the real prints may look.
From Journal of a Photographer:
I know Joachim Ladefogeds work for quite some time now. I met him during the New York VII Seminar on October 16th 2005 were we also recorded this interview in an empty classroom at the School of Visual Arts.
The total length of the interview is 41:50 minutes.
Cool interview with photographer Cliett, from Cabinet Magazine:
On November 1, 1977, Walter De Maria completed The Lightning Field, a monumental array of 400 polished stainless steel poles arranged in a rectangular grid roughly one mile by one kilometer in size. The following year, New York-based photographer John Cliett moved to site of the work, in the remote western New Mexico countryside near the town of Quemado, and spent the summer taking pictures of it. Over the next few months—and during another stay the next year—Cliett would shoot hundreds of pictures of The Lightning Field.
From PDN, Q&A with Toby Morris of ZUMA Press:
When it first happened, I was really embarrassed to be the photographer who got shot. Because you know that your peers might say, “That guy Toby, he’s a hot dog.” But I’m not Robert Capa, man, I wasn’t standing on top of the trench. I was there more to take portraits than to get news photos anyway.
I met photographer David Leeson a few years ago when we were speaking at the same photojournalism workshop in Omaha. It was like finding a long lost brother, so many things did we have in common. We shared the same obsessive compulsive immersive behaviors, the inability to stop or slow down, and as the conversation flowed over a couple of days we weren’t ever filling each other in on anything we didn’t already know about. Since then, Leeson went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the invasion of Iraq. We haven’t spoken since Omaha.
Here’s the interview: Fayrouz in Beaumont