On Taking Pictures
155: It’s All a Barometer04/14/15
This week, we discuss a recent ruling around privacy and art—what that could mean to you not only as a photographer, but also as a citizen. Also, we attempt to weigh in on some ideas around content vs. curation, using a recent MoMA show as an example....
154: 500k Followers or 100 Followers
This week, we’re talking footprints...social footprints and how, for some types of photography, being a good (or even great) photographer is no longer enough. It’s also about how many eyes you bring along with you. Bill shares his recent experience...
153: The Community Is Getting Inside My Head
This week, we talk a bit about the democratization of photography vs demonetization, not from the point of view of making money but from simply making pictures. Also, how can social media impact photography as an individual pursuit? When did...
152: The Stone is Noise
This week, a question sent in for last week’s QA show around deciding how to know when something just isn’t working sparks a terrific discussion on purpose, intent, cutting through the noise and even throwing in the towel. We also talk about how to...
151: Perfectly Punctuated Piece On Absolutely Nothing
It’s QA time and we do our best to answer the questions you’ve sent in. We got a ton of great questions this time about gear, process, business and even a few that were too big to tackle, so we’ll get them in the mix for larger discussions next week....
150: Who’s Pressing the Brakes
This week, a memo written by David Mamet sparks a discussion around the meaning and importance we give the things we make. Also a follow up on the Norman Seef video and how, for some photographers, the connection with the subject is the point and the...
149: It’s a Little Bit of a Ghost
This week, what a difference a week makes. We begin with some followup to last week’s show and discuss expectation, process vs product and how for some (me) Artist is not the same as artist. Also, iconic photographers don’t always make iconic...
148: Idle Hands Problem
This week, what do you do when the motivation just isn't there? We may love what we do, but sometimes it’s hard to hold on to whether loving the process is enough. Also, are the rich kids taking over the arts? Photojournalist Melissa Lyttle is our...
147: Artistic Post-It Note
This week, should there be standards defining what is and isn’t considered photojournalism? Plus, are labels important, necessary or just noise? We also take a look at a potential alternative to Photoshop, the new Affinity Photo. Spencer Tunick is our...
146: Pattern Recognition Machine
This week, we’re going deep into discussing the power of a single photograph. Social or emotional impact notwithstanding, are photographs (or art for that matter) better with additional context? Also, you’ll never believe what Carol Armstrong found in...
145: Priceless Gets A Price
This week, a bunch of recent articles around use and copyright have us discussing “Who really owns what, and for how long?” Also, should art be enjoyed or merely collected? Bill may have found the perfect camera...for him. Louise Dahl-Wolfe is our...
144: Ronin Photographers
This week, a domestic worker wins a Magnum Fellowship, two Magnum icons try Google Glass and we discuss entertainment before the word “format.” Also, we discuss what happens when you stop trusting your gear? “Small Town Inertia” shooter Jim Mortram is...
143: Set For Life
This week, a conversation overheard on the train sparks a discussion around the need to create or not and whether we would trade a creative life (whatever that means) for a nine to five if we could. Also, is your personal value in the experience of...
142: Time Capsule Effect
This week, a few shorter discussions around work for hire vs licensing your work, work that becomes relevant years after it was produced and whether or not your work should continue after you are no longer the one producing it. Deborah Parkin is our...
141: Frayved Peegan
Welcome to 2015! In this week’s show, we talk about how sometimes doing the right thing doesn’t get you very far and how copyright and the web still has a long way to go. Also, a terrific email from a listener raises the question “What would you do?”...
140: An Official Knock-off
We’re finishing off 2014 with one last listener QA show. But first, we’re talking about the idea of planned obsolescence. Is current gear as good as it was 20 years ago? Is anything? Then, Bill’s trip to a recent Saul Leiter show in NYC sparks some...
139: Nothing But A Mirror
This week, we discuss a documentary on last week’s Photographer of the Week, Jane Bown, who recently passed away at 89. Can photography be “just” a job and still be important? Or do we have to approach it as art (whatever that means to you) for it to...
138: A Little Obsessive That Way
This week, does “most expensive” always equate to best? SPOILER: No. Also, does finding an emotional connection to photographs (or any creative endeavor) mean finding an anchor you can relate to from your own life experience or can art have meaning in...
137: Good is a Moving Target
This week, what makes a “good” photograph (or painting, sculpture, film, etc.)? Are there checkboxes that need to be hit or is good something more intangible, more ephemeral - maybe even exclusively personal? Also, once you do make something good,...
136: Destiny or Resignation
This week, we’re talking about the friction of creativity, getting out of your own way and how often the only way out is through. Also, finding help with the work that isn’t in your wheelhouse and using process to overcome technical limitations. Anne...
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