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Interviews and Talks | November 2012

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Video of Steve McCurry shooting the Pirelli calendar…

Steve McCurry  : Pirelli Calendar 2013 behing the scenes video (Telegraph) ‘The world’s most beautiful women, including Karlie Kloss, Petra Nemcova and a heavily pregnant Adriana Lima, cover up for photojournalist Steve McCurry’s Pirelli Calendar.’

Steve McCurry’s Iconic Photographs #1 (Phaidon)

Steve McCurry’s Iconic Photographs #2 (Phaidon)

Steve McCurry (Art Space)

Steve McCurry  (YouTube) ‘Steve McCurry shares his expertise and opinions on shooting documentary photography’

Tyler Hicks on working in Gaza.

Photo © Tyler Hicks

Tyler Hicks : Working in Gaza (NYT Lens) ‘A Responsibility to Photograph, and Remember’

Bernat Armangué : The war in Gaza: photographing the conflict (Guardian) ‘Associated Press photographer Bernat Armangué tells the story behind some of his images that have featured on front pages around the world in the last week’

Don McCullin trying out Canon gear in this 27 minute video on the CPN site.

Don McCullin (CPN)  “The love affair I’ve had with photography has been total commitment and I’ve not taken any short cuts to do it.”

Don McCullin : The Art of Seeing (Guardian) ‘For the veteran war photographer, emotional awareness is the most important aspect of photography’

Don McCullin Reflects on a Career of Chasing Haunting Images (PetaPixel)

Barbara Davidson (PhotoShelter Vimeo) Luminance 2012

Photographers and NGOs : When Interest Creates a Conflict (NYT Lens) ‘Ethical Questions Raised by Photographing for NGOs’

Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini (Al Jazeera) ‘Scenes from a Syrian city under siege : An audio slideshow from Aleppo by a photographer who spent two harrowing weeks dodging bullets to cover the conflict.’

Crosses mark a field where the bodies of murdered women were dumped in Ciudad Juarez during the 1990s. (Eros Hoagland)

Conflict Photographer Eros Hoagland on His Dangerous Craft (Daily Beast)

Michael Christopher Brown (New Yorker Photo Booth) HBOs Witness: Libya

Photographers Amid Chaos (NYT) On HBOs Witness series

Miguel Medina : Up close and personal with the Syrian rebels (AFP Correspondent blog)

Massoud Hossaini (scmp.com) ‘What’s behind a Pulitzer Prize winning photo?’

Tomas van Houtryve (Oslo Freedom Forum)

Ashley Gilbertson and Ed Kashi (smdlr)

Robin Hammond on his Zimbabwe work.

Photo © Robin Hammond

Robin Hammond (RFI English)

Robin Hammond (Arte TV) NB in French

Old John G Morris interview on C-Span.

John G Morris (C-Span)

I don’t have an iPad, so haven’t experienced using Reuters’ The Wider Image app, but it does look very nice..

Reuters’ Jassim Ahmad on ‘The Wider Image’ photography app (CPN)

Lisa Wiltse (PDN) ‘Breakout Photo Essay of the Year: Lisa Wiltse’s Charcoal Kids of Ulingan’

Scout Tufankjian on the photo of the Obamas hugging which went viral after the Obama campaign tweeted on the election night…

Photo © Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America

Scout Tufankjian, the photographer of the ‘Most-Liked Photograph of All Time’ (Slate)

Laura Olin :  The Photo the Obama Campaign Almost Used for Its Victory Tweet (Slate) ‘How did the Obama campaign decide to use that photo of Barack and Michelle Obama hugging to accompany its victory tweet? The photo that became the most-retweeted, most liked photo in social media history? Campaign social media honcho Laura Olin filled Slate in by email on the gametime decision—and showed us the photo that almost made the cut.’

Damon Winter on photographing Obama in 2008 and 2012 (NYT) ‘A Face More Careworn, a Crowd Less Joyful’

Fascinating video of Stephen Wilkes talking about his Day to Night project…

Coney Island. Photograph © Stephen Wilkes

Stephen Wilkes and his Day to Night project (CBS video on PetaPixel)

Jim Urquhart : Portraying polygamy (Reuters Photographers blog)

Brian Finke  (LA Times Framework blog) ‘reFramed: In conversation with Brian Finke’

David Alan Harvey on the Vogue Italy site.

David Alan Harvey (Vogue Italy)

Elliott Erwitt (Art Space)

Peter Marlow on photographing English cathedrals (Magnum)

Magnum Photographers Ian Berry, Stuart Franklin and Peter Marlow describe their work featured in Magnum Revolution, 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom. (YouTube)

High and Low: Jim Goldberg’s Works in Process (Lightbox)

Harry Gruyaert’s best photograph – waiting for a Belgian parade (Guardian)

Photo © Samuel Aranda

Samuel Aranda’s best photograph: a woman protects her son (Guardian)

Gideon Mendel (BBC)

Pieter Hugo (YouTube)

Photo © Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz  (NYT) ‘A Restless Lifetime of Paying Attention’

Joel Meyerowitz : A Question of Color — Answered (NYT Lens)

Taking His Time: A Look Back at 50 Years of Joel Meyerowitz’s Photographs (Lightbox)

Joel Meyerowitz : ‘brilliant mistakes … amazing accidents’  (Guardian) | The photographer, best known for his 9/11 pictures, talks about his new book, which celebrates his 50 years of finding the ‘wow’ factor in everyday places

Joel Meyerowitz interview by Olivia Bee : ‘The Young Gun Meets the Living Legend’ (Vice)

Fred R. Conrad on photographing Meyerowitz (NYT Lens)

Lauren Greenfield on the Bait and Switch of “The Queen of Versailles” and the Importance of Good Cinematography (Documentary Channel blog)

Paul Moakley (rereveal.com)

Larissa Leclair : The Indie Photobook Library (Lightbox)

Isa Leshko (PDN) ‘Sustaining a Long-Term Photo Project’

Photographer Daniel Beltrá on his Greenpeace mission to the Arctic (Guardian) audio slideshow

Two part Ben Lowy interview on A Photo Editor.

Photo © Ben Lowy

Ben Lowy – Part 1 Part 2 (A Photo Editor)

In conversation with the writer Pete Brook of Prison Photography and WIRED. (Phonar)

Crossing Paths with Niall McDiarmid (BBC)

Sony World Photography awards Student Focus winner Asef Ali Mohammad shares his hopes and fears as he starts his career in photography  (Guardian) ‘What is life like for emerging student photographers?’

How Iwan Baan got his amazing NYC/Hurricane Sandy cover for the New York Magazine.

Cover photo © Iwan Baan

Architecture photographer Iwan Baan explains how he got that New York magazine cover shot (Poynter)

New York Magazine director of photography Jody Quon on Baan’s cover (Time Lightbox Tumblr)

Great Reuters TV video of their photographers describing documenting Sandy and its aftermath

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Reuters photographers show images of the devastation caused by hurricane Sandy  (Reuters TV) ‘A witness to Sandy’s wrath’

Andrew Burton : photographing Sandy (ABC News)

Levon Biss on photographing Mario Balotelli (Lightbox)

Melissa Golden (Digital Photo Pro)

John Delaney on Hoboken, New Jersey (BJP)

In My Bag – by Daniel Berman (Photo Brigade)

In My Bag – by David Welker (PB)

Interviews and Talks | October 2012

VII Photo’s International Director Nick Papadopoulos shared practical advice  for young photographers at a Canon talk in Perpignan… Canon Professional Network put the main points on their website… Includes good tips also from some of the VII members…Worth reading  by photographers young and old in my opinion…

Nick Papadopoulos (VII) : practical advice for young photographers (CPN)

Really good hour long talk Lynsey Addario gave at Side Gallery in Newcastle earlier this autumn…

Lynsey Addario (Side Gallery Vimeo) Lynsey Addario discussing her photographic practice and ‘Veiled Rebellion’ exhibiton at Side Gallery, which looks at the lives of women in Afghanistan. | 55mins

Prison Photography’s Pete Brook interviewed VII photographers who shot for the agency’s and NYC based advocacy group Think Outside The Cell’s collaborative project…

Ed Kashi   (Prison Photography)

Ron Haviv  (Prison Photography)

Ashley Gilbertson (Prison Photography)

Jessica Dimmock  (Prison Photography)

Stephanie Sinclair on NBC photoblog on her child brides project

Photo © Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair (NBC)

Stephanie Sinclair (World Press Photo on Vimeo)

Ron Haviv (WBEZ on Soundcloud)

Joachim Ladefoged (Digital Pro Photo magazine)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Emaho Magazine)

Gary Knight and co talked about their Bosnia book in Perpignan… CPN shares the points on their site…

Gary Knight, Jon Jones, Tom Stoddart and Rémy Ourdan revisit Bosnia (CPN)

Peter Turnley (YouTube)

Pete Souza (MSNBC)

Teun Voeten interviewed about his book Narco Estado on the BBC World Service (Panos)

Terric talk by David Burnett at PhotoShelter’s recent Luminance event.

David Burnett (PhotoShelter)

Jeremy Bowen (Guardian)

Reuters photographers Jorge Silva and Carlos Garcia Rawlins on photographing Hugo Chavez (YouTube)

Donna Ferrato interview in burn magazine…

Conversation with Donna Ferrato (Burn)

Alessio Romenzi (LA Times Framework blog)

Katrin Koenning (Time Lightbox Tumblr)

Peter diCampo : Everyday Africa (NYT Lens)

Poulomi Basu (Theworld.org)

David LaChapelle (PDN)

Phaidon interviewed Peter van Agtmael relating to his W. Eugene Smith Grant awarded project Disco Night September 11…

Ten Questions for photographer Peter van Agtmael (Phaidon)

Mark Power : From Poland, With Love (themuse.com)

Steve McCurry video, on location in Ethiopia (Phaidon)

Bruce Gilden (ASX)

Jake Chessum (A Photo Editor)

Video interview with William Klein to coincide with his exhibition at Tate Modern in London…

William Klein (Youtube)

Daido Moriyama (Youtube)

Simon Baker, the Tate Modern’s Curator of  Photography and International Art on William Klein + Daido Moriyama: Double Feature (Lightbox)

Susan Bright (YouTube)

Good Simon Norfolk interview…I don’t always agree with what he says,  but I do like the fact he doesn’t mince any words…

Photo © Simon Norfolk. From the project “Burke + Norfolk”

Simon Norfolk (FK Magazine)

Joel Meyerowitz (Youtube)

A Conversation with Richard Misrach and Kate Orff : Petrochemical America (Aperture)

Alejandro Cartagena (A Photo Editor)

Interview with Jason Eskenazi on “Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith” – A 10-Year Odyssey Around the Former Soviet Union (erickimphotography)

A Conversation with Danny Wilcox Frazier on Facing Change: Documenting America (Leica blog)

The National photo blog has been a great find…

AP photographer Manu Brabo talks about his time in Syria and covering conflicts (The National)

Daniel Etter : Witnessing Syria’s Descent Into War (Newsweek Photo Dept Tumblr)

A conversation with Neville Elder-Photographer and Film-maker (Broadbentius blog)

Ewen Spencer in Guardian’s ‘best shot’ series…

Photo © Ewen Spencer

Ewen Spencer’s best photograph: MCs at a UK garage rave (Guardian)

Ewen Spencer (BBC)

Dana Popa (Photo Parley blog)

Photo © Franco Pagetti

Franco Pagetti – From Fashion to the Frontline (Emaho Magazine)

Sebastian Rich : From war zones, photographer brings scars and searing images (NBC)

Teru Kuwayama (PhoNar)

Benjamin Chesterton (PhoNar)

Victor Cobo (Foam)

Niall McDiarmid (Document Scotland)

Maroeskja Lavigne (Word Magazine)

Martin Parr introducing us to his new book…

Martin Parr presents Life’s a Beach (Aperture Vimeo)

Photo Raw magazine’s video interview with Parr…

Martin Parr (Photo Raw)

Alec Soth (LayFlat.org)

Simon Roberts (YouTube)

Danfung Dennis (YouTube)

Brian Smith: Secrets of Great Portrait Photography (PhotoShelter webinar)

Brian Smith on How to Take Better Portraits (B&H blog)

I don’t consider myself a gearhead, but I do sometimes enjoy reading about what others have in their bags…

John Stanmeyer : What’s The Kit (Photographer’s blog)

From Photo Brigade…

In My Bags – by Robert Caplin (Photo Brigade)

In My Bag – by Dominick Reuter (Photo Brigade)

In My Bag – by Matt Eich (Photo Brigade)

In My Bag – by Eric Thayer (Photo Brigade)

In My Bag – by Keith Bedford (Photo Brigade)

David Bailey‘s India: the long click goodbye (Guardian)

Interview with Maciej Dakowicz on his “Cardiff After Dark” book Published by Thames & Hudson (erickimphotography)

Maciej Dakowicz (BBC)

Jim Mortram’s Small Town Inertia (BBC)

Tom Wood (BBC)

Tom Wood (Guardian)

Laia Abril on the Fabrica Artist Residency (PDN)

Mario Testino interview: the man who makes models super (Guardian)

Mikhail Baryshnikov (NYT Lens)

Interviews and Talks | September 2012

Vice are running a great series online called Picture Perfect, interviews with photographers… Here Magnum’s Christopher Anderson…

Christopher Anderson, Picture Perfect (Vice)

Recording of a terrific panel discussion which took place in NYC at Aperture last week…Goes on for an hour, but actually feels short…

Shifting Sands: Conflict Photojournalism and Ethics (doctorswithoutborders.org) “The discussion will consider the responsibilities and consequences, intended and otherwise, of reporting on conflict. Moderated by Stephen Mayes, the panel will include Marcus Bleasdale, Jason Cone, Philip Gourevitch, Thomas Keenan, and Kira Pollack.”

How Photographers Try to Protect Their Subjects From Harm (PDN)

The cost of covering conflicts (BJP)

Interviews with Reuters’ Goran Tomasevic about working in Syria…

Photo © Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Goran Tomasevic, Street Fighting in Aleppo (NYT Lens) | Another interview (NBC News) | Another interview (Reuters)

John Stanmeyer: Instagram – It’s About Communication (Photographer’s blog)

The New Economics of Photojournalism: The rise of Instagram (BJP)

William Klein is going to have a retrospective Tate Modern in London next month… Financial Times magazine interviewed him…

Photo © William Klein

William Klein (FT magazine) ‘As next month’s retrospective at Tate Modern will show, the US-born painter, photographer and film-maker has lived artistic life to the full’

Very straight-talking Q&A with David Bailey…

David Bailey (Esquire)

Aaron Huey, Photographing, and Listening to, the Lakota (NYT Lens)

Photo © Nick Ut

Nick Ut (Leica blog) “Nick Ut: The Amazing Saga And The Image That Helped End The Vietnam War” | video (Leica Vimeo)

R.I.P. Malcolm Browne.

Malcolm Browne , The Story Behind The Burning Monk (Lightbox) | Obituary (Guardian)

Photo © Emilio Morenatti

Emilio Morenatti (Guardian) ‘Emilio Morenatti lost a foot while on assignment in Afghanistan in 2009. A vehicle he and a fellow AP journalist were travelling in was hit by a bomb. Morenatti survived but his colleague was killed. Here he shares his thoughts on covering the recent London Paralympic Games and his career in photojournalism’

Emilio Morenatti (NYT Lens) ‘An Empathetic Eye on the Paralympics’

Steve McCurry tells about his 9/11 photographs…

Photo © Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry, The Ground Zero Photographs (American Photo Magazine)

Steve McCurry (Vogue Italia)

PDN interviewed Tom Stoddart about his 78 Perspectives exhibition that just closed in London…

Photo © Tom Stoddart

Tom Stoddart (PDN)

Tom Stoddart (Youtube)

Christopher Morris talked about his career as part of VII’s recent Visual Journeys seminars…

Still from video © Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris, War, Politics, Fashion (VII Magazine)

Not really an interview… but fits here… Always love to read Dave Burnett’s blog posts…

David Burnett: About Those Film Holders (Photographer’s blog)

David Burnett: A Tyranny of Ones (Photographer’s blog)

Don McCullin on Social Documentary Photography (National Media Museum Vime0)

Peter Turnley is having a retrospective in Paris… Lens blog interviewed him…

Photo © Peter Turnley

Peter Turnley (NYT Lens) ‘Four Decades of Photographing the Human Condition’

Antonio Bolfo (Ted on Youtube)

John Vink (Erik Kim blog) ‘Interview with John Vink, Magnum Photographer on his new “Quest For Land” book available on the iPad’

Terrific interview with Robert Nickelsberg and a gallery of his Afghanistan photographs taken through the years, over at Lens blog….

Photo © Robert Nickelsberg

Robert Nickelsberg, A Long View of Afghanistan’s Wars (NYT Lens)

Giles Duley (NBC News) “‘I’m myself again’: Photographer Giles Duley returns to work after Afghanistan blast” | Another interview (Guardian)

Paolo Marchetti, The rise of fascism in Europe (BJP)

Zed Nelson (Hackney Citizen)

NYT Lens posted an interview with some of the NOOR members to coincide with the agency’s five year anniversary…

Photo © Alixandra Fazzina

NOOR, A Collective Eye on Social Justice (NYT Lens)

Martin Schoeller’s and Matthew Modine’s Experiences (Capture on Youtube)

Graciela Iturbide‘s best photograph: a Mexican Seri woman (Guardian)

Yet another brilliant interview by Photo Raw… This time it’s with Barbara Davidson…

Barbara Davidson (Photo Raw)

Seamus Murphy, Poetry in Motion (VII Magazine)

Jessica Dimmock, Facts and Fictions (VII Magazine)

Venetia Dearden, My Life, My Style (VII Magazine)

Misha Friedman (LA Times)

Anton Kusters (BBC World Service Outlook program) ‘Belgian photographer who documented the lives of a Japanese Yakuza crime syndicate’

Olivier Laurent interviewed Getty Reportage’s Sebastian Liste, who has come a long way in just over two years…. In Perpignan, he picked up the City of Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award and a Getty Editorial Grant….

Photo © Sebastian Liste

Sebastian Liste, From the Ian Parry Scholarship to Reportage by Getty Images (BJP)

Stefano De Luigi (Emaho Magazine)

Joel Meyerowitz, Taking My Time (YouTube)

Justin Jin interviewed about his project that got exhibited at this year’s Visa pour l’image…

Photo © Justin Jin

Justin Jin, The Zone of Absolute Discomfort (BJP)

Tracey Shelton (DSLR News Shooter) ‘Death in Syria – how Globalpost’s Tracey Shelton captured her extraordinary images’

The New Economics of Photojournalism: The Death of Once Magazine (BJP) ‘The magazine’s editor, John Knight, tells BJP what went wrong’

Corbis Images’ Ken Johnston, Protecting an iconic image (Reuters blog)

Lauren Greenfield.
Photo © Larry Busacca / Getty

Lauren Greenfield (Guardian) ‘The photographer and film-maker on the lovable billionaires in her new documentary, and the state of the American Dream’

Lauren Greenfield (GQ)

Annie Leibovitz (Youtube)

Bruce Gilden (Daylight)

Davide Monteleone (World Press Photo)

Cover photo © Gregory Heisler

Gregory Heisler (A Photo Editor)

One Problem with Running Your Own Photo Agency: It Takes a Lot of Time (PDN)

Matt Eich (Photo Brigade)

Abe Frajndlich Tells of Photographing a Difficult Annie Leibovitz (Featureshoot)

Amanda Rivkin (NatGeo)

David Goldblatt (Source Magazine Oral History Archive)

Lisa Pritchard, Ask and Agent, Photography Rates for Advertorial Usage (LPA)

Damir Sagolj, 7 Photojournalism Tips by Reuters Photographer (Vimeo)

Sandy Huffaker Jr., gives us his tips on how to take beautiful street shots (Manfrotto)

Markéta Luskačová‘s best photograph: Ginger the musician (Guardian)

Series of interviews on the National Portrait Gallery website with photographers commissioned to take portraits of British Olympians…

Photo © Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander (NPG) Road to 2012

Bettina von Zwehl (NPG) Road to 2012

Brian Griffin (NPG) Road to 2012

Finlay Mackay (NPG) Road to 2012

Jillian Edelstein (NPG) Road to 2012

Anderson & Low (NPG) Road to 2012

Emma Hardy (NPG) Road to 2012

To finish off…. Calvin and Hobbes on truth and photography 

Video: Artist Talk with Photographer Jeff Cowen

Jeff Cowen Photographic Works, Artist Talk, Köln 2012 from Jim Casper on Vimeo.

Photographer-Artist Jeff Cowen spoke about his work and approach to art in a conversation recorded at Michael Werner Kunsthandel in Köln Germany. Art Historian Jennifer Crowley and Lens Culture Director Jim Casper participated in the conversation with Cowen.

Cowen makes original mural-size, sculptural, painterly photographic works that are visually stunning and beautiful but defy easy categorization. His comments offer insight into his working methods and goals.

This video is a 13-minute edit that contains excerpts from the public conversation that ranged over a wide range of topics.

Jeff Cowen and Jim Casper will conduct a 5-day Masterclass for Photographers, in Paris, October 18-22, 2012. For more details, and to register, see bildernordic.no/en/archive/register-for-the-5-day-photography-masterclass-in-paris-with-jeff-cowen-and-jim-casper-october-18-22/

Interviews and Talks | 3 July 2012

This is really fascinating… David Burnett writing about the moment he missed taking a picture of the ‘napalm girl’ due to having to change film….

Photo © David Burnett

David Burnett : ‘Forty years after ‘napalm girl’ picture, a photographer reflects on the moment that might have been his’ (Washington Post)

Photo © Alex Webb

Alex Webb (NYT Magazine 6th floor blog)

Bruce Davidson (TateShots on YouTube)

Steve McCurry (Al Jazeera interview video posted on Phaidon)

Steve McCurry  (Phaidon)

Ed Kashi (Vimeo)

Paid my first visit to the recently re-opened Photographers’ Gallery in London’s Soho on Saturday to see the Burtynsky exhibition. Amazing to see those 8×10 large format photos printed big….

Photo © Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky (The Atlantic)

Ron Haviv : The Complete Travel Took Kit (VII Magazine)

Inside Media: Photographers of the Year with Damon Winter, Adrees Latif, and Barbara Davidson (2011) (Newseum’s YouTube) 40 mins.

Randy Olson : Easter Island Kite Camera (photothisandthat.co.uk) 5 mins

Elizabeth Krist : National Geographic’s Senior Photo Editor  : ‘What Photo Buyers Want’ (Photoshelter Vimeo) 65 mins

Alexandra Avakian (NGM)

Paula James : Panos Pictures (IdeasTap)

Magnum photographers on their craft  (IdeasTap)

Tomas van Houtryve : 2012 Oslo Freedom Forum (YouTube) 10 mins

Brigitte Lacombe (Charlie Rose)

Afghan photographers shoot to glory (Al Jazeera)

For a person who often says ‘I don’t care about the equipment’, I sure am eager to read about others’ gear…

Marcus Yam : In My Bag (Photo Brigade)

Luke Sharrett : In My Bag (Photo Brigade)

Nadav Kander (YouTube)

Nadav Kander : How to Create an Unforgettable Portrait (Fastcocreate.com)

Matt Lutton (Wired Raw File blog)

Abbey Trayler-Smith (WalesOnline)

Kira Pollack (Vimeo)

Chris Buck (A Photo Editor)

Photo © John Vink

John Vink (Verve Photo)

Lynsey Stone : Birth Photographer (NYT)

Daniel Reimold: 10 Tips for Photojournalism Students: How to Succeed Visually and Financially (Photo Brigade)

“She looks like a person who will die one day.”

– Thomas Struth on his commission to photograph The Queen.

Photo © Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth : Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: interview with a royal portrait artist (Telegraph)

Annie Leibovitz : The Monarchy (YouTube) Edited version from the BBC Documentary on the Queen, Leibovitz’s struggle to capture the Monarchy.

Kadir van Lohuizen : Via Panam Part 9 (Nikon blog)

Photo © Adam Pretty

Adam Pretty (Time Out Australia)

David Stuart : Still Images In Great Advertising (A Photo Editor)

Kurt Markus : The Portrait : Find Your Voice (A Photo Editor)

Not a photographer interview but interesting…

Michael Ware (Newsweek)

Sarah Christianson

I first featured the work of Sarah Christianson on Lenscratch several years ago after attending her presentation at the West Coast regional SPE conference.  I was drawn to her photographs and story about her four-generation family farm in North Dakota.  Not only was the work compelling and beautifully executed, but her story stayed with me long after the conference.

Sarah sent me the good news that Daylight will be publishing that same body of work, Homeplace ,in the Fall of 2013, and because it is her first book, she will be sharing in the publishing costs through Indiegogo. Sarah needs support to make this a reality, and if you would like to contribute, go here.

Homeplace: A Photo Book Project from Sarah Christianson on Vimeo.

Sarah  grew up on the family farm near Cummings, North Dakota. Immersed in that vast expanse of the Great Plains, she developed a strong affinity for the landscape and the stories it contains. This experience has had a profound effect on her work, as she enjoys creating narratives about place and personal experience through time, historical research, and the landscape.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of several institutions in the Midwest and the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received a BFA in photography at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2005 and an MFA in photography from the University of Minnesota in 2009.  Since then, she has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area where she teaches photography at City College of San Francisco, volunteers at RayKo Photo Center, and remains an active member of the Society for Photographic Education. She has several exhibitions on the horizon and is getting married in August.  Congratulaltions all around!


Images from Homeplace



Home, for me, will always be a 1200-acre farm in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota.  Its original 160 acres were homesteaded in 1884 by my great-great grandfather, a Norwegian immigrant.  My parents are now the fourth, and last, consecutive generation to work our land, as my siblings and I (like so many other young people) have all moved away to pursue other careers.  These circumstances provided me with the impetus  to document our farm and its origins in Norway at this critical juncture.  



I combine my images with materials from my family’s archive, such as documents and snapshots, to create a rich multi-layered narrative.  Just as different layers of texts intermingle on reused ancient manuscript pages, the history of our farm is marked again and again on the land as a palimpsest. As world populations shift from agrarian to urban lifestyles, our small family farm is only one amongst many that are approaching a crossroads.  What will happen to them?  Who will maintain these traditions and what does this tradition mean?


Interviews and Talks | 7 June 2012

The Afrikaner Blood ©  Ilvy Njiokiktjien and Elles van Gelder.
World Press Photo 2012 contest Multimedia Prize winner.

World Press Photo 2012 Contest Winners interviewed (World Press Photo)

Jamie, Wellford, Newsweek‘s Senior International photo editor (PhotoShelter)

Stephen Shore (Phaidon)

Ben Lowy (ICP Vimeo)

Ben Lowy (NYT Lens)

Photo ©  Jacob Aue Sobol

Jacob Aue Sobol : Arrivals and Departures pt1,  pt2 , pt3, pt4, pt5 (Leica blog)

VII photographers in conversation at the Frontline (Phaidon)

Stephen Mayes (Phaidon)

Stephen Mayes (Pictureline)

Tom Stoddart, Peter Dench and Aidan Sullivan, Reportage by Getty Images at Frontline Club (Reportage Tumblr)

James Nachtwey (The Darthmouth.com)

Joachim Ladefoged (A Photo Editor)

Charles Ommanney (itele.fr)

Photo  ©  Jason P. Howe / ConflictPics

Jason P. Howe (FotoEvidence)

Yuri Kozyrev (PDN)

Ashley Gilbertson (PDN)

Peter Dench (PDN)

Robin Hammond (allAfrica.com)

Susan Meiselas (burn)

Alex Webb (Vogue)

Rene Burri (Phaidon)

Rene Burri (Phaidon)

David Burnett (ThaloTV)

Annie Leibovitz (Guardian)

Joao Silva (Dcist)

JR (Ted)

Pieter Hugo (Guernica)

Mitch Epstein (BBC)

Photo © Ed Kashi

Ed Kashi (Guardian)

Ed Kashi (Vimeo)

In the Picture: 25 Years of Panos Pictures (Frontline Club YouTube)

Carolyn Drake (Turkiye’de Zaman)

Vanessa Winship (Turkiye’de Zaman)

George Georgiou (Turkiye’de Zaman)

Chris de Bode (Dutch TV)

Pete Muller, Brief Reflections on OPC Awards Ceremony (Photographer’s blog)

Photo © Andrea Gjestvang

Andrea Gjestvang (B&H)

Dana Popa (BBC)

Dana Popa (Foto8)

Nicole Tung (NYT Lens)

Laura El-Tantawy (Dvafoto)

Ciara Leeming (Centrepoint Collective)

Laura Pannack (Ideas Tap)

Lee Karen Stow (BBC)

GMB Akash (123Clicks)

Rafal Milach (rbth.ru)

Photo © Simon Roberts

Photographers Abbie Trayler-Smith, Carol Allen Storey, Liz Hingley, Simon Roberts and Laura Pannack discuss their work in the Our Lives photography series about children living in the UK commissioned by Save the Children. (Save the Children YouTube)

James Nachtwey, 2009 (YouTube)

Frits van Eldik (CPN)

Diver & Aguilar (luxurysociety.com)

John Fulton (featureshoot)

Edward Linsmier (4ormat.com)

DEVELOP Tube: A Photographic Resource Grows

Available on both YouTube and Vimeo, DEVELOP Tube is a video channel that offers resources for photographers. Each project featured on DEVELOP Tube is carefully curated from the photography-related selections of the two video services, with the goal of reflecting and informing some aspect of the photographic community. Thousands of videos are showcased there, from behind the scenes looks at the editing process to trailers for photography-related films. There’s a discussion with photographer Stephen Shore, who helped popularize color photography, about working with Andy Warhol, as well as a multimedia piece about the U.S. economy. Elsewhere, there’s an interview with war photographer Joao Silva, who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010, about “the biggest fight of the photographer.”

DEVELOP Tube on Vimeo

DEVELOP Tube on Vimeo

But DEVELOP Tube is only a small part of a larger project.

DEVELOP’s founder, Erica McDonald, is an American photographer, curator and teacher, whose career has taken her into magazines, newspapers, galleries and schools around the world. But, she says, she had come to recognize that her geographic location and her connections were giving her a leg up on other photographers, those in isolated regions or just beginning their careers. She wanted to change that.

“I see people around the world who maybe don’t have the same foundation or connections or even opportunities or time or whatever it is, to know what’s what, what grants are available or where they could show their work,” she says. “I felt like I could do something to contribute to our community this way.”

That contribution is DEVELOP Photo, a website slated to launch as the next phase of McDonald’s project. Working as a “one-man band” except for back-end web engineering, she has also built the whole thing from scratch. She says DEVELOP Tube is just a teaser for the larger initiative. “Little did I realize it was going to be about two years later and I would’ve been working around the clock,” she says.

The project took on a life of its own and will, in its final iteration, include an online resource library, education workshops, a magazine aspect and more. Even now, the video channels are a rich source of photographic information. A few weeks ago, DEVELOP collaborated with other photography organizations (like Daylight Magazine and Slideluck Potshow) to host a “Women in Multimedia” night in Bologna, Italy, to showcase the work of many multimedia artists from around the world. Some participated as solo artists and some were part of a group multimedia piece. The event was the source of the works in the gallery shown above, and was part of a larger exhibit called Uncommon Intimacy, which was co-curated by McDonald and is on view now through March 15. And McDonald also is working on collaborating to produce a documentary photography workshop, to be held in New York City this coming June.

McDonald isn’t quite sure what the future holds once the full site launches. “I don’t want it to become a commercial endeavor per se, but I’m not sure I want it to become a non-profit,” she says, but the project continues to expand. “Whoever we work with, it should be in the collaborative spirit. It’s a really interesting, vibrant, alive confluence of pieces.”

Erica McDonald is an American photographer based in New York City. Find out more here.