On Taking Pictures

On Taking Pictures

Every week, Jeffery Saddoris and Bill Wadman take on the art, science, and philosophy of photography and explore how they play out behind the camera in the process of making images. Insider insights for the novice, shop talk for the professional, and opinionated discussion for the interested observer of the field's trends and legacy.

Hosted by Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris.



#170: We All Want To Be Steve McCurry

July 28, 2015 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

This week, prompted by a member of the OTP G+ Community, we begin with a bit of follow up on the discussion from last week about the influence of Robert Frank. Also, there is no best, but there just might be a best for you. Plus, a terrific photographer that neither one of us had ever heard of. Pinup photographer Bunny Yeager is our Photographer of the Week.


#169: I’ll Make a Burger for the Next Guy

July 21, 2015 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

This week, we’re discussing a recent New York Times article about Robert Frank, specifically the breadth of his influence on photography and the degree to which he either pursued or avoided fame and celebrity. We also discuss a few news items sent in by listeners, including an interesting piece about a new book by David Bailey which seems to be comprised mostly of mistakes from the darkroom. Rebecca Norris Webb is our Photographer of the Week.


#168: This Is Not How We Play Bridge

July 14, 2015 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

This week, we geek out a little over the New Horizons images of Pluto. Think about this: it will take four months to receive all of the data from nearly 4 billion miles away. We also discuss Chris Arnade’s photos from Hunt’s Point and whether or not being a good person is unethical. Plus, can you sell out as an artist anymore? Magnum photographer Alex Webb is our Photographer of the Week.


#167: The Activity of Non-Activity

July 7, 2015 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 32 minutes

This week, we talk about change and some of the things that means for photographers in a market that never seems to stop. How do you view your own work and are there ways that viewing it differently could lead in new or exciting directions? Also, an interesting discussion around the NY Times article we teased last week with Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons. Larry Sultan is our Photographer of the Week.


#166: Less Bill & Ted’s, More British

June 30, 2015 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

This week, we discuss the TED talk we mentioned last week by Jimmy Nelson and how things aren’t always as they seem or as we want them to be. Also, we’re all making stuff and it’s okay to want it to be liked. Plus, generational changes in the art market: important or just theater? Rondal Partridge is our Photographer of the Week.


#165: Our Piece of Cheese Keeps Getting Smaller

June 23, 2015 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 14 minutes

This week, an article sent in by a listener gets us discussing the idea of doing what you love. Is it a fantasy or can you really love doing something and still call it work? If everyone does only what they love, who does the work that nobody loves? Also, we talk a little about gear, including the allure of Petzval and Helios lenses and the new DxO One add-on camera for iPhone. Another suggestion from a listener is this week’s Photographer of the Week, cinematographer Christopher Doyle.


#164: Photographic Baseball Cards

June 16, 2015 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

This week, where do the lines of completionism, perfectionism and obsession intersect? Can you be one and not the other? Also, we talk about compromise—what can come out of it and how much is too much. Plus, we chime in on a couple entries from the Crit Wall. Stan Douglas is our Photographer of the Week.


#163: A Generational Byproduct

June 9, 2015 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

This week, do the memories imprinted on us in our youth define the experiences of maturity? Are we somehow aesthetically tethered to our past? Also, visiting a museum with the co-curator of the show is a good thing. "The photographer of Paris par excellence," Willy Ronis is our Photographer of the Week.


#162: I Grow Chickens, The Chickens Lay the Eggs

June 2, 2015 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

This week, a brief follow up on the Atlantic article about creative entrepreneurs. Also, how a single photograph (in this case, a magazine cover) can still be a cultural watershed moment. Plus, a clever response to the recent Richard Prince fiasco. Masataka Nakano is our Photographer of the Week.


#161: It’s Not Patrons, It’s Patronizing

May 26, 2015 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 17 minutes

This week, we discuss an article from the Atlantic on the changing role of the artist and the rise of “creative entrepreneurs.” Have you ever thought about taking a year off? We talk about Stefan Sagmeister’s creative sabbaticals. Also, get ready for Mad Max Fury Road in black and white. Jacques Henri Lartigue is our Photographer of the Week.