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.


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#126: Flying Trapeze

September 23, 2014 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 47 minutes

This week, we talk about leaping into the unknown and how empowering it can be to make the transition from “whether to move” into “how to move.” Also, how much editorial control would you give up for money? Monster celebrity shooter Sam Jones is our Photographer of the Week.


#125: Creative Swagger

September 16, 2014 at 12:45PM • 2 hours 3 minutes

This week, we wrestle with confidence, momentum and the differences between passion and curiosity. We also talk about finding the stuff that fills your cup, regardless of whether or not it happens to be your full time job. He documented WWI and was aboard the Endurance - Frank Hurley is our Photographer of the Week.


#124: Just Another Point on the Curve

September 9, 2014 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 58 minutes

This week, we talk about when to begin and when it might be time to throw in the towel and move on to something else. Also, we discuss Seth Godin’s idea of living somewhere between comfort and danger and ask, “where do you live?” User-suggested Jon Wyatt is our Photographer of the Week.


#123: The Weegee of the Modern World Doesn’t Exist

September 2, 2014 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 48 minutes

This week, we discuss the terrific documentary on the life and work of Dorothea Lange. Topics include getting lost in your work and questions like is art an act of total attention? Also, Bill raises the question of whether models should have a say as to how they are treated in post. Howard Schatz is our Photographer of the Week.


#122: Disrupting the Familiar

August 26, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 51 minutes

If this week’s show has a theme, it’s change. Try as you might, you can’t avoid it forever and even if you could, sometimes it’s exactly what you need. We also discuss censorship and intent in a couple recent news articles. David Bailey is our Photographer of the week.


#121: Not Enough Room For Romance

August 19, 2014 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

Do you find yourself looking for signs? Not Stop or Yield, but signs from God, the Universe, or what have you telling you what to do? This week, we talk about signs and how waiting for them can often be an excuse for not taking action. We also talk about memories, specifically how bad humans are at remembering details and how photographs can uncover or even rewrite what you previously believed to be the truth. Plus, fantastic fashion photographer Elizaveta Porodina is our Photographer of the Week.


#120: You’re Not Moving Cannonballs

August 12, 2014 at 12:45PM • 2 hours 21 minutes

This week’s show is a bit of a monster. We do our best to answer your questions and there were tons of them - some on gear, others on process and technique. There’s a little something for everyone, but you had best grab a bottle of water and some snacks ‘cause this one clocks in at over two hours. Michel Tcherevkoff is our Photographer of the Week.


#119: Glacial Evolution

August 5, 2014 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 55 minutes

This week, for some people making lists and setting goals are the only way to feel like progress is being made. For others, “goal” is just a four letter word. How do you gauge your creative progress? Inspired by last week’s discussion, paparazzi photographer Ron Galella is our Photographer of the Week.


#118: Savings Bond of Memories

July 29, 2014 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 44 minutes

This week, we talk about photographs as a sort of time machine and how often embarrassing snapshots over time become the things you treasure most. Also, should the arts be co-opted by academia or is getting out and doing the work the way to go? How would you feel being famous for only shooting one person? It’s something we discuss around our Photographer of the Week, Milton Greene.


#117: Reset The Mechanism

July 22, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

This week, using Garry Winogrand’s current retrospective as an example, we discuss what happens when practice means different, not necessarily better. Also, in a submission from a listener, we look at a list of 10 ways we may be making our lives harder than they have to be. How many are you guilty of? Plus, Magnum photographer Gueorgui Pinkhassov is our Photographer of the Week.