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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.



#146: Pattern Recognition Machine

February 10, 2015 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

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 her closet. Iconic sports shooter Neil Leifer is our Photographer of the Week.


#145: Priceless Gets A Price

February 3, 2015 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 15 minutes

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 Photographer of the Week.


#144: Ronin Photographers

January 27, 2015 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 13 minutes

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 our Photographer of the Week.


#143: Set For Life

January 20, 2015 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 23 minutes

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 making or in the resulting artifact/object? Obscure Romanian shooter Andre Pandele is our Photographer of the Week.


#142: Time Capsule Effect

January 13, 2015 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

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 Photographer of the Week.


#141: Frayved Peegan

January 7, 2015 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 17 minutes

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?” Portland based shooter Delaney Allen is our Photographer of the Week.


#140: An Official Knock-off

December 30, 2014 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

We’re finishing off 2014 with one last listener Q&A 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 discussion around the idea of posthumous artist foundations and legacy. User submitted photojournalist Matt Black is our Photographer of the Week.


#139: Nothing But A Mirror

December 23, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

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 have any sort of deeper meaning? Pioneer of early motion studies, Eadweard Muybridge is our Photographer of the Week.


#138: A Little Obsessive That Way

December 16, 2014 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

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 a vacuum? Plus, a terrific video series from the George Eastman House. Jane Bown is our Photographer of the Week.


#137: Good is a Moving Target

December 9, 2014 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 36 minutes

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, what do you charge for it? Where does value come from? Arthur Leipzig is our Photographer of the Week.