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.



#60: The Problem is Always Me

June 18, 2013 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

Big discussions this week as we talk about different facets of collaboration and look to dispel The Myth of the Lone Artist. A short film by Eric Becker prompts us to wonder whether or not the world is for want of inspirational material. Plus, classic sports photographer Hy Peskin is our Photographer of the Week.


#59: Food Doesn’t Talk Back

June 11, 2013 at 5:15PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

This week we talk about getting through a shoot when you feel like a truck ran over you. Also, do retouchers deserve credit? If so, when and how much? Plus, abstract photographer and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow Uta Barth is our Photographer of the week.


#58: Art is Exposure

June 4, 2013 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 44 minutes

This week, we wrestle with whether or not you can be an artist, without locking your own self worth/self image to your art. What does it mean to live a creative life anyway? We weigh in on the firing of the photo staff by the Chicago Sun Times. Plus, we look at two Civil War era photographers, Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner as our Photographers of the Week.


#57: A Big Pool of Hustle

May 28, 2013 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

We discuss why it is that we bother to create anything. What are we looking for, praise or just a body of work? Bill takes the plunge into filmmaking (sort of) and we get some great questions from listeners. Magnum photographer, Josef Koudelka is our Photographer of the Week.


#56: Then It Becomes RoboCop

May 21, 2013 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

Big show this week as Bill and Jeffery question what happens when it’s the process used to create the art that’s interesting, not the result. Also, where do we draw the line between photo manipulation and photo journalism? Plus, questions from the Google+ group and listener-suggested Alec Soth is our Photographer of the Week.


#55: When Life Gives You Lemmings

May 14, 2013 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

Bill battles severe back pain to discuss whether or not people know good from bad and how Steven Soderbergh’s observations on the state of cinema may also reflect the state of art. We also wonder how we should go about judging our own growth. Plus, voracious street shooter, Garry Winogrand, is our Photographer of the Week.


#54: Where’s Joseph Campbell When You Need Him?

May 7, 2013 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 42 minutes

Bill and Jeffery discuss why content is no longer king and how you should focus on making (read: doing) something that’s important to you. Adobe kills individual licenses. Are they doing the right thing with the new Creative Cloud? Plus, “Tulsa” photographer Larry Clark is our Photographer of the Week.


#53: Dig Down To Make More Room

April 30, 2013 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

Heroes aren’t just for children, especially when you meet them in person. Art for art’s sake, rather than investment. Plus, listener emails and Vancouver street shooter, Fred Herzog as Photographer of the Week.


#52: Backfill Reasoning

April 23, 2013 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 36 minutes

Once you realize that everything you do leads to the next thing, and that the journey is the reward, you’ll be fine. Do clients want your work or your juice? Plus, controversial photographer and art world darling, Cindy Sherman is our Photographer of the Week.


#51: No Secret Sauce

April 16, 2013 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

Does it really take village to succeed as a photographer today, and should technology dictate where your career-compass guides you? Despite the changes to photography as a business, clients and art buyers are still looking for talent; but are they looking where you are? Plus, get out your shot glasses, iconic New York lensman, Jay Maisel is Photographer of the Week.