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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.



#95: Finding The New

February 18, 2014 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

This week, when is enough really enough? How do you know when it’s time to make subtle corrections versus charting an entirely new course? We also discuss the potential of collaboration and how narrative is changing the way we view photography. Portrait photographer Brett Walker is our Photographer of the Week.


#94: The Custodian Ideal

February 11, 2014 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 48 minutes

This week is a Q&A show where we take a bunch of listener questions and try to answer them without sounding like idiots. But first, do you miss the good ol’ days of analog? We discuss Bill’s recent (and expensive) foray into large-format film on an 8x10 portrait shoot. Photographer, professor and MacArthur Fellow An-My Lê is our Photographer of the week.


#93: Listen to Yourself

February 4, 2014 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

This week, we discuss the little voice - the gnawing (knowing) inside all of us that pushes us forward. How do you choose what to listen to and what to dismiss? Where do you draw the line between what you can do and what you will do? Plus, where has the mystique around photography gone? Ormond Gigli is our Photographer of the Week.


#92: The Analogy of the Sphere

January 28, 2014 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 47 minutes

This week, we chime in on a recent NY Times article that questions the new definition of photography. Should using a camera somewhere in the process be a prerequisite to calling something a photograph? Are curators simply throwing stuff at the wall and hoping that Art is the only thing that sticks? We also discuss a listener email that centers around the flood of tutorials and techniques available to photographers, which begs the question “What should I learn?” Plus, National Geographic shooter Bruce Dale is our Photographer of the Week.


#91: Isn’t That The Fun Of It?

January 21, 2014 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

This week, a discussion about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty gets us talking about art, specifically whether or not we tend to romanticize the life and work of the artist (spoiler: Penn should have taken the shot!). Also, with so many resources available, how do we step away from the learning and get down to doing? Our photographer of the Week, Duane Michals make brilliant use of mixed media and image sequences to tell stories not possible with a single photograph.


#90: Uncharted Territory

January 14, 2014 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

This week, we go further down the rabbit hole of Mentorship and discuss our most important mentors as well as what type of mentor each of us could benefit from now. We also talk about how AI may affect or even remove the choices we make in the not-too-distant future via the film Her. Brilliant architectural photographer Julius Schulman is our Photographer of the Week.


#89: 42 Puppies and a Snow Cone Machine

January 7, 2014 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

For the first episode of 2014, we discuss how the tools that we use shape the way we use them. We also talk about the photographer/subject relationship and discuss how to better connect with the people you are photographing, which may even inspire Bill to take on a new project. Master vs. Mentor - one is about status while the other is about a relationship. Stephen Shore is our Photographer of the Week.


#88: Didn’t You Hear My Inner Monologue?

December 31, 2013 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

For the last episode of OTP in 2013, we discuss looking back to look forward. We look not at creating resolutions as much as mantras, concepts to drive us ahead and allow some wiggle room for the things that don’t work out exactly the way you think they will. Also, we look at ways to refine/expand the OTP G+ Group, which has now crossed 800! Iconic photojournalist Steve McCurry is our Photographer of the Week. Thank you so much for your time, your energy and your willingness to let us wrestle with the things we do week after week. We couldn’t do it without you.


#87: I’m Wearing Tap Shoes?

December 24, 2013 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 55 minutes

This week is all about you, the listeners, as we try to answer some of the questions you’ve asked via email, twitter and the Google+ group. We also talk through some camera and photo related news. Conceptual portrait slash fashion photographer, Miss Aniela is our Photographer of the Week.


#86: Sing Me What You’re Going To Play

December 17, 2013 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 39 minutes

This week, Bill’s recent musical interlude inspires a discussion around how embarrassment and fear can paralyze us, more than just creatively. Also, the practice of practice and who owns your likeness and for how long? Iconic fashion shooter Mario Testino is our Photographer of the Week.