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.

#70: The Gaia Argument

August 27, 2013 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

This week, we’re talking film; both the technical side and the aesthetics. Is film as close as we’ll get to alchemy, or is it merely a placebo to look back on happier times? Also, cameras are better than they’ve ever been, so why isn’t there more great work? If you’re a fan of Art Deco and Fritz Lang, you’re going to love the work of our Photographer of the Week, Czech shooter, Frantisek Drtikol.

#69: Play With Your Deckled Edges

August 20, 2013 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

The week, who are you presenting to the world, you, or a manufactured version of you? Also, all roads lead to film when Bill borrows a Leica M7. Plus, what’s the difference between collecting and curating? Artist-slash-photographer, Vic Muniz sparks some interesting discussion on the nature of art as our Photographer of the Week.

#68: An Incorrect Perspective

August 13, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

This week, we celebrate looking at work through the eyes of an amateur. Also towards the end of the show, we hit upon a somewhat profound revelation about art and bicycling. Plus, Art Streiber is our Photographer of the Week.

#67: Far Enough Along Your Curve

August 6, 2013 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

This week, how do you gauge whether or not the work you do is authentic? What do you do when good isn’t good enough or how much to you chalk up to timing? Also, should you be held accountable for the consistency of the art you create? Plus, brilliant fashion and fine art photographer, Lillian Bassman is our Photographer of the Week.

#66: You Don’t Want To See Me When I’m Bored

July 30, 2013 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 44 minutes

This week, we talk about image; both the images you take as photographers as well as the image you present of yourself as the photographer. Do better shoes make you a better photographer and, if so, when did being cool trump being good? We also tackle some listener Q&A and profile Horst P. Horst as our Photographer of the Week.

#65: Doing Nothing is the Enemy

July 23, 2013 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 36 minutes

This week, we talk reinvention. Sometimes you choose, while other times, the choice is made for you. Do you go willingly, or kicking and screaming? Also, how do you take your work (or yourself) to the next level? Plus, you may not know the name, but you definitely know the photos; Philippe Halsman is our Photographer of the Week.

#64: Goldilocks Camera Phenomenon

July 16, 2013 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 48 minutes

We lighten things up this week and talk about gear, specifically cameras and why what’s right for you may not be right for someone else...and that’s okay. Also, sometimes your photos really don’t matter... just enjoy the moment. Plus, Ellen von Unwerth brings the sexy as our Photographer of the Week.

#63: The Core of the Struggle

July 9, 2013 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 48 minutes

Last week, we talked about valuing your work. This week, we take on the idea of defining artistic goals and how a journey without a destination can have a dramatic impact on the work you create. Also, how do you decide just how much creative capital to invest? Plus, brilliant Chinese street photographer, Ho Fan is our Photographer of the Week.

#62: Artists Aren’t Plumbers

July 2, 2013 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 34 minutes

This week, we do a bit of follow up on last week’s episode, which really seems to have touched a nerve with listeners. At what point does worrying about putting a value on your work keep you from doing your work? Also, Bill contemplates going big for a new project. “Original Mad Man” Bert Stern is our Photographer of the Week.

#61: Happenstance Threw It Over The Line

June 25, 2013 at 7:45PM • 1 hour 35 minutes

This week, we wrestle with “good enough”; what does it really mean, and who gets to decide? Where do we draw the line between homage and just plain thievery? Plus, documentary photographer Martin Parr is our Photographer of the Week.