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.



#43: Artistic Monkhood

February 19, 2013 at 5:30AM • 1 hour 36 minutes

Safe vs Experimental, to get good you need to stop trying to get good, and Jeffery's monologue at 42:20 which is among the best things ever spoken on our show. Iconic war photograph Robert Capa is Photographer of the Week.


#42: That’s Just Going to the Driving Range

February 12, 2013 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

Style vs Fashion and How do you develop a style anyway? The influence of luck, snow angels, and listener Q&A. Michael Light is Photographer of the Week.


#41: Our Microscopes Got More Powerful

February 5, 2013 at 9:15PM • 1 hour 35 minutes

Decaying Americana, taking being uncomfortable one small step at a time, and some talk about starting a flickr group on this week's show. Modernist Paul Strand is Photographer of the Week.


#40: I’m Buying a Smoke Machine

January 29, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

The new Gregory Crewdson Documentary, the morality of Photoshop, and Q&A from a pile of listener emails. Master of masters Richard Avedon is Photographer of the Week.


#39: The President and an Umbrella

January 22, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

Presidential portraits, the 'cool kid camera club', why Bill uses prime lenses, and the importance of having Dreams on this week's show. Celebrity portrait and fashion photographer Norman Jean Roy is Photographer of the Week.


#38: Tug of War with the Muse

January 15, 2013 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

Technical and creative limitations as inspiration, schtick vs style, and how the artistic process is what gives art it's humanity. Innovative fashion photographer Paolo Roversi is Photographer of the Week.


#37: Jump in the River

January 8, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 49 minutes

Photographers not known for their pictures, popularity contests, and trying to be a nice guy in a divisive world. Listener emails about exploitation, education, and 'Meditation' are answered. Classic agressive street photographer and filmmaker William Klein is Photographer of the Week.


#36: The Schrodinger Moment

January 2, 2013 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 36 minutes

An epic show this week wherein Bill and Jeffery tear into legacy, life, death, and being remembered. It's deep and heavy and well worth the time. B&W conversion, photography movies, and photo education also make an appearance. Portraitist Platon is our Photographer of the Week.


#35: Justification After the Fact

December 26, 2012 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

It's the last episode of 2012 so we conquer comment trolls, Fuji's lack of auto-focus, and whether historical artistic perspective matters at all anyway. Artistic portrait man Philip-Lorca diCorcia is our Photographer of the Week.


#34: Learning Everything All the Time

December 18, 2012 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

The plateaus of getting better, why change is scary, why Jeffery can't decide what camera to buy and it's not because there are no good cameras available. Modern surrealist photographer Man Ray is our Photographer of the Week.