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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.



#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.


#85: Good Art Doesn’t Have a Shelf Life

December 10, 2013 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 46 minutes

This week, we talk about projects, specifically long-term projects and how the full value of them (on both sides) often isn’t fully realized until you’re well down the timeline. Also, who decides what art is important, or even good for that matter? Should “good art” (whatever that means) define the current culture or reflect it? Plus, 19th century French photographer Charles Marville is our Photographer of the Week.


#84: Your Definition of Yourself

December 3, 2013 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

This week, we remember icon Saul Leiter and discuss not only legacy but intent and what it means to live and create with purpose. Who gets to decide what work (if any) is important? Plus, we talk a little about tools, including the new crop of 4K displays on the horizon. Ethnologist and photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples Edward Curtis is our PotW.


#83: It’s Not A Pendulum, It’s A Kaleidoscope

November 26, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

This week, we gear out a little (just a little) and talk about light, specifically the subtleties and how much they may or may not affect your end product. Also, we talk about funding projects. Should you pony up the cash, or is crowd-funding a possible solution? Plus, user-suggested Photographer of the Week, portrait shooter Martin Schoeller.


#82: Going ‘All In’ On Yourself

November 19, 2013 at 10:30PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

This week, should exceptional talent be a gift or a chore? Does what you do have to feed your soul to be important, or is just doing the work enough? Also, when are too many options not a good thing? Plus, we discuss the new documentary “Everybody Street” and Tim Flach is our Photographer of the Week.


#81: An Artistic Vacation

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

This week, thank yous and follow up to last week’s episode. How do we decide what we do and don’t want creatively? Is a hard-coded trajectory helpful, or merely another distraction you need to adhere to? Also, we talk about an interesting article by Kirk Tuck and a really great interview with our Photographer of the Week, Walker Evans.


#80: It’s Something To Take Seriously

November 7, 2013 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

This week, synchronicity and the beauty of moments. Bill recaps his whirlwind trip to Italy and we discuss why seeing art in person is better than seeing it through a viewfinder. Model turned photographer, Lee Miller is our Photographer of the Week.


#79: Photography Without A Net

October 29, 2013 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 35 minutes

This week, the importance of heroes and how being inspired by one can make you feel like a kid again. Also, are you shooting for the present or for posterity? Plus, we talk about an interesting performance art piece and the intention behind it. Greg Heisler’s former boss, Arnold Newman, is our Photographer of the Week.


#78: Shutter Priority on Glass Plate

October 22, 2013 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 48 minutes

This week, we tackle some great questions from you, the listeners, about topics ranging from personal and professional goals to social media and where we find inspiration outside of photography. We also try to find the line between art and porn. Plus, National Geographic wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen is our Photographer of the Week.


#77: Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep

October 15, 2013 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 52 minutes

This week, we talk about the creative work we do and why we do it. What draws you to the art you make: love or fear? Where does social media fit into the new “sharing” (read:free) economy? Plus, iconic photojournalist W. Eugene Smith is our Photographer of the Week.