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.



#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.


#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.