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.



#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.


#33: Troubleshooting in Real Time

December 11, 2012 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

An update and discussion about how Bill's December portrait project is going, does pre-visualization suck creativity, and where is the line between photography and photo-illustration anyway? Darkroom artist Jerry Uelsmann is our Photographer of the Week.


#32: Screw Those People

December 5, 2012 at 12:00AM • 1 hour 27 minutes

Should you retire of you're no longer doing good work? What skateboarding has in common with photography and why Bill will never get asked to shoot the Pirelli calendar. Portraitist William Coupon is our Photographer of the Week.


#31: Too Much Information

November 27, 2012 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Coercion vs connection in portrait photography , making it through the fear of failure or even fear of success, and what? Bill is shooing video now? The world must be ending, so we might as well start at the beginning with 19th century French portrait photographer Nadar as PotW.