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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.



#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.


#54: Where’s Joseph Campbell When You Need Him?

May 7, 2013 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 42 minutes

Bill and Jeffery discuss why content is no longer king and how you should focus on making (read: doing) something that’s important to you. Adobe kills individual licenses. Are they doing the right thing with the new Creative Cloud? Plus, “Tulsa” photographer Larry Clark is our Photographer of the Week.


#53: Dig Down To Make More Room

April 30, 2013 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

Heroes aren’t just for children, especially when you meet them in person. Art for art’s sake, rather than investment. Plus, listener emails and Vancouver street shooter, Fred Herzog as Photographer of the Week.


#52: Backfill Reasoning

April 23, 2013 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 36 minutes

Once you realize that everything you do leads to the next thing, and that the journey is the reward, you’ll be fine. Do clients want your work or your juice? Plus, controversial photographer and art world darling, Cindy Sherman is our Photographer of the Week.


#51: No Secret Sauce

April 16, 2013 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

Does it really take village to succeed as a photographer today, and should technology dictate where your career-compass guides you? Despite the changes to photography as a business, clients and art buyers are still looking for talent; but are they looking where you are? Plus, get out your shot glasses, iconic New York lensman, Jay Maisel is Photographer of the Week.


#50: Tortured Plateau

April 9, 2013 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 36 minutes

To tag or not to tag? Folder structure, naming conventions, file formats and overall workflow ideas in this week’s show. Why do filmmakers get all of the cool stuff lately? Plus, photographic icon Alfred Eisenstadt is Photographer of the Week.


#49: Happiness is an Inside Job

April 3, 2013 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 42 minutes

Things get a little heavy as Bill and Jeffery discuss the importance of dreams and what often keeps us from chasing them. Plus, standing up for the value of your work, just how limited are limited editions and pioneering female photographer Margaret Bourke-White as Photographer of the Week.


#48: $500 and a Lollipop

March 26, 2013 at 2:45PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

Bill and Jeffery try to iron out the intricacies of copyright and usage, photography as part of a larger, happier life. Photographer and film director Gordon Parks as Photographer of the Week.


#47: Inspiration Is Like Tinkerbell

March 19, 2013 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

Knowing when to stop, how sometimes quantity leads to quality, backup follow-up, and more. Photographer and Filmmaker Anton Corbijn is Photographer of the Week.