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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.



#46: 151 Lights and a News Desk

March 12, 2013 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 35 minutes

Bill gets fancy at the news desk, the importance of backups and technique vs gear. Plus, influential documentary photographer, Robert Frank as Photographer of the Week.


#45: True North On Your Creative Compass

March 5, 2013 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 28 minutes

Light looking like lights, the long-term view of your portfolio, science vs alchemy of film, and more. Stéphane Lavoué is Photographer of the Week.


#44: Sensor Verite

February 26, 2013 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 28 minutes

How much change is too much change for the sake of commerce? Why portraits are different than other types of photography, and who is copyright really protecting? Classic sports magazine shooter Ozzie Sweet is Photographer of the Week


#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.