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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.



#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.


#30: Entrances Confused with Dead Ends

November 21, 2012 at 10:30AM • 1 hour 29 minutes

Our thoughts on the HBO series 'Witness', classic Hollywood portraits, tips for making your composites look more real, and a deep delve into the mind of photographer of the week Joel Meyerowitz.


#29: Richard Scarry Book on Acid

November 13, 2012 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 28 minutes

How do you know when you've got it right? Are trends in art supposed to be chased or ridden, and is there is a location which really is the 'place to be' at any particular time? Parisian street photographer Brassai is this week's photographer.


#28: Ability to Recognize...Maybe

November 7, 2012 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 28 minutes

How do we know when art 'works' or doesn't? Is it intuition or knowledge? Bill and Jeffery also tackle some listener mail about b/w conversion, hype in the art world, and a rebuttal of a listener who thinks Bill is a little too cranky. Master portraitist Irving Penn is this week's photographer.


#27: A Body of Work Only in Hindsight

October 31, 2012 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

A serious episode this week as Jeffery and Bill discuss whether a body of work is retrospective in origin or whether it's built masterpiece by masterpiece. Also David Hockney's article on perspective, scanning slides with your dslr, and asking why photography is ever a crime. The wonderful Alfred Sieglitz is this week's photographer.