Igor Posner was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). After the fall of the Soviet Union, Igor moved to California in the early 90s. He studied molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he first started to take pictures and experiment in the darkroom. This initial infatuation with picture-taking led Igor to explore the silent and haunting experience of walking after dark on the streets of Los Angeles and Tijuana. This first series of images No Such Records savors the strange solitude of the enigmatic region between California and Mexico; amid the streets, bars, night shelter hotels, and its disappearing night figures. After 14 years, Igor returned to St. Petersburg in 2006, taking up photography full time, which led to a book project entitled Past Perfect Continuous, published by Red Hook Editions in 2017. At present, Igor is based in New York and working on a long term project exploring psychological aspects of migration and the gradual disappearance of neighborhoods based on Russian immigrant communities in North America. Igor’s work has been shown in North America, Europe, Russia, and Southeast Asia. He joined the Prospekt Photographers agency as a full member in 2011. Ben Brody is an independent photographer, educator, and picture editor working on long-form projects related to the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their aftermath. He is the Director of Photography for The GroundTruth Project and Report for America, and a co-founder of Mass Books. His first book, Attention Servicemember, published by Red Hook Editions and designed by Kummer & Herrman, was shortlisted for the Aperture - Paris Photo First Book Award. Ben holds an MFA from Hartford Art School's International Low-Residency Photography program. He resides in western Massachusetts. On episode 157, Igor and Ben answer some of the following questions:Can you pass on one or two useful tips when it comes to editing and sequencing images for a book? Is there something you can say about the decision making process?When you begin a project, are you thinking about how it will end up - a book, exhibition etc? Does this influence your practice during the shooting phase?When you feel creatively exhausted or uninspired or blocked what do you do to get yourself moving forward again?What else, outside of photographery, are you passionate about? Do you have any other obsessions?Do you rely on a number of distinct income streams to make a living, and if so how is your 'income pie chart' made up?What is the most exciting photobook (or photographer) you've come across in the last year or so?What's your favourite photobook, and why? Or is there a photobook that was particularly influential?Where do you see the market for photo books heading in the next few years?Which photographer's work has been most influential to you?What advice should young photographers ignore? Are there recommendations you hear a lot that you totally disagree with?How do you fund a project you are going to publish? Does the author have to contribute towards the costs?What is the best fund raising strategy for a photo book?What are some key things to be aware of when contacting a publisher. Any Do's and Dont’s?Any suggestions for putting together a book proposal?How do you choose the projects you are going to publish?Where do you see the market for photo books heading in the next few years? Igor: Website | Instagram | Redhook EditionsBen: Website | Instagram | The GroundTruth Project | Mass Books
We meet Ben Brody, whose debut book of images draws on his tours of duty as a US military combat photographer. Plus: An-My Lê discusses her work, which probes the impact of conflict on the landscape, and Giles Price on embracing emerging technologies to find new ways of visual storytelling.
Ben Brody is an independent photographer, educator, and picture editor working on long-form projects related to the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their aftermath. His first book, Attention Servicemember, published by Red Hook Editions and designed by Kummer & Herrman, has been shortlisted for the Aperture - Paris Photo First Book Award
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing MADArt Creative‘s Inner Reaches: Year II, the second installment of a performance series that sought to serve as a chronicle of the quantum universe through dance, music, and design. Ben Brody composed music for this dance piece to be played by drummer Ian Chang using Sensory Percussion by Sunhouse. The performance was phenomenal, and I was thrilled to get to talk to Ben about his extraordinarily diverse work. Visit Ben Brody’s website, and follow him on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Music:Clapping Music from “Inner Reaches: Year II” – performed by drummer Ian ChangDrones, the Peaceful Kind – performed by The Chelsea SymphonyWhat’s Done is Done – performed by Flow StateCurving Back – performed by Flow State feat. Elvy YostDopplegänger – PitchBlak Brass Band____________Thinking of starting your own podcast or website? Do it! I’m a big fan of Blubrry for podcast distribution and you can get a month free by signing up for Blubrry Podcast Hosting here, or Blubrry Professional Statistics here. My sites are hosted by Dreamhost, which I also love. Here are a couple of promotions they’ve got going: $25 off shared hosting $50 off shared hosting Sign up with these links, and I’ll get a little something too. We all win! The post MikeyPod 229 | Composer Ben Brody appeared first on MikeyPod.
This week, I talk to Ben Brody on his own, as part 2 of a 3 episode arc featuring Ben and two groups that he is a part of. He is a fascinating guy. We cover his horn/guitar/composition career, handling the business side of being a musician, and his group Flow State.This episode features two tracks from Flow State's new EP, Where The Sky Meets the Earth: "What's Done Is Done" and "These Things."For all things Ben Brody, Flow State, and whatever else he is working on at the moment:benbrodymusic.com