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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 & Jeffery Saddoris.

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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 & Jeffery Saddoris.

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Only the best photo podcast

By zdfghjkloiu - Mar 24 2018
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A perfect discussion about the philosophy of photography.

Frustrating

By the_wise_man_chooses_nachos - Jan 09 2018
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There's so much potential here but ultimately this comes down to hours of Jeffrey (who hardly makes pictures) complaining about lack of direction in his career and never really doing anything about it, and Bill (an editiorial/commercial photographer) getting over his head and making ill-informed statements whenever trying to discus art photography, and calling women girls like some mildly sexist boss. They sure do know a lot about computers, though.

iTunes Ratings

183 Ratings
Average Ratings
156
12
7
4
4

Only the best photo podcast

By zdfghjkloiu - Mar 24 2018
Read more
A perfect discussion about the philosophy of photography.

Frustrating

By the_wise_man_chooses_nachos - Jan 09 2018
Read more
There's so much potential here but ultimately this comes down to hours of Jeffrey (who hardly makes pictures) complaining about lack of direction in his career and never really doing anything about it, and Bill (an editiorial/commercial photographer) getting over his head and making ill-informed statements whenever trying to discus art photography, and calling women girls like some mildly sexist boss. They sure do know a lot about computers, though.
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On Taking Pictures

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Rank #1: 135: No Touchdowns In Photography

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This week, Inspired by an email exchange Bill and I had with a listener, we ask each other as well as all of you: “What makes a good photographer?” Is it the work? Is it ONLY the work? Or is making interesting (read: good) work merely a byproduct of being an interesting person? Can you even separate the person from the work? Plus, Sohei Nishino is our Photographer of the Week.

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Nov 25 2014

1hr 35mins

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Rank #2: 257: Turn the Hat Around

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This week, a followup to our depression discussion from a couple episodes ago and a letter from a listener. Despite how it sometimes feels, you’re not alone. It’s dark sometimes - really dark - but it’s not empty. We, along with countless listeners, have been there. Call us, email us, post in the group or talk to a family member or a friend. Make things. Share work. Every day, every picture is a chance to change course, either a little or a lot. Also, an offline phone call inspired a discussion around conventional wisdom pertaining to gear and equipment. Nick Veasey is our photographer of the week.

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Mar 28 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #3: 254: Bob Ross on Mute

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This week, we’re starting out with a discussion around craft, inspired in part by the terrific Netflix series, Abstract. Also, we talk about two extremes of making work - at one end, we cite John Free and his 10 year photo essay project talking to people in the train yards in Los Angeles. On the other end, is the recent pop-up display of images and contact sheets from Robert Frank’s The Americans which, at the request of the photographer, were taken down and destroyed. Is one of these things a more valid expression of art than the other, or are they each a potentially necessary part of the creative process? Plus, with our five year anniversary coming up, we’re asking if you have any ideas on how you’d like to see us mark the occasion. If so, email us at podcast@ontakingpictures.com. Aaron Siskind is our Photographer of the Week.

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Mar 07 2017

1hr 37mins

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Rank #4: 65: Doing Nothing is the Enemy

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This week, we talk reinvention. Sometimes you choose, while other times, the choice is made for you. Do you go willingly, or kicking and screaming? Also, how do you take your work (or yourself) to the next level? Plus, you may not know the name, but you definitely know the photos; Philippe Halsman is our Photographer of the Week.

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Jul 23 2013

1hr 36mins

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Rank #5: 258: The Hottest Bell Pepper I’ve Ever Seen

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This week, what’s the most iconic nude photo you’ve ever seen? Now, think about what makes it iconic. The human form is a blank canvas, but depending on how it’s lit, posed or seen by the artist, the resulting representation can be either beautiful or disturbing, art or porn. What’s takes it one way or the other? Also, we talk about when “official” portraits are just bad portraits. Plus, would you pay to use social media if it meant keeping your private information private? Suzanne Moxhay is our Photographer of the Week.

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Apr 04 2017

1hr 26mins

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Rank #6: 313: No One Wants To Be In A Cover Band Forever

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This week, we’re circling back to an earlier discussion around style and whether you choose your style (and maybe even overall aesthetic) or your style chooses you. Also, do you recognize the point at which emulating or being inspired by your artistic heroes became something more unique? Plus, planned obsolescence, photography in video games and do we really need a digital 8x10 camera? Ara Güler is our Photographer of the Week.

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Apr 25 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: 285: The Composition Within the Chaos

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This week, how do you approach a new project or body of work? Is the making more important than the potential juice? Or is potential monetization always a component? Also, a discussion around creating work vs. seeing work, using photojournalism as an example. Plus, a spoiler-free discussion of the making of Blade Runner 2049 from the perspective of practical vs CG environments. Lynn Gilbert is our Photographer of the Week.

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Oct 10 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #8: 71: Disruption

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Are you following a straight line or tacking an irregular course? Is one more effective than the other, providing you can see True North? What is the real value in a life spent making art? Plus, Russian photographer and graphic designer, Alexander Rodchenko is our Photographer of the Week.

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Sep 03 2013

1hr 47mins

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Rank #11: 140: An Official Knock-off

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We’re finishing off 2014 with one last listener Q&A show. But first, we’re talking about the idea of planned obsolescence. Is current gear as good as it was 20 years ago? Is anything? Then, Bill’s trip to a recent Saul Leiter show in NYC sparks some discussion around the idea of posthumous artist foundations and legacy. User submitted photojournalist Matt Black is our Photographer of the Week.

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Dec 31 2014

1hr 38mins

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Rank #13: 293: Trying To Hug A Cloud

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This week, Jeffery is back from Paris and is wrestling with whether seeing so much art is inspiring or depressing. Is there a point where experiencing the creativity of others is actually counterproductive? Also, we’ve said it many times...back up your photos. Southern California is on fire and photos still top the list of what people take first. Plus, a few gift picks for both the photographers and the non-photographers on your lists. Billy & Hells are our Photographers of the Week.

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Dec 07 2017

1hr 52mins

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Rank #14: 69: Play With Your Deckled Edges

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The week, who are you presenting to the world, you, or a manufactured version of you? Also, all roads lead to film when Bill borrows a Leica M7. Plus, what’s the difference between collecting and curating? Artist-slash-photographer, Vic Muniz sparks some interesting discussion on the nature of art as our Photographer of the Week.

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Aug 20 2013

1hr 42mins

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Rank #15: 270: The Luster Dulls Over Time

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This week, we’re talking about inherited meaning, specifically related to last week’s discussion around using tintype to capture older blues musicians and how that process seemed to “fit” the subject matter. Does the process give the photographs more meaning? Is the fact that they are actual tintypes “better” than if a similar effect had been achieved with a preset or a filter? Also, a terrific story about a husband and wife, their Hasselblad, and the Moon. Lilian Day Thorpe is our Photographer of the Week.

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Jun 27 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #16: 301: It’s Like Amway With A Camera

Jan 30 2018

1hr 54mins

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Rank #17: 284: Time Is Your Only Currency

Oct 03 2017

1hr 35mins

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Rank #18: 195: Everybody’s Eating Oreos for Breakfast

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This week, is art just a shell game of semantics? Do the names and labels matter at all as long as you’re making mistakes, making work and moving forward? Why do we get so spun up over something so nebulous? Also, do you buy photobooks to enjoy, or simply to leave them shrink-wrapped on a shelf, hoping that they will appreciate in value? Are collectors screwing it up for the folks who want to enjoy the work? Plus, Tyler Shields is a genius...or is that just what he wants you to think? Richard Mosse is our Photographer of the Week.

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Jan 19 2016

1hr 28mins

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Rank #19: 175: Very Little Time For the Present

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This week, we unpack some of the challenges around deciding that something is not art, just because you don’t agree with it or understand it. Does making art an “ism” stifle growth and innovation? Also, long before drones surveilled us, there were...pigeons? Plus, a tease of next week’s show, where we will be talking about what some believe to be the future of photography. Ilse Bing is our Photographer of the Week.

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Sep 01 2015

1hr 21mins

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Rank #20: 64: Goldilocks Camera Phenomenon

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We lighten things up this week and talk about gear, specifically cameras and why what’s right for you may not be right for someone else...and that’s okay. Also, sometimes your photos really don’t matter... just enjoy the moment. Plus, Ellen von Unwerth brings the sexy as our Photographer of the Week.

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Jul 16 2013

1hr 48mins

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