a visually curious Podcast
An audio journey into the world of existential image-making practices.
Hosted by Nick Tauro Jr.
An audio journey into the world of existential image-making practices.
Hosted by Nick Tauro Jr.
A nice conversation with photographer and writer Tim Carpenter. Tim's book "To Photograph Is To Learn How To Die" is available now and is well worth the read. This episode is for all the existential photographers out there... you know who you are.
Season Three starts off with a bang! Legendary graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister joins me for a great discussion about Werner Herzog, creative bravery, working hard, and how today might just be better than you think.
Magnum photographer and true master of the medium Susan Meiselas joined my for a nice chat to discuss her lifetime of work, as featured in her traveling exhibition "Mediations." We talked about many of her iconic images and series, including "Carnival Strippers" as well as her noteworthy work in a Nicaraguan war zone. Such an honor to speak with a true giant of photography.
A great chat with Lena Fritsch, all about Japanese photography after World War 2. Some familiar names pop up, but we also discuss unsung heroes and some new stars of the Japanese world of photography. It was a pleasure to speak to Lena, who wrote the book "Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography Since 1945" published by Thames & Hudson.
What constitutes a photograph? In its purest form, photography is literally "writing with light." A camera is not necessarily mandatory for creating photographic images. I discuss the world of cameraless photography with Lauren Richman, who curated an exhibit called "Direct Contact" at the Eskenazi Museum of Art in Bloomington, Indiana.
An overview of the myriad ways to get your artwork in front of an audience. Get your work seen without losing your shirt or your self-respect! Some frank talk about the pros and cons of dealing with galleries, competitions and portfolio reviews, all with a healthy does of DIY enthusiasm to help you launch your artwork out into the world...and maybe even make a bit of money in the process.
The second installment of my two-part Berlin photo book conversations. This time I welcome photographer Jason Langer, who has a striking new book out, simply titled "Berlin." We have a great talk about loss, pain, death, religion, joy, sex and everything in between. This was a really insightful chat, I hope you enjoy it.
This is part one of a two episode "Berlin Books" discussion. A wonderful chat with German photographer Christian Reister. Christian published his photo book "Berlin Nights" with Hoxton Mini Press in 2018, and I thought it'd be a great contrast to the second book to be discussed in my next episode. We chatted about music, Lomography, New York as well as one of my favorite cities, Berlin, Germany. A fun talk, I hope you enjoy as much it as I did!
Where do you draw the line when you decide to take a photograph? What subjects or approaches are off limits? What are the legal limits and obligations that a photographer faces when making photographs in public? When is consent required? All of these questions and more in this episode.
This episode features a rollicking interview with the great entertainment / music photographer, Frank Ockenfels 3. You've probably seen his work everywhere. He's shot everyone from the cast of The Walking Dead to rock legend David Bowie. Plenty of inspiration to found in Frank's decades of work.
Pauline Martin, curator from the Photo Elysee Museum in Lusanne, Switzerland is my special guest for this episode. We discuss the history of blur or "flou" (the French term) which is a more accurate name for the soft, blurriness, out of focus, motion blur we often find in a photograph. A nice discussion that coincides with an exhibition of the same name that opens at the Photo Elysee on March 3rd.
It was a true thrill to be able to talk with photographer Michael Ackerman. His deeply thoughtful approach to his work, and his dedication to his art is an inspiration to me. A true meeting of the minds.
A solo episode focussing on the subject of fear: how it affects our creative process, where it comes from, what it looks (and feels) like and how to disarm it. The book "Art & Fear" is the catalyst for this rambling thought flow!
Love him or not, you know the work of Ansel Adams. Let's explore why he is so important to the history of the medium, and so popular with the viewing public. A convincing conversation with photo curator Becky Senf of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona.
A look at one of the titans of American art in the late 20th century. Photography has always been integral to the work of Ed Ruscha. We'll focus on one specific series that is an example of his typological approach to image making. Also, Los Angeles rolls up its sleeves and takes on New York for the title of greatest American art scene.
An interview with photographer Rick Schatzberg, centering on his late(er) journey to serious photography, his studying for an MFA in his 50s and the publishing of his book "The Boys." A couple of middle-aged, NYC suburban guys talk about life, friendship and loss, all seen through the medium of photography.
A look at an important body of work from Lee Friedlander. Created in the 1970s, "The American Monument" is still relevant to today's viewers. We'll also take a "Worth A Thousand Words" closer look at one specific photograph from this series.
A wonderful talk with a master photographer! Todd Hido graciously shared the story of his personal photographic journey with me, as well as his thoughts on art, life and hope. From house hunting to staying optimistic in a troubling world, Todd always looks for the light. This is a longer than usual episode, but it's worth every second.
The subject of death has been a constant throughout the history of photography. This episode we discuss the many ways death has been represented (both literally and metaphorically) in photographs. We'll look at the past practice of post-mortem and mourning photography, as well as ponder the words and images of more contemporary writers and image-makers. This is a special "Day of the Dead" episode.
A wonderful discussion about the life and work of (East) German photographer Sibylle Bergemann. My guest is Ina Schmidt-Runke, a curator from the Kicken Gallery in Berlin. Ina enlightens me on the complex world that Bergemann found herself in, living and creating art behind the Berlin Wall during the days of the Cold War.
This episode we take a look at the classic 1986 photo book "Subway" by Bruce Davidson. A time capsule of "old" New York City and a monumental photographic study of urban life, all steeped in deeply saturated colors. Part of this episode includes a "Worth A Thousand Words" discussion about one particular image from the book.
This episode I welcome Aline Smithson to the podcast. Aline is the driving force behind Lenscratch, a fantastic online showcase of contemporary photography, in all its varied glory. She is also a prolific photo-based artist who delves into the world of analogue processes in her inspiring, personal artwork. A great chat!
Famed German filmmaker Wim Wenders is also a well-respected still photographer. A recent purchase of the book "Wim Wenders: Instant Stories" is the impetus for this episode, where we'll explore the crossing paths of still photography and moving pictures in his decades-spanning career. We'll also delve into his films "Alice in the Cities" and "Palermo Shooting" both of which feature still photography as an integral part of the storyline.
Season Two kicks off with a great interview with curator and writer David Campany. David curated the current William Klein exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York City. We discuss the inspiring life and work of Klein in this lively conversation.
We wrap up season one with a great chat with Albuquerque-based street shooter Nathaniel Paolinelli. Discover the true grit of an original 505 photographer.
A lively discussion about the life and legacy of a gay photography master and underground filmmaking legend.
The value of taking your time when working on your creative projects. Recorded from the side of the highway.
A wonderful conversation with photographer, editor and teacher Joan Liftin. So many great stories!
Commentary and analysis about this intriguing photograph. The next episode in an ongoing series.
An interview with Ward Andrews, a creative thinker, teacher and consultant. Discover ways to deal with envy in your creative practice.
My admiration and respect for the life and the work of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama.
Giving my listeners what the ask for! This podcast would be nothing without you, so here is to new directions.
An interview with photojournalist Roberto Rosales. Empathy and moral judgements while making photos.
Commentary and analysis about this evocative photograph. The third episode in an ongoing series.
A re-sharing of a podcast interview from 5 years ago. A conversation with "Creative Evangelist" Daniel Milnor.
Exploring the myths and realities of life on Route 66, with an emphasis on the work of photographer Edward Keating.
The value of incorporating improv into your life, and saying "yes" to the world through your photography.
What is beautiful, what is ugly? Can you have one without the other? Is it in the eye of the beholder?
Commentary and analysis about this iconic photograph. The second episode in an ongoing series.
The complicated confluence of sex and photography in the work of Nobuyoshi Araki and Yurie Nagashima.
The stories behind Vivian Maier, Eugene Atget, "The Mexican Suitcase" and Mike Disfarmer.
New Mexico as a hotbed of photography. Notable images and image makers.
Finding validation and consolation in the words of photographer Robert Adams.
When is a camera considered dangerous? When is a photographer seen as a threat?
A lively rant about the "hows" and "whys" of putting out your own photo books and zines.
Commentary and analysis about this iconic photograph.
The first episode in an ongoing series.
Let's explore the intangible things that lie below the surface of every photograph.
A deep dive into the photographic and film work of the late, great Robert Frank.
I started this podcast so I could have a place to share my thoughts in a format that allowed for deeper contemplation and conversations. It is my hope that my discussions and interviews are enlightening and inspiring to those of you who are on a journey to create meaningful art, whatever your medium.
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