EP18 – ON CAMERAS

This episode is a recording of my piece for Black+White Photography Magazine issue 191. 

It concerns the relationship between photographers and their cameras. 

You can see a fully illustrated transcript of this article on my blog. Click here.

If you want to take issue with me on something arising from the podcast – don’t hesitate! Head over to the Photographic Podcast website and let me know what you think.

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If you’d like to discuss printing your work you can get in touch with me at alex@flowphotographic.com or visit the Flow Photographic website.

Thanks for listening,

Alex 

PS Thanks to Chad Lelong for the music!

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EP17 – Conversation with Paddy Summerfield

On July 8th I travelled to Oxford to meet Paddy Summerfield in the house he has lived in since he was 18 months old and, more particularly, the house that served as backdrop to his 2014 masterpiece ‘Mother and Father’ (published by Dewi Lewis). 

Paddy Summerville in his Garden, Oxford 2016

Paddy and his partner Patricia Baker-Cassidy live in an Edwardian villa in Oxford’s Summertown where they work together to bring a lifetime’s photography to the surface.

This year Dewi Lewis has published another collection of Paddy’s work, ‘The Oxford Pictures 1968-1978’ which are a languorous and sexually charged examination of loneliness and self discovery. Paddy has always shot on 35mm and the images in this book are exquisitely reproduced from scans and printed at the legendary EBS printers in Italy which were also the printers of my book, ‘Want More’ in 2015.

This conversation is easily the longest I have published but it is necessarily so because Paddy is engaging on the subject of photography and candid when he talks about life in general. He is a true photographer in that his life is defined by the images he makes. His energy and ambition to keep publishing his extensive work comes from a desire to represent his world and not, as is often the case, from the ego.

Please take time to listen to the piece; listen to it win tranches if necessary, as it really is worth the effort.

Alex Schneideman July 2016

All images © Alex Schneideman, 2016

 

Links

New York Times T Magazine

Photomonitor

CPM Conscientious Photography Magazine

EP16 – PhotoMuse 2

Listen in stereo as I take a second walk down a very sunny Portobello Road. This time I was thinking about:

  • Chimping and the new screenless Leica MD, affectation and self imposed perfectionism.
  • Harry Gruyaert.
  • Jolyon Fenwick and his pictures of WW1 battlefields, ‘ZERO HOUR’

and an amazing busker…

Don’t forget to get in touch with me at alex@flowphotographic.com or checkout flowphotographic.com to learn about our work printing photography at FLOW.

Thanks, 

Alex

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EP16 – PhotoMuse 2

Listen in stereo as I take a second walk down a very sunny Portobello Road. This time I was thinking about:

  • Chimping and the new screenless Leica MD, affectation and self imposed perfectionism.
  • Harry Gruyaert.
  • Jolyon Fenwick and his pictures of WW1 battlefields, ‘ZERO HOUR’

and an amazing busker…

Don’t forget to get in touch with me at alex@flowphotographic.com or checkout flowphotographic.com to learn about our work printing photography at FLOW.

Thanks, 

Alex

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Ep – 15 PhotoMuse 1

In which your host, Alex Schneideman, searches for a recording style that suits the vicissitudes of working and travelling and not always having the ‘correct energy’ to go to the studio and script a monologue.

Back to me – Today I take a walk down Portobello musing passed the muses and wondering about why tourists spend so much money on photo gear and coming to a much deeper conclusion about selfies. I even remember my brilliant and lucky discovery about how to get shadow detail who shooting own bright sunlight. 

More than anything I have been inspired by listening to other podcasts where I’ve (slightly) fallen in love with the swirling, riffing speech of people who can talk and think at the same time. I aim to learn. 

Let me know what you think. Get at me at alex@flowphotographic.com.

All the best,

Alex

PS If you have any ideas about subjects I should cover let me know.

Image below that I shot during the ‘muse’…

 

 

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WHY PHOTOGRAPH? – Audio version of BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY magazine article

WHY PHOTOGRAPHY AT ALL? 1st column from BLACK + WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE

This is the first of of a regular series which are audio versions of my new monthly column, ‘Thinking Photography’ which appears in BLACK + WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY.

Every month I take apart, unpack and dissect various ideas about the nature of photography. My column is fairly short and straight to the point. 

Each article is illustrated by some of my photographs.

This article is from May’s edition of B+WP and it is looks at the drive to create and therefore to photograph. 

As ever, please let me know what you think.

Alex

alex@asprinting.net

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Ep11 – The inspiring and eloquent Aileen O’Sullivan – a singular documentary maker

Aileen O’Sullivan represents a double first for Photographica. She is the first woman to feature and she is NOT a stills photographer. Rather Aileen is a veteran director and producer from New Zealand who has worked both sides of the truth line, i.e. she has directed drama as well as hard factual documentaries as well as other work that lands somewhere in between.

I really wanted to make a recording with Aileen because, although, she isn’t strictly speaking, a photographer her desire to tell a story using a camera is relevant to the work of stills photographers and I thought I might learn something from this alternative perspective. I was right – Aileen talks intelligently and with great experience about what to takes to develop and follow a story. She is an artist first foremost and our conversation touched on every aspect of what it takes to go to the heart of a story.

 

Aileen directed the highly acclaimed ‘Black Grace‘ which follows a contemporary indigenous New Zealand dance company on its way to glory in America. Please take a look also at seannachie.com which is Aileen’s own website.

And please remember to rate Photographica and visit the website at ASPrinting.net

Thanks for listening,

Alex

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EP11 – Conversation with James Mooney – gangs photographer

From London to New York, LA and Manchester plus points in-between James Mooney connects with so-called gang members to discover the story behind the prejudice.

James comes from a tough district of Dublin where he grew up with a choice; to join or not to join? That was the question. Now James lives between NYC and London and has made connections with gangs all over the world into which he has gained unprecedented access.

Trust is crucial to Mooney’s work and when you listen to him taking about his photography it won’t surprise you that he breeds trust wherever he goes. Indeed, when he came into my studio I was immediately intrigued by this softly spoken Irishman and wanted to know more. A big ego would not get you very far in the world of young men who live beyond the normal.

Another facet of Mooney’s relationship to his work is that he is incredibly modest about it. The only way you can see his images (at the moment) is through his Instagram,  ‘pointshootthink‘.

Please listen in full to this fascinating discourse on a man’s quest to make sense of young people, their alienation and culture.

Thanks,

Alex

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Ep10 – On visiting Calais Refugee Camp

This episode of Photographica Podcast is about a recent visit to the refugee camp in Calais known as ‘The Jungle’.

I went there with the writer, Tom Blass, and our objective was to discover more for ourselves about the crisis that is unfolding just a few miles from our shores.

This podcast is a description of the trip and the problems facing photographers getting access when restrictive regimes are in place. It is also about the way that the way you, as a photographer, connect to the environment in which you find yourself and how that defines the work you do.

Lastly, something I didn’t mention in the podcast; the role of colour in describing a scene. When I started to look at the pictures that I had shot in the camp I converted some to black and white. Doing this seemed a travesty against the telling of the story that I had witnessed. I learned the lesson that colour is necessary when trying to depict a scene where the details matter. It is of lesser importance that colour rendition is ‘subjective’ than to show as much detail as possible of a space that requires serious attention.

You can see more of the pictures at www.alexschneideman.net

If you are affected by the crisis and would like to help please contact Help for Refugees who are supporting people in Calais and other migrant centres.

Thanks for listening,

Alex

 

Ep9 – Heathcliff O’Malley, War photographer; from Ground Zero to Afghanistan

I’VE LIVED A THOUSAND LIVES

One bright September morning in 2001, Heathcliff O’Malley was preparing to spend another day among the catwalks of New York Fashion Week for the Daily Telegraph. His phone rang. It was his editor in London saying that reports were coming in about a plane strike on one of the Twin Towers. This call changed the course of Heathcliff’s life was to take. From that moment he was engaged in the story of the ensuing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

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