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.

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


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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My Homage to a Black and White Champion

From the 80’s to Photographica – A Personal and Fond Farewell to the Independant’s Print Edition- full transcript below.

An essay on the power of one broadsheet newspaper, The Independent, that did more for the love of black and white photography than any other media outlet in modern times.

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This is a really quick edition to say ‘thank you’ to our listeners for getting Photographica Podcast into the iTunes’ highly coveted ‘New and Noteworthy’ section. Also we are charting!

Please rate and comment on iTunes so we can consolidate this boost and establish Photographica for years to come.

I’m asking everyone to leave their names so I can namecheck you the next edition by way of a very big ‘THANK YOU’ from me.

Alex Schneideman


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Episode 6 – Conversation with Gavin Maxwell – BBC film maker and photographer

Gavin Maxwell explores the liminal spaces between belief and faith and fact.

Portrait of Gavin ‘Otter’ Constable Maxwell – photographer and film maker by Alex Schneideman

Alex and Gavin sat down to discuss his work in film and stills photography on Wednesday 10th of February at the AS Printing studios

  • Amongst many interesting strands of conversation these are some that stand out:
  • The wistful understanding of the transience of life…
  • The hunt for truth in the larger body of one’s work.
  • Shooting exclusively on film.
  • The existence of ‘Thin Places’.
  • The way a photograph should be consumed.
  • The strange interplay between seemingly unrelated work.

Gavin Maxwell is a leading film-maker and photographer who has spent over 20 years making natural history, anthropological and environmental programmes for the BBC Natural History Unit and BBC Science.

His Wild China and Japan: Earth’s Enchanted Islands programmes have been viewed by millions of people worldwide. Gavin has also co-written two books for Random House, and lectured at the Royal Geographical Society in the UK and abroad. This year one of his large format film photographs of a human skeleton is a finalist Royal Photographic Society International Print competition.

Gavin’s website is www.gcmaxwell.com


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Episode 5 – Conversation with John ‘Boogie’ Tiberi, photographer of the Sex Pistols


In this episode Alex Schneideman of www.asprinting.net talks to John Tiberi, a photographer who happened upon the early punk scene in London and then shot it from the inside. 

It was the grim, austere mid seventies and John Tiberi was working as an advertising photographer in the Soho studio scene of the day but loved the music he found in the pubs around Ladbroke Grove. When he happened upon Joe Strummer and his band the 101ers John’s life took a new turn and he found himself on the inside of a cultural phenomenom which led to him embedding himself, camera in hand with Joe Strummer, The Clash and The Sex Pistols. It was arguably John Tiberi who create the punk movement when he put the 101ers as headline in a gig with the Sex Pistols as the support act.

John became the Sex Pistols tour manager and was instrumental in some of their most famous recordings – but he was, and continues to be, a photographer. His photographs of a very young John Lydon and Sid Vicious are extraordinary studies of youth on the verge of chaos.

I had such a great chat with John and, as is becoming the norm for Photographcia conversations, the philosophy and the ephemeral are just as interesting as the photography itself.

Remember! Send any feedback to me at alex@asprinting.net or leave comments and rate us on iTunes.

I’m working on a proper website where I’ll be able to show lots more material to add to the, hopefully, immersive quality of the conversations.



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Episode 4 Conversation #2 with Babycakes Romero


Babycakes Romero is a photographer who is across many different visual media. His work encompasses – deep breath – animation, videography, script writing, street photography as well as dj-ing and record production. 

Babycakes Romero and Alex Schneideman discuss:

  • Approach to street photography
  • Encompassing many different media
  • Early visual influences
  • The nature of time as described by a camera
  • Favourite cameras
  • The viral effect
  • Who gets paid for a viral sensation? Clue – it isn’t the photographer.

The first half of this conversation is about is working practises – how he manages to remain productive across so many media. The second half is all about his trial sensation, ‘The Death of Conversation’ which is a series of street shots that show people lost to the world around them as they gaze lovingly at their smart phones. Babycakes is questioning whether this relationship between human and phone is a good thing. The series stock a chord and, in 2014 and 15 he found himself a regular contributor to news items on the subject and it all culminated in a Ted Talk. In the course of a year his life changed as millions of people clicked on his images. 

Listen to the podcast and get in touch. 

Please rate Photographic on iTunes – it means a lot and you’ll get a name check!

If you’d like to discuss printing some of your work contact me at alex@asprinting.net or have a look at www.asprinting.net.



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Ep3 Shooting in the Dark

Fed up with winter? Appalled by the grimness of dark days and nothing to (photographically) look forward to?

Then listen to this short podcast that is all about the beauty of shooting in the dark and magic that happens when you push yourself, your skills and your camera over the edge of sanity and find that you not only survive but come up with some photographic gems.

Please listen and let me know what you think. You get in touch by emailing me at alex@asprinting.net.

We’ll have a nice website soon at www.photographicapodcast.com where I’ll be showing some examples of my images that exemplify the approach to shooting I outline here.

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Episode 2 – Conversation with photographic king of Bohemia, Michael Woods

Michael Woods, documenter of London’s bohemian luminaries and Nicolas Roeg’s collaborator talks to Photographica about his life’s work.

From Soho to Notting Hill Michael Woods is the portrait photographer who has captured the souls of many of London’s bohemian demi-monde.

In this episode Michael talks to Alex Schneideman about his work with Nic Roeg, George Melly and Harry Diamond as well as walk us through his favourite cameras and film processing techniques.

Beware swearing from the start but its worth it…

www.photographicapodcast.com will contain a selection of Michael’s images but… not quite yet. We’re still getting that sorted.

Contact me at alex@asprinting.net or checkout my printing website, www.asprinting.net.

Lets talk about printing!

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Photographica Episode 1 – Launch and competition announcement.

Alex gives a heads-up on a competition he’ll be kicking off in which you could win over £600 ($1000 USD) worth of free printing. Subscribe to PHOTOGRAPHICA for more news.


In this, the first ever episode of Photographica, Alex Schneideman introduces his new podcast.

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