#209: Oddly Fascinating


This week, the unexpected passing of Prince has us starting the show discussing art from the perspective of both ownership and influence. We talk about priorities (artistic and otherwise) and to what degree our presence in the world allows us to experience the world. Plus, we discuss some of the differences between opinion and critique and how who you ask can be just as important as what. Alex Prager is our Photographer of the Week.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #transition

Susan Rogers Reflects on Her Work with Prince | Berklee College of Music

Purple Rain’s sound engineer remembers Prince: ‘A very rare bird’ – Home | As It Happens | CBC Radio

The Moment with Brian Koppelman – Gabrielle Hamilton: 3/29/16 | Listen via Stitcher Radio On Demand

Aperture Anthology: The Minor White Years

Eric Clapton Opens Up About ‘The Very Real Way’ Prince Brought Him Out Of Depression

Sarah Oliphant – Conversations with Artists — Jonsar Studios

EO Hoppé’s portraits – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

2The.Impressionists.Painting.and.Revolution.2of4.The.Great.Outdoors.PDTV.XviD.AC3.MVGroup.org – Video Dailymotion

Peter Capaldi: ‘A lot of surrealist art is about sex’ – video | Art and design | The Guardian

Unlock Art – Search results | Tate

Alex Prager – Photography & Films

Alex Prager: Crowd Control | NOWNESS

MoMA | New Photography 2010 | Alex Prager

Sign ‘O’ The Times [Outtake] – YouTube

#208: Echoes of Memories

All from Bodine's Industry: The Dignity of Work. Sparrow Point Blast Furnace, 1946 (Plate 010) photo by A. Aubry Bodine.

This week, Happy Anniversary to us! We talk a bit about four years of On Taking Pictures, which leads to a discussion on the value of output. There’s the idea of getting better with practice, which we’ve talked about several times, but also the value of the body of work as an object, independent of anything else. We also talk about meanings we associate to objects and share a wonderful email from a listener called “The Mythology of Things” in which he works through some reasons that objects become more to us than their component parts. Also, is the Photo Renaissance over or are we in a New Golden Age of photography? Former Baltimore Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine is our Photographer of the Week.

How Ridiculous – YouTube

Cardboard Junkie: Virtual 1982 Topps Sticker Album – Front cover and page 1

Titanic sinks in REAL TIME – 2 HOURS 40 MINUTES – YouTube

George Hurrell photos and prints

Crit Wall : Sahidus Maximus

Crit Wall : Lance Harshbarger

A. Aubrey Bodine – Baltimore Pictorialist

The photos of A. Aubrey Bodine – Baltimore Sun

Bodine’s Industry: ‘The Dignity of Work’ by A. Aubrey Bodine

A. Aubrey Bodine: Baltimore Sun pictorialist

Bodine – Man Blowing Glass

Aubrey Bodine books on Amazon

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #cycles

#207: Emojis Don’t Count

#206: It’s Hard to Juggle Slowly


This week, are you a multitasker? Or is multitasking merely a buzzword to make us feel like we’re actually getting things done? A voicemail from a listener has us discussing our approaches to managing multiple projects. Also, it’s not always about the picture — story is still important, especially when you’re pitching ideas to magazines and editorial outlets. Plus, 30 years after Chernobyl, our fascination with abandoned places and a terrific Crit Wall entry from the G+ Group. Tim Walker is our Photographer of the Week.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #discarded


REAPER – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Puget Custom Computers: PC Hardware Articles

ESPN’s Tim Rasmussen on the Story Pitches that Land Assignments

Still Cleaning Up: 30 Years After the Chernobyl Disaster – The Atlantic

Chernobyl Uncensored – Documentary – YouTube

An alternative view of New York | Forgotten New York

A Too-Perfect Picture – The New York Times

Abandoned America | Matthew Christopher’s Autopsy of the American Dream

Why Mapplethorpe Still Matters – The New York Times

Review: ‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ on HBO Gives Context to Controversy – The New York Times

Sheri Lynn Behr’s Be Seeing You is a series about surveillance.

Palette Gear: Hands-on Control of your Favourite Software

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Tim Walker Photography

Fashion Story: Lady Grey by Tim Walker – YouTube

Tim Walker interview: In Fashion – YouTube

Tim Walker – Pictures by teNeues.de

Tim Walker “Pictures” on Amazon

Young men in Arles compete to see who can pull the ring off a bull’s horns. The…

#205: Somebody Has To Be A Dictator


This week, Instagram’s change from a time-based feed to an algorithmic one has us discussing the value of platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, etc. as viable means of sharing work, especially when it’s got a commercial component to it. We also talk about flow states – those periods of creativity when time seems to stop — both from the standpoints of controlling when they happen and what to do when they don’t. Plus, how many memories do you need? We talk about the often overwhelming size of photo collections and some of the ways to manage them. We tackle a couple Crit Wall entries from listeners and Peter Goin is our Photographer of the Week.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #CompositeSmackdown

The Old Reader: behind the scenes – Instagram Unlevels the Playing Field

An Exhibition Explores How Photos Have Been Used To Prove Crime And Violence

Unedited! Grisly photos from the LAPD photo archives on display

Google Nik Collection

Recent shot using a newly acquired Mamiya 7. Love it so far, but its been an…

This is a photo I took of a friend and his band in the studio for promo…

Peter Goin Photography

Peter Goin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nuclear Landscapes — Nevada Test Site by Peter Goin | ONE

Mamiya 7