#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.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #empty

16 Podcasts Photographers Should Follow in 2017 – Resource

Touchnote | Send your photos as postcards and greeting cards

Shooting with the Fujifilm GFX 50S: Extended Thoughts and Sample Images

First Lady Melania Trump Gets Her First Official Portrait : NPR

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Dell’s 8K monitor is a sublime $4,999 luxury for the pros – The Verge

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#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.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #Saturation

Richard Tuschman’s Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz is a look back at 1930s Poland

Bill Wadman 2017 365 (@wadman365) • Instagram photos and videos

Instagram begins blurring some sensitive content, opens two-factor to all | TechCrunch

X-Trans: The Promise and the Problem

Opinion: Thinking about buying medium format? Read this first: Digital Photography Review

Stunning Rare Photographs of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and Marlene Dietrich from Hollywood’s Kodachrome Era Photos | Vanity Fair

Stunning Rare Photographs of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and Marlene Dietrich from Hollywood’s Kodachrome Era Photos | Vanity Fair

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Extreme X-Rays: Photographer Nick Veasey Takes You Inside … Everything | WIRED

#256: Mash Potatoes In the Shape of the Hollywood Bowl

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This week, prompted by a listener email, we talk about taking “those” photos that have been taken a million times before and why you should or shouldn’t take your version. Also, a discussion around being open to the process and giving yourself permission to play, regardless of whether or not all the pieces are in place. Paul Outerbridge is our Photographer of the Week.

Three Iconic Musicians on Artistic Creation — and Its Importance Now – NYTimes.com

U.S. Limits Devices for Passengers on Foreign Airlines From Eight Countries – NYTimes.com

Behold the most terrifying images in these declassified nuclear test videos – The Washington Post

Polaroid Swing aims to reboot brand and inspire new generation | Art and design | The Guardian

Gregory Heisler on Arnold Newman – YouTube

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When Color Was Vulgar: Paul Outerbridge’s Avant-Gardist’s Eye – The New Yorker

L.A. exhibitions focus on Paul Outerbridge – LA Times

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#255: If It Says VIP, It’s Not VIP

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This week, we discuss the paralyzing power of depression via a story of a Chinese photographer called Ren Hang, who recently took his own life. Also, a quick roundup of some of our current favorite photo apps. Plus, we tease a couple articles to discuss next week around the creative process of artists like Beck, Tom Waits and Kendrick Lamar as well as the value of immersion via Chrissie Hynde. Laurent Nivalle is our Photographer of the Week.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #contrast

Three Iconic Musicians on Artistic Creation — and Its Importance Now – NYTimes.com

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The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde in studio q – YouTube

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Ren Hang, Provocative Chinese Photographer, Dies at 29 – The New York Times

Ren Hang – TASCHEN Books

Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood (Getty Museum)

Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock – Movie Trailers – iTunes

Infographic shows the (depressive) state of the camera industry – 43 Rumors

Photographer Spends Three Months Building His Own Sets by Hand for Cinematic Photo Series | Fstoppers

GILBERT O`SULLIVAN tells the TRUE story of ALONE AGAIN ( Naturally ) – YouTube

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#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.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #mealtime

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Hirshhorn Museum visitor breaks pumpkin taking selfie | Daily Mail Online

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Advanced de-faking: using public sources to trace the true age of a suspected propaganda video / Boing Boing

How This Wildlife Photographer Got His Shot On a Postage Stamp | Digital Trends

10 Year Photo Essay by John Free – YouTube

My Photography Lesson With John Free | The Art of Photography

Engineering Prints | Color Engineering Prints | Staples®

How Much Faster is a Modern Workstation for Adobe Photoshop CC 2017?

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