#240: The Reins Are Fear


© Fredrick Sommer

This week, making decisions. Sometimes moving through fear means letting go of the reigns — emotionally, creatively, maybe even geographically. But once you do, how much control do you actually have to change course? Are you at the whim of inertia, or do small moves open up new territories, whether you want them to or not? Plus, is monetization after the fact different or better than having it as a goal from the beginning? Frederick Sommer is our Photographer of the Week.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #onemile

Court Dismisses $1 Billion Copyright Claim Against Getty | PDNPulse

Casey Neistat and His Beme App Just Got Acquired by CNN for $25 Million

Karl Taylor The Naked Camera #TheNakedCamera – Master Natural Light Portraiture Professional Photography Education

Does Decision-Making Matter? – The New York Times

Shirley Muldowney’s Official Website

100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time

The Unknown Berenice Abbott – Berenice Abbott – Steidl Verlag

Frederick Sommer – Frederick & Frances Sommer Foundation

Frederick Sommer – Wikipedia

The Art of Frederick Sommer: Photography, Drawing, Collage

Pentax 645Z bajo el agua – YouTube

GeForce GTX 970 Memory Issue Fully Explained – Nvidia’s Response

#239: True to the Show


© Ruth Gruber

This week, what would you do as an artist without the right to express yourself freely? Do you censor your work or do you use your voice and push harder to make your point of view known? Also, what would you give up creatively in order to immerse yourself in something new? Plus, a couple entries from the Crit Wall. Ruth Gruber is our Photographer of the Week.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #provocative

YouTube Casey Neistat Ending Daily Vlog | Mediaite

Beme – Wikipedia

Episode 751 – David Crosby — WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

Taylor Wessing photographic Portrait Prize 2016 – Prize Winners

Now your photos look better than ever – even those dusty old prints

Shooting the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System on a Drone – Live View shooting in Iceland – YouTube

100MP Phase One Alpa Hands-on Review – YouTube

Visiting Sir Elton John’s Dazzling Modernist Photography Collection | Fstoppers

Crit Wall – Seth Wade

Crit Wall – Johann Trojer

Ruth Gruber, a Fearless Chronicler of the Jewish Struggle, Dies at 105 – The New York Times

Ruth Gruber – Wikipedia

A Woman Of Photos And Firsts, Ruth Gruber At 100 : The Picture Show : NPR

Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist | International Center of Photography

Ahead of Time:The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

#238: There Will Always Be A Minority Report

© Vicki Dasilva

© Vicki Dasilva

This week, we discuss the recent election not from a political perspective, but rather from the standpoint of making art and how to translate the reactionary energy into something good. Also, what are some differences between good and great street photography? Are there objective markers or is it merely great by degrees? Vicki Dasilva is our Photographer of the Week.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #congestion

President-Elect Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – YouTube

Artist talk with Photographer Albert Watson | Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Equinox Gallery Vancouver – Two Men in Fog by Fred Herzog

Photography by Thomas Leuthard

Thomas Leuthard (@thomas.leuthard) • Instagram photos and videos


“Doctor Who” Blink (TV Episode 2007) – IMDb

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.Documentary 2005 – YouTube

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Rufus Wainwright – YouTube


Gideon Kendall

#237: The Flow of the Slinky

© Jerome Liebling

© Jerome Liebling

This week, with the proliferation of low cost gear and the barrier of entry so low, have the mechanics of making become too easy? Also, is there such a thing as “objectively good” and if so, how do you know it when you see it? Plus, has photo software reached the tipping point in terms of features? Jerome Liebling is our Photographer of the Week.

Bruce Campbell on 16mm film, iPhones and why horror must go ‘up the butt’ – CNET

Evil Dead II – Wikipedia

Bubba Ho-Tep

UNDERFIRE – Tony Vaccaro Studio

Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times Covers After the World Series

Pirsig’s metaphysics of Quality – Wikipedia

THE GAP by Ira Glass on Vimeo

The Shape of Things: Photographs from Robert B. Menschel | MoMA

Twitter: “Possibly the greatest scene in documentary history. Incredible. #PlanetEarth2 https://t.co/01dDjDJcdX”

Buy Adobe Photoshop CC | Download photo editing software free trial

Latest Creative Cloud version | Adobe Creative Cloud features

New features summary: Photoshop CC 2017 release

When Pictures Tell Stories We’d Rather Not Hear

Jerome Liebling – Wikipedia

Jerome Liebling

Jerome Liebling, Photographer and Mentor, Is Dead at 87 – The New York Times

The Still-Life Mentor to a Filmmaking Generation – The New York Times


Jerome Liebling at Steven Kasher Gallery

#236: The Next Switchback on the Plateau


This week, we’re talking about the ups and downs we go to when we just can’t seem to connect with what we make. How do you keep moving forward when it feels like your wheels are just spinning in the mud. It’s not the feeling of being stuck because energy is still being expended — there’s just the feeling of not moving. Plus, does innovation happen by committee or does there need to be a single vision that the committee then supports? Shin Nogouchi is our Photographer of the Week.

On Taking Pictures – Google+ – Assignment: #outoftheordinary

The interview: Robert Pirsig | Books | The Guardian

William Eggleston – Wikipedia

William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest: Selected Works

William Eggleston, the Pioneer of Color Photography

Reel Pieces: Philip Seymour Hoffman on Capote – YouTube

Philip Seymour Hoffman – IMDb

Photoshop to work with MacBook Pro Touch Bar this year – CNET

Apple says LG’s new 5K displays were designed for the new MacBook Pro – The Verge

Microsoft Surface Studio | Powerful workstation designed for the creative process

Artist talk with Photographer Albert Watson | Smithsonian American Art Museum

Shin Noguchi (@shinnoguchiphotos) • Instagram photos and videos

Shin Noguchi Photography