Ep13 WHY PHOTOGRAPH? - Audio version of BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY magazine article
Release Date: 04/22/2016
This episode and Photomuse is on the importance of the work of Magnum's longest serving photographer, Ian Berry and, in particular, his 1978 book, The English.info_outline EP28 - Conversation with Loupe Magazine Editor and photographer, Luke Archer
Luke Archer is the editor of Loupe Magazine, a printed photography zine which "showcases outstanding images and engaging projects" and is distributed free through various stockists of which Flow Photographic is proudly one. I was fascinated to understand how such a high quality and free magazine could come into being in a world dominated by commercialism and the cult of celebrity. Here is a magazine that offers a quiet discourse on photography in a way that is missing from many of the mainstream offerings in print and online. Luke goes into his background and generously offers up factors...info_outline EP27 - Conversation with Professor Greg Currie (republish edited)
This conversation between me, Alex Schneideman, and Professor Greg Currie is a discussion about the edges of reality and how that concerns photography and image making. Greg Currie is Professor of Philosophy and Head of Research at York University. The conversation was inspired by another podcast (Philosophy Bites) in which Greg talked about the nature of film, addressing questions about perception and time in relation to the movies. I was thrilled that Greg agreed to the recording. I write about ideas and the philosophy of photography every month in B+W Photography Magazine so it was a...info_outline EP26 - Conversation with Jonathan Teplitzky, director of Railwayman and Churchill
This episode is a conversation between me, Alex Schneideman, and Jonathan Teplitzky, the director of many movies including, Better than Sex, Gettin' Square, Burning Man, The Railway Man and 2017 released Churchill. His TV work includes Broadchurch, Marcello and the upcoming Shakspeare series, Will. Jonathan has directed actors including Timothy Spall, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Brian Cox, Olivia Coleman and David Tennant. We discuss how a love of photography led Teplitzky to make movies. Our discussions are wide ranging and involve quite a lot of swearing. Jonathan is Australian but has lived...info_outline EP25 - On the Decisive Moment - An audio essay from B+W PHOTOGRAPHY MAG
This episode takes offers a new view of the relevance of the so-called 'decisive moment' to contemporary photography. Ever since Henri Cartier Bresson coined the term to mean that there is moment when all things come together to capture the essence of a particular situation photographers have been drawn, like moths to a naked bulb, to the beauty of the images that HCB printed as proof of his assertion. Documentary (or street) photography has come a long way since then and in this episode I seek to update the 'master' famous epithet, drawing us away from that light and on to...info_outline EP24 - PHOTOMUSE 5 - Trump, Brexit and Money for Art, Cambrian Explosion, The Value of Joy and a New Way to Exhibit
In this new Photomuse I walk down Portobello ruminating on the issues of the day; I talk about The unsettling effect of Trump The risk to the area world in Britain's exit from Europe The Cambrian explosion of photographic practise Against pigeonholing The importance of joy to the creation of art A new way to exhibit photography designed to affect the viewer viscerally Please get in touch with alex at or @schneideman331 on twitter. Please forgive occasionally poor delivery - I've got a lot on my mind... Thanks for listening...info_outline EP23 - On Perfectionism, a critique - An audio essay from B+W PHOTOGRAPHY MAG
This episode is a recording of my piece for Black+White Photography Magazine issue 194 This piece is all about the over emphasis on the benefits of perfection in photography. Photography is a medium that lends itself to perfectionism - ever better options and technology mean that aberrations and imperfections will be 'optional' in the not so distant future. But what effect does this have on the medium's ability to convey the kernel of our humanity? Do ever sharper pictures with perfectly rendered tones lead us to a sense of truth or away from that and into a...info_outline EP22 - On Purpose - An audio essay from B+W PHOTOGRAPHY MAG
This episode is a recording of my piece for Black+White Photography Magazine issue 193. This article is all about the importance of a sense of purpose to photographic projects. I argue that it is not enough just put out a few pictures and hope that people 'connect'. Rather that the photographer must nail his or her reputation to each project and dig deep to provide an urgent reason why anyone else should spend time in the company of their photographs. If you want to take issue with me on something arising from the podcast - don't hesitate! Head over to the Photographic...info_outline EP21 - PHOTOMUSE 4 - Worries about fascism and freedom of expression, the Turner prize, a car incident and Buddhist finale
Another stroll down Portobello Road on a Friday afternoon with Alex Schneideman. On his mind this week are: The role of photographers and artists in the new hard-right mainstream political landscape. The problems of engaging with the Turner Prize. A minor road rage incident. Buddhism and self sticks. Please get in touch with alex at or @schneideman331 on twitter. Please forgive occasionally poor delivery - I've got a lot on my mind... Thanks for listening...info_outline EP20 - On Sharpness - An audio essay from B+W PHOTOGRAPHY MAG
This episode is a recording of my piece for Black+White Photography Magazine issue 192. It questions the value of sharpness as a goal in photography and offers new ways to view photography in a world that values 'high definition' above many other qualities. 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. Please let others know about the Photographica Podcast by rating us in iTunes - and your are welcome to leave a comment too. It really is the best way to get the...info_outline
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.