There aren’t many photographers who sell their prints. Finn Hopson is one of the few that do. He owns and runs a gallery at the seafront in Brighton, England, where he sells his own landscape photos, taken in and around the city. Naturally, I wanted to know what it’s like to make a living from selling prints and what he has learned along the way. This is easily one of the most insightful conversations I had on the topic of selling your own work.
Live from Brighton, England comes this conversation with Jerry Webb. Originally from Brixton, Jerry photographs people in the city he now calls home, mostly up close and mostly with extremely wide-angle lenses. We talk about the local photography scene, British photography culture as a whole and many other bits and pieces that came to mind.
Josh White (aka jtinseoul) is a Canadian, now living near Seoul in South Korea. He’s become well-known for his distinct and powerful black and white photographs of the people of Seoul, often pictured in public life situations. Josh also works on projects, most notably perhaps “The Culture” – a series of photographs about a Korean tattoo artist and his family in Toronto. In this episode we talk at length about being a photographer in Korea, good places to shoot in Seoul and the cultural idiosyncrasies one faces when exploring Korea with a camera.
Rachels Bujalski documents the lives of people living off the grid, on boats, in huts, cars and even in trees. Currently, she lives on a boat in California herself and is getting ready for a road-trip in her Toyota 4-Runner, which will also be her home away from home. Rachel is very comfortable approaching strangers. As a result her photographs are very intimate and pull in the viewer as they tell their story.
Calling in from Baltimore, Patrick talks about his relationship to the city, his approach to the people who live there and how certain gear can help overcome anxiety, both in him and his subjects. We also take a brief excursion into the world of medium format photography and explore Patrick’s job as a librarian with respect to photo books.
Phoning in from her kitchen, cooking dinner for her carpenter,
Laura Pannack talks with eloquence about her life as a photographer, her personal projects, working with strangers and what drives her work as well as her sources of inspiration. It’s difficult not to get inspired by this energetic and accomplished young talent, even though the contact high you get from being exposed to her stressful life for an hour is strong enough to cause heart palpitations.
After two years roaming the world and a short hiatus from his online presence, Eric Kim comes back on the show to talk about how things have changed for him. We chat about new personal projects and how to start working on them. Then we venture into the meaning of favorites and comments, or the lack thereof, followed by conversation about the future of photo sharing and what Instagram is up to. We also touch on photography books and the advantages of zines. Other topics included the Fuji X70, black and white vs color photography, Bauhaus design aesthetics and Eric’s upcoming trip to Vietnam.
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In this episode photographer and LPV show host Bryan Formhals and I take a meta look at the world of documentary photography. Bryan gives his views on the status quo, the people who shape the scene and what he thinks should change. We also talk about making money with photography, pushing yourself to make better pictures and becoming a better editor.
Bryan’s presentation at SVA.
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Paris is a very young, highly talented social documentary and music photographer from the US. She is best known for the personal pictures of her family, a project she says will go on for the rest of her life. She also shoots for a living, often on tour with bands and often backstage, where she captures the reality of the lives of musicians.
Lying on his couch and sounding like Garry Winogrand, David talks about his photography, his books and the world at large. It would be difficult to sum up this conversation, so I won’t even try. Go listen for yourself. And have fun!
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