On Taking Pictures

On Taking Pictures

Every week, Jeffery Saddoris and Bill Wadman take on the art, science, and philosophy of photography and explore how they play out behind the camera in the process of making images. Insider insights for the novice, shop talk for the professional, and opinionated discussion for the interested observer of the field's trends and legacy.

Hosted by Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris.



#140: An Official Knock-off

December 30, 2014 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

We’re finishing off 2014 with one last listener Q&A show. But first, we’re talking about the idea of planned obsolescence. Is current gear as good as it was 20 years ago? Is anything? Then, Bill’s trip to a recent Saul Leiter show in NYC sparks some discussion around the idea of posthumous artist foundations and legacy. User submitted photojournalist Matt Black is our Photographer of the Week.


#139: Nothing But A Mirror

December 23, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

This week, we discuss a documentary on last week’s Photographer of the Week, Jane Bown, who recently passed away at 89. Can photography be “just” a job and still be important? Or do we have to approach it as art (whatever that means to you) for it to have any sort of deeper meaning? Pioneer of early motion studies, Eadweard Muybridge is our Photographer of the Week.


#138: A Little Obsessive That Way

December 16, 2014 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

This week, does “most expensive” always equate to best? SPOILER: No. Also, does finding an emotional connection to photographs (or any creative endeavor) mean finding an anchor you can relate to from your own life experience or can art have meaning in a vacuum? Plus, a terrific video series from the George Eastman House. Jane Bown is our Photographer of the Week.


#137: Good is a Moving Target

December 9, 2014 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 36 minutes

This week, what makes a “good” photograph (or painting, sculpture, film, etc.)? Are there checkboxes that need to be hit or is good something more intangible, more ephemeral - maybe even exclusively personal? Also, once you do make something good, what do you charge for it? Where does value come from? Arthur Leipzig is our Photographer of the Week.


#136: Destiny or Resignation

December 2, 2014 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

This week, we’re talking about the friction of creativity, getting out of your own way and how often the only way out is through. Also, finding help with the work that isn’t in your wheelhouse and using process to overcome technical limitations. Anne Geddes is our Photographer of the Week.


#135: No Touchdowns In Photography

November 25, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 35 minutes

This week, Inspired by an email exchange Bill and I had with a listener, we ask each other as well as all of you: “What makes a good photographer?” Is it the work? Is it ONLY the work? Or is making interesting (read: good) work merely a byproduct of being an interesting person? Can you even separate the person from the work? Plus, Sohei Nishino is our Photographer of the Week.


#134: A Couple Dozen Eye Rolls

November 18, 2014 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 24 minutes

This week, a discussion around a documentary about Polaroid, called Time Zero, gets us wondering about objects versus process and whether there is more intrinsic value in the artifact or the content. We also look at a few “link-baity” news items around the value of photography as art. Carrie Mae Weems is our Photographer of the Week.


#133: No Way Out But Through

November 11, 2014 at 10:45AM • 1 hour 11 minutes

This week, are you an artist or an entrepreneur? While on the surface they may seem similar, each offers a unique set of challenges that often require very different approaches to overcome. It’s an important question that many of us wrestle with as we try to find a balance between creating art and producing product. Guatemalan shooter Luis Gonzalez Palma is our Photographer of the Week.


#132: Some Kind Of Sublimation

November 6, 2014 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 27 minutes

This week, a wrap up of our terrific OTP meetup in Philly sparks an interesting discussion. Should art - both the making and the viewing - be a privilege or a right, regardless of ethnicity or economic standing? Are humans better with a healthy serving of art and culture in their diets? Also, is there such thing as too much art? Fascinating installation artist Chris Engman is our Photographer of the Week.


#131: Fuddy Duddy Hall of Fame

October 28, 2014 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 55 minutes

This week, is your image your own? Should photographers be able to use photographs of you without your permission - or even your knowledge? Also, an interesting discussion around when the idea for a project is more interesting than the execution. Plus, pricing and what freelance photographers can expect to make. Miller Mobley is our Photographer of the Week.