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Fortnightly in-depth interviews featuring a diverse range of talented, innovative, world-class photographers from established, award-winning and internationally exhibited stars to young and emerging talents discussing their lives, work and process with fellow photographer, Ben Smith. Music: © John Moody.
 
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Simon Norfolk (b. 1963, Lagos, Nigeria) is a landscape photographer whose work over twenty years has been themed around a probing and stretching of the meaning of the word 'battlefield' in all its forms. As such, he has photographed in some of the world's worst war-zones and refugee crises, but is equally at home photographing supercomputers us ...…
 
Andrea Modica was born in New York City and lives in Philadelphia, where she works as a photographer and teaches as professor of photography at Drexel University. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of a Knight Award. Andrea is perhaps best known for her portrait photography and for her use of black and white film, ...…
 
Rebecca Norris Webb was originally a journalist and a poet before falling in love with photography and transitioning to a career that has since incorporated all of those disciplines. Rebecca has produced numerous books and exhibitions, most notably her monograph, My Dakota — an elegy for her brother who died unexpectedly — with a solo exhibitio ...…
 
A special report from this year’s annual Chico portfolio review in Montana, USA. Contributors on episode 104 include: Jesse Lenz Alfonso Fonseca Jeffrey Robins Tarrah Krajnak Lindsay Metivier Jon Levitt Andrea Modica Nicole Enerson Pradip Malde Marcus Chormicle Jake Knapp Austin Kral Cécile poimboeuf-koizumi Ruth Lauer-Manenti Virginia Wilcox C ...…
 
Todd Hido is an American photographer born in Ohio and who for many years has been based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received a BFA from Tufts University in Massachusetts, and an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He is currently an adjunct professor at the California College of Art in San Francisco. Todd’s images have fe ...…
 
Quietly contemplative yet intensely evocative, Hannah Starkey's photographs explore the physical and psychological connections between the individual and her everyday urban surroundings. Since the beginning of her career, the artist has worked predominantly with women as her subjects, collaborating closely with actresses as well as anonymous ac ...…
 
Poulomi Basu is a storyteller, artist and activist. Her name sounds like ‘follow me’ with a ‘P’. She was raised by her mother in Calcutta, India and found early inspiration in the city’s rich cinematic history. After her father’s sudden death when Poulomi was 17, her mother told her to leave home as soon as her studies were complete so that she ...…
 
As a teenager I wanted to be a professional journalist and an amateur photographer. This was a perfectly good and eminently attainable goal for a bright, lower-middle class fifteen year old boy to have. So, for reasons that are too complicated to explore here, I promptly set about dismantling any prospect of achieving it in a miasma of Marlboro ...…
 
Zed Nelson lives in London, where he grew up, and his work has been published and exhibited worldwide. Having gained recognition and major awards as a documentary photographer working in some of the most troubled areas of the world, Zed has increasingly turned his focus to Western society, adopting an increasingly conceptual approach to reflect ...…
 
Matthew Finn has a Degree in Photography from Derby University and an MA in Photographic Studies from Westminster University. He is best known for his long term projects, undetaken over a period of nearly 30 years, focussing both on his mother, Jean, and his uncle, Jean’s brother, Des. A book of the former project entitled Mother was published ...…
 
Chris Dorley Brown, set up his own photographic practice in 1984 concentrating on documenting East London. In a series of residencies and commissions focussing on social housing, workplaces, hospitals and architecture, he has established a substantial archive of images that are re-purposed and re-contextualised for distribution via web, film, e ...…
 
Lynsey Addario is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American photojournalist and New York Times bestselling author who regularly works for The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time Magazine. Lynsey began photographing professionally for the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina in 1996 with no previous photographic training. In the late 1990s, she be ...…
 
Featuring: Christopher Anderson Paul Lowe Tom Hunter Éanna de Fréine Matt Black Rafal Milach Nichole Sobecki Anush Babajanyan Rhiannon Adam Maggie Steber Vanessa Winship Ed Kashi Bruce Gilden John Stanmeyer Ron Haviv Jillian Edelstein Daniel Schwartz Alixandra Fazzina Donald Weber Martin Parr Léonie Hampton Martin Usborne Chris Killip…
 
Born in Douglas, Isle of Man in 1946, Chris Killip left school at sixteen and joined the isle’s only four star hotel as a trainee manager. In June 1964 he realised that a future in hotel management was not on the cards and instead decided to pursue photography full time. He duly became a beach photographer in order to earn enough money to leave ...…
 
Martin Usborne studied philosophy and psychology and then began a career as a 3D animator before eventually turning to photography. HIs key interest is in man’s relationship to other animals. Although his imagery is sometimes dark – capturing the way in which we silence, control or distance ourselves from other animals – his pictures almost alw ...…
 
Léonie Hampton was born in London in 1978 and began to photograph at the age of seven with a pink and purple point-and-push Le Clic camera. After graduating in Art History at University College London and SOAS in 2000, she continued her studies in Photography at the London College of Communication. Since then she has exhibited in solo and group ...…
 
The man who the Daily Telegraph declared to be, “arguably Britain’s greatest living photographer” had a suburban childhood in the provincial county of Surrey, England, where his budding interest in the medium of photography was encouraged by his grandfather George Parr, himself a keen amateur photographer. Martin went on to study photography at ...…
 
Prior to photography, Donald Weber originally trained as an architect and worked with Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is a photographer whose work explores the infrastructures of power in conjunction with the shadow states of globalised violence: societal, cultural, and economic. Donald is th ...…
 
Alixandra Fazzina, whose photography focuses on under-reported conflicts and the often overlooked humanitarian consequences of war, has an uncanny ability to gain access to and work in the most challenging circumstances imaginable and is recognised for her compassionate and empathetic approach. She was born in East London, where she is now base ...…
 
Daniel Schwartz concentrates on book projects with exhibitions, based on extensive travels, photographic essays, and reportages covering the Eastern Hemisphere from Iran to East Timor and from Turkmenistan to Bangladesh. Daniel’s art, as he puts it, is in the history of places and his journalism rather than being a reaction to events, builds on ...…
 
Jillian Edelstein grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and began her photographic career learning the ropes by assisting before becoming a newspaper press photographer in Johannesburg. After which she moved to London to attended the London College of Printing's photojournalism course. It was while she was still studying that she began getting com ...…
 
Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. In the last three decades, Ron has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. He has published three crit ...…
 
John Stanmeyer is an award winning photojournalist, Emmy nominated filmmaker and field recordist who for over 20 years has worked in nearly 100 countries, documenting the social and political issues that define our times. For ten years, between 1998 and 2008, John was a contract photographer for Time magazine, during which time he produced 18 c ...…
 
An Iconic street photographer with a unique style, Magnum Photos member Bruce Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. He went to Penn State University but he found his sociology courses too boring for his temperament and he quit college. Bruce briefly toyed with the idea of being an actor but in 1967, he decided to buy a camera and to be ...…
 
Ed Kashi is a critically acclaimed, award-winning photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator who for 40 years has dedicated himself to documenting many of the social and geopolitical issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. A member of the VII Agency since 2010 ...…
 
This episode of A Small Voice celebrates the work and career of British photographer Vanessa Winship on the opening of And Time Folds, her first major UK solo exhibition now showing - in conjunction with a big retrospective of the work of Dorothea Lange - at London's Barbican Centre. You can hear Vanessa's earlier interview on Episode 3 of this ...…
 
Documentary photographer Maggie Steber has worked in 67 countries focusing on humanitarian, cultural, and social stories. Her honors include the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patte ...…
 
This is the annual Photo London Special covering various shenanigans amid what is effectively a big industry trade fair at which galleries from around the world gather to sell prints, photographers with books to flog do signings for their fans and the mega famous have major exhibitions and take part in panel discussions or give talks and presen ...…
 
079 - Rhiannon Adam Rhiannon Adam was born in County Cork, Ireland and currently lives and works in London. She was educated at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and at the University of Cambridge, where she read English. Her work is heavily influenced by her peripatetic childhood spent at sea, sailing around the world ...…
 
Armenian photographer Anush Babajanyan is a member of the VII Photo Agency. Her work is focussed on social narratives related to women, issues of minorities, and the aftermath of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, among other subjects. In addition to working extensively in the Caucuses, she continues to photograph in Turkey, the Middle East and ...…
 
Nichole Sobecki is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is represented internationally by the photo agency VII. Nichole graduated from Tufts University before beginning her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. From 2012-2015 Nichole ...…
 
Polish photographer and visual artist Rafał Milach's work focuses on topics related to the transformation of the former Eastern Bloc. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, and the ITF Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. His award-winning photo books include The Winne ...…
 
Matt Black is an associate member of Magnum Photos whose work has explored the connections between migration, poverty, agriculture, and the environment in his native rural California and in southern Mexico. He has photographed over one hundred communities across 44 U.S. states for his project The Geography of Poverty. Other recent works include ...…
 
Eanna de Freine is an Irish photographer now based in Berlin, Germany and formerly in London, UK (2011-2012), Taipei, Taiwan (2013-2014) and Osaka, Japan (2015-2017). His work focuses on our urban experiences. Eanna attended Goldsmiths's College, London, and received an M.A. in Photography & Urban Cultures. In 2011, he founded The Velvet Cell, ...…
 
This is part two of a two part chat with Dr. Paul Lowe. Paul is a Reader in Documentary Photography and the Course Leader of the Masters program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. Before elected to put his cameras away in favour of a life in academia, Paul was a ...…
 
Tom Hunter describes himself as an artist using photography and film. He lives in the borough of Hackney in East London, a place which for 25 years has provided both the inspiration and the subject matter for much of his work. Tom is Professor of Photography at the London College of Communications, University of the Arts, London; an Honorary Fe ...…
 
This is part one of a two part chat with Dr. Paul Lowe. Paul is a Reader in Documentary Photography and the Course Leader of the Masters program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. Before elected to put his cameras away in favour of a life in academia, Paul was a ...…
 
Christopher Anderson was born in Canada in 1970 and grew up in west Texas, USA. In 2000, on assignment for the New York Times Magazine, he boarded a small wooden boat with 44 Haitians trying to sail to America. The boat sank in the Caribbean. The photographs earned Christopher the Robert Capa Gold Medal and marked the beginning of a 10 period a ...…
 
Matt Writtle is a documentary and portrait photographer from the Black Country in the English Midlands, now based in London. His practise is focused on “giving a voice to the person who is rarely heard, showing a fresh side to a face that we are weary of seeing, or revealing a world that we never new existed.” Matt recently published his first ...…
 
Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish photographer who for the past decade has worked for leading editorial publications all over the world on issues relating to women, population and war for a decade. She is a Harvard Nieman Fellow 2016 and recently finished a year of research at the university on war, and how we tell stories about moder ...…
 
Back in the mid-nineties, a young Chris Floyd, in the early stages of his photographic career, was offered the opportunity to go to the USA for the first time by a brand new British magazine called Loaded. The one week assignment was to shoot an up and coming band from the north of England called The Verve and not surprisingly Chris jumped at t ...…
 
Sian Davey is a photographer with a background in Fine Art and Social Policy who had a successful career as a psychotherapist for many years before deciding to jack it all in and pursue a new career in photography which so far, to all intents and purposes, appears to be going swimmingly. Her work is an investigation of the psychological landsca ...…
 
Magda Rakita is a documentary photographer and non-fiction storyteller whose work employs not only photography but multimedia presentations, participatory projects and writing. She works with the media and various NGO’s worldwide and her personal projects focus on health and social issues affecting women, children and the older generation. In 2 ...…
 
Jenny Lewis grew up in Essex in the South East of England, went up north to Lancashire to take a degree in fine art at Preston University and moved back south to London where she got a badly paid job at Metro, one of London’s major photographic labs. It was here that her early photographic education began, spending her days producing and then e ...…
 
Throughout the 90's, Giles Duley, worked as a successful fashion and music photographer for ten years. However, having become disillusioned with celebrity culture, he decided to abandon photography and left London, worked in a pub and eventually began work as a full-time carer. It was in this role that he rediscovered his craft and its power to ...…
 
Finbarr O'Reilly spent 12 years as a Reuters correspondent and staff photographer based in West and Central Africa and won the 2006 World Press Photo of the Year. His coverage of conflicts and social issues across Africa has earned him numerous awards from the National Press Photographer's Association and Pictures of the Year International for ...…
 
Brian Griffin was born in Birmingham in 1948 and grew up in the neighbouring Black Country, in the English midlands. He started his working life at 16 working in a factory, where he remained for 5 years, before finally making his escape to Manchester Polytechnic where he took a degree in photography, shortly after which he left for London in pu ...…
 
Julia Fullerton-Batten is an acclaimed and exhibited fine-art and commercial photographer whose body of work now encompasses twelve major projects and two photo books spanning two decades as a professional. Julia was born to a German mother and English father in Bremen, Germany and moved to the USA at the age of two. When she was 16, after her ...…
 
Muir Vidler is a Scottish photographer whose work, often exploring humorous cultural and visual contradictions, straddles the increasingly blurred line between fine art and documentary. Born in Edinburgh, Muir previously worked as a chef, street entertainer and cruise ship photographer, where he learnt the rudiments of photography and managed t ...…
 
This is a special episode from Offspring Photo Meet, an annual gathering here in London, described by founder Mimi Mollica, who you can hear on episode 014 of this podcast, as a ‘portfolio review on steroids’, but also as a kind of micro photo festival. I went down there to sample the atmosphere, see what it was all about, find out what had bro ...…
 
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