Interviews

 

Matt Herron on His Iconic Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery Marches

50 years ago, civil rights photographer Matt Herron documented the Selma to Montgomery marches that highlighted racial injustices in the American South and helped to pass the Voting Rights Act that year. He ended up capturing one of the iconic photographs of the marches that remains recognizable to this day.

In the video above, Herron talks about photographing the march and how the iconic shot came about.

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Weegee Shares His Thoughts on News Photography

As New York City prepares to digitize and publish thousands of historical crime scene photos captured by photo unit police officers, here’s a look at the subject from the photojournalist’s point of view.

The 9-minute above is an interview with Weegee, a photographer known for his gritty black-and-white photos of crime scenes and urban life. It’s from the 1958 vinyl record “Famous Photographers Tell How.”
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Video Profile: Peter Black on Documenting the Streets of New Zealand

Here’s a short 10-minute profile by The Learning Connexion on photographer Peter Black, a man who has been documenting the streets of New Zealand for the past 40 years. He’s known for the simple way in which he documents commonplace scenes. “I’m trying to document New Zealand,” he says.

Black started doing street photography with black and white film, but lately he has been transitioning his work into digital color photography. You can find a collection of his images over on his website.


P.S. If you enjoyed this video, the same school shot a profile of astrophotographer Mark Gee last year.

Trevor Paglen on Photographing Secret Military Sites with a Telescope

PBS series Art in the 21st Century recently released this 6-minute look at the work of photographer Trevor Paglen, a guy who points his camera through astronomy telescopes at secret military sites to photography things that are off limits to the public. As we shared back in 2012, Paglen calls his imagery “Limit Telephotography.”
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An Interview with Photographer Arne Svenson

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Arne Svenson is a well-known fine art photographer who is currently represented by the Julie Saul Gallery in New York. For his last exhibition, Arne experienced quite a controversy recently when he was sued by one of his subjects for his series The Neighbors, after they learned that he photographed them without their knowledge with a telephoto lens from his apartment.

The news made worldwide headlines, but Svenson won the case in August 2013 (the subject is currently appealing the ruling). Many viewed the outcome as a victory for creative artistic rights. I spoke with Arne recently about this and other aspects of his innovative viewpoints on life and art. His new exhibition Workers is due out in a few weeks.
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Interview: Martin Schoeller Shares His Journey and Advice for Aspiring Photographers

Alison Zavos of Feature Shoot recently had the opportunity to sit down with renowned portrait photographer Martin Schoeller to pick his brain. What resulted was this fantastic interview in which Schoeller shares his own journey in the photography industry and advice for aspiring photographers from the things he has learned and experienced.

It’s a “mere 6 informative and inspiring minutes in which the photographer speaks about the portrait that launched his career, celebrity photo shoots, and advice for emerging photographers,” Zavos writes.

War Photographer Lynsey Addario Shares the Photos That Impacted Her the Most

Conflict photographer Lynsey Addario has gotten quite a bit of attention lately after publishing a memoir about her life and work. The book has since made it onto the New York Times bestseller list and will be made into a major film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jennifer Lawrence as Addario.

In the interview above by Getty Images, Addario shares and talks about some of the photos that have resonated with her the most (warning: there’s graphic content and some nudity). “One of my goals as a photographer is to motivate people to act,” she says.

A Conversation with Photographer Elliott Erwitt

Italian video production team Moviechrome recently filmed this short interview with renowned American documentary photographer Elliott Erwitt at his studio overlooking Central Park in New York City.

Here’s what the 87-year-old photographer says about this stage of his career: “I have my personal photographic life, which is doing books and projects and exhibitions. When you get older, if you’ve established a reputation, it’s a good time. You harvest your efforts of your past life.”

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A Look at How Colorizer Dana Keller Breathes New Life Into Historical Photos

Dana Keller has made a name for himself as a talented photo colorizer, using his Photoshop skills to offer an idea of what historical black-and-white photos might have looked like had the photographer been able to shoot in color. The video above is a 6-minute look at how Keller approaches the task of colorization.
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Annie Leibovitz Discusses Her Life, Work and Passion on an Exhibition Tour

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Back in 2008, the team over at Advancing Your Photography were invited to an exclusive gallery tour of Annie Leibovitz’s best photographs — an event led by Leibovitz herself. Those in attendance were treated to the photographer sharing about her life and work, and the intersection of those two worlds.
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