Interviews

 

Actor Keegan Allen is a Photography Buff Who Just Published a Photo Book

Keegan Allen is an American actor who’s best known for playing the character Toby Cavanaugh on the ABC Family TV show Pretty Little Liars. He’s also a passionate photographer. Above is a 3-minute interview USA Today recently did with Allen about his interest and background. Allen “never goes anywhere without a Leica by his side,” the paper says.
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Shooting the Streets of SF with Photographer Travis Jensen

Here’s a 4.5-minute profile of street photographer Travis Jensen, a man who documents life on the sidewalks of San Francisco. It’s a look at how Jensen approaches his photography and people on the streets. (Warning: there’s some strong language.)
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Words of Wisdom for Photographers by Renowned Photojournalist Steve McCurry

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Last month, we shared a popular video in which photojournalist Steve McCurry talked about the danger of focusing on your destination so much that you miss your journey. That clip was actually from a series of videos in which McCurry shares wisdom he has learned over the decades of traveling the world and hunting for photos that will be remembered.
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Belly of the Beast: A Inspiring Profile of Analog Street Photographer Markus Andersen

Here’s a nice dose of inspiration: above is a beautiful 16-minute mini-documentary that looks at the work of Sydney-based street photographer Markus Andersen. Titled “Belly of the Beast,” the profile features Andersen talking about his thought process and love for film photography.
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Interview: Stephen Bulger on His Acquisition of Vivian Maier Negatives

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In late 2014, we reported that a gallery owner in Toronto named Stephen Bulger had purchased the entire collection of Vivian Maier negatives owned by Jeffrey Goldstein. The acquisition came at a time when legal challenges were threatening to derail the publication of Maier’s now famous images.

Bulger recently went on Canada’s national public radio to discuss his new involvement in the Vivian Maier saga.
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The Stories Behind the Shots: An Interview with White House Photographer Pete Souza

Official White House photographer Pete Souza was recently interviewed by journalist Al Hunt for his “On the Story” program. In the 17-minute interview (shown above), Souza offers a glimpse into what his life is like on the front lines of world history.

We also hear the stories behind a number of Souza’s most famous photographs of President Obama and President Reagan (whom he also served as official White House photographer).
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Photographer Jakob de Boer on Being an Artist and Using Images to Tell Stories

Ryan Freeman has been creating a short film series called The Guild, which features interviews with some of the “creative minds of our time.” The video above features photographer Jakob de Boer — a guy who also tests prototypes for Leica and Adobe — talking about his creative process and relationship to photography. “My advice to people is to walk softly but speak loudly with your art,” he says.

Photographer Shares How He Spent Two Years Living on Photos Instead of Money

Back in 2012, we wrote about a project called “Pixel Trade” by Australian photographer Shantanu Starick. The basic idea was simple but crazy: Starick wanted to travel through all seven continents on the globe without ever spending any currency. Instead, he would try to trade his services as a photographer to people willing to provide him with shelter, food, and transportation.

Starick recently appeared at Behance’s 99U to give a 20-minute talk on spending the past two years living on photos instead of money.
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From Above: Astronaut Don Pettit on the Experience of Photographing Earth from Space

Check out this gorgeous short film in which NASA astronaut Don Pettit shares what it was like to photograph Earth from orbit in the International Space Station. During his time aboard the station, Pettit became one of the most prolific astronaut photographers in the history of space exploration — one time he clogged up data transfers for three days with photos from a 30-minute shoot.
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Kenji Yamaguchi: The Tinkerer Who Builds Custom Gear for National Geographic Photographers

Here’s a fascinating short video that offers a look into the workshop of Kenji Yamaguchi in the basement of National Geographic. He has worked there for 32 years after being sent by Nikon to train the original technician over 3 decades ago.

Anytime a National Geographic photographer needs some kind of custom gear, Yamaguchi sets to work and builds it on his camera part-laden workbench. His mission is simple: help the photographers accomplish their goals.
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