The Documentary Photographer Podcast—Putting Life in the Frame. A podcast about how to create meaningful documentary photographs
Episode 32: Carly Clarke—Photographing Cancer when You're the Patient
In 2012, Carly Clarke was diagnosed with cancer. One of her coping mechanisms was to document her treatment journey. But what does it take to photograph a story that could end with your own death? And why do it with a Pentax 6x7—a cumbersome camera at the best of times; an absolute monolith for a patient ravaged by cancer and chemo? Carly Clarke had the grit and desire to do both.
You can see the photographs Carly took during her time with cancer took in the Reality Trauma gallery on her website: www.carlyclarkephotography.co.uk
Episode 31: Gabrielle Motola—Recovery through Discovery
Have you ever been lost as a photographer or cast adrift as a human being? This episode is for you. Gabrielle Motola talks frankly and openly about dealing with with a range of professional and personal setbacks. This is an episode about life, joy and struggle. It's about staying connected to your soul as a photographer, as an artist, as a creative, as a human being. It's also about facing down upsets by taking action. Massive action (ride to Iceland on a 250cc motorbike) and small action.
Episode 30: Jonathan Desmond—Lured into a Tea Shop
A one-off episode to catch up with previous guest Jonathan Desmond about his recent book of photographs of Vancouver's Chinatown: I Was Lured Into A Tea Shop—Vancouver’s Chinatown from 2013-2015
The book is available on Jonathan's website: www.jonathandesmond.com
Episode 29: Finale—Lessons Learned and How to Get the Most from this Podcast
This is the final episode of the Documentary Photographer Podcast. It may return for a second season, but for now it is the last one.
You'll hear me explain why I've called a halt and find out the top 10 wondrous things the podcast gave me.
Here's the list (in no particular order of importance):
1. Spoke to my hero: Doug Menuez
2. Spoke to great photographers
3. Taught me about photography: how to take pictures
4. Taught me about business
5. Inspired me/showed me what’s possible: pursuing dreams
6. Broadened my horizons/understanding of humanity/culture
7. Marketing of my brand
8. Taught me a new product/business
9. Taught me a new skill (speaking/interviewing)
10. Broadened my network: interviewees & listeners
Thank you for your company along the way. It's been a privilege.
Show & Tell Communications (www.showandtellcommunications.net)
Roger Overall Photography (www.rogeroverall.net)
Peter Cox Photography (www.petercox.ie)
Doug Menuez (www.menuez.com)
Doug Menuez: On Chaos, Fear, Survival and Luck This link takes you to an archived version of Doug's previous blog/website via Archive.org. I'm doing so because I'm getting a malware notice from my Norton security software at the moment regards Doug's actual old site. I've emailed Doug to let him know. But in the meantime, you can read the article safely here: https://web.archive.org/web/20160317092335/http://dougmenuez.com/on-chaos-fear-survival-luck/
Episode 28: Anna Gunn—How to Create Your Own Photo Fest
Anna Gunn joins us from Portugal to talk about her career in photography and how she created Porto Photo Fest from scratch.
Follow her journey from aerospace engineering via theatre lighting to photography. You'll not only hear lots to inspire you on your own creative journey, but also learn how Anna convinced some of her photography heroines and heroes run workshops at the inaugural Porto Photo Fest.
Episode 27: Mandy Barker—Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals
In this episode, you’ll hear Mandy Baker talk about her project Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals, which draws attention to plastic pollution in the environment—seas and oceans in particular.
From the project exhibition press release:
Plankton form a diverse group of microscopic marine organisms living in the water column, not able to swim against the current; they exist in a drifting, floating, state. In this series by Mandy Barker, unique ‘specimens’ of this animal species relate to the pioneering discoveries made by marine biologist John Vaughn Thompson in Cobh and Cork Harbour during the 1800’s.
Mandy Barker with of her photographs on display
at the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Ireland,
27th May, 2017 Presented as microscopic samples, objects of marine plastic debris, recovered from the same location, mimic Thompson’s early scientific discoveries of plankton. The work represents the degradation and contamination of plastic particles in the natural environment, by creating the perception of past scientific discoveries, when organisms were free from plastic. The enveloping black space evokes the deep oceans beneath. Presenting new ‘specimens’, created from recovered debris, serves as a metaphor to the ubiquity of plastic and the anthropocene, encapsulating in miniature the much larger problem of an imperfect world.
"Current scientific research has found that plankton ingest micro plastic particles, mistaking them for food, and at the base of the food chain they are themselves a crucial source of food for many larger creatures. The potential impact on marine life and ultimately humankind itself is currently of vital concern. In terms of plankton, and of action, we are ‘Beyond Drifting’, and must bring into focus these ‘Imperfectly Known Animals’.
Mandy's website: www.mandy-baker.com
These podcasts are really well presented and informative. The interviews provide a great insight into the photographers' experiences and their work. I especially enjoyed listening to the Simon Norfolk podcast which was very powerful, and is an interview that I return to again and again.
One Of The Best Photography Podcasts Available!
This is a great podcast! When so many podcasts focus on gear camera rumours, it's so refreshing to listen to something that's all about the art of documentary photography from the people who are out there doing the work!
If you are interested in documentary photography, this podcast is a must!
Making Visuals work for Audio
If you think about it, a podcast about what is really a visual medium shouldn't work ... but trust me it does. It's the combination of brilliant guests and insiteful questions from Roger Overall that make this a fascinating podcast and well worth listening to.
Insiteful, engageing and entertaining.