44 episodes

I'm Bill Wadman, a commercial portrait photographer in New York City with a lot of amazing and accomplished friends. Occasionally I'll record an hour long interview with one of them about what they do, how they got here, and why it's important to them

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 15 Ratings

I'm Bill Wadman, a commercial portrait photographer in New York City with a lot of amazing and accomplished friends. Occasionally I'll record an hour long interview with one of them about what they do, how they got here, and why it's important to them

    Episode 44: Clay Williams - Photographer

    Episode 44: Clay Williams - Photographer

    Photographer Clay Williams is well known in culinary circles. He's spent much of the last decade photographing food and the people who make it in NYC and around the world. We discuss how he got his start photographing food carts and restaurants for websites, why he's back into the world of film photography for the joy of it, and how the group Black Food Folks he co-founded connects people within the New York food world.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 43: Matt Carr - Portrait Photographer

    Episode 43: Matt Carr - Portrait Photographer

    Today we're in Matt Carr's kitchen discussing his beginnings in photojournalism in the midwest, how photography took him to Alaska and Prague and London, and what happens in the photo press rooms at Sundance.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 42: Noah Prince - Gaffer

    Episode 42: Noah Prince - Gaffer

    Noah Prince has worked as a gaffer, best boy, and electrician in the TV and film industry for more than a quarter century. We discuss lighting for movies, growing up in Cambridge, making career decisions when your first dream doesn't lead where you thought it would. Noah also has some great anecdotes from his years on set.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 41: Dr Benjamin Brush - Neurologist

    Episode 41: Dr Benjamin Brush - Neurologist

    Ben Brush is interested in just about everything, just like me, except that he's got the bona fides to back it up. Having worked in research labs on brain machine interfaces and then spent the last 10 years between Harvard Medical School, Mass General Brigham, and NYU hospitals becoming a board-certified Neurologist. Oh and he's also hiked all 2184 miles of the Appalachian Trail solo in 135 days. I have so many questions.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 40: Chris Molanphy Returns - Chart Analyst / Pop Critic

    Episode 40: Chris Molanphy Returns - Chart Analyst / Pop Critic

    Back for his second episode. Slate magazine's resident rock critic & chart analyst Chris Molanphy chats with me about the definition of a "Smash", why the demographics of the artists on the charts have changed over time, and how much he hates most Diane Warren penned songs. Always great to talk to Chris.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 39: Sandi Robertson - Art Teacher

    Episode 39: Sandi Robertson - Art Teacher

    The rare Skype episode of Pals with art teacher Sandi Robertson from the UK. We discuss Sandi's deep love of the color darkroom, her early beginnings as a young artist in Scotland, and her belief that a student's understanding of photography is as vital as maths and sciences.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Patrick Y Wong ATX ,

Intimate Interviews

Pals with Bill Wadman is an excellent podcast featuring intimate and interesting conversations with an array of talented and accomplished professionals that happen to be his friends. Mr. Wadman's smooth interview style allows his subjects to relax and easily express themselves. The interview subjects never disappoint and provide the listener with real insight into their world.

jrmacd ,

Pals with Bill

1. Bill does seem to have interesting friends.
2. Don’t be scared off by the “pals” thing. These aren’t chummy backslapping conversations between the “cool kids.” They know each other, sure, but there’s not really any “inside” talk to speak of that would alienate the audience.
3. Bill is a generous conversationalist and enough of an autodidact that he can ask relevant and probing questions of people in wide ranging fields and allows enough of himself into the conversation to draw out the other person without making it all about him. Everything comes back to the commonalities of creating or the small “a” artistic process, regardless of the profession.
4. And everything is creating. Finding out that sometimes film editing mistakes are intentionally made in view of the greater vision was fascinating. And when I googled Michael Malice before listening I was like “uh, no” but by the end of the interview I may not have agreed with a lot of things, but I was won over. Museum curation, dance. I imagine if bill interviewed a hedge fund billionaire he’d manage to draw out their humanity and self doubt.

Jim Arnold ,

Kristen Gaylord, Museum Curator

Great interview with Kristen Gaylord about what is involved with curating a retrospective exhibit. I look forward to seeing exhibits she is involved in curating at The Amon Carter Museum of American Art which I visit frequently.

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