Conversations with artists, writers and curators working in the field of fine art photography. Created by Blue Mitchell, publisher of Diffusion, an annual "artfully crafted" photography magazine.
Tape no.9: Hamidah Glasgow
Welcome to Diffusion Tape no. 9 with curator Hamidah Glasgow. Hamidah is a member of Strange Fire Collective and is the Executive Director of the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. We sat down for a nice chat during the 2019 Photolucida Festival in Portland. I’m in awe of this woman and I hope you enjoy hearing some of her personal stories as much as I did. We talked about her youth, her path to art, her exciting and unconventional career path (spoiler alert, there’s helicopters), the amazing work she’s done at the Center for Fine Art Photography, and her involvement with Strange Fire Collective. The only thing I think we missed talking about is our mutual love of good bourbon… maybe next time.
Recorded April 28th, 2019, All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.
Tape no.8: Aline Smithson
Welcome to Diffusion Tape no. 8 with the photographer, curator, editor, writer, and educator Aline Smithson. Smithson wears many hats and in our conversation, we talked about the cultural evolution of photography, female representation in the medium, archiving in a digital world, portraiture, Smithson’s personal art history, her family, and the importance of play in the creation of photography. Aline Smithson is a Los Angeles based artist best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore ideas of childhood, aging, and the humanity that connects us. She is the founder of the highly popular photo site Lenscratch.
Recorded April 27th, 2019, All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.
Tape no.7: Mike Sakasegawa
Back in March of this year I had the pleasure of sitting down with photographer, writer, and podcaster Mike Sakasegawa while he was in Portland attending a conference. I became aware of Mike a few years back because of his own podcast called Keep the Channel Open where he primarily converses with photographers and writers. In our conversation we talk about his work, the authenticity of photography, his podcasting projects, and his progression as a photographer, writer, and activist. And of course we had to dissect his famous viral lemon video.
Recorded March 27th, 2019, All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.
Tape no.6: Heather Evans Smith
For Tape no.6 Heather Evans Smith was in town to give an artist lecture at the Portland Art Museum and I was happy to sit with her for an evening recording session. We explored creative beginnings, the development of her artistic voice, plus she shared some entertaining anecdotes from her journey thus far.
Recorded March 21st, 2019, All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.
Tape no.5: Ray Bidegain
In Tape no.5 I visited photographer and educator Ray Bidegain at his home here in Portland, Oregon. We talked about his youth, his journey from commercial to fine art and his general thoughts on the craft of photography. Ray also turned the tables on me for the last few minutes of the chat.
Recorded January 29th, 2019. All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.
Tape no.4: Katharine T. Jacobs
In Diffusion Tape no.4 I had a sit down with Katharine T. Jacobs. I caught up with her while she was visiting Portland this past December. Katharine filled me in our her photo history, shared some personal stories, her challenges, and unpacks some of her photography baggage.
Recorded Nov 2, 2018. All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.
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