Everyday Photography, Every Day

Everyday Photography, Every Day

www.neomodern.com/podcast
A conversation that will change the way you think about your pictures.


94: Exploring themes, with Howie Schatz
Dec 5 • 33 min
Schatz walked away from a successful career as a doctor to pursue his dream of being an artist, and he's never looked back. Schatz' work over the years as a studio photographer has thoughtfully drilled into a number of creative themes — from "redheads" to…
93: Thankful for the Influence of Jerry Uelsmann
Nov 28 • 19 min
Jerry Uelsmann has taught thousands of students about photography; he's in the collections worldwide, but his unusual creative styles were key influences for the Rubin's collection and photography. Even if you don't want to make photographic collages,…
92: The Hobby of Photography
Nov 24 • 45 min
Being an "amateur" doesn't mean your photography is lousy, it means you're doing it for the love of it. Maybe you have a regular job, or just enjoy taking pictures, in this episode we discuss what it means to be a hobbyist and dig into a few photos to…
91: The Passions of Asa
Nov 21 • 44 min
His rare photo of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs together could very well fund his vision of a photographic camp for kids — come meet Asa Mathat, the consummate pro. He's shot hundreds of the most accomplished humans in the world—at TED, EG, D-Conf and other…
90: Looking and Collecting, with Gallerist Catherine Couturier
Nov 9 • 56 min
Every photographer wants to be collected, and we all look at photos every day, perhaps never fully thinking about the process we use to judge what we see. In this special episode we dig into how we look and judge and also how we might begin to collect.…
89: Haunted: The Sensual Identity of Sophie Dimond
Nov 3 • 41 min
Photographer, and subject of her own introspective and sensual photographs, Sophie Dimond seems to roam the landscape wrestling with her past. Her beautiful work is created with traditional methods, on medium format film as well as with Polaroids, and is…
88: Learning to Play, with Jerry Downs
Oct 25 • 41 min
Photographer and teacher Jerry Downs has been taking pictures for more than 50 years, and inspiring other picture takers along the way. His spiritual approach is delightful; and anyone would benefit from engaging with him. We sat down to get to know Jerry…
87: Winners of the Fall Show
Oct 20 • 32 min
86: The Photographer’s Photographer, Rick Smolan
Oct 13 • 46 min
Rick's career spans amazing gigs at Time, LIFE and National Geographic; he's been played on the silver screen by Adam Driver, and his creative Day in the Life projects have touched millions. He's also the guy who convinced me to move into digital from…
85: Pricing Photos
Oct 9 • 34 min
As Neomodern gets ready for a gallery show this week, we debate issues in pricing photos, collecting photos and, actually, whether we can call them "art".
84: Noticing Things, with Mark Citret
Sep 22 • 43 min
Citret has studied with so many historic icons: Ansel Adams, Pirkle Jones, Willy Ronis… and has taught students, and has influenced my own photography for years. It's a treat to get to sit with him for a bit and talk about pictures. "The world is an…
83: Private, with Artist Jason Langer
Sep 14 • 42 min
Jason Langer's photography is poetic, but the photographer has a lot he articulates beautifully about why we take pictures and how we look at them. I've long been a fan of his moody and noirish images of cities and strangers. But beyond those specifics,…
82: Photographing Burning Man
Sep 8 • 30 min
There's something about Burning Man… maybe its ephemerality (like a sand mandala) that is created with love and then wiped away without a trace, that not only feels like an interesting metaphor for all living, but how it highlights the nature of…
81: Balance with Brooks!
Aug 13 • 33 min
We met Brooks Fletcher when we started working with Peak Design. But not everyone you bump into in the workworld is as interesting a photographer and artist. Introducing Brooks!
80: Our Photo (Party) Game
Aug 8 • 23 min
79: Death and Pictures
Aug 3 • 21 min
Where Suzanne and Rubin explore the painful conflict between processing grief and the desire to take photos. Pulling a camera out at a funeral or in a hospital room is almost taboo, yet we cannot argue that birth and death are all part of our human…
78: A Million Pictures with Thomas Hawk
Jul 28 • 36 min
Hawk is the quintessential photographic hobbiest, with a goal on publishing a million images over the course of his life. With a busy day job, a large young family, Hawk squeezes his passion into the nooks of his world. [NB: there is some bg audio noise…
77: “Take her picture. Let her see what you see.”
Jul 21 • 21 min
Morning meandering thoughts on life with a camera and the lessons of using film, even if you've never used film. Lessons for beginners. And a message from "Sundays are for lovers" - There's a difference between how you look, and how I see you.
76: Not Quite the Quote Show
Jul 14 • 25 min
When Suzanne and Rubin take a break from guests and dig into some of their favorite quotations about photography, and other meandering photographic thoughts.
75: Risk, with Documentarian Andrea Pritchard
Jul 6 • 39 min
Pritchard's new award-winning documentary (Risk: Women on the Frontline) shines light on three remarkable photojournalists.
74: Genuine, with Photojournalist David Burnett
Jun 29 • 50 min
Burnett's images have long been synonymous with Time magazine — his images of the Iranian Revolution, presidents, historical moments worldwide. Who is this real-life Sean O'Connell (the mysterious globe-trotting photographer in "The Secret Life of Walter…
73: Seductive, with Rachael Dunville
Jun 23 • 39 min
Rachael Dunville manages to mix her work with physical intimacy with her photographic portraits, producing wonderfully personal stories of her subjects.
72: A Camera is not an Eye: Taking Better Pictures
Jun 13 • 21 min
Why can something LOOK cool, and you take a pic of it, but the picture is flat and dull?? What is that? Shouldn't the photo look as good as the way you see it — and if not, what to do about it.
71: Both Sides of a Lens: Photographer and Model Ellian Raffoul
Jun 9 • 29 min
Photographer-models are a special group, bringing a unique perspective to the ideas of seeing and being seen. Ellian begins our ongoing series of chatting with photographers who are also models.
70: Where the Photo Meets the Frame: The Art of Jefferson Hayman
Jun 1 • 49 min
Jefferson Hayman's photography was already haunting, with images in the pictorialist style… but a few years ago he began finding antique frames and pairing them with his images to create beautiful and unique creations.
69: Telling Stories: Learnings from The New Republic Photo Director Stephanie Heimann
May 25 • 40 min
Great pictures are just part of the art of photography; selecting a few to tell a story is a totally different skill and critically important, particularly for journalists (but really: for everyone). Meet The New Republic magazine's photo director…
68: Printing on Glass: Meet Fracture
May 18 • 32 min
Neomodern isn't the only company with a passion for getting images off your phone and onto your wall: Fracture is a growing company that has tapped into the challenges of printing on glass, in the tradition of Ansel Adams and even back to the original…
67: The Life-Time Project
May 11 • 23 min
Why does every wall-sign in the Neomodern gallery include the photographer's age? The answer was a long time in the making…
66: Are Still Images Enough? Chatting with Frederick Barnes
May 4 • 37 min
Photo manipulator Frederick Barnes mesmerizes his 100K followers on Instagram with his complex still-image animations, and his work begs the question whether a non-moving image is enough to capture the interest in the public.
65: The Zen Art of Photography, with Chris Lunt
Apr 27 • 51 min
Chris Lunt and I discuss the zen arts and it's application in photography.
64: The Power of Scale: Meet Bryant Austin, Whale Photographer
Apr 20 • 34 min
Where we talk about scale, and the power in size to communicate, in addition to an image. Bryant uses his photographs to connect, with nature and himself. I want to say this once: a LIFE SIZE PHOTOGRAPH of a whale. Think about that. And think about the…
63: Los Angeles… and Sock Puppets
Apr 16 • 25 min
Part Two of our chatting before the next guest arrives. I road-tripped to LA and had a number of photographic moments… I think this is my favorite episode. Is that nuts?
62: The Syntopicon: Russ, Doug, Kris and Nigel
Apr 13 • 39 min
Suzanne and I look at themes running through our last four episodes in the conversations with four very different photographers: Russell Brown, Doug Menuez, Kris Sanford and Nigel Barker.
61: Meet Nigel Barker, Fashion Photographer and, well, Celebrity
Apr 6 • 45 min
After 17 seasons co-hosting America's Next Top Model, Nigel Barker is one of the most famous and recognizable photographers today. He has a wealth of great stories, inspiration, and experience to share!
60: Meet Kris Sanford, Artist and Educator
Mar 31 • 23 min
Kris describes her work as exploring "intimate relationships, specifically queer desire, through the use of appropriated images, video, and text." But she's also a teacher of young photographers and her insights there are fascinating!
59: Meet Doug Menuez, Photojournalist and Creator of “Fearless Genius”
Mar 24 • 41 min
Doug Menuez is perhaps best known as the key documentarian of the '80s Silicon Valley, and particularly his work with Steve Jobs. His work is empathic and beautiful; he's balanced a career in both commercial and fine art.
58: Meet Russell Brown, Father of Photoshop and Madman…
Mar 16 • 43 min
Our first guest is the ever-wacky Russell Brown, a super senior creative person at Adobe, and perhaps more interestingly, one of the founding team of Photoshop along with the Knoll Brothers. His observations about photography, Instagram, photo…
57: Enter the Darkroom
Mar 10 • 39 min
In which we take a walk through the now-archaic process of silver printing, traditional darkroom work, and what can be gleaned from this background.
56: Why We Print (and Happy Birthday Ansel!)
Mar 3 • 22 min
There are a lot of important reasons to print your pictures, it being Ansel Adams' birthday isn't one of them…
55: Visiting Monet
Feb 23 • 17 min
You'd think that an exhibit of Monet's paintings wouldn't have too much to say to a photographer, but you'd be wrong…
54: Travel Pictures
Feb 17 • 19 min
You're not a journalist covering your vacation, so you might want to relax a little when you're taking pictures on your trip. Pick a few moments to "cover". We also discuss the pros and cons of anonymous subjects in your pictures.
53: The Fifty… and “Visual Osmosis”
Feb 9 • 29 min
You do not need to learn any stupid rules of composition. You need to look at these 50 images, really look, and you will learn composition — your photos will be better immediately.
52: Photography for Creative Expression (after 180 Years)
Feb 3 • 23 min
Starting from the "document" side of photography, and moving into the poetic.
51: Beginners… How to Start Growing Your Skills
Jan 27 • 12 min
It's all about your composition. It's the only thing you have to practice. And it's free and easy.
50: Collage with Gabrielle
Jan 20 • 18 min
More explorations of ways to play with your pictures and explore the power in juxtaposition — whether in collage, book layouts, or wall displays.
49: When You Need a Pro…
Jan 16 • 20 min
Professionals can deliver the goods. So when are those moments when it's worth getting a pro versus just handling a picture yourself? And how do you even hire a pro?
48: Decorating with Photos
Jan 13 • 22 min
Seems like it would be easy: everyone has lots of pictures and all you have to do is select one and get it enlarged and framed. So what's the problem? Clearly there's more to it than this. We dig in.
47: Wabi Sabi and Photographic Imperfection
Jan 11 • 13 min
It's hard not to want to make your photos "perfect" whatever that might mean — skin with no blemishes, compositions elegant, no reflections… but embracing the imperfect is part of improving your pictures. Learn about the philosophy of wabi-sabi…
46: Look at the Light
Jan 6 • 25 min
We're back and looking at moody lighting opportunities and how the think about them. Also, we dig into some reasons to limit how much you shoot, and how to organize the things you keep. But mostly it's about the light.
45: Photographing Nudes - A Privileged Intimacy (The NSFW Episode)
Dec 31, 2018 • 28 min
One of the most fun and challenging subjects for photographers is nude figures; but how do you start? what do you say? In this episode Rubin reflects on his process in ways that are applicable to all sorts of every day photography.
44: A Minimum Quantity of Gear
Dec 26, 2018 • 19 min
Pros have great gear. But what do you need when you aren't a pro?
43: Landscapes, Mostly…
Dec 23, 2018 • 19 min
Ansel Adams suggested that landscapes are the hardest photos to pull off. They are inspired by our amazing real life experience of the majestic outdoors, but somehow get crushed into little photos. Is there anything that can be done? Oh, and Rubin reveals…
41: The Instagram Dilemma
Dec 19, 2018 • 20 min
Photographers have a love/hate with Instagram. It uses photos as social currency, which is a great way to get your images seen, but also suffers as a marginal way to experience a photo (small, quick), which isn't always what a photographer wants.
40: Some Technical Questions Before the Holidays
Dec 16, 2018 • 9 min
39: The Composition “Asana”
Dec 14, 2018 • 16 min
In my ongoing effort to replace traditional composition rules with a practice to exercise these skills, i take you on a visual tour over the radio. You might want the show notes to go with this one…
38: Now, With Even More Zen…
Dec 11, 2018 • 13 min
37: The Way to Give Photographs as Gifts
Dec 8, 2018 • 21 min
36: The Presumption of Truth
Dec 4, 2018 • 12 min
Follow up on Episode #20 on Truth!
35: Zen Your Photography
Dec 2, 2018 • 15 min
34: Composition Lessons from Louis (Stettner)
Nov 28, 2018 • 18 min
SPECIAL EDITION - Bernardo Bertolucci Tribute
Nov 26, 2018 • 23 min
33: Interview about F64
Nov 25, 2018 • 16 min
Thanksgiving Special Edition - The Rubin Bros.
Nov 24, 2018 • 37 min
The Rubin Brothers enjoy a lively conversation about our various interests; photography, magic, media, film and family. While the turkey was cooking, we retreated to his studio for a chat.
32: Exploring Time, with Danny
Nov 21, 2018 • 26 min
31: Photo Collage, with Gabrielle
Nov 18, 2018 • 17 min
Awaken sensibility to a visual world.
30: Learning from Looking
Nov 15, 2018 • 18 min
29: Filters and Post Production (Great Photos are Made, Not Shot)
Nov 12, 2018 • 16 min
28: Constraints and Photographic “Games”
Nov 10, 2018 • 15 min
27: The Annual Thanksgiving Show
Nov 8, 2018 • 14 min
26: Creating Personal Projects
Nov 6, 2018 • 15 min
25: How NOT to be an Amateurish Amateur
Nov 4, 2018 • 13 min
24: Establishing Trust
Nov 2, 2018 • 16 min
23: Are Your Pictures Any Good?
Oct 31, 2018 • 12 min
22: Walking Around with a Camera
Oct 29, 2018 • 17 min
21: On Reading Susan Sontag
Oct 27, 2018 • 17 min
20: Truth!
Oct 26, 2018 • 20 min
19: The Space Between
Oct 25, 2018 • 17 min
Using technologies to capture the "experience" of the photographer is wholly different from what you do when you take a picture.
18: Simplification
Oct 24, 2018 • 15 min
17: The Death of Photography?
Oct 22, 2018 • 18 min
16: The Rule of Thirds is Bullsh*t, Seriously, and other Topics of Composition
Oct 21, 2018 • 17 min
15: The Problem with Video
Oct 17, 2018 • 17 min
14: Shooting with the Right Side of your Brain
Oct 15, 2018 • 17 min
13: Artists, Amateurs and Pros
Oct 14, 2018 • 16 min
12: One Print Only
Oct 12, 2018 • 20 min
11: Why Make Prints (part 2) - “It’s not photography if you don’t print it”
Oct 11, 2018 • 21 min
10: Get the Cliché Out of the Way
Oct 10, 2018 • 19 min
9: Why Make Prints (part 1)
Oct 10, 2018 • 16 min
8: The Photograph that got me into Brown
Oct 3, 2018 • 10 min
7: The Rubin Collection and Modernism
Oct 3, 2018 • 17 min
6: Natural Light, or “If you can see it, you can photograph it”
Oct 2, 2018 • 12 min
5: Privacy, Intimacy, and Law
Oct 1, 2018 • 13 min
4: Documenting your Life - Small Moments vs. Big Moments
Sep 27, 2018 • 10 min
3: Don’t Shoot Everything - Introduction to “Synecdoche” and “Haiku”
Sep 26, 2018 • 12 min
2: What’s the Deal with B&W Photography?
Sep 25, 2018 • 13 min
1: Composition on the Fly
Sep 24, 2018 • 11 min
In this, our first episode, we're starting to figure out this podcasting thing and how to communicate through it. I'd say it took a few episodes before we found our legs, but you'll get the idea…