Apr 30, 2018
Interview with Jeff Widener - Inspiration from the famous “Tank Man” photographer on his famous image, his photojournalism career, and inspirational words for other photographers.
This is episode #13 of the Camera and Inspiration show at “PPN - Photo Podcast Network” for April 2018.
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Quotes from the interview:
"You don’t just take a picture - you have to feel it."
"I need more chaos in my images..."
"I’ll be 62 in August and I’m still trying to find solutions to problems that have been bugging me about my work for years."
Here are the links to Jeff’s work and social media accounts:
Marco’s inspirational photo book of the month is called: “Modern Color” - by Fred Herzog.
Amazon Germany: https://amzn.to/2vTUBDV
Published by Hatje Cantz (approx 320 pages): http://www.hatjecantz.de/fred-herzog-6837-1.html
Fred Herzog is mainly known for his photography in Vancouver where he focused primarily on capturing working-class life. He shot mainly on Kodachrome which marginalized him since most artists shot in B&W in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
But he has and his work has been recognized in recent years and I certainly want to introduce you to his work and his book Modern Color.
Herzog once said: “I wanted to show the world the way it is”
The book mainly consists of beautiful color photographs of the 1950’s to 1970’s and the color is simply stunning If you had never shot Kodachrome and want to get an idea why so many dearly miss it, you will instantly find out after opening this book.
This book should be on the very top of the list because it is a great example for those of you who may think that there is nothing interesting to photograph in your town anymore.
Looking at old images is always interesting, Cars, clothes, houses, no smartphones, but what do you think Fred saw when he stepped out of his door in 1958? It all looked to him like when you step out of your door today.
Study this book and see what caught his attention and convert it into today’s life. You may be amazed at the opportunities that lay before you.
The book covers a lot of different scenes, some that include humans, but if you are not comfortable with photographing humans without asking beforehand, there are plenty of images of cars, houses, posters, and signs that are just stunning.
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About this show:
On the monthly “Camera and Inspiration” podcast show of the PPN - Photo Podcast Network, Marco and usually a guest discuss the essence of photography and how to photograph with more intent. Determining the “why” before the “how” in photography is essential to understanding your subject better and create stronger images. In each episode, they introduce you to an inspirational photographer of the month and also share an inspirational photo book of the month.