Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Candid Frame #87 - Jay Maisel


Jay Maisel is acknowledged as a master of natural-light color photography . With a photographic career beginning in mid 1950's, His non-technical approach and his exceptional images have inspired countless photographers. Born and raised in New York City, many of these classic images have helped define the beautify of the city in a distinctive and memorable way. Based on his principle, "Light, Gesture and Color" he brings a sensibility which allows him to produce amazingly beautiful and revitting images from the unpredictable city street. He is in all regards, the photographer's photographer. You can discover more of his work by checking out these previous interviews here, here and here.

You can discover more about his photographic workshop hosted at his home/studio in New York City here.

Jay Maisel recommends the work of Chema Madoz.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Candid Frame #86 - Chase Jarvis


Chase Jarvis is a commercial, sports and lifestyle photographer who has recently made a big impression in the photographic community. His exciting and beautiful imagery is in demand with clients including SanDisk, Nikon, Reebok and Volvo. He is also a new author with the release of his book, The Best Camera is the One That's With You. His embracing of social networking has helped propel him and his career to a level that many aspire to. But at his heart, his sees himself as a creative artist whose tool of choice is a camera whether it's a camera phone or an advanced DSLR. To discover more of Chase's work visit his website and follow his blog.

Chase Jarvis recommends the work of Chris Jordan.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Candid Frame #85 - Dan Winters


Dan Winters is a photographer who has been admired and honored for his work as a portraitist and illustrator. His iconic images of celebrity have adorned the covers of numerous magazines including Texas Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Discover, Wired and many more. His commercial clients have included Nike, Sony, Saturn, Dreamworks and Twentieth Century Fox. He is also respected for his work in still-life and illustrations. You can discover more of his work by visiting his website.

Dan Winters recommends the work of Frederick Sommer.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Candid Frame #84 - Stephen Marc


Stephen Marc, Olympus Visionary photographer and art professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger College of Fine Arts, is recognized for his unique and powerful photographic montages that explore the African Diaspora. His images combine family snapshots, antique photographs and images from his own extensive body of photographic work. The dual themes of all his work are an attempt to tell both his personal story and the story of a culture.

Marc’s current project, Passage on the Underground Railroad, explores North America’s Underground Railroad, which moved escaped slaves to freedom. For over four years, he took more than 30,000 photographs of people and places in 21 states and Canada. The project culminated in a book and exhibition of Marc’s Underground Railroad artwork. You can discover more about him and his work by visiting this website.

Stephen Marc recommends the work of Jerry N. Uelsmann.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

The Candid Frame #83 - Darryl Sivad



Darryl Sivad picked up his first camera in high school. Richard Avedon invited Sivad to join him in New York City for a rare opportunity – a two-year internship. A delay in transitioning from Detroit to New York cost him that opportunity. However, highly regarded photographer Anthony Barboza did engage Sivad as an assistant.

It was here that Sivad was able to refine his own vision as a photographer. Sivad’s passion for photography continues alongside his career as an actor/writer. His images can also be seen in the following publications Black: A Celebration of Culture; I Shook Up the World; Saturday Night/Sunday Morning and Black Renaissance/Black Noire. Sivad has exhibited nationally including most recently at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, the Leica Gallery, the Wadsworth Atheneum of Art, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA and the California African American Museum. His work is also in the permanent collections of the Museum of the African Diaspora and the Smithsonian Institute.

Sivad’s film and television career has included being a series regular, recurring and guest star on Friends, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Jamie Foxx Show, ER, The Naked Truth, NYPD Blue, Two and a Half Men, Talkin’ Dirty After Dark, Fear of a Black Hat and A Cinderella Story. You can discover more about his career and work by visiting his website.

Also check out a funny short-film, he co-wrote and stars in called The Playmaker.

Darryl Sivad recommends the work of Albert Fennar.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Candid Frame #82 - Lynn Goldsmith


Lynn Goldsmith is a legendary portrait, commercial and fine-art photographer who has photographed many of the great entertainers of film, television and music including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Patti Smith and Miles Davis, just to name a few. Her photographs have appeared on the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People, and more. She has also created a body of fine-art photography which includes a remarkable series of self-portraits. You can discover more of her work by visiting her website.

Lynn Goldsmith recommends the work of Elliot Erwitt.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Candid Frame #81 - Richard Newman


Richard Newman for over twenty-five years, has worked as a photographer,writer, educator and printer. His work documenting the Exxon Valdez oil spill, in 1989 and 1990, is part of the White House photography archives and is part of the permanent collection at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

He has published three books on photography and been a contributor to two others. Richard's photographs, and writings, have appeared in Digital Photo Pro, View Camera, Lenswork,Outdoor Photographer, Professional Photographer Magazine, Storyteller Magazine,Rangefinder, and the Village Voice. He is currently the National Education Coordinator for Calumet Photographic. You can discover more of his work by visiting his website or following his blog.

Richard Newman recommends the work of Dennis Keeley who has been interviewed before on this show. Listen to that interview by clicking here.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

The Candid Frame #80 - Nevada Wier


Nevada Wier is an award-winning photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Nevada's journeys have taken her throughout Southeast Asia, India, China, Nepal, Africa, New Zealand, Central Asia, Mongolia, South America and other obscure regions of the world.

Her work is represented for licensing by Getty and Corbis. Nevada has been published in numerous national and international publications, including: NG Adventure, Geo, Islands, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. She is a Fellow of The Explorer's Club, a member of the Society of Woman Geographers and was featured in a Northwest Airlines international television and print ad campaign. You can discover more of her work by visiting her website and following her blog.

Nevada Wier recommends the work of David Alan Harvey & Alex Webb.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Candid Frame #79 - Lou Jones


Lou Jones is a versatile and prolific photographer who has used has passion for photography to capture sports figures, musicians, celebrities, politicians, CEOs and just everyday folk. His work can be said to fit any variety of photographic genres including photojournalism, portraiture, advertising, fine-art and more, which speaks not only to his skills as a photographer, but also his ability take a technical process and transform it into something beautiful and impactful. His personal projects including a documentary project on Death Row have helped establish him as one of the distinctive voices in photography today. He is also author of the recent instructional book, Speedlights and Speedlights: Creative Flash Photography at the Speed of Light. You can discover more of his work by visiting his website or following his blog.

Lou Jones recommends the work of Sebasti√£o Salgado.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Candid Frame #78 - Art Center Summer 2009 Grads


Amber Gress, Maurice Salazar, Joseph Escamilla, Cecilia Gavia and Anthony Cobos are members of the Summer 2009 graduating class of the Art Center College of Design's photo department. Two weeks prior to their graduation, we sat down to discuss their thoughts and concerns at the dawn of their photographic careers. This diverse collection of photographers have made a commitment to their passion for making images and that provided a unique opportunity to share their thoughts about the important choice they've made. Below are links to their websites.

Amber Gress

Maurice Salazar
Joseph Escamilla
Cecilia Gavia
Anthony Cobos

Amber Gress recommends the work of Corey Arnold
Maurice Salazar recommends the work of William Eggleston
Joseph Escamilla recommends the work of Jeff Lipsky
Cecilia Gavia recommends the work of Dan Winters
Anthony Cobos recommends the work Boyd Jaynes


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for details about the Grad Show and for link to the other graduating photographers. Click on the individual images to discover each photographer's website.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Candid Frame #77 - Ed Morris


Ed Morris was attending Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara when he developed the concept for Mayor’s Across America, his insightful look into the heart of American people through the eyes of it’s most visible civic leaders. He completed his second cross-country odyssey on two wheels in the summer of 2000 and has spent the ensuing years developing the book further, as well as establishing his photography career. Now, with his firm Ed Morris Photography, Ed is recognized as one of Southern California’s most up-and-coming commercial photographers. You can discover more about his project here and see his other commercial work by visiting his website.

Ed Morris recommends the work of Marion Warren.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

The Candid Frame #76 - Anne Day


Anne Day is a freelance photographer and writer based in New York and Connecticut. Her work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, Vogue and other publications. An Olympus Visionary, she has worked as a photojournalist and has covered events in Haiti, Cuba, South Africa and Namibia, as well as American Presidential Inaugurations, school picnics, and weddings. In addition to working in journalism, she has many years of experience photographing architecture with a view camera. She is the principal photographer for three books in the W.W. Norton Series on Classical Architecture on The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, and The US Capitol. You can discover more of her work by visiting her website.

Anne Day recommends the work of David Hilliard.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Candid Frame #75 - Nadine Brown


Nadine Brown is the co-founder and creative director of Brand Envy, a company that helps photographers, restaurants and other businesses with marketing and branding. In today's challenging market it's not enough to own the latest in photographic equipment and being proficient with Photoshop. It's about having a solid and consistent marketing plan to get you and your work to the market. To discover more about Nadine and her work, please visit the Brand Envy website.

Nadine Brown recommends the work of August Bradley.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

New Episode of Shooting with Alas video podcast now available.

If you haven't already, check out the latest episode of my other podcast effort, Shooting with Alas. We travel Lake Los Angeles, where we photograph dirt bike enthusiast Gilbert Ruvalcaba. To create a series of action shots and portraits using off-camera flash, we use Pocket Wizard's new Mini TT1 and Flex TT5 to use counter the harsh existing light while maintaining TTL flash metering. You can visit the blog by clicking here.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Candid Frame #74 - Maki Kawakita


Maki Kawakita is an Olympus Visionary whose work covers as diverse a range of photographic work as the cultures — Japanese, American, and European — that have most influenced her. Fashion, editorial, advertising, portraiture, fine art and dance all provide areas for her expression and for her professional work. Kawakita has been featured in Time and Marie Claire, shot advertising campaigns for Coors Light, Olympus, Kodak, Canon, Levi Strauss & Co., and Smirnoff, and photographed celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Paris Hilton, Missy Elliott, Beyonc√©, and Hilary Duff. You can discover more of her work by visiting her website.

Maki Kawakita recommends the work of Guy Bourdin.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Candid Frame #73 - Lewis Kemper


Lewis Kemper has been photographing the natural beauty of North America, and its park lands for over 29 years specializing in nature and outdoor photography. He is a Canon Explorer of Light and during his extensive travels, he has been to 47 states from Alaska to Florida. His work has been exhibited and published in magazines, books, and calendars worldwide. His photography and writing appears regularly in Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo magazines. He has recently released a monograph of his work, Capturing the Light, and you can discover more about this and his great body of work by visiting his website.

Lewis Kemper recommends the work of Philip Hyde.

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As mentioned in the show, you can find out more about Bruce Smith's Master Workshop in the U.S. by clicking here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Candid Frame #72 - Bobbi Lane


Bobbi Lane is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits on location and in the studio. Lane's multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 30 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. Lane shoots primarily people on location for editorial, corporate, and advertising accounts as well as photographing "real people" and travel for stock. As a dedicated photo educator, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her hundreds of students every year. Bobbi's excellent rapport and communication with her students inspires and motivates, while her straight-forward teaching style reaches students of many different skill levels. Bobbi teaches her own weekend workshops in CT, the Bobbi Lane Workshops and at the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Workshops, the Julia Dean Workshops, and the International Center for Photography in New York City. You can discover more about her by visiting her website.

Bobbi Lane recommends the work of Stephen Johnson.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Candid Frame #71 - Douglas Kirkland


Douglas Kirkland has been a staff photographer for Look and Life magazines and has photographed some of the world's most dynamic, controversial and famous personalities including Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol and Judy Garland to name just a few. Recknowned for his work in the entertainment industry, he has also created a diverse body of work for advertsing and fine-art. He is one of the few photographers who can lay claim to the term, "a photographer's photographer". To discover more of his work, visit his website.

You can read an article that I wrote on Douglas Kirkland for Digital Photo Pro Magazine by clicking here.

Douglas Kirkland recommends the work of Lauren Greenfield.

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