This week the questions are certainly eclectic; how has photography changed you as a person, do you regret becoming a full-time photographer, are you taking pictures for YOU or for Instagram, if you could only have one camera/one lens, what would it be, if your camera could speak, what would it say, is it possible to be a photographer and videographer at the same time on the same job? We also talk about the perfect zoom to replace primes and speak with fashion and portrait photographer Jamie Stoker.
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Today’s guest is Jamie Stoker
Jamie Stoker is an acclaimed fashion photographer and Fujifilm Ambassador based in the UK.
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Some recent work for @fujifilmx_uk trying out the new XF 50mm F1.0 lens, photographing my talented pal @maryluciastephenson sketching and painting at a museum here in London. Really beautiful low light portrait lens, still super sharp and full of character even wide open • #fujifilm #xf50mmf1 #artist #portrait #museum #jamiestoker
Kev’s Book of the Week Only the lonely by William Gedney
Mysterious, introspective, fiercely private, and self-taught, street photographer William Gedney (1932–1989) produced impressive series of images focused on people whose lives were overlooked, hidden, or reduced to stereotypes. He was convinced that photography was a means of expression as efficient as literature, and his images were accompanied by writings, essays, excerpts from books, and aphorisms. Gedney avoided self-promotion, and his underrepresented work was largely unknown during his short lifetime. He died at the age of fifty-six from AIDS.
William Gedney: Only the Lonely, 1955–1984 is the first comprehensive retrospective of his photography. It presents images from all of his major series, including eastern Kentucky, where Gedney lived with and photographed the family of laid-off coal miner Willie Cornett; San Francisco and Haight-Ashbury, where he attached himself to a group of disaffected youth, photographing them as they drifted from one vacant apartment to the next during the “Summer of Love”; early photo-reportage of gay pride parades in the eighties; Benares, India, Gedney’s first trip abroad, during which he obsessively chronicled the concurrent difficulty and beauty of daily life; and night scenes that, in the absence of people and movement, evoke a profound universal loneliness. The most complete overview of Gedney’s work to date, this volume reveals the undeniable beauty of a major American photographer.
A few more things we discuss this week
We speak a little more about Xyza Cruz Bacanni and you can hear her interview from a few weeks back.
Chris Porsz Reunions Book: http://www.chrisporsz.com/peterborough—reunions.html
Laird Kay the aviation photographer is mentioned: https://www.lairdkay.com/