Kev and Neale muse over whether meeting up to work in the same studio again will be allowed before the next new decade, how you advertise your services minus a portfolio, what about a medium format styled X100, is sharpness really that important and should we swap our zooms for primes?

We try to solve a brand choice decision and we tackle T stop lenses and marketing processes.

Tony Ray-Jones is the feature of this week’s book review and respected wedding photographer Adam Johnson is our guest.

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Today’s guest is Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson is an established and celebrated Wedding Photographer in the UK.

Book of the week is Tony Ray-Jones American Colour

He referred to them as “isolated sketches”, but the were part of his formative experience. Colour might have been considered vulgar, then ,and not the medium of serious photography, but for Tony Ray-Jones it expressed the excitement of the country in a way that black and white did not. “I found America a very colour-conscious country”, he said. “Colour is very much part of theit culture, and they use it in crazy ways. You look down Madison Avenue at lunchtime and the colours just vibrate. He arrived in America in 1961 on a scholarship to Yale to study graphic art and he returned to England four years later. It was in America that he learned to be a photographer. Among New York’s street parades, on Fith Avenue, in Times Square, Chinatown and Little Italy he learned to extract individual moments from a crowded backdrop and to find order in the chaos of the street. Based in New York, he made trips across the country ; west to Detroit, south to Florida ; all the time making colour pictures alongside black and white. “When i got back to England i found everything so grey that i did’nt see the point of shooting in colour. To me, Britain is very much a black and white country”. Britain was where he made his reputation, but America, and particularly New York, was where he made the experiments that would inform it. This small book of colour photographs shows something of what those experiments produced.

A few more things we discuss this week

We speak more about Tony Ray-Jones and his “Notes on Shooting” which Kevin discusses here.

You should also check out the Book Shop at The Martin Parr Foundation.

Sven Lohmeier’s Flickr page featuring the German project we talk about.

May Ellen Mark – the Book of Everything

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