Today on StreetPX, we have a full house, as Visual Artist Jean-Benoit Levy, Matthew Gerring from StreetSheet and TJ Johnston from the Coalition on Homelessness (also a writer for StreetSheet).
We're starting out with a little walk down the storied life of visual artist, Jean-Benoit Levy, as he shares his experience growing up in a creative household in Switzerland, hosting family friends such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado and his path to graphic design and an appreciation for photography.
Directly, we shift to the topic of homeless people, homelessness, and how the subject relates to Street Photography. We felt this is far to often debated, but more often without the right people involved in the conversation. So today StreetPX aims to change this with a head-on discussion with representatives from the very successful, Street Sheet. A publication dedicated to helping homeless people throughout in the Bay Area.
The San Francisco homeless population is conservatively estimated to be between 7,000-10,000, including enough children to fill 35 transit buses. Many of who attend school every day, and return to the street or the limited bay area shelters available at night. Of which, please keep in mind, for every 5 homeless people in San Francisco, there is but one bed available. Meaning, there is only enough space to shelter 20% of the total population on the streets today..
We dive into these realities of what homelessness truly means. The misconceptions of who is homeless. The relationship of HUD funding and homelessness and so much more. What the Street Sheet does for the community and what these guys, like Jean-Benoit Levy do to bring this publication to the public.
This is a very content heavy episode, wonderfully long, perfect for your morning and afternoon commute. Also, if that's not enough, then tonight you can enjoy the additional 30+ minutes of bonus content we are making available to all our listeners for this episode only. (See at the bottom of the post)
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Documentarian and professor, Pedro Lange Churión, joins StreetPX today to discuss his craft, his inspirations and his large-format photography project, "May My Flesh Sleep in You", focusing on the Stolen Children crisis in Spain.
A deeply academic creative, through the University of San Francisco, Pedro teaches courses in Latin American Literature and Culture, Film Studies, Urban Studies, Photography, Comparative Literature and Critical Theory with an emphasis on Psychoanalytic Critical Theory. Yeah, some heavy stuff dropped in there at the end, and we get into some of this on today's episode? Many of these courses can be found here.
As a visual artist, he has written and directed award winning films, including Crocodile (USA, 2000) and Visitas (Colombia, 2005), as well as various dedicated documentaries, and experimental videos for The Urban Unseen.
Currently, Pedro is working on a large-format photography project, focused on the victims and the activists of the Stolen Children crisis in Spain.
"May My Flesh Sleep in You" is a project intent on bringing attention to the atrocities of the mid 20th century eugenics practiced during the Francisco Franco dictatorship. The actions of which, resulted in the disappearances of an estimate 250,000 newborns of parents, deemed as "undesirables" by the acting regime. A very powerful topic that goes highly under reported.
Idleness, in the bourgeois society that knows no leisure, is the precondition for artistic production -- Walter Benjamin
Tune in today and learn more about the amazing artist, Pedro Lange Churión.
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We have a great discussion for you today, as Mike Lee, steps into StreetPX studio+ to share his story, his process, trade some shop talk and much more.
Growing up across the US and eventually settling in New York City, Mike Lee made it his home and carved out a great space for himself. Bridging many artistic outlets including, but not limited to fiction writing, photography, editorial journalism and a deep passion for working with and protecting the labor unions.
Mike Lee is also the managing editor of the Trade Union Paper, Public Employee Press and while he may be a local to NYC these days, if your in California, you can find his work in the Art Thou Gallery in Berkeley, CA. A seasonally revolving exhibit, that will be on display until September of this year (2017).
If your a reader, then we definitely suggest checking out his writing, throughout the Ampersand Review, Reservoir, Paraphilia Magazine, The Potomac/Counting, The Potomac/A Daunting Exercise, Dime Store Review and many many more.
Tune in today... and we'd also love to hear your feedback on, so after you click that big orange button up there, be sure to email our team at email@example.com.
Dialing in from Taipei, Taiwan and 16 hours into the future, we have TC Lin in the studio to drop a great discussion on the crew.
TC Lin is a name that should ring many bells for our listeners and if not, its time to change that. TC is a man of many creative pursuits; including street photographer, musician, film maker, documentarian, educator and we travel down many of these paths in this episode of StreetPX.
Listen his story to becoming a citizen of Taiwan and subsequent time in the military, his early days of moderating the Hard Core Street Photography group on Flickr and from this, the formation of the the Burn My Eye collective. A very well regarded group of photographers, comprised of shooters at the top of their game.
Also, be sure to hold out till the second half, as he shares an amazing experience documenting the Sunflower Student Movement of 2014. An egregiously underreported protest occupation of the National Parliament Building, by the students in Taiwan... which admittedly leads us down some politically charged discussions a time or two in this one... so we hope you don't hold that against us.
That said, we're sure there is plenty of content in this episode to fill your day... So, scroll on up and hit that "Play" button.
If you would like to share your thoughts with us, any questions for our hosts or for TC Lin, please direct an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Born in LA, but a Bay area man for the last 20+ years, Neil Geller is an artist hungry for inspiration and knowledge.
While "people watching" seeped into his veins early on, professional culinary arts filled his life for over two decades. In the last few years however, his work brought him full circle as he began conducting his own food photography. Over time, this rekindled passion coupled with his interest in observing the human condition and a street photographer emerged.
Even though it took him awhile to come back around to photography, we won't hold that against him. We originally meet Neil during last years Streetfoto festival in San Francisco and subsequent local gallery events since. Most recently, he was one of our finalists for the San Francisco Street Photography Groups premier street photography exhibit "eXposed"
Today, we're barreling through a number of topics, ranging from his continued interest in workshops to better his craft, to his background series project using murals as elements in a scene, our favorite routes in the city and so much more.
Check out some of his work below and let us know your thoughts, with a review over on iTunes or iHeartRadio.
It's a laid back episode today, as Casper and Jim catch up on some photographic shop talk. We're discussing the recent Womens March, the Oakland election protests and much more.
Best of all, we have a major announcement regarding our show and the upcoming Streetfoto Festival.
Can you say, Live Studio Audience? That's right! Come this June, we'll be recording a live show in front of real people. Yeah, that's going to be wild and if you're in the San Francisco bay around that time, we'd love for you to join us!
We'll drop more bits of information about this along the way. So stay tuned in.
Roxanne Overton is a photographer, writer, speaker and educator and we are proud to have her in the studio for this weeks edition of StreetPX.
An artist with roots in traditional media such as paints, pottery, stained glass and more, Roxanne got her start in photography with a kindly gifted camera and a natural curiosity for double exposures and black and white film.
Today we're pulling Roxanne out from behind the camera, so she can describe her whimsical and truly unique photographic style, why the camera is her tool of choice, as well as her visual essays from Morocco, Burma and Paris, among others beautiful destinations. We even find ourselves rambling back down the path of self critiques, technical discussion on Lightroom and Photoshop and best of all, the importance of looking beyond the photo and discovering a personal vision. :-)
Oh, and please forgive us for some odd peanut gallery noises... The dog and the birds got a bit rambunctious and apparently we had some increased magnetism with Roxanne Overton in the studio, which added a bit of background buzzzzz early on... But hey, it all adds to the character of the show... Right!?
Anyway, it's time to quit reading and click Play... This is StreetPX and the street, awaits...
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Sacramento photographer and friend of birds, Steve Abbott joins the SPX team for a chill talk about his artistic path to the camera, his love of film, birds and Richard Avedon.
The man has a way of capturing the true life of a scene and the work must be seen. Check out his feed below. Also, the day was bound to come... yes, I'm referring to gear talk and admittedly, we geek out on some sweet film gear during this one. But it's healthy, as we lust over Steve's Koni-Omerga and the importance of lucky thrift shop finds.
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Tune on in and take a trip down the life's path of Steve Abbott.
Some of our listeners may know Todd Bischoff, the photographer. A wonderful artist, featured in a number of exhibits through the years and recently one of the finalists of the juried San Francisco Street Photography exhibit, "eXposed".
Here at StreetPX, we were obviously interested in the "street photographer" Todd Bischoff; a man who has a way of capturing a wonderful sense of energy in his photos, showing subjects simply bursting with life. It's an approach that offers a very fascinating window into American life.
But there is much more to his story that must be shared. Originally diving into photography during the mid 90's as an undergraduate at Texas Tech. An extensive background working in fine arts (particularly sculpture art). A career in graphic design and these days getting a daily dose of camera practice, while chasing his new addition to the family.
Additionally, over the years, he's been able to combine his photography with his cycling. And through the fusion of these two passions, he's been able to expand his portfolio beyond just the street, with what we'd like to call "exploration photography". Something you simply need to see at his webpage, Hinterland Arts.
There is a ton of content to pour though here. So ahead and hit play and learn more about today's special guest, Todd Bischoff.
We're going international again today with London based photographer and BBC writer, Stephen Leslie.
In his own words, Stephen Leslie, "started out as a film maker, who became a writer, whose also a photographer".
Through this process, over the years he has acquired a substantial archive , to which he is now doing something truly inspiring. Using his gift for writing (our words, not his) and applying a sense of imagination to the visual stories he creates with his camera, he is putting together a very fascinating book called Sparks. Within, he aims to compile a series tall tales and in some cases, based in reality, using his own imagery as a visual foundation.
Stephen Leslie: "...Thinking in Suggestive moments... I want to come back with a photo to lead me... to think about what else is going on... or could be going on with that photograph."
It was a blast to have him in the studio, talking about his upcoming book, his process, photography in relation to cinema, shooting street with medium format and so much more.
Tune in today to this very fun episode with Stephen Leslie.
Documentary photographer Wesaam Al-Badry, is the very embodiment of an artist harnessing his childhood struggle to create amazingly inspiring work.
In the wake of the Gulf War, a strong Iraqi woman took her 5 children under wing and fled her war torn home in Nasiriyah. One of those children was Wesaam and for context of this struggle, the youngest, a sister, was barely over a week at the time. In the four years spent in a Saudi Arabia refugee camp, he developed his early passion for photography, clicking away at a camera acquire by trade, but no film to speak of.
It was this passion that remained with him, like his camera... and over the years, he's put in photographic work from CNN to Al Jazeera America, Contact Photo Agency, covering social and environmental issues from the Mississippi Delta to the Pipeline protests in Rosebud, ND and so much more.
Trust us, Wesaam Al-Badry is all about full investment in his vision and there is far more to be reference than can be typed here...But why would we, StreetPX is about the interview, not the summary, so we think it best to have you click play.
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Footnote: Editing this episode to even the current 100 minutes was heart breaking. If you can't get enough, then we suggest becoming one of our Patreon contributors and damn near 30 minutes of additional discussion. These "after-hours" conversations get a bit more "poli-focused", so you have been warned. ;-)
Today, we have veteran of the craft and retired San Francisco Firefighter, Dwayne Newton, weaving some striking tales of action all around the world. From photographing the Tamil Tigers and dodging landmines in post-tsunami Sri Lanka, to documenting Contra Camps and politicians during the 1986 Peace Agreement in Esquipulas, Guatemala.
Battle forged, Dwayne Newton has also covered Green Peace activity aboard the Rainbow Warrior during an interruption with the US Naval Sonic testing, being ambushed on the way to El Salvador and much more.
This episode is full of content you don't want to miss.
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Click play and listen to the stories of Dwayne Newton.
Steve Bollman is a photographer with nerves of steel and today, we've pulled him into the studio for what proved to be one hell of a heavy discussion.
StreetPX is all about raw stories and today we are gifted with some powerful accounts. Including a very tense experience facing gun fire in a Haitian conflict zone following the ouster of Baby Doc, running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, a trip with some familiar names to Cuba and much more.
Steve has been featured in Aperture magazine, US News, World Report and many more.
We deem this episode "Required Listening" and we f*cking mean it.
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Believe it or not, it's been a full year since we kicked off StreetPX and what a year it has been. We talked with esteemed documentary photographers, pulitzer prize winning journalists, phenomenal educators, founders of some of the largest street photography communities online and festivals around the world, inspiring street photographers and even still, we've yet to put a dent in the list of guests we have to come.
We could not be prouder and that pride is without question, a direct result of you good folks out there lending us your ear. For this, we thank you all.
That said, enough with the sentimental talk, it's time to announce our next masterful light chaser and fellow Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan, Rinzi Ruiz. One of LA's finest street photographers and this week, he's connecting with us on StreetPX.
Through the years, Rinzi has walked the streets of LA, developing his own unique style of high contrast street photography. Through his use of light, shadow and well framed geometry, it's work like this that can truly push you to get up off the couch and hit the street.
To learn more about the artist, Rinzi Ruiz, we discuss the photographers he admires, educators that helped mold his technique and it wouldn't be a proper StreetPX show without tangential banter.
This is StreetPX, One Year strong... and as always... the street awaits.
This past September, Dani Oshi briefly visited our studio to announce the Brussels Street Photography Festival. During that episode, we promised to bring him back to learn more about who he is and what it is that drives Dani Oshi into the streets each day.
That time has come and he was kind enough to rejoin us this week for a full session discussion. We talk about his projects past and future, the artists' who inspire him, his work in flash photography aimed at highlighting the ordinary, working with the WorldSP group on Tumblr (well over 30,000 followers to date) and so much more.
Also, if your in the San Francisco area this October or December, mark your calendars for two phenomenal exhibitions at the Harvey Milk Photo Center...
Now, stop reading and just hit play!
This week we have the delightful Marie Laigneau, photographer and social media juggernaut, joining us in the StreetPX studio for some great shop talk.
Marie shares a bit about her editing process, creating tension for engaging street photography, as well as her work with Out of Chicago and the upcoming Out of New York convention this October and much more. We even get into a fun discussion about our love of cinema and the critical role it can play in our street photography. Certainly a helpful place for photographers to fish for inspiration.
Now this episode wasn't without some special behind-the-curtain issues, as technology got a bit mean, requiring the need for a wizard's wand to resolve some garbled audio troubles, which we were able to get rid of most (apologies for some that had to remain) not to mention a stomach turning moment where Casper left his laptop on the plane while flying to New York this week. So, this delay was brought to you by none other than Casper's absent-mindedness.
I guess what we are saying is, this episode holds a special place in our hearts.
This is StreetPX and the street, awaits...
Street photographer and Co-Founder of the Brussels Street Photography Festival, Dani Oshi, visits StreetPX to discuss the many facets of this wonderful event, coming to Belgium on Oct. 28th.
This year's inaugural event offers numerous contests, exhibitions, Magnum Photographer hosted workshops & presentations, portfolio reviews and much more. Options that will satisfy the needs of street shooters and aficionados alike.
If your are traveling abroad or hailing from Belgium, check out our show and do add Brussels to your itinerary this fall. The Brussels Street Photography Festival is not to be missed.
Event Dates: October 26- November 2
Interested in entering the many contests? Please know, the deadline is September 15. Submit today!
"The Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF) is a cultural project whose objective is to promote street photography as an urban research tool, a form of cultural communication and a visual art. The main ambition of the BSPF is to delve deeper into those visual elements that define the contemporary identity of Brussels in two dimensions, from a local and a global perspective."
This won't be the last time you hear from Dani Oshi. He'll be back in the studio very soon, sharing his stories in the world of street photography.
Tune in Today!
Valerie Jardin has become a household name in street photography. An avid street photographer, tireless educator, world traveler and host of Street Focus on the TWiP network... and today, she is all ours.
As an educator with so much knowledge to share, she regularly contributes to Digital Photography School, Lynda.com and even hosts workshops around the world... Which sell out as fast as she can plan them. So much so, she is currently booked until 2018. That's no typo...
This past June, while during the "Out of Chicago" conference, our crew had the pleasure of attending a thought provoking seminar by the wonderful Valerie Jardin. We even had some time outside the conference to get to know her a bit more. Needless to say, we've been looking forward to Valerie joining us in the StreetPX studio and that day has finally come.
There is so much we wanted to speak to her about and as usual, we didn't go down all the roads we desired... but it won't be the last time we have here in to talk shop. We received a promise on that.
Moreover, Valerie was kind enough to invite our team to join her for a future episode of Street Focus, which, as you can imagine, we jumped at the chance. Which makes it official, StreetPX will be making a visit to the TWiP network later in the year.
But that's later and this is now. This is an episode not to be missed!
This is StreetPX and the street, awaits...
Be sure to check out Street Focus, Valerie's wonderful podcast. But do come back to StreetPX right after. :-)
Gardner Hamilton has logged well over 700 destination weddings, across 40+ countries, which is impressive on its own. Today however, our eyes are fixed on his two creations, BlackAndWhiteStreet.com and StreetsInColor.com. Easily among the most active street photographer groups and galleries available online.
Gardner has put his heart and soul into expanding the craft and bringing exposure to photographers around the world. With his huge focus on SEO, it's likely a member with a feature could find their own website come up below their blackandwhitestreet profile in search results. Not an easy feat for a webmaster. But damn if it's not a successful recipe.
We dive into a range of photographic topics; brutal honesty in portfolio reviews, observing your surroundings, thinking before pulling the shutter, "photofarting" and much more, including some not so photographic topics.
Fair warning for those with children nearby, this one treads down that dark alley on a few occasions. Let's just say, a touch more NSFW than usual. ;)
During our recent travels to "Out of Chicago" this past June, we had the pleasure of running into a good friend of the show, the mighty Molly Porter. A prolific and formidable force in the world of Mobile Street Photography and this week, we're bringing her story to you.
We go down many roads during this interview with Molly, including how the mobile phone sparked her interest in street photography, her ongoing inspirations and above all, the unspoken reality of male dominance in street photography today. A topic near and dear to Molly, an artist who uses her work and voice to equalize that invisible barrier and we are proud to offer that segment as part of the discussion with our listeners.
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That said, it's time to hit play...
This is StreetPX and the street, awaits...
Vineet Vohra is not only the co-founder of APF Magazine, a Fuji-X Photographer and Leica Photographer, but most importantly, he is a phenomenally dynamic street photographer with a magnificent story to tell and philosophy to teach us all.
Pete Rosos is a commercial photographer by trade, with a natural gift for street and documentary photography. Today the man, the myth, the legend... or as he prefers, just the myth, joins us to talk why, what, when, where and Terry Gilliam... Just because.
It's time to look back on the epic week that was Streetfoto. An organized festival focused on street photography, organized by the intrepid, Ken Walton.
As a bonus, we also sit down with Mike Manzano, a friend of the show and fantastic bay area photographer. We hope you enjoy this hybrid interview/recap episode. While we promised Mike that it would take only an hour or two of his day, the clock got away from us and we went far beyond our set run time... Oh well, there was a lot to cover and we've never proved adept at keeping things brief.
I'd say more, but that's what the show is for... Go ahead and hit play. It's a long one, so listen in while you edit your work and the time will fly by.
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This is StreetPX and the street, awaits...
It’s that time again… time for Casper and Jim to riff and banter and ramble on all things photography. Every once in awhile, we like to do an episode where we kick back talk shop and today is the day.
Oh, and Jim is about to embark on some travel and was hoping to get some advice from our listeners to guide his way. Let him know some of your favorite spots for street photography in Phoenix, Seattle, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Las Vegas. Head over the StreetPX Lounge, or email him directly at email@example.com.
It's been a long hiatus while our co-host Jim gets healthy from a recent surgery. But today we're back as local SF photographer, Peter Zhang steps in the studio. He's new to the industry, but with a talented eye, he's hitting the ground running.