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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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...
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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.
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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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And for you all on the East coast, don't forget about our upcoming Workshop, presented by StreetPX. A three day intense course, with RE Casper and Vineet Vohra, stomping the streets of Manhattan. Click below and Register Today!
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.
Check out the original post atfor group photos and more links than you'll know what to do with.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Henry Navarro stops by the studio to talk street, inspire passion and discuss his traveling photo project, "Motorbikes". Documenting the intertwined lives of developing countries and the two-wheeled transportation they depend on from birth to death.
With the Streetfoto International Street Photography Festival in full gear, we get Ken Walton back in the Studio to discuss the ins-and-outs of organizing a major event and what possessed him to go big or go home. - Coming to San Francisco, June 8-12.
We're doubling up on the Watkins gene today. As our very own social media expert at Facebook, Aaron Watkins, visits the StreetPX Studio to discuss Ads, Instagram, posting and more. Best part, we also get to test drive the Samsung Gear VR.
A good friend of the team, Gokhan Cukurova (Chicago, IL), joins us in the studio to share some great stories and talk shop. Including the foundation of one of the largest non-profit photographic organizations in the United States [CPS], documenting the Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, as well as Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Chicago's mayoral candidate in this year's run-off election against Rahm Emanuel.
From the Netherlands to the San Francisco Bay and pumped directly between your ears. StreetPX is going international with Rotterdam's own, Willem Jonkers, a genius with an 8mm and the Pirate of the Asphalt, Sandra Jonkers.
Scott Strazzante... Award winning photojournalist, Hipstamatic street shooter, definitive sports fan. Tune in, as he joins us in the StreetPX studio to discuss his groundbreaking project, "Common Ground" and a successful career in photojournalism.
Today, our hosts sit down for some random photo talk.... the itch for film, drooling over Leicas, photography books, some holiday gift ideas, preparing for an upcoming gallery show and much more. We may not have a spotlight interview for you on today's show, but we have plenty to share. Happy Holidays!
SPX Shorties - Urban Reflections: A brief reflection on how important it can be to take your eye away from the viewfinder and look upon the world around you.
Casper gets a bit heavy, as he opens up the new micro-segment, "Urban Reflections." Here the metaphorical camera is turned on himself, sharing a personal experience to demonstrate how far beyond the camera the genre of street photography can go.
This week, Chicago based documentary photographer, Nima Taradji, stays up late to join us in our very first StreetPX Studio+ Experience. Sharing with us, his experience working with Delia, a transgender female, the Baltimore protests and much more.
StreetPX is on a roll with our guests dropping announcements on brand new projects.
Today's episode is no different with our guest, Kristi Lewis. An Oakland native, photographer and enabler of all things art and we are incredibly happy to have her stop by the studio to tell us about herself, her work and the best part, she even comes up with more project ideas, right on the spot.