Here are some really great interviews with photography’s greatest minds and eyes.
I love to get inspiration from photographers who have created bodies of work that I admire. One thing that is important to remember – they are inspiring because they all do different things in different ways. What makes their work  unique is they have allowed their uniqueness to be expressed in their work.

Don McCullin

A short but interesting interview with the great war photographer. Some of my favourite quotes from the interview:

“When my time is up on this earth I want to leave a legacy behind of beautiful landscape pictures of Somerset. I don’t want to be remembered as a war photographer, I hate that title.”

“Every day to me is an opportunity is to discover something new, not just about myself but about the planet that I live on.”

 

Annie Leibovitz

I have always been in awe of Leibovitz ability to get celebrities to crawl in mud, balance on backs and generally act like fools.  Just fantastic. In this interview she talks about one of her books, Women, and how she came to develop a unique project of a vast subject, even though it intimated her.

She gives us insight into her extraordinary ability to create unqiue portraits and the challenges she faces. I love what she says about photographing her mother – how that was tough because she knew how her mother saw herself – and that I think is what we all face when talking portraits. Can we capture who this person really is, and not who they think they are or what they want to be? In the Diane Arbus film below she also talks about this – if you want to do portraits these two interviews are a must.

 Ansel Adams

Speaking about photography from the 1950’s.  A real blast from the past from the master.

 

Jonas Bendiksen

One of my favourite magnum photographer. His book Satellites is my favourite photo book of the past couple of years. His use of colour, the subject matter…He rocks!  Here is the essay behind the book.

 

Elliot Erwitt

The funny, rather spiky and interesting photographer answers questions about digital photography and ‘the best photo is the one I haven’t taken yet’ in the first of a series of films on this playlist.

 

Diane Arbus

A beautiful film made by her daughter Doon Arbus after she died. As well as some interviews with those who knew and loved her there is a running narrative of her words read by a friend. A really intimate look at an extremley talented and controversial photographer. She spent a huge amount of time getting to know her subjects and connecting to them, which I think was essential for the openness with which her subjects faced her camera. One of my favourite things that she says is she never arranged her subjects, she would just arrange herself.

 

 

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