ISO 400: Sally Davies Talks About Photographing the East Village

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Having moved to Istanbul earlier this year, I find that often miss my hometown of New York City, and one of the ways in which I revisit home is through photographs. The guest for this week’s episode, Sally Davies, takes photos that bring me right back. They’re New York in a way that many images aren’t. Photography is both her passion and her profession, and as she’s said now and again, “I have no Plan B.”

She also has an ongoing series known as the “Happy Meal Project.” Five years ago, she bought a happy meal from McDonald’s and photographed it. She kept photographing, and the surprising, or perhaps not so surprising, thing is that the food has not decomposed at all. It looks the same in 2010 as it does now in 2015.

The episode and a selection of Sally’s photographs are below. For more of her work, you can check out her website and 500px.

As always our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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ISO 400: David Carol Talks About Life in Photography

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David Carol has done nearly all there is to do in photography. He’s the author of three books. He’s given presentations, portfolio reviews and workshops. He’s served on the juries of competitions and written about photographers for various publications. More recently, he’s become a publisher in his own right by starting Peanut Press Books, a publishing imprint he cofounded with Ashly Stohl. His photographs often have a subtle humor that catches you by surprise. David’s a photographer’s photographer with a wide network of friends that he’s developed over the course of his 35-year career. He lives and breathes photography as fully as anyone can.

A selection of David’s work and the episode are below. For more of his work, you can check out his website and find him on Facebook.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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ISO 400: Ashly Stohl Talks About Publishing Her First Book

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What do you do when your youngest child takes a liking to a Darth Vader helmet that’s just a little too big for his frame? You take a picture and then another and then another. That’s what Ashly Stohl did with her son Charlie. At first, she made these pictures without any serious intent, but once they started getting more traction than her other work, she realized there might be something there. These little one-off pictures became something more: her first book Charth Vader. What makes this even more significant is that she created her own imprint with photographer David Carol in order to publish it because she didn’t want to trust these personal photos to some other publisher. They called the fruits of their labor Peanut Press Books with Charth Vader as its first publication.

A selection of Ashly’s images and the episode are below. For more of her work, you can check out her website, and for Peanut Press Books, go here. You can pick up a copy of Charth Vader here.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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ISO 400: Amy Lombard Talks About Bronies and IKEA

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There’s a subculture for just about everything, whether Bronies or canine fashionistas, and it’s usually the case that most people aren’t aware of these niche communities. There are photographers, however, who shine a light on these quirky enclaves, and Amy Lombard is one of those photographers. She has a deep interest in these subcultures, and with her camera and a flash, she has given them vibrant life. Her images aren’t quite ones in that they’re alive with color and light, more so than the most. In 2012, she published her first book Happy Inside, which took a look at life inside IKEA showrooms, and earlier this year, she received a grant from VSCO’s Artist Initiative to continue her project documenting subcultures.

A selection of her work and the episode are below. For more of her work, you can check out her website and follow her on Instagram.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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ISO 400 – Jake Simkin Talks About Conflict Photography

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How do you find moments of humanity in sheer chaos? What do you do when you’re confronted with a situation where it’s better to help than take the photograph? These are some of the things Jake Simkin has to consider in any given situation he finds himself. A photographer and filmmaker, Simkin has worked in some of the heaviest conflicts in recent memory, from the war in Afghanistan to the ongoing war in Syria. He’s seen more than most people can handle, and yet he goes out to tell the stories that need to be told. It was the tsunami in 2004 that pulled him to Banda Aceh away from the commercial work he’d been doing up until that point. Since then he’s sought to tell stories of survival.

A selection of his photographs and the episode are below. If you’d like to see more of his work, you can visit his website and follow him on Instagram.

As always, our music is provided Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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ISO 400: Fadi BouKaram Talks About Street Photography in Beirut

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from a Fadi BouKaram, a street photographer based in Beirut and one of the founders of Observe, an international collective of photographers who recently had their first gallery showing in Iserlohn, Germany. Beirut has recently seen a spate of protests in response to all the garbage that has been piling up on its streets, and Fadi has been out there after work to photograph them. He is not, however, a photojournalist, so there’s no pressure to get his images published. This frees him to take a more nuanced and artistic approach to protest photography, which you can see here.

It was a workshop with David Gibson that proved to be pivotal for Fadi’s photography. He initially shot with long lenses on the street, and upon taking the workshop, he learned rather bluntly that he needed to shorten the focal length and get closer. In the years since, he’s always made a point to get closer.

The episode as well as a small collection of Fadi’s work is below.

If you’d like to see more of Fadi’s work, you can check out his portfolio on Observe and his Flickr page. You can also read his musings on photography on his blog.

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ISO 400: Spyros Papaspyropoulos Talks About Street Photography

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Spyros Papaspyropoulos, a street photographer from Greece who is also the founder of Street Hunters, an online community and resource for street photography. The website is known, at least in part, for its series of Street Hunt videos, in which Spyros and his mates can be seen photographing on the streets of any given city, which makes for a good insight into process. There’s often a sense of humor in Spyros’s images that makes them wholly enjoyable. He uses a flash at any time of day, and he shoots almost exclusively in color these days.

A selection of his work and the episode are embedded below. For more of his work, check out his website, Flickr, and follow him on Instagram.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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ISO 400: Ben Moon Talks About Life on the Road

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Ben Moon, a photographer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. Moon recently released a short film he worked on called “Denali,”  a beautifully touching tribute to his dog of 14 and a half years who joined him on all of his travels in his nomadic career. Moon’s photographed everything from climbers on mountainsides to surfers under the waves and bands in the studio. There’s a deep level of humanity and emotion in all of his work, both his photographs and his films.

A selection of Moon’s work, his film Denali, and the episode are below. If you’d like to see more of his work, check out his website or follow him on Instagram, TwitterFacebook and Vimeo.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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