Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Photojournalist Frank Smith

Photojournalist Frank Smith shoots philanthropic work that’s brought him to some of the darkest parts of humanity. 

On our most recent episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, we talked to Photojournalist Frank Smith–who has worked to be a very special photojournalist. Most of the work that we know from photojournalists are seen in media, but Frank’s is quite different. He’s often commissioned by non-profits with causes that stem in different countries. For example, he shared with us one particular story of being in a brothel in India and this being one of the scariest moments of his life.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Lois Greenfield

Dance Photographer Lois Greenfield told us she’s been shooting more or less the same way since she started.

On our latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, Lois Greenfield graced us with her presence, knowledge, and overall creative thought process. Lois started out in photography as a photojournalist in theaters, but then she decided to do a different type of work in studios. Of any modern dance photographer, Lois is truly one of a kind. I reference this heavily in our interview. While Lois started out in film, shooting with a Hasselblad camera and Broncolor Lights mostly with black and white film, since moving to digital, she’s been able to do much more.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Jeff Rojas

At Adorama’s Event Space, photographer Jeff Rojas spoke a whole lot about the business side of portrait photography.

To a packed crowd at the Adorama Event Space, experienced photographer Jeff Rojas educated a crowd on how he thinks as a photographer–and first and foremost he’s all about business and the interpersonal connection. Jeff stated that he barely touches his camera when he’s with a subject. In fact, he spends most of the time talking with them and forming a connection instead of actually shooting. According to Jeff, this helps him figure out ideas, cut down on the images he needs to take, gain a rapport with his subjects, and make it easier for both him and them to work together.

In today’s world of tons of tutorials, there isn’t a whole lot of conversation going on.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Dance Photographer Omar Z Robles

Dance photographer Omar Z Robles has been shooting for the better part of 15 years now; and he’s earned quite a bit of fame from it.

In our most recent episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind (hosted at Adorama) we interviewed Omar Z Robles about his journey as a dance photographer over the years. Omar first started out as a mime and then went back to school to rediscover himself. He found photography and got into shooting street photography. Over time, it turned into working with dancers on the streets to create a type of image that has become iconic on Instagram over and over again. While Omar feels like he still does some sort of documentary process with his work, he feels like he is a creative director of the most part.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Gretchen Robinette

Photographer Gretchen Robinette spoke to us about what it’s like documenting people as they go about their everyday lives on Inside the Photographer’s Mind.

We’ve interviewed photographer Gretchen Robinette in a number of articles on the Phoblographer, and recently she joined us for a live interview for Inside the Photographer’s Mind. We discussed a number of big issues such as whether or not it’s okay to photograph people in public without their permission. But of course, we spoke about so much more.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Kien Quan

Photographer Kien Quan joined us on Inside the Photographer’s Mind to talk about his dance photography.

We had our first dance photographer recently on Inside the Photographer’s Mind as Kien Quan graced us with his presence. Kien started out as a dancer and then decided that he wanted to get into photography. As Kien explains, he always goes about stuff the hard way. So he got a camera, lights, looked up tutorials, and then got into capturing his friends in his dance crew. From there, he networked with other dancers and did the same thing.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Jonathan Higbee

Photographer Jonathan Higbee was our latest guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind.

Jonathan Higbee was our latest guest on Inside the Photographer’s Mind, and he was able to keep a full audience of folks enthralled with his words and experiences on what it’s like to be a modern street photographer. Jonathan is a rare breed: a street photographer who actually makes his living from it. He isn’t an influencer, he isn’t sponsored by any sort of companies and the moment of publishing this post: he makes print sales. In fact, it’s 90% of his income.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Ira Block

National Geographic Photographer and Sony Artisan Ira Block was our guest recently.

It was a pleasure speaking with Ira Block – a photographer who says he’s mastered both the creative side and documentary side of his craft at the moment due to his wanting to continually push himself forward and always create different images. Ira joined us in front of a live studio audience at the Adorama Event Space to discuss his background, how and why he creates, and to share a few key stories about his travels over the years. Ira also showcased lots of his new work in his book Cuba Loves Baseball: a Photographic Journey.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Brooke DiDonato’s Surreal Photography

Photographer Brooke DiDonato talked to us about how she scored gigs with the likes of Huawei and more

Photographer Brooke DiDonato was the guest of our latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, now located on Adorama’s Facebook page. Her work mostly focuses on the surreal and she finds ways to make people really think about the images they’re seeing. When you look at Brooke’s photos, you tend to notice a sense of the whimsical in them. Even better, Brooke does these images without a lot of Photoshop. It’s a testament to her work as she originally started in photojournalism and then decided that she wanted to get into the more commercial and surreal side in order to be more expressive.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind Episode 2: Charlie Naebeck

Photographer Charlie Naebeck was on the latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind

For our second episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, we interviewed Charlie Naebeck. Charlie is a photographer here in NYC, and also a teacher. What’s special about Charlie is the fact that he started out in street photography, then got into portraiture, and then got into conceptual work. How? Well, according to Charlie it had a whole lot to do with how he started in photography, evolved, and how he decided to collaborate with other people, especially dancers.

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Vivienne Gucwa

Lead photo by Vivienne Gucwa.

Yesterday we filed the pilot episode of our new Inside the Photographer’s Mind web show with Adorama TV. Inside the Photographer’s Mind takes the ideas we’ve presented in our interviews, and brings them even further into an in-person interview. Our tagline is “The Psychology of Photography” and so it only makes sense to get deeper into the psyche of how and why photographers create.

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