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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ISO 400: Brian Matiash Talks About Creative Rebirths in Photography

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Brian Matiash, a landscape and travel photographer based in Portland, Oregon, who has had a series of creative rebirths throughout his career. Matiash has had experiences most photographers don’t have. Whereas the rest of us are usually consumers of and participants in photography software and online platforms, Matiash has worked behind the scenes at those places: namely onOne and Google. He currently works on a contractual basis with Sony’s Image Artisans Program.

The episode and a selection of Matiash’s work are below. If you’d like to see more of his photographs, you can check out his website and follow him on Instagram @brianmatiash.

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

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ISO 400: Amanda Rivkin Talks About Photojournalism Internationally

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President Elect Barack Obama waves to a crowd of 250,000 through bullet proof glass after becoming the 44th U.S. President on election night in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois on November 4, 2008. Photo by Amanda Rivkin

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Amanda Rivkin, an American photojournalist currently based in Chicago who has a wealth of international experience, having worked in places like Azerbaijan, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Turkey. She’s been published in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Le Monde and Newsweek among others. She has a deep understanding of storytelling and an eye for subtlety that you don’t often find in news photographs.

If you’d like to see Amanda’s work, you can check out her website and follow her on Instagram @amandarivkin and on Facebook.

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

The episode is embedded below.

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ISO 400 – An Rong Xu Explores Cultural Identity Through Photography

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from An Rong Xu, a photographer based in New York City whose working on a long-term project called “The Chinese Americans.” For the project, Xu is exploring Chinese American identity through diaspora communities across the United States. When he was a student at the School of Visual Arts, he worked on a series about his grandfather called “Grandpa,” which proved to be a turning point for him as it taught him about the importance of quiet moments. He also shoots editorial assignments for various publications.

If you’d like to see more of Xu’s work, you can check out his website or follow him on Instagram @anrizzy.

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

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ISO 400: Nicholas Gervin Talks About Street Photography in New England

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Nicholas Gervin, a street photographer based in Portland, Maine. Photography for Gervin is a means of recovery as he has suffered a series of injuries, automobile and otherwise, and with his camera, he’s explored the places around him. There’s a raw and visceral quality to Gervin’s work that commands your full attention. Some photography allows you to passively receive it, but Gervin’s doesn’t allow any room for that. There’s an immediacy to it that grabs you.

For more of Gervin’s work, you can check out his website. A selection of his work and the episode are after the break.

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ISO 400: Elie Gardner & Oscar Durand Talk About Working Together as a Married Couple

In the backyard of one of South America's busiest airports about 350 families lived in a humble neighborhood known as El Ayllu. At the beginning of March the land near Lima, Peru, was taken by eminent domain for the expansion of Jorge Chavez International Airport. The government doled out new homes and checks to the residents. From left, Arely Betzabe, 5, Ricardo Galvez and Giovanna Meneses Pisco pose for a photograph in front of their former home. They were back in the neighborhood visiting friends and stopped by to see their old home as it was in the process of being demolished. Photo by Elie Gardner

In the backyard of one of South America’s busiest airports about 350 families lived in a humble neighborhood known as El Ayllu. At the beginning of March the land near Lima, Peru, was taken by eminent domain for the expansion of Jorge Chavez International Airport. The government doled out new homes and checks to the residents. From left, Arely Betzabe, 5, Ricardo Galvez and Giovanna Meneses Pisco pose for a photograph in front of their former home. They were back in the neighborhood visiting friends and stopped by to see their old home as it was in the process of being demolished. Photo by Elie Gardner

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Elie Gardner and Oscar Durand, a married pair of photojournalists who have been working together for the past five years. They began their career together in Lima, Peru in 2011, and worked there for four years, covering all kinds of different stories, from a massive aerobics class in a dangerous prison to conservation efforts to protect the Amazonian manatee. They published their work through Inti Media, a multimedia collective they founded. Towards the end of their time in Peru, they founded Everyday Latin America, an Instagram community dedicate to showing daily life in Latin America.

Earlier this year, they began a new chapter by moving to Istanbul, Turkey, where they’ve had to get used to not knowing the language entirely, though they are working on it.

More of Elie’s work can be found on her website and on Instagram @eliegardner. For more of Oscar’s work, you can check out his website and his Instagram @oscardurand.

A selection of their work and the episode are below. As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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ISO 400: Lauren Welles On Leaving Law for Photography

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Lauren Welles, a New York-based photographer. She left a 16-year-career in corporate law for photography about six years ago. The change was necessary, one that revived her. We spoke with Welles last year about her Coney Island series of photographs that was featured on The Fence at Photoville. She’s got an eye for street photography that she’s been developing since she started. In this episode, she tells us about the perils and benefits of leaving a comfortable job, realizing her own photographic identity and more.

The episode and a selection of her work are available after the break. You can see more of her work on her websiteon Facebook, and on Instagram @laurenwelles.

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

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ISO 400: Marcus Yam Talks About Covering Natural Disasters

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Protesters march after the Grand Jury announced their decision to not charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the case of Michael Brown’s shooting, in Los Angeles, CA on, Nov. 25, 2014. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times) ©Los Angeles Times

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Marcus Yam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who’s worked for the NY Times, Seattle Times, and the LA Times. He was a part of the team at that covered the devastating Oso landslide for the Seattle Times, which earned the publication a Pulitzer Prize. As an intern for the NY Times, he told the story of Sergeant First Class Eich who had to leave his two young boys behind to go to war. The story became a multimedia package called “The Home Front,” which earned Yam several awards.

In this episode, he talks about freelance life, what it was like to leave aerospace engineering, the benefits of working for a publication full-time, and more.

His work can be found on his website, and you can follow him on Instagram @yamphoto. The episode and a selection of his photographs are below.

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

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ISO 400: Thomas Hurst Talks About Being an Inventor

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A grandfather and his granddaughter share smiles inside a high-school gym turned refugee center on the Albania boarder with Kosovo. ©Thomas James Hurst – 1999 (World Press Photo – 2ooo)

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Thomas Hurst a 20-year photojournalist turned inventor. Spurred by an interest to see what war was like, he grabbed a camera, invented press credentials and flew to Bosnia in 1992. From there, he went on to work in some of the biggest conflict zones of the 1990s and 2000s. After nearly 20 years, he left photojournalism to become a pastor, which he eventually left to focus on COVR Photo, an iPhone case with a built-in prism that he invented.

In this episode, he talks about the early years of his photojournalism, what it’s like to learn the craft on the job, becoming an inventor, and more. A selection of his work, as well as the episode is after the break. If you’d like to see more of Hurst’s work, check out his website. If you’re curious about the COVR photo, check out our review, and he currently has a Kickstarter for the iPhone 6 version.

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

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ISO 400: Hugo Passarello Luna Talks About Life as a Photojournalist

From a photo essay about Boulogne Sur Mer in France, where one of Argentina's founders died in the late 1800s.

From a photo essay about Boulogne Sur Mer in France, where one of Argentina’s founders died in the late 1800s.

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Hugo Passarello Luna, an Argentinian journalist and photographer who’s based in Paris and has been for about five years now. He’s worked on a number of projects, not the least of which is the “Unexpected Photo Essay on Cortázar, His Readers and Paris” from last year. He honored the centennial of Argentinian novelist Julio Cortázar’s birth by photographing his readers in Paris in the context of his novel “Hopscotch,” which we interviewed him about here. In this episode, Hugo talks about his lifelong fondness for storytelling, his cross-cultural experiences as a journalist, and more.

For more Hugo’s work, check out his website. You can also find him on Twitter and Instagram. A selection of his photographs, as well as the episode, is down below.

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

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ISO 400: Sarah Pannell Talks About Projects in Other Countries

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Sarah Pannell, a documentary photographer from Australia. She shoots primarily in color and with a wide perspective, and she manages to keep her images clean and uncluttered.

She just had her first book published. It’s called “Şehir” (Sheh-hear), and it looks at the transition Istanbul has been going through. Her photography’s taken her to a number of countries, where she’s worked on projects and forged friendships with other photographers.

In this episode, she talks about publishing her first book, working in the US, Hong Kong and Turkey and more.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami.

For more of Sarah’s work, check out her website and follow her on Instagram @sarahpannell. Her book Şehir is available here. A selection of her work and the episode is below.

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ISO 400 – Rinzi Ruiz Talks About Finding the Light

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Rinzi Ruiz, a street and wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. Towards the of 2011, Ruiz was laid off a job he had for 10 years, and this gave him time to focus on his photography. He found his zen in street photography on the streets of Los Angeles. His high contrast monochrome images are deeply meditative, and they have excellent lighting.

He became known for a blog called Street Zen, in which he posts images he makes on the street. More of his work can be found on his website and his Instagram.

A selection of his work and the episode can be seen after the break.

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ISO 400 – Robert Larson Talks About Long Term Projects

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From “The Summer of Our Lives”

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After a brief hiatus, ISO 400 is back. This week, we hear from Robert Larson, a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles. Larson got his start in photography in 2007 at a small town newspaper. It was the death of his grandfather in 2009 that marked a turn in his photography from the single image to the photo story.

He made the transition to long-term projects, one of which is called “Waiting for Haiti.” Larson has always been interested in the country, and after the earthquake happened in 2010, he knew he had to go there to make pictures. Over the course of three trips, he’s forged deep friendships and made powerful images, though the project isn’t over.

Larson also had the pleasure of photographing his own wedding. That’s technically a bit misleading. He was working on a project about his wife-to-be, and the natural conclusion to that was a set of photographs from his perspective on their big day. He trusted his friend Rinzi Ruiz, who we’ll be hearing from in a future episode, to photograph the entire thing.

To see more of Robert’s work, head on over to his website or check him out on Instagram.

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ISO 400 – David Brommer Talks About Niche Photography

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from David Brommer, a studio photographer and Director of the B&H Event Space where he has given many talks on photography. His talks largely deal with composition and developing a style, and all those videos are on YouTube. Yes, they’re long, but they’re well worth the watch.

He got his start in photography in the late ’80s, and for three years in the mid-90s, he ran a gallery space in Seattle called Suspect Photography, where he showcased some cutting edge work. Brommer’s had a lifelong interest in dark subject matter and religious symbolism, and much of it has a found a way into his work.

There’s a painterly quality to his photographers, which is, at least in part, a result of his art education, and when he talks about composition, he often refers to master painters.

For more of Brommer’s work, you can check out his website. If you’d like to see some of his talks, check out the top results on YouTube.

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