ISO 400: Gareth Pon Talks About Community Building Through Instagram

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In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Gareth Pon, a South African filmmaker and photographer. Pon came to photography several years ago when he downloaded Instagram on a whim. Before Instagram, he never seriously took pictures, but the community he witnessed there gave him both wanderlust and the photo bug. The more he photographed, the more popular he became, and now, he has one of the largest followings on Instagram out of South Africa.

With such a large following, he founded the Instagramers South Africa community two years ago, where he has met and worked with other photographers in his home country. Pon has attracted an international audience, and as a result, he’s traveled extensively to meet other photographers, take pictures and teach  workshops. He’s an avid mobile photographer, though he uses a mix of cameras.

For more of Gareth’s work, check out his Instagram and his website.

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ISO 400: Eric Kim Talks About Street Photography

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In this episode of ISO 400, we talk with Eric Kim. While he may need no introduction for some, he is an international street photographer and educator. He’s known for the Eric Kim Street Photography Blog, which has been a tremendous resource for anyone looking to get their start in street photography. Kim started the blog when he realized that there were hardly any resources for street photography.

The blog has been somewhat of a journey for him. As he learns things about the craft, he turns them into blog posts. He interviews and features the work of other photographers, and he teaches workshops all over the world.

Here, he tells us more about what got him into the craft, what it means to be a street photographers, thoughts on his own work, and much more.

For more of Eric’s work, head on over to his website, check out his Facebook page, and visit the blog. Some examples of his work are down below.

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

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ISO 400 – Ep. 003 – Mark Hemmings

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All images used with permission by Mark Hemmings.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Mark Hemmings, a travel and commercial photographer based out of St. John, Canada. A trip to Japan in 2000 proved to be a turning point for Hemmings as it caused him to realize that he wanted to be a photographer. With an old camera and several rolls of slide film, he photographed landscapes in Nagano, and before long, he transitioned to other genres of photography.

With his brother Greg, he opened up Hemmings House, a production company based out of St. John, where he serves as the Director of Photography. When he isn’t photographing commercially, he can be found somewhere around the world teaching workshops. He’s an avid mobile shooter, too, as he frequently practices street photography with his iPhone.

We previously interviewed Hemmings early last year. For his portfolio, check out his website. For his street work, see his Facebook, and for his iPhone pics, see his Instagram.

At one point in the episode, Hemmings speaks about the importance of Gertrude Käsebier’s Silhouette of a Woman/A Maiden at Prayer, a historical photograph which you can find here.

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

Sit back and enjoy this episode of ISO 400.

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ISO 400 Episode #002: Mike Lerner

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All photographers are used with permission by Mike Lerner.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Mike Lerner, a poker-player-turned-photographer who got his start in concert photography. In 2007, he photographed a then-unknown Katy Perry, and steadily networked and photographed his way up the ladder. He eventually landed a gig as Justin Bieber’s tour photographer, traveling on-and-off with him over the course of three years. Despite his successes in concert photography, he has left the genre for lifestyle photography, and has since attracted some big name clients.

Here, he shares his reasons for leaving concert photography, his insights on that business, and the projects he’s working on now. Below are some examples of his work (slight NSFW warning: there’s an underwear shot below).

Editor’s note: There were some questions about the first episode regarding whether or not ISO 400 is actually a podcast. It will be. We’re presently working on getting this on iTunes. For now, we’re releasing episodes on YouTube.

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Welcome to ISO 400, a Podcast by The Phoblographer


Here at the Phoblographer, we’ve been working on diversifying our content both to reach new audiences and offer something more to our readers. For the past couple of months, we’ve been hard at work crafting our latest venture, a photography podcast called ISO 400.

On this site, you’ll find plenty of interviews with photographers, most of which were conducted over email. While that’s a great way to connect with someone, it often suffers from a lack of the back-and-forth that can really make an interview great, so we thought we’d interview photographers live over Skype. In order to be flexible, we’re offering both audio and video versions of each episode.

We are traditionally a gear-focused blog with our reviews and other features, but with ISO 400, we’re looking to break our own mold by focusing heavily on the art, craft and story of each photographer. Any mention of gear only serves to help our readers, and now our listeners, better understand how each photographer makes the images they’re known for.

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