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

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.

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.

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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

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)

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

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

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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