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.

All images are © Hugo Passarello Luna and are used with permission.

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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All images are copyrighted Sarah Pannell, and are used with permission.

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

From "The Summer of Our Lives"

From “The Summer of Our Lives”

All images are copyrighted Robert Larson and are used with permission.

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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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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