The Photo Brigade Podcast
055 - David Burnett - Photo Brigade Podcast

On this very special episode, legendary photojournalist David Burnett, joins Robert in our first Video podcast, recorded live in NYC. Today, David and Robert talk about everything from getting his start in photography in high school, his first time being published in Time Magazine, his time in Iran, Vietnam, his relationship and access to Bob Marley, business of photography, and so much more. This is one you don’t want to miss. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast! 


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Category:photography -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT


On this episode Robert chats with born and raised Bostonian, Rick Friedman, whose studio Robert visited while he was on a corporate shoot in the area. Rick's photos have graced the covers of many Newsweeks and various other publications. They talk about how he got into the world of Photojournalism without a degree from a photography school and thrived as a freelancer for so many years. We talk business, networking, his workshops, and much more in this Episode of the photo brigade podcast.

Direct download: 054_-_Rick_Friedman_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 9:02am EDT

On this episode Robert chats with a blast from his college past, fellow Ohio University VisCom alumni, Michael P. King, who was a few years behind Robert in college and they followed a very similar path in the photo business, both growing up in Ohio and being inspired by the same photographers at The Columbus Dispatch, where they both interned before starting their careers. Robert became a freelancer and Michael became a staffer where he’s currently working for the Wisconsin State Journal covering sports full-time. He’s also national secretary of the NPPA. They discuss everything from getting into photography, the state of the photo industry, and the importance of supporting organizations like the NPPA. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast over clam pasta in New York.

Direct download: 053_-_Michael_P_King_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with Jay Westcott, a freelance photographer based in Norfolk, VA specializing in DC politics and Capitol Hill for the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, among many other publications and clients. They met 10 years ago both as students at the Eddie Adamas Workshop in upstate New York and have been friends ever since. They talk about Jay's career path as they talk about everything business and discuss how they negoitate contracts, deal with clients, promote themselves through blogging, networking, and much much more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 

Direct download: 052_-_Jay_Westcott_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 7:08am EDT

On this episode Robert chats with his good friend Al Bello, who’s been a staff sports photographer with Getty Images for over two decades. On top of being one of the greatest sports photographers, Al is one of the nicest photographers you could ever meet in our industry. Al and Robert connected at this year’s Eddie Adams Workshop in Upstate New York where they both led the orange sports team along with Brad Smith of Sports Illustrated. Tehy talk about how he got into sports photography as a “darkroom boy” for a  magazine called The Ring, his lengthy career at Getty, the difficulty of balancing a career traveling the world and family life, his advice to the next generation of photographers, and much more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy our pond-side chat on this episode of The Photo Brigade podcast! 

Direct download: 051_-_Al_Bello_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

For our 50th episode, we're bringing you something special. This past weekend Robert was a producer at the Eddie Adams Workshop where he sat down with the legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Nick Ut. His photo from Vietnam of a 9-year-old girl running naked down a road after being severely burnt by a napalm bomb captivated the world and helped bring the war to an end. He's closing in on 50 years as a staff photographer with Associated press and is now based in LA. They discuss the day in 1972 when he took the infamous picture, how war has affected him on many levels, as well as the loss of numerous friends, colleagues, and how he followed in the footsteps of his his older brother, a photojournalist who was killed while covering the war. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this 50th episode of The photo Brigade Podcast!

Direct download: 050_-_Nick_Ut_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

On this episode Robert chats with Mr Weird Sports himself, Sol Neelman. They discuss the process of publishing his book series, Weird Sports, from conception, pitching the concept to publishers at a book fair in Germany, to launching not one, but two books! They also talk about Sol's reign as a staff photographer at The Oregonian and his decision to move on from that post and join the world of freelancers. Sol is a great example of one putting himself in the position to succeed through collaboration, sharing ideas, and down right perseverance. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 

Direct download: 049_-_Sol_Neelman_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

On this episode Robert chats with accomplished Sports Photographer Rob Tringali. Robert met Rob back when he was covering the Yankees during his internship with the New York Times back in 2005. Rob's travels the country and world covering sports for some of the top sporting magazines from ESPN to Sports Illustrated. They go into some great detail discussing the changing business landscape in sports photography that's taken place over the past decade, talk about how he got into the business, and much more in this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 

Direct download: 048_-_Rob_Tringali_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with co-founder of and, the one and only Grover Sanschagrin. They've been pals for over a decade now and actually met through Sports Shooter, a social community for photographers that Grover created before Facebook. They talk about his career, how the AP Laser Photo System blew his mind in the pre-internet days, making money in the photography industry, following your passion and dreams, as well as his latest venture into the world of Tequilla that resulted in his brief relocation to Mexico and the development of his blog and iPhone app TequilaMatchmaker. So sit back, relax, and sample some high-end Tequilas with Grover and Robert in this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast! 

Direct download: 047_-_Grover_Sanschagrin_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 9:36am EDT

On this episode Robert chats with fellow New York City freelancer Ben Norman who shoots for the likes of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, among many other editorial and commercial clients. They met back when Ben interned for their mutual friend Vince Laforet, back when Vince was full-time in NYC. They talk about how Ben set himself apart from his competition, building his career in New York as a freelancer, and all the business behind freelancing in the Big Apple from diversifying your client base, licensing stock, building corporate clients through the daily editorial gigs, and making and maintaining those important contacts in the industry. Sit back, relzx, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast.

Direct download: 046_-_Ben_Norman_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 11:26am EDT