The Photo Brigade Podcast (photography)

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with Boston-based photgrapher Rick Friedman. Rick’s photos have graced the covers of many Newsweeks and various other publications. We 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. 

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Category:photography -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with his friend, veteran New York Times staff photojournalist and editor, Jose R. Lopez. They talk about Jose's 31-year-long career at The Times covering major news events as a photographer and supporting many amazing staff and freelance photographers as an editor on various picture desks over the years!  So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of the Photo Brigade Podcast. 

Jose R. Lopez recently took early retirement from The New York Times as one of the 100 journalists that were offered the buyout from the Times company. In his 31 years as a journalist at The Times, he was a staff photographer for the newspaper for 16 years, which included an 8.5 year stint in the Washington bureau and covered the last three years of the Reagan administration, all four years of the Bush (41) administration and the first 1.5 years of the Clinton Administration. He returned to New York and continued to shoot a variety of assignments including 2 Olympics- 88 Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the 96 Summer Games in Atlanta, GA, 5 Super Bowls, a couple of World Series, NCAA final four tournaments as well as other national and metro assignments. In December of 1995, he was sent to Bosnia Herzgovina to cover the end of the war there and the peace keeping duties that the American Military were going to take up as part of the Dayton Peace Accords. Lopez decided to become a picture editor as he felt he could better use his wisdom and talent in advocating for photographers work in the daily newspaper. He was a picture editor for the last 15 years of his career and worked on a variety of news desks. He was part of the team that won both Pulitzer Prizes in 2002 for the newspapers coverage of the Terrorist attacks of 9-11. His most recent assignment was picture editor of the digital platform, NYTNOW, the app of The New York Times. Over the course of his career, he was also an instructor in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute and taught the photojournalism aspect of this two week intensive in which 24 college journalism students, which include 4 photographers, are taught what it takes to perform at the level of a New York Times journalist. Many of his former students have gone to newspaper careers of their own as well as successful freelance careers. His time in the industry has provided him with a front row seat of the changes that the overall industry has gone through and continues to do. A native of Santa Fe, NM, he attended New Mexico State University where he holds a BA degree in journalism with a special emphasis in photojournalism. 


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Category:photography -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with his friend Keith Bedford about his freelance career working for a plethora of editorial clients ranging from The New York Times to Reuters. They talk about Keith's new chapter as he's just accepted a staff position at the Boston Globe. They talk about Keith's path in photography and look through photos taken from presidential campaigns, around the world for NGOs, and general news from years in NYC. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of the Photo Brigade Podcast. 

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Category:photography -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with his his friend Eric Thayer about his freelance career covering everything from presidential campaigns, the Furgison riots, work along the US/Mexico border for various clients like The New York Times and Reuters. They also talk about how he transitioned into photography after going to school originally for writing, how his photography professor at Brooks Insitiute inspired him to take on New York City, and about the business of photography. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of the Photo Brigade Podcast. 

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Category:photography -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with his friend Barton Silverman who just recently retired after 50 years at the New York Times covering sports. They talk about Barton's career as a staffer as well as his early days working for the New York Jets where he made some legendary images of Joe Nameth, freelancing as a fashion and wedding photographer, and eventually how he made his way on staff at The New York Times. They discuss how technology and business has changed over the past 50 years and Barton tells some great stories. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade podcast! 

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Category:photography -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with his friend Adam Marelli about his career as an artist, photographer, speaker, workshop instructor and world traveler. Adam Marelli is an artist & photographer based in New York City. His projects explore “maestros at work,” the ancient crafts of building and design as they are handed down through generations. Whether he is photographing a master carpenter, dodging fish at a local market, or in the studio, he is constantly in search of the threads which bind our cultures together. When he is not at his drafting table, he teaches photographers, art historians and enthusiasts the lost lessons of Classical Design. He was named the “Resident Photographer” for the Leica Akademie 2012 in NYC, contributes to “Ask the Contractor” in the New York Times, was a featured lecturer at New York University, and continues to pursue projects at home and abroad. His writing have been featured on The Gothamist and in Phaidon Press. His work is represented by Invisible-Exports gallery in New York City. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast!

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Category:photography -- posted at: 10:11am EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with his friend, Fred Conrad, who just ended a nearly 40 year career as a staff photographer at The New York Times. Back when Robert was an intern in 2005, Fred was one of his mentors where they had many conversations about photography, technique, and life. Robert tagged along with Fred on a number of assignments and learned how to stay cool, calm, and collected when working on quick portrait shoot with celebrities. Fred has covered just about every sort of assignment you can imagine over his long career and we discuss his next chapter as a freelancer and all that lies ahead. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast!

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Category:photography -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

065 - Pete Souza - Photo Brigade Podcast

On this special episode recorded at The White House, Robert Caplin chats with his friend Pete Souza, Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and the director of the White House Photography Office. They talk about his unique job that’s taken to nearly every corner of the Earth baring witness to some of the most important moments in history during both in the Obama as well as  the Regan administration decades past. They discuss how Pete met President Obama while on assignment for The Chicago Tribune years back covering his first year as a senator, which led to his book "The Rise of Barack Obama". They talk about his background, business, social media, and much more. This is a talk you don’t want to miss! So sit back, relax, and enjoy this special presidential episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast! 


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Category:photography -- posted at: 9:15am EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Marc Piscotty who stopped by while in New York City for a brief visit. They talk about how he got his start in photography, his time at Western Kentucky University, his numerous internships that led to a staff newspaper position, his career at the Rocky Mountain News where his first assignment was the Columbine shooting. They also discuss how he left the Rocky Mountain News on his own terms and transitioned into freelance photography and diversified into shooting more commercial work. This  and a whole lot more on this episode of the Photo Brigade podcast. 

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Category:photography -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats the one-and-only Alyssa Adams, deputy editor at TV Guide Magazine and executive director of the Eddie Adams Workshop. Back in 1988, Alyssa and her late husband, Eddie Adams, founded this annual, tuition-free workshop that invites the 100 top students and early professional photographers, chosen strictly by the merit of their portfolios, to their barn in Jeffersonville, NY at the peek of Autumn, to participate in one of the industry’s longest-running and respected workshops. They talk about Alyssa’s background in design, how she got into the photo industry, how she and Eddie met, and they talk all about the workshop Robert attended a decade ago as a student and has since returned as a team producer. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade podcast!


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Category:photography -- posted at: 10:42am EDT