The Photo Brigade Podcast

On this episode Robert make a house call to his good friend Marko Georgiev who was suffering from a back injury and taking it easy at home in New Jersey where he is currently a staff photographer at The Record. Marko is one wild and crazy guy...the two met at a photojournalist's poker table about 8 years ago when Robert was an intern for the New York Times. They talk about his ever-changing career in photography from his beginnings covering the Kosovo conflict in his region of the world, to moving to NYC, working for the New York Times both locally and embedded during the war in Iraq. He has some crazy stories from when he covered Hurricane Sandy in New Orleans and to close calls in Iraq. As always they talk about business and how Marko got into the world of photography. So sit back, relax, enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade podcast!

Direct download: 018_-_Marko_Georgiev_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with celebrity and political photojournalist Kris Connor. They grabbed a coffee and took a walk in Central Park and discussed Connor's career and what led him to covering the interesting mix of both politics and entertainment in our nation's capitol. Kris has a very unique story compared to most, if not all photojournalists as he was born with Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. We talk about how being a little person has helped his job as a photographer and how he's overcome obstacles over the years, including multiple limb-lengthening procedures as a child, that in the end gave him an extra 12 inches in height. We also discuss numerous stories he's been working on including his latest project called Polirazzi, that looks at the role celebrities play in today's politics. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast! 

Direct download: 017_-_Kris_Connor-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with one of his online friends, Jamey Price, a stellar motor sports photographer based out of North Carolina. They grabbed a coffee and had a chat in Central Park while Jamey was briefly in town visiting his sister prior to leaving for Singapore for Formula One. Jamey has begun working for some big corporate clients like Ducati and Lamborghini all while traveling the world shooting what he loves. They talk about how he built the connections that have led to his successful freelance career, blogging, his background as a collegiate athlete and much more. So Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 

Direct download: 016_-_Jamey_Price_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

On today's episode Robert met up with his friend Darren Carroll, a veteran sports shooter and portraitist based out of Austin, Texas. Darren's been working as a freelancer for some of the biggest sports magazines in the world from Sports Illustrated to Smithsonian. He racks up frequent flyer miles jetting from city to city covering major sporting events year-round. We talk about how he got his "in" at the big magazines, his educational background, and we touch on both Instagram and Facebook's sketchy new terms of service, and of course much more. So sit back, relax, and sit with us for a chat in Central Park in this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 

Direct download: 015_-_Darren_Carroll_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with talented photojournalist Daniella Zalcman, a freelance photojournalist based in New York and England. They met up in Central Park while she was in town preparing for her wedding last week to chat about her transition from freelancing in NYC to starting fresh in England. Daniella recently published a book of double exposures from called New York + London in which she used Kickstarter to fund. They talk about her successes using the crowd sourcing platform, our thoughts on Instagram's Terms of Service, the business of photography and how the Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inspired her to become a professional photojournalist in a round-about way... Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of the Photo Brigade Podcast! 

Direct download: 014_-_Daniella_Zalcman_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with veteran travel photographer Alison Wright who has been working for National Geographic on numerous assignments and book projects throughout the world. She's been to every continent working for both editorial clients and not-for-profits ranging from the Hellen Keler Foundation, OxFam, US Aid, Save the Children, and UNICEF just to name a few. When a logging truck crashed into her bus in Laos breaking her back, pelvis, ribs, and arm nearly killed her, it only pushed her to live her life by her own terms using her camera to help people and raise awareness around the world. We talk about her lengthy career, projects, passion for her work, along with the business of being a photographer, and many other wild stories from her adventures. So sit back, relax, and join Robert and Alison for a drink at the Mandarin Oriental for this episode of the Photo Brigade Podcast! 

Direct download: 013_-_Alison_Wright_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 10:53am EDT

On this episode Robert chats with freelance photographer Keith Bedford who became Robert's mentor and good friend when h attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2004 and was Robert's team's producer. Soon after we met, Robert moved to New York City to intern where Keith works as a full-time freelancer. After Robert's internship ended, he became a freelancer in the Big Apple and worked alongside Keith now for the past 7 or so years. They chat about Keith's career path from Kinkos copyboy to photographer, his time covering politics in Iowa during the 2008 presidential election, to his many long-term trips and projects overseas from Sri Lanka, to Afghanistan, to India, to China and Japan. As always they talk about the business of photography and setting yourself apart from the pack, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of the Photo Brigade Podcast! 

Direct download: 012_-_Keith_Bedford_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 2:23pm EDT

In this episode Robert chats with his friend and colleague Jennifer Altman who has been freelancing professionally in her native New York City for over 18 years now. They talk about growing up in New York taking pictures on the subway in route to high school, how interning in college, and editing for both the New York Post and Associated Press led to her freelance shooting career. They discuss the business practices of freelance photography, how she keeps her work diverse and versatile, and the burdens of dealing with copyright infringers in the ever-changing landscape of online sharing. Lastly, they touch on the the importance of marketing and editing your body of work for various clients, how she's been able to balance motherhood with full-time freelancing, and about being a female in a male-dominated industry.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast!

Direct download: 011_-_Jennifer_S._Altman_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

On this episode,  Robert met up for coffee in his neighborhood with an up-and-coming photographer named Alex Trautwig, who he met when he started his career as an intern at the New York Times while covering the US Open Tennis tournament back in 2005. Alex was about 14 at the time attempting to shoot sports action with a short lens and a prosumer body. Alex's father is a well-known sports broadcaster, so he grew up around all these amazing sporting events. He reminded Robert of himself at that age, eager and ready to learn, so Robert took him under his wing and let him use his lenses for the day. Since then, they've kept in touch through email and social media and he's been able to see him graduate middle school, high school, college, work at his school paper, intern at Getty Sport, intern with the New York Mets, and grow into a young, professional photographer. They talk about all the steps that let him to where he is today from internships, making connections, and learning the busisness of photograpy. 

Direct download: 010_-_Alex_Trautwig_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

On this episode, Robert visits his good friend Brad Smith who recently became the Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated. Prior to working at SI, Brad was the sports photo editor at The New York Times where he gave Robert his very first assignment for The New York Times when he was an intern back in 2005. Prior to that he was the White House Photo Editor under the Clinton Administration. Brad really gives some great advice to our listeners about getting your work in front of him and others at Sports Illustrated....and guess what, he even share's his email address where you can send your work and submit photos for consideration for the 6 pages of prime real estate in the front of the magazine called the Leading Off Section. They also talk about the new direction in which Sports Illustrated is moving....all really cool stuff. 

Direct download: 009_-_Brad_Smith_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT