The Photo Brigade Podcast

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

On this episode Robert Caplin chat with his good friend Guy Rhodes, a stellar photographer, videographer, and lighting designer based in the Chicago area. He was in New York for a visit and stopped by to chat with Robert about his career as we looked at some of his amazing photography ranging from the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, his experimental work including his wet plate, tintype work, and oh, that one time he used powered mash potatoes and strobes to fake a snowstorm for a portrait. They also discuss how his visual diversity has helped him thrive as a freelancer for over a decade. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast!

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Category:photography -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with the formidable Joe McNally about his life, career, and the business of photography. They discuss Joe’s path from his earliest days in college, getting his feet wet as a copy boy for the NY Daily News, his growth into a trusted and proven photographer working for the likes of LIFE Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, just to name a few. They talk about Joe’s transition from staff to freelance, editorial to commercial, and how he expanded upon his talents to also start lecturing, holding workshops, writing books, to endorsements and collaborations with brand manufactures and much more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 


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Joe McNally ( is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. He has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Men's Journal. He has been at various times in his career a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, a staff photographer at LIFE, and currently, an ongoing 23 year contributor to the National Geographic, shooting numerous cover stories for those publications.

Joe was listed by American Photo as one of the 100 Most Important people in Photography and described by the magazine as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today". He has been honored as a member of Kodak-PDN Legends Online, as well as being a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens. In 2010, he was voted as one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade in an industry-wide Photo District News survey. McNally won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalist Impact for a LIFE coverage titled "The Panorama of War." He has also been honored numerous times by Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY, and The World Press Photo Foundation.

In the aftermath of 9/11, McNally, using the world's only life-sized Polaroid camera, created a project called "Faces of Ground Zero," which traveled through 2002, became a book, and helped generate approximately $2 million for the relief effort. It is considered by many museum and art professionals to be one of the most important artistic endeavors to evolve from the 9/11 tragedy. His fine art work is represented by Monroe Gallery of Santa Fe, and his prints are in numerous collections, most significantly the National Portrait Gallery of the United States.

He shot the first all-digital coverage of the history of the National Geographic, called "The Future of Flying," a 32-page cover story commemorating the centennial observance of the Wright Brothers' flight. The coverage was deemed noteworthy enough that it has been incorporated into the archives of the Library of Congress. In the last two years, McNally has written two books, The Moment It Clicks, and The Hot Shoe Diaries, both of which cracked Amazon's top ten list of best sellers. His advertising and commercial clients include FedEx, Epson, Sony, Nikon, Land's End, General Electric, MetLife, Adidas, American Ballet Theater, and the Wildlife Conservation Society, among others.

He's known internationally for his ability to produce technically and logistically complex assignments with expert use of color and light. As part of his teaching activities, he conducts numerous workshops around the world.

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Category:photography -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and commercial director Vincent Laforet. Robert and Vincent have been friends for over a decade and they discuss Vincent's background in photography, his transition from sports to news, from staff to freelance, from editorial to commercial, from stills to video, and back again. They talk about the importance of networking, workshops, diversifying, and the business of photography. They also learn more about Vincent’s upcoming project that’ll have him shooting aerials of major cities around the world. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this special birthday episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 

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Category:photography -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT