Malike Sidibe: Protest Photography and Zoom Portraiture
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On this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we welcome Malike Sidibe to the show. With just 23 years under his belt, Sidibe has accomplished a lot in his relatively short time on planet Earth, and not just photographically. But 2020 has been quite a busy year, even for him.  His photography has generally been in the realm of editorial, fashion, and personal projects, and he has a lengthy list of clients that include Time Magazine, The Atlantic, Nikon, Nike, and The New Yorker, but this year he created a bold body of work covering the Black Lives Matter marches in New York and made a name for himself with editors shooting portraits via Zoom and FaceTime.

We talk with Sidibe about how he has been able to move back and forth between these various genres of photography, concentrating the first part of the show on his experiences covering protests in Brooklyn and how his emotions brought him to the street, but his photographer’s spirit and eye enabled him to capture some of the most arresting images of the summer. We discuss shooting style, the Nikon Z 7 and lens choices, keeping gear secure, and staying safe in the midst of chaos. In addition, we talk about his process in portrait shoots through FaceTime, the iPad he used, and the tools he sent to his models and subjects for these unique collaborations.

We also discuss Sidibe’s personal story of immigrating to the United States at age 13, his early struggles in school, and how NYC SALT, a high school photography program, helped him on his journey.  It’s easy to recognize the talent, time, and work that Sidibe is dedicating to “making the future me happy,” but his good humor and creative love for photography are evident in this informative and lively conversation. Join us.

Guest: Malike Sidibe

Photograph © Malike Sidibe

A Small Voice: Conversations With Photographers
A Small Voice: Conversations With Photographers
Ben Smith
148 - David Yarrow
David Yarrow was born in 1966 into the Scottish Yarrow shipbuilding dynasty - founded in 1865 by his grandfather, Sir Alfred Yarrow, who had come from humble origins in East London. David took up photography at an early age and as a 20-year-old university undergraduate found himself working as a photographer for The Times on the pitch at the 1986 World Cup Final in Mexico City. On that day, David took the famous picture of Diego Maradona holding the trophy and as a result was subsequently asked to cover the 1988 Winter Olympics, among other events. On his return, David was met with two job offers at the same salary. One was from Getty Images and the other from Nat West bank. To the enormous surprise of the people at Getty, but to the profound delight of his parents, he chose the latter, which led to a successful and lucrative finance career on Wall Street and ultimately building a billion dollar hedge fund. It wasn’t until the mid 2000s, in the aftermath of divorce and the financial crash that David returned to photography. David’s distinctive and immersive black and white images of life on earth have earned him an ever growing following amongst art collectors. His huge works, produced in Los Angeles, are on display in leading galleries and museums across Europe and North America and he is now recognised as one of the best selling fine art photographers in the world with limited edition prints regularly selling for tens of thousands of pounds at auction. In September 2019, Rizzoli published David’s second book with foreword was written by global NFL star Tom Brady and an afterword written by American cultural icon Cindy Crawford. All royalties from this book will be donated to conservation charities Tusk, in the UK and WildAid, in the US. David’s position in the industry has been rewarded with a wide range of advisory and ambassadorial roles and in the spring of 2020, David was appointed a Global Ambassador for Best Buddies – one of America’s most established children’s charities. In 2018 and 2019 David’s work raised over $4.5m for philanthropic and conservation organisations. At Art Miami in December 2019, his photograph _The Wolves of Wall Street_ broke new records. One print, signed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, featuring the real Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort – sold for $200,000. The proceeds went to conservation NGOs supported by DiCaprio. At the start of 2020, David was in Australia documenting the devastating bush fires that have destroyed communities, wildlife and wildlands. Using the striking and poignant images that he captured of the effects of the fire, Yarrow launched the Koala Comeback Campaign to support the recovery efforts in Australia. As of early June, the campaign has raised $1.4m. In April, during the Covid-19 pandemic, David joined the Art For Heroes campaign, to raise money for the NHS. He released a print – Our Pride – with all proceeds going to HEROES. For every print purchased, David donated an Our Pride print to an NHS worker. The campaign has surpassed its original target of £1m. On episode 148, David discusses, among other things: * Working through the Covid crisis. * Monetization and the moment ‘the penny dropped’ with a picture of a shark. * Lessons learned from _Breaking Bad_. * Avoiding ‘vertical integration’ and the need for FIGJAM. * Why it’s important to keep edition sizes small. * Lessons learned from his mum (a sculptor). * America by definition being a country of entrepreneurs. * The twin filters of authenticity and commerciality. * The Catch-22 of getting gallery representation. * How his lowest point resulted in the picture that changed everything, with the help of two ladders. * When you know you have a good image. * How the idea of bringing animals and people together in the same frame came by accident. * Being exhausted by some areas of ‘wokery’. Referenced: * Willie Nelson * Tom Brady * Ansel Adams * Peter Lik * Andy Warhol * Georgio Armani * Tom Ford * Henri Matisse * Terry O’Neil * Nick Brandt * Cara Delevigne * Chris Hemsworth * Cindy Crawford * Leonardo DiCaprio * Peter Beard * Richard Avedon * Tim Ferriss Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter “In 2021, whatever you do, if you’re a creative in particular, I don’t think you’re excused from being a business person.”
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The Beginner Photography Podcast
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Bryan Caporicci is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer based out of Fonthill, Canada. In 2014, he was awarded his Masters of Photographic Arts (MPA) designation by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), making him one of the youngest Canadian photographers to receive this level of achievement. Bryan is the host of the Business of Photography Podcast with over 2 million downloads. He teaches at workshops across North America, including industry-leading conventions and conferences such as WPPI, Shutterfest and Canada Photo Convention. Bryan is also the CEO and Founder of Sprout Studio. In today’s interview, Bryan talks about the key aspects of photography to focus on when just getting started.   In This Episode You'll Learn: * What is Clubhouse for photographers * Who Bryan is and how he got started in photography * His earliest struggles and how he overcame them * How to avoid overwhelm when just learning photography * What Bryan hopes to achieve by shooting film for personal work Premium Members Also Learn: * What to focus on now to build a business foundation * How to leverage local relationships to build bookings * The 3 most important pillars of stating a photo business * The paradox of the growing heap and how it will help you better understand bookings Resources: * Bryan Caporicci Wedding Photography * The Business of Photography Podcast * Sprout Studio - All in one studio management for photographers Standout Quotes: * "It was my marketing skills, just the fact that I looked at what I did as an entrepreneur...that's what got me to where I was". - [Bryan] * "Take it a step at a time, I think that's probably the biggest mistake that I see photographers make, especially in those early days". - [Bryan] * "That's when you become a good wedding photographer when you can look at things and go beyond the technical". - [Bryan] * "Every overnight success is an overnight success 10 years in the making". - [Bryan] * "The future is cheap if you pay for it now". - [Raymond] * "Everyone wants success, no one wants to put in the work that success requires". - [Bryan] * "Whatever gear you have, is all that you need right now". - [Bryan]   Key Takeaways: * "Clubhouse" is an audio-only social media tool, that allows people to connect either as photographers or with other professionals * Bryan shares he has always had a passion for the business side of photography. * His experience knowing that most photographers aren't well equipped on the business side motivated the founding of Sprout Studios to offer strategies and tools to help photographers run their business. * While most photographers start with an interest in photography and then later incorporate the business side, Bryan had been involved with the business side first but moved into photography after splitting up with his partner who was running the photography aspect of things. * Starting, he took up photography on a small scale largely involving sports including all the local sports teams which helped him learn, create systems, and build his skill. * The biggest challenge about weddings is the fast pace not only due to the number of events going on at each moment but also technical changes you need to make, to adjust for each shot. * Bryan describes defined paths for a new photographer: First, you need to understand the technicals, then learn how to do it under pressure, and then learn how to find moments. * Emphasizing the importance of having a mindset to put in the time necessary for growth, Bryan stresses the role of 2nd shooting as an intern, to learn the ropes. * The rewards of being an entrepreneur are beautiful but it takes work to get them, and the early days are always the hardest. * Don't chase the gear.
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Ep. 340: The Year Ahead - and more
Episode 340 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. Download MP3 - Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS! Featured: Photographer, artist, and digital tools creator, Jessica Drossin In This Episode If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to rate and review us and help us move up in the rankings so others interested in photography may find us. Show Opener: Photographer, artist, and digital tools creator, Jessica Drossin. Thanks Jessica! Sponsors: - Fujifilm's 52 weeks of FREE education. Build Your Legacy with Fujifilm - Get 20% off at with offer code PetaPixel20 - Get the new CineEye2 and more at - Get FreshBooks cloud accounting FREE for 30 DAYS by entering PetaPixel in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section at - More at Stories: A look ahead at the photography industry in 2021, and my hits and misses. Pentax and not going mirrorless. (#) Full-frame vs. APS-C, and not being able to tell the difference. (#) Taking photos in public, and the war on photography. (#) Using a drone and who knows where you've been...or are. (#) Connect With Us Thank you for listening to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast! Connect with me, Sharky James on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @LensShark) as we build this community. We’d love to answer your question on the show. Leave us an audio question through our voicemail widget, comment below or via social media. But audio questions are awesome! You can also cut a show opener for us to play on the show! As an example: “Hi, this is Matt Smith with Double Heart Photography in Chicago, Illinois, and you’re listening to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast with Sharky James!”
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