A must read for any photographer living in the US: Criminalizing Photography.   Mickey Osterreicher: “If you’re out in public, you can take pictures. And you can report to your heart’s content. The problem is whether they know their rights or don’t know their rights and are willing to assert their rights. […] But even in certain cases when photographers have carried around the law and shown it to police officers and law enforcement, it hasn’t mattered. Unfortunately, a lot of officers will say ‘because I said so.’ It works for your mother, but it doesn’t really work for police. They have to be enforcing a certain law, and they can’t just make it up. If you’re stopped on the street, stay calm. Be reasonable, be cooperative — as cooperative as you can. By cooperative, I don’t mean you have to show them your pictures when they ask.”

As a photographer, you have to trust your photographs. You have to trust that they say what you want them to say. Or more accurately, you have to realize that your subconscious mind is bringing more things to photography than your conscious mind might realize.

“Photography and Trust”, an article by Joerg Colberg

I think this is a problem I’ve had: trusting my own photography. I think I’m getting better at it, though, so we’ll see.

Why do people trust so many photographs they know (or at least should know) are a fiction? Because they want to. Give a tool like photography to a flawed creature like us humans, and that’s what you get: Beauty and terrifying contradictions.
—  Joerg Colberg

Episode 2.18 - Khalik Allah

Recorded March 22nd, 2015 at Stockholm Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn

With photography, sometimes all it takes is a handful of photographs for a photographer to capture the imagination of a wide audience. Last year, within the span of a few weeks Khalik Allah started to appear frequently in my streams. I started seeing his photographs in my Tumblr dashboard and had a few emails from trusted people telling me I should check out what he was up to.

He passed the Joerg Colberg test. He was named Harlem’s Street Photographer by Time Magazine. His photographs were blogged and reblogged. He busted out. It took me a few weeks to absorb what he was up to but I eventually became another admirer.

He was suggested by a few people as a potential guest for the show. It was a no brainer. We were finally able to bring over to the studio to talk about what he’s been up to and where he thinks he might be going. One hour was hardly enough time to dig into his brilliant and ambitious mind, but we hope you enjoy what we were able to capture.

Photobooks/Photography Featured

Ten photographs by Khalik Allah

Vietnam by Eddie Adams



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Executive Producer / Host Bryan Formhals

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Audio Engineer and Music by Tom Starkweather

I know I’ve posted content relating to this show more than once, but I think it’s really important: Sherman is one of the most influential (and perhaps misunderstood) currently practicing photographers working in a more fine-art sphere, and it’s fantastic to see her American retrospective getting such serious and wide consideration.