By Jordan Weitzman
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Join host Jordan Weitzman as he sits down with well-known photographers to discuss their careers, challenges and motivations for making their art.
||CleanEpisode 25 | Rory Mulligan||Jordan Weitzman gets together with photographer Rory Mulligan at his studio in an abandoned aerosol spray can factory in Yonkers, NY to discuss his work.||12/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 | Jack Woody||Jordan Weitzman sits down with legendary publisher Jack Woody of Twin Palms and Twelvetrees presses||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 | Farah Al Qasimi||--||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 | Hugh Edwards||The late curator Hugh Edwards of the Art Institute of Chicago in conversation with Danny Lyon from 1972.||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 | Danny Lyon||Danny Lyon with Trip, Bernalillo, New Mexico, 2018. Photo by Jordan Weitzman Recorded in: Bernalillo, New Mexico Episode Length: 53:38 Air Date: June 20, 2018 Produced by: Jordan Weitzman Edited by: Cristal Duhaime Danny Lyon is a living legend in photography. Born in 1942 to a Russian-Jewish mother and German-Jewish father, he grew up in Kew Gardens, Queens and went on to study history and philosophy at the University of Chicago. Beginning in the early 1960’s while in his early twenties, he was drawn to the civil rights movement in the south which he immersed himself in and documented. He became lifelong friends with Julian Bond and congressman John Lewis, whom he lived with in an apartment in Atlanta. He was in jail with Martin Luther King, jr. During that decade, he became a member of the Chicago Outlaw biker gang which he photographed over a period of a few years and he made work in a Texas prison that would eventually become the books, The Bikeriders (1968) and Conversations with the Dead (1971), respectively. Lyon is a Guggenheim fellow twice over (1969 & 1978) and his work is held in countless museum collections around the world including in The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While he devoted himself to photography throughout the 60’s, he turned to film in the early 70’s. His first film, Social Sciences 127 is about a wild tattoo artist named Bill Sanders, which he shot and then edited at Robert Frank’s apartment. It was at his apartment that Frank introduced Lyon to Danny Seymour, who would give him a cheque for $7,000 to finish his next film, Llanito. As a result of Seymour financing his film, Lyon was able to use his own savings to buy a piece of irrigated land in Bernalillo, New Mexico. He built a house on the land with an undocumented Mexican worker named Eddie, which he and his wife Nancy still live in today. We conducted this interview in the living room of their house. Woman at a Race in Prairieville, Louisiana, 1964 © Danny Lyon The Yard. From Conversations with the Dead, 1968. © Danny Lyon Cowboy at Rogues' picnic, South Chicago, 1968. © Danny Lyon Links https://instagram.com/dannylyonphotos/ https://bleakbeauty.com https://gavinbrown.biz/artists/danny_lyon/works This episode was brought to you by: The world's first photobook of the month club www.charcoalbookclub.com use promo code MAGICHOUR at checkout to receive any free book of your choice from their shop||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 | John Edmonds||John Edmonds, Brooklyn, NY, 2018. Photo by Jordan Weitzman Recorded in: Brooklyn, NY Episode Length: 41:43 Air Date: May 15, 2018 Produced by: Jordan Weitzman Edited by by: Cristal Duhaime A friend recently told me that John Edmonds pictures of african American men in Do-Rags were the first photo's that had the power to completely change his perception. It reminded me of something which Dorothea Lange said, which was, “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” One can speak of Edmonds depictions of queer black masculinity in terms of their content and politics, but none of that would be transmittable if the photos themselves were’t so sensual, strikingly beautiful and full of mystery. John earned his MFA from Yale in 2016, and since, he has been commissioned by the New Yorker, has had work featured in Aperture and has shown with ltd. Los Angeles. He had a solo show in 2017 called Higher and another which is one right now called Tribe: Act One at their Lower East Side space which runs till May 31. When I went to meet John at his studio, there was just one print hanging on the white walls called Marcus with the Sacred Heart - a . I really loved that, especially just after learning that the late Peter Hujar would do the same at his house. Only one picture of his on the wall at a time. It obliges one to pay singular attention, to look hard, even for a brief moment. American Gods, 2017. Photo by John Edmonds Modernity, 2018. Photo by John Edmonds Untitled (Head 1), 2018. Photo by John Edmonds Links http://cargocollective.com/johnedmonds/JOHN-EDMONDS http://www.ltdlosangeles.com/johnedmonds.html This episode was brought to you by: The world's first photobook of the month club www.charcoalbookclub.com use promo code MAGICHOUR at checkout to receive any free book of your choice from their shop||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 | Rosalind Fox Solomon||Rosalind Fox Solomon, New York City, 2018. Photo by Jordan Weitzman Recorded in: New York City Episode Length: 42:36 Air Date: April 19, 2018 Produced by: Jordan Weitzman Edited by by: Cristal Duhaime It was an honour to meet with Rosalind Fox Solomon, just a few days shy of her 88th birthday. It’s often noted how she came to photography later than most when she was close to 40, but i couldn’t help think more about how long she’s kept it up for. How long she’s stuck with it. In her 80’s, she has has continued to make photographs, and strong ones at that. When we met, she served black coffee and showed me her old darkroom. The way in which she printed was always of great importance, she told me. An exhibition poster hung from a solo show at Moma in 1986, but that’s just tip of the iceberg. The breadth of her work is enormous. It’s held in over 50 museums around the world, has been the subject of 30 solo shows, and appears in 11 monographs, most recently, Got to Go with Mack. She has always photographed both at home and abroad making pictures of people suffering from AIDS during the crisis in New York to Israeli’s and Palestine’s in the West Bank just a few years ago. Vince Aletti said that he’s thought of her as an intrepid explorer, who brings back these pictures that are not necessarily easy to look, but has a lot to do with what makes them so powerful. She’s happy to disturb us. Blind Girl, South Africa, 1990, @ Rosalind Solomon Mother, Daughter, Maid, South Africa, 1988 @ Rosalind Solomon Miami Beach, Florida, 1994 @ Rosalind Solomon Links: https://www.rosalindfoxsolomon.com/ This episode was brought to you by: The world's first photobook of the month club www.charcoalbookclub.com use promo code MAGICHOUR at checkout to receive any free book of your choice from their shop||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 | Erin Jane Nelson||Host Jordan Weitzman joins artist and photographer Erin Jane Nelson on location in New Orleans to talk about her work.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 | Gus Powell||In this episode, Jordan Weitzman sits down with photographer Gus Powell at his studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 | Siobhán Bohnacker||Jordan Weitzman goes behind the scenes with Siobhán Bohnacker, senior photo editor at the New Yorker.||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 | Elle Pérez||In this episode, Jordan Weitzman sits down with Elle Pérez||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 | Ian Lewandowski||Ian Lweandowski, Montréal, 2017. Photo by Jordan Weitzman Recorded in Montréal, Québec, Canada Episode Length: 36:43 Air Date: September 21, 2017 Produced by: Jordan Weitzman Edited by by: Cristal Duhaime In this episode, Jordan Weitzman sits down with photographer Ian Lewandowski. His work, mostly comprised of pictures of men, speak to themes of desire, representation and gender identity in visual culture. His portraits, mostly made with an 8x10 view camera are raw and refined, tender and mysterious. They seem to resist being reduced to any one simple reading. yet express his strong, original vision. Originally from Northwest Indiana, Lewandowski moved to New York where he pursued his BA at Pratt. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is an MFA Candidate at SUNY Purchase.. Aside from his photographic practice, he also co-curates Slow Youth with his husband, artist Anthony Cudahy, which publishes zines and artist books. Links www.ianlewandowski.com www.slowyouth.info||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 | Teju Cole||Teju Cole, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2017. Photo by Jordan Weitzman Recorded in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY Episode Length: 38:33 Air Date: July 7, 2017 Produced by: Jordan Weitzman Edited by by: Cristal Duhaime Teju Cole, the celebrated author known first and foremost for his writing through his novels such as Open City and Every Day is for the Thief, has dedicated much of his creative output to photography as well. He’s been making his own photographs for over 15 years, and writing on the subject photography since 2012. His brilliant essays have appeared in the New Yorker and Aperture, and as photo critic for the New York Times magazine, he writes the monthly column On Photography. Since 2014, he's used the that space to explore issues and ideas central to the discourse around photography today. In this episode, Jordan Weitzman sits down with Cole at his office in Sunset Park in Brooklyn at an exciting time for him. His first solo show in the US at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York is on till August 11 and he just launched his latest book, Blind Spot, a collection of photographs from his travels paired with a short piece of text that he wrote for each one. Beirut, May 2016. Image and text by Teju Cole At the National Museum of Beirut, as in any museum of archaeology, there are shards, sculptures, and plinths eroded by the centuries. Mar- ble is hard, but not invulnerable. But at this museum are also ancient mosaics with very recent damage: mosaics shattered by artillery fire during the civil war. I am arrested by a Phoenician tribune or altar of the fourth century b.c.e. It has been carved in a purely Hellenistic style. In the lower of its two frieze registers, dancers process across the four sides in high and bas-relief. They move across the centuries to silent music. The grace of the bodies is preserved but all the faces have been knocked off. In his speech, Nasrallah addresses and does not address Badred- dine’s death in Syria. We fill in the gaps from what is not said. Who defaced, so meticulously, each dancer in this frieze? It is an- cient damage in this case. But it couldn’t have been the earthquake that hit Sidon in the late fourth century (an earthquake is not a precision weapon). Nor could it have been the use of the site as a limestone quarry, for quarrying requires vaster quantities of stone. More likely it was the Christians. They banned the cult of Eshmun and built in its place a church. They chipped away, with theological precision, each dancer’s face. The collection is also what is not there. Museum of wounds. Tivoli, April 2015. Image and text by Teju Cole We liked the house. We liked the terms. They would be away for a few months. Their mother was still alive in September, living in the house, then Death took her. (Their father had died in 1986.) We moved in in January. Funny place. Knickknacks everywhere. Things askew. On the mantel- piece were two urns, containing their parents, there when we woke up, there when we went to bed. Lagos, December 2014. Image and text by Teju Cole Pliny describes in the thirty-sixth book of his Natural History one of the remarkable illusionistic mosaics of antiquity: “Pavem||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 | Mark Steinmetz||Photographer Mark Steinmetz in conversation with Jordan Weitzman||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 | Bryson Rand||Bryson Rand, Brooklyn, 2017. Photo by Jordan Weitzman Recorded in Brooklyn, NY Episode Length: 45:05 Air Date: April 7, 2017 Produced by: Jordan Weitzman Edited by by: Cristal Duhaime Our guest on the show today is photographer Bryson Rand. Bryson’s work engages with his experience as a gay man and speaks to a multitude of issues surrounding gay life today. Desire, shame, pleasure, violence, love, and empowerment are all made visible through his mysterious and inviting gaze. Bryson’s work not only depicts a very personal sense of male beauty, but transcends his subjects as well, creating photographs that on their own life and new meaning. Bryson earned his MFA from Yale University, and his work has been exhibited at the prestigious Frankel Gallery in San Francisco and Regen Projects in LA. This month, he’ll be showing an ongoing body of work called Some Small Fever in his debut solo show at La Mama Galleria in New York. We conducted this interview at Bryson's home in Brooklyn where he lives with his husband Ryan, and their dog Cassidy. Photos by Bryson Rand from his series Some Small Fever Links www.brysonrand.com http://lamama.org/small_fever/||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 | Justine Kurland||Justine Kurland, NYC, 2017. Photo by Jordan Weitzman Recorded in New York City, NY Episode Length: 37:20 Air Date: March 8, 2017 Produced by: Jordan Weitzman Edited by: Sarah Anna McMahon-Sperber Mixed by: Cristal Duhaime Our guest in this episode is photographer, writer and teacher Justine Kurland. This past fall, Kurland released her latest photo book, Highway Kind, a virtuosic narrative comprised of 10 years of work that she made while criss-crossing America in a green van that she had retro-fitted to include a bed, a bookcase, cupboards and hardwood floors. The through line in the book are photographs of her son Casper, whom she took on the road with her as a young boy while she meandered through the American Landscape in search of pictures. We visited her at her beautiful small lower east side apartment in New York where she lives with her son Casper. Painted red floors, yellow Kodak print boxes and books lining the walls, bathtub in the kitchen, a small painting by her late father, Bruce Kurland, and a little white kitten that she and Casper recently adopted fill the space with a great energy. We did this interview around dinner time, and she asked if it was ok if she could cook a steak for her son at the same time. We thought that sounded perfect, considering Justine’s work is so much about the balancing act between the demands of being an artist and the responsibilities of taking care of her kid. She describes those feelings so poignantly in a piece that she wrote called Now We Are Six, which appears in the book Highway Kind and was featured recently in the New Yorker. Photographs by Justine Kurland from Highway Kind Links http://aperture.org/shop/highway-kind/||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 | Susan Lipper||Susan Lipper at Higher Pictures, NYC, 2017. Photo by Jordan Weitzman Recorded in New York City, NY Episode Length: 38:42 Air Date: February 8, 2017 Produced by: Jordan Weitzman Edited by: Cristal Duhaime Susan Lipper’s iconoclastic work in photography has continuously pushed the boundaries and opened new avenues to the way we look at and experience images. She’s the author of three monographs including Grapevine and Trip and her work is held in the numerous museum collections including of the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2015, she received a Guggenheim Fellowiship which she’s been using to pursue a long term project set in the Californian Desert. Most recently, a powerful solo show at Higher Pictures in New York featured her work from Grapevine, the first time this work has been exhibited in the US. In this episode, host Jordan Weitzman sits down with Lipper at her apartment in New York where she's been living for over 40 years to talk about her incredible trajectory as a photographer. Photo by Susan Lipper from her book trip Photo by Susan Lipper from her series Domesticated Land Links www.susanlipper.com www.higherpictures.com||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8｜Alec Soth||Photographer Alec Soth recently had a revelation that has been changing how he's thinking about both his work and life||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7｜Tim Davis||Jordan Weitzman meets Tim Davis at his studio in Tivoli, NY to discuss his practice as a photographer||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 | Gregory Halpern||Gregory Halpern talks with Jordan Weitzman about his development as a photographer and the thinking behind his work and his new book, ZZYZX||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 | John Gossage||In this episode, Jordan Weitzman sits down with photographer John Gossage at his home in Washington DC.||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 | David Alan Harvey||In this episode, Jordan Weitzman sits down with Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey at his beachside home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 | Jason Fulford||Conversations on photography.||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 | Melissa Catanese & Ed Panar||Conversations on photography.||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 | Duane Michals||Duane Michals, a conversation on photography.||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMagic Hour Teaser||Conversations on photography||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
In-depth and reflexive
Excellent podcast centered around a diverse range of artists working within the field of contemporary photography. Superbly edited and recorded, Magic Hour is an absolute pleasure to listen to.
Just discovered this with the interview of Siobhan Bohnacker from the New Yorker. Thank you for a thoughtful and insigntful conversation about her process and also the reminder of how much we all learn and grow from looking outside of photography.
Great interviews with great photographers
One of the best podcast out there !