Outerfocus 35 - Ben Smith (Robert Capa)

“If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough.” - Robert Capa

Falling Soldier, Spain - 1936 Robert Capa

Falling Soldier, Spain - 1936 Robert Capa

This week we are joined by, Ben Smith. Some of you may know Ben from the Small Voice Podcast, which is very excellent in its own right, but he’s also a documentary, portrait and lifestyle photographer shooting commercial work, editorial commissions and long-term personal projects. He has been commissioned by the likes of, The Sunday Times, Time Out, Marie Claire, Melody Maker and a number of corporate brand such as, Glaxo SmithKline and EMI music. 


We talk to Ben about his photography career, his podcast, and what he’s working on now. This was an insightful and interesting conversation. It’s about persistence, failure and just getting on with it!

© Ben Smith

We very much hope that you enjoy this episode. 


Out historical photographer is, Robert Capa. War photographer, founding member of Magnum and all round charismatic hero. A bit of a James Bond character……with a camera. 

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Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian & Bradley

Outerfocus 34 - Gerard Uferas (Willy Ronis)

“I never, ever went out without my camera, even to buy bread” - Willy Ronis

"Le Bioule", Paris (1957) - Willy Ronis

"Le Bioule", Paris (1957) - Willy Ronis

Welcome to the Outerfocus Podcast!

This week we are joined the very wonderful, Gerard Uferas. Gerard is a personal favourite of mine and I came to his work more recently thorough a gift of his book, Paris d’Amour. Since then I’ve become a great admirer of his approach and photographs. From his work in opera houses to campaigns for Dior - his attention to detail, compassion for his subject and his love of photography allow him to make the most beautiful of photographs.

Gerard has a kind heart. I very much hope that you enjoy our conversation.

It’s becoming a bit of thing to ask our guest about their first memorable photograph. Gerard made this photograph when he was young, and whenever he felt that things weren’t going to plan, or he was losing faith, he would look at this photograph to remind himself that he was actually onto something.

Bretagne 1974 - Gerard Uferas

Bretagne 1974 - Gerard Uferas

We also take a look at, Willy Ronis. A personal friend of Gerard and the most important photographer that probably haven’t heard of.

Willy Ronis Book.jpg

Willy Ronis by Willy Ronis, is available in all of the usual places.

Outerfocus 33 - Richard Kalvar (Lee Miller)

“The personality of the photographer, his approach, is really more important than his technical genius” - Lee Miller

Richard Kalvar. London - 2015

Richard Kalvar. London - 2015

Happy New year to you all. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are all bloated from wine and cheese. Just like me.

There are some new things on the horizon for Outerfocus, and I hope this year will be even better than last year. It was a good one, considering it was our first.

A big thank you to everyone that has made donations to the podcast and to everyone who purchased the fundraising calendar. Your support is duly noted, and your hard earned cash is being invested back into the podcast so we can make it bigger and better.

Talking of bigger and better, this week we are blessed with the presence of the one and only, Richard Kalvar: member of Magnum since the mid seventies and all round good egg. It was photographers like Richard that helped me to see the artistry in photography, that made me understand that photography was as expressive a medium as any other, and that you didn’t have to take it all too seriously. This not only changed my perception of what photography was, but fundamentally changed me as a human being. Hopefully for the better.

Richard tells us about his move to Paris in the 60’s for an acting job, his travels around Europe and how he became a photographer.

This is the photograph that he mentioned, the one where he realised he was actually onto something.

Richard Kalvar. Paris - 1966

Richard Kalvar. Paris - 1966

If you haven’t already, go check out his book, Earthlings. It’s a master class in observation and humour. Richard also has a Photofile book being released soon.

Photographer of note this week is, Lee Miller: Model, Fashion Photographer, Photojournalist, War Correspondent, Portrait Photographer, Surrealist and all round Bad Ass.

Get it in your ears!

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Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian & Bradley

Outerfocus 32 - Paris Visone (Man Ray)

An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an original is motivated by necessity. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.” - Man Ray

Sleeping Woman 1929 - Man Ray

Sleeping Woman 1929 - Man Ray

The amazing, and very wonderful, Outerfocus 2019 calendar is now available!

12 of our guests from 2018 have kindly contributed photographs. Including:

Martin Parr, David Carol, Niki Boon, Paris Visone & Steven Bollman, to name but a few.

Get your hands on some beautiful photographs and help to support the podcast. We’ll love you forever!

PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE

Our guest this week is Boston-based documentary photographer, Paris Visone. You might know her as a music photographer but her recently-released book, For Real on Peanut Press Books, also includes documentary work of her own family. We discussed everything from her work on tour with bands like, Godsmack, Limp Bizkit and Blondie, to how wanting to hang out with Hanson (not Bradley Hanson) lead to her becoming the photographer she is today.

At the moment Paris in LA with, David Carol & Ashly Stohl, for their joint exhibition - Family & Friends

We’re spending a lot less time on our historical focus but we did touch on Man Ray and his photographic work, involving techniques like solarisation and photograms (which he humbly called “rayographs”).

As always, if you like what we do please share our podcast with your friends, leave us a review and/or rating on iTunes, and get involved in the Outerfocus Chit Chat group on Facebook.

You can now support the podcast by using the “Support the Podcast” button on our home page. All donations will go to advertising and hosting so we can grow our audience and keep the podcast alive.

That’s us done for 4 weeks now. We’ll not be releasing a podcast on 26th so you can relax, enjoy the holidays, catch up on some older episodes or re-listen to some of your favourites.

Have a wonderful Christmas & New Year and we’ll see you on the 9th January with a big one.

FOR REAL - Paris Visone

Available now on Peanut Press Books

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Music - James William Nicholson

Thank you for listening, see you in 4 weeks!

Ian & Bradley