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. 

Ben’s Links:


A Small Voice Podcast

Ian’s Links:



Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Bradley’s Links:





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.