Outerfocus 41 - Agnieszka Sosnowska

“For a long time I thought that photographs showed the viewer what the world looked like. It wasn’t until college that I learned that a photograph could tell a story. While studying photography at Massachusetts College of Art I began a series of self portraits that now span 25 years. I was 18 years old when I began to take them. These self portraits helped me better understand who I was and what I hoped to become. I still continue to make these self-portraits, but in a new setting: in 2005 I married an Icelander and moved to a farm in the eastern part of Iceland” - Agnieszka Sosnowska

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Welcome to the Outerfocus Podcast!

This week I’m joined by, Agnieszka Sosnowska, from her bed. Polish born and raised in Massachusetts, Agnieszka now lives and works in the rural east of Iceland. We talk broken feet, education, some music, the problems of cohabitation, oh, and photography. Obviously.

Agnieszka has a whole host of exhibitions, residencies, and grants to her name and it was great to talk with her about her work and process. It’s a rare thing that a staged photograph can look so natural, but her mix of social documentary, story telling and fine art bring about the most compelling of photographs.

Her latest exhibition, Myth of a Woman, opens on 4th May at The National Museum of Iceland.

I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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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