Interview With Magazine Photojournalist Rick Friedman
Join me for a great chat with internationally renowned magazine photographer and photojournalist Rick Friedman! Rick has been a photojournalist, portrait and travel photographer for 4 decades. Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments and film and television productions.
His published work has appeared in/on Time, National Geographic, Newsweek, ABC News, CBS News, CNN NBC News, Discovery Channel, The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Nature, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Discover and many other publications around the globe. He has produced over 75 book and magazine covers and has worked on 20 film productions. Rick is an ambassador for Tamron Lens, Nissin Flashes and Savage Universal lighting and studio equipment.
Rick, known for his practical, creative lighting, has been teaching his “Location Lighting Workshops” for the past 20 years across the US, UK, Canada and in the United Arab Emirates. He has presented his work and taught workshops at PhotoPlus, WPPI, Imaging USA, SWPP (London), Xposure (UAE), PPoC (Canada), White House News Photographers Association, CanAm Photo Expo, numerous PPA events, and at many other workshops. Rick has taught thousands of people practical lighting in his hands-on workshops, subtitled “Lighting and Laughing”
Rick has appeared on Creative Live, B&H TV, PhotoPlus, “Sharjah Today” (UAE, done in Arabic, that was interesting), Sky TV, Australia, The Photographer Show, Photofocus, Tamron Recipes “The Spin It Social Hour” and numerous other podcasts and webcasts.
Last week, I got a lot of positive feedback about my new Photo Quote of The Week feature, so here is another one for you…
“In order to make art, the frustration of not working has to be greater than the frustration of working.”
– Jerry Uelsmann
I love this quote because it represents two realities for me. The first – if you are passionate about what you do – you will work harder than most, but never feel like its work. After all, work is a four-letter word! The second reality is that in order to be successful in life — you can’t be lazy. If you are not willing to put in the effort – you will not work and you will not succeed.
I first learned of Jerry Uelsmann via the pages of Popular Photography and Modern Photography magazines in the 1970s. His work in darkroom effects — compositing and unusual processing techniques far foreshadowed the use of Photoshop to make surrealistic composited images.
Surreal doesn’t really do his images justice when you consider the amount of trial and error that went into creating them. His images are both otherworldly and brilliant as they force you to consider and interact with his subjects.
Mr Uelsmann first picked up a camera at age 14 and eventually started making money photographing models. Uelsmann went on to earn a BA from the Rochester Institute of Technology which was and continues to be one of the foremost technical photography schools in the world. He received an M.S. and M.F.A. degree from Indiana University and cites teachers Minor White and Ralph Hattersley as his influences. Those are two names that you will be hearing in future episodes.
I invite you to check out Jerry Uelsmann’s work. I have a link to his website and portfolio in the show notes.
Regardless of your chosen genre of photography, it is impossible not to be captivated by his images.
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