Brandon Soderberg is not a photographer but he is a journalist and an open drug user and he came on the show to discuss the problems with “opioid crisis” photography and in general, how the media covers heroin users. Soderberg is a journalist based in Baltimore, Maryland who covers crime, drugs, and police. He is a former staffer at Spin, the former editor in chief of Baltimore City Paper and the co-founder of the short-lived Baltimore Beat. He has contributed to The Appeal, FACT Magazine, Pitchfork, Vice, Village Voice, and Washington City Paper, among other publications. He currently reviews cannabis for the Colorado Springs Independent and is writing I’ve Got A Monster, a book about the Baltimore police department’s Gun Trace Task Force scandal for St. Martin’s Press with his co-writer Baynard Woods. His most recent stories have been about a spy plane in Baltimore, a brutal police beating, and Johns Hopkins University students’ “disorientation guide.” He believes all drugs should be legal and loves dogs.
In our first Field Notes episode, we leave the studio and interview photojournalism seniors from the Baltimore School For The Arts who sat down for a candid talk about the future of the industry.
This week we talk with Gabe Dinsmoor, one of the cinematographers of the just released HBO film Baltimore Rising , a documentary following several activist and police officers during and after the 2015 uprising that took place in the city.
Gabe Dinsmoor is a cinematographer, photographers and producer from Baltimore, MD. In October 2015, Gabe began helping film a feature documentary for HBO called Baltimore Rising about the death of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Uprising. He has worked as a camera op on The Keepers, a Netflix docu-series that explores the unsolved murder of the nun Sister Cathy Cesnik, and co-directed and shot a documentary titled Pyne Poynt about a little league coached by ex-convicts in Camden, NJ, America’s most dangerous and poorest city.
Discussing representation, misrepresentation , and making space for yourself as a photographer with André Chung.
André Chung is an award winning photographer whose career spans about 20 years, shooting for the Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post Magazine, The Atlantic, Ebony Magazine, the NAACP and Apple among others. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize five times while at the Baltimore Sun, André has also received the George Polk Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. His work is in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In this episode we talk with Joe Tropea, curator of films and photographs and digital projects coordinator at the Maryland Historical Society. We discuss photo archiving, and the work of Joe Kohl, who was a photojournalist in Baltimore throughout the 80’s and 90s.
Photo by Joe Kohl, 1994.
Discussing photographing live music, from local punk shows to big time stars with Josh Sisk.
Josh Sisk is a Baltimore based photographer who is most well known for his work shooting live music. He is a contributing Photographer for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Decibel, Noisey, and has been featured in many other publications across the world, including Rolling Stone.
How newspaper photography has changed in recent decades, and exploring Baltimore’s forgotten movie theaters with Amy Davis.
Amy Davis has been a staff photographer at the Baltimore Sun newspaper since 1987, photographing a wide range of subjects and stories of life in Baltimore city. Her book ,Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters, is a chronicle of Baltimore’s historic and ever- changing movie theaters over the past century.
This week we talk with Webster Phillips, III, about continuing a family legacy photographing Black life and culture in Baltimore.
Webster Phillips,III, comes from a family of photographers whose collective work spans close to 70 years. Philips Grandfather, Henry Phillips, Sr. , and father, Irving H. Phillips, Jr., were prolific photographers in their own right, and now Phillips continues the three generation tradition of documenting life in Baltimore through photography.
Correction: Phillips mentions the book I Dream A World, which is not by Deborah Willis but by Brian Lanker, and edited by Barbara Summers.
What does it mean to rediscover your hometown through photography? How can photography be effectively used as a tool for activism? Shan discusses how she uses imagery to redirect a narrative of Baltimore and it’s people.
Shan is an award-winning photographer, writer, and freedom fighter from East Baltimore. Merging her journalism degree from Bowie State University with her love for photography, Shan’s work focuses on the experiences, identities and struggles of black life. Instagram.
Discussing the ever-changing industry of newspaper journalism, and advocating for people with disabilities through photography with Jennifer Bishop.
Bishop is Baltimore based photojournalist and portrait photographer with more than 35 years of experience shooting all over the world. She was the first photographer for the Baltimore City Paper, which began publishing in 1977. She also writes and photographs for projects that advocate for people with disabilities.
In this weeks episode, we talk with Theo Anthony about intersections of film and photography.
Anthony is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker currently based in Baltimore, MD. His work been featured by the The Atlantic, Vice, BBC World News, and other international media outlets. His films have received premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, SXSW, and Anthology Film Archives. In 2015, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. His first feature, RAT FILM, debuted at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival to critical acclaim, with Richard Brody of the New Yorker calling it “one of the most extraordinary, visionary inspirations in the recent cinema”. RAT FILM will be distributed domestically by Cinema Guild and internationally by Visit Films. Instagram.